The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 3, 2014

Hennessey marching band chosen to represent Oklahoma in National Memorial Day Parade

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the Pride of Hennessey — Hennessey High School’s marching band.

The band, directed by Adam Steuart, was chosen to represent Oklahoma in the National Memorial Day Parade next year. The choice was made by the governor’s office after the band was nominated by state Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. A.J. Griffin.

The band is small, but mighty. There are 30 members from seventh through 12 grades.

This is quite an honor, and Hennessey should be proud of these musicians.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the Miracle League, 4RKids Foundation, Enid Noon AMBUCS and everyone who help make the new Miracle League Field a reality at AMBUCS Park.

 It was a labor of love for more than five years, and the results are awesome.

Six Miracle League teams will play at the field. The program pairs children and adults who have special needs with able-bodied partners for weekly baseball games played during May and June.

Congratulations on a great job.

THUMBS UP

The Vance Air Force Base Commissary has been judged the best small commissary in the United States.

As such, the grocery store, which caters to active duty military at Vance and retirees, receives the Richard M. Paget Award.

What makes the award more special, is that the commissary was short-staffed much of the year, working with as few as 17 employees, which is well short of the normal 30.

This award shows the quality of employees at Vance.

THUMBS UP

Good news from out in the county.

PICO Northstar Oklahoma LLC recently closed on the purchase of 400 acres of land for a new canola processing plant here.

The plant will be situated on 400 acres between 66th and 78th, bounded by Willow to the north and the BNSF main line to the south, about one mile north of U.S. 412.

It will have more than 50 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of about $3.5 million.

Northstar Agri Industries President Neil Juhnke said the project is “shovel-ready” when canola acres in the area grow enough to support it.

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