South Shore locals nice for a day |

South Shore locals nice for a day

Susan Wood
Susan Wood / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Gurli Molitor receives a bouquet of roses Wednesday from Wells Fargo employee Jeff Hoag for Good Neighbor Day.

The South Shore became a little brighter and therefore more neighborly Wednesday, as roses in a variety of colors were passed out between coworkers, neighbors and friends.

Good Neighbor Day – a national annual event that promotes community goodwill and consumer awareness of flowers – was organized locally by Blake’s Floral Design and Wells Fargo. Five thousand roses made the rounds by 1:30 p.m.

Gurli Molitor went to the bank at Stateline that morning as one of her errands and left with an unexpected withdrawal of sorts in yellow, lavender, red and peach.

Molitor, who lives on Kingsbury Grade, said she planned on giving away the flowers in a bouquet to her neighbors. Like others who received the gifts, Molitor said she believes many people don’t know their neighbors and probably should because there are times when they need each other.

She recalled how her neighbors helped each other pack their vehicles when the Gondola Fire was bearing down on her neighborhood in 2002. The area was evacuated as a precaution.

Home ownership seems to contribute to knowing the neighbors.

“If they rent, I don’t know them,” she said.

Agreeing was Jeff Hoag, the Wells Fargo employee who handed out roses.

“It’s too bad people don’t own more (of their homes). We need to create a community, and the community needs to come together other than arguing about the (disbanded Tourism Promotion Business Improvement District) and potholes,” he said. “That’s where I think this event is good. It makes the day brighter – even if you may be having a bad day. Not every day is full of diamonds. Most people have been real supportive of it.”

The spirit of giving was all around Wednesday. Someone gave Hoag a flower, while another person handed teller Amie McLey a yellow rose.

Living in a 24-hour town where about three-quarters of the citizens are second homeowners presents its own interesting aspects of being neighborly. Many people cited watching over someone’s house as a sign of being neighborly.

McLey said she hardly sees her neighbors because she works days and many of them go to the casinos at night.

Sharon Buckley, who runs Blake’s, stressed the flowers don’t have to be handed out to neighbors.

Anthony Davis came into Blake’s with his coworker Tracy Dill to pick up flowers intended for their colleagues at Kahle Community Center. The gregarious Davis thought the gesture served as outreach.

“This is a good way to open the door to your neighbors,” he said.

Davis touted Dill’s ability to cultivate a good neighbor – refreshments.

“You have those block parties,” he said.

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