Thumbs up to Deb Shatto of The Cutting Edge on her relocation to Sheryl Christensen's former salon on Central Avenue. Sheryl's was a longtime institution on Central Avenue, making it a natural location for a similar business.
Thumbs up to Treasure Village actors from West Okoboji and Estherville Parks & Rec and the Estherville Public Library for sponsoring them in the performance of The Frog Prince Wednesday afternoon at the ELC Middle School gym. It was a delightful performance that entertained kids of all ages, making it a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon.
Thumbs up to Gary Myers for all the time he's spent helping 4-H youth learn how to do their welding projects. It's people like Gary who make a huge difference in kids' lives.
Thumbs up to Virgil Hempstead on a great presentation on the orphan train movement to Estherville Rotarians Thursday. More than 250,000 orphans were brought to Iowa where they found love and a new home and thrived as some of our state's greatest leaders.
Thumbs up to Kathy Evert, executive director of the Iowa Lakes Corridor, for taking her time to tell Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents about Corridor projects - some right here in Estherville. Evert, who has served the Corridor faithfully as CEO for the past nine years, is stepping down for a well-deserved break. While her successor has been found, she and her excellent leadership will be sorely missed.
Thumbs up to Estherville downtown merchants for going all out to offer some great Crazy Days deals. This is a great chance for shoppers to find some real treasures - often at pennies on the dollar. It's also a great chance for businesses to attract new customers.
Thumbs up to Downtown Market vendors for putting up some great wares Thursday. So far this summer they've braved rain, wind and mosquitoes. Thursday night was beautiful, and people loved what they found.
Thumbs up to Terril and Ringsted residents who are helping prepare for the coming of RAGBRAI. It takes a lot of volunteers to prepare for the thousands of bike riders who will be traveling through the area at the beginning of this upcoming week.