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Mr. McConnell, there when you need him

My dad and I were snowmobiling out by Elma when my machine ran out of oil. Being in the middle of nowhere, it was looking like quite the predicament.

Other sleds stopped, but they did not have any oil with them. (Wise snowmobilers always have full tanks, so they do not carry extra oil.) These folks did come up with suggestions and offers to try to help me out.

My dad and I walked towards the highway to flag someone down when a truck passed by just before we reached the shoulder. The truck drove on for about a quarter mile down the road then stopped and turned around.

The driver, Mr. McConnell, pulled up and asked if we were having problems. I explained my predicament and wishfully and jokingly asked if he had snowmobile oil in his truck. He did! And he gave it to me free of charge.

I filled my sled with oil and fired it up. I was good to go. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I will definitely pay this forward.

-- Brian Gareau

Winter may be cold, but people are warm

The snow was cleared on Portage Avenue, for which I am grateful. But as often happens, mounds of snow were left in front of openings such as driveways, side streets and sidewalks.

I want to commend the young man who, while stopped at a red light on Portage Avenue by the CNIB building, put his four-way flashers on and got out of his car to assist a visually impaired person get over one of these mounds in front of the sidewalk in order to cross the avenue.

Realizing others would encounter the same treacherous obstacle, he retrieved a shovel and cleared a path.

What a wonderful and thoughtful young man! This winter may have been cold, but the people are warm and caring.

-- Lorry Litman


Doug's the man when you're stuck in the snow

I would like to thank a gentleman named Doug who helped me get out of a not-so-fun situation.

I was driving down Paul Boulevard, just off St. Mary's Road, and pulled into a driveway to turn around. Unfortunately, I got stuck in the snow and my husband's cellphone wasn't working as he was in a non-service area.

I knocked on the door of a home, but no one answered. I saw that they had a shovel, so I started shovelling away.

After more than an hour of shovelling and trying to get my van out, I finally got hold of my husband to come and help.

Just after my phone call to my husband, I saw someone driving by and I waved him down. Well, to my luck, this gentleman came to my rescue.

He, too, attempted to drive my van out and ended up having to use a pull rope attached to his truck.

I would like to thank Doug not only for helping me get out, but also for stopping and being so kind. I asked what I could give him for helping me and he said nothing, but I didn't want his kind actions to go unnoticed.

PS: Thank you also to the owners of the home for the use of your shovel, and I'm sorry about the big ruts that were left in your driveway.

-- Shawna Namaka


Nice day for a drive but...

It was a nice pleasant day for a country drive and coffee. Often we see deer, coyotes, fox, jack rabbits and tons of ravens.

I decided on a road and although there was no snow falling, the wind was pretty wicked.

I had been on this road previously, it was plowed but seldom used. There were a few drifts but nothing to be concerned. Excuse me, but a dumb decision. There was no turning back so onward we went until I hit drifts so high you could hardly see the car. This happened close to Six Pines Ranch.

We couldn't shovel out so we decided to walk about a half a mile to a main road and get help. I knocked on a door, and a couple greeted me.

After hearing my lame excuses for my dumb decision, Mr. Friesen said, "No problem," put on his jacket, jumped in his big truck and off we drove.

But not so simple. There was no way to hook my car to a tow. Again, he said, "No problem," and we went to another neighbour, where Mr. Friesen jumped into a monster machine with a blade.

Apparently, these units were designed and used for building winter roads. He cleared the drifts with this snowplow, and out I drove.

I'm too old to wrestle, but nearly had to in order to give him a few bucks to take his wife out for coffee.

In my defence, I was brought up on a farm, walked a couple of miles to school, lived in a residential school (best years of my life). Dumb yah, but not exactly a green horn.

Again, wonderful people, and a world of thanks.

-- Ed and Olive Toker

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2014 A28

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