The community's been treated to some smiles and well-earned applause lately. But we've seen a few tears, too.
First, the bad news: It was sad to see the Skate Zone ice and roller rink fade like a Zamboni into the sunset. For 15 years, our aspiring skaters practiced their double axels and slap shots, but apparently there weren't enough customers to keep the rink open.
Rod Gunn, whose daughter Chanda you might remember was on last year's thrilling bronze-medal Olympic hockey team, ran the rink the best he could over the last 10 years, but it wasn't enough. Still, he has earned out heartfelt gratitude for running what he called "a family rink."