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Thumbs up to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center for getting a new director.

Heritage Center board members spent the past several weeks searching for possible candidates before deciding on Will Rogers Memorial Museum deputy director Jacob Krumwiede.

This fills the vacancy left after former director Robbin Davis’ departure in early June.

We share Heritage Center board chairman Lynn Smith’s enthusiasm about the new director’s arrival.

Krumwiede, who’s first day in Enid will be Aug. 1, has worked at Will Rogers Memorial for 12 years, starting in 2007 as an intern.

He held many different titles as he earned his way up to deputy director, and he’s ready to climb up another rung.

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More thumbs up to Park Avenue Thrift for naming Stela Jantzen as its new director.

With 10 years retail experience as owner of the Felt Bird, and seven years of nonprofit work with Main Street Enid, she knows the ins and outs of each. Ideal knowledge for the work she’ll do as director.

A statewide search was conducted to fill the role, with no special preference for locals. Jantzen, an Enid native, impressed the search committee for many reasons besides her birthplace.

“Stela’s got this energy, she’s got a retail background, and she truly loves the Enid community,” Park Avenue board chair Molly Helm said. “I think that’s going to come through in everything that she leads Park Avenue Thrift to do. The board is unanimously behind her.”

Formed in 2007 by Enid residents Paula Nightengale and David Hume, Park Avenue gives away 100 percent of its profits to various organizations and causes in the community. The mission hasn’t changed, but following the retirement of its founders earlier this year, Jantzen and the board plan to tweak the operation in ways they hope will make Park Avenue even more effective.

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Last, but not least, thumbs up for Emmanuel Enid and Forgotten Ministries partnering on a new Pacific Islander Ministry and the Refuge at the Well women’s transitional housing facility.

Refuge at the Well and the Pacific Islander Ministry are collaborative efforts between Emmanuel and Forgotten Ministries.

The purpose of the ministry is to provide occupational, educational and medical training for members of Enid’s Pacific Islander community.

“That’s our goal,” Pastor Burleson said. “It’s community planning. We want to do everything we can to make the lives of our Pacific Islander friends better in Enid, Oklahoma.”

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