Aircraft Emergency Training
Nanaimo Airport - Last weekend, Scott - along with other North Cedar Fire Department members - participated in a joint training session at the Nanaimo Airport.
Because of the recent fire department boundary changes, different departments will now be responding to emergency calls at the Nanaimo Airport. The airport now falls within Cranberry's fire-protection district and they will now be responsible for any and all emergencies calls. In the event of a large-scale emergency, Cranberry will be calling on their neighboring departments - North Cedar and Ladysmith - to provide mutual aid.
The training provided an introduction and overview of aircraft emergencies, firefighting and rescue priorities, tools and techniques and got the new departments interacting with airport staff, equipment and learning airport procedures.
The two-day classroom course went well and there will be follow-on training and a mock emergency scenario training event, at the airport, this coming autumn.
Eggs 4 Sale
Nanaimo Hospital - With seven laying hens, the Hutton House hens have been producing more than Scott, Rachel and Alex can consume. Rachel has begun to take the extras (couple dozen eggs per week) to the hospital, to sell for $3 a dozen, to other nurses.
The labor and delivery department, where Rachel is now working, seems to be keen on the brown, free-range eggs. Rachel has more customers than the hens can keep up with in eggs!
At the moment, profits are used to "grow the company", so to speak - quite literally - as the hens are producing enough to keep themselves in feed.
Scott and Rachel have given some thought to expanding operations, which would require the acquisition of more birds, chicken coops, fenced-in runs and a permanent barn.
"If we can sell $2500-worth of eggs," explained Rachel, "we would qualify for 'farm status', which would lower our property taxes and provide several other benefits."
So far, the Hutton House hens are ambivalent about Rachel selling their eggs.
"There's been some squawking," said Scott, jokingly, "but usually, it's about laying the eggs and not selling them!"
Expansion of the egg business will be discussed at the next Randsco board meeting, expected to take place sometime this summer. No decisions will be made till all parties involved have their say. Any shareholder who cannot attend the meeting, may vote by proxy.
Though we can't determine which way company execs are leaning, we're fairly certain that Rachel holds the majority vote.