Even with a host of tenants leasing space in the Mary MacDonald Center, the potential cost to bring the building up to code still has the Silver Bay City Council wondering what to do with the former elementary school. The council entertained a discussion about the hiring of engineering firm SEH to help with cost estimates and work needed at the Mary MacDonald to meet building codes.
Other than the fact that polar ice caps have melted a bit more, we've burned another year's worth of fossil fuels and likely invented another strain of industrial chemicals that will end up in our livers, the people of the world have pretty much ignored the fact that this living planet needs tender loving care if our species hopes to survive in spite of ourselves. I suppose using the term living planet could pigeon-hole me as one of those Earth worshippers who doesn't believe in standard religious practices.
The Two Harbors softball squad won their home opener last Thursday, topping Lakeview Christian Academy 2-0 on a three-hitter by eighth-grader Madison Olson. Olson earned the complete game win, facing only 26 batters and notching 11 strikeouts along the way. Kasey Cable and Kayla Jones each scored a run and Kelsey Endicott had a single, double and an RBI. "It was great to be on our home field, the weather was ideal for softball, and it was good to get our first win," said Two Harbors coach Julie Benson.
The weather has definitely had its grip on the baseball season so far this spring. Silver Bay was able to get in an opener at the Metrodome, but blizzards and rain have put a damper on the schedule so far. Last Thursday's 7-1 win for Two Harbors over rival Silver Bay at Lynch Field was the first time the Agates or the Mariners had played a game outside. The Agates used timely hitting and stolen bases to earn the win over the rival Mariners. Pitcher Joel Wourio went the distance for the win and helped out his cause by fanning eight Mariners and getting three hits.
As the blizzard was just roaring to life last Thursday, top-ranked Silver Bay hosted rival Two Harbors in a very windy, cold softball opener for both teams. The Mariners, who took third in the 2007 state tourney, proved that they'll be a force to contend with this season as they overwhelmed the Agates 15-2. No matter the conditions, both coaches were happy to have gotten in their first game under the belt. "Fans were in parkas, trying to stay warm, but hey, that's northern Minnesota," said Silver Bay coach Mike Guzzo.
Tuesday was going to be the first day that all the kids from the combined Silver Bay-Cook County track team got together at a meet. But the weather has a way of intruding in Northern Minnesota and last week's blizzard postponed a scheduled quad meet at the new Two Harbors High School track facility. The day the entire squad gets together will have to wait until next Tuesday, weather permitting, again at Two Harbors. Head coach Rick Frericks said a combination of factors has reduced the Silver Bay boys and girls contingent to just five athletes this season.
I have often made the comment that I'm a hopeless optimist.
You can sense by talking with Two Harbors track and field coach Tony Altiere that he's excited about the 2008 season. With two indoor meets behind them, meets that showed the Agates have quite a bit of talent, Altiere said he's optmistic that his squad will hold their own in competitions this season. In his eighth season as head coach, Altiere has built up a solid program that attracts lots of springtime athletes. This season there are 65 boys and girls out for the varsity in grades 9-12, with 55 kids in the junior high program.
After listening to Gen. Petraeus say that a continuing presence in Iraq is needed in order to assure a stable nation, I again grew disconsolate over the fact that we get ourselves into the middle of things time and again to uncertain and often disastrous results. I was reminded again of the question asked a number of years ago for a high school philosophy contest if world peace was possible or if human nature makes war inevitable. I can't help but think about that old question again. Remembering back, three out of four of the essayists said war was fated. Can't be escaped.
Several Lake County commissioners made their way to Silver Bay City Hall Monday night to meet with the city council and show support for the continuing use of the Mary MacDonald Center as a business enterprise center and public space. Growing cost estimates for upgrades and improvements at the city-owned facility council have been a cause of concern for the council, especially after a recent visit by city building inspector Jim Rich. He provided a frank assessment of potential costs to keep the building in compliance with city codes and complete needed repairs.