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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“When I fell and broke my hip in 5 places, my wife needed help taking care of me after hip surgery. The hospital handed us a binder with many resources but would not recommend any one company over another. We called each option for in home care and were immediately impressed with Always Best Care. My call was answered right away and I was routed to the correct team member to make an appointment for an evaluation. Two representatives came out right on time, including Lori Yeager, RN, their Quality Care Director. What also impressed us was two days later, their lead caregiver visited our home to be sure their team of caregivers understood exactly what the needs were and to learn our home layout. When I called other organizations, I was told they did not perform an evaluation. They would just connect me with a contractor and that was it. They would not be able to replace a caregiver if they did not show up or needed to reschedule. That was a deal breaker for us. Always Best Care provided excellent home aid resources from May through August, 2023. Their dedicated scheduler Joselynne was a pleasure to work with. They have a patient portal where the home aid enters notes for each day of care. I cannot speak highly enough of Always Best Care – what a well-run organization. It gives me peace of mind to have such a great resource should we need in home care again. Thank you Lori, Jessica, Joselynne, Ty and the entire team. We sincerely appreciate your help.”

James N.

“Lori was extremely helpful and successful in finding a placement for my husband. So grateful!”

Sandy P.

“Always Best Care Senior Services have been very helpful and accommodating. I am always able to to reach someone at the office to resolve any issues. Marcia and Joselynne does a great job.”

ingrid C.

“I was referred to Always Best Care Senior Services and I'm very happy with them. Couldn't ask for better care for my husband and support for me. When I call them Marsha, Laurie, Joslene they get me the information that I need. If I forgot someones name I'm sorry. Always the Best Care is the Best.”

Colleen A.

“I really appreciate the wonderful caregiver we were assigned! She helps us so much. Thank you for this wonderful service.”

Jerusha A.

“Best care ever, I am really happy with the service . I would recommend Best care to anyone needing assistance.”

Val V.

“Lori Yeager, Came to my house to sign me up the service, she was incredible, very knowledgeable and thorough in every thing to about the service. I was very pleased and excited to start the service ????”

Richard L.

“I just spoke with Lori from Always Best Care Senior Services today in my home. She was knowledgeable and informative. She spent time with me and answered all my questions. A very nice lady. She gave me information and other sources that I could follow through with that would benefit my husband who has dementia. I was impressed with her knowledge of things. She explained everything throughly. I plan on using their services. Thank you Lori!!”

Donna H.

“I am new to Always Best Care Senior Services but I am impressed by the care and concern they have shown. The caretaker they provided is awesome. If you need assistance, you should give them a call.”

Jackie M.

“Always Best Care has provided my husband, Fred, and I with excellent support and care. The care takers that have visited us were on time, friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend this company to help care for your loved one. I can’t say enough about the service we’ve received and will continue to receive.”

Dawn F.

“A warm and friendly staff that graciously tends to our households’ ever changing needs. Big thank you to the reliable, knowledgeable, and empathetic faces that have helped my grandfather through this life changing transition.”

Solomon F.

“I am very pleased with the service I am receiving. I am extremely happy that they keep tabs on me, they are always calling to check on me. I have had some really wonderful girls taking really good care of me at home. They have done extra things for me like take me to the doctor and out for errands. I would highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services of Solano County to provide you care if you need some extra support. -George T. Dornbach, Vacaville, CA”

George D.

“So far so good. But ifI had any complaints you would hereabout it”

Nancy K.

“I gave Always Best Care (ABC) a 5 star rating because the caregivers are amazing! The caregivers that we have worked with are experienced, professional and reliable. They give us a piece of mind knowing that our family member is being well cared for. Maintaining the client’s privacy and dignity was a huge factor when we were looking for care and ABC has exhibited those factors. The ABC Caregivers and Scheduling staff are awesome! Communication is key to us, even though there were a few glitches we managed to resolve it. ABC is a great fit for our family and I would recommend anyone looking for quality care for a loved one to give them a call and check it out.”

J F.

“Always Best Care has done great for me and my family. The caregivers are attentive and professional. We are grateful for them.”

Duane D.

“I (we, family) have been with ABC almost 2 years. The agency helps me with three parents, two dads and relief for my mother. Our caregivers are INCREDIBLE. We tend to need different level of care for different reasons at different times. All caregivers tend to parents needs, requests and help compassionately, professionally and with little or no instruction needed. The administration gets 5++ stars. From me. Kinks can happen for everyone. My family prob gets awards for that LOL. If any challenge comes up EVERYONE works diligently, compassionately to fix it. There is know way I could do this with/for parents without administrative, medical and caregivers. My dad Korea Vet, my stepdad WWII Purple Heart. Both dads are grateful for the help and companionship. We (family) all are so grateful we have so much confidence with this agency. We thank our Veterans, never forget to thank your caregivers. I highly recommend this company!”

Kathryn S.

“We have been with Always Best Care Senior Services for 5 months now for my dad and are very pleased with their services. Dan, Marcia, Josseline and everyone at the office are very helpful, patient and professional, yet compassionate. When I was gone for some family business Dan and Marcia kept me updated and called me if needed. The caregivers that have been here are great and are always positive and caring. Thank you, ABC, for taking care of my Dad!”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Elmira, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Elmira, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Elmira, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Elmira,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Meet the 2023 Elmira-Corning Elite 7 Golf Team

Golfer of the YearNishant LahiriYear: Senior.Parents: Santona Pal and Joydeep Lahiri.Key accomplishments: Shot a one-over-par 72 at Soaring Eagles during sectionals.Future plans: Attend MIT to study chemical engineering and play club golf.Jacob BanksYear: Senior.Parents: Jason and Danielle Banks.Key accomplishments: Second straight year making state tournam...

Golfer of the Year

Nishant Lahiri

Year: Senior.

Parents: Santona Pal and Joydeep Lahiri.

Key accomplishments: Shot a one-over-par 72 at Soaring Eagles during sectionals.

Future plans: Attend MIT to study chemical engineering and play club golf.

Jacob Banks

Year: Senior.

Parents: Jason and Danielle Banks.

Key accomplishments: Second straight year making state tournament.

Future plans: Attend SUNY Oswego to continue golf career.

Dante Bertoni

Year: Junior.

Parents: Brian and Nicole Bertoni.

Key accomplishments: U-E won the Dinunzio, STAC and Section 4 Championships.

Future plans: Continue education and play golf at high level. Still undecided.

Blaise Brixner

Year: Freshman.

Parents: Andrew and Kimberly Brixner.

Key accomplishments: Shooting 79-76 in Section 4 Qualifier.

Future plans: Go to college and play golf.

Jack Creath

Year: Senior.

Parents: Sarah and Tom Creath.

Key accomplishments: Scoring average.

Future plans: University of Tennessee.

Brady Magliocca

Year: Junior.

Parents: Karie and Joe Magliocca.

Key accomplishments: Having 17 one-putts in total over two days at state qualifier.

Future plans: Attend a college in the south, focusing on golf course/PGA management.

Bennett Snyder

Year: Sophomore.

Parents: Patrick and Stacey Snyder.

Key accomplishments: Making it to states.

Future plans: Undecided

Coach of the Year

Chris Clark

Profession: Eighth-grade special ed teacher at C-PP.

Varsity coaching experience: Watkins Glen, three years girls varsity golf coach; Corning, five years varsity boys coach, two years varsity girls coach.

This article originally appeared on Elmira Star-Gazette: Elmira-Corning Elite 7 Golf Team for 2023

Elmira History: When local eating was elegant

Special to the Elmira Star-GazetteElmirans used to eat more elegantly than today.J.D. Iles asked me last month what kinds of foods Samuel Clemens (our Mark Twain) used to eat. That got me thinking. When Sam was in Elmira, he stayed with either his in-laws on North Main Street or at his sister-in-law Susan Crane’s house (Quarry Farm).So, what was served? And when he went downtown to the two big restaurants, what did he order?As far as eating at Quarry Farm, Susan Crane much preferred Miss Maria...

Special to the Elmira Star-Gazette

Elmirans used to eat more elegantly than today.

J.D. Iles asked me last month what kinds of foods Samuel Clemens (our Mark Twain) used to eat. That got me thinking. When Sam was in Elmira, he stayed with either his in-laws on North Main Street or at his sister-in-law Susan Crane’s house (Quarry Farm).

So, what was served? And when he went downtown to the two big restaurants, what did he order?

As far as eating at Quarry Farm, Susan Crane much preferred Miss Maria Parloa’s New Cook Book, printed in 1880. Apparently, Miss Parloa was much like today’s Chef Gordon Ramsay — a celebrity chef. Her books were in everyone’s home. Hotel restaurants modeled their menus after her recipes as well.

On July 18, 1891, Maxwell Haight, owner of the Rathbun House, Elmira’s premier hotel, served a banquet to the Elmira Board of Trade in his dining room. On the buffet table were Little Neck Clams, Imperial sherry, Green Turtle Soup, Boiled Halibut with Caper Sauce, Olives, Potatoes in Cream, Broiled Spring Chicken, French Fried Potatoes, French Peas, St. Estephe, Filet of Beef with Mushroom Sauce, Butter Beans, Asparagus, Lobster Salad, Potato Salad, wafer crackers, Roman punch, Squab on toast, Saratoga Potatoes, Neapolitan ice cream, Mumm’s, Roquefort cheese, toasted crackers, Coffee and Cigars.

Now, that is a buffet.

I know French fries. I had to google St. Estephe — it is a wine from the Bordeaux region. Roman punch, a famous cocktail of the 1800s, is a combination of citrus juice, champagne and rum, sugar and frothy meringue on top. Yes, this was in downtown Elmira. Saratoga potatoes are now known as potato chips.

On April 26, 1892, Fannie Strauss married Maurice Garson at the High Street Temple. After the ceremony, the 100 guests were driven in carriages to the Rathbun Hotel. Their dinner included Imperial Sherry, Blue Points on Shell, Purée a la Reine, Kennebeck Salmon with Hollandaise, Boiled New Potatoes, Queen Olives, Sweet Bread Patties Toulouse, Tenderloin of Beef with Mushrooms, Kempner Berg, Lobster Salad, Broiled Spring Chicken, Benedictine, French Peas, Stuffed Philadelphia Squab, French Fried Potatoes, Moët and Chandon, Strawberries with cream, Café Noir and assorted cakes.

On May 17, 1897 at the Langwell Hotel on State Street, a group of local physicians held their annual Medical Society meet to hear Dr. C.A. Murray’s paper “Blood Letting,” followed by a sumptuous banquet of Terrapin Soup, Boiled Chicken, Halibut with Shrimp Sauce, Parisienne Potatoes, Great Western (wine), Roasted Canvas-Back Ducks, New Browned Potatoes, Punch a la Reine, Broiled Lamb Chops, New Peas, Fresh Lobster Salad with Mayonnaise Dressing, Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream, Walnut Layer Cake and Black coffee.

I’m guessing that Parisienne potatoes are French fries.

On the evening of June 22, 1899, the Elmira Free Academy graduating class of 1899 held their banquet at the Langwell Hotel. On their menu was Little Neck Clams, New Lettuce, Sliced Potatoes, Consommé Royale, Baked Bluefish, Robert Sauce, “Roast Spring Lamb ’99 with Green Mint Sauce,” New String Beans, New Bermuda Potatoes with Cream Sauce, Lemon Water Ice, Soft Shell Crabs on Toast, Asparagus, Braised Sweetbreads with New Peas, Fresh Lobster Salad with Mayonnaise, Neapolitan Ice cream, American Cheese and Café Noir. Yes, high-schoolers were served this menu.

Elmira’s City Club also served trés élegant food.

On the evening of July 13, 1900, a reception for Spencer Meade, superintendent of the Northern Central Railroad, who was leaving Elmira to take a job in Philadelphia taking charge of the Pennsylvania Railroad. They gave Spencer a good sendoff with 75 in attendance. Manager Gus Kuhn “was in charge of the spread and the service and cooking were perfect.”

It was a delicious dinner, and Kuhn received many compliments.

His menu included Champagne Punch, Anchovies on Toast, Mumm’s Extra Dry, Consommé City Club, Salted Pecans, Salted Almonds, Kennebeck Salmon with Sauce Hollandaise, Cucumbers with French Dressing, Sweet Bread Croquettes, Tomato Salad with Mayonnaise, Roquefort and Brie cheese and Coffee.

“The reception lasted until late in the evening. Friendships were renewed, toasts were drank, and it was an evening of rare enjoyment.”

Now the Elmira Country Club dinner menu was harder to find. In fact, I didn’t.

The Star-Gazette reported that on June 3, 1906, an “elaborate dinner was served after the (golf) match. Levi Holmes, the new club steward from New York City, had charge of the culinary arrangements and a most elaborate repast was provided. A number of colored waiters had been engaged from the city to serve but owning to difficulties and the steward and the waiters, they went on strike and prompt service was handicapped in consequence.”

Elmirans still enjoy buffet or banquet dinners. Many restaurants and hotels serve them on special occasions.

Diane Janowski is the Elmira city historian. Her column appears monthly.

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How an Elmira company helped Beau's Brewery save 395K litres of beer per year

Stopping food waste before it happens is the subject of a brand new guide being launched across North America on Thursday by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation.The commission tapped experts from across Canada, the United States and Mexico, including the Elmira-based Enviro-Stewards, who recently helped an Ottawa brewery reclaim $700,000 worth of beer that they were pouring down the drain.Now, that brewery has become an international case study on practical examples of how to prevent food waste.On a tour of Bea...

Stopping food waste before it happens is the subject of a brand new guide being launched across North America on Thursday by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation.

The commission tapped experts from across Canada, the United States and Mexico, including the Elmira-based Enviro-Stewards, who recently helped an Ottawa brewery reclaim $700,000 worth of beer that they were pouring down the drain.

Now, that brewery has become an international case study on practical examples of how to prevent food waste.

On a tour of Beau's Brewery near Ottawa, Enviro-Stewards president Bruce Taylor heard the brewers talk about how they divert spent grains from the brewing process to cattle feed.

But there was no mention of how much beer from the brewery was going down the drain. Taylor did the math and found the brewery was losing 10 per cent of its product to the sewer.

It was a number that surprised Beau's co-founder and CEO Steve Beauchesne.

"Yeah, it's kind of scary to think of how much beer we were putting down the drain, and when we saw the results of the study, it was a little bit jaw dropping," he said.

Enviro-Stewards, an environmental and economic sustainability company, did a food loss assessment, and they found three ways to increase the yield of Beau's beer. That included improving the way the company transfers beer from tanks to packaging. Right now, a lot of beer gets left behind with the yeast used to make the beer, but a new process allows more of the beer to make it into bottles or kegs.

Beauchesne says they also improved the kegging process to prevent the loss of beer. Different procedures and equipment makes sure "the beer that goes into the keg stays in the keg," he said.

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More profit and reducing GHG emissions

Taylor said they were able to save the brewery about 395,000 litres, so the brewery now sees about three per cent of its beer go down the drain.

That's huge for a craft brewery. When they complete food loss assessments, Taylor says on average, they're able to find about $330,000 in savings for factories or facilities.

"Theirs is double that, so we're finding $720,000 per year of savings, which is essentially about to double their profit for that brewery because for the first 93%, that's where all your costs are for electricity, labour, grains. So the last seven per cent, without anymore ingredients, or energy or water or labour, that's just pure profit," Taylor said.

"It's going to have a very beneficial impact on this employee-owned brewery."

Beauchesne agrees it will be great financially, but being a "purpose-driven company," he's also excited about the greenhouse gas reductions it will mean.

"By reclaiming that beer, we're actually going to be able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by about 590 tonnes per year so all things put together, it's going to save us piles of money and it's going to be good for the environment," he said.

"We put so much effort into making great beer, that it's an awful thought to think that so much of it's currently going down the drain so the fact that more beer's going to get into people's mouths to me is a really wonderful outcome."

Practical guide to preventing food waste launched

That example of stopping food waste before it happens is being highlighted in a North American-wide practical guide for preventing food waste.

The guide launches Thursday in Mexico City and Taylor says the example of Beau's Brewery will be a case study within the guide to give a practical example of how to prevent food waste.

And that's important, he says, because companies are often focused on the wrong end of the problem.

"Almost all the effort is presently spent on how do you manage food waste — essentially how do you destroy food with a wastewater treatment plant, a bio-gas generator, composting," he said.

"There's almost no effort on how to avoid losing the food in the first place, which is actually the only place where you get that benefit back of the economics, food available for somebody, the greenhouse gas."

'We're missing some very small things that would help us'

As part of a program with CCFI and Provision Coalition, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation, they're conducting 50 food-loss prevention assessments across the country. Taylor has worked with companies including Campbell's, Maple Leaf Foods, and Byblos Bakery in Calgary.

It also includes more breweries, like Sleemans and Wellington Brewery in Guelph.

Marvin Dyck, the brewmaster at Wellington Brewery, said the assessment is still in the early stages, but already Enviro-Stewards has noted areas where they could save beer.

Right now, Dyck estimates his brewery loses about seven per cent from a tank of beer.

"It's not like we don't have all of the equipment, we're missing some very small things that would help us really improve that number and then end up retrieving that product. Being able to sell it, really is, at the end of the day, what we're hoping for," he said.

The brewery recently invested in expanding its brewhouse, and got state-of-the-art equipment for brewing and packaging, but Dyck says he knew there were still areas they could improve when it comes to their waste.

The advantage of working with Enviro-Stewards, Dyck said, is they work out the numbers and figure out what financial losses the company is seeing because of the food loss and then identifies areas to stop the food waste from happening.

"[Bruce] understands the business side, but he's also very environmental, too. There's an advantage to these things from both sides," he said. "It's not like you have to invest a whole lot just to be a better environmental steward, you can actually save money, so I think it's kind of cool."

Calif. city must face lawsuit over drinking water - 9th Circ.

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that an environmental group can press ahead with claims that a toxic chemical in a central California city's drinking-water system qualifies as "solid waste" under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).Overturning a lower court ruling, a split panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the city of Vac...

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that an environmental group can press ahead with claims that a toxic chemical in a central California city's drinking-water system qualifies as "solid waste" under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Overturning a lower court ruling, a split panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the city of Vacaville can potentially be held liable under the RCRA for transporting in its water pipes the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, which an environmental group claims is the result of commercial pollution at a site where the city draws its water.

Curtis Paxton, Vacaville's director of utilities, said Wednesday that its water "meets all requirements of the state and federal Safe Drinking Water Acts, including those related to chromium." The city is represented by Meyers Nave.

Jack Silver, a lawyer for plaintiff California River Watch, called the litigation a waste of taxpayer money.

Hexavalent chromium was widely used from the early 1970s to the early 1980s to treat wood at now-shuttered wood-preservation facilities in nearby Elmira, the ruling says.

The location, dubbed the Wickes site, was identified in 1980 as a federal hazardous waste site. There, groundwater was found to have been contaminated with high levels of hexavalent chromium, the ruling says. River Watch says the substance polluted the groundwater by trickling into the ground.

River Watch sued Vacaville in Sacramento federal court in 2017. Its complaint says hexavalent chromium has migrated through groundwater to Vacaville's wells and surface water sources. The non-profit urged the court to order the city to filter out excess hexavalent chromium in the water it brings to the homes of Vacaville residents. It sued under the RCRA.

Vacaville said the hexavalent chromium was naturally occurring and therefore did not fall under the RCRA.

Chief U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento federal district court ruled last year that the claims failed because the chemical's presence in the city's potable water could not qualify as the type of "solid waste" the RCRA regulates.

Writing for the majority 9th Circuit panel, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Patrick Bumatay vacated her summary judgment.

Vacaville was potentially transporting a "solid waste" under the terms of the RCRA, the judge wrote, because solid waste under the statute encompasses "discarded material" such as the alleged discharges of hexavalent chromium from dripping wood at the wood-treatment facilities.

And Vacaville's pumping of the water through its water pipes may amount to "transporting" a dangerous waste – another requirement to establish potential RCRA liability, Bumatay wrote.

"Contrary to the district court's order, nothing in RCRA's text suggests that the 'transporter' of the solid waste must also play some role in 'discarding' the waste," the judge wrote.

"Thus, that the City may be innocent of the activity at the Wickes site does not preclude it from RCRA liability as a transporter," he added.

Bumatay was joined by U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes, who sat by designation.

Senior U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima dissented, holding that under 9th Circuit precedent, Vacaville could not be held liable because it was not involved in the waste disposal process.

The case is California River Watch v. City of Vacaville, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 20-16605.

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Food bank uses new 'needed item' signs in Elmira stores to drum up donations

Small green signs are popping up in Elmira grocery stores, letting shoppers know what items are currently needed by the local food bank."It's a reminder," said Lisa Martin, food bank co-ordinator with Woolwich Community Services. "When I'm picking up something, and it's something I'm purchasing for my family, and I see that the food bank can use it as well, it's easy to pick up, purchase and drop off."The food bank started putting up green "Needed Item" signs on grocery shelves the last week in Jun...

Small green signs are popping up in Elmira grocery stores, letting shoppers know what items are currently needed by the local food bank.

"It's a reminder," said Lisa Martin, food bank co-ordinator with Woolwich Community Services. "When I'm picking up something, and it's something I'm purchasing for my family, and I see that the food bank can use it as well, it's easy to pick up, purchase and drop off."

The food bank started putting up green "Needed Item" signs on grocery shelves the last week in June, starting with the Food Basics on Arthur Street.

The food bank already publishes lists of items they need donated, and those are sometimes published in local church bulletins, but Martin said the new initiative is a way to remind people about what they can do to help the moment they take food off the shelf at the store.

Every week, Martin checks the store's flyer for items that they like to have on hand in the food bank. If an item is on sale, she'll go to the grocery store and put a green sign by that item.

If interested, needed items can then be purchased by a shopper and dropped in the donation bin at the front of the store.

When they first pitched the idea, Martin said the store's management was "totally on board right away."

"We're always looking for ways to support our local food bank," said Travis Restoule, who manages the Food Basics in Elmira.

In the past, he said the store has run funding drives and has collected food bags, but this year they wanted to do something different.

And even though the signs have only been up for a little more than a week, Restoule is ready to call it a success.

"I have noticed since the labels were put up that products that the labels are attached to have been selling a lot better than the norm. So, the labels are definitely having an impact."

Only a week after she started putting up signs at Food Basics, Martin said the program is already expanding to the Foodland location down the street.

While she's not actively looking for other grocery stores, she said that "if people want to join in, we would be glad to start something."


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