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Turley Community Meeting Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.

The monthly Turley Community Association meeting, open to all, will be 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the O'Brien Park and Recreation Center, 6147 N. Lewis Ave. Come meet neighbors, hear about efforts to improve the quality of life in the community, and how you can participate.

Check back here for news; and also check Bob Cooper's Turley Log online (see above)

See you there.


Turley Post Office Reducing Hours

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, the Federal Government's U.S. Post Office in Turley will be reducing its hours of service to the community. New hours for the office counter and contact with postal staff will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Availability to P.O. boxes will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

You might want to contact local officials to register concerns in the hopes that they don't try to shut down the office again, and especially contact U.S. Congressman John Sullivan about it since it is a federal issue. Go to and fill out a brief online contact form to send in to the Congressman about your concerns.

And stop by the Post Office and give some thanks to the postal employees, especially since they are having to deal with (you might have heard :) ) a new computer system that has slowed things down instead of sped them up. But if you do have to wait a while in line, and you sometimes do, it is one of the best and entertaining places to wait in line. I've waited in long lines at several post offices, and hands down this one is the best. Not much more to say than you have to experience it yourself.

Of course, so far, the mailboxes have remained out front of the Turley Postal Station and so you can still use them for mailing. Like all things, if you have a chance to use it here, do so.

They may be tempted to cut hours and service more here because of the size of the community, but let officials know that especially in communities where there isn't as ready access to computers and email among our neighbors, that it is even more important than ever that "snail mail" survive. And I don't want to be negative about it either; in my lifetime of experiences and running a national office, the postal service has been as good or better than private services 90 percent of the time. I still remember those other 10 percent times, but nobody's perfect....least of all me.

Turley Water Department News

Gene Cullison and several members of the Turley Water Department Board and staff visited the Turley Community Association meeting in September and answered questions about projects underway, billing methods, and more.

One of the biggest on-going issues for the Water Department is the fact that they have so many unpaid accounts, often because of the high number of residences that are rented and when renters move they leave unpaid water bills. Turley, it was reported, is somewhat unique in that it is an unincorporated community with its own Water Department (water is purchased from Tulsa City and handled locally here in Turley to residents and businesses). But it is also somewhat unique in that there are more homes with renters than homeowners, which adds a financial pressure.

If you have questions about your water bill, go see them. They will be helpful and love to explain the situation. And also if you see the workers in the office or out working on the lines, give them thanks. Their meetings are public so you can call and find out all the details or stop by the office.

Let Turley Bloom! updates

“Where flowers bloom, there is hope,”
Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady

We have recently planted a flower bed at Cherokee Elementary School on the north side of the building in the new courtyard area. And we have planted a new planter pot and garden area at the Turley Daylight Donut Store. We are hoping to get a bit of donated land near the new creek project on 61st street and Rockford for planting a garden in that busy street area.

The State Department of Transportation planted several acres of wildflower seeds at the 56th and 66th Street exits of Highway 75, as part of the grant we received from the Color Oklahoma statewide program. Come spring those passing by "our exits" will be welcomed with beauty and hope. Planted were black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, prairie coreopsis, showy primrose, lemon mint, and Indian Paintbrush.

Also, we have started our planting with local businesses along North Peoria Ave. in Turley. Go by Mar-Kays BBQ and Fish House at 67th and N. Peoria and look at the new flower beds (grab their 99cent chopped beef sandwich while you are at it, not to mention my weakness, the Feast) that we planted on Saturday. Also across the street from there stop by and enjoy the additions to the flower bed at Shorty's Restaurant where we planted on Saturday also, as well as putting in a new Magnolia tree at both restaurant locations. What we sow now, the community will be reaping not only in this coming Spring, but as all of our public gardens in Turley take root, in about three years from now they will be at their prime.

We'd love to hear from many more businesses in Turley who are interested in seeing a beautification event at their place, free of charge, thanks to donations. You can send donations to Let Turley Bloom c/o Dr. Bonnie Ashing at The Living Room Church, 6305 N. Peoria Ave. Turley, OK 74126. Call her at 430-1150 to volunteer. Great way to meet new friends and make the world a better place right here from home.

Turley Fire Dept. Dues Due

It is time to both protect your property and support our local volunteer firefighters. Because of rising costs, and so much expended on the past season or two of tremendous grassfires that took a toll on the fire trucks, the Fire and Rescue Dept. has raised the residential dues from $35 to $50 per year. What a bargain and still lower I am sure than in many or most other volunteer districts. I forget what the business dues are, but someone can leave a comment and update us on those.

And stop by when you see the Fire Station open in the evenings and say thanks to the volunteers.