January brought us a mix of snow, rain, cold and record temperatures. But the highlight of the month was the 50’s and 60’s Dance we held at the end of January. A good crowd attended and all enjoyed a roast beef buffet dinner, fabulous desserts, entertainment and a night of dance. Many thanks to Shelley Tupper and her volunteers for organizing this event.
Winter Tips we can all use!
Neighbourhood Snow Blading Days
The City of Edmonton has a full schedule you can download to find out when neighbourhood blading will take place in your neighbourhood. You can find the address lookup tool or interactive map here:
Neighbourhood blading happens when snow has accumulated on neighbourhood streets. Blade trucks drive the streets, pushing snow to the sides to create safe winter driving conditions.
Some important points are:
- Blading is on the same day of the week all winter in your area.
- Blading will only happen on weekdays, not weekends.
- There is a 24 hour period designated for blading; crews can be on your street any time during the 24 hours designated. Please make sure they have complete access
- During snow events, a city-wide neighbourhood blading program will START (including alleys) after the Arterial and Collector road network has been plowed and is considered to be in safe condition.
- Neighbourhood roads will be bladed to a 5cm snow pack condition (not down to asphalt.
- Neighbourhood blading creates windrows of snow that, as a rule, will not be removed from neighbourhoods. except from school loading zones as required.
- If a street is listed as ‘Completed’ but hasn’t been bladed citizens should call 311.
- Windrows may create a loss of on-street parking for residents.
Snow and ice that remains on sidewalks is hazardous for everyone, but especially for people with limited mobility who may be severely injured from a fall on ice or snow. Uncleared walkways also make it difficult for people who deliver services in our city – mail carriers, meter readers, delivery drivers, firefighters and paramedics. That is why the Community Standards Bylaw requires that you clean the public sidewalks around your property removing all ice and snow. As a courtesy, The City of Edmonton may provide home owners a time frame of 48 hours to clean their sidewalks after a given snowfall, however homeowners cannot let snow or ice accumulate on their sidewalks during continuous snowfalls for multiple days at a time.
Property owners are also responsible for clearing snow from every walk and driveway on or beside a property with buildings normally occupied by people, including derelict buildings.
Here are some shovelling tips from the City of Edmonton
- The best shovels to use have a small blade and ergonomic handle with a gentle curve.
- Push the snow as you shovel; it’s easier on your back than lifting the snow out of the way.
- Don’t pick up too much at once. Use a small shovel, or fill only one-fourth or one-half of a large one.
- Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight. By bending and “sitting” into the movement, you’ll keep your spine upright and less stressed. Your shoulders, torso and thighs can do the work for you.
- Spray the shovel blade with cooking oil if the snow is sticking to it.
- Clearing snow soon after it falls prevents it from being packed down and becoming ice, which is harder to remove.
- Warm weather during the day can make ice soft, so it’s easier to chip or shovel away.
- Spread sand or gravel on icy patches to make your sidewalk safer for pedestrians. Spreading sand on a sidewalk before ice forms can also make future ice easier to remove. Free sand is available at your local Community League.
- Microwaving sand in a microwave-safe container and spreading it while it is still warm can make it more effective. It will embed itself in to the ice, creating a gritty top layer.
- Pile snow in a place where it will not run across your sidewalk when it melts and aim your downspouts away from areas where people walk to keep your sidewalks clear during freeze-thaw cycles. Just remember it is illegal to pile snow on public property (including roads and boulevards).
Immediately Stop Shovelling and Seek Medical Attention If You Experience:
- Discomfort or heaviness in the chest, arms or neck.
- Unusual or prolonged shortness of breath.
- A prolonged dizzy or faint feeling.
- Excessive sweating or nausea and vomiting.
- Excessive back pain.
Remember – you can pick up free sand at the Community League Hall parking lot in the green box near the dumpsters. The city fills this up on a regular basis and it is great for sprinkling on your sidewalks to improve traction.
Remember also that not everyone is physically capable of shovelling their snow. Be a good neighbour – be a friend – be a SNOW ANGEL. Check out the Snow Angels Program for more information regarding this City of Edmonton initiative.
Still on the Search for…Volunteers
One of our executive members has moved from the neighbourhood and leaves behind a vacancy as social director. This is the perfect volunteer job for anyone who has a knack for throwing parties – big and small – and planning great family events like Community League Day.
If you’re interested in helping out, contact anyone on the executive for more information.
And a big thanks to Angela Ebbesen for all her hard work over the past few years. We wish you luck in your new neighbourhood and we know you’ll always be a big part of Kensington.
Newsletter/Social Media Director
An interesting observation: While we were registering participants for Yoga classes and for the Photography course, we heard a few comments about how people hadn’t heard about some of the programs because they didn’t get a newsletter. The reason for that is because we still don’t have a newsletter director. But we still have an audience for the newsletter, apparently, and one that seems to miss it.
Have you given any thought to helping out with the newsletter? Our becoming our social media mogul and contributing to the website? We’re more than happy to arrange training and courses for you in desktop publishing to help out. We have a dedicated core executive who are always willing to help out new members. Give it a thought and give it a try. Please contact any of the executive for more information.
The Future of Soccer in Kensington
As we get closer to spring, members of our executive are already fielding calls about soccer registration in Kensington.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to attract a new soccer director for the neighbourhood and because of that, we are not going to be able to offer a soccer program this year.
Running the soccer program takes a lot of work, a lot of effort and a lot of time. And it’s not an easy job. But they are strategies and help that are available should someone be willing to step up to the director’s position.
For example, students studying for their Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Alberta are always looking for volunteer opportunities to further their studies – why not tap into this resource and get help setting up the teams, attracting coaches, running coach clinics, scheduling, etc? Being a director DOES NOT mean you have to do all the work yourself. It means tapping into the resources available – and the rest of the community league executive is more than willing to help you find those resources.
So if you live in Kensington and want to see your children or your neighbours’ children on the soccer field in our park, give some thought to stepping up and making a difference.
Thanks again to Angela Ebbesen for taking this role on last year, in addition to all her other great contributions to the community.
It’s time to start thinking spring and that means…spray park completion. We’re going to want to have a big party to celebrate this wonderful new addition to the playground. Please visit the Spray Park page for full information. If you’re interested in helping organize or plan an event, please contact any of the executive for more information.