By the way: Sharing some holiday leftovers

By the way, did you hear:

• In the wake of the great New Life Church bed giveaway we told you about last month, Marita Judson wanted to pass along a few big thank-yous to Tracy Hamilton of Sun FM, Roger Parker of Duncan Moving and Storage, and Linda Gray of Village Green Mall, all of whom played a huge role in getting the beds out to the people who needed them.

• Count Rita Goudie of Parksville among those singing the praises of the warmth of the Warm Land. Caught in a snowstorm on her way to Brentwood Bay and afraid of the Malahat she decided to take the Mill Bay ferry across to Brentwood Bay. First in line, she was met with a “Cash Only” sign and she had none. She related her troubles to the next person in line. This stranger gave her the cash for ferry fare, said “Merry Christmas” and would not hear of any arrangements for repayment. “I want to let everyone know that her name is Hilary and she is from Duncan and that she restored my faith in human nature,” Rita writes. “Thank you once again Hilary, I will tell this story every Christmas from now on.

• Nancy Rizk passes along a big thank you to all who played a vital part of the 2012 Howie George Christmas Day Lunch. She says about 500 people came, up from last year, and there was plenty to be had and many hands made light work.

• Margaret Perry of the Chemainus Festival of Trees handed over a cheque for $3,872 to Sylvia Massey and Rick O’Doherty of the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank at the closing ceremonies of the Chemainus Gardens event. Funds were raised through tree sponsorship at the festival’s Christmas tree decorating contest, a silent auction and donations, including a $1,500 donation from Chemainus Gardens owner Len Wansbrough.

• Alison Irwin passes along this cool tidbit about her husband’s latest achievement: Tony Irwin, a longtime retailer in downtown Duncan and now retired, added ‘author’ to his CV.  His book, The History of Powel’s Men’s Wear, is available in the gift shop at the Cowichan Valley Museum. It traces the evolution of the store from the time when his grandfather was owner to the closing of the business in 2004. The Craig Street Brew Pub now occupies the store’s location at the corner of Craig and Government Streets.

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