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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Friday, July 3, 2009
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16A FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009 THE 0KLAH0MAN NEWS0K.COM IN THE REGION Cities set own rules on use of fireworks Here is a list of Fourth of July events. For more events, go to BY TED BADO Staff Writer They might not be allowed bottle rockets or M8os, but Oklahoma residents can buy approved fireworks until Monday. Oklahoma law allows fireworks sales during two periods: June 15 to July 6 and Dec. 15 to Jan. 2. Bottle rockets, stick rockets, M8os and cherry bombs are illegal to sell, use or possess in Oklahoma. Local governments, however, can impose more stringent measures. Here is a sampling of fireworks regulations: In Oklahoma City, Ed-mond, Enid and Stillwater, the sale, use and possession of fireworks is prohibited in city limits without a government -issued permit. In Tulsa and Norman, the sale, use, manufacturing and possession of fireworks is illegal within city limits without a government -issued permit. In Lawton, the sale of fireworks is prohibited within city limits without a government -issued permit. The manufacture of fireworks is prohibited. The use of fireworks is prohibited, except in areas and times designated by the city council. In Guymon, the sale of fireworks is prohibited within city limits. Fireworks may be used only July 4, but are prohibited on city-owned land, including city parks, sports playing fields, Guymon Municipal Airport and Guymon Wild Game Reserve. Mustang has the most user -friendly city ordinance in the metro area. The sale of fireworks is illegal without obtaining a government -issued permit. Residents can use them from 3 to 10 p.m. from June 27 to July 3, and from 9 a.m. to n p.m. July 4. It is illegal to set off fireworks within 500 feet of churches, hospitals, asylums, unharvested flammable crops, public schools or a place where fireworks are stored or sold. Users may not throw fireworks out of or into a motor vehicle and may not throw them at a group of people. HOW TO AVOID ACCIDENTS State Fire Marshal Robert Doke provided the following tips to avoid accidents and injuries when using fireworks: Purchase fireworks only from a licensed and approved dealer. Read and follow the directions on fireworks packages. Make sure adults supervise all use of fireworks. Do not point or throw fireworks at people. Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place (not your pockets). Use fireworks in an open area away from dry grass and other flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby for emergencies. Light fireworks one at a time. Do not try to re-ignite fireworks. Soak fireworks in water if they did not ignite. Do not attempt to repair broken fireworks. Tarraa Hardy, then age 12, is shown in this photo from July 4, 1996, wearing an umbrella hat to fight off the heat at the Bricktown Fourth of July parade. Oklahoma City reached 105 degrees that day, the July 4 record high for Oklahoma City, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO SOME COOL STATISTICS SPARKED BY FOURTH You've probably heard them for years, the Fourth of July cliches. "Hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July." "Hotter than noon on the Fourth of July." And the generic "Hotter than the Fourth of July." Just how hot is it in Oklahoma on the Fourth of July? Gary McManus, associate state climatol-ogist with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, came up with some cool - pun intended facts about weather on the Fourth since 1892. As usual, one date usually has to show off when it comes to a list, and in this case it was July 4, 1980. The record high for July 4 in Oklahoma was set on that day when Lawton reached 114 degrees. But they weren't sweating alone with n of the hottest temperatures measured on July 4 coming in 1980. The low at Tulsa International Airport was 85 degrees. But 1980 doesn't hold all the marks, especially if you look at Oklahoma Jik Bryan jpi Painter f bpainter(3 City, which had a record high of 105 degrees in 1996. Interestingly, the record low came 90 years earlier with 57 degrees. Speaking of low temperatures, Kenton, in the far western panhandle where the elevation is more than 3,000 feet higher than Oklahoma City, had a low of 44 on Independence Day in 1903. Kenton also registered the lowest high temperature at 62 degrees in 1972. That was a cool Fourth as 17 of the 20 lowest high temperatures were recorded. We've even had some pretty significant storms. Enid received 8.3 inches of rain July 4, i960, and in 1987 tennis-ball size hail fell in areas such as northwest of Calumet. HEAT STAYS FOR HOLIDAY Sunny skies are expected today with high temperatures in the 90s and lower 100s, the National Weather Service said. Lows should range from the mid-60s in the Panhandle and 70s to near 80 elsewhere. On Saturday, skies will be partly cloudy in most of the state and mostly cloudy in northern Oklahoma, where showers and thunderstorms are possible. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s in the Panhandle and lower 100s in the rest of the state, forecasters said. Thunderstorm chances will fall into the slight category for Monday and Tuesday. Marlow families will visit namesake BY BRIAN KIMBALL Staff Writer MARLOW - Not many families have reunions in towns named after themselves, but that's exactly what's happening in the town of Marlow. Members of the Marlow family converged on the town Thursday for the reunion set for today, said Debbe Ridley, executive director of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce. In the late 1800s, the original settlement was called Marlow Grove, after the family who lived on the northern edge of the town, Ridley said. Three of the family's five brothers were killed in 1889. Most members of the family wound up in Colorado; Charlie Marlow went to California, she added. "We have the Marlow centennial memorial dedicated to the five brothers, and lots of things here are tied directly back to the family," Ridley said. "... Most of them have not been here before ... so we plan on just generally showing them around." Ridley said many members of the Marlow family have contacted her to use her mailing list for a reunion. The Marlows, most of whom hail from Indiana, decided to get the family together and thought there wouldn't be a better place than Marlow to hold the event. Family members were asked to take part in Mar-low's Fourth of July parade on Saturday, but Ridley said they declined because they would rather enjoy the festivities than be a part of them. "We're real excited about it," Ridley said. Last pool opens in preparation for holiday BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer The last of Oklahoma City's pools will open to the public today. Macklanburg Pool, 11700 N Stratford Drive, is opening in a joint effort between the city and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Including the city's two family aquatic centers, nine pools now are open. Douglass Pool, 900 N Frederick Douglass Ave., opened Tuesday. Macklanburg and the city's other traditional pools will be open until Aug. 8. The Will Rogers and Early-wine family aquatic centers will be open until Sept. 7. Other city news City offices will be closed today for Independence Day. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. Metro Transit buses and trolleys are scheduled to run today, but they will not run on Saturday. City staff will offer a code enforcement workshop for city residents who want to know how to im -prove the appearance of their neighborhoods. The workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. The workshop is free. TODAY Blanchard, Independence Day, 6 p.m. at South Park, Tyler Street and SE 7. Live entertainment from Full Circle, free watermelon, ice cream, snow cones, ice pops and bottled water. Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Call 485-9392. Chandler, Fourth of July Spectacular & Bell Cow Run at Tilghman Park. Free entertainment, games and food with fireworks at Bell Cow Lake. Moore, Art in the Park A Celebration in the Heartland, 5 to 10 p.m. at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12. Live entertainment with crafts, food and children's activities. Newcastle, A Salute to Patriotism, 5 p.m. at Veterans Park, 705 NW 10. Games, face-painting, obstacle course, sand box and athletic competitions for children. Volleyball game. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Oklahoma City, Red, White and Boom! The Oklahoma City Philharmonic plays a concert in the parking lot at Reno and Joe Carter avenues. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the philharmonic will play at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks show after. Concessions will be available. Woodward, Let Freedom Ring 2009 at Crystal Beach Arena, 210 Temple Houston Drive. Gates open at 4 p.m. Music by Asleep at the Wheel, Tanya Tucker and Stoney LaRue. One-day general admission $25 online, $35 at the gate. Yukon, Veterans Tribute, 5:45 p.m. at Chish-olm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament. Celebration honoring all veterans. Irv Wagner's Concert Band will perform, followed by a fireworks show. Free admission. SATURDAY Bethany, Centennial Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 39 Expressway. Begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Freedom Fun Run. The Centennial Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Southern Nazarene University. Classic car show, carnival rides and games and fireworks. Chickasha, Family Fun & Freedom Festival, 3 to 11 p.m. at Shannon Springs Park, 2500 S 9. Face-painting, fishing in the lake, food, arts and crafts, entertainment and with a fireworks show. Free admission. Concho, Lucky Star Casino Fireworks Celebration, 7777 N Highway 81. Free admission to fireworks display after dark. Edmond, LibertyFest. Downtown parade at 9 a.m. Activities for children, free watermelon and food at 5 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma, 100 University Drive. Fire works at 10 p.m. Seating is available across campus except at Wantland Stadium. El Reno, Fireworks display at Lake El Reno, SH 81. Kingfisher, Independence Day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Kingfisher Park, 301 N Main St. Downtown parade, games at the park, a concert and fireworks. Midwest City, Fourth of July celebration at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno Ave. Live music by Smilin' Vic and The Soul Monkeys and The 4 Players beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Moore, Art in the Park A Celebration in the Heartland from noon to 10 p.m. at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12. Live entertainment, food, children's activities and fireworks show. Norman, Norman Day at Reaves Park, 2501 S Jenkins Ave. Activities begin at 4 p.m. Music, hot dog-eating contest, rock-paper-scissors tournament, baby crawl, free watermelon and fireworks. Go to Oklahoma City, The Myriad Botanical Gardens offers free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oklahoma City, Red, White and Boom! From 3 p.m. to midnight. Live music, food and drinks on the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Fireworks immediately following the Oklahoma City Red-Hawks game. Ponca City, Freedom Festival at Lake Ponca. Games, music, entertainment, boat parade, vendors and a fireworks display. Shawnee, Red White & Blue Celebration, 6 p.m. at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, 1700 W Independence. Live music, family fun and fireworks. Tuttle, Ice Cream Festival, 9 a.m. at Schrock Park, 900 W Main. Parade, ice cream-eating contests, turtle races, princess pageant, patriotic salute, concert and fireworks. Woodward, Let Freedom Ring 2009 at Crystal Beach Arena, 210 Temple Houston Drive. Gates open at 4 p.m. Special guest former President George W. Bush. Musical guests include Marty Stuart and Sawyer Brown. Fireworks begin at 11 p.m. One-day general admission $25 online, $35 at the gate. Yukon, Freedom Fest, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Yukon City Park, 2200 S Holly Ave. Mid-America Hot Rod Association Car Show, children's parade, petting zoo, pony rides, hot dog-eating contest, free swim at the City Splash Pool and fireworks. TWO DIE IN STATE WRECKS Two people died in accidents on state roads on Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Paula K. Vannaman, 65, Kansas City, Mo. Vannaman was driving on Interstate 35 six miles north of Perry when she lost control. The vehicle landed on its roof and was struck by a pickup about 4:30 p.m. The pickup's driver, Theodore Hicks Jr., 52, of Kalkaska, Mich., was taken to a hospital with injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. Jack Steven Bennett, 42, Jet Bennett was driving two miles north of Goltry when his pickup struck a bridge railing and rolled into a creek about 4:50 p.m., the patrol said. Bennett's 9-year-old son crawled out of the pickup and went for help, troopers said. Neither was wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS 42) Minter6?Sons HEATING or AIR CONDITIONING Heating and Air Conditioning CDCC 1 0 YR PARTS & LABOR WARRANTY I I LL HIGH EFFICIENCY COMFORT SYSTEMS 348-9600

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