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Plenty of bears in the Malagash area – are there more than usual?

['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Greetings once again from Malagash. It is always nice to wake up to sunny weather and we sure had it this past weekend.

morning though it wasn't a cheerful wakeup call we had. Usually we hear the chorus of birds singing early and they sound so sweet. However, this morning it was the sound of a neighbour blowing his truck horn in our driveway. There was a bear digging through a bag of garbage next to our workshop.

This, by the way, was we thought safely tucked away in a large wooden box--not so for this bear. He just tore the top off the box. It took Russ quite a few minutes on the air horn and the neighbour on his truck horn to scare it away.

Russ had been up earlier because he thought he had heard something and discovered that our recycling containers had been tipped over, but no sign of Mr. Bear at that time. I guess he was hidden on the far side of the shop.

Does it appear that there are more bears this year? They are being spotted all over our area. Momma and two or three cubs and so on.

Last Sunday, June 9, Pentecost was celebrated in Three Harbours Pastoral Charge with a combined service in Wallace.

It was also the 94th anniversary of the founding of the United Church of Canada so Rev. Connie combined the two – a very interesting service. Lots of trivia questions regarding the church and there were a couple of people who knew most of the answers.

I will have to Google United Church trivia before the 95th next year because she will be sure to ask.

All in all, it was a very colourful service as we were invited to wear the color of flames, red, orange, yellow and white. A good majority did just that – including one guy with a very bright shirt which he purchased in Hawaii! Following the service there was a social hour and good conversations all around the area.

Jannie and Peter Berkelaar were in Halifax on Sunday where Jannie ran the Bluenose half marathon. Jannie has participated quite a number of years and is one of the senior participants and always takes pledges for charity. Delightful picture of her on Facebook proudly displaying her medal. Don't know her standing yet but know it will impressive. Way to go, Jannie.

Well the dandelion season is almost over and there seemed to be a lot lingering around. I think people are beginning to appreciate these yellow flowers and all the benefits of them. They are, of course, a great source of food for bees and other insects.

There are about 100 species of dandelions. Right now, dandelion syrup is simmering on my stove and after about two hours will be thick enough to bottle. Every part of the plant is useful. Up until the 1800s people pulled all the grass from the lawns in order to let the dandelion and other useful weeds grow. Most of this information came from a recent CSA News. I can't take credit for it except for the Dandelion syrup.

The Malagash Church will be holding its annual Open Doors service on Sunday, June 23rd and a special invitation is extended to all cottagers and visitors to attend.

coffee pot will be on at 8:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 9. I know its early but following the service you have the rest of the day to enjoy! re will be special music and lots of other extras. Come and worship with your neighbours and possibly make new friends.

Have a good week everyone and be careful. We always warn everyone to watch out for deer on the roads but just the other day apparently a bear was hit. It was able to run off so it would appear that it is probably just bruised and not hurt too much. I don't know about the car though! Speaking of bees,here is another quote from Marjorie in her little book Bee Attitudes: “Be always sure to do right. It will please some people and astonish the rest"

Marian Durling covers the Malagash area for the Amherst News.

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