Oklahoma’s Burn Ban Grows

Over the past few weeks, there have been an increasing amount of grass fires sweeping across parts of Oklahoma. With only minimal chances of precipitation later in the week, counties all over the State are being placed under a burn ban. Yesterday morning KOTV, News Channel Six, posted a list of 20 counties including Creek, Payne, and Rogers that have all been placed under a burn ban. At around 2:30 Monday afternoon, the article was updated to also include Okmulgee County. If you are caught violating the burn ban that has been put into place you will receive a minimum of a $500 fine.

The growing list comes after another large grass fire caused a power outage in Inola on Sunday evening. Firefighters believe the fire started after the wind knocked down a power line causing it to spark and ignite. The wind only served to spread the fire at a rapid pace. According to Fox 23, who spoke with Inola Firefighters, the fire began around 10 p.m. At one point, the fire stretched over 2 ½ miles wide, burning acres and acres of land. Although no homes were damaged by the grass fire, most of Inola Citizens were left without power from Sunday into Monday. The Inola School Superintendent was forced to call off school on Monday simply due to the power outage.

I am sure that everyone is well aware of the lack of rain and high winds lately, but I am not sure that people understand exactly how quickly these fires take off. A few weeks ago (prior to any burn bans) I wanted to clean up the limbs in my yard from the snow and ice storms. It was going to be nice out, and since the ground was still wet from snow and ice earlier in the week I figured I would not have to worry about catching the entire yard on fire. Well, I was right about one thing, it was wet. It was so wet I may have used an excessive amount of lighter fluid to get my fire started. Eventually I had a small fire. After a while I noticed small areas of my grass catching on fire. I could not believe it! Even with all the moisture we had recently received, the grass dried out and burned quicker than all the twigs and limbs I stacked.

We encourage everyone to be diligent when working outside with anything that could create a spark. I understand that individuals who are welders or electricians encounter these problems daily, but just be aware of your surroundings. For a complete list of counties under the burn ban check out: http://www.newson6.com/story/24555522/another-oklahoma-county-adopts-burn-ban

Channing Spence

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Claremore Mourns the Loss of Mayor

Mickey with family putting up signs for the upcoming election.

Mickey with family putting up signs for the upcoming election.

This morning I received sad news that the Mayor of Claremore, and dear friend, Mickey Perry has passed away.  At the age of 66, Mickey passed away from a heartattack last night.  Honestly I am shocked, as most people who knew him would be. It was only a week ago my husband had to pull him out of our driveway, because it was too slick for him to get back up the slope (getting stuck was a result of him not listening to his daughter who told him not to go down there).  Nevertheless, I feel the need to reminisce about this great man.

Mickey and family after recieving his Citizen of the Year award.

Mickey and family after recieving his Citizen of the Year award.

Mickey has been serving the Rogers County area for decades now. He began as a patrol officer, then he worked for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and eventually was promoted as the Chief of Police. Mickey retired as Chief of police at the beginning of 2011, but that would not be the last we seen of him. By April, Mickey had been elected as Mayor to the City of Claremore. Throughout his career he was also involved in other community events like the Special Olympics and “Share the Spirit”  which delivers food and gifts to those in need around the holidays. In 2012 Mickey was named as “The Citizen of the Year” by the Claremore Progress, and just this past Saturday he was inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Mickey with daughter Jennifer after being inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Mickey with daughter Jennifer after being inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Anyone who knew Mickey knows that no job or title he has held was as important to him as the role of husband, father, and grandfather. Mickey’s daughter became my aunt about a decade ago, and with that he became a part of my family. Mickey was so wonderful to me! Such a sweetheart. It was Mickey who pulled a few strings (or a lot of strings) to help me cross my number one item off my bucket list. Because of Mickey I got to meet Garth Brooks while on a trip to Vegas! I cannot explain to you how happy I was! Turns out Mickey was just as excited for me he could hardly stand it. He called my Aunt first thing the following morning to see if I had called to tell her all about it. Mickey, his wife, and I met for lunch when I got home so I could fill him in on all the details.

Mickey Perry was one of the most giving, thoughtful, and respected people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Not only will your family and friends miss you Mickey, but you will be missed by an entire community.

It’s the Apocalypse, wait its just Snow.

Sitting here today as Oklahoma weather shows it’s ugly face, and everyone preps as if the zombie apocalypse is about to occur, you know rushing to the grocery store fighting over bread and milk.  Nevertheless I thought since everyone else was stocking their cabinets with food and supplies I would prep you all with some winter driving tips!

RCI Snowy Vehicle

Winter Weather Driving Tips from The Weather Channel:

1. Make sure both you and your vehicle are properly equipped to handle the roads and the weather. My husband laughs at me because when the weather rolls around I put snacks & blankets in my car. I don’t want to starve or freeze to death! I think the amusing part here is that we do not live in Montana where you go MILES without seeing anything or anyone. Bottom line here, dress accordingly and be prepared for anything.

2. Slow down & drive smoothly. Speeding to get out of the weather is not going to help anyone. Patience is a virtue (I am not saying I have much of one myself), but driving slower and being more cautious is going to be your saving grace.  Keep your lane changes to a minimum, and do not lay on your brakes.

3. Do Not Tailgate. Obvious as it may be tailgating provides a ton of accidents and claims.  I also know that driving on a busy road makes tailgating hard to avoid.  If you leave too much space between you and the car in front of you other drivers jump right in. Stop and go traffic is the worst. A fender bender in the freezing rain and snow is not the way you want to spend your time. These fender benders are so frequent when roads wet or icy some cities run programs like Tulsa’s “Operation Slick Streets” which means that officers will not respond to non-injury accidents. They suggest you exchange insurance information and if you are close to a Quick Trip you can pick up a collision report to fill out.

4. Do Not use Cruise Control. Hopefully this will keep your speed down as well as keep you more aware of your surroundings.

5. Pull over or stay home. Of course if you are able to stay home and out of the weather that would be your best bet. If you do have to get out then remember that there is no shame in pulling over or waiting till the weather lightens up before heading on your way.

http://www.weather.com/life/safety/autosafety/article/five-winter-driving-tips_2011-10-30

While working on this I have read on cityoftulsa.org that Tulsa has in fact enacted the “Operation Slick Streets” this means it is getting rough out there. Hopefully everyone has their milk and eggs because as of this morning there was not a lot left. Everyone remember these driving tips and be safe as you head home!

The Law of Oklahoma….

Did you know that Oklahoma has some very obscure laws? They’re quite weird if you ask me. It makes me wonder, what was the reasoning behind some of these laws that we have now?  Lawmakers now days, have many hoops to go through before a law is passed. The people get a vote and we make the decision to allow a law to be passed or not.

Did you know that in Oklahoma, there is a law that says the state of Oklahoma will NOT tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger? What?!?!  Now, as someone who does not like to share food, this law works in my favor. It makes me wonder what is the story behind this law.

Another law in Ada, Oklahoma states that if a person wears New York Jets clothing, they may be put in jail! That seems a bit extreme for not wanting someone to wear a particular team’s clothing. Don’t people like to wear their favorite team’s clothing? How will we announce who our favorite team is if we can’t wear the clothing?! Again, I wonder what happened that people needed to make this law a law.

And finally, there is a law in this great state of Oklahoma that says cars must be tethered outside of public buildings. Huh?! Not sure how my insurance agent would feel about that, if he knew that my car was tethered to two or more other vehicles. I bet our auto insurance would be even more expensive than it already is. Oklahoma Auto Insurance would probably have to have some minor changes to the policies. Once again, I’m left scratching my head and wondering, “What in the world were these law makers thinking?!?!”

 

Do you know of any weird and/or strange laws that Oklahoma has in place?

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Want a great holiday drink recipe? Try this Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s sure to warm your heart and your body. Fall weather is definitely here and we’re ready to make some fun Fall flavored drinks!

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan, Gluten Free)

 

 Ingredients:

Make coffee (The stronger the better)

Make Pumpkin Milk

1 cup milk

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Sweetener of choice, to taste

Pinch of ground nutmeg, ginger, graham masala, cardamom, or other warming spices to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well by hand or blend all ingredients

Optional:

Warm the finished pumpkin milk mixture in the microwave or on the stovetop Pour 1 cup of brewed coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture over the top of the coffee and enjoy.

 

Finish by garnishing with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon on top

And ENJOY!

 

Please see RCI Insurance’s Pinterest Page for more great holiday ideas.

 

Meet Our Latest Referral Winner!

Congratulations to Sam & Hina Patel!! They are our 3rd Quarterly Winners in our 2012 Referral Program. They chose the 32″ Flat Screen T.V. as their prize. Our owner, Mick Cottom, delivered the t.v.

It is because of our amazing clients and the great word they spread about RCI Insurance that we’re able to continue to serve our clients day in and day out. We’re extremely grateful for each and every client and every referral they send to our office. RCI hopes to continue to provide the customer service that you require and go above and beyond your expectations.

Thank you again to all our clients and friends for telling others about RCI Insurance Group! If you’d like to find out more about our 2012 Referral Program, click here.

 

Tulsa State Fair

Let me first start out by saying, WOW!  Can you believe it is almost October?!?! And here in Oklahoma that means, it’s time for the

Tulsa

State

Fair!

This year they are kicking off the fair with a 5k and fun run to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Tulsa Area United Way. What awesome organizations to sponsor! This however is unlike any 5k I have ever participated in; it is called the “Corndog Classic” and you can choose to take the “Corndog Challenge” in which at each (3) water stations during the race you eat a corndog, then drink either a beer (21&older) or a lemonade, then it’s time for cotton candy. This sounds like a bad belly ache waiting to happen! But also like a ton of FUN! Plus you get to see the sites of the fair before it even opens!

 

For entertainment this year the Tulsa State Fair has a great lineup for the Oklahoma Stage, kicking it off September 27th will be Z104.5 The Edge’s Homegroan concert, followed by Randy Houser September 28th, Vertical Horizon September 29th, Eli Young Band September 30th, Jeremy Camp October 1st, Easton Corbin October 2nd, Hot Chelle Rae October 3rd, Theory of a Deadman October 4th, Keith Sweat October 5th, Breathe Carolina October 6th and Midlife Crisis October 7th. See http://www.tulsastatefair.com/ for details.

 

Another exciting attraction coming to the fair this year is Disney On Ice “Dare to Dream” which is based on the movie Tangled.

And the best part is you have 10 opportunities to make sure you get to go see it:

Thursday, September 27, 7:30pm

Friday, September 28, 10:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, September 29, 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, September 30, 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm

For more details visit: http://www.tulsastatefair.com/disneyonice/index.cfm

If Disney princess stories on ice aren’t your thing the fair also has a PRCA Rodeo Friday, October 5th and 6th with concerts afterwards both nights!

Friday, October 5th at 7:00pm Jake Owen will perform; this is the concert I am looking forward to the most!

Then Saturday, October 6th at 7:00pm the Randy Rogers Band will perform.

For more information and to buy tickets click here: http://www.tulsastatefair.com/prcarodeo/index.cfm

And last but not least if running while eating a corndog, eating fried everything, ice skating princesses, and concerts aren’t your thing but you have awesome cows, horses or other livestock that you want to show off, come to the fair! The fair is the prime place to show off your award winning livestock! Just make sure that you are insured properly before doing so! For more information on insuring your prize animals and your farm call Amber Helmuth at 918-341-6081 or visit our website: http://www.rci-ins.com/insurance-solutions/business-insurance/farm-and-ranch/ or to find out more about the livestock shows at the fair visit their website: http://www.tulsastatefair.com/index.cfm?id=20.