Beaver Creek

Halloween Story for Kids

Dracula

This is the story that I told the younger kids at our Gazebo on Halloween before they all headed off to the haunted house followed by trick-or-treating.

Dracula's Secret

Galloping horses pull a coach along a dark road. The driver shouts to me. "We will arrive at the castle soon. I'll drop you off and leave at once. I must get out of these woods before the moon rises. Strange things happen around here during the full moon."

"What kind of things?" I ask.

Beaver Creek Featured in SNAP

SNAP Kitchener/Waterloo Logo

I just received notice from my trusty Google Alert that Beaver Creek has been mentioned on the SNAP Kitchener/Waterloo site.

Beaver Creek Housing Cooperative in Waterloo is a great community to call home! On Sept. 13th they held their 2nd annual Fall Fair. From first thing in the morning until the wee hours, there was a jam packed day full of exciting events and activities for the whole family and live music from " Noisy Neighbours " to close the festivities. Even a torrential rainstorm didn't dampen the spirit of all involved!

Bugs of Beaver Creek: Stink Bugs

Stink Bug

Though people commonly refer to all insects as bugs, entomologically the term is reserved for a specific group of insects called “true bugs”. These insects have characteristic needle-like mouthparts that stab and suck the liquefied contents from other organisms like a straw. They form a large order of insects called Hemiptera, which includes a particularly pungent bunch of bugs:

Stink Bugs

Coming in a range of colours and patterns, the shield-shaped stink bugs can be quite an attractive lot of insects. Unfortunately for us (but fortunately for them), they stink!

Bugs of Beaver Creek: Ants

Ant

I use the term “bugs” in the title to encompass all insects, arachnids, and other non-insect arthropods. Bugs pollinate our plants, mix and aerate our soil, dispose of carrion and dung, feed on pests and provide food for other life forms. In return, many of us fear them, swat or squish them, spray them with poisons, or at best ignore them. It must be said that we depend upon bugs far more than they depend on us. Indeed, if they were to suddenly disappear it is doubtful whether the human species would be able to survive as we do, if at all.

There is a group of insects that has colonized almost every terrestrial habitat on the planet, and consequently there are a lot of them here at Beaver Creek. They were the first insect I sighted this spring and are fascinating animals if you take a closer look:

Oak, Quercus

Giant oak with man.

Beaver Creek has three varieties of oak. The oaks along the road are red oaks. The oak between Block Five and Block Six is a white oak. And the oak in the field beside Block Nine is a bur oak. There is also a bur oak near the fire pit and in among the sumac behind Block Two.

In his book, Oak: The Frame of Civilization, William Logan emphasizes the critical relationship humanity has had with oak since the ending of the last ice ages about 15,000 years ago. This is an excellent book and is available from the library, call number 634.9721. Most of the information in this article is extracted from this book.

Community Centre Makeover Underway

View from foyer

Over the weekend the Marketing Committee had our Community Centre closed so that they could get started on giving it a makeover. It is now Monday and is open for business. Note that this marks the end of "phase 1" and that work will continue through this week and next weekend to bring a close to "phase 2." Be sure to check out our 2008 Community Centre Makeover gallery to see before, during, and after pictures, or better yet stop in for a visit.

2008 Earth Hour Wrap-up

Roll your own

On Saturday a group of members, their families and guests celebrated Earth Hour together. We gathered in our Community Centre where we were able to roll our own beeswax candles which we lit and took for a walk through the darkened streets. Arriving back at our Community Centre, a member told entranced young and old with some stories. Members were invited to stay for a cup of tea and discuss how we could make Beaver Creek even more "green."

Special thanks to Candlepower for donating the candle supplies, to Ryan Chen-Wing from The Record for covering the event, and to all of the members who helped out or attended this event. Be sure to check out our 2008 Earth Hour gallery for more photos from the event.

Roll your own

Roll your own

Members and their families were able to roll their own beeswax candles, which were later lit for a community walk and storytelling.

A little help

A little help

Community teens volunteered to provide instructions and some extra help making the beeswax candles.