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October 1, 2002

Congratulations to Nancy Stirman for the attractive new paint job on the two-story building housing her shop on the east side of the square. The project has been approved by the Perry Main Street organization. It's a good example of how much can be accomplished simply by painting, and this job helps to brighten the entire east side. And just next door, the historic Foucart Building, occupied by the Perry Chamber of Commerce, the Perry Main Street organization and the office and studio of Perry PIN, Inc., also help anchor that part of the downtown Perry business district. A little down the street from there is the Malzahn Heritage Center, still drawing acclaim after the unveiling slightly more than two years ago. Ace's High kind of started things moving on the east side with their neat and attractive business and we hear that more improvements are planned in that vicinity. Yes, our downtown is still alive. Thanks to everyone who took part in the effort to clean up and brighten things for the big Cherokee Strip celebration in mid-September.

Speaking of the Stirman building, how many of you remember when the downstairs portion once housed the Arcade Billiard Parlor, operated by Tom McLiman, and the Babcock Cafe, operated by Guy and Florence Babcock? Several other tenants also were housed there through the years. The upstairs offices usually were filled with doctors, attorneys, accountants and various other professionals.

Across the square, on the west side, Nancy Nida has added some new twists to her enterprise. In the two-story building adjacent to her deli she is now operating a unique shop featuring merchandise formerly located in the deli. Wearing apparel, cups and mugs and note cards are just a few of the things you'll find there. Perhaps in the future an access door will be made in the wall separating the two businesses.

Here are two more anecdotes provided by a regular reader of this mishmash.

A man in the supermarket was pushing a cart that contained a screaming, bellowing baby. The gentleman kept repeating softly, "Don't scream, Albert; don't yell, Albert; keep calm, Albert." A woman standing next to him said, "You certainly are to be commended for trying to soothe your son, Albert." The man looked at her and said, "Lady, I am Albert."

A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a new litter of kittens. Upon returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother, "There were two boy kittens and two girl kittens." "How did you know that?" his mother asked. "Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied. "I think it's printed on the bottom."

Let's meet here again next time.