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Help beautify our community

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With the longest days of the year just in front of us, many people are spending long hours during the day or after work in the yard, working hard on numerous home and yard improvement projects.

Beautification of the community is something each and every one of us can and should participate in. We encourage all residents of our community and our neighbours to take pride in home ownership and good community responsibility by working hard, and encouraging others within our communities to be responsible citizens to help create a clean, green, healthy community environment. That’s something we can all be proud to live in and show off to our residents and guests.

A great activity is to, on an annual basis, make a commitment to plant a tree on your property. Kids love to be involved in simple projects like this, and as the years pass by a special memory will always be present in the minds of those who participated in the planting. Another suggestion is to plant a tree or bush as a living memorial of a loved one or favourite pet which has passed away, to keep your memories alive.

Just think if every homeowner in our community planted a tree this year. We would have 1891 new trees planted, and if we made that commitment for five years we would be able to plant close to 10,000 new trees that would be a gift to future generations. What a great legacy for the future.

Every year our council is committed to planting new trees throughout our parks or at the Sunova Centre Recreational site. As you drive along the Perimeter Highway or visit our sites you will see that this commitment is really making a difference in keeping our community beautiful and healthy for current and future generations.

On an annual basis council will budget accordingly and take advantage of any federal, provincial or private agencies that offer special grants funds or access to trees that we know, when planted today, will help to ensure our community is a beautiful place.

Please also remember to take the time to clean up any unsightly garbage or material that may be collecting on your property. Every year take the time to perform a spring and fall cleanup of unused items. These little cleanups help to keep your yard safe for yourself, your guests and family pets. By removing hazardous flammable debris from your property, you will also help to minimize risk to your home and your neighbours by reducing fire hazards.

Community recycling in our community and other communities remains a very popular option we always encourage our residents to recycle wherever and whenever possible.

The province has many programs available for handling various items, including household electronics, which can be safely disposed of by participating in these programs.

West St. Paul council is in the process of developing a long-term community beautification strategy, however each and every one of us can start today by taking the time to individually take pride in ownership and be responsible in order that our community remains clean and green for the future.

Remember "Earth Day should be and can be every day."

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