February 26, 2021 – (NEWCASTLE, ON) – Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster was on hand today at Rona Newcastle to receive the first Bell at the launch of the “Forest Bear Bell” initiative. John Albi at Rona has kindly offered to make the Forest Bear Bells available to dog owners, and to donate $2.00 of each Bell purchase to the Clarington Animal Shelter.
The Forest Bear Bell was designed by Newcastle resident Rita Smith after she stepped over giant piles of bear poo at Stephen’s Gultch last fall. Following a winter of research, Smith has finalized what she believes is the most practical and cost-effective version of the Forest Bear Bell, which is also now being used on goats and horses.
Upon presentation of the Forest Bear Bell to Mayor Foster, Smith read the following Ode prepared for the occasion:
Bears in Spring
By Rita Smith
So now, as all the bears awake
With tasks to do and plans to make
Just as their hibernation ends
They want to entertain their friends.
I’m sure there’ll be a bear or two
Out shopping for a BBQ.
Propane tanks and bright umbrellas
For lady bears and nice bear fellas.
No doubt there are a lot of lairs
In need of annual repairs.
They’ll look around for things they need
Like fertilizer, soil and seed.
Lumber, nails, and pipe and cable
To fix things up when they are able.
Any question? No, there ain’t –
There is no doubt that bears need paint!
Bears love plants and bears love flowers
Near berry bushes, they’ll spend hours!
One thing that sleepy bears don’t like
Is nosey dogs out on a hike.
Or bears might tell them “Go to Rona!”
“Buy a bell, and wear that thing!
And let my eyes get used to spring.”
And then to Rona we must go
Through ice and sleet and hail and snow.
So when CoronaVirus ends
Our homes are ready for our friends.