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Steelworker donations in 2020 total $233K

Sault Ste. Marie and area United Steelworkers locals donated $232,576 to various charities in 2020. Among the charities to benefit are Algoma District School Board’s and Huron Superior Catholic Board’s breakfast programs, ARCH, Pauline’s Place, Royal Canadian Legion, Sault Area Hospital, Soup Kitchen, The Twinkie Foundation, St. Vincent Place and Women in Crisis, says a media release. USW also offered members eight courses despite the pandemic in 2020. The courses included stewards training, financial officers training, mental health (offered through Prevention Link) and Unionism on Turtle Island. The eight does not include union orientation courses presented by the locals at various workplaces. District 6 co-ordinator Marc Ayotte says in the release, “Going forward, in addition to serving our members, the Steelworkers will continue to help local charities and organizations in the community. Serving our members involves more than just their jobs. It also involves trying to improve things that affect the day to day lives of our members and their loved ones.” From a media release

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Landfill, hazardous waste depot open

The current Ontario-wide lockdown hasn’t affected Sault Ste. Marie waste and recycling collection, nor will it halt normal spring operations. The city’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot has opened for the season Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., says a media release from the Public Works and Engineering Department. Items such as paint, varnishes, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze, propane cylinders and electronics are accepted. For a complete list of acceptable waste visit www.saultstemarie.ca/hhw. All services provided by the Hazardous Waste Depot are free of charge to Algoma District residents and no gate fee is charged. The landfill at 402 Fifth Line East is open for the season. Hours are Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A gate fee of $11 applies to all loads. Visit www.saultstemarie.ca/landfill for more information. Security will be on-site enforcing social distancing and public health recommendations including mandatory mask wearing, for the safety of staff and visitors. Expect vehicle lineups as space at drop-off bins is being limited, the release says. Leaf and yard waste begins Monday, May 3 for Collection A and Monday, May 10 for Collection B. To view the Leaf and Yard Waste Collection calendar visit www.saultstemarie.ca/collectioncalendar. From a media release

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What can you plant in early spring?

It is such an early spring, with beautifully mild weather, that everyone is itching to plant. A word of caution though: be sure your soil has dried up enough to be workable before thinking about getting your hands in the dirt. If your vegetable garden is dry enough, add compost to get the area ready for planting. We are going to still see frost and maybe even some snow. It is just too early to put tender plants and seeds into the garden, so focus on cold hardy crops. I always get questions about planting strawberries and asparagus. Since both crops are hardy perennials, and will be a permanent part of your garden, take time to plan before planting. Planting a row of asparagus is an investment in the future. You will be starting with bare root crowns that will send up thin, wispy stocks for several years. It is especially important that you give the plants lots of time to get established. Be patient. You won’t be harvesting until stocks are the diameter of your baby finger. This can take up to three years. Planting from seed will take even longer. Plan a spot for your asparagus patch at the back of your bed or along a fence in a nice sunny spot. By mid-summer, the foliage can reach 5 feet tall. I have two rows planted at the back of my raised bed. The feathery foliage makes a beautiful backdrop for the rest of the garden. You can also establish an asparagus patch along a property line to define space. The tall foliage will give you a bit of privacy from the end of June to late fall. Here are some guidelines for planting: • Plant crowns deeply to protect them from the cultivation needed for annual weed control. • Dig a trench of about 12 to 18 inches wide and six to eight inches deep. If digging more than one trench, space the trenches at least three feet apart. • Work an inch of compost or composted manure into the bottom of the trench. • Soak the crowns briefly in lukewarm water before planting. • Make a two-inch-high ridge of soil along the center of the trench and place the asparagus crowns on top of the mound, spreading their roots out evenly. • Within the trench, space asparagus crowns 12 to 18 inches apart (measured from root tip to root tip). • Once you have spaced out the crowns, add two inches of soil, firm well to get rid of air pockets and gently water the trench. • As the stocks shoot up, slowly add more soil, two inches at a time, until the trench is filled in. • Plan to top dress your asparagus patch each year with an extra inch or two of compost. Hardy strawberry plants can also be planted in early spring. Choose a sunny area with well-drained soil for your strawberry patch. If your soil is heavy clay, a raised bed is the best option. Being a low crop, plan an area at the front of the garden or along the side of a building. Follow these guidelines for success: • Work compost into the soil in preparation for planting the strawberries. • Trim the bare roots of the strawberry plants to six inches with sharp scissors right before planting. • Dig a hole for the strawberry plants deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots without crowding. • Cover the strawberry roots with soil, leaving the crown exposed. A crown covered with soil will rot, damaging the plant. • Space the strawberry plants at least 14 inches apart. Leave at least two feet between rows of strawberries. • Water the bare-root strawberries immediately after planting. Keep the plants moist throughout the growing season.

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SAHF 5 Car Draw returns with new options

Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s annual 5 Car Draw, after its cancellation in 2020, returns this year with online ticket sales. Supporters will be able to buy tickets online from anywhere in Ontario, says a media release from the hospital foundation. The procedure is similar to what works in the successful SAHF 50/50 monthly draws – tickets will be instantly delivered by email. SAHF hopes to return to physical ticket sales locations throughout May and June once the provincial state of emergency passes. The foundation will announce those locations on the website www.5car.ca , the release says. In-person sales will be via debit or credit cards only. This year’s draw will include more options for grand prize winners. SAHF introduced a cash option in 2019, when the foundation set a personal best in ticket sales, and all five winners chose cash. This year each grand prize winner will have three options: chose Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2 or a cash prize, the release says. Other changes include: • New bulk pricing on tickets – one ticket is still just $25 – but now purchasers can get three tickets for $65 or five tickets for $100. • A $10,000 early bird prize – drawing on Tuesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. (just after Mother’s Day). Lessons from 2020 went into the planning of this year’s draw “to make it the biggest (and, hopefully, most successful) yet,” says the release. Tickets for 5 Car Draw are on sale at www.5car.ca. SAHF encourages the community to use the online ticket sales option to purchase safely while still having a chance at the $10,000 early bird prize. “If you know someone that isn’t online but might like to purchase a ticket, and you can help them navigate the online feature, please do so. We want to make sure everyone that wants to support and participate can,” says Teresa Martone, executive director, SAHF. Full details on the draw, important dates, prizes and more can all be found on the www.5car.ca website. The grand prize draw will be held on Saturday, June 26, at 7 p.m. • GRAND PRIZE 1: Choice of 2021 Honda Civic Sedan Touring ($35,364.70 MSRP) supplied by Great Lakes Honda; 2021 Hyundai Tucson Preferred AWD ($39,396.51 MSRP) supplied by World Cars Hyundai; $25,000 cash. • GRAND PRIZE 2: Choice of 2021 Chevy Terrain 1.5L Turbo SLE AWD ($41,350.00 MSRP) supplied by Prouse Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; 2021 Toyota Rav4 XLE Hybrid ($42,981.60 MSRP) supplied by Northside Toyota; $30,000 cash. • GRAND PRIZE 3: Choice of 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.5L Preferred AWD ($44,707.51 MSRP) supplied by World Cars Hyundai; 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend 4×4 ($45,972.92 MSRP) supplied by Maitland Ford Lincoln; $35,000 CASH • GRAND PRIZE 4: Choice of 2021 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab ZR2 Short Box ($61,034.69 MSRP) supplied by Prouse Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; 2021 Honda Passport Touring ($59,954.77 MSRP) supplied by Great Lakes Honda; $50,000 cash. GRAND PRIZE 5: Choice of 2021 Toyota 4Runner Venture Ed. ($66,802.00 MSRP) supplied by Northside Toyota; 2021 Ford F150 XLT Supercrew ($67,798.87 MSRP) supplied by Maitland Ford Lincoln; $55,000 cash. Just 45,000 tickets are available. Funds raised will go toward purchase of a new MRI to replace the equipment purchased when Sault Area Hospital’s Great Northern Road site opened, the release says. Estimated cost of the MRI is $3.4 million. “This 5 Car Draw won’t cover the whole cost of a new MRI, but it’s going to give us a solid start to a multi-year fundraising effort. You aren’t just buying your 5 Car Draw ticket; you are helping keep that essential service available at our local hospital,” says Martone.

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