Thumbs up to the two inductees to the 2019 Enid Walk of Fame.
The annual ceremony recognizing astronaut Owen K. Garriott and former Enid Mayor Bill Shewey is slated for 9 a.m. Sept. 14 during the Cherokee Strip celebration. The Walk of Fame lobby is located in Stride Bank Center’s Convention Hall at 301 S. Independence.
Garriott, who died in April at age 88, went into space twice. The Enid native’s initial space flight on Skylab 3 was from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. He and his two crew mates conducted major experiments in science and medicine for a total of 1,427 hours in space. Garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes in three space walks outside Skylab.
On Nov. 28, 1983, Garriott made his second space flight aboard the Space Shuttle STS-9, which included the first flight of the Spacelab 1 international science station. That mission carried the first international shuttle crew and payload specialists. On this flight, he also conducted the first manned amateur radio operations in space.
Garriott and his former wife, the late Helen Walker Garriott, were co-founders of Leonardo’s Children’s Museum.
Shewey was Enid mayor for eight years. He came to Enid to join Central National Bank as a senior vice president in 1978. He volunteered his time to countless community organizations. Shewey’s commitment to Vance Air Force Base was recognized when he was named one of the original Partners in the Sky at Vance Air Force Base in 1996. He also has been an honorary commander at the base. He is a past chairman of the Board of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, and in 2009 was honored with the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shewey was a member of the inaugural class of the Greater Leadership Enid program. He is a past president of the Western Oklahoma Bankers Association and a current member of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.
He is the past chairman of the Northwest Oklahoma Bankers Association. He is a past president of the TU Alumni Association and Lettermen’s Association.
Shewey has served as treasurer for the Enid District of United Methodist Churches. He was active in the Campfire Council of the Plains for 12 years, serving as president and treasurer. Shewey recently was recognized as a 2018 Pillar of the Plains nominee.
More thumbs up to the Alzheimer’s Association, which hosted the third annual Northwest Oklahoma Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The walk in downtown Enid raised awareness about the disease. which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and 64,000 Oklahomans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimer’s Association data.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
For 24-hour access to information on counseling and care consultations, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.
Last, but not least, thumbs up to Enid’s newest rescue aimed at helping cats.
Meows Inc. founder Rhema Abercrombie said she was able to find a property zoned for a shelter, obtain her 501(c)(3) status and begin rescuing cats and kittens from local shelters.
She said since volunteering with other pet-centric organizations in Enid, she wanted to do something to help cats, which often are harder to place in homes.
Donations for the organization can be made at Petsense, The Cat Clinic or by visiting the organization’s Facebook page under Meows Inc.