The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 8, 2014

Event center should be praised for bringing in variety of events

Enid News & Eagle

Thumbs up to Enid Event Center General Manager Keller Taylor for mixing up the demographics for coming attractions.

Comedians and MMA are heading to the Enid Event Center this spring, with Nobodies of Comedy and Battlegrounds MMA recently announced.

This follows the heralding of classic rock kings Kansas coming May 10.

Will that show be another packed house? Darius Rucker, touring with the Eli Young Band and David Nail, already boasts the first Enid Event Center sellout.

Let’s keep mixing up the genres. Besides country, why not tap Oklahoma’s burgeoning indie-rock scene to attract a younger demographic?

Enid SPCA recently announced the closure of its shelter to the public for two weeks after an outbreak of parvovirus sickened a dozen puppies.

The first sick puppy was discovered Feb. 19, and since then another 11 have caught the deadly illness. The shelter is closed until Tuesday.

The shelter will take some precautions to prevent another such outbreak when the shelter reopens.

All animals entering the shelter undergo a minimum 10-day quarantine. If an animal is ill, it will undergo an even longer period of quarantine.

Thumbs down to irresponsible owners for neglecting to vaccinate their pets.

Frigid thumbs up to Warren Edds Memorial Civitan Chiller Challenge participants for gathering recently for a fundraiser supporting Special Olympics.

Participants started by running a 5K around the lake, then gathering for a mass plunge into the cold water.

All proceeds benefit the regional track and field event held at Vance AFB.

Edds was the first president of the Yes We Can Civitan Club, a service organization composed of mostly people with physical and mental difficulties. The club organizes the event each year.

Thanks to everyone involved with the fundraiser.

Last, but not least, thumbs up to an extraordinary shop known as the Vance Airman’s Attic.

Customers at the shop located next to the Vance Air Force Base Exchange were seen carrying out various items without paying for them, but they weren’t shoplifters.

Airman’s Attic is a repository of goods ranging from dishes and toys to uniforms and ball gowns, all free for the taking. It is operated by the Vance First Sergeants Council and staffed totally by volunteers.

“I think it’s a great benefit, and the ability to have folks who are interested in running that program for our young airmen just shows you the care the folks on base have for each other,” said Col. Darren James, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing.

The Attic is designed to help young enlisted airmen and their families, from the rank of staff sergeant (E-5) down to airman basic (E-1).