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5/31/2018 3:07:00 PM

GRINS to...

Everyone who donated books to Stokesdale Elementary's book drive. A total of 1,399 new and gently used books were collected, which will be given to classrooms affected by the tornadoes in eastern Greensboro.

Sponsors of the apprenticeship program for high school students that was featured in a recent issue of the Northwest Observer. Wish more schools were offering the same programs, as this type of work has a long-term impact on students' lives.

Shell station in Oak Ridge (and Quality Oil Company based in Winston-Salem) for being the only gas station in northwest Guilford County to be fair with gas prices. Support this business!

The gentleman at the NWHS awards ceremony who helped two of us get our cars out after being blocked in even though there was no hope of getting his car out.

Vicky at Lowes Foods in Oak Ridge for great customer service.

NWO for excellent weekly summaries on "hanging fire" issues for three communities, for answering the "who, what, when and where," and for staying until the bitter end of meetings and providing detailed meeting highlights.

The young man who bought my parents' lunch when their card was declined at Subway. It put a smile on my face to know there are still good people in this world.

The woman at Food Lion who was ahead of me in the checkout line and paid for my ice cream on Memorial Day. I have never had that happen to me before, and I will pay it forward.

Carolina Priority Care for being open seven days a week, and for giving me the ability to take my son in for a sports physical on a Saturday and only charging me $25. You guys are a lifesaver!

Andy Cook and Phil Isley from Summit Church for providing music and signs for the NWHS graduation walk at Stokesdale Elementary last week. Your kindness (and time) made the seniors' 2018 walk memorable!

GRIPES to...

NCDOT. We moved to Stokesdale for its rural environment. After learning a U.S. 158 bypass route was approved I found out today DOT is considering a proposal to widen N.C. 68 up to U.S. 220 to four lanes. What's next, skyscrapers?

The person complaining in last week's issue about being late due to people driving 35mph on N.C. 150 in the mornings. Your poor planning is not their emergency.

The customer at CVS' drive-through window in Oak Ridge who held up five cars for at least 25 minutes rather than go inside to be helped. Drive-through should be for quick pick-up or drop-off!

Summerfield Town Council's three newest members for bringing dysfunction and embarrassment to the council. Hubris isn't a virtue. Sue the town for your deceit? Arrest the mayor pro tem? Please allow the grown-ups in the room to proceed with town business.

Attendees at NWHS's awards ceremony who parked so that many other cars could not get out until everyone left.

Those grumbling about teachers, who get educated, are paid for 10 months and work until the work is complete. Teachers are committed to growing students academically and into critical thinkers, problem solvers and productive caring community members. Priceless!

The lady in horseback riding attire at Dollar General for hurling such foul language at the cashier. You need to learn respect! That young lady did not deserve that!

Those traveling Witty Road into Rockingham County who don't pay attention to the signs. They pass the barricade and signs saying "Road Closed __ Feet Ahead," and they continue on until realizing the bridge is being replaced. Here's your sign!

Ungrateful public-sector employees who enjoy Cadillac health/retirement plans, work nine months a year, finish every day at 3 p.m., rank 28th in the world, get paid over $50,000 a year, and incessantly moan about their pay. They're called "educators."

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