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Golden shovels and airborne dirt make a new beginning

• Vera Mae Home groundbreaking


February 2, 2018

Marione Martin

Golden shovels are thrust into the dirt for the groundbreaking of the Vera Mae Home. An effort of the Alva First United Methodist Church, the residence will house a family unit consisting of foster children and a parenting couple. From left are Dr. Carol Cook Moore, pastor of First United Methodist, James Nunn (in back), bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference; Rhonda Cook; Richard Ryerson (in back); Don Batson, president and CEO of Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care; Kirk Washburn; Bill Junk (in front), president of OKlahoma United Methodist Foundation; Ed Sutter, local task force chairman; Jerry Perryman; Amber Maier; and Janice Melton.

Sunny skies and a brisk Oklahoma breeze greeted people arriving for a groundbreaking on south Noble Street about where the pavement ends and the gravel begins. As Alva residents and out-of-town guests congregated, they commented on the beautiful views from the hilltop location.

The occasion Wednesday, Jan. 31, at noon gave the official kick-off for the Vera Mae Home, a project of the Alva First United Methodist Church. Dr. Carol Cook Moore, pastor, opened the ceremony with introductions of special guests: James Nunn, bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference; Don Batson, president...

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