DEATHS

John Hammans, 62

Born July 23, 1956

Died April 18, 2019

Sharon Jean Long, 69

Born April 10, 1950

Died April 18, 2019

Victor Ivan Clement Jr, 70

Born May 3, 1948

Died April 17, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Saturday, April 20

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunts at the USS Batfish!
2nd Annual Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Free Banjo Clinic! - Earl Scruggs Style
Easter Celebration
JJ Baldwin & Casey West Live @ Max’s Garage
Candy From Heaven Helicopter Candy Drop
The Choice
Women's Professional Basketball Team Tryouts
Harley Tinsley
9th Annual WISH benefit
"Celebrate 420 On Broadway"
Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
420 Grand Opening Party
Downtown Muskogee Walking Tour
Oklahoma Open/Concealed Carry Class (OSDA Class)
Chalk it Up with Keya
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Journey To Jesus

Sunday, April 21

Easter At Genesis
Annual Easter Services & Egg Hunt
The Choice
Easter at New Community Church
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Easter Sunday Services
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Home Church of Muskogee Gathering/Discussion
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace
Young Couples' Class - "Think Differently"
Sunday Celebration Service 10:30 AM
Easter 8:30am Experience
Easter at Eastside
Margaret Artist Taylor - Citizen of the Arts Award
Easter...The Life
Easter Sunday
Easter 11:30am Experience
Easter Sunday!

Monday, April 22

Ceremonial Swearing In: Evelyn Hibbs, Ward 1 City Councilor
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
April Foundations
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
Financial Fitness at Your Library
Microsoft Excel II - An Intermediate Course
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee

Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:54 AM

Every winter for the past 25 years, the city has decorated Honor Heights Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and, starting after Thanksgiving, the cars line up to go through and look at the decorations.

In the past, the tour was free, with donations accepted at the end of the drive.

But this year, the city — at the suggestion of Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilkerson — will charge $5 per car, even though the attraction has always ended up netting positive cash flow through donations. “Oversize” vehicles will cost $10.

According to one official who asked to not be named, the Garden of Lights generates an average of $1 per car, with some donating more, some not donating at all. Some estimates of revenue collected were as high as $60,000 per season, with more than 300,000 people seeing it. The city published a release on the Garden of Lights yesterday and mentioned the $5 per-car charge, but did not give a reason why the formerly free attraction — paid for with taxpayer dollars — is no longer free for citizens.

Although the event has never lost money, the city’s release stated “Admission fees will help sustain, preserve and grow the Garden of Lights.”

Monday nights will still be free, according to the release.

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