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Edmond Exchange, June 24

Two chrome steel chickens are expected to arrive Saturday in Edmond from Tampa, Florida, to be displayed outside PDQ, one of Edmond's newest restaurants, scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, in Bryant Square. [PHOTO PROVIDED}

Two chrome steel chickens are expected to arrive Saturday in Edmond from Tampa, Florida, to be displayed outside PDQ, one of Edmond's newest restaurants, scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, in Bryant Square. [PHOTO PROVIDED}

New in town

PDQ, one of Edmond's newest restaurants, scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, will be the home of two chrome steel chickens made in Tampa, Florida, at Rustic Steel Creations, and transported to Bryant Square shopping center.

The chickens, each weighing 250 pounds, stand roughly 6 feet tall and are fabricated from recycled Harley Davidson exhaust pipes and components, with the exception of gravy boats that serve as their beaks.

"There are well over 150 pieces and took five days to make," said metal fabrication artist Dominique Martinez, founder of Rustic Steel Creations in 2002.

This will be the fourth installation of fabricated chickens at a PDQ restaurant, but the first outside of Florida. So far, Martinez has made 15 chickens for PDQ and others.

PDQ, short for People Dedicated to Quality, is scheduled to be open until 10 p.m. Sunday at 1600 E Second Street. The restaurant will be open seven days a week.

PDQ offers chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed and convenience of the fast food and fast casual segment.

This is the company's 57th location in the United States and first restaurant in Oklahoma.

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Mayor honored

Mayor Charles Lamb received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award at the American Public Power Association's national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association. Lamb served on the Edmond City Council for 15 years before being appointed mayor in 2011. He is a longtime supporter of public power and has actively engaged legislators at the state and federal level on critical issues. He has been on the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority board for 23 years.

Tree harvest

A contractor for the city of Edmond's Urban Forestry Department started harvesting cedar trees from Arcadia Lake property this week. The trees will be chipped to provide mulch for trees and landscapes planted throughout Edmond's street medians. The project will save the city money, as cutting then chipping the red cedar trees can be done at a lower cost than buying mulch commercially.

“Providing trees with a layer of mulch is an important step to keeping our public trees healthy,” said Ryan Ochsner, the city's green infrastructure planner. “A broad area of mulch over the tree's rooting areas will greatly enhance the amount of organic matter and water in the soil. The additional soil moisture will help sustain the trees through periods of drought as we have experienced in recent years.”

This project also provides the important benefit of managing the spread of eastern red cedar around the lake. The red cedar tree removal will help maintain and reclaim areas where native grass, or other types of tree cover are the preferred vegetation.

Let the celebration begin

LibertyFest, Edmond's Fourth of July celebration with 10 events over 11 days, kicks off Saturday. This weekend's events:

Car Show: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Hafer Park, free for the public.

KiteFest: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and after sundown Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mitch Park (weather permitting). Free admission. Enter off Santa Fe Avenue, north of Covell.

Miss LibertyFest Pageant: Teen Pageant and Miss LibertyFest Pageant, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edmond Santa Fe High School, $15.

Rodeo: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Carl Beene Rodeo Grounds, 300 N Kelly Ave. Adults $10; children 11 and younger, $5.

It's a fact

Edmond Planning Director Randy Entz said this week he has hired a long-range planner to prepare for Edmond's future. Entz said there are great opportunities in Edmond such as the downtown and Broadway area. "Edmond is a great spot for millennials and for Boomers to retire here," he told the Edmond Economic Development Authority Board of Trustees.

What's happening

Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

American Radio Relay League's Field Day is from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Edmond Fire Station, 5300 E Covell Road.

Need an answer?

Reader Skip Everett asked: "What's the latest information on what will happen to the land occupied by the now decaying golf course at Coffee Creek? The old cart barn has been disassembled and is lying in pieces in the parking lot. As an avid golfer, it's pretty disheartening to see the golf course just wasting away."

Planning Director Randy Entz answered: "The owners of the property have not filed an application for development with the city as of yet, so there are no official details I can provide."

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›