Thumbs up to summer. Let's hope the storms stay at bay for a while now.
Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance for getting a great start on reshingling the picnic shelter at the park Tuesday. Look for them to finish the project sometime next week.
Thumbs up to grant recipients at the annual Emmet County Community Foundation awards luncheon Wednesday at the Estherville VFW. Grant recipients are:
n Armstrong VFW Auxiliary.
n Armstrong VFW Post 5232.
n City of Armstrong.
n City of Ringsted.
n City of Wallingford.
n Emmet County.
n Elk's Lodge #528.
n Emmet County Animal Shelter.
n Emmet County Nature Center Foundation.
n Friends of Fort Defiance.
n VFW Post 3388.
n Emmet County Agricultural Extension District.
n Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District.
n Camp Foster YMCA, Inc.
n City of Estherville.
n ECHO PLUS INC.
n Iowa Lakes Community College.
n Northwest Iowa Mental Health dba/Seasons Center.
n Wallingford Community Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
A huge thumbs up also has to go to ECCF board members who dedicated many hours to poring over grant applications and recommending awards. Board members are:
n Penny Clayton, chair.
n Vickie Rooney, vice-chair.
n Barb Christensen, secretary-treasurer.
n Jeanne Handeland.
n Colleen Enerson.
n David Grussing.
n Max Pelzer.
n James Fisher.
n Mike Karels.
n Cheryl Houseman.
n Cathy Beaver.
Thumbs up to the Northwest Iowa Concert Band for a great concert Wednesday night at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society. This is an annual event the band performs for the benefit of Good Sam residents and the public.
Thumbs up to Ed Powers, new minister at United Methodist Church, and welcome to the community.
Thumbs up to the Estherville city workers who continue to clean up after the July 16 storm. Keep up the good work.