The Rotary Skatepark welcomes new, environmentally friendly surrounding

first_imgOver those 20 years, they’ve planted nearly 80 million trees and greened more than 550 schoolyards across the country.“I think that’s really significant and we’re pleased to be one of the partners here,” Mayor Ackerman said.The entire project would not have been made possible if it wasn’t for the eleven volunteers turning up to lend a hand in planting 20 new trees around the skatepark earlier this month. Cameron says environmental sustainability is at the forefront of CN’s objectives and they’re pleased to have managed to partner with our community.“This project will help make the Fort St. John Rotary Skatepark a more pleasing environment for the community with mature trees that will provide shade and windbreaks,” Cameron said.Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm says he’s pleased that the Rotary Skatepark, a popular public space for social gathering in Fort St. John, managed to become a part of CN’s program.- Advertisement -He also says this should have positive influence on those using the park.“Green spaces and parks enhance our quality of life, provide recreational opportunities to help people live healthy, active lifestyles and help increase the overall social well-being of Fort St. John”, Pimm said in a written statement as he was unable to attend the ceremony.For over 20 years, Tree Canada has engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of creating a greener and healthier environment.Advertisementlast_img read more

Clark County will have two shots at Miss America title

first_imgNot one but two Clark County natives will take the stage at this winter’s Miss America pageant.Katelynne Cox recently won the Miss District of Columbia title. She graduated from both Mountain View High School and Clark College in 2012 as a Running Start student.She will compete alongside Abbie Kondel, 21, of Brush Prairie, who won the Miss Washington pageant.“It’s going to be great,” Cox said.Cox has been participating in pageants since she was 7. She was previously named Miniature Miss Washington and Miss Washington Jr. Pre-teen.She competed in the Miss District of Columbia contest for the last four years, and at age 25, this was the last year she was eligible, she said.She was thrilled to win, but also grateful for the chance to speak about her project, Silence Is Not Compliance, onstage for the first time. The project, according to its website, advocates for survivors of sexual assault and educates fifth- through 12th-graders about how to prevent and properly respond to sexual violence.Judges asked her about the Me Too movement during the onstage interview portion of the contest.“Out of these last four years, I haven’t gotten to talk about my organization on the stage,” Cox said. “As a rape survivor, that was the best part of the competition for me.”Cox was attacked by someone she trusted in college.“I have a lot of shame and guilt I had pinned myself under. I started SINC to help others to get the resources they need,” she said. “Being executive director has helped me heal my own wounds by bringing purpose to the traumatic thing that happened to me.”last_img read more