The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 29, 2012

Thumbs down to OKC’s overblown snowstorm that didn’t happen at Christmas

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs down to Oklahoma City’s overblown hype of the record Christmas snowfall that didn’t happen in many parts of the state.

We forgive forecasters for missing the mark. (As media, we all make mistakes.) And we realize predictions weren’t as off as, say, the Mayan apocalypse.

However, many viewers changed their travel plans. They need the latest information delivered responsibly, not fear-mongering and shameless attempts to score higher ratings.

Liz Dueweke, morning anchor for KOKH Fox 25, tweeted the following insight Dec. 25 from her personal Twitter account:

“Not very much snow,” the Michigan native wrote. “I have a thicker layer of powder sugar on my french toast than the white stuff outside my door.”

Thumbs up for Project Santa, a collaborative effort between Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma and the spouses and pilots of Vance Air Force Base’s 8th Flying Training Squadron.

The names of those children were placed on angels on Christmas trees in each of Vance’s squadrons. The 8th FTS coordinated collecting the gifts and bringing them to Youth and Family Services, and from there to the children’s schools.

School-based counselors identified low-income, local school kids who might not have received anything for Christmas if not for this worthwhile program.

Thumbs up to staff and volunteers at Our Daily Bread opening their doors Christmas morning, just like they do every weekday, and providing a hot meal and some holiday fellowship.

The kitchen prepared a traditional turkey dinner. Volunteers were in no short supply Tuesday, as many people had celebrated Christmas early in anticipation of winter weather, and came down to the kitchen to help out Christmas morning.

A group of carolers from Cristo Rey Baptist Church of Hennessey drove to Enid Christmas morning to offer their songs — and their cheer — to those in need.

Last, but not least, thumbs up to those giving a Christmas blessing to some starved and neglected animals.

About 30 canines were discovered at a Harper County house between Buffalo and Rosston by the Harper County Sheriff’s Department.

A group from FURever Friends of Enid came to the house, and volunteers began taking the animals for health treatment.

Vickie Grantz, executive director of the Enid Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the dogs were brought to the Enid facility, where they were treated.