The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 24, 2014

City of Enid gets thumbs up for painting teeth on Maine’s ‘can-opener’ bridge

ENID, Okla. — The Maine Street Bridge needed a new paint job, and existing warnings clearly were not sufficient to prevent close encounters of the bridge kind.

The city of Enid got cute and creative after the “can-opener” bridge took double-digit hits in 2012.

Because height signs commonly were ignored, City Manager Eric Benson said jagged jaws could be a better, if whimsical, warning.

Thumbs up for painting monster teeth on the Maine Street Bridge. It’s cheaper than raising the bridge. We hope this quirky solution works.

THUMBS UP

After undergoing an anticipated renovation, the carousel at Meadowlake Park re-opened May 22 to smiling faces of all ages.

City workers did a wonderful job restoring the carousel by cleaning it and replacing wood and electrical systems.

The city also replaced the electrical systems and lighting, moving from dozens of bulbs to LED lights.

Thanks to Enid Kiwanis Club volunteers for planning to run the carousel Thursday through Sunday during the months between May and September. It will be open for Memorial Day Monday and throughout the month of May, when rides are free. Tickets usually are $1.

Thumbs up to this combined city and volunteer effort.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to Kremlin artist Harold T. Holden, one of seven people to be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November.

Holden, or “H” as he is known to most folks, has been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for more than 40 years. He credits his dad, who was a horseman, for his love of the West and his grandfather, George E. Failing, for encouraging his fine arts career.

His artistic inspiration has always been the historical and contemporary West.

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up to this year’s Pride of the Plainsmen recipients.

Kyle Dillingham, a 1997 Enid High School, started playing the violin at 9 and during his high school years was featured with Roy Clark and twice on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

Dillingham’s career in music has taken him to more than 30 countries and earned him the title “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.”

Retired Navy Capt. Craig Vance, a 1969 graduate of EHS, was selected for the honor he brought the school during his military career.

An Enid native, Vance graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and was commissioned in the Navy in 1973. He was promoted to captain in 1995.

Longtime Enid pediatrician Dr. William Simon was selected for his lifetime achievement and contributions to pediatric medicine.

A 1947 graduate of Alva High School, Simon attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and medical school at the University of Oklahoma from 1950-1954.

The three honorees were selected by vote of student council officers and senior class officers.

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