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Trying out the tools of the trade

first_imgAfter two rain delays, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s summer students finally got the chance Wednesday to test out the tractors and tools they’ll be using on the job.McGrail Farm Equipment staff put the student workers from the parks and horticulture department through different scenarios using some of the equipment related to their jobs with the municipality.These tasks included using a compact tractor to scoop up mulch and place it back down on the opposite side of the pile, driving a crossover utility vehicle through an obstacle course and learning how different handheld tools work.The training is for both new summer workers and those who worked during previous summers, said Deb Veccia, supervisor of Chatham parks and horticulture.“Every year, it’s a good refresher for the students to go through the skills and techniques that they need to know when they’re out in the parks systems,” she said.Mulching, weed pulling, and tree and shrub trimming are some of the jobs the students will have this year, she said.Most of the students usually start May 1 and work until close to Labour Day, said Veccia. Training was originally scheduled for May 1, but it and the rain date of May 7 both got rained out.Veccia said some of the summer students had started working in parks across Chatham-Kent ahead of the training, while others haven’t started just yet.The municipality has been working with McGrail since 2012.“We didn’t have the land that they have here to do some of the tractor work that we’d like them to learn,” said Veccia. “They had the equipment right on site and they had the staff that are fully trained and versed in how to use the equipment, and we felt it was a good partnership.”Dan Richards, a sales representative at McGrail, said the company provides the service free of charge.The training stations have been tweaked over the past eight years, he said.“We have some of our students who have helped with the organization over the years and they look at it from the same perspective of the summer students from Chatham-Kent who are getting trained,” he said.“The push has been to give them something that simulates some of the experiences that they’ll have in their workplace.”Laura Polowick, who has worked in horticulture for three summers, said the training sessions have helped “a good amount.”“I didn’t know how to use … the hedge trimmer, the blower, all that kind of stuff,” she said. “You just get to refresh your memory and your skills on trimming the hedges.”Polowick, who is entering teacher’s college after graduating from Western University this year, said while she doesn’t use the tractors on her job, it is still “a good thing to know for the future.”Working for the municipality has led her to meet new people and make connections, she said.“It’s been really good just to allow me to open up and be a part of the municipality,” said Polowick. “It’s good to be an add to the community (and) set an example for other people.”The municipality is employing about 35 summer students for parks and horticultural work this summer, according to Veccia.last_img read more

More Walt Disney World Discounts Released

first_imgDisney’s Contemporary ResortDisney’s Polynesian Village ResortDisney’s Wilderness Lodge10% off Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios Only10% off Disney’s All-Star Movies ResortDisney’s All-Star Music ResortDisney’s All-Star Sports ResortDisney’s Pop Century ResortDisney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only10% off Deluxe ResortsDiscount Moderate ResortsDiscount Animal Kingdom Lodge (Deluxe resorts)$3,171 and up All-Star Resort (Value resorts, in this case probably Sports and Music, not Movies)$2,215 and up Magical Room and Ticket Package DiscountBook between now and April 11. For Walt Disney World trips that start on most nights between:January 3 and February 14, 2019February 24 and March 7, 2019March 24 and April 11, 2019This package includes 4-night base tickets.Sample prices for a family of 2 adults, 1 child aged 10-17, and 1 child ages 3-9, staying in a standard-view room: Value ResortsDiscount Deluxe Villas (Disney’s Vacation Club Resorts)Discount Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French QuarterDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside10% off The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortDisney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs Resort15% off ResortsCost Other resorts and ticket options may be available. The following resorts and room types are excluded from this offer:Fort Wilderness campsites3-bedroom villasThe Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaBay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary ResortCabins at Copper Creek VillasCabins at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeLittle Mermaid Standard Rooms at Art of Animation ResortBungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.Do any of these deals strike your fancy, or are you still a free dining fan? Let us know in the comments. Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeCopper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo HouseDisney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani VillageDisney’s Beach Club VillasDisney’s Boardwalk VillasDisney’s Old Key West ResortDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa20% off Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeDisney’s Beach Club ResortDisney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney’s Yacht Club Resort20% off Coronado Springs (Moderate resorts)$2,468 and up Saratoga Springs (Deluxe Villa resorts)$3,191 and up Share This!Walt Disney World announced two more discount offers today, following up on yesterday’s surprising “Free Dining” promotion.These deals run through mid-April 2019. These discounts cover many of the same dates and resorts, and they’re on top of existing 15-25% room-only discounts that were announced on September 26, 2018.Because there are so many overlapping discounts, it’ll take a call to Disney (or some research on Disney’s website) to figure out which one is best for your family.You can save time (and money) by asking a travel agent to do this research for you. The folks at Small World Vacations sent us news of this offer first – click here to get a quote from Small World Vacations for these offers.New Year, New Magical Experiences DiscountBook between now and April 27. For Walt Disney World trips that start between:Sunday through Thursday nights between January 3 and February 16, 2019 (some dates are excluded)Most nights between February 17 and April 27, 2019Sample discounts off of rack rate are:last_img read more