Trail Closure

You may have seen a Trail Closure notice at the Metamora bridge in the Medway. We have already indicated to the city staff involved that the community supports repairing the bridge. However, because the bridge has been deemed structurally unstable, the City is required to close approaches to the bridge. We have been told that the area shown on the map that is closed includes the entrance to the Valley that is behind the Monastery because the City cannot direct users to private properties.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact city staff directly as per the information on the attached, or we can pass along comments and replies.

Results of Halloween Survey

Here are the results of the OPSF Halloween Survey.

It seems like most people in our neighbourhood who answered the survey like to participate in Halloween, but it won’t be as busy a night this year for participation.

Here is a spreadsheet with three tabs showing the results of the survey questions as well as a grouping of the open-ended comments.

207 respondents answered the survey. (There are approximately 900 households in the neighborhood and about 500 people are on the e mail list).

The comments indicate that it is a pretty close split between don’t do it and leave treats out, or handing out via social distancing. Also, many people have ideas about their own parties etc.

So it seems like Halloween will happen in our area for those who want to participate – which will largely be by leaving out treats or social distancing. Likely there will be fewer kids participating this year given the families who report they want to do their own event with a few friends or just their family.

Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Halloween Survey final results

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.

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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