The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 2, 2011 · 42
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 42

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Monday, May 2, 2011
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INTERIOR DESIGN Remodel woes Mike and Marissa Romano of Denver knew their bathroom renovation was in trouble and needed rescuing when Mike crashed through the bathroom floor and almost fell into the kitchen. With help from professionals at the DIY Network, they now have a chocolate- and sage-colored bathroom that they love. LIFE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE OKLAHOMAN NEWS0K.COM ' ' I 1 Patti Mellow, 59, and son Spencer Mellow, 24, will be the featured speakers Saturday at an Oklahoma Outreach Foundation breakfast. Spencer Mellow, who is in recovery from alcoholism, is a businessman in Austin, Texas. provided Mother, son to reveal story of addiction at Yriendraiser' BY KEN RAYMOND Staff Writer The day her son overdosed on mouthwash and over - the - counter pills , Patti Mellow reached a painful realization. Her adopted son, Spencer, lay in an Oklahoma City hospital bed, his teeth blackened by the purgative he'd been given to make him empty his stomach. "He looked like a skull," Patti Mellow said. "He looked like death." And his medical chart, visible at the foot of the bed, contained a term she'd never let herself use, a label she'd never admitted was true. Her precious son, it said, was a "drug addict." "I thought he was going to die," she recalled. "That's when I gave up and gave it to God. ... Spencer had to decide if he was going to get sober. He had to feel the spirituality. I couldn't do that for him. "I had to say, 'If he's dead next week, I'll bury him. That's all I can do.' " Spencer Mellow, now 24, survived. His parents told him he could live on the streets or get help. He entered a residential treatment program and has SEE HEALING, PAGE 3C OUTREACH FOUNDATION BREAKFAST The Oklahoma Outreach Foundation's Serenity, Hope and Healing Breakfast will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the parish hall at All Souls' Episcopal Church, NW 63 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Breakfast costs $20. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. For more information or to make reservations, call 842-0706 or email okoutreachfoundation(9 'Hee Haw' receives salute from state's history center Buck Owens, left, and Roy Clark, right, perform on "Hee Haw" in 1986 in Nashville, Tenn. Shown between them is guest Ernest Borgnine. AP FILE PHOTO From left, Minnie Pearl, Gordie Tapp, George Lindsay and Tulsa native Gailard Sartain appear on "Hee Haw." PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER. Easton Corbin still remembers vividly the Saturday TV lineup from childhood weekends spent on his grandparents' Florida farm. It started with "Hee Haw," followed by "Opry Backstage" and "Opry Live." Although none of his kin played an instrument, the country singer -songwriter who has been dubbed "the second coming of George Strait" was raised in a musical family because of the "pickin' and grinnin' " beaming out of his grandparents' television. "One of my earliest memories is music ... you know, just being around it. And that's what I've always wanted to do," Corbin, 29, told The Oklahoman in a recent phone interview. "I grew up around W - -w Brandy I McDonnell bmcdonnell(a them a lot, so their influences (are mine)." The "A Little More Country than That" hit maker isn't the only one who laughs nostalgically as he recalls gathering around the TV to watch "Hee Haw" with family. "Sitting with grandparents on a Saturday afternoon watching 'Hee Haw:' The first few times, you know, you hate it. And then it just kind of grows on you. It's just so goofy and funny, and the music was great," said SEE SALUTE, PAGE 3C 1l J Vince Gill, above, and Reba McEntire, below, are among the approximately 40 Oklahoma stars who performed on "Hee Haw.' OKC ZOO GOES PARANORMAL Stop by the Oklahoma City Zoo Monday for an event with Chip Coffey from the reality TV series "Paranormal State" and "Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal." At 7:30 p.m. Coffey will be in the Rosser Conservation Education Center Auditorium in the east end of the zoo's parking lot. Though the event doesn't include a tour of the zoo, Coffey will be there answering questions, conducting psychic readings and attempting to make contact with the reported "Ghost Lady of the Zoo." Tickets are $49-$149. For more information or to order tickets, Coffey's website, and click on "events and appearances." For more area events, go to IIP PICASSO ART AIDS SCHOOL SYDNEY - An anonymous American donor has given a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions to the University of Sydney on the condition the school use proceeds from the painting's sale to fund scientific research, officials said Wednesday. The 1935 painting, "Jeunefille endor-mie," depicts Picasso's lover, Marie-Therese Walter, and is expected to fetch up to $19.5 million when it is auctioned at Christie's in London in June, university officials said in a statement. SCHOOLS GIVEN FREE BOOKS Starting Monday, May 2, Feed The Children will provide more than 125,000 books to more than 38,000 Oklahoma City students to help promote summer literacy. The distributions to schools are scheduled to continue through May 12. Boxes of books are scheduled to be delivered to 74 schools considered Title I schools, which receive federal funding because a high number of students live in poverty. The amount of books is enough to provide each student with up to three books, which include fiction and nonfiction titles donated to Feed The Children by Half Price Books, Better World Books, Ha-chette Book Group, Direct Brands Inc. and National Geographic School Publishers. ClfflL Mmk Advice 5D

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