Ole Olsen's newest play "Come Blow Your Horn", produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., is a delightful surprise, watching the rehearsal really made me want to buy a ticket!   

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Purdue Extension – Miami County, a local leader in research and education, is pleased to announce a charitable contribution in the amount of $2,600, from proud partner Farm Credit Mid-America, to help with the ongoing support of current UAV/drone education to farmers and youth in the community. This commitment follows the company’s collaboration with Purdue Extension and other agriculturally based businesses, as they work to bring knowledge of cutting-edge, precision agriculture technologies to the forefront of producers’ minds.

Farm Credit Mid-America has a longstanding commitment and pledge of support to Purdue University and Indiana 4-H. This commitment continues to grow as the university finds new and innovative ways to promote the health and vibrancy of rural America and shape the next generation of agriculture leaders.

Peru-Miami Masonic Lodge No. 67 held their Installation of Officers on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the Masonic Temple.

Officers installed included Robert Fields as Worshipful Master; Ron Rylands as Senior Warden; Jamie Hiers as Junior Warden; Larry Hensell as Treasurer; Max Starkey as Secretary; Josh Phillips, Past Master as Senior Deacon; Phil Streby as Junior Deacon; Jeff Smith as Senior Steward; David Madden as Junior Steward; Bob Musgrave as Chaplain and Michael Rasmussen as Tyler.

The Trustees are Larry Hensell, Wayne Bunker, and Ron Coleman, Past Master

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Friday, January 10th, 2020, the local historical group, Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering placed a display on the first level of the Miami County Court House. Carol Whybrew of the local Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR) organized the creation of the display.

"In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift."

One of the classic movies I have to see every Christmas season is "A Christmas Story" from 1983.  I have seen it dozens of times, maybe even a hundred!  It is one of my favorites!  Why?  I really can't be sure, but I suspect that a lot of it has to do with the humor, which is simply amazing.  But also, like most other people, I relate to the childhood things that never really change throughout the generations.  Wanting something so bad, but being told you can't have it.  Dealing with bullies, and annoying siblings.  Getting the present you have been dreaming of, finally, on Christmas morning.  And of course, the most important thing, family.  This story takes place in the 1940s, but it is timeless...

Ole Olsen Memorial Theater Presents:  Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment is a film and story that many of us have grown up with. A story of love over 3 generations. A story of love and loss, and a reflection of the thankfulness of having each other for however long we are graced with their presence.  I had a nice talk with Debby Myers and gained a lot of insight. She began working on this play very early because of her exclusive approach it took a lot longer than most other plays. The actual playscript was only written 3 years ago to be adapted for the stage. A distinct perspective comes out of this particular production because Debby has combined the stageplay by Dan Gordon and the screenplay by James L. Brooks together into one storyline. Debby's Terms of Endearment play is directed uniquely in scenes much like a movie, instead of the usual acts in most plays. There are several different "sets" combined on stage, and with the help of talented stagehands and creative stage lighting, they can flip from one scene to another or have two or more scenes running concurrently. The directing of this play is truly a work of art in its own right. When I heard her describe this, I thought it might be hard to follow, but it wasn't at all. A hybrid of a movie & play; it is a phenomenal experience!

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On Aug. 18, 1920, after a long and brutal fight, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to approve women's suffrage. When it did, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On Aug. 26, 1920, women's right to vote was protected in the constitution from government infringement, and they were free to exercise their voting rights from there on out.

This year the local historical group "Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering" will be bringing several events to celebrate the 100th year celebration of Women's Suffrage Movement. Keep your eyes open for events, and educational opportunities as they spring up in the coming year. If this is something you'd like to participate in, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/452242255125810/ and contact the group. They are not only looking for participation but also sponsorships for the many events planned.

More information is to follow at a later date.


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Currently being performed by Ole Olsen is Nana's Naughty Nickers (written by Katherine DiSavino.and sponsored by Liz Flaherty - Award Winning Author) is a hilarious comedy that builds up to a crescendo into the final scene. A truly enjoyable storyline that follows Bridget to her grandmother's house for summer break from college. Grandma Silvia is paying for her apartment with some secrets, making ends meet can be difficult for senior citizens. Who would think that Grandma Silvia would break the law to keep her rent-controlled apartment? Soon Bridget realizes that senior citizens aren't as quiet and boring as she thought, and there are some secrets she'd do anything to keep!

This play is performed very well. There is a lot of chemistry with the actors, but also with the two co-directors Shannon Banter and Nancy Neff. The camaraderie shared by the cast and crew was inspiring. It is truly a wonderful play that would be perfect for a date night. Be aware that there is some adult-themed content, so the directors asked that we pass it along as PG-13. There are still plenty of shows with openings, so get your tickets now, before you miss out. As the last play of the season, you'll be glad you did!