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Ron Porter
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Today is garbage day in the bustling metropolis of Beechy. That usually means a slack day, but not today. Someone broke into our treated water reservoir. I can see that they threw a big rock in, but the very fact that they had access means we have to treat the system as contaminated.

Call the police, water security agency, and health department. Get the word out that tap water cannot be consumed in any way and that personal treatment (boiling, filtering, etc) is not possible. Get samples for a wide range of tests. Drain the reservoir, then start filling again to replace and dilute. Arrange for a tank of treated water from Lucky Lake. Deal with about a million questions from understandably concerned residents and businesses.

Some samples may not produce results before the weekend, so.....

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Well, all the tests results were clear. That means everything goes back to normal. The whole thing exposed some weaknesses in our communications plan, so we still have work to do.

One interesting thing was that it was very challenging to get the word out regarding the possible hazard, but the all clear took much less than an hour. Both processes were the same (posters, phone calls, direct visit), but word of mouth was far more effective for the all clear. 
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Spent Friday and Saturday working to repair a major water leak. At least it wasn't -30! 
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I don't have the background to judge the quality of the study, but at least we have something from an unbiased source. 
Health Canada provides advice on the potential health impacts of environmental noise, including that from wind turbines
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A beautiful, windless fall day. Fishing, photo walk, and sitting around reading outside. It's a tough life, but we manage. 
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I'm attending the Prairie Music Residency in Saskatoon this year. The conductor is amazing as is the music he has composed, some of which will see its world premiere at our concerts. The guest soloists are literally in the top few players (and teachers!) in the world.

But there is a problem: the advertising and promotion doesn't seem out of line with similar events, yet last night's recital had only about a dozen people over and above residency participants. There will be a few more this evening by virtue of the fact that we're taking the music to the audience for a free park concert. And tomorrow's formal concert will have an audience mostly of friends and relatives of the players. Is this music really that irrelevant or do we need to find different ways to get people out to try it? 
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+Brett Coulthard I think you are thinking about things the right way--quality over quantity. I can't help thinking that there are, for example, school band students who would eat this stuff up if we could find a way to get them out or go to them.

(also, while no fan of 'the beeb', I have been known to get overexcited at a concert 😉) 
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Looks like Google sent the Street View car a week early. They came through town last week and this week one of the iconic buildings on the main intersection is being torn down. 
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Saw it when I was picking up some grain last week.
They were in Milden last summer & streetview just came on line last week.
Upgraded google earth view to HD as well.
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A beautiful sunset over the ice fishing shacks. It's almost like spring with the creek running. 
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Beechy Fire Department set up a Vehicle Extrication course with one of the top instructors. He's from Langham and his company does contract vehicle and mine rescue. We had 11 students from Beechy, Lucky Lake, Dinsmore, and Kyle. A local wrecker let us use his scrap and yard for the course. 


The first few photos show where we'll be working, some of the cars and equipment we'll use, and the leftovers of the first car we used to learn the tools and techniques. 


Then we have a series showing how we simulate collisions. The instructor has enough experience to guide the machine operator in creating realistic damage. That series ends with the gutted car. 


There is a shot of the end of a 2 vehicle pile up where we did the full extrication in under 20 minutes. 


Finally, there is a shot of how some accidents start (that tie bolted across the wheel wells of a half ton is a makeshift 5th wheel hitch) and a pile of cars representing about half of the vehicles we destroyed. 





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A couple of weeks ago, there was no wind and a desire to have fresh fish for supper. The pike was on the small side, but it was enough to feed two. 
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Well, I try not to calculate the price per pound of the fish I catch. Maybe I would if I caught enough to make it cheaper than just going to the store. 
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True to form, I've changed jobs again. Today is my last day with the Village of Beechy. Monday will be my first day with West Central Road & Rail. It's a small initial drop in pay, but a massive reduction in duties and responsibilities. I will continue to monitor the water supply on a contract basis until they find and certify a replacement. 
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Looking forward to seeing you @ work.
WCRR started off small,
but they are sure moving a lot of grain now.
They are a dynamic outfit.
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This is why caution is required when walking the shore. There is one small, but still deadly chunk ready to come down, a much larger chunk that came down within the last week, and then there are all the nice, round rocks that fall. 
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Spring is sprung.

The crocuses are in bloom, the ice is almost off the lake, and the marina is starting to fill.
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It sure is! 
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I'm married with one son. My wife and I recently moved permanently to our cabin. We're not retired yet, but this is a pretty close second!

I used to work as a programmer (started as a hobby) and have several hobbies: boat-building, fishing, electronics projects, shortwave radio.

I played in the Saskatoon Brass Band from 1986 to 2011. The last several years was on baritone, but I've also played cornet, horn, bass (tuba) and flugelhorn. Now I have to try to replace that with something around here.

I read a couple of hundred books a year: science fiction, mysteries, philosophy, various sciences, history, biographies.

I run 10-12 km each week, swim 6-10 km each week, and row 5-25 km each week as long as there is open water. In the winter, I go snowshoeing and hope to get started with cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
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Public Works Foreman (town maintenance)
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  • Village of Beechy
    Public Works Foreman, 2011 - present
  • Crestline Coach Ltd
    Programmer/Analyst, 2004 - 2011
  • Jadero Enterprises Inc
    Owner/Programmer, 1998 - 2004
  • Today's Technology Marketing Group
    Programmer/WinFrame Admin, 1996 - 1998
  • Heinze Institute
    Instructor/Dept. Head, 1993 - 1996
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