ORCHIDS to professor emeritus Michael J. Arendt, who will begin his final season as conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble on Oct. 19, as the ensemble begins its 30th years. Arendt founded this community institution and has seen it through its ups and downs over three decades. We wish him and the LWE a great season.
ONIONS to the federal government shutdown that is threatening - gasp! -the ability of craft brewers to deliver in a timely manner their wares to expectant beer connoisseurs. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approves new breweries, recipes and labels, but not during shutdown mode. For the love of beer, we urge our federal lawmakers to belly up and get this thing resolved already!
ORCHIDS to Manitowoc Lincoln High School sophomore Bailey Budnik, who earned a second trip to the state individual tennis tournament with a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship at Sports Core in Kohler this week. Budnik advanced to state a year ago as a freshmen after compiling a 31-2 record. This season she takes a 27-4 record to Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Good luck!
ONIONS to underage drinkers who also drive drunk. It is bad enough to skirt the law by drinking before reaching a legal age, but to get behind the wheel only compounds the situation. This week alone, an 18-year-old Manitowoc man crashed his vehicle near Michigan Avenue and North Rapids Road while allegedly driving drunk, then became combative with officers. The day before, a 20-year-old from Manitowoc rolled his car in the 1000 block of North 12th Street, causing injury. Both crashes occurred in the early-morning hours.
ORCHIDS to country star Mel Tillis, who graced the Capitol Civic Centre stage with a dazzling performance on Wednesday afternoon. Tillis can be counted among the legends of country music in the country, and we were happy to host his performance in Manitowoc. We hope he enjoyed the visit and will come back again.
ONIONS to Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola for remarks he made to the University of Wisconsin band as they performed before and after the last Sunday's Packers-Lions game at Lambeau Field. Raiola later apologized and promised to make a sizable donation to the band, but it all smacks of too little, too late. It isn't the first time Raiola has gotten into trouble with fans and others at games.
ORCHIDS to Miller St. Nazianz, which recently was named to the "Wisconsin 75," an annual listing of the largest closely held businesses headquartered in Wisconsin. The program, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Deloitte LLP, recognizes revenue, contributions to the community and the people who build the business. Congratulations to Miller St. Nazianz, which is entering its 115th year in business as a fifth generation, privately held company.