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2023 Arkalon Trail of Terror coming Oct. 14

arkalon trail of terror flyerELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The spooky season is nearly upon the area, and the Liberal Police Department will soon be helping people celebrate that.

The 2023 Arkalon Trail of Terror will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Arkalon Park (11123 Arkalon Park Road) east of Liberal on U.S. Hwy 54. As LPD Community Police Coordinator Dalanie Underwood tells it, the event is for a good cause. 

“The Arkalon Trail of Terror is a fundraiser for the Liberal Police Department for the Shop With a Cop program, now called the Liberal Police And Community Association (LPACA), which is geared toward children in the community whose family might be going through a rough patch or might not be as fortunate as others,” Underwood said. “We take them out shopping around Christmas for presents. This fundraiser's been going on for the past few years, and it's always a lot of fun. We want a bunch of people to come out, and we want to scare the pants off of everyone. Our staff does a great job putting everything together and work really hard making sure everything is how it's supposed to be. We're going to have some vendors out there including Texas Blue Line BBQ, and Pita’s Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, among others, and there are a few vendors we're still working on coordinating with. The cost is $10 per person for a regular pass, and $25 for a fast pass, which can be totally worth the extra money, and tickets will be available at the gate that evening.  As of right now, we're only going to have tickets at the gate, but if that changes within the next few weeks, people can look at our Facebook page.”


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September sunshine

THE POSTSCRIPT, Carrie Classon


He was sitting outside his home on a tiny patio, wearing a fedora and smoking a cigar.

He had a portable music player sitting beside him, and he looked as if he was enjoying the September sunshine about as much as anyone could.

“Good afternoon!” I said as I passed.

“Good afternoon!” he agreed.

I don’t smoke, but I like the smell of cigars. My grandpa smoked a cigar occasionally, and the smell of cigar smoke reminds me of my childhood. In fact, all of September reminds me of childhood.

I see yellow buses carrying kids to school and wonder how it is possible that school buses look so much the same, after all these years. I feel the same need for a new pair of shiny shoes. Autumn says that we should be putting on our new, shiny shoes and getting out our freshly sharpened pencils (remember that smell?) and heading off on adventures.

I actually bought new boots this fall. I’ve never had Dr. Martens and so I got myself a pair. I love them. My husband, Peter, says I look like Frankenstein—but I know he means that in the nicest possible way. With my new Dr. Martens all laced up, I feel as if I should be racing off to catch a yellow bus, or sharpening some pencils, or at least picking out some fancy new notebooks.