SPRINGHILL: With Christmas in the air and the crackle of snow underfoot a Springhill family made their way to the post office to pick up and mail letters of good cheer and tidings. Amongst their mail, a newly minted parking ticket all the way from Toronto, Ont.
It was not, to say the least, the Christmas message they were expecting.
"We haven't been in Ontario since 2005," Wilma Stewart laughed as she recounted the folly.
The offence, it appeared, was detected Nov. 26, and with just a few days to go before an "impending conviction,' the Stewart's called on the Springhill Police Service - first and foremost - to make sure the ticket was not part of an elaborate fraud and state they had not been in Ontario during the time of the alleged infraction.
"We moved here two and a half years ago from Boulter, Ont., but my husband hasn't been in Toronto near Parkway since 1986."
The matter, the Stewart's said, has since been cleared up but still wonder how their license plate number could have ended up in Ontario like it did. The experience and the hospitality opf the Springhill Police Service has, however, solidified their love for living in Springhill.
"We actually found our home online and bought it unseen," Stewart's daughter Tracy said. "Mom and dad moved first and we followed."
"As long as we're in Springhill we're happy," Mrs. Stewart said.