To the editor:
The rumor mill is running at full bore concerning the future of one of Marshall's most beloved watering holes, The Wooden Nickel Saloon. What would the holidays be like for all the returning residents who come home to visit family and friends if they couldn't "meet at the Wooden Nickel" to get caught up on the lives of everyone? It is a tradition that we have to see continued.
Since 1974 Darvy Ekness has been hosting and entertaining these holiday homecomings along with supporting many other athletic teams throughout the year for many years. If you don't have a special memory of the Nickel, then you are in the minority.
As most of you may know, the roof of the Wooden Nickel collapsed from snow in January of 2011. Consequently the business was closed until late April. Now early this month, a fire in the patio and banquet area damaged the Nickel again thereby closing it again. Not very many businesses can survive two blows such as this, let alone a restaurant and bar business which will die without loyal customers.
Let's put the unknown and rumors to rest. Having his business closed for nearly five months of the 11 months to date in 2011 has severely crippled the Nickel.
Darvy needs our support to survive now. Many of us can say that Darvy is a friend. Well, friends help friends when they need it. Darvy needs all the friends and help he can get at this time. We hope you will stop in over the holidays to wish Darvy your best and show your support. He hopes to be open on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I for one hope to be able to say at Christmas 2012 that I helped "Save the Nickel" in 2011 when Darvy needed it most.
Ron "Nick" Sovell