Want to remember our troops this Christmas? You may want to head over the YMCA in Ponca City this week to lend a helping hand.
Operation Pioneer Spirit will be organizing at the YMCA on Tuesday, Dec. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. and packing on Wednesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 1 p.m. If you would like to donate, the chaplains and soldiers are requesting Handi-Wipes, hotel-size toiletries, snack foods, navy or black skull cap/scarves, black/navy socks, small peanut butter/jelly in plastic jars, tuna fish/chicken in pouch/can, work gloves, greeting cards, batteries, candy, hand warmers, and Sudoku/crossword puzzles. Organizers are asking that no no badly worn paperback books and no hardback books be donated. Monetary gifts are especially welcome.
Central Oklahoma was rattled by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake on Saturday. That’s according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was four miles northwest of Jones, seven miles east of Edmond, nine miles north-northwest of Choctaw and fourteen miles northeast of Oklahoma City. No injuries or damage were reported. Two other quakes also took place Saturday afternoon and evening. The second quake hit around 1:26 p.m. with its epicenter 3 miles southeast of Edmond and 10 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City. The third quake hit around 5:58 p.m., with its epicenter near The Village. The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude 5.6 that took place on Nov. 5, 2011.
While this time of year is known for its holiday spirit, it is also known as the beginning of the busiest time for firefighters regarding housefires. Ponca City Fire Marshall Dave VanBuskirk says that while you are checking your list of things to do, be sure to have your smoke detector at the top.
With the bitter cold weather, use extreme caution when using portable heaters. Make sure they are away from anything that could catch fire such as curtains, blankets or anything flamable. You should also never attempt to use a portable heater as your only source of heat. And never leave one on if it is unattended.
Part of many traditional holiday decorations are candles, however, candles are also one of the leading causes of house fires during this time of year. That is why Ponca City Fire Marshall Dave VanBuskirk offers some good advice in preventing a holiday season tragedy.
The easiest way to prevent a fire from a candle is to purchase battery operated ones instead. If you do choose to use the real thing, be sure to them at least 12 inches from anything that can burn. And you should always keeps candles, matches and lighters out of the hands of children.
With the unusually bitterly cold temperatures that are spreading across the country and down to our area, Ponca City has decided to cancel the annual Lighted Christmas parade. Terri Sherbon with the Parks and Rec Department says the decision was made for the well-being of everyone involved.
Temperatures this weekend during the day are forecast to be in the 20s with lows dipping to 9 degrees Friday night, 14 degrees Saturday night and 9 degrees again on Sunday night.