OBI needing blood donations
Working in a state of emergency due to recent Arctic weather, Oklahoma Blood Institute desperately needs donors.
OBI Community Consultant Rick Story said the OBI is working in a state of emergency.
“We have only a one day supply,” Story said.
Elk City will host a community blood from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday in the activity building at First Baptist Church, 1600 W. Country Club.
Each donor receives a hot/cold gel pack, health screening and donor reward points. A photo ID is required
For more information, visit obi.org.
Christmas basket fundraiser continuing
Elk City Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket fundraiser is in full swing and donations are being accepted for this season’s supply of baskets. As in years past, moneys will be accepted at The Elk City Daily News.
Committee Chair Rev. Brent Gifford said the committee needs to collect between $15,000 and $20,000 to cover all the baskets to be delivered on Dec. 21.
So far this season, only $4,875 has been received.
Donations can be made at The Daily News office or mailed to Christmas Basket Fund, c/o The Elk City Daily News, 206 W. Broadway, Elk City, OK 73644.
“We did 350+ baskets last year, not including the walk-in requests,” Gifford said. “We will buy food this year for 400.”
Gifford said the Christmas Basket fundraiser is not a church outreach but an annual example of the community pulling together to help others.
“The people involved donate their time and effort to help the community,” he said.
The basket fund began during the late 1920s when the late Paul R. Wade, saw a need in the community.
Year after year, the need has grown Gifford said.
The funds come from the generosity of residents who bring donations to the Daily News. No direct solicitations are made.
A telephone committee made up of volunteers for local churches will take calls through Friday.Volunteers at the phones will be members from area churches
To turn in names of families or apply for a basket, call 225-0373. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ....
Country Dove featured in international magazine
The world is learning what Elk City residents have known for many years. In an old house on Route 66 something wonderful is cooking.
The Country Dove Tea Room was featured in an article in the August-September issue of “Saveur,” an international cuisine magazine highlighting eateries around the world.
“I came in the back door one day and a man was taking pictures of his lunch,” proprietor Glenna Hollis said.
The man was Michael Stern, Saveur’s food editor who stopped in Elk City while traveling along Route 66 on assignment.
“Someone told him about us so he drove out to Elk City,” Hollis said.
Hollis and her business partner Kay Farmer opened The Country Dove 30 years ago.
“We were pleasantly surprised when Stern stopped in and had lunch with us,” she said.
“Saveur then sent their photographer James Roper to Elk City,” Hollis said. “He took over 100 pictures.”
Hollis said she and Farmer prepared a complete meal for him to photograph.
“It was a fun experience,” she said.
Entitled “Best Comfort Food from America’s Heartland,” the article praised the Dove’s ‘Delite Plate.’ The lunch item consists of a chicken-avocado salad on a wheat roll or croissant. He also liked the pie.
Stern said, “There is nothing demure about the French Silk pie which is lavishly chocolaty, smooth and dense, perched on a crust that is little more than ground nuts and butter and topped with a ribbon of sweet whipped cream.”
When Hollis and Farmer originally opened for business, Country Dove was strictly retail country décor. But business was slow and one day a woman passing through said they should open a tea room. The visitor told them to never serve iceberg lettuce then she provided the recipe for raisin bran muffins and the chicken-avocado salad.
Farmer, who had some experience in food service, added the recipe for the awe-inspiring French silk pie from her mother.
Now that old Route 66 draws thousands of national and international visitors, Elk City has become a destination for its National Route 66 Museum. The little restaurant attracts tourists from all over the country and the world.
To read the article, visit www.saveur.com or search for it on Pinterest.
For the pie, visit the Country Dove during lunch. The Tea Room is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mustang chances still available
There are only about 75 chances remaining for the 2014 Ford Mustang set to be given away the second weekend in December by the Elk City Rotary Club at Christmas in the Park.
For a $100 contribution to the Elk City Rotary Club, anyone over 21-years-old has a chance to win the 2014 Mustang in the give away.
The donation supports Rotary Park, Meals on Wheels, the Education Foundation and local scholarship programs. The total number of chances for the Mustang is limited to 150.
To make a contribution and receive a chance to win the car, visit Barber-Dyson Ford, Rocky Andreson at Western Oklahoma Insurance, Shonda Currell at Currell’s Do-It Center or Basil Weatherly at the Route 66 Museum. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting any Rotary Club member.