Compass

Fourth-generation owners David and Beverly
Shumake says with those problems, compounded with their own health
issues, they knew it was time to close up shop.

“The last two years have been two of our worst,” Beverly Shumake says. “It’s put a huge strain on us.”

MUSTANG

Students at Mustang High School returned to class in a redesigned space including a 21,000-square-foot multipurpose commons area. It is part of a twoyear, 200,000-square-foot construction project led by MA+ Architecture of Oklahoma City. The goal is to redesign, consolidate and update areas of the school to improve energy efficiency and student security.

FILM ROW

The Paramount OKC: Reel Art, Wine & Coffee offers a taste of old Hollywood on Film Row at 701 W. Sheridan. The building dates from the 1930s and was once the local headquarters for Paramount Studios. A screening room, which is still intact, offered screenings of Paramount films for theater owners around the state.

A weather-worn but still visible Paramount logo is painted on the bricks on the east side of the building, where local owners Melodie Garneau, Helen Goulden and Becky Kephart offer food, wine, coffee and movies.

Fans of the venue can join the Paramount Club for access to movies shown in the screening room with its 50 vintage theater seats. Members also receive a monthly movie schedule and notification of exclusive events. As part of a special promotion, individuals and families can name their own price for membership.

NORTHWEST

New Leaf Florist is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The store’s two locations are at Casady Square, 9221 N. Penn Place, and 2500 N. May.

Greg Davis, owner and creative director, says the store began as Virginia Brown’s Florist, owned and operated by Brown. Davis and his now retired business partner Mark Myers purchased the store in 1987 and launched New Leaf. In 1992, Davis and Myers moved the shop to Casady Square. The 15,000-square-foot North May store opened in 2009 in a former C.R. Anthony store building that was later Spivey’s Antique Mall.

“It’s a showroom-style floor plan designed to be inviting and unpretentious,” Davis says. “Our customers are invited into our walk-in cooler, which holds flowers imported daily from around the world.”

EDMOND

It’s no secret that the population in the United States is getting older, and estimates show by 2030, nearly one in five Oklahomans will be over age 65. In response, the University of Central Oklahoma has launched a master’s degree program in gerontology.

The program offers flexible schedules, including early evening classes, with the option to either write a thesis or complete a practicum experience. Elective courses cover topics such as the politics of aging, caregiver support, assisted living management and more. It is the only gerontology master’s program in the state.

“If you have an affinity for this group of people, and a desire to learn about the biological, sociological and psychological changes that aging brings, this is the program for you,” says Douglas Reed, professor of gerontology and program coordinator.

MIDWEST CITY

The Midwest City Public Works Administration was recognized by the American Dental Association, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 50 years of community water fluoridation.

The city began fluoridating water in 1961 to help reduce cavities and other dental problems for its citizens.

The national award is given annually to public water systems that reach 50 years of continuous water fluoridation during the previous calendar year.

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