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Police relocate ‘Old Glory’ to new BPSC

During a somber ceremony on April 25, members of the Bartlesville Police Department Honor Guard removed the American flag from the police station grounds at 100 E. Hensley Boulevard. The flag was transported in a patrol vehicle to the new Bartlesville Public Safety Complex on Johnstone Avenue, where it was erected at the new facility.

With the department in the midst of moving into the newly constructed public safety complex, the flag is just one of the many items making the trek from the old to the new. Some police functions and services have been relocated to the new facility while others remain at the Hensley station.

“This is a progressive and transitional move that will take several weeks to accomplish,” said City Manager Ed Gordon. “Several divisions of the police department remain at the Hensley facility, but we will progressively move these divisions into the new complex in the coming weeks.”

The new complex was approved by voters in the 2012 bond election. It includes the new police facility and an expansion of the existing Central Fire Station, located at Sixth and Johnstone.

CityRide offers ‘2 for 1 days,’ other programs

On Tuesdays in April, CityRide — the City of Bartlesville’s public transit system — is offering “Two For One Days” during the hours of 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On these days, two riders with the same origination and destination can ride one-way for $3.

The promotion is for rides within the city limits of Bartlesville only, and a 48-hour notice is requested.

Other programs available to Washington County riders on an on-going basis include WorkRide and Cherokee Nation. WorkRide provides a reduced rate for those workers who self-certify meeting 150 percent of annual poverty income rates. Fare for eligible WorkRide participants is $2 for each one-way trip.

Additionally, Cherokee Nation contracts with the transit program to provide rides to CDIB card holders. Cost for eligible riders is 50 cents for each one-way trip within the Cherokee Nation area. A 72-hour notice is required for scheduling, which is subject to availability. Eligible participants must display their CDIB card to each transit driver at boarding.

For more information about these programs, call 918-336-2233, or visit www.upcapinc.org. Compliments, comments, suggestions and concerns are welcome. Written correspondence can be emailed to lcorff@ucapinc.org, faxed to 580-718-0981 or mailed to 2101 North Fourteenth Street, Suite 129, Ponca City, OK  74601.

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Lineup announced: OK Mozart Festival 2017 features 2 world premieres, new genres

By Susan Albert
OK Mozart Musical Festival

The OK Mozart Music Festival has delivered on its promise of a revitalized 2017 festival with a knockout lineup of classical performers as well as the addition of new music genres.

“This season is filled with excitement and a little something for everyone,” said Mary Lynn Mihm-Howk, chairman of the OK Mozart Board of Directors. “We have scheduled diverse, highly-acclaimed musical talent for residents and visitors alike to enjoy classical, jazz, blues, rock and other mixed genres.”

The nine-day festival, planned June 8-16, kicks off Thursday evening with a street concert featuring the 145th Army Band, followed by western blues band Honey Blue, which is free to the public. Later that evening, “High Stakes” cowboy crooner Michael Martin Murphey performs at the Bartlesville Community Center accompanied by the world-class Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra.

On June 9, the harmony-rich sound of Wilson Phillips, a vocal trio comprised of sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, comes to the BCC. Classically trained, golden-voiced Chris Mann, who starred in “The Phantom of the Opera” in its recent tour, takes to the BCC stage on June 10 accompanied by the Bartlesville Symphony.

On the afternoon of June 11, the festival is honored to present the world premiere of composer Jerod Tate’s Muscogee Hymn Suite, commissioned and performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. That evening, enjoy a Concert Under the Stars with entertainment by jazz band Mojo at Sooner Park.

Chamber music, always popular with OK Mozart fans, will be held June 12-15 in Ambler Hall, featuring the exciting Miró Quartet, and Oklahoma’s own Brightmusic Society with Trio Solari. The world premiere of the Joseph F. Tyldesley composition, “Homage to Haydn,” will be performed by the Trio, who also commissioned the piece.

On June 13, hear the inspirational Burchfield Brothers perform at First Baptist Church.

Then on June 16, head out to Woolaroc and enjoy Disney classics performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, followed by fireworks over the lake.

A full spectrum of Showcase events is planned, including children’s activities. Enjoy folk and jazz entertainment at the Price Tower, and a tribute to Gershwin by Those 2!, among others.

There is plenty more on tap, and tickets will be offered starting April 10 through the Bartlesville Community Center, www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.

Local business, property owner finalists for Main Street awards

Bartlesville program up for ‘Community of the Year’

Two Bartlesville organizations have been named as finalists for the Oklahoma Main Street Center’s annual statewide awards competition, and Bartlesville is one of 10 communities vying for the “Community of the Year Award,” Oklahoma Main Street announced recently.

The Hilton Garden Inn is one of three finalists for the “Premier Partner” award, while Chris Dizmang’s CR Anthony Building is one of four nominees competing for the “Best Façade Rehabilitation over $10,000” award.

The winners of these and several other awards will be presented during the 28th Annual Main Street Awards Banquet set for May 9 at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel.

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ConocoPhillips donation supports new Boys & Girls Club facility

ConocoPhillips recently made a $250,000 donation to help construct a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Bartlesville.

The new facility will be built on the site of the existing one and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018. It will be named in honor of former Phillips Petroleum Company Chairman and CEO C.J. “Pete” Silas, who was a BGC member growing up and went on to assume the chairmanship of the national organization.

“We are proud to make this donation,” said Mark Headley, manager of ConocoPhillips’ Real Estate & Facilities Services organization. “The Boys & Girls Club does great work for our community, and we feel this gift will help ensure they continue to do so well into the future.”

Located near the intersection of Seminole Ave. and 5th Street on the west side of Bartlesville, the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club will feature a wide array of facilities to serve the community’s youth, including a gymnasium, a café, a learning center, classrooms, a game room, a preteen center, teen rooms, meeting rooms, a dance studio and a music studio. The grounds will feature a baseball diamond, a basketball court and parking as well.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility took place on Sept. 18, 2016, and initial work on the project has commenced.

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ConocoPhillips’ Mark Headley, far left, and Bob Heinrich, far right, present a $250,000 check from the company to Jason Barta and Annah Fischer of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville to assist with the construction of a new facility for the non-profit organization.


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Utility issues/outages

There are no utility outages reported at this time.

Road closings

ODOT bridge project on US 75 underway

Some lane closures should be expected on U.S. Highway 75 between Adams Road and Eastland Shopping Center due to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Turkey Creek Bridge rehabilitation project. The project began in February and is expected to take approximately 180 days to complete.


Bartlesville Fire Department marks 112 years of service

According to records from the Bartlesville Area History Museum, the Bartlesville volunteer fire department, organized by the Bartlesville Commercial Club, made its first fire run on Jan. 31, 1905, to the Piazza Hotel, located at Third Street and Keeler Avenue.

Despite its 12 volunteer members, including “experienced” firemen Chief F.N. Buck and Capt. Eli Spayd, things didn’t go well as hoped on that first run, records show.

Fire Department launches Honor Guard, marks 112 years of service

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

Ted Lockin may be giving up his seat on the Bartlesville City Council when his term ends next month, but the long-time councilor and former mayor says he won’t stop working for Bartlesville.

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

‘On the Job’ with Kim Inman

At first glance, White Rose Cemetery looks like any other cemetery: a mausoleum, rows of graves, flowers, flags and headstones marking the lives of those buried here. But talk to Cemetery Relations Coordinator Kim Inman for just a minute and you’ll see there is more to the City of Bartlesville-owned cemetery than meets the eye. Everything here, from the flowers on the graves to the symbols on the stones, helps tell the stories of the past — a past that Inman is dedicated to preserving.

Story available at On the Job with Kim Inman

‘On the Job’ with Mike Wickham: Success story

Mike Wickham’s career with the City of Bartlesville is often referred to as a “success story.” From his early days as an abatement officer — the person responsible for mowing too-tall grass and weeds, picking up junk, trash and rubbish and hauling it off — to his current role as senior Neighborhood Services officer, Wickham has worked about every aspect of “codes enforcement.”

Story available at On the Job with Mike Wickham

‘On the Job’ with SRO Korie Plummer: Relationships matter

School Resource Officer Korie Plummer seems born to do the job she has chosen. With just the right mix of “mom” and “cop,” she is as at home in her role as informal counselor and mentor to students as she is peace keeper at the Bartlesville High School campus.

Story available at COB Korie Plumber SRO press release

Studies & Reports

2009 Park and Recreation Master Development Plan

This citizen-driven development plan looks at long-range goals for the City of Bartlesville’s parks and recreation system.

General Obligation Bond Report 2017

This report contains information about the City’s bonding capacity, it’s G.O. bond history and general information.

Capital Needs Report

This report summarizes the City’s capital needs, current and into the foreseeable future.

Water Quality Report 2015

This annual report gives the most recent status of the City’s potable water system.

2016 Bartlesville Fire Department Report

This annual report contains the most recent information on incidents responded to by the Bartlesville Fire Department.

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