Thumbs up to all area students performing in spring concerts. You are really talented and, yes, people do notice when you do a good job, which is just about always. We hope you continue to explore your musical endeavors, whether in college, church or even professionally like a great number of other people from our area.
And speaking of graduation, thumbs up to Guardian Angel Preschool graduates who received their diplomas Friday. Isn't it interesting how moms cry when their preschoolers get their diplomas but they're jumping up and down for joy when their kids graduate from college and they don't have to support them anymore?
Thumbs up to Avenue of Homes for a great Business After Five Tuesday. If you haven't had a chance yet, stop on by and look at some of their great homes. They also have some fantastic deals on travel trailers too - just in time for summer.
Thumbs up to fine arts students receiving awards Tuesday night. A special thumbs up has to go to Kyle Marks and Becca Lair, recipients of both the overall fine arts award and a $500 scholarship. You are both enormously talented and will be greatly missed - but welcomed at college this fall.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Historical Society members as they plan their 50th anniversary observance set for Saturday, June 14 - something that's history in itself. If you haven't visited the museum at South 18th Street and Third Avenue South, you owe it to yourself. They're open from June through August.
Thumbs up to the Estherville Good Samaritan Society and Rosewood Manor during National Nursing Home Week. We are lucky to have two such fine and caring skilled nursing care facilities right here in our community plus Valley Vue in Armstrong. If you've ever visited facilities in other communities, you know how great the ones in Emmet County really are.
Thumbs up to all those who provide emergency medical services. As we celebrate the 40th annual Emergency Medical Services Week. When people call 9-1-1 in Estherville and the surrounding area, volunteers often answer the call. Of the more than 11,000 certfieid EMS providers in Iowa, more than half are volunteers. Thanks to them, many rural communities receive the prompt access that improves the surival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.