Beef to the person who stole the groceries of a sight-deprived senior waiting for a cab while she put her cart back at the mall. (The News Bulletin)

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 10

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BOUQUET To Carson at Save-On-Foods Country Club for always giving me such great customer service.

BEEF Stores that have outside clocks should make sure they work and have the correct time.

BOUQUET To the city for its support and to the organizers of the Canada 150 event in Maffeo Sutton Park. It was fabulous to see the variety of people of all ages enjoying and celebrating. Well done!

BEEF To the city for not trimming bushes at stop signs. Drivers have to creep into the traffic to see if any vehicles are coming. ICBC alert!

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo bus drivers and also to other drivers who are looking out for this granny cyclist who is biking to keep fit and healthy. I appreciate your patience and politeness.

BEEF The fishing wharf down at the lagoon should be pressure washed. It’s hard to keep clean, but during summer it would be nice just to do it a couple of times.

BOUQUET To the staff at the Cedar Road landfill. They are always courteous, helpful and good-humoured.

BEEF To the person who stole the groceries of a sight-deprived senior waiting for a cab while she put her cart back at the mall.

BOUQUET To all the flagpersons working on the road during the construction on the old Island Highway. Very pleasant and professional.

BEEF To the clinic for the way they treat longtime patients. Doctors retire or transfer to other areas and leave their patients that have attended the clinic for years without support, telling them to find their own doctor.

BOUQUET to all newcomers to the Island who know, understand and respect that Island living and driving is a much slower pace than the mainland.

BEEF To all the smokers who think it’s OK to light up in Nanaimo parks. With the current weather conditions, this isn’t a really bright idea.

BOUQUET to the byelection advance voting staff. They welcomed me as I walked in, got my information quickly, and did not make fun of me when I thought I was supposed to read the oath out loud. An altogether enjoyable experience.

BEEF To the bouqueter for frivolity. Canada is a free society, where boycotts and expressing different views are rights, we obtained by working hard. They are not to be destroyed by nonsense, including from another country.

BOUQUET To the Shack Island owners for their wonderful Canada Day decorations, especially for the shack with a maple leaf flag roof.

BEEF To our neighbours who play loud thumping bass music early in the morning and at times till 2 a.m. Your music is so loud our bed headboard vibrates and we can feel it in our whole house. I hope they see this and turn down the music.

BOUQUET To all those wonderful people who attended the celebration of life for my husband Henry Lust. Those that sent in e-mails, cards, food, made visits, phone calls, etc., the family is grateful for your support. Henry enriched so many lives here and all around the world. Special thanks to Dr. Calvin and the palliative care team who provided care during this time.

BEEF To the out-to-lunch, arrogant driver of a white sedan on Hammond Bay Road who refused to stop for an animal control officer responding to a call of a fawn hit by a vehicle.

BOUQUET To Lorne the volunteer gardener at Dufferin Place. He spends countless hours tirelessly working in the gardens: planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning and clipping. As a result the gardens are so beautiful. The residents and visitors are so appreciative.

BOUQUET To all organizers and volunteers involved with Nanaimo’s Canada 150 celebrations. A great day for the entire family.

BOUQUET To the 150th Canada Day volunteer, in the late afternoon at Maffeo Sutton Park stage grounds. Your graciousness, kindness and firmness made the celebration enjoyable for all of us.

BOUQUET Thank you to Splitsville bowling in Nanaimo. We came in to bowl with our family, we were the only ones there and you turned off the lights, cranked the music and put up the video screens for our kids. It was their best bowling game to date.

BOUQUET A railway running from upper- to bottom tips of the Island, transporting people and goods to include whistle stops at stations to support First Nations and connecting communities, will greatly minimize carbon footprint. Tanker traffic may diminish and the Salish Sea can be declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.

BOUQUET An appreciative bouquet to Panago Pizza on Fourth Street for its generous donation to the SPCA on Canada Day. You had my business already but sponsoring one of my favourite charities made you that much better.

BOUQUET To all Altrusa Members for your 100 years of service to the people of Nanaimo as you carry out your mandate of literacy. Your service to the community is truly appreciated.

BOUQUET To the staff of Van Isle Windows for their friendly and efficient service when replacing our front windows.

BOUQUET Much appreciation to Russell at Lantzville Central Drugs for fixing my walking stick so it does not slip on tiles.

BOUQUET To Canada’s military, who recruit young men and women, some of whom would end up jobless and untrained in today’s society, and in turning out fine smart young adults with a trade and a future. Who are also there willing to help Canadians when disasters hit.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo drivers who maturely handled a glitch in the traffic lights on Comox Road this morning. I drove through the area twice (with at least three traffic lights not working at all) and everyone was very patient and responsible. I expected chaos and was proven wrong.

BOUQUET To my family. Bloodline does not define us in any way; you people are my family forever and always. I am so grateful that we have each other though the good and bad love you all so much: auntie, mom, sister, whatever you consider me.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Golf Club for hosting Paint Nite where 60 people came to paint, to laugh and to enjoy the lovely grounds. Thanks tons and oh so much fun.

BOUQUET To the man who flagged the RCMP who rescued the baby seal and to the Vancouver Aquarium’s marine mammal rescue centre for looking after it.

BOUQUET To the volunteer shoppers and phoners at Thrifty’s Sendail and to William who delivers the groceries wind, rain, hail, snow or very humid, hot weather, never complains, always friendly, a real gentleman.

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