10 Impeccable Products – Made Right Here!

10 Impeccable Products – Made Right Here!

By Kathleen Swift Introducing 10 impeccable products from 10 creative minds in the Four States. These 10 small businesses began with dreams and ideas that with hard work, have turned into thriving businesses. You’ll find products that beautify your skin, hand-made...

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How to Plant a tree on Arbor Day  (or any other day!)

How to Plant a tree on Arbor Day (or any other day!)

By Gayl Navarro • Photos by Tera Miller Nationally, Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday of April, although individual communities may celebrate on different days. The celebration began in Nebraska in 1872 and is now observed in all 50 states, and in fact, around...

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Blue Pinwheels Bring Awareness of Child Abuse

Blue Pinwheels Bring Awareness of Child Abuse

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!Editor’s Letter


The Energy of Our Region


April is a great month to celebrate the energy of our region. Each of our communities is rich in history, strong in character, filled with individuals who serve with heart, surrounded by a landscape of beauty, full of creative minds and influenced by contagious passion. This energy is celebrated this month, and every month, within our pages.

History. Connor Hotel, which opened in downtown Joplin in 1903, was the home of every social event for over 60 years. On page 20, learn about the eight-story building and the rich impact it made on our city.

Character. Design in a Kilt located in Grove, Oklahoma, offers interior decorative services for residential and commercial properties. Turn to page 46 and learn how “The Kilt Guy” has not only brought his own personality to homes and businesses in the region, but has also been integral in reviving downtown Grove.  

Heart. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Northeast Oklahoma is hosting the Paper Doll Project during April to support Ottawa County, Oklahoma’s, abused and neglected children. The feature on page 54 shares how child-shaped wood cut-outs inspire awareness and prevention and gives you all the details you need to join the cause to make a difference in the lives of children.

Beauty. We are surrounded by beautiful landscape that affords endless entertainment right here in our backyard. We bring you “25 Things to See & Do in Northeast Oklahoma” on page 58. Restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities, athletics and history can be found within these pages and just a day trip away.

Creative. We are not only beautiful, we are smart. On page 62, learn about impeccable products that began right here in our region. These 10 local small businesses began with dreams and ideas and turned into thriving businesses that serve our communities. Be inspired and shop away!

Passion. Kayla Branstetter’s art is inspired by giving a voice to the voiceless. She is passionate about connecting people with common experiences and impacting others with her work. Turn to page 66 and learn how she spends her time teaching and reaching others through multiple vehicles of art and life.

As we celebrate Earth Day April 22, let’s join the EarthDay.org campaign found on page 70 to “Restore Our Earth.” In addition, let’s be forward thinking and continue the energy that has made our region the best place to call home. Let’s be intentional in the history that will move our communities forward and bring our own character, heart, beauty, ideas and passion to make our region a better place.

Happy spring. Take us with you as you enjoy all there is to do, see and be right here at home!



Lee Radcliff




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