Elves move mayor's tree... Mayor's Christmas tree was moved Friday to the home of Bailey Bennett, an Oak Grove child who is suffering from cancer. Bailey turned on tree's lights in a December 1 ceremony. An elf, Peppermint, given to Bailey by the Elves of Christmas Present, helped city employees move the tree to Bailey's home so she could enjoy the lights. photo by Linda Ighoyivwi
Elves deliver mayor's tree to home of Bailey Bennett
The Elves of Christmas Present made a special trip to Oak Grove on Friday to help make the holidays brighter for Bailey Bennett, who is homebound due to cancer.
On December 1 Santa Claus delivered to Bailey a magical elf on the shelf to watch over her during the holidays. Bailey named the elf Peppermint.
These elves are popular during the holiday season and are meant to watch over children to make sure they are being good.
The story says the elves get into a lot of trouble during the night but always appear at the child's home in the morning.
Bailey loves Christmas lights and the Elves of Christmas Present had arranged for a ride in a limousine for her to see the lights on the Country Club Plaza and dinner for the family.
However, Bailey's family said it would be difficult for Bailey to make the trip. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund prepares to assist community
For many years the residents of Oak Grove have been generous with donations to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.
All contributions collected are spent directly on the needs of the families within the Oak Grove community. This fund and how well it is able to meet the needs is solely dependent on the generosity of the community.
Caseworkers with the Community Services League review requests and distribute available resources on the basis of need.
Contributions are typically used to buy gifts for children, clothing, food and other necessities. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Carols ring out... National Honor Society members volunteered as part of their community service as bell ringers for the Salvation Army on Saturday at Cash Savers, fulfilling their duties with a unique twist. There was no bell involved, but rather the junior class students, accompanied on the flute by their sponsor, Megan Howard, delighted shoppers and donors by singing Christmas carols.
All money donated to the Salvation Army Christmas buckets in Oak Grove is used in Oak Grove for emergency services. Buckets are manned by volunteers from Oak Grove community groups.
From left, Brooke Barker, Mariah Erickson, Megan Howard, sponsor and English teacher, Amber Shaw, Emily Scott, Callie Tripp.
Holiday Homes contest judging to be Monday
Parks and Recreation office may be contacted by 4:30 p.m. Monday at 690-4003 to register for the Holiday Homes Contest.
Top four homes will win a sign to display that states the home is a winner. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Waiting on warmer weather... The FEMA safe room/performing arts center at Oak Grove High School is waiting on a warm-up before concrete can be poured inside the building.
Construction continues on building
Construction work continues on the Oak Grove R-6 School District campus FEMA safe room/performing arts center.
According to district superintendent, Freddie Doherty, waterproofing of the building roof was completed prior to the recent onset of below-average cold temperatures. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.