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July 10, 2013 - To coincide with the town's Lone Ranger celebration, Oxford residents will be given an opportunity to win a genuine silver bullet just for doing good deeds and helping make their community a better place.

Between July 2 and Aug. 3, residents young and old can earn "Silver Certificates" (see right) by doing volunteer work for local nonprofit groups and performing good deeds for neighbors and strangers alike. There is no limit as to how many certificates a person can collect.

People will then bring their silver certificates to the Celebrate Lone Ranger festival in downtown Oxford on Saturday, Aug. 3.

All of them will be placed in a large bin in Centennial Park and one individual's name will be drawn at random.

This lucky person will win a solid-silver .45-caliber bullet hand-crafted by local jeweler Mark A. Young.

The Lone Ranger character, who was portrayed on the radio by Oxford resident Brace Beemer from 1941-54, used silver bullets as his famous calling card.

The precious metal symbolized everything the Lone Ranger stood for – justice, law and order. It also served as a reminder that life, like silver, has value and should not be wasted.

Folks can win silver certificates by volunteering their time and effort on behalf of the K-Stray Rescue League, American Legion Post 108, Oxford-Orion FISH, Oxford Township, Oxford Township Parks & Recreation, Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance, Meals on Wheels and the Free Meals programs at Oxford United Methodist Church, Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and Christ the King Church.

There will also be a "mystery spotter" watching for people committing random acts of kindness around town such as helping senior citizens load groceries into their cars, opening doors for people, picking up litter, giving someone directions, etc.

If a person spots someone doing something nice for others in Oxford, they are encouraged to e-mail that individual's name and contact information to SilverBulletGoodDeeds@gmail.com.

That person's name will be put into the drawing. Folks are also encouraged to write about good deeds they see and the people committing these wonderful acts at the Facebook page entitled: Hi-Yo, Good Deeds.

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