Pipers play to show their appreciation

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Pipers are showing their appreciation for those still working during the pandemic.

Olivia Malcolm got her bagpipes out and played for the staff of Townsend Butchers on May 6.

The 19-year-old Waterford native has been a member of the Paris Port Dover Pipe Band for 10 years.

“It’s to show appreciation,” said Malcolm. “They’re out here risking a lot to help us that aren’t working and I just wanted to show appreciation for it.”

Co-owner of Townsend Butchers, Steve Miedema, said they are grateful to be on the receiving end of the appreciation.

“It feels really, really good,” said Miedema. “It’s a crazy time for us.”

He added their staff members are working 60 plus hours a week to help fill orders while remaining distanced from customers during curbside pickups.

“Little things like this go a long way.”

Miedema extended his gratitude to Malcolm for playing, and their customers for stopping by.

“We’re thankful for every customer,” said Miedema. “We appreciate the positive feedback we’ve been getting and the sheer volume of people that are supporting us.”

Other members of the band have been spotted playing outside of hospitals and nursing homes around the community.

Businesses that would like to show appreciation to their staff by having a piper stop by can reach out to the Paris Port Dover Pipe Band Facebook page for more information.

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