Striking A Balance – Bears, soapboxes and craft sales

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Be Bear Aware

A mother bear with three cubs has been seen in several areas of Clinton, including near Reg Conn Park where students walk to school each day.

Residents are reminded to ensure that they leave nothing outside that would attract these hungry bruins. Due to the hot, dry conditions in the summer there is very little food in the hills for the bears. This is causing them to come into populated areas in search of food. They are trying to bulk up before hibernation.

They are attracted by such things as fruit left on trees or lying on the ground, pet food stored outdoors, garbage, birdfeed, etc. They have even been known to knock over barbecues to get at any grease that may remain.

I’ve been told that at least one bear has been trapped and disposed of as a result of being too close to a residential area.

Please do yourself and the bears a favour by keeping all attractants put away in a safe place (in a garage for instance). Bears can smell food from a kilometre away.

Do not put birdfeeders out until after the bears have gone into hibernation. Keep garbage inside until it is time to put it out for pickup (if you have that service) or until you take it to the Eco Depot. Store pet food indoors. If you still have apples in your yard, pick and dispose of them. They can be taken way back into the bush and left for the animals there if you wish.

We can all do our part to keep the bears (and our pets and families) safe.

Soapbox Derby

Unfortunately I had to work on Saturday, Oct. 17 so I was unable to attend the Clinton Soapbox Derby. I have been told that it was great fun with 10 entries careening down the School Hill on Cariboo Ave. adjacent to David Stoddart School.

Cst. Rob Marshall used the radar gun to clock the speeds of the entries. They were traveling from 20 to 25 km/h so no speeding tickets in the 30-km/h School Zone.

Congratulations to all whom entered. It sounds like I missed a lot of fun.

Busy Weekend Coming Up

There is no lack of things to do on the weekend of Oct. 23-25 in Clinton. Plan to drop by the Clinton Country Artists and Friends Sale on Friday evening 7-9pm and again on Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm in the Legion basement.

Also on Saturday is the Clinton CiB-hosted Fall Craft Sale in the Memorial Hall where 20 different vendors will display their wares. In addition to the large variety of goods there will also be a concession so you can shop and lunch in the same location.

This is the major fund raising event for the Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee. Come and do some shopping and support the CiB Committee from 10 am until 3 pm.

Susan Swan