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News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you live on Tews Lane or Medwin Drive in Greensville, it helps if you have a sense of humour. If not, you soon develop one.

Fortunately, Jonathan and Shelley Boyes don't always take life too seriously. Last Wednesday, they awoke early and were surprised to spot a sign at the end of their driveway. Upon closer inspection, they found a whimsical message on it about Jonathan's 40th birthday, something that suggested that Shelley might be interested in trading her husband in for a younger model.

The couple shared a good laugh and decided to leave the sign up for a couple of days. There was no doubt in their minds about who had planted it. Their neighbour, Ted VanEgdom, is known for being a bit of a practical joker and they're quite sure he also phoned the Review with a request to come out and photograph the sign. Jonathan had no reservations about posing beside the sign. Apparently, pranks like this aren't uncommon in the neighbourhood.

A little over a year ago, Shelley celebrated her 40th birthday and a huge wooden sign with many coloured lights flashing "40" mysteriously appeared on her lawn. Then there was the time that the neighbours across the road went on vacation and a For Sale sign sprang up on their lawn. Phone calls from interested buyers greeted the neighbours when they arrived home.

The same neighbours are very meticulous about their property, Shelley explained. One Christmas, they spent a lot of time perfecting their decorative lights, but were surprised to later discover that the lights were blinking off and on for no apparent reason. The Boyes had surreptitiously added flashers to their outdoor tree lights.

The gesture was repaid when the Boyes returned home one fall day to find their trees and yard decorated in an Easter theme. "I love that kind of thing. It doesn't bother me at all," Shelley confided.

VanEgdom has also been the target of a neighbourhood prank. A die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan, he returned home one winter's night to find his whole house decorated with Philadelphia Flyer paraphernalia.

While recounting stories of the neighbourhood hi-jinks, Shelley suddenly remembered something very important.

"Oh yes, it's Ted's birthday next Tuesday," she said. "He had better beware."

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News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you live on Tews Lane or Medwin Drive in Greensville, it helps if you have a sense of humour. If not, you soon develop one.

Fortunately, Jonathan and Shelley Boyes don't always take life too seriously. Last Wednesday, they awoke early and were surprised to spot a sign at the end of their driveway. Upon closer inspection, they found a whimsical message on it about Jonathan's 40th birthday, something that suggested that Shelley might be interested in trading her husband in for a younger model.

The couple shared a good laugh and decided to leave the sign up for a couple of days. There was no doubt in their minds about who had planted it. Their neighbour, Ted VanEgdom, is known for being a bit of a practical joker and they're quite sure he also phoned the Review with a request to come out and photograph the sign. Jonathan had no reservations about posing beside the sign. Apparently, pranks like this aren't uncommon in the neighbourhood.

A little over a year ago, Shelley celebrated her 40th birthday and a huge wooden sign with many coloured lights flashing "40" mysteriously appeared on her lawn. Then there was the time that the neighbours across the road went on vacation and a For Sale sign sprang up on their lawn. Phone calls from interested buyers greeted the neighbours when they arrived home.

The same neighbours are very meticulous about their property, Shelley explained. One Christmas, they spent a lot of time perfecting their decorative lights, but were surprised to later discover that the lights were blinking off and on for no apparent reason. The Boyes had surreptitiously added flashers to their outdoor tree lights.

The gesture was repaid when the Boyes returned home one fall day to find their trees and yard decorated in an Easter theme. "I love that kind of thing. It doesn't bother me at all," Shelley confided.

VanEgdom has also been the target of a neighbourhood prank. A die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan, he returned home one winter's night to find his whole house decorated with Philadelphia Flyer paraphernalia.

While recounting stories of the neighbourhood hi-jinks, Shelley suddenly remembered something very important.

"Oh yes, it's Ted's birthday next Tuesday," she said. "He had better beware."

Gotcha!

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you live on Tews Lane or Medwin Drive in Greensville, it helps if you have a sense of humour. If not, you soon develop one.

Fortunately, Jonathan and Shelley Boyes don't always take life too seriously. Last Wednesday, they awoke early and were surprised to spot a sign at the end of their driveway. Upon closer inspection, they found a whimsical message on it about Jonathan's 40th birthday, something that suggested that Shelley might be interested in trading her husband in for a younger model.

The couple shared a good laugh and decided to leave the sign up for a couple of days. There was no doubt in their minds about who had planted it. Their neighbour, Ted VanEgdom, is known for being a bit of a practical joker and they're quite sure he also phoned the Review with a request to come out and photograph the sign. Jonathan had no reservations about posing beside the sign. Apparently, pranks like this aren't uncommon in the neighbourhood.

A little over a year ago, Shelley celebrated her 40th birthday and a huge wooden sign with many coloured lights flashing "40" mysteriously appeared on her lawn. Then there was the time that the neighbours across the road went on vacation and a For Sale sign sprang up on their lawn. Phone calls from interested buyers greeted the neighbours when they arrived home.

The same neighbours are very meticulous about their property, Shelley explained. One Christmas, they spent a lot of time perfecting their decorative lights, but were surprised to later discover that the lights were blinking off and on for no apparent reason. The Boyes had surreptitiously added flashers to their outdoor tree lights.

The gesture was repaid when the Boyes returned home one fall day to find their trees and yard decorated in an Easter theme. "I love that kind of thing. It doesn't bother me at all," Shelley confided.

VanEgdom has also been the target of a neighbourhood prank. A die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan, he returned home one winter's night to find his whole house decorated with Philadelphia Flyer paraphernalia.

While recounting stories of the neighbourhood hi-jinks, Shelley suddenly remembered something very important.

"Oh yes, it's Ted's birthday next Tuesday," she said. "He had better beware."