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5/10/2018 1:47:00 PM

GRINS to...

Bella Luna Ristorante in Oak Ridge. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our delicious lunch. The food was true Italian cuisine and the owner was friendly and attentive to our needs. Truly "fantastico."

Volunteers/organizers of Canine Capers and those who take care of Oak Ridge Town Park - thank you all for your hard work and dedication. The event was wonderful!

Rita Lewandowski for suggesting a horse trail be made on the newly contracted parcel of land behind Oak Ridge Town Hall. Your fellow equestrians are behind you and would love to see a bridle path in Oak Ridge!

The lady who made a tray of food for the men who paved Stanley Huff Road.

Steve Sumner for stating the real facts in his letter last week. A minority is ruining Summerfield, not half! And let's have Janelle Robinson lead the parade in Summerfield, to recognize her for her courage. Please, Janelle, run for council!

Todd Rotruck, on the house you're "renovating." That place is yuge!

GRIPES to...

Parents who don't trust their teenagers' judgement when reading books with "mature topics." Alexie's book gives insight into Native Americans' culture and struggles - something often not taught in classrooms - and opens the eyes of kids who have had limited exposure.

NCDOT for the lack of Q/C on the 220 widening project, and Tetra Tech for the poor quality work. Why all the paving and drainage work being redone so soon after the project was "completed" way late and over budget?

People who back into their driveway from the highway/main road. I know it's against the law to back out of your driveway into the highway/road, so it has to be against the law to back into it. Besides, it's dangerous!

Republic Services for providing the worst possible service. They often miss pickup dates for trash and recyclables. Bins are being destroyed and found thrown on the ground. Not one week goes by without issues. Please, Stokesdale, find another provider!

Editor's note: Per our suggestion, the writer has submitted a formal complaint to the Town of Stokesdale. If you are also still experiencing poor service with Republic Services (or if you have seen a significant improvement in recent weeks), please write to or call (336) 643-4011. Summerfield residents should call (336) 643-8655 or write to

Stokesdale Town Council. Clearly we need two meetings per month - how can you reasonably expect citizens to attend four-hour meetings? Now you want raises? We know you turn in your receipts, so there are no real out-of-pocket expenses.

The unending rapacity and selfishness of those educators who will deprive our kids of another day of education after the tornado, so they can demand bigger paychecks. It's time to break the NEA government schools' monopoly.

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