Rockin’ & Talkin’ – April is Cancer Society and Earth month

Zee Chevalier writes a monthly column for the Clinton Seniors' Association.

April Magic

April blows and April snows; it also shines and showers.

April’s nature’s opening act for Spring’s big show of flowers.

April sprinkles her magic rinse upon the still cold ground

to start the “splendour in the grass” and the greening all around.

April’s not the “cruellest month,” no matter what they say;

it washes winter’s sullen face to reveal the smiles of May.

– William Bedford

Spring is officially here. The calendar says so! The Vernal Equinox was March 20. So why is it still feeling and looking a lot like winter? It’s hard to think Spring and gardening when four inches of snow covers the ground.

Clinton Seniors Association provided a little bit of Spring on March 12 in the form of bright yellow daffodils. Thank you to everyone who made the Daffodil Tea such a success. Lucky winner of the door prize was Josephine Gossett and Christine Johnstone won the Guessing Game.

We’re all winners as part of the proceeds was forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society. Dollars translates into finding ways to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life for people with cancer and their families. The impact of cancer is enormous and it takes considerable investment to make progress in the fight against more than 200 types of cancer diseases. The Canadian Cancer Society focuses on critical cancer prevention and advocacy initiatives, investing in outstanding research and delivering trusted information and compassionate support. The Canadian Cancer Society led the way in the fight in B.C. and Yukon in 2012/13.

April is Cancer month. Watch for the pin boxes in offices and businesses throughout Clinton for the month of April. Wear a yellow daffodil pin in support of the fight against cancer.

Easter Sunday is April 20 followed by Earth Day on the 22nd.

Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned about conserving the natural beauty of our country.

We all can take action to  reduce our impact on the environment. Read on for some quick, easy and affordable ways to reduce our carbon imprint and lessen our impact on the earth:

*  Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and use aerators on faucets and shower heads.

*  Donate, reuse and recycle items instead of putting them in the garbage.

*  Walk or cycle whenever possible instead of driving your car.

*  Choose locally grown foods in season, when possible and try to eat less meat.

*  Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang out on the line to air dry.

*  Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products or use natural products such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda.

*  Buy what you need, not what you want.  Consider renting or borrowing things you don’t often use.

*  Take short showers instead of baths and shut off water taps while brushing your teeth or shampooing your hair.

*  Be mindful of correct settings for your thermometers and use of air conditioners and fans.

*  Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible.

Let’s all strive to be environmentally responsible.

Happy Birthday April 20 to Loretta Ferguson.

“Age does not protect you from love, But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

–  Anais Anais Nin

Zee Chevalier