End of Summer Wrap Up

In spite of a summer with more rain, it has still been a busy summer for NeighbourWoods North. Fundraisers, tree tending, individual donations, and meetings with the Owen Sound Hospital administrative staff have kept members of the steering committee and volunteers busy.

We started the summer early in June with a fundraising yard sale. Ruth Scheel and Mayda Palcic Reid coordinated the donations. Members of the Owen Sound Walking Group contributed goods in quantity and quality. A special thanks to Lynda and Paul Matthies for hosting the event which made $1000 for NeighbourWoods North. Feast in the Field was hosted by Tim Dixon, Jackie Dixon, and MaryAnne Dixon at their new winery in Georgian Bluffs. Gleason Brook Winery provided a beautiful backdrop to an indigenous influenced meal prepared by Chef Zach Keeshig, raising over $8000. Another fundraiser ends our summer on September 19 when Music for a Change takes place at Heartwood Concert Hall. Local performers Tara & Trevor Mackenzie, Patrick Mullin, Larry Jensen, Deanne Hallman, Peter Devlin, Fred Dawson and Bob Menzies play in support of Michael Den Tandt, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Federal Liberal Candidate. Tickets are $15 plus service charge online and $20 at the door. All proceeds go to NeighbourWoods North.

Our fourth summer tree tending opportunity at the Owen Sound Hospital Forest of Hope & Healing occurs this Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 6:30 to about 8 pm. No watering, but we will be mulching, fertilizing, wrapping seedlings, staking, removing stakes, weed whacking, etc. Usual libation at Midtown Station following the tree care. Check out more information here. During a dry spell in July we watered. In one three hour period we poured 5800 liters of water. The young trees are appearing as they grow and as volunteers have done weed whacking on at least two occasions. We spent a rainy morning at Kelso tending the trees planted in the fall of 2017. Thank you to all the volunteers who help out.

We've had several individual donations of more mature trees. Thanks to individuals on the steering committee we have been able to go dig out the trees and transplant them to the Hospital Forest of Hope & Healing. We're keeping our fingers crossed that these more mature trees take root in their new home.

Administratively our leaders Lloyd Lewis and Gord Edwards have continued to speak with Owen Sound Hospital Administration staff to discuss the Healing Path which will run throughout the hospital grounds. Check out our fancy new map. Perhaps as early as this fall we will be adding more features to the map as our discussions move forward. Originally we had planned on adding the path in year five but both the community involvement and funding opportunities seem to have moved it forward. We can't forget a shout out to the hospital's facilities team and and TNT Property Maintenance for helping to start the healing path with their grass cutting.

We will have lots to do this fall to follow up on all our summer work. Additional paths need to be mapped out. Business and organizational partners need to be contacted and consulted. Planning for additional trees and flowers. Funding to be applied for. Trees continue to need tending. Schools are beginning to ask for assistance with their grounds. Follow up to last year's planting at École East Ridge Community School.

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