The springtime food drive conducted by Helping Hands and their partners is split into two halves this year. The east and central parts of the community are coming up pretty quickly, on April 10, with the western half taking place May 15. Communities included in the first round on April 10 include GlenEagles, the East End, downtown, Glenbow, Riverview and Greystone. Leave in-date non-perishable food donations on your doorstep before 10 a.m., and volunteers will be by to collect them. Monetary donations to both the Helping Hands volunteer society and the Activettes’ food bank can be made online as well.
Street sweeping on the high-traffic streets has begun. Residential street cleaning should begin either late this month or the beginning of May. The town asks that drivers use extra caution around sweeper trucks: give them room, be smart when passing, and look out for staff hand-sweeping the sides of the road as well.
A fire ban was authorized for the Town of Cochrane on April 1 and remained in effect as of press time. The ban came the same day the county grappled with a number of grass fires in the region. The ban remained in effect as of press time, although that has the potential to change quickly. The town says the ban would remain in effect until a “green up” has occurred, which one provincial authority defines as “The appropriate time during the first half of the fire season in which hardwood trees and/or understory vegetation (e.g. grasses, herbs, shrubs) have more or less completed their flushing of new growth.” The fire ban status for the townsite is available at Cochrane.ca or by calling the main town line at 403-851-2500.
Once again this spring Cochranites can collect free compost generated from the organics waste program. There are two dates scheduled for this spring: May 1 and May 15 (both Saturdays) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. It’s going to happen at the overflow parking lot at the top of the RancheHouse road, and bring a shovel from home.