Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Chris Evans of Venice, Fla.

She celebrates her birthday Wednesday, January 15.

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Happy birthday to The Register’s own Janie Allen.

Janie celebrates her birthday Wednesday, January 15.

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Happy birthdays also go out to Adrienne Martin, Tanner Martin, George Kernek, Barbara Beuehl, Martin Montelongo, Leslie Arriaga, Eduardo Cruz, Carolyn Hall, Cristian Reyes, Thomas Belfiore, Barbara Gullion, Monica Perez, Margaret Maynard, David Stanton, Celeste Clary, Chardee Carpenter, Dale Richardson, Carolyn Breeden, Jacob Sheehy, Marilyn Myerscough, Crew Montgomery, Dede Page, Adam Wells, Seth Rollins, Tara Anderson, Kevin Wren, Carol Stapp, Laura Harris, Adam Johnson, Austin Johnson, Emily Cudd, Mildred Urbina, Leon Stejskal, Mike Horoho, Joyce Pennington, Jarod Knox, Kimber Mathis and Euyvone (Bonnie) McCall.

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With school resuming after winter break, drivers should be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.

Drivers need to watch out for children walking and biking to and from school which includes those getting out of cars in school parking lots which can be particularly dangerous.

We  need to pay special attention to our greatest resource, our children!

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The 2020 FFA/4-H Brisket and Baked Potato Dinner will be held Sunday, January 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Purcell High School commons area. Tickets are $10 and takeout orders are available. 

The Purcell Masonic Lodge #27 will be partnering with the booster club for the event.

Contact Jason Baker or an FFA or 4-H student for tickets.

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Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?

Now that we’re several days into 2020, it’s time to put them into action!

Most people make the usual resolutions to eat a healthy diet, stop smoking, exercise more and save more.

Whatever yours are, try to stick with them. I’ve been  told that it only takes 90 days to make a change in your life!

My friend, Donna Dyer of El Reno, shared this with me and I thought it was really good.

She writes, “According to a lady who worked with hospice patients there were 5 reoccurring regrets: (1) I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expect of me. (2) I wish I didn’t work so hard. This came from every male patient that she nursed. (3) I wish I had the courage to express my feelings. (4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. (5) I wish that I had let myself be happier, realizing too late that happiness is a choice.”

Good ideas to put into action!

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The Purcell Public Library invites its youngest guests to STEAM learning at the library’s weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Times.

Story Times are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Each of the story times feature stories, science, tech, engineering and math, art, crafts and hobbies to help young children in developing their pre-reading skills.

Advance registration is requested, but is not required.

For more information, visit the library, call 405-527-5546 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/purcell.

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Teens are invited to the Purcell Public Library for Teen Lounge on Tuesday, January 14, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

School can be exhausting. Teen lounge is a weekly program to hang out and relax and have some fun. Many of the things we will be doing will be cooking, gaming, arts and crafts, and technology.

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Game On! will be held at the Purcell Public Library on Thursday, January 9, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Play games with your friends after school. Play the Wii, computer games, card games and more. Snacks will be provided. 

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The Purcell Public Library will present “A Very Merry Unbirthday Party” Thursday, January 16, from 3:1-4:15 p.m.

Children are invited for Story Time Pets and Animals Drama, Performing Arts and Music Art and crafts and hobbies.

A Very Merry Unbirthday to you! and you! and you! and you! Starting this year out with an unbirthday party for all of us is so much fun! 

Join us down the rabbit hole with snacks, games and a craft. 

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Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe for the family? This simple casserole is perfect for busy weeknights!

Four Ingredient Hamburger Casserole  

1 lb. box medium pasta shells

1 lb. ground beef

2 10 oz. cans tomato soup

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup mozzarella

1/2 cup water

Garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°.

Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.

In a large skillet, brown and chop the ground beef with garlic powder, salt and pepper (or any seasoning of your choice).

Add the cooked pasta, tomato soup, a half cup of water and half of the cheese to your skillet with the browned beef; stir and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

Pour the mixture into your greased dish and top with the remaining cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes. You can also broil it for the last 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese.

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