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    By Leilana McKindra, OSU Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services

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    Cakes and More Celebrates 20…

    Press Release from Poteau Chamber of Commerce

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  • CASC Menu July 31 - August 4

    Did you know that Carl Albert State College All You Can Eat meals are open to the public? Well now you do. Breakfast…

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    By Leilana McKindra OSU Communications Specialist - Agricultural Communications Services

    STILLWATER, Okla. – When…

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    Press Release

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  • Myers Drive In – Good food,…

    If you are looking for a good hamburger in Poteau, well look no further than Myers Drive In.

    Myers Drive In has the…

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Eating & Dining
Saturday, 22 July 2017 09:58

CASC Menu July 31 - August 4

Did you know that Carl Albert State College All You Can Eat meals are open to the public? Well now you do. Breakfast and Lunch will be served Monday through Friday and dinner will be added to the Monday through Thursday menu beginning August 14.

Breakfast is served 7:00-9:30 and Lunch is served 11:30-1:30. Beginning August 14, dinner will be served 5:00-7:00.

CASC meals are inexpensive too. Look at these prices. (All meals include a drink and dessert too).

Prices Walk-in Customers Senior Citizens (55+)
Breakfast $6.65 $6.00
Lunch $7.35 $6.70
Dinner $7.95 $7.30
Salad bar only (no drink) $4.35 $4.05
10 meal card $70.00 $60.00
20 meal card $130.00 $110.00

Dessert included with meals

16 oz drink only $1.50                 12 oz coffee only $1.50

Steak night offered three times a semester for $9.30—dates to be announced

Each week, OKWNEWS will publish the CASC Campus Dining menu as a picture you can click to download then print if you'd like. Just right click the menu image below.

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By Leilana McKindra, OSU Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services

 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Mornings during the school year can be a hectic blur for both parents and students trying to get out the door, but that should not be an excuse to skip breakfast.


Whether it is a piece of whole wheat toast and a glass of milk or a more elaborate spread, the morning meal sets the stage for a successful day of learning.


“There’s a strong link between breakfast and how well students perform at school,” said Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service nutrition specialist. “Research has connected breakfast to better memory, test scores and attention span as well as better overall nutrition.”


Figuring out how to slide breakfast into an already jam-packed morning routine can be tricky or overwhelming. But, there are some strategies that can make it less challenging.


For instance, consider getting a head start on breakfast the night before or focus on stocking up on healthy options children can take with them.


Options for make-ahead meals include measuring out a bowl of a favorite cold cereal and pre-cutting fresh fruit.


Meanwhile, nutritionally solid on-the-go breakfast choices range from hard-boiled eggs to homemade muffins to bagels with low-fat cream cheese.


“Don’t be afraid to get creative,” Hildebrand said. “It doesn’t always have to be cereal and low-fat milk. Focus on building a meal that includes protein along with fruits and vegetables.”


Parents also should explore if the school or child care provider offers a breakfast meal.


“The important thing is that families make time for breakfast each morning,” Hildebrand said. “Of course, it’s not realistic to expect a full sit-down meal, but children should be able to eat without feeling pressured to hurry.”


For more information about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website at www.healthychildren.org and contact the nearest county Extension office.

 

 

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; phone 405-744-5371; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity. Any person (student, faculty, or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.

Press Release from Poteau Chamber of Commerce

 

Dee Milligan owner of Cakes and More celebrates her 20 year Anniversary with an Open House at 804 B North Broadway in Poteau on Thursday July 27 from 3pm until 6pm.


Anyone who has attended a Poteau Chamber of Commerce luncheon has at one time has had the opportunity to taste Dee's great food and desserts.


Dee Milligan moved to Poteau in 1974 with her husband. She has raised 10 children that includes her step children. When ask how many grandkids, she laughed and said "Oh My; that's to many to count." She is now working on the great grandkids. She worked for Poteau Food Market in the Bakery from 1980-1990.


Milligan talked about working for Hildred LaFevers and what a great Boss he was to work for. Shortly after the death of her husband in 1989, she relocated to Texas with her son and worked a short time for Homeland Grocery. It wasn't the same in Texas and Dee missed home having grown up in the Heavener area.
She returned home in 1997 and opened the current location, set up shop creating her own unique style of sweets and home cooking that could be catered for any occasion large or small.


She opened with 3 employees and today has 9 employees.


She averages 15 to 16 dozen of donuts a day. This does not include cake orders and catering events throughout each week. Dee sets a great example how your dreams can come true if you do what you love.

 

"Dee has been there every time we called for food, donuts, dessert or support," said Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

“Congratulations Dee ! We wish you the best on your big day and many more years of success.”


Stop by and visit with Dee on Thursday and help her celebrate 20 years of great service!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:25

ELEVATE: Food for thought

Press release from the Oklahoma Department of Education


OKLAHOMA CITY (June 28, 2017) – Do you have kids? Do your neighbors have kids? Do they ever get hungry? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, pull out your phone and text “FOOD” to 877877 for sites near you serving free meals to kids under 18 this summer. One simple text could make the difference in a child getting a healthy meal today, tomorrow and the next day.


The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and its Office of Child Nutrition recently launched #FoodforThought, a public awareness campaign to significantly increase the number of free meals served to Oklahoma kids during the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


“Food is available to all children, and we need families to know about it,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “Kids don’t stop growing over the summer, and we know they need nutritious meals to keep their bodies and minds strong so they will be ready to learn when they go back to school in the fall.”



 

 


Kids 18 and under eat free all summer

 


OKLAHOMA CITY– In Oklahoma, nearly 62 percent of public school students are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches. During the summer months when school is not in session, only 6.4 percent of those same students participate in summer feeding programs, ranking Oklahoma 51st in the nation.


To that end, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced the launch of #FoodforThought, a public awareness campaign by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and its Office of Child Nutrition to significantly increase the number of free meals served to Oklahoma kids 18 and under during the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.


Hofmeister announced the initiative at the kickoff event for Tulsa Public Schools’ summer meals program at Disney Elementary in east Tulsa. Sixty-seven Tulsa Public Schools sites are serving summer meals this summer.


The #FoodforThought campaign emerged from collaboration between Hofmeister and her Faith-Based Advisory Council, one of several stakeholder groups with whom the superintendent meets regularly. The advisory council expressed an interest in partnering with OSDE on an initiative that would make a difference in their communities. Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation. Food insecurity exists when a population has limited or uncertain access to safe, nutritional food or an inability to acquire it. An estimated 1 in 4 Oklahoma children – 220,000 in all – are considered food insecure, and research indicates that students who struggle with hunger have poorer academic and health outcomes than those who do not.


“As a state, it is critical that we work together to provide healthy meals to as many hungry Oklahoma children as we can during summer,” Hofmeister said. “The #FoodforThought campaign, in conjunction with the efforts of our Faith-Based Advisory group and hundreds of partner sponsors and sites around the state, will help ensure that a significantly higher percentage of our children and young people have nutrition supports this summer that will strengthen their ability to learn when school starts again in the fall.”


The summer meals program offers convenience to families; the vast majority of Oklahoma’s more than 600 sites are open, and children simply arrive on site to eat and are not required to pre-register or present paperwork.

 

Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:55

Crunchy Asian Salad with Ramen Noodles


1 16 oz bag coleslaw mix
1 small red onion, chopped
1/3 c white vinegar
1/2 c oil
1/2 c sugar
2 Pkgs Ramen Noodles, uncooked, broken into small pieces
Sunflower kernels, slivered almonds, etc. toasted and cooled, optional.


Mix oil, vinegar, sugar together and pour over slaw mix in large bowl.

 

Add chopped onions. Add ramen and nuts/seeds. Cover tightly and refrigerate at 2 hours.

 

If making ahead of time, add ramen & nuts/seeds an hour or 2 before serving.

 

 

 

Howe, Oklahoma - Howe Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides nutritious meals at no charge to Children during the summer vacation.

 

Children aged 18 and under, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, are eligible to receive meals through SFSP. A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a state or local education agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private, non-profit school program (established for the mentally and physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals.

 

Meals will be provided at the site and times as follows: Operating May 22 to Jun 29, 2017.

 

21444 EN RAILROAD in Howe.

 

Operating days of the week: Monday-Thursday.

 

Breakfast from 7:45-8:00.

Lunch from 11:30-12:00.

 

Closed: Memorial Dayand  Independence Day May 26 June 9, 16&23.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning more about produce safety can do so at the upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course.

 

Slated May 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center on the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the PSA Grower Training Course also will focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, co-management of natural resources and food safety.

 

Lynn Brandenberger, food crops professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, said trainers will cover seven modules during the training, including introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals and land use; agricultural water; postharvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.

 

“This course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices and co-management information,” Brandenberger said. “Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding of microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they’re found on the farm. They’ll also learn how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce them and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on their farm. In addition, the trainers will provide information on the requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.”

 

Registration is $25 and includes lunch, snacks and class materials.

 

Those interested in attending may register at https://apps.dasnr.okstate.edu/fapc.okstate.edu/psa-grower-training-course

or by calling Karen Smith at 405-744-6277.

 

After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials verifying completed training.

 

“The PSA Grower Training Course is a great way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement, which requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm to have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration,” Brandenberger said.

 

 

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; phone 405-744-5371; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity. Any person (student, faculty, or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.

 

 

If you are looking for a good hamburger in Poteau, well look no further than Myers Drive In.


Myers Drive In has the best burgers in town.


Get it with fries or onion rings and you have a great meal for a reasonable price.


Family owned and operated for 45 years.


Stop by on Tuesday’s after 4pm and get a regular #1, #2 or #3 for half-price.


Happy Hour half-price fountain drinks daily from 2-5 pm.


Some of their unique menu items include Pickle-Os, Spicy Corn Nuggets, Broccoli Cheese Bites, Cherry or Apple Bites, and Texas Toothpicks.
Myers is located at 305 N Broadway in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Now taking debit/credit cards for purchases of $5 or more!

 

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