Dump the Pump Day will be held today in Garden City. With high gas prices on everyone's mind, Finney County Transit announced they will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the annual national Dump the Pump Day today by offering free rides on their transit system all day. The 2012 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline and help reduce greenhouse gases.

"Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices," Bonnie Burgardt said. "If gas prices are too high for you, then 'dump the pump' and take a free ride on a bus on June 21."

After housing, transportation is the second highest cost for American families. As gas prices continue to rise, these families will be looking for alternative ways to travel. Households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation.

"Public transportation also has an important role to play in helping to reduce greenhouse gases," Burgardt said. "If you leave your car behind to take public transportation, you will be helping to combat climate change." According to a study prepared by ICF International and titled Broadening the Connection between Public Transportation and Energy Conservation, public transportation reduces our nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.

With gas prices higher than ever and financial concerns affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride public transportation. The National Dump the Pump Day today is an opportunity for people across the country to make a difference in their wallet, as well as in the environment. By participating in the annual national Dump the Pump Day, we hope people who have never used public transportation will decide to give us a try instead of driving their car. Try us out for free today. To schedule a ride on the Mini Bus or to learn where City Link stops, call 272-3620.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Presbyterian Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Today is Dump the Pump Day. Use this opportunity to ride the bus for free. TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The Snooker Tournament begins at 1 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association board meets at 3:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge meets at 7 p.m.

Tuesday begins with gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing starts at 1 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. is the Inez Wasinger free dance night featuring the Ortiz Band. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast pork with potatoes and gravy, oriental vegetables, wheat roll, frosted lime gelatin.

Friday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, pudding.

Monday: Meat loaf, au gratin potatoes, broccoli salad, wheat roll, rosy applesauce.

Tuesday: Turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, wheat roll, fruit gelatin salad.

Wednesday: Pepper steak, rice, carrots, wheat bread, strawberries and pears.

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