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Recycling And A Milestone


The hot topic these days is the City of Leduc’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Program. September 17 marked the implementation of Phase One; the distribution of Organics and Waste Bins to residents getting their curbside collection on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Phase Two; the bin distribution for those areas getting ‘collected’ on the remainder days of the week will begin in early October. 
I hear so many comments about the changes implemented by our City’s management regarding recycling program…I will briefly share my thoughts on how my friends and urban neighbors are reacting to these ‘new’ techniques of waste reduction. Change is scary, and more often than not, good changes are necessary.  If we were to change something for ‘negative’ reasons, we wouldn’t be discussing it! So we have to embrace change, believing that this particular change is for the benefit of our environment, for the immediate and long-term future. So as we believe in protecting our environment, we will have to learn to blue bag. We will deal with those cumbersome organics and waste bins, and we will learn what goes where. We will adapt to change!
I was reminded, and happy to hear- that the City of Leduc has provided several options for the residents to learn how to deal with this change. Besides the Eco-Smart Hotline (780-980-7107) and the Pin-wheel distributed with the new bins, a Smart Phone “App” (application) is available for free download on the City’s website (leduc.ca). It will teach us which of the three options are meant for various household waste items. I think that is fantastic!
Recently, I mistakenly identified some key individuals who were recipients of Leduc’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108 appreciation, so let me correct this here, with my sincere apologies: the Legion’s stand-in manager is Roxanne Hughes, a tireless volunteer who has stepped in until the Legion hires a full-time manager. In the kitchen, Bob Newhook is a talented chef who also shares a great enthusiasm for this Legion Hall.  While Iain Weikl is the newly-elected president, a dynamic and caring individual with great plans for this Leduc Legion, Joy Krueger is also a loyal volunteer who loaned her organizational skills as president to help out. 
I was reminded that we don’t need a membership to partake in the comfy camaraderie, music nights and great food at the Legion. Thursdays and Fridays feature a steak dinner, and yes, memberships are reasonable and gratefully offered, as they are a part of the legion’s operating budget. The last Friday of each month features a dinner and live music (Heartland is the house band now).
KUDOS to a Leduc-based company that just received a unique award. AMR PROCESS Inc., owned and managed by Ashley Robbins, also the outgoing Leduc Regional Chamber president, has received a Small Enterprise Award from Career Edge Organization. She received this award for thinking out-of-the box and hiring young engineers from abroad who are skilled and intend on doing their best while working for a smaller company that can’t offer the wages that big corporations with deep pockets traditionally offer. Puru Kiri, a Chemical  Engineer, born in Shri-Lanka and a Canadian citizen since Grade 2, and Cathy Chang, a chinese native who did her Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada, are two valuable assets to AMR’s global projects.
Sincere CONGRATS to CITY LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER in Leduc, as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary last weekend.  Its founders, tireless and spirit-filled visionaries, Pastors Mike and Monica Prescott have led their congregation from five members at their first service to the dynamic and large church family that it is today. They celebrated with a touching service in a packed Maclab Theatre on Sunday morning, followed by an evening dinner and dance (yes, a dance!) at the Fantasyland Hotel, where families and single church members kicked up their heels to celebrate this impressive milestone. As Janet Little, a 7-year City Life Church member shared: “It doesn’t matter what you are and where you came from, you are always welcome at City Life; we will be your family!”
Best wishes to my young neighbors who are flying away this week to get hitched in Mexico, in front of some 75 friends and family members (!!), and who will be returning as MATT & NAT JOYCE: after a sun-filled honeymoon, they will settle into wedded bliss in their newly-renovated historic home in South Telford. 
I am grateful for your friendly notes! You can find me at dominique@pipestoneflyer.ca. Enjoy the magnificent fall colours and mild weather!  

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