Striking A Balance – fundraisers and clean ups

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Lori Byers (center) helps Yvette May (left) and Janice Maurice choose appropriate plants for their planters at the Container Planting Workshop.

Lori Byers (center) helps Yvette May (left) and Janice Maurice choose appropriate plants for their planters at the Container Planting Workshop.

Fitness Room Made Safer

A couple of years ago the Village of Clinton created a fitness room in an unused part of the Municipal Office Building. In 2014 it was recognized that the carpeted floor was not the best for exercising on.

Village Staff did some research and found a grant that could cover 50 per cent of the cost of a new 10 mm thick rubber floor (low impact flooring) that meets liability insurance standards for gymnasium floors.

Council approved the grant application to Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC), a not-for-profit society that represents the tire retailers in BC. The society operates and manages the provincial scrap tire-recycling program, which is funded directly by the Advance Disposal Fee on new tire sales from the retailers.

Used rubber tires are recycled into crumb rubber, which are granules of rubber with the steel and fibre removed. This is used to create a variety of products including athletic tracks, synthetic turf fields, playground surfacing, resilient flooring in recreational facilities, flooring and mats for agricultural and industrial use and coloured landscaping mulch.

The Village of Clinton was successful in receiving the grant which covered half of the approximately $8,000 cost for the floor. User fees covered the remainder of the cost.

The new floor and other upgrades were done in April, during which time the fitness room was closed to the public.

The fitness room has been operational for a month now with the new floor and the consensus is that it is much better than the previous floor.

The room is open 24/7 to users as it operates on a key card basis. The fitness room users pay a monthly fee at the Village Office and come and go when it suits them. There is also the option of a one-time drop in fee for visitors.

Container Planting Workshop

On Saturday, May 30 the Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee partnered with the Clinton Home Building Center to hold a Container Planting Workshop.

Participants either brought their own planters or purchased them from the Building Center. Potting soil was donated by the Building Center and Lori Byers (Home Building Center Senior Staff) volunteered to come in on her day off to lead the workshop. A selection of plants was available to purchase and under Lori’s direction pleasing selections were made.

Although attendance was low, those who did attend were rewarded with a colourful arrangement of plants to take home.

Home Hardware is a corporate sponsor of the National Communities in Bloom program.

Mill Girl Follies Presentation

Clinton’s own Mill Girl Follies along with singer/song writer Katie Kidwell are holding a dress rehearsal for residents of Clinton and area.

They will all be representing Clinton, British Columbia and Canada when they travel to Germany in early July. They were invited to participate in a Festival there.

The dress rehearsal will be an expanded version of the show they will present in Germany and is a chance for them to thank area residents for all their much-appreciated financial support for their airfare to and from Germany.

This event is planned for Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall. It is open to everyone and admission is by donation.

Free Disposal Day

Saturday, June 6 is a Free Disposal Day at the Clinton Eco-Depot. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. residents of Clinton and area can bring one load of waste per household for free. One load is considered to be up to an eight-foot full-sized pickup truck box or up to an eight-foot trailer load.

No business or commercial loads will be accepted for free.

Health Auxiliary Yard Sale

The Clinton Health Care Auxiliary will hold their annual yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall. Come and find some treasurers, baking, etc. and help them raise funds for the Clinton and District Health and Wellness Center. They recently funded the recovering of all the chairs in the Health Center waiting room.

Susan Swan