The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 14, 2014

Vance AFB, Enid Chamber of Commerce get thumbs up for work with Camp Tomahawk

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Vance Air Force Base volunteers and the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce for hosting Camp Tomahawk for local children.

The important program is meant for kids who may not otherwise be able to go to a summer camp due to family income.

Camp Tomahawk was split up into two weeks with a boys and girls camp.

Thanks for helping the kids in our community.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to a new area for burials and cremations being completed at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid.

Cemetery President Robert Claborn said the Garden of Hope — which added 3,000 burial spaces and two columbaria for 576 cremations — was completed just before Memorial Day.

The addition was one of $1 million worth of projects completed since 2007 at the cemetery.

The cemetery purchased 30 additional acres, for future use, in 2007. He said a mausoleum, with room for 320 caskets and 256 niches for cremations, was completed in 2009.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the career of retiring Enid Police Department Officer Tommy Davis.

In his quarter century as a patrol officer, Davis served on the department’s negotiation team and in the community policing program, which had officers on bicycles.

Davis, who was presented with a certificate of service and a medal of meritorious service, said he would recommend being a police officer to others seeking a career.

“It’s good people you’re working with,” he said. “They back you up. Everybody helps everybody else.”

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up to two ladies for representing Enid well.

Alex Eppler, who has been serving as Miss Enid since November 2013, was crowned as Miss Oklahoma. Eppler’s hometown is Edmond, but that was close enough to qualify her for the Miss Enid pageant.

Eppler will continue her Dare 2 Care: Random Acts of Kindness platform in her role as Miss Oklahoma.

Aly Akers, who was born and raised in Enid, also went to the Miss Oklahoma pageant after being named Miss Oil Capital in Tulsa. She is the daughter of Gene and Kim Akers.

Akers was in the top 10, won overall talent, was awarded the Miss America (Quality of Life) Community Service Award and won the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medal based on community service.

Congratulations, ladies!

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