Dave Stewart introduced Stephanie Fancher-English as our guest speaker today.  Stephanie is an officer with the Loveland Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.  This is a family owned business that has been around for 65 years and has 75 employees.  Aggregate products include sand, crushed stone, rip rap, flag stone and boulders.  This is a mining operation, as Stephanie put it, “if it can’t be grown, it must be mined”.  She went on to discuss how aggregate mining is essential to the growth and development of communities from roads to building construction.  We see mining operations around in various stages just for the fact that it is more cost effective to mine for products where they are using them versus the huge expense of having to ship the products needed.  Stephanie finished her presentation with Loveland Ready Mix’s commitment to restoring mining sites back to useful pieces of land or even back to their pristine original conditions.  Stephanie did a great job and you can contact her at Loveland Ready Mix Concrete for any further information you may want.  Fancher-English spoke of the challenges to the mining industry, and to communities/homes near mines.