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We Celebrated my Grandmother’s 106th Birthday!

Our “Grandma Tee,” Wilma C. Factory Phifer Green will be turning 106 years old on February 12, 2020! We are EXTREMELY EXCITED and BLESSED to have her in our lives. She has been a great supporter, inspiration and influencer in our lives.

Wilma Factory Phifer Green was born and reared in Carbon, Oklahoma on February 12, 1914. She was the youngest child born to Nealy and Eva Factory (Factor). Her father, Nealy Factory was one of the two first black US Marshals serving Indian Territory.  He has been noted in Black History books for his assistance with the capture of outlaw Jessie James.

Wilma Green later moved to McAlester, Oklahoma.  She met and married Charles Phifer. The union had three children: Joe “Butch” Phifer (deceased), Everett “Honey” Phifer and Patricia “Pat” Bannister.

She was foster parent and a babysitter of many children in her community. She was a long-time member of Ward Chapel AME Church. While there, she served as Missionary President, served on the Finance Committee, as Board Member and served as a Stewardess.

She was a domestic worker. She loved to cook Sunday Dinner and invite everyone. She rented and operated Edna Rhone’s Cafe. Wilma Green retired from McAlester Naval Base, now known as the McAlester Army Ammunition Base.

Mrs. Green has two daughters-in-law; Gisela Phifer and Lois Phifer, 12 grandchildren, 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and a host of many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who celebrated near and far, her 106th Birthday.

Wilma is the grandmother of the President of LasTop Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Inc. (LasTop), Angela K. Chambers. We see a lot and hear a lot about “Grandma Tee” at LasTop. We are blessed!


Love is in the Air!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Smile

On Valentine’s Day we think of those
 Who make our lives worthwhile,
 Those gracious, friendly people who
 We think of with a smile.

I am fortunate to know you,
That’s why I want to say,
To a rare and special person:
Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Joanna Fuchs

Imagine the Beach

Descriptive (nonfiction) 77 words, Level D (Grade 1), Lexile 230L.

Imagine the Beach

Imagine the sound of the waves crashing on shore, the warm ocean breeze, and the sand beneath your toes. In Imagine the Beach, students are invited to use their imagination and senses to take a trip to the beach in their mind’s eye. Colorful photographs support students’ learning as they practice visualizing and classifying information.

Our grandchildren love the beach. It’s such a BIG place. A place to YELL and yell very LOUDLY! The beach is a place to RUN and run FAST! They collect shells and dig DEEP to build sand castles. They look for crabs and watch the birds and boats afar. The waves are perfect and they get to swim!

The beach is where a kids can be a kids and enjoy nature. Traveling and visiting beaches are great ways to teach children about the world, especially places that are not apart of their regular environment. Learning while young encourages children to appreciate and understand the importance of taking care of our fragile eco-system.

A Backyard Fish Pond

Spruce up your backyard with a fish pond.

Water gardens and backyard ponds are for butterflies,
frogs, birds, fish, you, and the whole family. These
ponds may be small, may even be no larger than 3 to 4
feet in diameter. These may be built in patio
containers and barrels. Drawing wildlife in your
backyard may be done by adding water gardens and
ponds. These will not only provide enjoyment and
interest but also a natural and relaxing environment
as well.

A fish pond in your backyard may become the focal
point of your backyard conversation. So spice it up
with this tips and techniques.

Where to Put Up a Backyard Pond

Place your fish pond in a place where you can best
view it from, whether from a deck or the patio. Make
it coincide with the natural surroundings. Do not
place the pond where the sun can overheat it. Nestle
it in a shaded place but not under the trees.

Landscaping

It is best to slightly elevate the soil surrounding
the pond so that excess water will not enter into it.
Plan the drainage system of the pond, making sure that
it draws the water away from your house.

Landscaping the surroundings around your pond will
provide a natural dwelling place for birds and frogs
that need water and land. Make sure that electricity
is available if you plan to use lights, filters, or a
water re-circulating device.

Do not place the pond under the trees to avoid fallen
leaves into the pond. This technique will also provide
less maintenance to the pond. Expose the pond to
sufficient sunlight only since some aquatic plats grow
well in full sun and others do not.

Using Pond Liners

Pond liners are used to keep water from leaking into
the soil. It is almost always necessary for ponds even
if it they are situated in clay soils. Pond liners
come in different shapes and sizes. They even include
built in waterfalls or any design based on your
preferences. They are durable and convenient.

Consider a polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) in
building larger ponds. In determining the size of the
PVC, you have to know the maximum length, width, and
depth of the pond. After which, multiply the maximum
depth by 3. Add the answer to the width and the
length. Now you have enough PVC to securely hold down
the pond edges.

Pond liners come in different thickness as well. The
thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it is to
punctures. Cement may be considered an optional pool
liner. However, it requires more expertise to install
and it may cost more than the regular plastic pond
liner.

However, considering that many ponds are quite small,
other plastics may be used. It may be cheaper but many
may break down easily once prolonged exposure to
ultraviolet light happens. Some plastics also may
prove to be toxic to fish.

Pond Installation

Time your pond building when the ground is not overly
wet or frozen. Dig the hole according to the right
depth and place (and secure) the pond liner. Then
landscape the pond surroundings. Remove any rocks from
the surrounding area. Add water, plants, and a pump.
Let the pond sit for a few days before adding plants
and fish. Let the plants settle for at least one week
before placing the fish.

Then sit back and enjoy your backyard fish pond!

Stop by our Booth

LasTop Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Inc. (LasTop) will be at the 2020 Black Wall Street Exchange accepting applications for employment.

“The BWSE features local entertainment, networking, State of the Union panel discussions, a speaker’s gallery (breakout workshops), and the main exchange floor to circulate dollars! Attendees will not only exchange money with our vendors but will have the opportunity to gain meaningful information to strengthen their family dynamics, self-awareness, and business operations. This event will increase your organization’s branding in BWSE’s diverse network and community to serve as an outlet for your organization’s social, entrepreneurial, and community targets.” (black-wall-street-exchange-tulsa-tickets-56264878767)

Stop by and meet us! Will will conduct on the sport interviews. We are looking for great candidates to join our staff. If that is you or someone you know, please look for our booth. We would love to meet you!

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