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November in Claremore


Nov 3 - Nov 30, 2018

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A fall to remember with something for everyone in the family. Kick-off November with the Will Rogers Birthday Bash, celebrating Oklahoma’s favorite son. This year marks what would have been Will’s 139th birthday, and Claremore is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Will’s movies. The party starts with the Will Rogers Day parade on Friday, November 2 starting at 3pm. The parade ends at Claremore’s Gazebo Park at the Museum of History with food trucks and games from 4pm to 6pm, and complimentary birthday cake will be served.

Saturday, November 3 offers more family fun with the Cherokee Nation’s Wings Race starting at 6:30am on the grounds of Rogers State University at the Nature Preserve. Registrations can be found at www.willrogers.com. The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold their traditional wreath laying ceremony on November 3 at 10am at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. And on Sunday, November 4 the museum celebrates Will’s birthday by offering complimentary admission from 10am to 5pm.

More celebrations throughout Claremore such as shopping in Historic Downtown with the kick off their 1st Saturday Downtown event offering special sales by local merchants from 10am to 5:30pm. Don’t forget to stop by the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum between 10am and 5pm and experience the world’s largest privately-owned gun collection and a great collection of World War I posters.

Claremore’s Veterans Day parade will be Monday, November 12 starting at 11:11am and will route from the Claremore Expo Center to downtown Claremore. Join the community in paying tribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces, for those who have served, are serving and honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Rogers State University celebrates homecoming November 12 through the 17. Cheer on RSU Hillcats as they play Northeastern State University on November 14th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, and on Saturday, November 17th more games at 2pm and 4pm all at the Claremore Expo Center.

November 16th brings Claremore’s Dickens on the Boulevard. Starting at 6pm on the 16th and 17th in downtown, featuring food trucks, late night shopping, pictures with Santa and Tales from the Top tours of historic buildings.

Ready for the holidays? Well Claremore’s West Bend Winterland has set the official Christmas Tree Lighting for Monday, November 26. Food trucks will open at 5pm so folks can grab a bite of dinner before the ceremony commences at 6pm. Entertainment will feature RSU’s Choir and the Cherokee National Youth Choir. Lots of photo opportunities for families featuring a giant snow globe and Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy skating, compliments of the West Bend Winterland committee and sponsors.
The Claremore Expo Center will be full of excitement and family fun at the Nitro Arena Cross Nationals, November 30 and December 1. Advance tickets are available online at nitroaxtour.com or purchase at the door starting at 6pm.

Christmas celebrations start November 30 with West Bend Winterland offering fun activities for all ages. Music, inflatables, shopping and more will be offered through December 22 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. A complete schedule of activities can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com. Will’s Country Christmas begins on November 30 at the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, and goes through December 1. Children can enjoy hayrides, pictures with Santa and more activities for all ages. A complete schedule can be found on willrogers.com.

Claremore invites you to experience the hometown of Will Rogers, located northeast of Tulsa on historic Route 66. Come shop, play, dine and stay with us and enjoy a multitude of family fun events. A complete event schedule can always be found at www.visitclaremore.org or by calling Visit Claremore at 918-341-8688.

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  • With the federal minimum wage of $7.25 cents an hour unchanged for ten years, Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan in Congress to more than double that pay rate over a six year period, arguing it’s past time for lawmakers to make it easier for working Americans to earn enough money to support their families. “President Trump isn’t going to stick up for American workers – we Democrats will,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said to cheers at a U.S. Capitol news conference. “No person working full-time in America should be living in poverty,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who will lead the charge for a higher minimum wage in the House as chairman of the Education and Labor Committee. “The current $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 'No American working full time should be living in poverty,' House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott said when introducing legislation to increase the hourly minimum wage to $15. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage was in 2007. pic.twitter.com/nypZl0CX7L — POLITICO (@politico) January 16, 2019 “Increasing the federal minimum wage is the right thing to do,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). “I believe this legislation would provide a boost to businesses and the broader economy.” While the Congress has not touched the minimum wage since Democrats pushed through an increase in 2007, individual states have taken a different approach, as now 29 states have a higher minimum wage than the feds. Just last year, voters in Missouri approved raising the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2023; Arkansas voters approved a minimum wage going up to $11 by 2021. “The last time we were in charge, one of the first things we did was raise the minimum wage,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), referring to a 2007 law approved by a Democratic Congress and signed by President George W. Bush. “It was not enough then,” Hoyer said of the $7.25 per hour federal wage. “It is clearly not enough now.” The $15 per hour wage – known by some groups as the “Fight for 15” – certainly has a good chance at getting through the House, now that Democrats in charge; but it faces an uphill fight in the U.S. Senate. Our #FightFor15 Sisters and Brothers welcoming members of Congress to this afternoon's announcement of the #RaiseTheWage Act of 2019. pic.twitter.com/rza7EjsAfP — Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) January 16, 2019 “A living wage for all workers helps business, families, and the economy,” said Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA). “The steady increase is good for workers, good for business, and good for the economy,” said Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT). “No American working full time should live in poverty.” A section-by-section review of the bill can be found here. The actual legislative text is here.
  • Results of a new retail market study for Tulsa were released Wednesday. The research, funded with the Vision Tulsa program, is the first step in efforts to develop and implement a new commercial revitalization strategy.  “One thing that does apply to several different districts is incubating new businesses, just as the Mother Road Market is doing now with restaurants, bakers and specialty foods,” said Michael Stumpf, principal owner of Placed Dynamics.  “That same strategy could be applied to retail.”  Tulsa leaders will now receive recommendations for multiple strategies throughout the 13 study areas. Here are the key findings in the 243-page report:  Tulsa faces several challenges in the retail sector, namely decreased household spending, the effect of internet sales on local retail spending, and suburban retail development.  Tulsa has a surplus of vacant commercial property, primarily located in the outer edges of the City.  Tulsa’s older neighborhoods have the potential to draw in visitors from suburban neighborhoods and increase the volume of sales within Tulsa, if they are leveraged as destination or catalytic retail centers. Tulsa should pursue innovative parking infill strategies that encourage dense development.  Citizens of Tulsa desire more mixed use, dense, walkable shopping environments, similar to the Brookside, Cherry Street, and Kendal Whittier neighborhoods. 
  • If it seems like it's dangerous to drive in Oklahoma, it's not your imagination! The website YourMechanic.com calculates we're the 3rd Most Dangerous State to drive in, ranking us high in the categories of Most Aggressive Drivers, Worst Roads, and Average Driver Speed. Congestion, or the lack thereof in Oklahoma’s case, and decent weather year-round both work in the state’s favor. But those other factors are bad enough to put Oklahoma at number three on the Most Dangerous ranking. You can read more about the website’s findings here.
  • Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Wednesday that he is creating the Office of the Independent Monitor for policy, outreach and oversight as Tulsa continues to implement its community policing program.  “As we develop our community policing program in Tulsa, we recognize the need for modernized oversight systems that provide accountability and transparency and build public trust between our residents and officers,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum. Shortly after the announcement the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police released a statement that said, “This is the first we’ve heard of Mayor Bynum’s plan to create an Office of Independent Monitor.” The statement goes on to point out that the police department has a 78% approval rating from the public.  The FOP doesn’t understand how that translates into what Mayor Bynum called a “clear need for improvement.” Mayor Bynum says TPD has fully implemented 97 percent of the 77 community policing recommendations in the past year.
  • The City of Tulsa had hoped that by now, the road work along Lewis Avenue from 11th Street south to 21st Street would be complete, but it looks as though it will be at least April before they can close the books on the project.  That is unwelcome news for business owners in that busy corridor, many of whom have also expressed concerns about the new lane configurations.  When the project’s complete, Lewis from 11th Street to just south of the railroad crossing, near 12th Place, will be one lane in each direction, with a left-turn lane in the center. There will be a few spots for parallel parking added as well. [Hear the full interview with Tulsa City Engineer Paul Zachary HERE] KRMG reached out to City Engineer Paul Zachary, who explained that the ultimate goal is to develop a more pedestrian-oriented stretch of road, which dovetails with the types of businesses which have moved into the area.  “It’s really gonna become a vehicle and a pedestrian-oriented area,” Zachary said Wednesday, “and we’re actually going to be dropping the speed limits in the vicinity around the redevelopment that’s going up there to 25 miles per hour, similar to what we’ve done like on Brookside,  and then it’ll speed up on the other side of the intersection.”  Moving south from 12th Place, the road will return to two lanes in each direction.  The intersection of 15th and Lewis will now have dedicated left-turn lanes in each direction.  As for the lengthy delay in completing the work, he said the contractor found utilities in unexpected places, and also noted that because they wanted to avoid completely shutting Lewis down, they have had to work in some pretty tight conditions.  “We’re gonna work through this, and we look forward to this one being complete,” Zachary said. “It’s going to be a beautiful road one of these days. Right now, we’re just having to punch through, doing this work in a, in really a confined work space.”