A special happy birthday to my sweet and funny grandson, Thomas Robert Montgomery.

Thomas celebrates his fourth birthday Saturday, August 1.

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John D. and I celebrate our 41st anniversary Tuesday, August 4.

Doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been married that long. And that we’ve spent almost 31 of it here in Purcell.

Here’s to many more!

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Happy birthdays also go out to Landri Tompkins, Dee Roberts, Joshua Cleeland, Maria Reyes,Lidia Calixto, Donovan Farley, Martin F. Ibarra, Ana Mena, Jane Moates, Mike Wilson, Linda Couch, Karol Duffy and Sherry Honeyman.

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Purcell’s commencement exercises will be at Conger Field Friday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m.

Face masks are required for everyone. School officials say please plan to bring your own mask.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to The Reimer Center.

Those who are unable to attend due to health concerns are encouraged to watch the event live on Purcell High School’s Facebook page

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Wayne’s Class of 2020 will receive diplomas Saturday, August 1, at 8 p.m. at the D.S. “Zack” Powell Field.

Superintendent Toby Ringwald said graduates will be seated in the home bleachers.

Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on on the field.

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Landmark Church is giving away free school supplies and other goodies for students as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

The drive-thru event will be held on Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church, 1106 W. Grant St. in Purcell.

Due to COVID-19 church members are providing this event instead of their annual Back to School Bash.

For more information call 405-527-3342 or email landmarkchurchok@gmail.com.

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With your gardens overflowing with fresh, colorful and delicious vegetables, come and learn how to safely preserve your harvest to enjoy later, as nothing tastes as good as a jar of vegetables out of your garden. 

A Pressure Canning workshop will be held Tuesday, August 4, at 2 p.m. at the McClain County Community Center, 1721 Hardcastle Blvd., in Purcell.

Learn how to preserve vegetables or come for a refresher course. We will cover safety practices, tools and utensils, care of a pressure canner, and processing procedures.   

It is important to check the dial gages on your pressure canner yearly.  If you need your pressure canner tested, please contact the McClain County OSU office for an appointment to have it checked.

Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 405-527-2174.

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If you are looking for an easy main dish that your family will love, this is the recipe.

Porcupines in a Skillet

1 lb. ground beef

1 package dry onion soup mix

1-1/2 cup hot water

3/4 cup long grain rice uncooked

16 oz. can of tomatoes

1 cup cheese shredded

1 small can mushrooms (optional)

In a large skillet, crumble beef and brown.

Drain and stir in onion soup mix, water, tomatoes (optional mushrooms).

Add rice and stir.

Cover and cook on low heat for 25 minutes or until rice is tender.

Sprinkle with cheese, melt and serve.

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