The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 14, 2013

Knitters, crotcheters get big thumbs up for making Enid much more colorful

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up for the eye-catching Yarnover Enid event held recently.  

A storm of color and texture blazed through Enid’s downtown Square, leaving a sight to behold along its path from the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, down Grand and around the courthouse Square.

Thanks to a group of more than 50 knitters and crocheters calling themselves Prairie Yarn Stormers for coming together in April, with a mission to decorate public art and furniture for the delight of the community.

Fences, benches and lampposts, public art and even trees are covered with knitted and crocheted creatures and intriguing fiber art.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

More thumbs up to University Place Christian Church for offering a ministry that makes having all the parts of a storybook wedding available for only modest fees.

It’s called Simply Beautiful, and the name says it all.

Jerry Galbreath, formerly the pastor of the church and still a very-involved member of the congregation, said the church’s collection of $20,000 worth of wedding gowns — available for only the cost of dry cleaning after wearing — range from size 8 to 22, in styles from elegant and simple to ornate.

Mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses also are available for use.

If you’ve been worried about the pedestrian trail crossing at Van Buren, we have some great news.

The high-traffic area will soon have flashing lights to warn drivers of the crosswalk. That decision deserves a big-time thumbs up.

Besides the flashing lights, City Engineer Chris Gdanski said his office also estimated the cost of installing a pedestrian-activated stop light at the location. (That’s presuming the study says this location warrants having that kind of control.)

If Oklahoma Department of Transportation authorizes the installation of the stop lights, it would cost about $13,000 to design the project and another $90,000 to install it.

Major thumbs up to two Enid High School seniors named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Zachary Gwin and Aisley Schulz are among 173 Oklahoma high school seniors in contention for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.

Gwin, son of Jeff and Kelly Gwin, was born in Texas. His family moved to Enid when he was 5.

Schulz, the daughter of Bruce and Mary Schulz, is a lifelong Enid resident. Way to go!�

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