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December 1, 2004

Perry benefits from generosity of Woodward couple

Just a reminder: On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Yvonne Baetz Hodge show, also known as the Price is Right, will be shown on the CBS TV network. It will be the tape of her appearance on the show earlier this year when a gaggle of Perry folks visited the network's studio in Los Angeles. Yvonne, a lifelong resident of this area, won a new car but the show has not yet been seen here. Check local listings for the channel and precise time. Yvonne was a great contestant and you will be proud of her brief banter with the host, Bob Barker. Heck, you will probably enjoy the whole show.

Dr. Charles Martin has continued to be a Perry historian and advocate since his retirement from the field of medical science a while back. I enjoy hearing from him from time to time with the bits of information he unfailingly provides. The other day he showed me a Xerox copy of a piece from The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) under the general heading of State Briefs. The article stated that a Perry charity has shared in the bequest of a deceased Woodward farm couple. Their generosity assisted several charities.

Among them was Overcoming Through the Crisis, a drug recovery shelter in Perry, which received $754,000 from the estate. The others included the Woodward Standard Arts Theater Council, $210,000; and several other worthy charitable agencies were remembered by the couple. The wife, Della Buttel, died in 1996 and her husband, Francis Buttel, died in 2003.

A story in the sports section of The Oklahoman on Sunday told about Haley Workman of Woodward, who led her Woodward high school girls team to the class 5A finals, to be played in a day or so. She transferred to Woodward from Gage four years ago, and in her three years of varsity experience at Woodward she has played on two state championship teams. Her dad is Mark Workman, son of Bill Workman and the late Patsy Workman, and she is looking forward to a third state title this week. Her college career still lies ahead, and she is considering OSU and OU, among others. Let's hope we get to see her play in one of those Big 12 schools so we can follow her career a little better.