Friday, June 17, 2011

~HaPpy FaTher's Day!~

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who

wants to catch you before you fall

but instead picks you up,

brushes you off,

and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who

wants to keep you from making mistakes

but instead lets you find your own way,

even though his heart breaks in silence

when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who

holds you when you cry,

scolds you when you break the rules,

shines with pride when you succeed,

and has faith in you even when you fail...(author Unknown)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day - Weekend Fun!!

Come visit us at The 2011 Puyallup Meeker Days Festival is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 17 at 12:00 pm! The largest street festival in Pierce County features four live entertainment stages; two food courts; almost 200 craft, commercial and non-profit vendors; antique tractor displays; classic car shows featuring Buicks and Pontiacs; inflatable rides and more. For more information click on this link then click on the Meeker Days logo

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Going Green. Our Generation –vs- the Older Generation

(Wow, this kinda puts things in prospective…)

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained,
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did
not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could
use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
blocks. But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; they didn't have the green thing
back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen
the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred
by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded
up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by
(This is the Honest-to-God Truth!) working so they didn't need to go to a health club
to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; they didn't have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the
razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
because the blade got dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank
of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized
gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space
in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad that the current generation laments on how ‘wasteful’ the old folks
were, just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

Sok Nou M. CSR

Friday, April 22, 2011

Today, April 22nd is “Earth Day…”

(Recycle, Reuse, Shop wisely, Plant a Tree, Clean Up & Beautify)

Today, April 22nd is “Earth Day”

Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22 since 1970. According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day was founded by then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.

The idea came to Nelson after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

***Things to discuss when it comes to saving resources***

Recycle - when an object can be shredded, melted or otherwise processed and then turned into new raw material; for instance, aluminum cans can be melted down to make more cans, glass can make more glass, cardboard and paper make more cardboard and paper, plastic bags and containers can be turned into other plastic products. This takes some energy (very little for aluminum), but it is a good choice.

Reuse - Find use for an existing item, such as, decorating a bag and using it as a gift bag instead of buying wrapping paper; put leftovers into a clean container from some other food; turn a used box into storage; give things in good condition that you no longer need to charity is another good way to reuse things like outgrown clothing or toys.

Shop Wisely to save resources.

• Things to consider: Can the container be easily recycled or reused? Will a larger container reduce the amount of packaging and perhaps cost less per serving? Is everything that can be recycled being recycled?

Plant a Tree (The Value of Trees to a Community)

• The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in a community setting.

• “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture

• “Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home.” —American Public Power Association

• “If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research

• “A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” —Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

• “In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%.” —Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests

• “Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.” —Management Information Services/ICMA

Clean Up and Beautify: Organize a project to clean up or beautify some area in your town. It could be at your school, or some other spot. Make sure to have a plan for how to take care of the spot after you've made it nice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ATTITUDE - (by: Charles Swindoll)

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”