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THUMBS Up to the security staff at Thunder Bay Airport. “On Sunday. there was a long wait at security due to Special Olympics visitors going home. I mentioned my age and inability to stand for an hour to a security officer and was taken, with kindness, to the head of the line and put through…

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THUNDER Bay is host to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games this week and the reviews are positive. “Thumbs Up to all of the enthusiastic athletes, their coaches, families and fans — and a special thanks to the many volunteers who make the games possible.”

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THUMBS Up to the organizers and volunteers at the city’s Family Day celebrations at Marina Park Monday. “Activities were creative and fun. Thanks to the ice slide volunteer with the continuous smile. The bannock volunteer was very enthusiastic. Thumbs Down to the price of the hot chocolate —…

THUMBS Down to teachers and their union reps who continue to hold students and their families hostage. “If and when the government does meet their demands, I hope they realize that they will have lost so much of the respect and high regard that people have always accorded the teaching profession.”

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A HUGE Thumbs Up to the amazing cast of characters in the recent production of The Odyssey by the Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre. “It was so professional, creative, witty and lively. The videos added a unique twist and were so well done. The singing voices were fantastic. Thank you for kee…

THUMBS Down to the City of Thunder Bay for the lack of cleaning sidewalks. “On Friday and Saturday nights they know 2,000 people go to Lakehead University hockey games. Send out a sidewalk plow around 4 p.m. We’re paying for services. Provide us with the services we’re taxed for. Clean a few…

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THUMBS Up to two young men who “jumped out of a truck on Miles Street near May Street to help push an electric wheelchair through the snow to the lights at the intersection. I had stopped to help this young lady but was unable to push the chair. Just as I was calling 911, these great guys he…

THUMBS Up, “waaay up to the very kind stranger driving a Kubota who stopped to plow both my and my neighbour’s driveways. Thumbs Down to the city for promptly returning to fill our driveways that night with heavy blocks of ice and hard snow. Thumbs Up again to the man on the Kubota who stopp…

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THUMBS Down to the roads division with the City of Thunder Bay for not plowing side roads for three days. “You were well aware of the forecast ahead of time so you should have been prepared. People pay taxes for a reason. The roads are so bad in residential areas that garbage pickup has also…

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THUMBS Down to the roofers on a building that includes a “family” hair care business earlier this month. “Your choice of music and the language in the music was very unacceptable — worst visit I’ve ever had. Not very respectful in a busy area.”

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THUMBS Up to Cheryl at the Kakabeka post office for making sure that all the children’s letters to Santa in the area get answered. “Job well done! Merry Christmas to you and yours.”

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THUMBS Up to Bill Nicholl and family for “rescuing my sister and I when we were given the wrong address and ended up stuck in the snow down Highway 527. They took their time to assess the situation as the truck had slid and was wedged up against a metal fence. They managed to pull the truck …

THUMBS Up to Grade 5 students at St. Francis School, Brinley Vescio and Ava Piccinato, who came up with the generous idea to have a bake sale to raise money for Shelter House. “They made flyers and posted them around their neighbourhood, put up posters at their school, took orders from schoo…

THUMBS Up to all the City workers who fixed the broken hydrant that flooded the area around First Avenue and Ontario Street on Oct. 21, and filled in the huge sink hole. “We’re happy you were able to do it by bedtime.”

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THUMBS way Up to the Mile Hill Melodrama theatre group for performing their 50th production at the South Gillies Hall. “They have been wowing audiences for 27 years, while keeping the old hall going. An amateur group that’s keeping audiences young and old thoroughly entertained and looking f…

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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.”

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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…

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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…

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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 . .…

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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…

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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.”

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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…

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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.”

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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…

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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 …