September News

Information sheet on unsanctioned gatherings

We received an information sheet from Councillor Squire regarding information about social gatherings during the COVID 19 restrictions.

Sneak thieves

Sneak thieves are still about. If you do park your car outside, be sure it is locked. It is also recommended that you bring your garage door opener indoors so that it doesn’t become a target for a thief.

No AGM in 2020

The Executive wants to remind you that we are not holding our ratepayers Annual General Meeting this year out of an abundance of caution. We are also extending the length of paid memberships to May 2021. If you did pay membership since this May, your membership will remain current until May 2022.

Traffic disruptions around Western Sept 3-7

From Western’s Housing Office

With the new school year just around the corner, Western University is going to welcome thousands of students coming back to the campus and the city of London in a few days. This year, residence move-in days will be extended to five days, from Thursday, September 3 to Monday September 7, 2020. During this period, increased traffic is expected on campus and in the surrounding areas. To assist with student pedestrian safety during Orientation Week, University Bridge and sections of Lambton Drive, Huron Drive and Philip Aziz Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monday, September 7 until Saturday, September 12, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. If there are any questions, please contact our office at (519) 661.3550 or email us at off-campus.housing@uwo.ca

July News

Gypsy Moth Caterpillars
This seems to be a banner year for Gypsy Moths.

A mature Gypsy Moth caterpillar is approximately 6 cm long, and can be identified by the pairs of dots along its back – five pairs of blue dots, followed by six pairs of red dots. The caterpillars feed mainly on deciduous trees and shrubs. Their favourite foods include oak, maple, birch and serviceberry. The young caterpillars will hang from trees on silk threads and be blown long distances by the wind.

Young caterpillars feed throughout the day, but as they mature they come down from the crown of the tree during the heat of the day to seek shade. At this stage, homeowners can trap the caterpillars on the tree trunk. To make a trap, wrap a strip of burlap, approximately 45 cm (17″) wide, around the tree trunk at chest height. Tie a string around the centre of the burlap and fold the upper portion down to form a skirt, with the string acting as a belt. The caterpillars will crawl under the burlap to escape the sun and become trapped. Later in the day, lift the burlap, pick off the caterpillars, and dispose of them.

For more information about them and what you might do, check out:
http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Trees-Forests/Pages/Gypsy-Moth.aspx
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Neighborhood Update

Update from the OPSFR Executive

We have postponed the BBQ and Annual General Meeting for the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers until further notice. Hopefully we can arrange something in the fall. We will also delay the collection of dues.

Please note that the Next Door mailing you may have received is not something that the Ratepayers have initiated.

Update on Sherwood Forest Park and Road Work on Runnymede and Abbey Rise

We are waiting to hear from City staff whether or not the park development is one of the projects the city will be delaying because of its financial crunch due to COVID-19. One project that is currently still on the books for this year is the road work on Runnymede. However, we have been advised at this point, work on Abbey Rise is delayed a year.

Reminder: Volunteers in the Neighbourhood

As a reminder, there are volunteers in the neighbourhood willing to help out. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sandy if you would like someone to pick up groceries or other items you need.