Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
Cheer: Symphony opens with a triumph
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opened its 2009-10 season Sunday with a concert titled "Spanish Triumph," and it truly was a winner. Maestro Beverly Everett's charges performed challenging pieces with aplomb and guest guitarist Petar Jankovic was sensational on composer Rodrigo's best work, "Concierto de Aranjuez." Jankovic is a faculty member and coordinator for the department of guitar at Indiana University. He is an example of the type of visiting talent the BSO has been able to attract in recent years. Once again, the Symphony proved to be a shining star in Bemidji's vast galaxy of artistic talent.
Cheer: A winner again
Congratulations to Bemidji's cooking contest guru, Patrice Hurd, for winning a $25,000 grand prize last week in Ocean Spray's Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest. She received her check and accolades at Rockefeller Center in New York City from celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Hurd won the consumer division with her Cranberry Bacon Brunch Scones with Cranberry Pecan Cream Cheese recipe.
Jeer: Not so basic
As much as we admired the Minnesota Twins for their late-season drive to the American League Central Division championship, it was hard to stomach their three-game debacle against the New York Yankees in the first round of the playoffs. It's one thing to get beat by timely hitting or strong pitching, but this time the Twins defeated themselves by failing to execute the basic fundamentals of the game, particularly baserunning. Two gaffes on the bases in the second and third games led to their demise against a team that pounces on such things. Oh, well. There's always next year, when things move outdoors for our team.
Cheer: Papers returned
The donation of a collection of early camp papers published at Camp Rabideau, the Civilian Conservation Corps camp southeast of Blackduck, was a bit of good news last week. The papers were presented by Carol Rice, whose father, Daryle, was one of the young men stationed at the camp and was also the artist whose drawings appeared each week on the paper's mimeographed front page.