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Raska’s Business and Reputation Keep Growing

By BOB LEWIS

As it moves ahead into yet another year of operation, a landmark Broken Arrow business just keeps growing… literally.

Charles E. Raska, along with his wife and partner Shirley, founded the operation in 1953 to provide lawnmowing and landscape services, primarily to homes and businesses in Tulsa. Expansion came in the mid-1960s with the opening of Raska’s Nursery at 824 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow.

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Assistance League of Tulsa Opens New Facility 

One of Tulsa’s most cherished non-profits, The Assistance League Tulsa (ALT), has moved to a new facility on 31st Street between Yale and Sheridan Avenues.

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Route 66 Auto Museum Dedicates 66-Foot Gas Pump

HEART OF ROUTE 66: The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum will officially dedicated its 66-foot tall visible gas pump May 11. The huge award winning project, which took nearly two years to fully complete, is now a shining beacon attracting visitors to the museum. Present at the ceremony are, from left, State Representative Kyle Hilbert, State Senator James Leewirght, Museum Founder and President Richard Holmes, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and State Representative Mark Lawson.
  “We are extremely grateful to American Heritage Bank for their contribution to this huge monument. Without them, we would never have been able to build it,” said Richard Holmes, founder and president of the not-for-profit museum. “That gas pump is one-of-a kind. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world and we are really proud of it.”

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Saint Simeon’s to Hold ‘Western Days’ Fundraiser

For 22 years, donors have generously supported Saint Simeon’s, Tulsa’s Senior Community, through the Western Days annual fundraiser. Saint Simeon’s is excited to announce that Western Days 2018: Wear Your Boots to Celebrate Our Roots will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

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Women in Recovery Partners with Tulsa Artist Fellowship to Celebrate 23rd Graduating Class

Women in Recovery partnered with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship for its 23rd graduating class ceremony. Twenty-four women graduated at the March 27 ceremony, while a total of 28 women were awarded their well-earned certificates of completion distributed by District Court Judge Kelly Greenough.

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Hillcrest and BCBSOK Reach Agreement

Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) have reached a multi-year agreement that maintains access to BCBSOK’s PPO and HMO networks for HHS patients.

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Anna America Stays Busy Working for Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Child Abuse Network CEO and Tulsa District 7 City Councilor Anna America is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue.

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Mrs. Jenks Spreads Kindness

Local volunteer and educator Jessica Walter recently represented Jenks as Mrs. Jenks in competing for the title of Mrs. Oklahoma America in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Walter is the first Mrs. Jenks representative to compete in the Mrs. Oklahoma Pageant.

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BA's Rose District Named ‘Charming Main Street’

By EMILY RAMSEY

Broken Arrow’s Rose District was recently recognized by USA Today as one of 50 Charming Main Streets across the country.

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Residential Booms in Downtown Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Residential offerings in downtown Tulsa are in a state of constant growth, with new options seemingly always on the horizon. Two current examples are the Flats on Archer, nearing completion in the Tulsa Arts District, and the Cosmopolitan, overlooking the Arkansas River.

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Herb and Plant Fest Returns for 22nd Year

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY

The Jenks Garden Club will host its 22nd annual Jenks Herb and Plant Festival on April 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., filling Main Street with greenery to attract local gardeners and tourists alike.

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Girouard Vines Receives Awards

Tulsa’s Girouard Vines Winery was recently awarded Gold and Silver medals in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. Both are among the first wines produced from new wine-grape varietals, the emerging products from the family-owned winery.

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Miller Swim School to Expand Into Jenks

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY

The sun shined on rows of parked cars lining nearby neighborhood streets as community members gathered at the ground-breaking ceremony for the second location of Miller Swim School. The event was held in January by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce near the intersection of Elwood Avenue and 91st Street in Jenks.

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Wes Smithwick Named B.A. Citizen of the Year

By EMILY RAMSEY

On Feb. 10, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Wes Smithwick was named Citizen of the Year at the Broken Arrow Chamber’s Awards Banquet.

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Actress Kim Coles, Cindy Morrison Headline OSU Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Actress Kim Coles and Emmy Award-winning television journalist Cindy Morrison are among the speakers highlighting this year’s 27th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

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