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  • A
    Life Tails Pet Cremation
    Very well. Our pet was care for will the most considerate care. The cost was not bad. I would use them again for any of my animals.
    - Crystal E.
  • A
    BEE HAPPY DAY CARE
    I could not be more pleased with the level of service she provides to me and my children. She helped potty train my son, has taught him his numbers, letters, colors and how to write his name. I feel like he will have a leg up when he starts school because of the effort Barbara Hysell puts forth with him. Everyday he has a designated amount of time to spend on school work before playtime. The structure has helped him not only be excited about learning but realizing that sometimes work comes before play. I can go to work confident that my children are safe, secure and well taken care of. I have never had any problems with her. Compared to other in home daycares I have used she is the BEST. I dont think anyone could pay me enough to switch. On top of her unbelievable quality she is also the least expensive daycare in the area.
    - Sarah T.
  • A
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    When my husband’s mom died, there was an issue about finding a place for everyone to meet for dinner to talk afterwards because so many people were from out of town.  We found out that Baxter Funeral Home has a facility right there.  You go from the service and you walk right over.  You can either have it catered or there are certain things you can provide yourself. You have a lot of options. There are some requirements because of food licensing and safety issues.  We had had a prepaid funeral contract with another funeral home.  We asked if we could have it transferred to Baxter.  The other place gave us such a hard time, it was horrible. When we were asked why we were transferring the service contract, we said it was because we had people coming from out of town and Baxter had the facility.  Baxter never said anything negative about the other funeral home but they helped us work through it.  Baxter was so easy to deal with.  Also, when you are grieving, it is so easy to be talked into a whole bunch of schmuck that you don’t need.  We found that when his mom died and we didn’t have any of that with Baxter.  We absolutely would use them again.
    - Deborah S.
  • A
    People's Food Co-op
    The only heat used applied was hot water to a tomato sauce to make it more like a marinara.  It was absolutely fabulous.  They introduced me to a spiral vegetable cutter which I had never heard of.    You put your zucchini, your butternut squash or even a cucumber in it and you twirl it.  It comes out like spaghetti.  It’s like pasta but it is raw vegetables.  It is a way to get children to love their veggies.  The classes were very economical and it is all hands-on.  And then you get samples.  It was cheap, nutritious, and fun.  The gal who led the class was Sarah Kozinski and she made sure everyone could see and hear and had an opportunity to do hands-on.  I have missed a couple classes but I’ll go back.
    - Deborah S.
  • A
    Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home
    They work professionally.  They are straight up.  They listen and interact with you.  Their funeral is brand new.  They got a Golden Retriever who participates in the funeral.  When they setup a funeral, they ask the people if they like dogs.  They would let the dog come in and sit next to them.  He is just part of the funeral if you want him to be. 
    - Rob M.
  • D
    FARLEY-ESTES & DOWDLE FUNERAL
    My father passed in July.  When the funeral home directors came to collect his remains, I informed them that I – as next of kin – should be consulted regarding the arrangements, as opposed to my stepsister.  The following day my husband and I went to the funeral home to finalize arrangements for my father’s services.  The director assigned to us, Andrew Emerson, told us that my stepsister had the authority, through legal documents, to make all the decisions regarding my father’s services.  After having been asked to produce those papers, he consulted with his supervisor and returned with a Durable Power of Attorney appointing my stepsister as my father’s agent.  He told us that his supervisor reviewed the document, and the document did NOT apply to the funeral arrangements.  (The document includes “However, the POA ceases at the moment of the death of the principal.”) All through the discussion regarding the arrangements, Mr. Emerson kept referring to my stepsister.  I told him very clearly that what my stepsister had proposed had no bearing on the matter, and further, that my stepsister’s family should make arrangements for a separate memorial service, because the funeral was to be a quiet remembrance for my father’s biological family and friends.  Mr. Emerson offered to contact my stepsister regarding my wishes, and I accepted. The following day I spoke with Mr. Emerson.  He told me he had contacted my stepsister and that she understood the arrangements were out of her hands, and that my stepsister said her family would be attending the funeral.  I informed Mr. Emerson that attendance was unacceptable, and that I would inform my stepsister personally so that the information would be accurately conveyed.  I left a very clear message on my stepsister’s voicemail that the funeral was for my father’s biological family and friends, and suggested that my stepsister’s family conduct a separate memorial service.  In that way, she could have total control over the arrangements at her services, and there would not be any drama at my father’s funeral.  I know my stepsister received the information, because her niece commented on the matter to my son via Facebook. When the pastor I selected as officiate came to visit, he told me he had visited with my stepsister regarding the services.  Why my stepsister was informed of my choice of officiate is beyond my understanding.  Throughout our conversation, it became clear that my stepsister had given him information regarding the relationship between her and me that was irrelevant to the situation.  In the end, the eulogy revolved around my stepsister’s family, and the pastor stumbled awkwardly over the information I provided to give comfort to my aunts and uncles.  This would not have happened had the funeral home not provided information to my stepsister. When my family and I arrived at the funeral home the day of the services, I found the chapel full of items brought by my stepsister.  I informed Mr. Emerson that most of those items were to be removed.  At that point, Mr. Emerson informed me that my stepsister’s family would be attending the services.  Another employee of the funeral home inserted herself into the conversation and told me I could not pick and choose who could attend the funeral, because I didn’t specify that the services were to be private.  At no point during the planning stage did anyone at the funeral home advise me of the possibility of making the services private!  Next, Mr. Emerson told me three persons would be delivering tributes to my father.  This was the first time I had been informed of this decision. At the end of the services, I had planned to announce that friends and family were welcome to attend a dinner in my father’s honor at a local restaurant.  Because of all the last minute surprises, I was at a loss for how to make the announcement, and there was confusion on the part of the pastor and Mr. Emerson as to who was to make the announcement.  As a result, there were twelve people attending an affair arranged for 40 people.  Due to the circumstances, it was necessary for me to pay as though all 40 were in attendance.  (The restaurant did give me a slight discount due to the lack of attendees.) The appreciation cards provided for mailing after the services referenced only “friends” – nothing about family.  I was not consulted on the selection of sentiments in the card. I believe funeral home put my stepsister’s wishes above mine because the president of the company used to be a neighbor of my stepsister, and his daughter, who also works at the company, was a playmate of my stepsister when she was young.
    - KATHLEEN L.
  • D
    LANGELAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES
    The provider refuses to amend charges and feels there was no "misrepresentation."    They state they charge more from those from some, to offset the "losses" they experience from "financial hardship and Social Welfare situations..."  
    - Norman R.
  • F
    REDMOND FUNERAL HOMES
    There was a dispute over their bad faith, deceptive practices and poor moral conduct after they were paid to provide services when our little boy passed away, but the funeral home owner tried to cover it up by intimidating our family with an ongoing lawsuit. We're under a gag order as to the heinous nature of the conduct, but it's all public record."
    - Theresa H.
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