Community collections – Metawelle Tue, 25 Jan 2022 22:38:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community collections – Metawelle 32 32 Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day Waste and Recycling Changes Tue, 25 Jan 2022 22:38:37 +0000

Curbside rubbish and recycling will be collected one day later than usual following the Auckland Birthday and Waitangi Day public holidays.

This means that if your trash or recycling collection usually falls on Monday, it will be collected on Tuesday. If it is usually collected on Tuesday, it will be collected on Wednesday, and so on for the following two weeks.

Collections will return to normal from Monday, February 14.

Trent Fowles, transitional director of waste and recycling for Hamilton City Council, encourages residents to download the free Antenno mobile app to check on their collection day.

“Antenno is the most accurate way to keep up to date with collection day changes and reminders. It’s easy and free to use. Just download the app from Google Play or the App Store.

You can also use the address search feature on the website to find out which day your bins should be taken out, as well as which items to put in which bin.

“And don’t forget our friendly customer support team is also available to help if you have any questions you can’t answer online,” Fowles said.

Waste and Recycling Collections Waitangi Day

Additional recycling can also be dropped off free of charge at the Lincoln Street Waste Transfer Station at 60 Lincoln Street. The recycling center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Normal station hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Hamilton Organic Center in Wickham Street, which accepts green waste from members of the public and commercial operators, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How Belfast’s Linen Hall Library got its Robert Burns collection for a song Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:03:00 +0000
Andrew Gibson’s extensive collection of works by Robert Burns still resides in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast

Thanks to Andrew Gibson, a scholarly businessman and bibliophile with a passion for the poetry of Robert Burns, Thomas Moore and Allan Ramsay, the Linen Hall Library in Belfast has in the Gibson Collection one of the finest collections of Burns material in the world in outside of Scotland. .

Gibson was born on December 23, 1841 in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, and was the eldest son of William Kennedy Gibson and Janet Gibson (née Black). William Kennedy Gibson was a farm laborer who married his employer’s daughter.

The family then moved to Pathhead in Midlothian where Andrew and his younger brother Peter worked as clerks at the nearby station. Andrew was 18 when his mother died in 1859. Five years later his father married Janet Lapraik, the granddaughter of John Lapraik, a good friend of Robert Burns.

Register to our daily newsletter

The newsletter mute the noise

Andrew Gibson generously accepted half the £2,000 worth of his collection of early 20th century Robert Burns material

Possibly around the time of his father’s remarriage, Andrew moved to Glasgow to work as a shipping clerk for G & J Burns. Although unrelated to the poet, George and James Burns were two very ‘dynamic’ brothers who soon replaced sailing ships with steamers, running steamers between Ardrossan and Belfast, Londonderry and Larne as the main and main activity. .

Andrew rose steadily through the business and in 1881 he (and his family) moved to Belfast to take up the position of company manager in the city. He spent the rest of his life in the city. All of his children married into the Belfast business community.

There was nothing exceptional about this, as Kyle Hughes demonstrates in “Scots in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast: A Study in Elite Migration”. Additionally, Scots, like Gibson, played a key role in shaping Belfast society. Some have played a key role in its industrial development. Others were at the heart of cultural, philanthropic and religious initiatives. These people were welcomed with open arms by the host community. Thus, Gibson has succeeded in establishing itself in the commercial, cultural and sporting life of the city.

By 1910 Gibson was an agent for both the Burns and Cunard Lines and between 1915 and 1925 he served on the Harbor Board.

In the world of sport, he was chairman of the Belfast Bowling Club and served as chairman of Cliftonville Football Club and vice-chairman of the Irish Football Association.

In the cultural world, Andrew Gibson was a founding member of the Belfast Harp Festival, director of ‘The Ulster Journal of Archaeology’, president of the Belfast Burns Club, president of the Belfast Scottish Association and between 1894 and 1927 he was governor of the Linen Hall Library and played an active role in the life of the library.

Robert Burns was one of his great passions. He sought to acquire every edition of Burns published and spared no effort to do so. According to Frank Ferguson, John Erskine and Roger Dixon in “Commemorating and collecting Burns in the north of Ireland, 1844-1902”, Gibson’s collection contained 728 separate editions which had been acquired over two decades.

In 1896 – the centenary year of Burns’ death – a Burns exhibition was held in the galleries of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in Sauchiehall Street. The quality of Gibson’s collection was strongly underlined by the fact that over 300 of his texts were loaned to the exhibition.

In 1900, Gibson found himself temporarily in a difficult situation (apparently because his orders from Cunard had dried up) and intended to get rid of his Burns collection. Friends and acquaintances approached him about whether he would be willing to sell the entire collection to the City of Belfast, a proposal to which he readily agreed.

A provisional committee (whose members included the Lord Mayor; the Reverend Thomas Hamilton, President of Queen’s College Belfast; Professor William Whitla; and Francis Joseph Biggar, the antiquary) was set up to acquire the collection.

The enthusiastic support for the acquisition of the collection on behalf of the town was strongly evidenced at a special meeting chaired by the Lord Mayor at the Linen Hall Library on 9 December 1900 and a subscription fund was created.

The collection was independently valued at £2,000, but Gibson generously indicated a willingness to accept half that amount on the condition that the collection remain in Belfast. (According to some calculations, Gibson was giving up the equivalent of £86,000 today.)

The Linen Hall Library gladly agreed to house the collection.

At a ceremony at the Linen Hall Library to mark the official transfer of the collection, Sir Otto Jaffe expressed “on behalf of all the people of Belfast and those of future generations their debt to the committee”.

Subsequently, several items were presented to the library by Burns’ great-granddaughter, Mrs. Eliza Everitt.

The Gibson collection consists mainly of books and other papers, but also some portraits, prints and ephemera, but does not include any Burns manuscripts.

While the library no longer aims to collect all the Burnsiana, it aspires to acquire key reference works related to the bard.

Gibson’s Moore and Ramsay collections are housed at Queen’s University. Frank Ferguson, John Erskine and Roger Dixon argue that Gibson’s interest in Burns owed as much to the Victorian antiquarian as to the love of his favorite poet.

Baptist, Andrew Gibson died June 23, 1931.

William Kennedy Gibson, the eldest son of Andrew Gibson, also deserves a brief mention.

A talented footballer, he played for Cliftonville as a schoolboy. Between 1894 and 1902 he was an Irish international, playing 13 matches and captaining the side four times. A lawyer by profession, he was legal adviser to the IFA. He also had political ambitions, being elected for Clifton ward in the Belfast Corporation in 1909 and serving until 1920. At the 1918 general election he intended to contest Belfast Duncairn but stood aside for Sir Edward Carson. In 1929 he unsuccessfully challenged Ballynafeigh’s seat in the Northern Ireland House of Commons as an independent trade unionist.

Charity guild projects support the community Sat, 22 Jan 2022 12:38:58 +0000

Members were able to continue to be virtual mentors and tutors for victims of sexual exploitation through Wellspring Living which has a location in Johns Creek. And although a pro-am tennis event raised funds in August, COVID caused the cancellation of the big fundraising gala. But despite this setback, Matt said the guild is still a way to bring people together to do good works.

“When someone moves into the community, it’s a way to connect and meet others,” she said. “Some want to give time and hours of volunteering. We have members who can come with a friend and others who never come to a meeting – they prefer to be involved.

This personal aspect appealed to Matt, a member for eight years.

“I joined because I wanted to touch people’s lives and see that happen, rather than just donating money,” she said. “Socialization is another factor: I met several people in the community. But hands-on mentoring is important to me.

Information about the Charity Guild of Johns Creek is online

Who is well? Each week we write about a deserving person, charity events such as runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event or person to cover, contact us at

What San Jose can learn from the Neon Museum in Las Vegas Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:29:20 +0000

The idea of ​​creating a neon sign park in San Jose had been floating around for a while. Curators, neon enthusiasts and fans of roadside architecture all love the concept — and Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez even proposed a neon park for the fairgrounds in 2019 — but a solid vision of how to create it has yet to emerge.

History San Jose has several vintage signs in its collection, the most prominent being the Orchard Supply Hardware arrow sign that perches next to an OSH wagon in History Park (and had its own dramatic history of theft and salvage there). a few years ago.) But there’s also the big “E” of the Emporium that once stood in Almaden Fashion Plaza, the sign of Mel Cotton’s Sporting Goods, the “Diving Lady” sign of the City Center Motel, and the Greyhound bus station sign.

Most of them are stored behind closed doors and rarely seen by the public. But what form might a historic sign park take in Silicon Valley if those signs could be on display? There’s a good — albeit grand — example in Las Vegas, where retired Sin City ensigns have found a home and a new life at the Neon Museum, a tourist attraction that attracts visitors more interested in history than blackjack.

Certainly, Vegas has many more neon and electric light signs in its history. There are over 800 panels in the collection of the Neon Museum, of which approximately 250 are displayed in “The Boneyard”. However, Neon Museum executive director Aaron Berger says it’s not about dominating visitors, it’s about telling the story of a community.

“Our audience is very diverse, and they get to get a better understanding and perspective of Las Vegas history by coming to the Neon Museum,” he said. “The medium we use to tell these stories is through signs.”

The Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino neon sign, on display at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, tells the story of the city’s desegregation. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)

For example, the huge neon pink Moulin Rouge, the city’s first non-segregated hotel and casino, helps tell the story of Las Vegas’ black artists, visitors and residents. With that in mind, Berger wants to create tours unique to this experience, or for that of women or LGBTQ or Latinx communities.

San Jose could follow this model, using tours and signs that could tell stories about its agricultural past, suburban boom, car culture and the influx of immigrants from Italy, Mexico and Vietnam. . San Jose CEO Bill Schroh Jr. agrees that a neon sign park would be an important addition to the organization’s cultural and historical focus.

“Neon signs are just another way to tell our collective story,” Schroh said. “Not only are they works of art, but they also tell the story of their creation and the business they once proudly fostered. They are not just advertisements, but important cultural artifacts of a bygone era.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 29: The full moon rises over the Orchard Supply Hardware neon sign at History Park in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

You might be surprised to learn that only 24 of the 250 panels on display at the Neon Museum are restored and illuminated for nighttime tours. But the Neon Museum managed to bring a collection of 40 unrestored signs to life in a show called “Brilliant!” The outdoor audio-visual experience, created by experiential designer Craig Winslow, uses music and recorded sound through 24 speakers, along with 360-degree projection mapping, to take visitors from the height of Las Vegas in the present.

As the San Jose collection grows, this could be a way to present some signs without costly and time-consuming restoration.

Signs in San Jose don’t usually match the scale of Vegas releases, like the 80-foot-tall Hard Rock Cafe guitar. But for something like the towering Western Appliance sign, the Las Vegas Sign Project provides a template with a collection of nine restored signs displayed on Las Vegas Boulevard. West San Carlos Street would make a wonderful neon walk from downtown to Santana Row/Valley Fair.

SAN JOSE, CA – JUNE 20: The Stephen’s Meat “Dancing Pig” sign on Montgomery Street was re-lit Thursday night June 20, 2019 in San Jose, Calif. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)