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December 2014

RFP x Downtown Stillwater Commercial Mixed-Use Development
Requests for proposals
shred x Stillwater Public Library hosts annual drive-thru shred for secure document destruction
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to noon; Donation accepted but not required
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Voters invited to meet their legislators at the library Jan. 15
Meet Senator Halliagn and Representatives Casey, Denney and Williams

holiday hours Holiday hour of operation
Most City offices will be closed for Christmas and New Years 
Christmas tree x Watch: Christmas tree recycling
Holiday recycling x Watch: Holiday waste solutions 
HomeHolidays x

Animal Welfare encourages residents to adopt this holiday season
The department is participating in the national campaign Home 4 The Holidays 

Essary Battalion Chief Essary among 23 fire officers across state to complete leadership program
Training program was the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma
Dancing with Daddy 10th Annual Dancing with Daddy scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6
Tickets available at
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting for Dec. 1
graph Resident Survey results now available
Survey received more than 2,400 responses
rural fire Stillwater Fire Department now accepting 2015 Rural Fire Service Contracts
Cover your rural property for $100 a year
Robert Black Assistant Chief Black prepared for new role with Stillwater Fire Department
Black has been with the SFD for more than 25 years
 winter reading x Fill the holiday break with winter reading at Stillwater Public Library
Reading programs for children and teens start Dec. 8

November 2014

Sharon Robinson Sharon Robinsion was given Stillwater Citizen Recognition Award
Robinson a model of dedication, community involvement

 publicmeeting waterrates City invites public to attend workshop to discuss water/wastewater utility rates
Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Stillwater Public Library 
SEMA Photo: Director of Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security visits City Hall
 Wilder and Clark Experience, expertise highlight new City hires
Shannon Wilder and George Clark join City staff
 downtown holiday Downtown Holiday Schedule of Events
Santa Visits, Open Houses, Christmas Parade and more 
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting for Nov. 17
Stillwater Arts Festival Stillwater Arts Festival now accepting applications
The 38th Annual Festival will be held April 18-19, 2015
Bill Millis x Everything you need to know about Water Utilities and its director, Bill Millis
Millis was promoted to Water Utilities Director in October 2014
Stw Culture In the News: Stillwater is refining its cultural identity
Breakfast with santa x

Special event: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 13 at the City of Stillwater Community Center

dcyooGc Thanksgiving Holiday Hours of Operation
Most City offices will be closed Nov. 27-28
SEMA Residents urged to prepare for winter weather
Become familiar with some quick tips to keep you and your family safe.
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting for Nov. 3
 Retirement Fall  x Get to stepping at Making the Most of Retirement Nov. 19
Rachel Janway with Parks & Recreation discuss Low-Impact Exercising
Map Craft x  Navigate to Stillwater Public Library Nov. 19 for mapcrafting program
Free program for adults 18 and up
 nanowrimo Stillwater celebrates National Novel Writing Month
Write-ins scheduled at the library throughout November
life of pi  Journey ends at Stillwater Public Library on Nov. 11 with recent bestseller
Copies of 'Life of Pi' available to checkout at the Help Desk

October 2014

 sidewalk crew

Sidewalk Crew makes Stillwater more navigable for pedestrians
Team has completed 20 projects since July

citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap for Oct. 27
Steve Fair City hires construction inspector
Steve Fair joins staff 
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap for Oct. 20
red check mark Resident survey now open for responses
Survey open through Nov. 5
 Firewise Communities Register now for the National Firewise virtual workshop "Improving Access for Wildland Firefighters"
Free workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Halloweenfest x 24th Annual Halloween Festival scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28
Admission by canned food donations
SEDAx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap for Oct. 6
Light   Sound City of Stillwater Community Center offers lighting and sound for events
Perfect for parties, formals and more 
Kirk and Rob award OEMA Emergency Management Two from City of Stillwater Emergency Management win awards at OEMA conference
The awards represent the department's continued standard of excellence
cfbf q Waste Management will pick up your bagged leaves on same day as household collection
No more than 10 bagged yard waste items will be collected each week
Walmart Grant  x City of Stillwater Fire Department awarded Wal-Mart grant
Grant will be used to fund public outreach efforts 
patch x  Incident: Explosion with injury at Horizon Energy, 203 E. 80th Street

September 2014

TextileRecyclingImage x Take unwanted textiles free of charge to Convenience Collection Center
Bring your unwanted clothes and shoes to center located at 807 S. Perkins Rd.
WBT Open Innovation Forum UAS Unmanned aerial systems City of Stillwater to host two-day open innovation forum about unmanned aerial systems
Forum will be held Oct. 29-30 at the Wes Watkins Center
Library Services Classes x Classes help readers learn new services at Stillwater Public Library
Download magazines, navigate the catalog and use eBooks and eAudios
stw writers small University of Oklahoma Press editor to speak at Stillwater Writers' meeting
Oct. 18 program at Stillwater Public Library
Fall Break Escape 100x100 The City of Stillwater and Multi Arts Center present the Fall Break Escape Art Camp
To be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16 and 17 
Turkey Trot Social 2014 Turkey Trot Social scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8
Social will be held at the Stillwater Community Center 
 x City of Stillwater celebrates its 125th Anniversary
Public welcome to attend City Council proclamation on Oct. 20
fall  poster City to hold Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Bring your household waste to the Convenience Collection Center on Nov. 1
 Gluten Free x

Sample gluten-free living at Stillwater Public Library
Learn how to change to a diet without gluten; sample gluten-free foods

Read Local x

40 Oklahoma authors meet the public Oct. 11 at Stillwater Public Library's READ Local fair
Meet bestselling author William Bernhardt; children's and teens' writing activities

Make Me x Teens will "Make Me" at new Stillwater Public Library series
6-12 graders use ingenuity to create
CityofStillwater LineworkersRodeo  Public welcome to attend Electric Line Workers Rodeo Oct. 2
Competition will be held at Boomer Lake Park
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap for Sept. 15
CityofStillwater LineworkersRodeo City of Stillwater prepares to host 2014 MESO Line Workers Rodeo
Competiton will begin Thursday, Oct. 2.  
fall nobleeds View (PDF): City of Stillwater Fall 2014 Utility Newsletter
Fire Prevention Week Student Stillwater Fire Department gears up for Fire Prevention Week with student awareness
Firefighters will be actively engaging students at schools and daycares citywide 
Fire Prevention Week

Stillwater Fire Department reminds residents: Working smoke alarms save lives
Test your alarm monthly

lifenet LifeNet response times
Report to WPCATA (July 2014) and presented to Stillwater City Council Sept. 16
Fire Hydrant x City of Stillwater will begin testing Fire Hydrants across the City
Testing will occur during a two-week period starting week of Sept. 21
th smallcity View: Stillwater ranked "10th happiest small city" by
 Halloweenfest x 24th Annual Halloween Festival scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28
Admission by canned food donations
large Academy Sports + Outdoors set to open first store in Stillwater
The nearly 63,000 square-foot store will open in 2015.
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap Sept. 4
 twitter bird blue on white Residents can ask questions about the Firewise Communities Program during Twitter Townhall Sept. 11
Tweet, email or text in questions during live broadcast. Tweet using #AskStillwaterOK.

August 2014


Stillwater Stillwaggin' Dog Park CLOSED for maintenance
Closed Aug. 29-Sept. 12

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Second Annual Mummy and Son Dance
Friday, Oct. 10 at the Stillwater Community Center

Firewise Communities

Firewise Communities Program provides free virtual workshop
Workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon 

8th Annual Downtown Stillwater Car and Bike Show

8th Annual Downtown Stillwater Car and Bike Show
September 19-20 at 8th and Main in Downtown Stillwater

Mushroom Mania x Local mushroomers share fungus facts at Stillwater Public Library Sept. 18
Learn about varities, cooking, medicinal use and get samples
SEDAx View: Stillwater City Council meeting recap for Aug. 25
white rock paddle x Stillwater welcomes White Rock Paddle Company to Boomer Lake
Offering a paddle sports rental business to users of Boomer Lake
ASE Medallion x Longtime City employee receives professional milestone recognition
Fleet superintendent John Maehs receives medallion for 25 years being ASE certified
GFOA financial reporting award excellence comprehensive annual financial report CAFR City of Stillwater receives financial recognition award for 32nd consecutive year
Award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting
BigBelly trash compactor downtown Stillwater Oklahoma City of Stillwater installs BigBelly trash compactors in Downtown Stillwater
Compactors offer more cost effective and efficient option than traditional trash bins
business  MTC and Stillwater Library Partner to Host Free Business 101 Class
Market Reasearch, financing and more Sept. 20
mmr journey 'Making the Most of Retirement' returns at Stillwater Public Library after summer break
New retirement facility explored at Sept. 17 program
citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council recap for August 18
citybeat View: Special OSU Edition of City Beat
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Updated Notice: Discussion about Form-Based Codes on Aug. 19

 Fall Computer Classes  xscroller Stillwater Public Library releases its schedule for free computer classes
Classes begin Sept. 2
Stillwater fire department fighting cancer fundraiser tough men wear pink Stillwater firefighters support family fighting cancer
With "tough men wear pink" T-shirt fundraiser 
Labor Day hours of operation Labor Day hours of operation
steam Stillwater Public Library offers full schedule of programs for children
New library laboratory added to line-up beginning Sept. 9
Deaf fire alarm hard of hearing shaker low pitch sound Fire alarm project provides deaf and hard of hearing with free equipment
Available to residents of Payne County and surrounding counties
FBC Invite form based codes

Learn about form based codes at City of Stillwater public meeting
To discuss form based codes to the south and east of OSU campus

citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council recap for August 11
Frankenstein Regenerated x    New Sci-Fi film club begins Sept. 3 at Stillwater Public Library
OSU's Dr. Tim Prchal to give commentary in 4 part series 

July 2014

citycouncilx View: Stillwater City Council recap for August 4

View: Stillwater Utilities Authority special meeting recap for July 29


View: Stillwater City Council study session recap for July 28

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Notice to water customers: Service will be interrupted on Friday, Aug. 1
Area along Perkins Road between 32nd and 44th Avenues

Pooches in the Pool Event Dogs Swimming Swim

Second annual Pooches in the Pool
Event held Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Municipal Pool


Stillwater Public Library closed for electrical work morning of July 30



Updated Notice: Announcement of upcoming bond sale for Stillwater Utilities Authority


Stillwater Public Library goes on the road with ‘Journey Stories’
First book in 5 book series available beginning Aug. 1



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Preserving summer’s bounty at Stillwater Public Library
Intro to food preservation techniques Aug. 7




New round of rebates available for storm shelters
Apply now for a 75% rebate through the City of Stillwater

RAD women's self defense class training physical basic

Sign up for a women’s self-defense class
Registration now open for September course 

citycouncilx View: City Council recap for July 7
lang Learn a new language through Stillwater Public Library
Online service provides instruction for 80 languages

Community writers to learn about publishing at Stillwater Public Library
Panel of four publishers will answer questions, give advice

SNAP 100x100 City of Stillwater releases mobile SNAP app
Mobile app makes reporting problems easier for residents

June 2014

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OSU Outreach offers ´Acting Basics' series at Stillwater Public Library
Six week non-credit class meets Tuesdays Aug.26-Sept. 30



Contractor 100x100

Notice to contractors
Permit Fees

Independence Day 100x100 Independence Day
Hours of operation and services for Friday, July 4
Medical Sharps 100x100 Proper disposal of medical syringes and other medical sharps
Ways residents can minimize risks to others
 Firewise presentation x

Stillwater receives official recognition for being a Firewise community


Stillwater Community Housing and Affordability Report
Issued June 2014 by the City of Stillwater Development Services Department.

mmr  spring Retirees get retirement account tips at the library June 18
Making the Most of Retirement series
WRN   NOAA 100x100 Stillwater named an ambassador for Weather Ready Nation
Ambassadors increase residents readiness and preparedness

Hypertufa workshop offered at Stillwater Public Library for garden enthusiasts
June 28 class will be held at the Multi Arts Center




Science Café explores costs and benefits of gas and oil exploration
The third of four part series held at Stillwater Public Library



twitter bird blue on white

Questions about the Pavement Management Program?
City to hold live Twitter Townhall answering your questions June 17


Stillwater becomes the largest Oklahoma community to be declared Firewise
Firewise is a collaborative outreach effort to help communities be ready for wildfires

water utilities blue

View: Annual Water Quality Report for City of Stillwater

water utilities blue

View: Annual Water Quality Report for Payne County RWC #3

 MESO Reliability x

Stillwater Electric Utility receives electric reliability award
Presented by the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma

 SEDAx  View: City Council recap for June 2

May 2014

Boomer Blast x x Boomer Blast 2014 fireworks show set for July 4
Event celebrates Independence Day, 125th anniversary of Stillwater
family fishing linedrawing x 17th Annual Family Fishing Tournament
Competition set for Friday, July 4 at Boomer Lake
Nap Nanny 100x100 Neighborhood safety network message
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report
Red Cross 100x100 Stillwater Battle of the Badges blood drive
Community invited to donate blood at one of three drives in June

Stillwater Public Library upgrades online catalog for easier use
Multi-format searching, spell correction and more

 June Bug 100x100 Lake McMurtry announces second annual June Bug Jog
Race will be held on June 21 
Larry Devers 100x100

Administrative Services Coordinator Larry Devers retires
Devers spent more than 30 years with the City of Stillwater Parks and Recreation 

 Kayak 100x100 Parks and Recreation is accepting bids for a kayak/paddleboat concession
Concession will be located at Boomer Lake 
Band 100x100 Stillwater Community Band summer concert series
Returning to the City of Stillwater Community Center in June

Science Café Explores Potential Impacts of Oil and Gas Exploration
Series begins May 29 at Stillwater Public Library



Blankenship 100x100

Dan Blankenship appointed to Environmental Quality Board
Board provides guidance to the Department of Environmental Quality

citycouncilx View: City Council meeting recap for May 19
Memorial Day 100x100 Memorial Day
Hours of operation and services
slwofa 100x100 Service line protection available
The program offers protection against normal wear and tear

Destruction & Construction for dads and kids @ the library
A Father's Day program on Sunday, June 15



Inspectors 100x100

Safety, longevity important building inspection goals at City of Stillwater
Building inspections provide a measure of safety and security among owners  


Bicycle maintenance course offered at Stillwater Public Library May 24
A free class for the whole family!

Missoula 100x100 The Missoula Children's Theatre
Presents "The Secret Garden"

View: Proposed City Budget for FY 2014-2015
Public Hearing Monday, May 19 at city council meeting 


View: City Council meeting recap for May 5

 mmr journey

Retirees journey through health at Stillwater Public Library on May 21
Janice Hermann presents at 'Making the Most of Retirement'

APPA 100x100

Journeymen and apprentice lineworkers up their game at national competition
City showcased skills and talent against top crews from around the nation

Fire Hydrant 100x100

Color system helps fire department battle blazes 
System helps firefighters quickly determine hydrant flow capacity 


Water service will be interrupted temporally May 8
Areas south of Stillwater due to a new transmission line installation


City celebrates National Public Works Week May 18-24
Aims to raise public awareness of city services and activities

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SFD to conduct car seat checkups Saturday, May 17
Certified child passenger safety technicians to offer drive thru event


Stillwater is recognized as a Firewise community
12 Oklahoma communities were recognized for achieving Firewise/USA status

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