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Where does your state rank on the corporate tax component of The Tax Foundation's state of the corporate tax?

In Oklahoma, we are #9 (larger numbers are worse). Top state is South Dakota.

The corporate tax component of our Index measures each state’s principal tax on business activities.

http://ow.ly/mHPj30m8o7u
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Some productive and helpful things to know about grief and helping grieving people.
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f you're looking for a family-friendly place for Fall Events, the Wings Event Center on Eastern between 33rd and Memorial road is close by.

They are open Fri-Sat-Sun this month and offer a Pumpkin Play Patch for kids with Hay Rides, Pumpkin Train Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Slide, Bounce Houses, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Carnival Games, and so much more! Touch-A-Truck on October 13th and 20th.
There's also a Pumpkin Patch so you can pick up that perfect pumpkin.
http://wingsok.org/fallfestival/
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How many spam/robo-calls do you get daily? Our parents and seniors also get these types of calls. Putting our numbers on the no-call list doesn't seem to help much.

The FBI has several webpages of warnings from scammers who target seniors. They provided the link below to FTC website where you can get information on mobile phone apps to help block these types of calls and protect both yourself and loved ones.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/10/apps-stop-robocalls
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When you take the time to pre-arrange your funeral, your loved ones first 24 hours after your death will be relieved of much of the stress.

Perhaps you've had a military career, or other life events you'd like people to hear about at your funeral. When you go through the pre-planning process, you'll be able to capture all the things important to you and have them ready for your family.

See our pre-planning page for more information. We are ready to help you. Call us at 341-2787 or come by our office Monday-Friday to find out more information with no obligation.

https://matthewsfuneralhome.com/pre-arrangement/
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Let's talk a little bit about stand-alone Graveside services.
These are services held only at the gravesite - there are no services at the funeral home or church.
These services are usually attended and held mainly for family members and close friends. Services here are usually shorter than at a funeral service.
When attending a graveside service, you should come dressed as if you're going to a funeral.
There are usually chairs at a graveside service - enough for the family and elderly people to use. If you are younger, wait until family and the elderly are seated before taking a seat.
Depending on the family's wishes, they may have the coffin lowered into the ground at the end of the service. In some cultures, the family along with guests shovel dirt in the grave.
You can read more here. https://www.everplans.com/articles/graveside-service-etiquette
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How do you prepare yourself mentally for a funeral of a loved one?

Here are some suggestions from the Everplans website.

1. Prepare to greet people at the funeral.
2. Prepare for awkward or inappropriate condolences.
3. Prepare for uncomfortable questions or conversations.
4. Plan on what you'll wear.
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For those of us who help our parents manage their bills and finances, have you ever checked with them to see what documents they keep in their wallets/purses?

If our parents haven't been on-line or keep up-to-date with the different schemes out there, they might not know they shouldn't be carrying around their social security card, spare keys and other items.

This article from Kiplinger has a list of things to NOT carry with us.

http://ow.ly/eBYO30lTgTE
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What does a pallbearer do at a funeral?

"This group of people (usually 6-8), are responsible for carrying the coffin from the limo to the burial site."

If you've been chosen/asked to be a pallbearer, you'll want to arrive 30 minutes early to the funeral and report to the funeral director for their instructions.

Excerpt from an article by The Spruce:
"A pallbearer is someone who is selected by a close family member of the deceased to help carry the casket to the burial site at a funeral. There are typically six to eight pallbearers, depending on the size and weight of the casket. They can be men or women.
Honor of Being a Pallbearer
... consider it an honor to be asked. Yes, a funeral is a somber occasion, but consider the fact that the person closest to the deceased trusts you with carrying his or her loved one to the final resting place. As difficult as it may be, it's an important responsibility."
There are honorary pallbearers too. These people are chosen because of their closeness to the deceased, but they don't take part in handling the casket.
https://www.thespruce.com/pallbearer-etiquette-1216568
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We talk a lot about the Edmond Senior Center, but there are quite a few Senior Centers in the Oklahoma City area.
Here from the Senior Journal on-line, is their list of all the senior centers along with programs and activities you might be interested in.
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SENIOR CENTERS, PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Community Action Agency, Southeast 672-7311
Northwest 525-2468
Northeast 424-0315
Southwest 634-1469
El Reno262-7042
Covenant Presbyterian Church 751-2546
Prime Time games, snacks included
Last Tuesday of every month at 1pm, ask for Pam
Crescent Community Center, 10am-1pm 969-3081
Danforth Senior Center 789-3021
Edmond Senior Center 216-7600
El Reno Senior Center 262-1968
Harrah Senior Center 454-3586
Little Axe Community Center (senior outreach) 292-9770
Logan County, Highland Hall 282-4204
Memorial Christian Meal Site 948-1854
Midwest City Senior Center 737-7611
Moore Brand Senior Center 799-3130
Mustang Senior Center 376-1297
Noble Senior Center 872-5921
Norman Senior Center 329-4200
Northeast YMCA Senior “Y” (Lincoln Center) 427-0862
Robertson Activity Center 350-7680
Shartel Towers 631-4644
Spencer Senior Center 771-8800
Tuttle Senior Center 381-2606
Warr Acres Senior Center 789-9892
Will Rogers Senior Center 297-1455
Senior Programs
INTEGRIS Third Age Life North 717-9821
“Senior Life Wellness”, ad page 36 South 636-7474
Medicare Assistance Program at the 521-6628
OK Insurance Dept, ad pages 48 & 72 800-763-2828
Oklahoma Development Disabilities Council 521-4984
OKC Salvation Army 246-1120
salvationarmyokcac.org, ad page 21
OHAI (Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative) 271-6424
OHAI.org, Information & Classes, ad page 43
OU Medical Center Edmond, ste 201 844-5700
FREE Senior Class, monthly lunch & learn
Sunbeam Family Services 528-7721
sunbeamfamilyservices.org, ad page 23
TRIAD/S.A.L.T. Councils for the 50-Plus 713-1950

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