Our views: Orchids & Onions

6:39 PM, Feb. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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ORCHIDS to city and county road crews in Manitowoc, who cleared the snow from Wednesday's storm and allowed us to get around in good shape, both that day and the one following. They worked in cold, windy conditions to keep main and secondary roads passable.

ONIONS to the person or people responsible for vandalism to the newly constructed restrooms at Manitowoc's Lincoln Park. A $500 Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for information about who put holes in the walls at the structure. We hope that reward is collected and the culprit(s) prosecuted.

ORCHIDS to adult school crossing guards, who were honored Jan. 14-18 during Crossing Guard Recognition Week. Theirs is often a thankless job that goes unnoticed by the general public, but not by school officials or the students they safely guide across the street in heavy traffic and various weather conditions. We hope the vital program is continued for many years in Manitowoc, despite sometimes adverse budget conditions.

ONIONS, and enough already, for the Super Bowl hype involving the Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh storyline. OK, we get it, the two opposing coaches are brothers and it's the first time something like this has happened in the 46 years the game has been played. Enough said about that; bring on the game.

ORCHIDS to gymnast Randi Levendusky of Manitowoc Lincoln High School, who broke her own school record with a 9.35 in the floor exercise during a meet at Markesan on Tuesday. Levendusky had set the previous school record in the event with a score of at 9.3.

ONIONS to those who vandalized numerous mailboxes last weekend south of Manitowoc. Sheriff Rob Hermann said at least 50 mailboxes were damaged with a blunt object. Seven juveniles have been implicated in the vandalism, and the investigation is continuing.

ORCHIDS to Jeff Saturday, the Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl center who announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the National Football League. All but one of those seasons was spent with the Indianapolis Colts, where Saturday was a mainstay of an offense that featured Peyton Manning at quarterback. He was more than serviceable with the Packers and we wish him well in retirement.

ONIONS to those who drive drunk. The negative consequences of the behavior were demonstrated again on Sunday, when a 61-year-old Two Rivers woman veered off the road and struck a natural gas main at a home on Crystal Spring Road. Residents were forced to evacuate to the Town of Two Rivers Fire Department facility as repairs were made. The woman was arrested.

ORCHIDS to those who organize the seasonal camp experiences at Camp TaPaWingo near Mishicot. Many youngsters recently finished the weekend Survivor-style winter camp. There also are similar events held for spring, summer and Harvest Moon campers, giving youngsters plenty of fond memories at one of Manitowoc County's best camp facilities.

ORCHIDS to Warren's Restaurant owner Mary Williams for hosting the annual Souper Sunday event on Jan. 27. It had been held for the previous seven years at Phil Rohrer's restaurant in Two Rivers, but she agreed to host after Rohrer sold his business. The event raised $5,000 for the Autism Society of the Lakeshore this year.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

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