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Roses spread smiles, goodwill on Good Neighbor Day

Amanda Fehd

Photos by Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Celebrating his fourth wedding anniversary, Dave Hand selects a bouquet of red roses at Blake's South Lake Tahoe Floral Design on Wednesday during Good Neighbor Day. The florist gave away 250 dozen roses with those who picked them up asked to keep one and give away the remaining 11.

Nurses and firefighters, husbands and daughters, young and old alike flocked Wednesday to Blake’s Floral Design in South Lake Tahoe and Wells Fargo Bank in Stateline to receive a dozen roses free.

With smiles from ear to ear, they knew there was only one catch: you may keep one rose, the other 11 you must give away.

Sharon Buckley, Blake’s owner – along with Wells Fargo Bank – gave away a total of 3,000 roses and dubbed Wednesday the first Good Neighbor Day in South Lake Tahoe.

“We all need to be little more friendly and thankful for what we have,” Buckley said, “and be better friends and neighbors. Flowers bring a smile no matter what the occasion.”

Robey O’Day, Thursday morning co-host on KMTN-TV, said he was going to give his roses to neighbors he doesn’t know. With his long, black mop of hair and tattoos, he suspects they think he’s kind of “weird.”

“It’s a great way to break the ice with a neighbor you’ve never met,” O’Day said.

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Others passing through said they’d give their roses to coworkers, family, a sick loved one, doctors, patients and caregivers.

Wells Fargo purchased all 3,000 roses for the event, while radio stations KOWL AM 1490 and KRLT FM 93.9 doubled air time purchased by Buckley. Rachel Thomas, branch manager at Edgewood Tahoe branch of Wells Fargo Bank, said people were lined up at 8:20 a.m. to get their free dozen.

On Oct. 4, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will vote on whether to issue an official proclamation declaring the third Wednesday of September Good Neighbor Day, Buckley said.

They may have already won over a majority: councilmembers Ted Long and Mike Weber were spotted picking up their dozen, while Mayor Kathay Lovell reportedly was the one who suggested adding the item to the agenda.

Harvey’s Improv Manager Howie Nave broadcast live for KRLT and KOWL from Blakes, and tried to make people smile even more.

Regrettably, his only printable comment was: “If you don’t live near anyone, give it to a bear.”