ORCHIDS to the winners in the recent Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau's fourth annual Digital Photo Contest. The scenes from the Lakeshore area were beautifully captured by the photo artists, and their images will be used in materials that promote our area to tourists from throughout the region - and beyond.
ONIONS to those involved in a home invasion robbery reported in Manitowoc early Sunday morning. The victim had his eyes and mouth taped shut by four suspects, who took money and other items. One of the suspects was caught, and we hope the other three are brought to justice in short order.
ORCHIDS to the spirit of cooperation among local law enforcement, fire department and Coast Guard personnel as they conduct ice rescue training exercises. The dangers of thin ice are well known and, with fluctuating temperatures, always dangerously close to reality in our area. These training exercises could very well save a life, which makes the effort all worthwhile.
ONIONS to the cold spell that is spelling trouble for California's citrus crops and, in turn, could create higher prices for fruit throughout the country. Hopefully the damage will be kept to a minimum with more seasonal temperatures.
ORCHIDS to Randy Ammerman, John Boutin, Sandy Dax, Jill Jonas, John Hoffman, Lee Spiering, Walter Stanul and Adolph Zellner for being inducted into the Two Rivers High School Hall of Fame for their athletic accomplishments. They each were outstanding representatives at a school with a long tradition of athletic excellence.
ONIONS to the flu, which is so widespread that it is having an impact on businesses and employees throughout the nation. The flu strains out there seem to be a stubborn batch that are waging battle with available vaccines. If sick, the best thing to do is to remain home until it passes to prevent greater risk of infecting others. It's just another reason to look forward to Spring.
ORCHIDS to the Manitowoc and Two Rivers senior centers, which offer a wealth of programs designed to get seniors active and involved. Whether it is exercise, music, cards, get-togethers or trips, the centers offer an invaluable service to older folks in our communities.
ONIONS to the Green Bay Packers for their performance last Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers in second-round playoff action. It was a rather embarrassing show for a team that was on a good roll entering the playoffs, and which had defeated Minnesota rather easily the week before. The defeat wiped out what was, in the grand scheme of things, a better season than the Packers' injury situation should have allowed.
ORCHIDS to the Wisconsin DNR for instituting the first wintertime Free Fishing Weekend, today and Sunday throughout the state. No licenses or trout stamps are needed to fish this weekend on any state waters, including our side of Lake Michigan. Enjoy, and come back with a good fish story.