Agates and tarballs: July 15Nothing like a big community celebration to get people noticing the good (and some bad) in the area. We received a host of Agates and Tarballs from readers this week. Keep them coming at email@example.com.
A grand celebration
A huge Agate to Cheryl Sundstrom and others for engineering one the best attended Heritage Days celebrations in years. The weather was a big help but so were the logistics of centering activities in one place around the Depot and First Avenue. The shade of Thomas Owens Park would have been appreciated, at least on Friday, but the tradeoff, welcoming the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Saturday, was well worth it. As promised, the musical acts all weekend were as varied as they were entertaining. Agates to those who got on stage.
One reader put it nicely: “Thanks to all who spent time and energy on Heritage Days. I was particularly proud of the symphony concert. It was truly awesome to come to a packed park and absorb the powerful music that they played. Such events don’t just happen and I am especially grateful that I live where there are key quality-of-life opportunities like this one for regular small-town citizens.”
Tarballs to whoever stole one of the canoes from the front lawn of the Canoeist during Heritage Days and to whoever stole a big brown umbrella from the free lemonade cart the Masons and Eastern Star (Agates for them!) were pushing around during Heritage Days. You can put both back where they came from.
A big, sticky Tarball to the Minnesota Cable Communications Association for the woefully misleading information on the Lake County fiber project it handed out to people enjoying Heritage Days. The association failed to mention that it represents Mediacom, the local cable TV provider that stands to face some competition from the internet, television, and phone project. The association rehashed some issues with the fiber project that have long been resolved and, like those creepy television political ads you see at election time, tried to scare people with hollow questions.
Worse, the association actually went around Lake County to gather information from people on the project, including a visit to the News-Chronicle office, and still printed bad information. The association’s shady efforts are as shameful as the cable company’s customer service reputation.
If you feel you’ve been misinformed about the project, we invite anyone to come and look at the newspaper archives or to attend a meeting of the fiber project team at 3 p.m. Mondays at the courthouse. You could also come to a county board meeting on Tuesdays. The reporter at those meetings is often pretty lonely.
One reader sends an Agate to those who replaced the ragged flag at Lakeview National Golf Course.
And speaking of stars and stripes, business owners along Highway 61 give Agates to Bob and Doris Larkin for donning their patriotic costumes again and waving to drivers along the busy highway July 4. Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam always bring a smile to faces and bring to mind the meaning of the holiday.
Agates from one happy customer of the “wonderful ambulance crew of Two Harbors. They were so prompt and efficient when I needed them.”
A Tarball to the city of Two Harbors for being “a haven of noise pollution. Too much traffic, loud mufflers, booming stereos, and rude tourists. Too many rude neighbors and community members with barking dogs and illegal fireworks. You could get more sleep in New York City.”
One reader wants to send a message with a Tarball to a certain city leader they have observed at a stop sign in Two Harbors. “If anyone is paying attention, he is constantly breaking the law and not stopping.”
Another reader was appalled and offers another Tarball after he reminded someone parking in a handicapped spot at the Lake County Courthouse that they didn’t have a sticker. “His reply? ‘I can park where I want. I’m on the city council.’ ”