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Historical play was treat for community

Ironton residents who missed this weekend’s production of the original historical play, "This Town Is America," really missed a treat – and a chance to take pride in their community.

Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Ironton residents who missed this weekend’s production of the original historical play, "This Town Is America," really missed a treat – and a chance to take pride in their community.

Not only was the play itself, which was written by Ironton teacher Jeff Handley, a first-rate story, but the men and women who volunteered their time as actors for the production stole the show.

The hard work everyone put into the production was obvious and a most fitting tribute to a community that has a lot more history than most of us remember.

The play also offered young and old alike the chance to remember that what makes a community great are the men and women who live within its borders. Today, like then, there are many community members who care about making sure that Ironton’s grand past is remembered and its future is bright. This weekend’s production was a celebration of that spirit – then and now.

What a nice way to remind all of us that we have reason to be proud of our community.

As Ironton’s sesquicentennial year winds down, the committee members who have worked so hard to make it special should take a bow, too. Putting together one event would have been difficult. Making sure there was a reason to celebrate each month took a lot of time and commitment from many people who had few extra hours to spend.

This has truly been a most successful sesquicentennial and we can all look forward to another wonderful 100 years.