Lethbridge Minute: Truck Names, Recovery Community, and an Emergency Preparedness Update
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- The Community Safety Standing Policy Committee will meet on Thursday at 1:30 pm to receive an Emergency Preparedness Update. The update also includes information about the annual hazard season and preparations for fires and floods. The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) provides a comprehensive hazard report each February to municipalities and relevant partners to promote preparedness within communities for the upcoming season, which includes both expected and unexpected hazards.
- Applications are open for a citizens’ exchange program for Lethbridgians aged 55 and older. The City of Lethbridge and Borough of Saint-Laurent, in Quebec, are twin cities and have had a formal partnership since 1967. Knowledge of French isn’t required and travel costs, as well as some planned activities, are covered by the municipalities. Travel will take place from August 30th to September 4th. Interested seniors can apply online.
- Target Hunger Lethbridge is looking for volunteers for a food drive in June. Yellow bags will be distributed to homes throughout the city, and residents are encouraged to fill them with non-perishable food items. Volunteers will be assigned a route to collect the bags, and must have a vehicle and be able to sort the food after it has been collected. The goal is to collect 50,000 pounds of food. Volunteers can sign up on the Target Hunger Lethbridge website.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
Whoop-Up Days announced free admission in 2023 so that everyone who wants to attend will be able to join in on the fun and excitement. It’s the first time the festival has offered free gate admission. Whoop-Up Days will take place from August 22nd to 26th and will include the Lethbridge and District Pro Rodeo, a parade, the midway, live music, food trucks and beer gardens, and a new dog show. This year’s festival will incorporate the new, 268,000 square foot Agri-Food Hub & Trade Centres.
- The City unveiled new names for its garbage, recycling, and organics collection trucks. The City offered local elementary school students a chance to name the trucks through a contest back in March. Students and staff from Our Lady of the Assumption school got to see one of the trucks in action and hear about all of the steps in the collection process after a grade 1 student had the name The Bin-Credible Hulk chosen from amongst the entries. Other winning names include Dumpenstein, Recyclesaurus Rex, Binderella, and Professor Organical. Our suggestion, "Stop Throwing Away Our Money", was rejected...
- Construction on the Lethbridge Recovery Community has been completed, a couple of weeks shy of the first anniversary of breaking ground. The new facility, which will provide addiction treatment services, has 50 beds and is expected to begin accepting clients in the coming months, once it is clinically ready. The community will be run by Fresh Start Recovery Centre, an organization with extensive experience in providing addiction treatment in Calgary and Lethbridge.
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