Thumbs UP for the Splash Pad -- a watery and safe place for kids to play in Huron Park -- and for the city hall folks who spent months chasing the $122,350 in federal block grant funds to make it happen. It's green, it's safe and it's fun and, judging by a dedication ceremony that turned into a block party, something the community has been wanting. Yes, times are hard but this bit of federal cash -- our tax money, after all -- is about making life a little better for the kids.
Thumbs UP to the Strub-Columbus intersection project being finished a little bit ahead of schedule, completing much-needed improvements in time to let local drivers take advantage of a much-used side route around the summer tourist traffic.
Thumbs UP to the community garage sales -- such as the ones this weekend in Bellevue, Crystal Rock and Huron -- which bring a community out, allow for a little horse-tradin' and provide a little civic benefit -- downtown businesses in Bellevue's case and the KinShip nonprofit agency in Huron's case.