Beef. Be aware of a handyman and his wife who prey on vulnerable seniors. I paid him to take my belongings to two charitable organizations; instead, he took my belongings to their home; I caught them selling my belongings in their garage sale a couple of weeks later.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 22

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BOUQUET To Ladysmith for not allowing dogs on beautiful Transfer Beach. It was a pleasure to see all families and especially children enjoying the beach without the fear of being attacked. Also, to walk on the beach without stepping in animal feces. I wish Nanaimo would do the same.

BEEF To the woman in the apartment building who keeps calling everyone ‘Hon’ and ‘Sweetie,’ it’s really annoying. We all have names and you know what they are, so use them.

BOUQUET To organizers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year’s dragonboat festival a great success.

BEEF We hope this year that dog owners will have the courtesy to observe the ‘no dogs’ bylaw signs clearly posted at Departure Bay Beach.

BOUQUET Thanks to everyone on the committee for our wonderful 60th high school reunion. It was good to see former classmates again and renew friendships. A most enjoyable and much-appreciated event.

BEEF To all the people who can’t read or figure out what a ‘private property’ sign means in Cedar. It means please stay on your own property or public property.

BOUQUET To all the beautiful people who helped me when I was most in need – the doctor, the pharmacist at London Drugs at Port Place, Dave and Glen from B.C. Ambulance Service, Dr. Rogers for his excellent care and to all the nice nurses at the emergency department. Thank you for everything.

BEEF To hospital patients with heart problems having to wait four months to have a 30-minute echocardiogram done. NRGH has no heart when it comes to people with heart problems.

BOUQUET To McDonald’s for the free coffees all weekend during the dragonboat festival. Fabulous again, and especially with the rain.

BEEF To the beefer. Summer is not cancelled because you can’t access private property on Nanaimo River. Feel fortunate you used it as long as you have. Maybe buy some or use public property please.

BOUQUET To the person or persons who left the tiny, beautiful bottle on a bench in Bowen Park with the message inside. I know it was left for anyone, but the message seemed like it was meant for me. I will always treasure it.

BEEF To strata owners who make themselves look good, but in fact, it is the opposite. You think you have all the power, don’t follow rules and do only what you want on all property. You intimidate, control and spread harmful gossip. Shame.

BOUQUET To Dr. Chris Cameron, all the nursing and support staff for the excellent care I received after having hip surgery. Everyone was so kind and caring and meals were excellent. What a wonderful hospital we have.

BEEF To ICBC not licensing bicycles that are supposed to use the rules of the road.

BOUQUET To the paramedics who came to our house to deal with our mother who had a reaction to new medication.

BEEF Why is Nanaimo not putting pull-over lanes for buses on Hammond Bay Road when they upgrade? Buses tie up so much traffic and make it dangerous to get around.

BOUQUET To Margaret J. and her family for their many years of devotion to the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society.

BEEF To transit. There used to be two bus benches at the bus stops in Chase River, now there are none. There are two care homes.

BOUQUET Thank you to Shelley and Pat for your generous donations to the Coins for Kids charity.

BEEF To the business owner who keeps abandoning your business vehicle in my neighbourhood. Park in your neighbourhood and see how your neighbourhood will like that. Why don’t you buy ads like everyone else. It’s been years.

BOUQUET I want to thank all my friends and staff in Walmart McDonald’s for making my 97th birthday the best ever. Love you all.

BEEF To the sports association for implementing a rule three-quarters of the way into the season affecting a bantam team. What you have done to this team is unjust and in no way rallies support for the association.

BOUQUET To Jeremy at Home Hardware at Brooks Landing. He did a super job helping me choose and assemble a floor fan.

BEEF Be aware of a handyman and his wife who prey on vulnerable seniors. I paid him to take my belongings to two charitable organizations; instead, he took my belongings to their home; I caught them selling my belongings in their garage sale a couple of weeks later.

BOUQUET To Scott of Rose Home Improvements. We love our new barn-door garden shed. Everything fits perfectly and we have had many compliments.

BEEF To RDN Transit. A driver got right in my daughter’s face and yelled at her for not having enough change to get on the bus. My daughter is only 10 years old. She started crying when she saw me later that evening.

BOUQUET To organizers and supporters of the Thursday Commercial Street Night Market. What a great atmosphere!

BEEF To the parks department. The dog park at Beban Park is in deplorable condition. The benches are badly in need of painting and some of the boards need replacing. Recently, a woman sat on a bench and a board flipped up because a screw was missing. She fell to the ground. Blackberry bushes are encroaching on three of the those benches.

BOUQUET Thank you to the City of Nanaimo parks and recreation Bowen Park Activity Centre for supporting the seniors’ Thursday night dance. It has become a very special occasion for many seniors who do not otherwise get out.

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