HAVE YOUR SAY: November 27

The Saltwater School PAC is grateful to many local Comox Valley businesses for their generous support in donating to the silent auction, which will feature beautiful items, baskets and gift certificates perfect for holiday gifting. The PAC would like to say a big thank you to the following businesses for supporting the Saltwater School: Blue Toque, Uptown Yarns, Shane Philip, The Tea Centre, Harmonic Arts, Lovebug Cafe, Marigold Natural Health, Rattan Plus Home and Patio, The Broken Spoke, Podlings, Long and McQuade, Laughing Oyster Book Shop, Planet Kids, Rawthentic Eatery, Delicados,  Island Alpine Guides, Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre, Flying Canoe West Coast Pub, Sock Soirée, Backdoor Gallery & Studio, MiskWill Jewelry, Ski Tak Hut, Jacob Teichrib, Jessie Schut, Signature Oil and Vinegar, Heavenly Goodies, Dawgin’ It, Hairpins, be – Solely Canadian Clothing Boutique, Church Street Woodfired Bakery, Gold Silver Guy, Jalu Toys and the list is still growing!

A big bouquet of Christmas poinsettias to “L” for returning my wallet at superstore. I was buying decorations for decorating a YANA tree so, I really would like to thank you for your honesty. I was in quite a panic and you restored my belief in the goodness of our community and why I live in such a wonderful place. I hope this holiday season is a special one for you.

KUDOS TO THOSE of you who find animals, especially ones who look well fed, and make an effort to find their owner; instead of keeping someone’s pet.

The children at Lighthouse Early Learning Centre were thrilled to have a rock slinger deliver sand for their sandbox. Thanks to Keith Patton from Cumberland Sand and Gravel and Rob Hargreaves who delivered to an expectant audience! The fine sand is providing hours of planning, measuring, sharing and creating. The Comox Valley Children’s Daycare Society is a non profit, which has been in operation since 1971.

Hats off to the organizers of the people who create and organize outdoor art projects like murals and those hydro boxes. A lot of effort and hard work has gone into making mundane things around the Comox Valley more beautiful.

Way to go to owners of the Backstreet Pub who saw it appropriate to pay homage to the location’s roots and rename it Roy’s Towne Pub; what a great idea!

Thank you to every responsible person who got a flu shot this year – you’re helping keep everyone healthy, especially those who are unable to have one.

What’s with the “Welcome to Royston” sign on the way out of Royston?

5th Street Florist, you rock my world! Thank you for your amazing service!

Remember, if someone wishes you to have a nice day, in their own way, including “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” that they are wishing you well, and don’t be a jerk to them.

Kelly’s Art – WOW You are AMAZING! Thank you for cheering up winter windows all around town!

Seeing some of the charitable acts that some of our youth partake in gives me hope for the next generation. The story about Grade 7 girl who has been collecting coats for the homeless is a perfect example. That young lady is a blessing for our community. Her parents must be proud… and they can take a bow as well. The apple never falls far from the tree, and I have no doubt that she has developed into that kind of person because of the way she has been raised.

Here’s a toast of the town to the folks who helped us to present the Comox Valley Trumpeter Swan Fest.  First to our guest speakers, Art Martell with Comox Valley Nature, Jeanine Bond with Ducks Unlimited and Dan Bowen with Project Watershed. Your presentations were interesting and timely. Our special thanks to the farms that provide habitat for them for forage and shelter from the storms and protection from their predators.  Thanks to our Sponsors First Student Transport for the bus tours, assistant Linda Cheu and Steph Nathan of CV Nature for her informative interpretation as they traveled the roads to view the swans and to CV Nature for the use of their binoculars for close-ups. We appreciate Connie Schad’s amazing face-painting efforts. Thanks to South Hollow Gallery and Leapenhi Paper and Kobo Sushi for help with the origami workshop. Thanks, too, goes to our conservation partners for their informative displays – Comox Valley Conservation Strategy, Project Watershed, Comox Valley Nature and Mack Laing Heritage Society. Finally our deep gratitude to the MARS volunteers John, Laurie and Jillian who prepared the excellent chili and hot dogs in the kitchen, and all those who made their contributions to the bake sale – totally yummy. We want to show our volunteers our appreciation for all that they do year round, Lynda and Paul, Diane and Allison for help with our silent auction and merchandise table. Also thanks to Deanna, Rene, Reg and Pascal for assistance with kids’ activities including our mascot and ambassadors. Thanks to MaryAnne Peterson for the design of and to Interfor for help with printing our posters.  Thanks to Terry Thormin for his help with the Photo Contest that sadly was cancelled. Thanks to the SHAW Media, CV Record and 97.3 FM Eagle Radio for help with promotion and to all the local businesses that took our posters and table cards. A special thanks goes to Comox Valley Regional District for granting us the funds to provide this event. Please vote for MARS “Spreading our Wings” Dec 1- 10 every day on-line www.wingtips.org so we can help build our dream – a large flight pen.

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Comox Valley Accessibility Committee would like to commend this Valley for its actions to improve our community. This year we welcomed the new wheelchair accessible fire pit at Goose Spit. We also applaud the Wilderness Society and Strathcona Regional park for the new Trailrider which allows access to Mt. Washington hiking trails. We know that efforts are ongoing to continue to improve access in parks and  improve snow removal to keep handicapped parking spots clear and curbs open.

A huge thank you to the people who work to maintain the hundreds of kilometres of trails we have in the Comox Valley. So many trails to walk, and all at no cost!

It was lovely to see people, and especially families, gathering downtown last Friday evening enjoying the free entertainment and activities for the Moonlight and Magic celebrations. A great way to bring the community together. As a newcomer to the Comox Valley, I love to see these kind of events.


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