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Orchids & Onions (June 6, 2013)

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Orchids to…

• eastside Walmart for its support of Smith sixth-grade students.

• the caring staff of Richards Elementary School and especially Ginger Williams, from a very grateful family.

• the W.D. Richards PTO for the bagels and other goodies on our last day of school, from a very appreciative Richards staff.

• Kroger for allowing us to to hand out poppies in memory of our veterans during the month of May and to the many people who donated to our veterans, from Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 24.

• The Republic for delivering missed TV guide with Monday’s paper, from Lisa Cornett.

• Hamilton Center Ice Arena staff and Columbus Parks & Rec for the transformation of Hamilton Center Ice Arena, improved appearance and safety, from Faith Thomas.

• that special someone who found our lost check and mailed it back to us, from the Brinkmans.

• the ladies at Northside Middle School for the beautiful bouquet of daisies, from Don’s wife.

• Wayne Madsen for his column, from a concerned senior.

• Denise and Vicki in the Walmart bakery on State Road 46 for a good job on the my son’s graduation cake last Saturday.

• the gentleman who found my purse at the Jay C store in North Vernon.

• Rhonda and James Lee and Lee’s Heating and Cooling for all their kind and considerate help, from Patsy Battin.

• Justin at Raft to Rafters for being an excellent serviceman, from a longtime customer.

• Robbin at Kroger Pharmacy for being kind and helpful, from Lorrie Coffey.

• Tara for my manicure, pedicure and fixing my hair on Sunday, from Darlene.

• Tom and Shirley Brown for continuing to organize the Atterbury reunion and bus tours for the former landowners and their relatives.

• Joyce Adkins for the beautiful singing at Old Union Church this past Sunday.

• the gentleman who found my prescription in the Walmart parking lot and returned it to the pharmacy last Friday, from Erika Bishop.

• special needs teacher Mrs. Olds for everything you’ve done this year for all the children.

• Donna and Ann at Bishopp’s Appliance for the excellent service last Saturday and the deliverymen for their fast delivery, from a very satisfied customer.

• Kyla Lacefield for graduating from Brown County High School, from Aunt Debbie and Uncle Pete.

• the lady at Whipker’s market Tuesday afternoon who finished paying for my vegetables, from Janice G.

• Louisville and Indiana Railroad for the new paint scheme on their locomotives, from Gill.

• Chevy Ray Hill on learning your ABC’s, from Aunt Mama, Daddy and Mommy, Rachel and Jerry.

• Micheal Kent of Williamsburg Way Apartments for being a great caring boss, from Samantha.

• Patti at Walmart for being an honest and pleasant cashier, from Amanda Fipp.

Onions to…

• the store for advertising a $5 product on sale for $4.99.

• those who don’t realize that ATVs are not intended for roads because they are too dangerous.

• Columbus for growing beyond its residents’ pocketbooks.

• people who don’t pull in line properly at the gas station when it’s busy.

• drivers who do not obey the stop signs located in mall parking lots.

• gas station owners in Columbus for outrageous price gouging.

• drivers on State Road 46 who did not have their headlights on after 8 p.m. Sunday.

• anyone who thinks that $670 to $770 is a reasonable rent for a senior to pay for a two-bedroom apartment.

• one-source reporting of community relations.

• women in the professional office of the large organization who dress improperly.

• one of the new banks in town that floods you with offers to give it your business, but when you do, it’s a constant source of headaches.

• Indiana for being in the top five states with the highest priced gasoline.

• the filthy parking garage at Third and Jackson.

• the school corporation that did not recognize their contract bus drivers after many, many years of dependable, safe driving at the end of their contract.

• the convenience store with no soda fountain, no ice, no restrooms and overpriced gas.

• day care centers that allow children to make too much noise and disturb the sick and disabled.

• people with brand-new cars with directional signals that don’t work.

• the large discount store with only five of 36 checkout lanes open on Friday night.

• whoever thought it would take seven men to dig a hole and pour concrete around a fire hydrant.

• utilities customer service employees who keep customers waiting in line at the drive-up window.

• no arrests after the four murders in Waynesville.

• people who allow children to play inappropriately in toy departments causing employees to have to police these children.

• the thief who entered my home and stole money out of my billfold.

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