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City of Lethbridge makes honey donation to local food bank

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The City of Lethbridge has made a sweet donation to the local Christmas Hope Campaign.

They’re giving 12 cases of honey (12 jars in each) which was bottled as part of a new project which got underway earlier this year.

A number of honey bee hives were set up at the City’s Waste and Recycling Centre which helped use up some extra space there and at the same time promote an environmentally-friendly initiative.

Centre Manager Steve Rozee says it was a great first year for this. “The bees production was a little under what it would be in a typical year going forward because they had to build their home. Honey production in Alberta this year was down, but they actually did well, producing quite a bit of honey in year one.”

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The honey bee project is as part of a partnership between the city and ECCO Recycling, the company that operates the Materials Recovery Facility.

Danielle McIntyre with the Interfaith Food Bank says this is a unique donation and very welcomed too. She notes all these jars will be going directly into Christmas food hampers.

ECCO Recycling also has a full-time beekeeper. The company manages hives in six locations across Alberta. Those are in Aldersyde, Balzac, Dalemead, Mazeppa, Calgary, and Lethbridge.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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