Hugs and Slugs: Feb. 17-23

Super big slug to all the fuel distributors serving Cranbrook who need to explain to us why we can go to Fernie this morning and pay $107.9/litre and yet we are paying $121.9 here? Transport costs? Come on, I don’t think so! Cranbrook has had higher gas prices compared to Creston and Fernie for years. Give us a break!

Hugs: To Stewart Wilson for his beautiful picture printed January 3, taken at Elizabeth Lake of the Cedar Waxwings enjoying the water. Such a pretty picture. Looking forward to seeing more from this wonderful photographer on the front pages of our local newspaper.

Hugs: To Stewart Wilson again for the beautiful picture of the Saw-whet owl, taken near Joseph Creek and pictured on the front page of the East Kootenay Extra on January 24. Keep these wonderful pics coming, hugs to you!

Slugs: To the East Kootenay Hospital. The horrific sight to the right of the main entrance is terrible with the litter of cigarette butts. No apparent cleaning up of the unsightly mess as they are always there. Shame on management.

Big Hugs to Allan at the Superstore Pharmacy. You are always so kind and friendly. How you remember my name every time I see you is truly impressive (or maybe I have too many prescriptions). Either way, you brighten my day every time. Thanks for being so awesome!

Hugs: To all those drivers out there that use their turn signals. It sure helps everyone around you know what your intentions are, not just, to other drivers but pedestrians as well. Using your signal for 5 to 10 blinks even in parking lots gives a good heads up. Thanks for making this one of your good habits.

Slugs: The South Star Ski Trails were natural human, cattle, and horse trails long before they were ski trails that look like 14th Avenue with signs and rules. These trails should be enjoyed and shared by all that use them.

Slugs: I hope this will turn into a hug! To the person who has my purse that I forgot in the shopping cart right outside of Wal-Mart entrance doors, please return the debit cards & phone. My address is on both my driver’s license & care card. The photo ID clearly shows I am a senior & on oxygen. The inhaler might be a clue as well. If the lottery tickets are substantial winners – forget collecting. I have the store receipts from where I bought them & I’m checking to see if a winner shows up. I went back to Wal-Mart within 5 minutes & nothing was turned into the service desk so I’m not hopeful about the money. The cellphone is very important to me. It contains crucial information & contact numbers for my health. Please return it. The purse is a small black hand held one with a Harley Davidson logo on the front. (This purse, cards and phone may be turned into the Cranbrook Townsman office).

Hugs: To the really blonde waitress at The Cottage restaurant. Friendly and her smile reaches her eyes so you know it’s genuine. Great service too!

Hugs: To the guy in Pinecrest on the quad that stopped to help with my snow this morning. 🙂

Slugs: Yep, slugs to the City snowplow driving around, at breakneck speeds, no less, with his blade up but not plowing our roads.

Hugs: Big hugs to Brian Clifford and Ron Schatschneider for co-facilitating the Cranbrook/Kimberley Hospice Society Men’s Grief Support Group. Your selfless dedication to helping these men while they are going through the grief of losing a loved one is both exemplary and admirable. The gentle way you encourage everyone to open up and express their feelings and to listen to others is much appreciated. Thank you both for all you do.

Send Hugs and Slugs to shannon.stewart@cranbrooktownsman.com

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