The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 22, 2014

Sparky the Fire Dog statue honors memory of late Fire Chief Philip Clover


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the Sparky the Fire Dog statue out front of Convention Hall honoring the memory of Chief Philip Clover.

Clover enjoyed dressing up as Sparky the Fire Dog to take the message of fire safety to children.

Clover, who was chief since Feb. 1, 1996, died of a heart attack Oct. 23, 2011.

We can’t think of a better tribute to a true public servant.

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Thumbs up to Garfield County Tobacco Free Coalition and Students Working Against Tobacco.

Fifteen volunteers, most of them youths, took time last weekend to clean up Meadowlake Park, picking up cigarette butts and other tobacco trash. They also heard a talk on the dangers of smoking before their work.

We love to hear of efforts like this, and we are encouraged that kids are taking a leading role.

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Thumbs up to having fun on spring break.

For a group of Marquette University students, that didn’t mean sunning on a beach somewhere. It meant coming to Enid and helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

Marquette students have been coming here on spring break for years. This year, 18 students from the school spent their break in Enid.

Habitat for Humanity does a great job helping people get into homes, and the Marquette students do a great job assisting with the work.

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Thumbs up to Enid seventh-grader Ariana Richardson, who earned a silver award in the junior varsity category at the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge, hosted by the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Winning honors is becoming old hat for Richardson, who earned third place in the sophomore category last year. In 2012, she earned a silver prize in the freshman category and second prize overall in the apprentice and freshman groups.

Congratulations to Richardson for continuing a string of impressive performances in the competition.