Thumbs up, thumbs down for May 17
THUMBS UP: Fishing Day has been an annual tradition at Salem Pond for volunteers to come together to help more than 1,000 students with special needs fish. For most of these kids, this is their first time fishing, and volunteers have worked at the pond to install railings and benches in order to make the outdoors more accessible.
Thumbs Up: To Lone Peak girls golf, who won their third state title in four years. This Knight squad has some talented youngsters, so they will be definitely in the mix to do it again in 2020.
Thumbs Down: To the unknowns of spring weather when it comes to state tournaments. The first few days of the week were gorgeous but now as we get into the meat of the tournaments this weekend (baseball, softball, boys soccer, girls golf, boys tennis and track and field) we are looking at thunderstorms. The athletes have been through that a lot this year.
Thumbs Up: To the EPA for checking out sites in American Fork Canyon. It’s great that they’re looking into a cleanup of some mines that could pose a danger to humans in a canyon that receives heavy recreational use.
Thumbs up: To Orem for finally breaking ground on the long awaited library hall and auditorium. The project has been in the works for more than 10 years and had gone through several design changes over the years. Method Studio architect Joe Smith has stayed with the project from the beginning and has kept the addition a beautiful addition even through some very tough times.
Thumbs down: To Orem for not getting all the information they needed on the fitness center redo before taking it to a ballot. Several voices were heard during the past two council meetings that indicate more planning and public involvement should and could have been done on everything from number of racquetball courts to how long the swimming pool will be closed. Hopefully, this conundrum will work itself out so active members of the community will still be able to use the new fitness center in two years, rather than keep their memberships in Provo or Springville or other locations.
Thumbs Up: To Escape Prose for offering a unique, immersive escape room experience in Provo that aims to improve the traditional escape room format.
Thumbs Up: The Daily Herald’s publisher, Rhett Long, gave us a great couple of years while managing both our organization and the Standard Examiner. He’s retiring in a little bit here and we hope retirement treats him just as well as he treated us these last two years. Thanks, Rhett!
Thumbs down: Please, Utah, please, stick to one season. We have had everything from early summer to late winter conditions this week, and we just want it to stop. It’s so annoying that this wet weather has persisted so long that a lot of mountain drives and hikes are not going to be open on the usual Memorial Day weekend.
Thumbs Up: I love seeing a business thrive, and it is so good to see the new Los Hermanos doing so well at the new location at University Place. Now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed that that location doesn’t burn down too!
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down includes submissions from the entire Daily Herald staff, and are not necessarily the opinion of the Daily Herald