Beefs & Bouquets June 21

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Many thanks to the City of Nanaimo for the great job they did in replacing the lawns and vegetable gardens after their waterline construction in Harewood. Everything is 100 per cent.

a bouquet. I would like to say how sorry I am that Zellers pharmacy has closed. Thank you Mary Rose, Kristen, Lori and Bernadette for years of great and friendly service. I will miss you, Barbara.

A big bouquet of orchids to the family and friends who surprised me for a birthday and retirement celebration. Thank you for the gifts, flowers and cards of good wishes. Thanks especially to my husband, Don, who organized the party. Lots of love to you all.

A surprise bouquet to Carole, Wayne, my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends for organizing a surprise party for my 90th birthday.

A huge thank you for the overwhelming community support and the generous assistance of all the volunteers who made the NanGo Grannies’ African Marketplace such a huge success. Proceeds will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother campaign.

Two bouquets of Spring blossoms to Holly and Alvaro from the Bell store at Woodgrove Centre. They provided outstanding customer service while my cellphone underwent repair and were able to answer questions that the manual and staff at another store were unable or reluctant to answer.

a bouquet. My angels on Earth are Margot and her parents. Margot is a jewel of the Island and I’ve been blessed to have her as a friend since my arrival here five years ago. A true blue friend.

A colourful spring bouquet to the staff of the Jim Pattison Hyundai dealership. I was pleasantly surprised to pick up a washed SUV with a bottle of water waiting inside after servicing. This made my day.

A handful bouquet to Rick at the clubhouse for showing me around and helping me out.

Many thanks to the traffic directors at the recent car crash near the Ladysmith Mohawk gas station. A job well done.

A massive bouquet the size of the planet to Sharon at the Ministry of Human Resources. You have saved us twice now. My family thanks you with all of our hearts for your kindness.

Rambling roses to the staff at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Harewood. You care about all of your customers and we love you back.

Happy trails to the guy who cuts the boulevards in Harewood. Hope the city knows how well you do your job.

A bouquet to columnist Ian Thorpe for his closing line in every column: “Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.’’

Sunny days to the nice young people who attend Georgia Avenue Elementary School. Have a great summer.

A huge bouquet of Bosin calls for Lee Patton and his staff at Bastion Trophies for all their hard work on the trophies for NLCC JP Bell ACR. Also thank you to the cadets and the branch for all they have done in the past year.

An appreciative bouquet to Zellers store manager Rob, bike department wizard Cody, as well as the lovely young woman at customer service. After calling about a missing piece on my son’s new bike that he finally grew into (I bought it more than six months ago and had lost my receipt), the staff went out of its way to get it repaired within a few hours. It’s wonderful to know some people still take customer service seriously.

A HUGE bouquet of roses to Terry of Matheson Jewellers and Fine Art for fixing my son’s graduation present on his day off and when he was rushing to catch a ferry to be with his family. You are amazing.

A huge Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to support the 2012 Relay for Life: organizers, teams, spectators, survivors and sponsors. A special Thank you to M&M Meat Shops for the fantastic dinner you put on for survivors. Let us hope and pray that cancer can be beat.

A heartfelt bouquet of roses to the Southgate Country Grocer for its continuous community support. The Storm ladies fastball team would like to extend our gratitude for your generosity. Our team’s hotdog sale was a success and we look forward to our upcoming events.

Big bouquets of columbine and subalpine flowers for Janet for being such a good friend to this “little piece of fluff”.  Thank you for ignoring and then forgiving the plethora of social mistakes I have made over the past 10 years while I attempted to learn diplomacy and social skills. You’ve made a big difference to so many. Happy days ahead.

a beautiful bouquet to my Aunt Sharon for helping me out with pup sitting. Your kindness and generosity mean a lot to me.

Accolades to the hard working crew that helped put on the Nanaimo British Club jubilee party. Many thanks to Quality Foods at Turner Road and Save-On-Foods at Terminal Park for door prize donations and thanks also to Costco for an excellent job on the cake.

a Beef to the roadside memorial destroyer. A few weeks ago you ripped out the cross at Spruston Road and the Island Highway. Now another is gone. Both signs were removed with great effort, as they were both secured by five-inch lag screws and four-inch spiral nails into a 10-inch creosote post. Since first writing this, the flowers and teddy bears have been stolen, too.

a Beef about the increasing amount of traffic using the light at St. George and Terminal streets. When are they going to activate the left turn signal?

A pair of scissors to the politicians’ cheque books. These taxes are breaking my back.

A beef to the couple who sat behind me at the recent Vancouver Island University convocation. While those on stage spoke of tolerance, acceptance and diversity, you kept up a running commentary of disparaging remarks. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope you haven’t passed your poisonous views on to your daughter.

a Graffiti Beef about the corner of Hammond Bay Road and Uplands Drive. Everywhere you look, there is a spray-painted mess. How about the high school having a year-end clean up?

a would-it-hurt-to-smile-or-be-friendly beef to all the unhappy employees of downtown and south Nanaimo businesses. No wonder there is so much business going to the north end shops.

a Beef to the people who use the downtown library as a shelter – sleeping in all the chairs and cutting their hair in the washroom.

a Development permit Beef to the city for allowing all of these new housing developments on old five-acre farms. I don’t know if you realize this, but when you add these developments, it gets more expensive for everybody else, not less expensive. Time to rethink the plan.

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