The traditional old wood structure that sits by every community ice rink. Battered green paint on the outside. Inside smells of wet wool too close to the heater. Kids everywhere. Little ones on double-bladed training skates. Older ones with hockey sticks or figure skates. Pairs of skaters, including Moms and Dads, skating hand-in-hand. with the required rowdy kids, playing crack-the-whip. A snapshot in time.
Smiley, our beloved painted water tower, is going to be allowed to die. He hasn't actually been a working water tower for years, but standing guard and welcoming people as they travel along South Washington Street is not enough to warrant his upkeep. So he'll be torn down this fall some time. The demolition is less than the upkeep, so he'll soon be gone. Such a sweet smile.