EDMOND — Rio Rose Retail Partners will conduct a donation drive to benefit the HOPE Center of Edmond the week of Nov. 18-27. Locally, Madeline’s Flower Shop, 1030 S. Broadway, is participating in the Roses for HOPE promotion. Participants can receive six free Rio Roses for five food pantry items or a $5 donation. Barbara Bilke, Madeline’s owner, said the community is welcome to drop by the store with their donations. In return, they can choose from a handful of different rose colors available in the Rio Rose package. For more information, call Madeline’s Flowers at 341-2530.
700-plus youth have downloaded BeEdmond app
Lilly Matthews, 15, said she downloaded the free BeEdmond app onto her iPhone when it first was available.
Matthews said she especially likes the informative videos on the easy-to-use app, which she has been talking about with friends around town. Matthews said she also sees a lot of students wearing the BeEdmond T-shirt.
Matthews said she also liked the public service announcement videos featuring local officials and celebrities like former Santa Fe High School pitcher and New York Yankees’ draftee Ty Hensley and BMX star Mat Hoffman.
“I think it’s really great for our community,” Matthews said. “I hope a lot of kids download it.”
To date, more than 700 Edmond Public Schools students have downloaded an app offering resources for health and wellness, said Kathy Matthews, Lilly’s mom and communications and development coordinator for Edmond Family Counseling.
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You don’t have to go far to find Christmas trees from different locations in the U.S. and around the world.
The Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm, located east of Interstate 35 at 7121 Midwest Lane, grows and sells tree species growing in seven fields on 45 acres owned by John Knight.
Customers can choose and harvest Virginia Pine, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Ice, Carolina Sapphire, Leyland Cypress and Austrian Pine. You can select from pre-harvested Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir and Nordman Fir. Or, you can choose live Christmas trees from White Pine, Scotch Pine, Loblolly Pine, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Fat Albert, Deadora Cedar and Blue Atlas Cedar.
Access point to lake kept off limits
The Edmond Planning Commission agreed 3-2 this week with the site plan and deed certification of three office lots to be located east of Santa Fe, south of Bridgeview Boulevard.
Chairman Barry Moore and commissioner Rob Rainey cast the no votes. Members of the Lake at Bridgewater Estates Homeowners Association, located east of the development, also opposed the plan.
Applicant Paul Harris wants the office buildings on the lot area of 37,582 square feet to look similar to large homes, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Landscaping has been approved.
Each of the three buildings will have pitched roofs on a brick and stone exterior. Single garages are a unique feature of the 2,500-square-foot office buildings, Schiermeyer said. Twenty-five parking spaces are planned, which includes the three garage spaces.
“There are offices to the north and the lake is to the south,” Schiermeyer said. “They will have some drainage into the lake.”
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Merle Norman under new ownership
With a motto of “Try before you buy,” Merle Norman celebrated its 80th anniversary nationally in 2011.
Since its inception 82 years ago, Merle Norman has grown into a leading beauty brand with not only beauty products, but also studios that are adding spa rooms where facials are given and facial and body sculpting takes place.
Locally, Gary and Marla Haddock recently took over the Merle Norman studio in Bryant Square after Gary’s mother, Anita Haddock, decided to retire. She had owned a Merle Norman studio for 35 years, most recently the one in its present location for 25 years.
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