THUMBS UP to the Lake Andes Fish Days committee for moving forward with the annual celebration, running today (Friday) through Sunday, despite the lake’s flooding. On social media, the committee indicated the activities will continue, with the notice that access to town has been cut off to the east because of the flooded Highways 18/281.Visitors can access the community from other directions.
THUMBS UP to the Freeman (Public) High School chorus, which performs Saturday at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The chorus, under the direction of Mindee Birnstiehl, will perform John Rutter’s Magnificat along with choirs from the Republic of Korea and New Jersey. The performance is part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season.
THUMBS UP to the First Dakota Kyle Mueller Memorial Classic baseball tournament, which runs this weekend at Riverside Field in Yankton and at Vermillion; Crofton, Neb., and Hartington, Neb. The tourney will raise funds for the family of Mueller, who died at age 27 in a January two-vehicle accident. He left behind his wife, three children and a fourth child expected June 9. Mueller had just changed jobs and wasn’t covered yet by insurance. One game tonight (Friday) features Yankton Legion hosting Crofton, with a dance scheduled afterwards.
A sad THUMBS DOWN to the passing this week of Bill Buckner, a baseball great whose career will always be marred by one unfortunate error at the worst moment possible. Buckner, who passed away Monday at age 69 from Lewy Body Dementia, will forever be tied to the error he made in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, when, while playing at first base for the Boston Red Sox, a dribbler hit to him by Mookie Wilson scooted through his legs, giving the New York Mets an unlikely come-from-behind victory to tie the series, which they subsequently won. A lot went wrong elsewhere for Boston in that inning leading up to that moment, but Buckner (who was playing through injury) is always remembered for the infamy. Overshadowed is the fact that he was one of the better hitters of the 1980s. He collected 2,715 career hits, including a National League batting title with the Chicago Cubs in 1980, in his 22-year career to go with a solid .289 career batting average. He was a class act who came to terms with that one mistake. Hopefully, the memories of his overall career will outshine one lapse on the unforgiving World Series stage.