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Spreading out the joys of the fruit harvest season

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Lethbridge Sun Times

The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association’s fruit rescue program is still looking for volunteer pickers and landowners with excess fruit as the busy fruit-picking season gets underway.
This year the fruit rescue program will be holding several picking and juicing events throughout the city instead of its customary AppleFest.
“Typically, what we have done the last seven years is have a one-day celebration as AppleFest,” says Mandy Sandbach, president of the LSLA. “People can bring their apples to that event, and we have the juice and the press set up. What we have identified with this new mobility we have with the commercial press, we can go to different parts of the community and collaborate with people in the community and actually do an event there. So we are actually spreading things out, and we are not doing just a one festival — we’re doing multiple events within the city.”
For more information on how to volunteer or get your fruit trees picked, visit the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association’s fruit rescue page on Facebook. The LSLA’s first free juicing event was held at the Labour Day Family Picnic on Monday in Kinsmen Park.
Name for science facility
The Destination has been reached.
Known as the Destination Project through its announcement and construction phases, the University of Lethbridge’s new $280-million science facility set to open to students has an official name: Science Commons.
The name was selected to reflect that the building brings together eight different departments in “an environment that stimulates collaboration and brings a multidisciplinary approach to solving the complex problems of today,” U of L officials said in a news release Friday.
“The main idea behind using the word “commons” was to reflect the fact that this building is inviting, not to only our scientists, but to everyone across campus from all faculties, as well as the entire community in Lethbridge and southern Alberta,” said Matthew Letts, interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, in the release.
Science Commons will bring together faculty and students from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, neuroscience, physics and astronomy and psychology. Students will be able to work alongside world-renowned researchers, supported by state-of-the-art spaces, equipment and resources.
Science Commons also features dedicated spaces that allow the U of L to double its capacity for science outreach with schools, through science camps and clubs, and the community at large, through lifelong learning and meeting places, Letts says.
Accused paintball shooter in custody
A Lethbridge man charged in connection to a drive-by paintball shooting last weekend at the supervised consumption site remains in custody while he waits for Legal Aid to appoint him a lawyer.
Jesse John James Bulman appeared in Lethbridge provincial court Friday where he was scheduled for a bail hearing. However, a lawyer which Legal Aid had requested to represent the accused rejected the appointment, and Bulman opted to postpone his bail hearing until he had a lawyer and was better prepared to argue why he should be released.
“I don’t want to blow my chances so I better put it off,” he told the judge.
Duty counsel, who represented Bulman Friday, told court the Crown is opposed to his release, and the matter was adjourned to Wednesday.
The 29-year-old accused, who appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, is charged with three counts of assault with a weapon and one count each of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and mischief to property.
Funny money passed in city
Lethbridge Police are investigating more than a dozen incidents during the past two months where they say counterfeit $100 bills have been passed or attempted to have been passed at local businesses.
“Since the beginning of July there has been an increase in counterfeit $100 Canadian bills being circulated in the city,” LPS officials said in a release Thursday.
“The reproductions have typically been poor and many include the holographic strip from lower denominations — primarily $5s — in place of the proper $100 strip. The bills have been offered by multiple subjects at convenience stores, big box stores, coffee shops and other businesses.”
LPS say that business owners and their employees are advised to carefully examine all bills before accepting them.
Businesses who have received a counterfeit bill or anyone with information about these incidents, is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
Bountiful Foodgrains harvest
The Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project had sunny skies on Thursday and plenty of willing hands to bring in its annual barley harvest to benefit the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
“We have some awesome weather and a great crowd out to witness the harvest,” said Growing Project co-ordinator Larry Penner. “We have a quarter section of barley we are harvesting today. We’ve chosen barley specifically for the purpose so we can get our neighbours in the region involved. This is a large dairy, feedyard location; so many of our clients who have bought the grain coming off our field today are local ag producers.”
The CLCGP took bids of $177,000 during the Mennonite Central Committee sale in June, and Penner hoped to realize almost all of that with the amount and quality of the product coming off the field Thursday. This year’s total adds to the $1.48 million already raised by the project since its inception, he said.
Andre Visscher, southern Alberta regional co-ordinator for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, said he couldn’t thank all the volunteers and contributing companies enough for doing their part throughout the crop year culminating in a wonderful harvest and a fantastic donation to his organization.
That $177,000 will be matched four to one by the federal government, making the total impact of this year’s growing project about $700,000 in real dollars, he said.
Parklets expand downtown public seating
The City of Lethbridge and the Heart of Our City Committee are teaming up to bring parklets to downtown Lethbridge.
“The parklet is this idea that we would use a parking stall for a public-seating area to increase vibrancy downtown,” explains Andrew Malcolm, urban revitalization manager with the City of Lethbridge. “It is an idea that started in the United States and spread across North America. The closest example would be Fernie, where there are 10 or 12 on one street where the businesses are really able to spill out into the public realm and create an opportunity for public vibrancy. So we are going to test it out.”
The mobile platforms or delineated spaces convert existing parking stalls into extensions of the business they are in front of, creating a patio effect and providing enough outdoor seating and tables for 10-12 individuals. The business can either finance the parklet for themselves and apply for a Heart of Our City grant to offset their costs, or the City will provide one for a business if requested.
No matter which option a business opts for, the City will eat the cost of the $300 permit for them, says Malcolm, to incentivize their use.

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