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City THE STILLWATER JOURNAL, Thursday, May 13, 2010 - S5 i i r Senior Activity Center fun .o..y vr_v,_w City government: Who's steering this thing? At a recent City Coun- cil meeting, the City of Stillwater's management team made presentations about the city services they manage and how decisions concerning the impending budget cuts would affect Stillwater residents. The presentations were intended to educate the council-- not to tell them how to balance the budget. Why? Because the city's management team doesn't plot the course, City Coun- cil does. Stillwater is governed by the council-manager form of government, which is the most predominant and effective form of municipal government in the world. It means, as Stillwater citizens, you have the opportunity and the right to express your concerns and needs to your elected repre- sentatives; City Council is charged with making deci- sions fbr the community in regards to financial policy and budgeting; and it's my lobate take the helm and get us there. As city manager, I serve as the chief administrative official. I am bound by my oath of office the city charter and a code of ethics to make sure city staff fbl- lows the course set by City Council. Neither city staff nor I are empowered to set policy or change policy once a decision has been made by cotmcil; however, we are authorized to imple- ment those polici6 to the best of our abilities. For more than 25 years, I have been a proud member of the International City/ County Management Association (ICMA) whose mission is to create excel- lence in local government worldwide. To me, one of the most important aspects of belonging to ICMA is its firm commitment to the 12 tenets of the ICMA Code of Ethics. Let me share a couple with you: Tenet 5: "Submit policy proposals to elected offi- cials; provide them with facts and advice on mat- ters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected offi- cials." Tenet 6: "Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establish- ment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members." Yes, I'm expected to be a leader. I'm duty-bound to submit information and policy proposals and to offer my professional advice. But in the end, it's not my recommendations or opinions that govern my action on the job; instead, it's the decisions voted on by the majority of council. That's the democratic pro- cess. My door is always open. I sincerely want to hear your opinions, your concerns, your needs. I will make sure your voice is heard. However, understand that the actions 1 take -- and the actions, services and programs offered by city staff -- are designed to reflect the policy set by City Council. We have a great form of government. Support it. Be involved. As your city man- ager, I am 100 percent com- mitted to follow council's lead and work with a team of more than 500 employ- ees to navigate the City along that course. Stillwater is on a fan- tastic voyage, so welcome aboard! The City of Still- water Senior Activity Center participants have a fun time with all the activities offered. The Senior Center's hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for music night. Stop by 1015 E. 12 the or call 747-8080 for more information and make sure to pick up a May calendar of events. Monday, May 17 - The fun begins Monday morning with women's pool and oil painting class at 9:30 a.m. Also, the Wii gaming system is available for use during the day. Exciting after- noon games consist of social bridge, canasta, dominoes, pitch, puzzle solving, and Mexican train dominoes. Tuesday, May 18 - You can even have fun exercising by taking part in the Sit 'n Be Fit exer- cise class every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. This is a good 45-minute, low impact exercise workout where some exercises are done while sitting and some are done while standing by a chair. Afterwards, at 10: 30 a.m. you can stay and continue your exercise while playing a variety of games on the Wii system. Tuesday afternoon activi- ties include games such as; duplicate' bridge, canasta, pitch, skipbo, pool, snooker, puzzle solving, and dominoes. A representative from Veteran's Affairs comes in on Tuesdays, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to help with any questions or paperwork you may have pertaining to veteran's assistance. A fun evening of line dancing begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 - The women get out their cue sticks again at 9:30 a.m. for several friendly rounds of pool. Wii interactive games are also available for use. Other activities for the afternoon include; canasta, pool, dominoes, Texas Hold'em, pitch, Mexican train dominoes, puzzle solving, and a movie. The movie, "The Lovely Bones", starring Stanley Tucci, will be shown at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20 - The Sit 'n Be Fit exer- cise class gets together at 9:30 a.m. Get a good workout and then stay and try out the Wii Fit system at 10:30 a.m. The Wii Fit is good for your hand/eye coordination and balance. In the afternoon you can join in games of canasta, social bridge, pool, pitch, skipbo, dominoes, crib- bage, and bingo at 2:00. Check out the evening fun at the Center. Starting at 6:00 p.m. every Thurs- day, music night begins with western tunes and singing. Friday, May 21 - Morning activities include women's pool and craft class. The after- noon crowd then enjoys canasta, dominoes, pitch, Mexican train dominoes, pool and puzzle solving. Saturday, May 22 - Spend your Saturday afternoon at the Senior Activity Center and have a good time playing Texas Hold'era, along with dominoes, pool and card games. It is open from 12: 30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Last weeks winners for social bridge were: Mary Thomas, 1'; and Mallory Owen, 2% In another game of social bridge; June Cramer was first, and Treca Adams came in second. Duplicate bridge winning partners: Charles Foreman and Ken Lane were 1'; and Treca Adams and Marilyn R0th took 2 "d place. Texas Hold'em champions for the week were: Don Lorett and Bud Moats. Last Friday, 19 Stillwa- ter seniors traveled to Ponca City to victoriously regain the traveling pool tournament trophy in a 22-16 win over Ponca City. Congratulations to each individual winner and the pool players overall. Rotary honors Junior High Students Madison Gtmkel, daughter of Candace and Mark Gunkel, and Jesse Ogle, son of Seana and Joe Ogle, were honored by the Centennial Rotary Club as Stillwater Junior High School Students of the Month for May 20 I0. Recycle. Share your Journal with a friend. From the .... 36 H!l.llll , Ill [ II'lllll[ I 1 1 I Don't get stressed by missing the deadline. Advertising - 1 p.m. Monday / Stories - 5 p.m. Monday The loum (405) 547-2411 Estate Tag Sale Robert and Doris Dellinger Friday, May 14 4-6pro Saturday, May 15 9am-2pm 2912 N Crescent StiUwater (North to Lakeviewteast to Husband North to Lakehurstleast on ikehurst) Watch for signs. 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For more information, please call 377-0978 or visit www.lifecenterads.org, Lewis to present crazy quilt histo00 y (STILLWATER) - Local quilter and author Sherrill Lewis will present "'Crazy for Crazy Quilts" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 at the Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck St. Lewis will explore all manner of crazy quilts from those that are practi- cal to ones that are fancy. She will explain the facts, foibles, and roller-coater history of this novel form of art quilting. Many crazy quilts, both new and ones that are a century old will be on display. Lewis has been crazy quilting for more than 40 years and is an expert at crazy quilt embellish- ments and encrustation, which she explores in her book "Splendiferous Bead Motifs." The book, avail- able on the author's web site www.sherrillmlewis.com, includes instructions for bead embroidery and many ideas for incorporating beading into a crazy quilt design. "Anything goes in crazy quilting with respect to fabrics used and the endless scope of embellishments," said Lewis. "Making-u p rules as one goes, stitch- ing intricate handwork in a machine-does-it age, creating a distinctive art quilt, totally unlike anyone else's-- it's a free-style art form. It suits me perfectly. Fm too old to follow 'rules,' and l don't plan to touch down to make another 'sane' quilt anytime soon !" Lewis has studied under quilting masters Martha Greem Betty Pillsbury, Judith Baker Montano, Carole Samples, Rita Goff, and Helen Gibb. She also teaches crazy quilting in classes across the country. e_///_/Aracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. C. S. Lewis Meting Stilfwater Watchdogs Concerned Citizens Welcome Thursday Evenings 7:00-8:(10 PM Stillwater Plaza Hotel Theater Rm. 600 E. McEImy Rd www.S tillwater-Watchdogs.com THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE TODAY CAN HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOUR FUTURE. START BY CHOOSING EDWARD JONES. 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