Why is it the Y?
You know, every once in a while the publisher makes a good point.
For instance, Mr. Ken Browall, sir, pointed out that in our story Tuesday about the YMCA changing its name to “the Y,” we never mentioned what “YMCA” stood for in the first place.
The Eh? desk jumped to the charge. It stands for the Young Men’s Christian Association. When it was established in 1844 in London, the YMCA was meant as a “refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets,” according to the organization’s website.
Don’t worry, they’re not dumping the name entirely. They say local chapters still should be referred to as the “Duluth Area Family YMCA” or whatever shoe fits.
More local restaurants on national TV
Duluth-area restaurants seem to be all the rage lately on national TV.
You’ve heard about the Food Network dropping in on Gordy’s Hi-Hat, Duluth Grill, the Anchor and others for its “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” program. Now we’ve got word that WGN has been in town for a similar program.
The hook with WGN’s “Sky Dives” program is that host Lee Abrams hops from town to town in a Duluth-built Cirrus SR22. Then he talks about restaurants in little 60-second snippets.
They tell us this weekend’s snippets will be on Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors and Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth.
“Sky Dives” is tucked in between regular programming, though, so we can’t tell you exactly when to watch. WGN is Channel 21 on Duluth cable TV.
Dogs at the DECC
Sounds like it’s going to be two dog shows in one this week at the DECC.
First, you’ve got an obedience show in an alternate universe where dogs do what people say.
Then there’s the breed conformation show where they judge which dogs best represent the breed.
The show is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the DECC. Admission is $5; or $3 for kids and seniors.
And to help you understand it all, there will be guided dog-show tours beginning 1 p.m. Friday and Sunday. You can sign up for those at the door.
When Lakeside was its own town
Those “history people” are always inviting us to lunch. Like this week, they said we can have Lunch With The History People, and they’ll be talking about the Lakeside neighborhood, which you will recall was once a bona fide city all its own.
We’ve been curious about that ever since the “to booze or not to booze” debate a couple of years ago. So now we can get to the bottom of it over lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Depot.
Mark Atkinson will have the facts for free. Bring your own lunch; ARCO coffee is provided.