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November 6, 2004

Recognizing some random thoughts and reader remarks

And now, a few random thoughts aided and abetted by several readers who came up with worthy ideas.

My reader down the street shares the thought that more of us should make an effort to attend the appropriate PHS reunions and also sign the register on Cherokee Strip celebration day at the Alumni Association Office building on the south side of the square. Added defensively, however, this is bit of information, provided by my friend:

"My sister and I went to the Alumni office the day before the September 16th celebration, hoping to register before the crowds would assemble the following day. However, the door to our fine Alumni building was locked and no one was there to let us register, so our names do not appear on the list. Could we have the office open a day before the celebration each year to accommodate people like us? We really have a fine Alumni office and I would be happy to work there part time if they had something meaningful for me to do. When I last volunteered, I got the feeling that they did not need me."

The lady also asked what has become of the "pioneers' registration" that used to take place each year at the Senior Citizens' Center. Granted, all the pioneers who actually made the 1893 run are no longer with us, but many others who came here in the early days still remain but we don't know who they are because there no longer is a registration book. Would someone please look into this?

In another vein, H.B. Evans, the retired Billings banker who used to teach vo-ag at PHS, tells me he recently found a greenish-colored bottle embossed with a phrase that indicated it was made at "the Perry Glass Factory." He saved the bottle for a while, hoping to find more information about a glass factory that was located here, but unfortunately the greenish bottle was broken and shattered into small pieces. Another friend tells me that the only Oklahoma glass factory he knows of was located for many years at Sapulpa. Anyone else know about this?

And now, finally, our Stagecoach Community Theatre is still alive and kicking. The last production, an encore performance of "Love, Sex and the IRS," was superbly done as a dinner theatre play at the wonderful Heritage Center performing center. It was arguably one of the finest ensemble casts here since the first production a couple decades ago. But, where are the audiences? The two dinner theater performances that we saw were skillfully done and appreciatively received, but the size of the audience each night left a lot to be desired. Let's encourage those folks by attending their plays and let them know how much we appreciate their hard work. It's great entertainment, presented by a live, local cast, and they deserve our praise.