Friday, September 21, 2018



Downtown Businesses Invaded – By Curious Schoolchildren

StephenVance 270Like many shops and offices in the downtown area, our office was invaded on Tuesday – invaded by throngs of children from SVE school who were getting a tour of local businesses to discover what they do and how they do it.

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Blue Box Blues Should be a Problem For Manufacturers to Solve

StephenVance 270We've been hearing more and more about the challenges of dealing with waste disposal and particularly recycling programs, and in the years to come, we'll be hearing much more on the topic. And while over the past few decades the onus has been placed upon consumers to separate household waste into trash, recyclables, and in some communities, compostables, the real solution to our trash troubles is in the hands of manufacturers.

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Council Gets it Right on Community Grant Process

StephenVance 540Over the years I have badgered this current council as well as the previous council for their messy handling of the annual community grant program, so it's only fair to dedicate some ink when they finally get it right.

In previous years I have highlighted council's seeming inability to follow rules – their own rules, which they put in place for the community grant program. Making matters worse, the community grants have been included as an agenda item for a standard council meeting, tacking three hours or more onto a meeting that would have already lasted a few hours.

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Big Community Clean-up Event This Saturday

StephenVance 540Not to tempt the weather gods, but it would seem that the icy grip of winter has finally been released. The snow has vanished save for a nook and cranny here and there, the sun has been shining and daily temperatures have been inching upward, just in time for this weekend's big community clean-up event on Saturday morning.

If the weather forecast is to be believed, we should see sunny skies and warm(ish) temperatures on Saturday, when organizers are anticipating hundreds of community volunteers turning out to help pick up some trash and spruce up this community.

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