HAVE YOUR SAY: January 15

SANTA’S WORKSHOP extends an enormous thank you to all the Comox Valley community for another very successful Christmas season in 2014. The “elves” gave out 212 bikes, 599 children from 271 families received gifts and 40 grandparents “shopped” for 115 grandchildren. This is all made possible because of such a very generous and special community. Thank you to the local businesses, individuals, local newspapers, service clubs, Shaw Cable and local radio stations for all your wonderful and on-going support. Thanks as well to Chris and Rita Timberley for the location and also to those who took a ‘drop-box’ for toys. We are very fortunate to live in a community where people are so caring and compassionate. All the “elves” at the workshop put in many hours – they are very dedicated people – and all this couldn’t happen without them so Santa thanks and commends all you “elves” for your wonderful efforts! Many children of the Comox Valley were able to enjoy a happier Christmas because of such community spirit during the season. Thanks to everyone who participated in any way for your individual assistance and  for all working together – we are a great community! Thank you all so much.

Our family would like to thank Mount Washington and the Adapted Ski Program for their amazing Snow Festival. The volunteers, in this program, are so generous with their skills and their time. We have been lucky enough to be part of this program a few times and each time our daughter has come out enthused to be able to do what other people enjoy without limitations. Know that your time and energy provides a lifelong enjoyment to people who normally would not be able to access the mountain easily! We have an enthusiastic boarder again!!!

Our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Comox Valley Animal Hospital. Dr. Sacha Edgell and Dr. Faye Briggs were particularly kind and understanding when we took our 17 year old cat “Sweetheart” in and found out she had cancer. They were caring with her and our family. When the time came to put an end to her suffering, they grieved with us and gave us the time to say goodbye to our lovely girl.

To all companies in Comox that provide such a disservice to customers by parking their service vehicles in front of their stores. Those parking spots should be for customers not only for your business but for other businesses customers as well. Please park your trucks in back.

To the driver of the beige car headed south on Fitzgerald at the 17th St. intersection Monday morning: thank you for paying attention where I was not. I almost always take Cliffe Ave. to work and turn left on 17th Street. That morning, for whatever reason, I took Fitzgerald. When I came to the 17th St. intersection, once the light turned green and I was facing two vehicles, my mind was that I was facing a double left-hand turn. I cut right into your lane making my own left-hand turn and thankfully you were paying attention. My sincerest of apologies and thanks again for not ruining a couple of Monday mornings, not to mention a couple of cars.

I saw some people suggest that the old Field Sawmill site be turned into a “Granville Island” type of marketplace. While I applaud your creative thinking, the last thing we need are more businesses within a flood plain. I do love the idea of restoring the site to its original “natural” state.

Some seniors may not be aware that before you reach your 80th birthday, you are required to complete a driver’s medical examination report to ICBC. You can not combine your medical examination with your driver’s medical examination report. The examination report form will be sent to you from ICBC and will be filled out between you and your doctor. If you refuse, your driver’s licence may be cancelled. Also, the money you spend for the report is not income tax deductible, and you do this report every two years; and as I understand, the doctor does not have to declare the fee. Maybe ICBC and whoever conjured up this scheme should rethink it, and give us seniors on a fixed income a break. P.S. I am a senior. I have never been in an auto mishap due to a medical problem and I am sure there are thousands like me.

My heartfelt thanks to the four very kind Samaritans who came to my rescue when my car alarm would not stop. To Brad, who works at Comox Valley Dodge, and to Tyson of Georgia Strait Towing, and to Bev at the Superstore gas station and the gentleman who also came to help – thank you all, ever so much. Rich blessings to you all.


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