Collinsville, Oklahoma
May 27, 2008
Miscellaneous News
Cats / Turtles / Volunteers / Basketball Kids / Sidewalk & Bridge

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June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month and the Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven has several beautiful cats who would love to call your place home. We have a mama cat with 5 babies. They are soft yellow and white and were found under a car in one of the car dealerships in Collinsville. If they had not been brought to WWAH they would have been another group of feral cats who are living on their own in Collinsville. We also have 3 cute as pie kittens who have multicolors woven into their black overcoat. Kitten Nursery Hours are 9:00-4:00 M-Sat and 1:00-4:00 on Sundays.

Feral cats are a big problem in every community. Please spay and neuter your pets so we can cut down on the free roaming cat problem. They are not healty and are fighting for survival. No way for them to live.
Please don't litter: Spay or Neuter.

Stop by for a visit. 15628 N. 129th E. Ave Collinsville, OK 371-1009

Susan Babbitt
Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven
FOCAS (501 c 3)
P.O. Box 795
Collinsville, OK 74021
918 630-8832

Change Of Pace
This turtle crossing the exit lane at the high school was lucky the students were not driving by today (as they finished school Friday). The teacher had one more day to put in before they completed their school year. There were a few young basketball students at CHS today (below) as the "Lady Cardinals Camp of Champions" had started. CHS Coaches Stacy & Rogers and several current/former CHS players will be teaching the youngsters basic basketball skills this week.
Previous Coverage:
Pick Up Your Memorial Day Flowers At Ridgelawn Cemetery by June 2nd.
Volunteer Collinsville
I've wanted to address aspects of this topic for some time, but after an email flurry last week concerning a specific question relating to kids baseball, I have decided to attempt a more general editorial on the role / scope of volunteers in Collinsville -- Ted Wright.

Growing up in Collinsville in the 1950's and 1960's I was witness to two massive mostly-volunteer efforts that brought a swimming pool and then a hospital here. Generous citizens donated cash and labor for those two major accomplishments. But now (as then), there are likely thousands of smaller volunteer "projects" related to sports, schools, scouts, churches, and other non-profits that count on the generosity of volunteers and donors to provide services that would not otherwise be possible.

Tax payer dollars help support some of these activities (school, library, downtown, animal shelter, etc.) while others are totally dependent on volunteers and fundraisers. I found a 74021 list of tax exempt non-profits a few years back and was astonished at the sheer number of organizations based in Collinsville. I have not had time to check recently but would expect more have been added and none dropped? (& many that don't appear). This is a 6 page report so you won't see all 52 organizations listed without paging forward. The search indicates over $41 million income total for these organizations! An additional (paid) download is required to see the numbers on individual organizations which range from the Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative to a Doberman Pinscher Club.

My conclusion would be to continue to support the groups that you care about most, but don't be surprised when others reach their limit on being able to support all of them.

There were still a few driveways and sidewalks still in progress when I checked out progress last week on the new bridge and roadway on the East Main Street Gateway. I don't have any official word yet on when traffic will switch back to Main instead of Broadway. -- Ted May 27, 2008 (Previous Coverage) As the north side of Main Street downtown is looking better with new sidewalks, the south side will be a bit messy for awhile longer as more portions of the old sidewalks are removed. Cars are beginning to park again on the north side between 11th & 12th.
Editorial continued (from above) specific to the kids baseball program: Not everyone may agree with all aspects of how the program is run but you can't take away from the extrodinary sacrafices of time and money donated by those that continue to support this program. -- Ted Wright