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(Updated 1 p.m., Jan. 5)
Good Samaritan replaces snowblower stolen from Cardinal Creek park
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cardinal Creek Community Association president Sean Crossan stands with Good Samaritan Richard Rice after Rice donated his snowblower to replace one that was stolen from a Cardinal Creek rink. Wayne Cuddington/Ottawa Citizen photo

The story about a snowblower stolen from an outdoor rink in Cardinal Creek had a happy ending over the holidays thanks to a Good Samaritan who donated his year-old machine to the Cardinal Creek Community Association to replace the one that was taken.

Queenswood Heights resident Richard Rice read a story about the stolen snowblower on Christmas Eve and immediately thought about donating his own machine to the Community Association. After all, he had already decided to go with a contractor to clear his laneway this year, making his nearly new snowblower a tad redundant.

"It's no big deal. I mean, they needed one, I got one, so why not, right?” says Rice. “It seemed like a natural thing to do.”

The 64-year-old Rice picked up the phone and called Cardinal Creek Community Association president Sean Crossan, who compares the Good Samaritan to Santa.

The snowblower means that the Community Association can keep the rink going and prepare for the Hockey Night in Orléans event on Feb. 7 where Rice will be a guest of
honour.

"I’m going to actually introduce him, when we have a couple of thousand people there,” says Crossan.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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