Armstrong reviews future of yard waste program

In the last five years of the free spring pruning and yard waste pickup program, numbers have dropped

Declining numbers in its spring cleanup program has the City of Armstrong contemplating its future.

In the last five years of the free spring pruning and yard waste pickup program, numbers have dropped.

The lone exception was in 2015, where 31,115 kilograms of waste was collected in 41 loads.

That was up from 31 loads and 22,805 kgs collected in 2014.

“I’d like to direct staff to look at the spring cleanup and do an analysis,” said Coun. Lance McGregor.

“It looks like the usage is going down. It’s time to see whether we should still be providing this service.”

In 2017, there were 19 loads of waste picked up weighing 16,730 kilograms.

That’s down from 26 loads and 20,760 kilograms in 2016.

The Irish are coming

A trio that took care of Armstrong’s Rathfriland, Northern Ireland sister city group during a trip overseas in October is coming to the North Okanagan.

Andy Peters, one of the driving forces of Rathfriland’s Regeneration Committee, will be coming to Western Canada this summer along with two members of Rathfriland’s Annaclone Historical Society.

“They will be here for the July 1 long weekend,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

“They are flying to Vancouver, will spend a few days there, then they’ll be here for a week before heading to Calgary for a few days and flying home from there.”

The common denominator between Armstrong and Rathfriland is Catherine O’Hare Schubert, a native of Ballybrick (in Annaclone) before moving to live in Rathfriland as a child.

Schubert was the first European woman to enter British Columbia overland from eastern Canada. She settled in Armstrong, where she died in 1918.