Happy birthday to my great-niece, Adelaide Charlotte Budd.

Addie celebrates her 5th birthday Sunday, February 21.

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Happy anniversary to Jeff and Edita Salmeri of South Easton, Mass.

Sal and Edita will celebrate their 15th anniversary Thursday, February 25.

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Happy birthdays also go out to Lloyd Beaudion, Dale Bunn, Victor Lohn, Egan Galvin, Anna Belle Carpenter, Jade McCurdy, Suzanne Wells, Randy Rolin, Mary Millsap, Dakoda Pritchett, Marty Adkinson, Dara Evans, Kelsi Jennen, Colt Farrow, Susie Croslin, Carrie Matthews, Colby Dye, Madison Jane Posey, David Harvey, Edgar Garcia, Cynthia Bates and Carmen Ortiz. 

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The Lil’ Dragon Food Pantry is in need of your help.

Professionally managed by Pam and John Hobbs, the food ministry is one of the most important in town.

The pantry was completely depleted at Christmas and with the pandemic the usual food drives were not held.

Items needed by the pantry include canned vegetables, individual fruit cups or applesauce, beef jerky, mac and cheese, chunky soups, canned meals like SpaghettiOs, oatmeal, cereals and Vienna sausages.

The pantry is currently located in the old junior high school at Green and Apache.

For persons wishing to make a monetary donation they may be mailed to Trinity United Methodist Church at 211 N. Second Avenue, Purcell, OK 73080.

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Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc. is calling on the public to help “Spread the Love” during the month of February.

Delta is having a peanut butter and jelly food drive to help “Spread the Love” to local citizens in need of food.

The agency’s 2020 Community Needs Assessment revealed the need for food ranked eighth in overall need.

The Spread the Love Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, sponsored by Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc., will continue through the end of February.

Donations can be dropped off at the Delta office at 122 W. Main in Purcell.

For more information about services provided by Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc., visit deltacommunityaction.org.

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The Washington FFA and 4-H Livestock Bonus Auction will be held Tuesday, February 23, at the Clyde Ward Agriplex.

The dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. with the bonus auction beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information or to mail in contributions contact Melinda Tague at 288-6331 or 639-9108 or mtague@wps-isd.com.

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The 31st Annual Purcell Livestock Show was cancelled and the Bonus Auction has been rescheduled, according to Jason Baker, Purcell High School ag instructor and FFA advisor.

The Purcell Bonus Auction is now set for Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. in the Purcell Ag Ed Building.

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For those who have read comic books for decades, or those just interested in learning more about the perhaps unexpected depth of the genre, the Pioneer Library System is offering a discussion group centered on the genre. 

Sacred Panels: A Comics Book Club, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The group will continue into the future with monthly meetings generally scheduled on the third Thursday of each month. Access to the Zoom presentation is available by signing up in advance at http://pioneer.libnet.info/event/4766766. A valid email address is required.

Topics and dates for the first three discussions are: 

February 18 – Paper Girls, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan; 

March 18 – Naomi: Season 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker; 

April 15 – Invincible, Vol. 1: Family Matters, by Robert Kirkman (author of The Walking Dead series). 

Copies of each these titles and each future discussion title will be available through the Hoopla downloadable service.

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This is one our favorites around my house!

Velveeta Chicken Rotel Spaghetti

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (chopped into bite sized pieces)

1 can Rotel Tomatoes with Diced Green Chiles (undrained)

1 green bell pepper (diced)

1 small white onion (diced)

Velveeta Cheese Loaf (16 oz.) – cut into 1 inch cubes

1 lb. package Thin Spaghetti Noodles

Cook chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter until almost done. Add bell pepper and onion to the chicken and saute until chicken is cooked and vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

Combine chicken, pepper and onions with the cooked spaghetti noodles while they are still hot. Add cubes of Velveeta cheese to the mix and stir until everything is combined and the Velveeta cheese is completely melted.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spread chicken noodle mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

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