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February 20, 1996

Members of the Perry Main Street program are carrying their message to the community in an effort to drum up more interest and support for their organization's worthy goals. Using a slide show and commentary, they tell their story of revitalization to clubs, organizations or individuals that are willing to listen.

It's a story worth hearing if we are seriously interested in making our downtown area the center of community life that it used to be. Most of us tend to see a blurred image when we think of the Chamber of Commerce, Perry Development Coalition and Perry Main Street. Actually, each of those groups has its own agenda and its own priorities, but their ultimate objective is the same -- a better town in every way for all of us to enjoy. The programs of those groups are not in conflict; they may run parallel to one another but they seek to reach their goals through different means, and they work well together.

So, if your club or some other organization is looking for a program with a message to clarify the efforts of Perry Main Street, contact Betty Warner, program manager, at the Main Street office in the Foucart building (336-1212) or Lois Malget, president of the organization, and they'll get you fixed up.

A story in the Oklahoman the other day announced plans for the development of "an upscale $4 million" retail center in Edmond. What kind of architectural theme will be used? "Spring Creek Plaza will be reminiscent of early 20th century Main Street ... with brick facades, cast stone archways and bay window storefronts," according to the designers. Does that style sound familiar? Isn't that what we have in abundance around the Perry square, even though much of it is currently hidden behind aluminum facades? The Perry Main Street program has as one of its focuses the restoration of our historic buildings to their original splendor -- the same look that Edmond's new upscale retail center will imitate.

Art Brown sent me a clipping from the Enid Morning News & Eagle the other day. It was from one of our recent supercold weather episodes. The main story on page one had "Deep Freeze" spread across the top in frosty blue two-inch type, with an artist's addition of snow and icicles to each letter in the headline. Even the name of the reporter assigned to write the weather story that day was appropriate. She is staff writer Violet Freeze. Brrrr.