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2016 October Pender Post

Yet another Fall Fair success! We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who submitted an entry in this year's Fall Fair Recycling category and to all who volunteered their time to help out, especially our Recycling category judge, Joseph Montague. Each entry was an inspiring creation showing innovative reuse and repurposing of items that were transformed into something “new”. Young Matthew Pohl's ingenious Magnetic Boots entry won First Prize in the Recycling 12 and under category. Austin Davies won First Prize in the Recycling 13 and over category for his clever yet simple Chair Leg and Pot Stool. The 2016 Karl Hamson Recycling Trophy winner for Best Overall Submission was John Foote with his "Bucky the Child’s Rocking Horse”, constructed with parts reclaimed from a wide range of items. There were many other worthy entries and we encourage everyone to check out the photos on our website Follow the links to the Fall Fair Recycling Entries photo gallery.

The PIRS Board of Directors has a new member, Kari Huhtala, to whom we extend a warm welcome. Thank you, Kari, for volunteering and for helping to protect our environment. Winter Hours are now in effect at the depot: Tuesdays 8am – 3pm, Saturdays 10am – 3pm and Sundays 1 – 4pm. There was an accident at the entrance to the depot in August and we want to remind everyone to please drive slowly and carefully when turning off the main road into our driveway. Beware of large trucks exiting and entering the neighbouring property. On depot property please drive very slowly up the hill and through the depot, both for your safety and for the safety of depot users and staff. If you plan to bring a trailer please phone ahead during open hours at 629-6962 to make arrangements as parking and turning can be an issue during busier times.

Goodbye Lester! We, the depot staff, are faced with bidding farewell to long-time depot worker and friend Lester Quitzau. Les is moving on to more musical ventures after many years of doing just about all the jobs possible at the depot; organizing, sorting, building and fixing things, loading and driving the truck and also serving as manager. Below are a few words from depot staff members which I believe sums up how we feel.

“We will so miss Les’ musical contribution to the depot; you could always tell where the day was headed from the volume of the guitar riffs. It’s the little moments around the depot where the loss of Lester will be most felt. It’s going to be a touch more disorganized while the staff that's left behind learns to fill his (big) shoes. We are so glad that Les is going to have more time to rock out in the community though; hold fast to your passions! Love you Lester, we are wearing your shirt. You can’t have it back. Namaste!” Jenn

“A good man, a great friend and a hard worker – we’ll miss you on so many levels. Keep being the inspiring person you are, and keep living the thoughtful life you and Mae live. Thanks for being you. Rock on. (I’m really going to miss 'Hungarian Wedding Music' at the end of the day.)" Celene

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