Fire bans in place: grassfire risk high

Unity News

We are all tired. However, there is no time like the present to get your vaccine when eligible, adhere to necessary pandemic protocols and enjoy the great outdoors when you can. Ultimately, it is up to all of us to continue to do what we can, where we can, when we can in order to stop the spread.

Several area RMs have initiated fire bans so as the saying goes “don’t be flicking idiot,” as cigarettes tossed out windows are a cause of grassfires. Until things green up or we get some moisture, dried debris from last fall is combustible and it takes a concerted effort on all of our parts to prevent fires.

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Bat workshops are complete and enthusiasm has expanded for building bat houses to return the large colony of bats that were enjoying their stay at the Unity arena. Melanie Elliott, bat biologist, has provided great information on the value of these creatures in our community. It is predicted that sometime this May, Elliot will return when the bats do for their release. Arena staff will keep a vigilant eye out so they don’t find a way back into the rink

Sask Waste Reduction Council now has a great database on their website wherein you can enter your community’s name and what you are hoping to recycle and this website will direct you to the nearest location for this purpose. With today being Earth Day, we need to be even more mindful of these options to help save our Earth for ourselves and generations to come.

Unity is fortunate to have multiple recycling options. For instance, in addition to recycling bottles, cans and milk containers, Sarcan accepts household batteries, paint, electronics and even the caps off your beverage containers. There is a gent one block from the rink who accepts multiple items for repurposing or reselling and has a drop-off bin outside his house as well as posters around town describing what he accepts.

Check the Loraas website for a list of what is acceptable in blue bins.

Delta Co-op food store has a recycle bin for plastic grocery bags, and Unity Community Resource Centre has a number of items they take, but they can’t just be dropped off. You will need to check with them for a specified drop-off time as well as what is accepted.

If all else fails, there is always the free-cycle option wherein you can promote free items at a designated location for pickup as you never know what people will be looking for.

Parkview Place staff are keeping their residents happy, active and engaged. The nicer weather has allowed them a little more freedom as they can enjoy their beautiful park and deck space and will soon be getting their garden ready for spring planting.

Vaccinations continue in the community and it was nice to see Prairie Branches folks getting looked after. April 12 it was announced employees in any grocery store with a pharmacy attached will be able to get vaccinated by their local pharmacist. Vaccinations will be our way out of this pandemic, in addition to continued health measures to help protect us, our families and our communities.

Unity Composite High School is holding a virtual career fair April 28 and students will also have an opportunity to select classes for next school year.

Here’s hoping this finds you all safe, healthy and socially distanced. Until next week ...

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