THUMBS Up to the seasonal city workers that plant and maintain our major flower beds. “Outstanding job. When people take pride in their work it shows. Sad to see the end is near for this year, as cooler, wet weather takes its toll. Keep up the good work making our city so beautiful.”

THUMBS Down to the person who dropped used drywall on Rosslyn Road, “from which a nail punctured my back tire. Thumbs Up to the woman who caught my attention at the corner of Central Avenue and Golf Links Road to inform me my tire looked low, allowing me to get the tire repaired instead of h…

THUMBS Up to the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council for the wonderful Labour Day picnic at Current River Park. “The music, food, games, bouncy castle, horse rides and animals were enjoyed by everyone. I observed so many smiles from the large crowd. Thank you to the amazing volunteers fo…

THUMBS Up to good PR and “The Amazing Race Canada television program for the excellent coverage and photography of our city’s natural beauty. We can be proud.”

THUMBS Down to the neighbour who backs onto the McIntyre River. “Stop throwing your garbage onto the green space. The dogs and tiny people are not on the invite list to the buffet you put out for mice, rats, crows and larger critters. Join the game we all play — garbage in bag, bag in can, c…

THUMBS Down to those who portray the proposed location of a 58-unit transitional youth housing facility on Junot as ideal. “The safety of the children at St. Pius, Hammarskjold, the Gateway Program, Boys and Girls Club, the nearby baseball and park areas is paramount, not to mention the seni…

THUMBS Up to the Badanai Theatre summer production of Little Shop of Horrors playing until Aug. 15 at the Paramount Theatre. “We brought our whole family out and both young and old enjoyed the show. Fantastic time and just as fun as Mamma Mia was last winter from this talented local group of…

THUMBS Up to the man with physical disabilities that walks the downtown area with a shopping cart using a picker to collect trash. “This guy goes out for hours every day to clean up our city and he has physical limitations. What are you doing to better our community?”

THUMBS UP “and up and up to Magnus Theatre’s show Ivanka. Kudos to Crudo and Waytowich for giving their audiences many, many hilarious moments. Thunder Bay should be proud of the talent we have in this city. Hopefully Ivanka will return again as she is very popular. It doesn’t hurt to now ha…

‘FIVE senior ladies had lunch at Tony Roma’s on July 4; one of them was having a birthday. When it was time to pay, our server told us a couple seated by us had paid our bills. We couldn’t have been more surprised and pleased. A giant Thumbs Up to this anonymous couple. We will all be paying…

PROFESSIONAL response impressive. “Last month, I found myself in the midst of a police chase at 8:30 a.m., when children were walking to school and roads were full of people driving to work. My car was hit by the woman allegedly impaired on drugs, who fled the scene only to hit another vehic…

CONGRATULATIONS to the locally owned 2019 Thunder Bay Border Cats. Thumbs Up to “great baseball, great food and beverages, and lots of great entertainment. Our guys got off to a shaky start but had a very strong finish in the first half. Come on Thunder Bay. Let’s get out and support our tea…

‘RECENTLY my vehicle was stuck. Within minutes a kind gentleman, originally from Newfoundland, came to my aid. A comment was made that I will not forget: ‘We live on an island and we have to know how to help one another.’ Three other gentlemen came to my assistance and quickly, efficiently t…

THUMBS Up to the NBA champion Toronto Raptors “OMG, I know nothing about basketball. I think I had 10 mini-strokes watching that series. I know you get it in the basket! I am now a true Raptors fan. Watching the fanfare from east to west was awesome. And now, go Border Cats!”

A HUGE Thumbs Up to the many kind people “who helped us after my husband suffered a serious fall in one of the far parking lots at the regional hospital. I’m sorry I didn’t get everyone’s name, but thank you to the young couple that called for an ambulance. Thank you to the woman from Fort F…

THUMBS Up to the many students from St. Ignatius High School “who were out all around the Boulevard Lake area last Thursday cleaning up garbage. Great job.”

THUMBS Down to the rude lady who ordered an extremely complicated and specific order at a fast-food restaurant on Arthur Street. “If you plan on ordering like that, expect a couple questions from the cashier to get your order right. This nice young man was doing his best and completed her or…

THUMBS Up to the woman found keys and returned them on May 15. “I was at the playground with my granddaughter and dropped my keys when my granddaughter fell. You drove around the neighbourhood trying my key remote and found me. It was so nice of you to do that. Thank you again so much. What …

THUMBS Up to the “amazing individual who found my wallet on Bay Street and called me to return it safely with everything still inside. After a long day of work and meetings I was exhausted and in a panic when you called. Thank you for making my week. And shoutout to the great people in the B…

THUMBS Up to the lady and her husband who towed an SUV out of the mud out by Dog Lake Road on May 4. “They turned my bad day into a good one by showing me so much kindness exists in the world and saved me a hefty towing bill. Thank you guys.”

THUMBS Up to the group of volunteers who spent their day picking up garbage in the Bay and Algoma area. “If these young people are an example of the next generation, we are in very good hands. A huge Thumbs Up to all of them.”

YOU SHOULD be dancing (not singing). Thumbs Down to the guy in Row G at the Bee Gees Tribute concert at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium who thought he could sing better than the performers. “Please be more considerate. We all want to enjoy the show.”

THE threats against Hammarskjold High School along with the closures, investigation and arrests have drawn various reactions. A reader, who said those making the threats against the school “initiated and participated in terrorist activities,” gave a Thumbs Down to the courts for releasing on…

THUMBS Up to our Thunder Bay North Stars “for having such an awesome season and providing many hockey night outings for people to attend. A big Thumbs Up also to their head coach, Rob DeGagne. Our city should be proud of these fine young players having such a great season, so good luck in th…

BIG Thumbs Down to the City of Thunder Bay roads department for their pothole patching procedure. “They drive around and throw some cold patch in the pothole and spill the rest all over the road leaving our vehicles to pack the pothole down for them — and to pick up the excess cold patch . .…

A HUGE Thumbs Up to the organizers of the Thunder Bay Historical Film Festival “for the excellent event at the Auditorium on March 21. They hope to make it an annual event. Definitely worth taking in. Well done.” On the same subject, another reader writes: “Bravo to Greg, Tim and all the org…

THUMBS Up to the Waverley Library for the wonderful programs for children held this March Break. “The activities were unique, well organized and presented with no cost to attend. Well done.”

A HUGE Thumbs Down to a doggedly dangerous driver. On Feb. 25 around 3:30 p.m. a white Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling north on Golf Links Road, driven by a woman with a medium-to-large yellow dog in the driver’s seat. “The dog was visible to me in the driver’s side window but the driver wa…

THUMBS Up to the Marina Park staff for doing such a great job of plowing the paths. “It is wonderful to see this jewel of Thunder Bay maintained so that it can be enjoyed all year. Hopefully the park supervisor and city manager and council give an occasional pat on the back to these employee…

THUMBS Up to a Good Samaritan in a silver truck who lives on Hemlock Place. “The morning after the windstorm on Sunday, he plowed a massive snow drift off our street so a school bus full of children could get through. There was no way that bus was going anywhere unless that corner was plowed…

A HUGE Thumbs Up to the excellent performance of Mamma Mia at the Paramount Theatre. “The entire cast was extremely talented and the show was very entertaining. Job well done.”

THUMBS Down to overflowing trash cans. “I tossed a large paper bag into the garbage can at the bus stop outside Westmount Public School on Jan 28. The can was already full at the time. Two weeks later it has still not been taken yet and I can even see my paper bag inside. Surely the city can…

THUMBS Down to a lack of foresight by the City for not removing benches from Algoma Street prior to winter. “Now we will have to pay for new ones because the existing ones have been damaged by snow plows.”

TWO mitten-covered Thumbs Up to the city staffer in charge of making the ice on the outdoor rink at Dick Waddington Park (Current River Arena site). “It is the best natural outdoor ice I have skated on there in years. Nice job. The oval looks good too — I will try that next skate. Even thoug…

THUMBS Up to the kind, hardworking 1A nursing staff of “Jorie, Robyn, Ryan, Brittany, Ally, Brittany, Kim, and all your co-workers. Your wonderful care did not go unnoticed by my family. Your job is a tough one. If only there were more of you.” Hats off also to the thorough janitorial staff …

WE ARE shovelling through a snowbank full of Thumbs Up and Down submissions related to snow-clearing. Here are a few:

A DISTRESSED ditched driver appreciates the concern of strangers. “Thumbs Up to all the thoughtful people who stopped to check on our well-being on Lakeshore Drive recently. Our vehicle was in the ditch after avoiding a deer on the road. A big Thumbs Up to Sgt. Moscall of the OPP who waited …

DOUBLE Thumbs Up to “the organizers, volunteers, businesses, police department, paramedics, firefighters, RFDA, Salvation Army, small groups and individuals in the city for the weeks of hard work, fundraising, and donations of food, toys, money, other necessities, and planeloads of goods to …

THUMBS Up to “my daughter who found an envelope containing $1,000 on the floor in Canadian Tire, and immediately turned it in. Heads up to retailers to brief staff on security and documentation procedures when valuables are found in store. Happily, the money was claimed within a few hours. M…

THUMBS Up to a local eye care centre. “While I was having a lens replaced in my glasses, I was offered a cup of hot apple cider. What an unexpected treat. Merry Christmas.”

THUMBS Up to police officers “whose job is extremely difficult and yet are shown very little respect and honour. Our police officers deserve our highest esteem and praise for the work they do on our behalf, not our ridicule and insult and judgment. Thank you for all that you do to keep us sa…

THUMBS Up and “ovational applause to TBSO's Ultrasonic Concert: The Music of Led Zeppelin with Jeans 'n Classics at the Auditorium last Saturday. The concert was like listening to an album without the scratches. Next Jeans 'n Classics is The Beatles in February. If you have never enjoyed our…

THUMBS Up to having more taxis available at the airport. “At 1 a.m., it’s very frustrating having to wait in long lines for a taxi. With more companies being allowed to service the airport, this will be very welcome, especially during the approaching holiday season. However, Thumbs Down to t…

THUMBS Up to City of Thunder Bay Roads Division. “I submitted a request online to have a large crack filled on our street and within five days the repair was complete. It was so easy to do. Thank you so much. Awesome job!”

THUMBS Down to the people pulling out of the coffee shop parking lot onto Hawker Road, near Arthur Street. “Why don’t you guys look both ways before pulling out? There have been many times I have almost hit drivers not paying attention. Recently, the woman in a Santa Fe with a pretty chrome …

THUMBS Up to Tommy Horricks for a terrific show at the auditorium on Tuesday night. “The lighting, costumes, and venue were fabulous. A great evening was had by all. Tommy you are definitely 75 and alive.”

THUMBS UP to Peng You, newly elected councillor at large. “I have lived in Current River at the same address for over 30 years, and politicians have used our fence for signs in every election. Wednesday, I received my very first letter in response, handwritten: “Thank you for displaying my e…

THUMBS Down to a local cinema for not being able to adjust the sound level in the theatre showing A Star is Born on Wednesday. It was too loud, deafening, piercing and uncomfortable. “Patrons were shouting to turn it down. One movie-watcher complained to staff. He was given ear plugs and tol…

THUMBS Up to the friends and neighbours in the area of Junot park. “These folks plant and weed the flower gardens, water the young trees and pick up garbage in the park and along the pathways. Two Thumbs Up to Matt and Sue who make up the watering schedule. This couple works with the city de…

THUMBS Up to members of the Thunder Bay Muslim community who heard about the vandalism at Ally’s MiniPutt near Boulevard Lake. “They not only donated $500 to help fix the damage, but offered a team of volunteers to come and clean everything up. We need to boost our old and new community memb…