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September 2014

 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

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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
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With "tough men wear pink" T-shirt fundraiser 
Labor Day hours of operation Labor Day hours of operation
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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



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Notice to contractors
Permit Fees

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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
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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.

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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



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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

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View: Annual Water Quality Report for City of Stillwater

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

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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 
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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



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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
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Hours of operation and services
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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



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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!

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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

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

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

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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

April 2014

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Project will highlight what the city is doing well and opportunities for improvement
City of Stillwater Road Construction

Public meeting to review and solicit input for design of 3rd Ave. Bridge over Boomer Creek
5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday,  April 29 at library

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City hires human resources technician
Rachael Fishburn joins staff 

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Stillwater Arts Festival announces winners
Best of Show goes to Jeff and Myan Sorensen 

 girlscouts Girl Scout Daisies tour Convenience Collection Center
Talk recycling and earning recycling badges 
citycouncilx City Council Recap for April 21 meeting
View video replay
 oldcouch OSU students: Take advantage of the City's 'OSU Student Move Out Special'
Dispose of large items free of charge May 1 to June 28 
spring  poster City of Stillwater to hold Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Event scheduled for Saturday, May 3
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City of Stillwater launches Leadership Academy
Class I completes program 

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 Dorothy Akin honored with Citizen Recognition Award
 Akin was honored with the award at the April 21 City Council meeting


Legal questions answered for free May 8 at Stillwater Public Library
Free legal advice from the Payne County Bara Association




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Lakeside announces kids play free
No green fees; fee equipment starting May 27

City of Stillwater Road Construction

Street improvements underway
Work will start April 21

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Citizens make annual trash-off a success
150 bags of trash, recyclables collected 

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25,000 books and other material on sale at Stillwater Public Library April 24-27
Spring Used Book Sale with prices from 25 cents to $1




Bibliophiles, foodies and book lovers invited to Edible Book Festival April 12
Enter a creation based on a book or come to the library just to taste!    


Stillwater Public Library mobs downtown for National Library Week event April 18
Attend the Reading Flash Mob downtown and get discounts at merchants

 citycouncilx City Council Recap for April 7 meeting
Watch video replay 
 Goat The goat squad is baaack in Stillwater
Follow the goats on Facebook to track their progress

Community website survey encourages residents to help the City of Stillwater
Help us find out more about our community 


Corey White x Plan to see country act Corey Kent White at Arts Festival
OSU student, country singer-songwriter with EP 'Making Noise' 

March 2014

 cityhall Wish outgoing and incoming city councilors well
at a meet-and-greet at city hall Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. before City Council meeting 
ArtsPoster x  Join us for the 37th Annual Stillwater Arts Festival
April 19-20 with entertainment April 18 
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and other ground signs 
traffic lightx Traffic signals work at Washington & Will Rogers 
Intersection will be an all-way stop beginning Monday, March 25

Statement about the recent string of seismic activity in Payne County
From City of Stillwater Emergency Management's Rob Hill

 utility work ahead

City closes alley at 7th & Main to work on sewer line
Work begins March 20,  alley to be closed for up to two weeks

 traffic lightx Traffic signals to be out week of March 17
Duck & 6th, Hall of Fame & Perkins
Bill Darbe x City welcomes water utilities superintendent
The City of Stillwater is pleased to welcome William “Bill” Darbe as the new water distribution/wastewater collection superintendent.
Mark White x City's new operations manager brings with him extensive knowledge
Mark A. White no longer has a 165 mile-round trip commute every day
 sister cities Calling on young artists/authors for Sister Cities competition
Deadline is  April 11
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Photo: Seven Stillwater Police recruits are sworn-in office as patrol officers

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 ´Making the Most of Retirement' students learn to ´Deter, Detect and Defend' against identity theft
Sissy Osteen teaches class March 19 at Stillwater Public Library

TextileRecyclingImage x Convenience Collection Center expands recycling service to include textiles
Resident can now drop off used clothing and shoes free of charge
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New library series introduces children to a different culture
Muslim Voices for ages 8-12 begins April 8

 Tim Prchal  

Acclaimed films round out One Book, One Community reading events
OSU's Tim Prchal leads discussions

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Local author to teach free writing class at Stillwater Public Library March 15
Mary Jane Warde explains how to research and write historical accounts


February 2014


'Run To Be' a new running club for children grades 1st through 5thThe club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 25


Sue Herndon honored at Stillwater Public Library March 11
Patron recognized for donation to library Trust




National troupe performs 'Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451' March 7




Born to do Science’ is back beginning March 9
Four science programs with songwriter Monty Harper scheduled for students in grades 3-8



Library program designed to help community meet looming insurance deadline
Certified navigators will be available for Affordable Heathcare Act assistance March 12




Discover Oklahoma features Stillwater Public Library's Angie Debo Statue




Animal Welfare celebrates its 14th annual Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea Pig month


 School censorship and privacy rights highlight ‘Fahrenheit 451’ programs



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Waste Management expands Downtown single-stream recycling pilot program
Downtown businesses can now recycle paper, cans and plastic




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Help make Stillwater clean, patricipate in annual Trash-Off Event April 12
This event continues to enable citizens to volunteer and clean up trash in Stillwater



Popular OSU professor exposes current censorship at ‘Fahrenheit 451’ program Feb. 18


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City of Stillwater is a "Certified Healthy Business"
State Department of Health regoconizes nine local organizations  

  City seeking public input on how to spend funding from the Community Development Block Grant
The City of Stillwater is seeking public input on how to allocate federal funding it should receive for the benefit of persons of low to moderate incomes.
CCWeb x View recap: Stillwater City Council meeting on Mon. Feb. 3, 2014
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Retirees prepare for severe weather at OSU Emeriti Association meeting Feb. 19
City Emergency Management Director Kirk Mettelstet featured at 'Making the Most of Retirement'


‘Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451’ events heat up at the library
Fire Marshall Trent Hawkins discusses Firewise communities Feb. 11; OSU features fire research on the same day


Library transforms into chocolate factory at teen program Feb. 13
Willy Wonka themed festivities for students in 6-12 grades


 January 2014

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Schedule an appointment for your pet today.

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Fire Department employee accepted into state fire leadership program
The City of Stillwater recognizes a member of the Stillwater Fire Department for being accepted into the first Oklahoma Executive Fire Officer Leadership Program.


Residents encouraged to provide questions and comments during Budget Input Week
Twitter TownHall on Fri. Feb 7, Budget Fair on Mon. Feb. 10

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View: City Council meeting recap for Jan. 23


City Budget's Public Input Week Feb. 4-10
The City has provided a number of ways the public can provide their comments and questions

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Sign up for a women's self-defense class
Registration for the 2014 R.A.D. program now open

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Interactive voice phone system implemented to advise utility customers about outages
Two years ago following a particularly bad windstorm that downed electric lines across town, staff began to look for a better way to allow customers to report outages.

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View (PDF): City of Stillwater Winter 2014 Utility Newsletter


Tax products and preparation service offered free at Stillwater Public Library
AARP volunteers begin preparing forms at senior center on Feb. 3 and library on Feb. 4




Electric customers scam: Don't give your credit card number to people claiming you have an outstanding electric bill
City of Stillwater electric customers are being targeted by a fraudulent scheme


Partnership between City of Stillwater and Stillwater Area Sports Association underway
SASA now responsible for offering team sports previously managed by Parks and Recreation


MTC and Stillwater Library Partner to Host Free Business 101 Class
Learn the basics of starting a business on Feb. 1


Local dog athletes sled into Stillwater Public Library Jan. 21
Meet Alaskan Huskies Gumbie and Vulcan in person

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Stillwater Public Library hosts shred for secure document destruction 
Drive through on-site shredding Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. to noon

  Playground renovations underway at Myers Park
Slated for replacement due to its age and unavailability of parts.
Dancing with Daddy poster Dancing with Daddy is set for Friday, Feb. 7
City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave.

One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Fahrenheit 451 sparks discussion about censorship beginning Feb. 3
Six weeks of book discussion, presentations, films and performances planned

 Latex paint x Convenience Collection Center now accepts water-based latex paint
The City is excited to offer this to Stillwater residents
cycle stillwaterx Cycle Stillwater App recognized by one of the "Best Things Oklahoma Towns Did in 2013"
By the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities 

City hires human resources technician
The City of Stillwater is pleased to announce the hiring of HR technician Jordan Surber

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Primary and general elections set for open City Council seats
Dates have been set for the election of two open seats in the Stillwater City Council


Financial Planning for Successful Aging explained Jan. 15 at Stillwater Public Library

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League of Women Voters and Friends of Library host Legislative Reception Jan. 16
Meet James Halligan, Lee Denney, Cory Williams, Dennis Casey at library

December 2013

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 Library announces its Winter/Spring 2014 free computer class schedule



 sochi winter olympics mascots


Go for the Gold! at Stillwater Public Library
Children's Winter Reading Program runs Jan. 13 to March 14



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Skyping with authors across the globe at Stillwater Public Library
Wendy Orr, author of Nim's Island appears virtually on Jan. 13



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Stillwater Public Library Showcases 'Caring for Family Treasures' Exhibit 
Exhibit and accompanying programs will run Jan. 2-14

 fire truck rescue Renew or apply for your 2014 Rural Fire Service Contract with the Stillwater Fire Department
2014 applications available online now
Dixie Electric Utility says goodbye to longtime employee
Electric Administrative Coordinator Dixie Terrill will retire this week
  Some Waste Management services will be postponed Friday, Dec. 6 due to weather
  Christmas Parade of Lights cancelled for Thurs., Dec. 5
                                       Ugly sweaters & stingy gift-giving featured at teen holiday party Dec. 19 

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