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May Long Weekend

  Corner Pocket Publishing will be closed Monday, May 20 to observe Victoria Day. We hope everyone has a happy and safe May Long Weekend.

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Open House

Golden Estates will host an open house to introduce the project to the public and give the community a chance to glimpse what the completed building will look like on Tuesday, May 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at RES.  During the event, the project team will be meeting with visitors, showing off plans, answering questions, and taking applications. The suites will feature: small, medium and large suites; spacious common rooms; fully wheelchair accessible; quiet lounge with fireplace; furnished guest suites; house manager; light housekeeping/linen service.

Final Countdown Band Concert

 Reston School will be showcasing music by all K - Grade 6 students as well as both bands in "The Final Countdown Concert" in the RS gym on Thursday, May 23rd at 1:00 p.m. Special guest performers are the Elkhorn and Virden High School Bands.

Yard Sale Saturday

 Reston is hosting town wide yard sales on Saturday, May 25 with Hidden Treasures open from 9 - 12 noon. Beef on a Bun at the St. John’s Anglican Church, numerous yard sales around the community and the Reston Art Show from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reston United Church basement.

Senior Spotlight

Thank you to everyone who congratulated Elwyn McConnell on being our Senior’s Spotlight for the month of April. May 24’s spotlight should be very interesting as I had the pleasure of talking with a very dedicated volunteer in the town of Reston. I am very excited to be sharing his story next week. Here’s a hint: he carries a harmonica everywhere he goes.

Just for Laughs

Engineering Problem

 You don't have to be an engineer to appreciate this story

 Procter & Gamble had a problem. They sometimes shipped empty Crest toothpaste boxes without the tube inside. This challenged their perceived quality with the buyers and distributors. Understanding how important the relationship with them was, the CEO of the company assembled his top people. They decided to hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem. The project followed the usual process: budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP, and third-parties selected. Six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution – on time, on budget and high quality. Everyone in the project was pleased.

 They solved the problem by using a high-tech precision scale that would sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box weighed less than it should. The line would stop, someone would walk over, remove the defective box, and then press another button to re-start the line. As a result of the new package-monitoring process, no empty boxes were being shipped out of the factory.

 With no more customer complaints, the CEO felt the $8 million was well spent. He then reviewed the line statistics report and discovered the number of empty boxes picked up by the scale in the first week was consistent with projections, however, the next three weeks were zero! The estimated rate should have been at least a dozen boxes a day.  He had the engineers check the equipment, they verified the report as accurate.

 Puzzled, the CEO travelled down to the factory, viewed the part of the line where the precision scale was installed, and observed just ahead of the new $8 million dollar solution sat a $20 desk fan blowing the empty boxes off the belt and into a bin. He asked the line supervisor what that was about.

 "Oh, that," the supervisor replied, "Bert, the kid from maintenance, put it there because he was tired of walking over, removing the box and re-starting the line every time the bell rang.

 

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