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November 5, 1996

Folks in the Perry Main Street organization will launch a series of what they're calling "block parties" next Thursday evening with an informal get-together on the main floor of the Foucart building, where Main Street is based. This event is for all business people and property owners on the south side of the square. Main Street will host each of the other three sides of the square at similar functions on a quarterly basis over a year’s time.

Thursday night's get-together will start at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a simple meal (chili, soup, or something like that) for all the south siders who attend. Invitations went out last week, with an R.S.V. P. requested to make sure enough food is on hand. Jim Waters from the Oklahoma Main Street office in Oklahoma City will be there to discuss the organization's goals and explain how local merchants can take advantage of the program. Clyde Speer, president of the Perry Main Street, and Liz Meinert, chairman of the group's Organization Committee, are hopeful that the quarterly meetings will strengthen the growing relationship among Main Street's directors, business men and women, and property owners.

Perry Main Street people are working hard to help build our core business district. They have a program that has proved successful in communities this size throughout the country. Let's hope it keeps on clicking here. Meetings like the one Thursday night will help with communications between Main Street and merchants, and that can only be mutually beneficial.

Like all the rest of you, I get a lot of unsolicited, wacky stuff in the mail. One that arrived the other day was a good example for which I can see no plausible explanation. It invited me to a two-day sneak preview sale at a jewelry store in Middletown, Ohio, offering "dramatic price reductions" of 25% to 63%. Unfortunately, the sneak preview ended the same day my mailed invitation arrived, leaving me insufficient time to arrange a trip to Ohio. I hate to miss opportunities like that.

Perry's historic "church on a perch," now resting on a solid foundation at CCC Park on a promontory overlooking the lake, soon will receive a new cedar shingle roof as the next step in a general restoration project. The Perry Development Coalition's Historic Preservation Committee is guiding the work in an orderly fashion. Randy McGuar has been selected as the roofing contractor.

The old frame church, once the sanctuary of the St. Mark's Episcopal congregation here, is believed to be about 100 years old. St. Mark's converted it to a fellowship hall years ago and it became surplus when church members voted to replace it with a new brick building. The Historic Preservation Committee rescued it from destruction and directed the move from Seventh and Grove to the present resting place at CCC Park, with an intermediate stop at Sixth and Fir where it sat precariously on a temporary base. That gave rise to the "church on a perch" nickname which has stuck all this time.

The Historic Preservation Committee invites contributions from groups or individuals to help continue the extensive renovation work needed to make the old building usable for wedding receptions, family gatherings and other assemblies. Contact Bill Haynes or Anna Lou Randall for further information.