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6/16/2022 1:45:00 PM

GRINS to...

The teachers of Stokesdale Elementary for planning and hosting such wonderful end-of-year celebrations for our kids.

"Ms. Genean" (Summers) for being a wonderful bus driver and keeping our children safe for 25 years! We'll miss you terribly and we wish you the best in all you do. God bless you!

Northwest Observer for correcting my grin - thank you!

Editor's note: You're welcome. And just to note, one of our guiding principles is to always try our best to get thousands of details in each issue right the first time - but if we don't, we have to accept being human and be thankful we're not brain surgeons so that we have the opportunity to make it right the second time.

Mike Stone for challenging Oak Ridge Council's cozy clique of comrades to produce a revenue-neutral tax rate.

Bi-Rite in Stokesdale for donating an amazing lunch of awesome fried chicken for Stokesdale Elementary School staff and our retirement celebration. We truly appreciate all you do for this community!

The person who complained about the ugly wall on Hwy. 220 in Summerfield. Agreed! I have seen better-looking walls on interstates. Local art students' work would be a big improvement to make the town more welcoming and inviting.

The Northwest Observer and writer Annette Joyce for the beautiful article about Mr. Stys, Stokesdale Elementary assistant principal. He is a great person with a big heart for people and the Lord, and is very deserving of the recognition.

Editor/Publisher's note: We also want to give credit to Max Gardner, owner of Tire Max, one of our loyal advertisers, who approached us about two years ago with the idea of partnering on what evolved as a monthly "Ordinary, Extraordinary People" feature. Thanks to Tire Max's financial commitment to sponsor a full page each month for this feature, we've been able to share the stories of a long list of very worthy people like Mr. Stys who positively impact our community.

Miss Genean (Summers) on her retirement from her school bus route. So many generations were so lucky to have her as their driver, mentor and friend.

Editor's note: Check out our Aug. 4-17 issue, when we'll feature "Ms. Genean" in our "Ordinary, Extraordinary People" feature sponsored by Tire Max.

Rachel at the Summerfield Food Lion. Thank you for all the smiles, laughs and wonderful customer service. You have been a blessing to us all, and we wish you the best on your retirement!

The gentleman who paid for my lunch at BJ's in Stokesdale on June 14. That was so thoughtful and nice.

Patti Stokes and the Northwest Observer for the memorial article that was run for my wife, Sharon Neely. She loved writing for your paper and the family atmosphere of your organization. Thanks for your contributions to this community.

GRIPES to...

Former Summerfield Mayor Gail Dunham and (short-term, thank goodness) council member Todd Rotruck for the legal fees our town has had to pay to defend itself in frivolous lawsuits. Time to send them the bill for $373,000!

Oak Ridge Town Council for approving $455,000 to renovate a 1,500-square-foot house at a cost of 13 times its value. Just another example of government, including Oak Ridge's, being completely out of touch with reality when spending citizens' money.

The coach who was recently overheard trash talking one of our community schools to the children on his sports team because he "used to work there" and feels entitled to express his unwanted opinion. Shame on you!

The driver of the Mary Kay Cadillac who parks wherever he/she wants - including fire lanes - while the rest of us aren't so privileged. Maybe one day I can get the golden parking pass to all of Oak Ridge.

The folks who walk on the side of Bunch Road in the mornings. It's hard to see you when the sun is coming up and I'm afraid you're going to get hit. Please walk in a neighborhood.

The pharmacy in CVS in Oak Ridge. I had a very bad experience there.

New residential development construction, which is a blight on our northwest communities. It's time to slow the suburban sprawl down, and think about the consequences of rampant clearing and building. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Outside the LINES
The following reader-submitted GRINS and GRIPES express opinions about state and/or national topics, and have been separated from the other Grins and Gripes as a courtesy to those who do not want to read others' opinions on state and/or national political and other non-local topics in a local newspaper.

GRINS to...

All the people who want term limits on all politicians and to reinstate the propaganda ban so our leaders can't lie to us.

All the stations which carried live coverage of the first Jan. 6 committee hearing in prime time (this does not include Fox News, even if they did begin carrying daytime hearing coverage June 13).

GRIPES to...

State elected officials who, on the heels of the Uvalde shooting, are working on their version of the "Don't Say Gay Bill." Guns are killing our children, not gender terminology. Can we please focus on real safety issues in our schools?

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