Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance as they plan their summer work sessions. This week the group talked about tackling a new roof for the picnic shelter and painting the uprights, new trail work and sprucing up the WPA-era workshop. They're also planning for a dedication of the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail May 3 and for Fort Defiance Day Sept. 27. It's a lot of work but a lot of fun too. If you'd like to join the Friends of Fort Defiance, memberships are just $10 for singles or families and may be sent to: Friends of Fort Defiance, P.O. Box 314, Estherville, IA 51334.
Thumbs up to the Black Knights Car Club for a great dance with The Senders last Saturday at the Estherville Elks Lodge. A lot of people had a great time. Does anyone think such dances could be a regular event and there could be a renaissance of ballrooms in our area?
Thumbs up to the Estherville Fire Department and those who patronized their firefighters pancake breakfast last Sunday. The fundraiser was held to raise money for a new rescue truck - something that could potentially help every person in the county.
Thumbs up to the many businesses who have pledged gifts or donations to the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation banquet Saturday, March 29 at the Elks Lodge. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go toward environmental education, a wonderful cause. To order tickets, call 867-4422.
Thumbs up to the Estherville Good Samaritan Society for a great Parade of Tables event at the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative community room Thursday night. And thumbs up to ILEC for providing the facility.
A huge thumbs up has to go for a great idea broached recently by James Johnson, resident at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society, who wants to start an annual music festival in honor of Ben Haigh, who taught legions of musicians at Estherville High School.
A thumbs up should go to Ben Haigh as well, of course, for his tutelage of young musicians. His influence has been enormous, and when you think of the generations he's influenced, it has been profound.
Thumbs up to our area high-school and college athletes for a great winter sports season. Let's give them and all their coaches a hearty thanks.