By Trisha Gedon
For those who live in urban and suburban areas, there may not be much room to grow large shade trees. Home lots in some neighborhoods can be relatively small. When shopping for trees for your landscape, you may find the most commonly sold landscape trees are fast-growing, rather large and simply too big for the typical landscape. Another downside is, because they are fast-growers, these trees often have weaknesses, according to David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.
Mariah Burris of Cushing served as an academic all-state alumni mentor the past year, providing academic support and encouragement to a student at Skyline Elementary School in Stillwater. Each all-state alumni mentor spends at least an hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary school student. Burris mentored Jesa, a fifth-grader. Burris has already submitted her application to mentor during the 2015-16 academic year.
By Jim Perry
Looking for a seminal moment in the turnaround that is Cushing High School football. It does not take that much seeking. One game. Cushing on Sept. 2, 2011 visited Hafer Field in Bristow. The Tigers won 42-39, their first victory over the Purple Pirates in four years. A program that had lost 10 of its most recent 30 games since then has won 33 of 48 and played for a state championship.
One down. Many to go. Such is the case for the Cushing High School cross country teams. The Tigers competed Saturday at Loyal in the Lomega Cross Country Invitational. In their first event of 2015, a total of 23 Tigers and Lady Tigers competed. Cushing’s boys, led by 2014 state meet qualifier Paul Giddeon, did not compete as a team. The CHS girls were second in the team standings. Giddeon led the Tiger boys by finishing the two-mile course in 11 minutes, 42 seconds. Other CHS runners were Parker Ramsey, Parker Griffeth and Dakota Norman.
Celebrating August birthdays at Cushing Senior Citizens Center were Kenneth Boyle (left, seated) and Sheila Larson, along with Will Hackner (background).