The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 30, 2013

A great tradition: Lights Up the Plains in Enid gets a big thumbs up


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the great tradition of Enid Lights Up the Plains held Friday night.

The annual event has been evoking holiday season nostalgia for nearly two decades.

Enid Lights Up the Plains, which occurs every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the official kick-off to the downtown Christmas shopping season.

Thanks to everyone involved in making this year’s event a success!

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to local fundraising efforts helping abused, neglected or runaway children and teens.

Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma Inc., which operates the emergency youth shelter, recently began its second Nights of Shelter campaign.

Besides offering food and a warm place to stay, shelter staff also work to provide recreation, life skills training, job skills for older teens and counseling services.

Unfortunately, the shelter did not receive an annual federal shelter grant this year and government sequestration also hit the bottom line.

Nights of Shelter can be purchased in $30 increments online at www.yfsenid.org or in person at 605 W. Oxford, Enid.

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Enid’s Kaleb Hennigh deserves a thumbs up for being elected to serve a one-year term on the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors.

Hennigh, who was raised in Laverne, is the founding partner of Ewbank, Hennigh and McVay PLLC in Enid.

He mostly practices asset protection, estate planning, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, corporations, wind energy and leases, and other issues within the agricultural industry.

Way to go!

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Last, but not least, thumbs up to Keep Enid Beautiful for being named 2013 Nonprofit Organization of the Year for communities with a population over 40,000.

The award from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, the statewide affiliate organization, was presented a recent celebration at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Keep Enid Beautiful partnered with the city of Enid and Main Street Enid to enhance the city’s historic downtown corridor, creating color and beauty inviting to visitors as well as residents.

Congrats to President Suzy Meibergen on this great honor.