Members of Okmulgee’s VFW Post 1189 visited the office of State Rep. Scott Fetgatter yesterday afternoon.Dennis Cunningham, John F. Hartman and Bob Mason presented an American and Oklahoman flag to be displayed in the representative’s office on behalf of the VFW.
“We are the defenders of the flag,” Hartman said. “It means a lot us that he is willing to display them proudly.”
The VFW members also talked with Fetgatter about the importance of groups like the VFW and their role in advocating for veterans benefits.
“As a veteran’s organization, we are always looking out for veterans,” Hartman said. “We appreciate it when representatives allow us the time to speak up for veterans.”
“Our veterans deserve the best,” Fetgatter said. “They paid a price for all of us, and we should do everything we can to make sure their needs are met. As long as I am a representative in this building, these flags will be behind my desk.”
Joanie Insabella was on hand Wednesday to tell Henryetta Rotary club members about her store, Rosie Lavon's Marketplace.
She said the store is a mix of vintange and antique collectables and has been open for over half a year.
Insabella renovated the former Masonic Lodge building on South Fifth Street and has renovated both the downstairs area as well as the former lodge hall on the second floor.
That renovation has included restoring adn painting the tin ceiling that was original to the over 100-year-old building.
That hall will be used for events including dances, parties, receptions and reunions.
Coming up Feb. 11 will be a Valentine's Dance and, to many Henryetta residents, will be a reminder of the old Teen Town days.
"There isn't a month that I don't have people coming in and telling me they didn't know about the store," she said. "Once they are here, they fall in love with all the things we offer.
In addition to her merchandise, Insabella said there are three booths stocked by other vendors.
She said the Marketplace name came from her mother's middle name and her silent partner's grandmother's name.
Insabella said the store has a Facebook Page that provides photos and information about some of her latest finds and offerings. That page can be reached HERE.