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Selwyn Times: May 10, 2016

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10 Tuesday May 10 2016 SELWYN TIMES The power of community Orion is privileged to have been associated with Community Energy Action (CEA) for more than twenty years. CEA is a charitable trust that provides insulation and energy advice services to the most vulnerable in our community with the overriding objective of creating warmer, healthier and more energy efficient homes. Results of the Healthy Homes Project, a recent study undertaken by the Canterbury District Health Board and CEA, shows a direct correlation between insulated homes and a reduction in hospital bed days by up to 30%. Working in a collaborative partnership with CEA has enabled a great deal to be achieved where it is most needed. oriongroup.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 10 2016 11 Do you have a local issue? Email your views to caitlin. miles@starmedia.kiwi Melanie Smith replies to last week’s column All dogs are born good. In response to “dogs need socialisation” and its subject of dog attacks your writer makes amongst other statements “Pit bulls are not born dangerous, I can guarantee you that”, in fact she can do no such thing! It is not possible to guarantee anything about any creature which has a mind of its own and thinks independently. Even if the animal is generally good natured, illness, fear or mood can change that . Also stated is the fact that pit bulls are used for dog fighting .That’s dog against dog which is not the case with the other breeds mentioned . Jack russells were bred to hunt foxes as were fox terriers. Dachshunds hunted badgers, rabbits and foxes and chihuahuas, small game and vermin. They were not bred to kill each other. Not enough is done to remove roaming dogs from our streets regardless of breed. They are a nuisance and an accident waiting to happen. Looking back MACHINERY: Mr Werner of Doyleston designed this automatic sheaf elevator, feeder and band cutter in 1910. • Heritage photos supplied by Selwyn Libraries. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via www. selwynlibrary.co.nz Key bridges in line for upgrades TOM DOUDNEY Many of Canterbury’s ageing bridges will need to be upgraded over the next 30 years with the impact of heavy vehicles a major contributing factor. A proposed update to a section of the Regional Land Transport Plan states that “key bridges on the strategic road network are a particular concern with regard to increased truck numbers and weights.” According to analysis completed as part of the South Island Freight Plan, overall freight activity in Canterbury is forecast to increase by 85 per cent by 2042 with most growth occurring by 2027. The use of ‘high productivity motor vehicles’ which can carry more freight has minimised the increase in truck trips needed to carry the increasing freight volumes. However, increasing heavy vehicle numbers over time on the road network were “an inevitability” it was stated in the plan. The New Zealand Transport Agency has installed equipment underneath the road at the Rakaia and Waipara bridges on State Highway 1 in recent years, to monitor the impact of heavy vehicles and catch truck drivers flouting weight limits. WE OFFER IT ALL! • SALES • SERVICE ALL BRANDS • PARTS AND ACCESSORIES • BACK UP SUPPORT • PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE • GARDEN TOOL SHARPENING • NEW BATTERY RANGE • GARDENA GARDEN RANGE (All equipment sold is assembled, pre-commissioned ready to use) ARTYNS outdoor Power & equipment centre ltd 12B Normans Road, Strowan | Ph 355-9323 www.martyns.co.nz New Releases Fabrics@Lincoln offers: • Quality imported fabrics for upholstery, curtains and dressmaking starting from $34m • Curtain measure, quote and making service • Top styling advice • An array of accessories including chalk paint, cushions and wallpaper • Sewing and craft classes Come and see us if you want your home to look amazing fabrics@lincoln quality imported fabrics Wednesday to Friday 9am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 2pm 601 Birchs Rd. Ph: 0800 333 577. BEDDING THECRUSADERS PREFERREDBEDDING DESTINATION Harvey Norman Bedding in Association with King Koil and SleepMaker are proud to be theOfficial and Exclusive Bedding Partner to the Crusaders! SHOP IN STORE AND ONLINE SHOP with CONFIDENCE HORNBY 10-14Chappie Place (03) 344 8100 MOOREHOUSE AVE Cnr. Moorhouse Ave. &Colombo St. (03) 367 7500 319615_CFB