welcome to SUMMERTIME IN MISSION!
Welcome to summertime in Mission! The kids are out of school, the days are longer, the grass is greener, and things seem to move just a little more slowly. The Mission Market is in full swing on Thursday nights, the water at the Mission Family Aquatic Center is calling your name, and there are plenty of outdoor activities happening in our parks.
Our second issue of the Mission Magazine this year is focused on sustainability. The cover story features two local families in Mission who are bringing sustainable practices right into their backyards by raising chickens and keeping bees. Alice Ames and Lee Ryherd find that producing eggs and honey, respectively, is both a cost effective and sustainable way to provide these popular commodities for their families. I know I enjoyed reading more about how you can make this work at home, though it takes quite a commitment to be successful in these endeavors!
The magazine also features two local families who have invested in alternative energy sources for their homes. Sustainability Commission member Josh Thede and his fiancée Ellen Ramsey installed solar panels on their home last fall and are already seeing the benefits. They were one of eight residents who pulled City permits to install residential solar panels in 2022. Bill and Cathy Thomas have been reaping the benefits of their geothermal heating and cooling system since 2009. Growing up during the energy crisis, Cathy shares with us how saving water and utilizing alternative energy has always been of importance to her.
Next, Jessica Carlson shares her experiences with biking in Mission - especially her dedication to biking her three young daughters to school and to sports practices, which she has done for a number of years. Making an investment in a Bunch Bike has allowed the Carlsons to help maintain healthy and sustainable transportation habits. Jessica will be the first one to tell you that the best way to get to know your city is on a bicycle!
We are also proud to feature a story highlighting how three of our local businesses are incorporating sustainability into their operations. Several of our Mission entrepreneurs across various sectors - a hair salon, a coffee shop, and a brewery - share their commitments not only to environmental sustainability but also to things like a sustainable living wage. We are excited to continue to highlight their successes and the successes of other retailers and services providers throughout the Mission community.
The final story in this issue showcases the “Kids Feeding Kids” program. The Consumer and Family Services teacher at Horizons High School has partnered with Pete’s Garden to bring an important program on food waste, food insecurity, and giving back to the community to the students in her classroom. I’m always inspired to discover these kinds of opportunities right here in our metro area.
I hope there is something in this issue that piques your interest or challenges you to explore more sustainable practices in your own daily life. And, whether your summer plans have you sticking close to home or taking off on a new adventure, I encourage you to find the time to relax and refresh!
-Sollie Flora, Mayor
6 Sustainability starts at home
10 For the love of biking
14 Learning the birds and
24 Bulletin board
28 Local businesses put the
spotlight on sustainability
34 Serving with love
Publisher David Small
Editor Kris Baker
Advertising Executive Angie Riffel
Graphic Designer Mike Nickells
Editorial Board Stoney Bogan
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