JOE CROSS The Standard
SCUGOG: This is a tale of humour, smiles and good thoughts. A local resident, Karin Davis, of the Manchester community, has chosen to transform a potential eyesore into something eye catching.
Karin lives in a rural area, on the corner of highway 12 and 7A, in Manchester, where she has had large orange and black construction pylons directly in front of her driveway, because of road resurfacing, since last spring.
Every morning, afternoon and night she encountered these pylons, as she came to and from her home. Many days, the pylons would block the entrance to her driveway. On these days, she would call upon Mike, the Works Manager for this project, to have them moved, so she could go about her day. Karin always remained positive, as she knew the workers were "just doing their job."
To many, these large pylons could be seen as an irritant, but to Karin they were an opportunity to bring a smile to the community.
One day, she decided to, gather up an assortment of Christmas decorations and start to decorate this site as Christmas characters. The pylons were transformed into Santa, elves, a snowman and Christmas Wreaths.
Karin says it's funny but all the costumes she bought and placed seem to fit perfectly; almost as if they were made to fit the pylons. According to Mike, this has never been done before, and he thinks it is "hysterical". Karin says her unique project has started to go "viral", with all the comments her photos have received. She is an example of someone who has decided not to let initial thoughts of irritation and anger get her down.
The construction on this road has slowed down traffic, and now when cars slow down, instead of being frustrated, people smile. This tale comes to end, as now the work is done. The road has been resurfaced, and even the lines have been painted, but the charm of the decorations remain in the Manchester community.
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