FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Updates
I am all through with Doctors appointments until March now..what a relief. I saw the eye Doctor, my eyes are healing well, everyday is getting better. I am still frustrated by the stupid reading glass... Posted on 2/19/10 at 5:21 AM
Sorry, there won’t be any questions about Smiley the water tower in the October News Quiz. That’s because the Herald has reached its self-imposed limit of writing no more than 1 billion words on any single subject.
The last time any subject received as much media attention was in 1997, when we had some high water.
Grand Forks’ pioneering Campbell family, the one that built the Campbell House that’s part of the Myra Museum, had three daughters who died young. All three are buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks. Only two of the graves are marked. Why?
The threat of high winds later this week has delayed the planned demolition of the Smiley water tower near the intersection of South Washington Street and DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks, according to the Grand Forks Public Information Office.
Smiley’s obituary follows, even though he’s not officially dead yet. That will come Thursday or Friday, barring some supporter chaining himself to it. So, grab a hanky and read on:
Smiley T. Water-Tower, either 78 or 32 years old depending on your perspective, has died.
These musings come about because of the appearance of two news stories over the weekend: First, the centennial of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, truly one of the most beautiful and beloved buildings in town.
Second, the announcement that the Smiley water tower will come down this week, weather permitting.
Demolition work on the Smiley water tower, near the corner of DeMers Avenue and Washington Street, is scheduled to begin Thursday morning. The tower could be completely removed by Friday evening, weather permitting.
As a member of the Near North Neighborhood Association, I am frustrated by the Park District’s response to our request to change the name of Midtown Park to Smiley Park. After a year-long struggle with the Park District to determine the responsibility for upkeep and management of the playground facilities, our neighborhood has put in a great deal of time cleaning up the area and lobbying for improved equipment and grounds, allowing for safe equipment and a pleasing landscape that other city parks receive.
Grand Forks Park Board commissioners Tuesday threw cold water on a proposal to add another Smiley to Grand Forks’ landscape.
Although they won’t make a decision until their Sept. 1 meeting, the five commissioners expressed opposition Tuesday to change the name of Midtown Park to Smiley Park. But they threw out a consolation prize to neighborhood residents: How about Smiley Playground within Midtown Park?
On July 23, I picked up the Herald at my door and scanned the headlines. I wasn’t wearing my glasses.
I saw a picture of the new water tower. Just for a moment, I mistook the two painter scaffolds for eyelashes.
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