The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Doing their part for the community

ENID — Enid is home to a number of community service organizations and almost without exception they all depend on volunteers to complete their missions.

Among those volunteers is Stephanie Ezzell, who is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

Ezzell and husband Ben have been involved with Farmers Market almost from the beginning a few years ago. Ben overheard a planning meeting at DaVinci’s Coffee Shop while studying for law school.

“He became interested and that’s how we became involved,” she said.

On Saturday mornings during Farmers Market season, which begins this year on May 12, Stephanie and Ben, along with their daughter, Nora, can be found at Farmers Market performing a variety of tasks. From time to time they have helped direct traffic or set up canopies for vendors and toys for children, displayed merchandise, sold T-shirts or water, provided general market information, manned the co-op table and even acted as greeters.

“It’s a lot of fun. There are new people who discover Farmers Market all the time, and new vendors,” Ezzell said.

Behind the scenes

Farmers Market is an outlet for a lot of people for their creativity, small businesses or surplus of garden items they did not think was worth anything. Ezzell said the children’s involvement also is good.

“Farmers Market has a program for children under 10 who participate with their parents who are vendors. Their application fee is waived,” she said.

Volunteers sometimes are lacking on a Saturday morning, and board members man everything as much as possible, she said. There are many behind-the-scenes volunteers, people who keep merchandising organized, keep trash and recycling separate and take them off-site and keep the grounds in order.

Text Only
Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


    February 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos