The Planting Palooza was Pleasant

What a beautiful day. Cottagers paddled to various docks for plant pickup. There were more fun and photos as they planted. It was nice to get out and see cottage neighbours (physically distanced, of course) once again.

Looking forward to seeing the results as we paddle around the lake this summer and in years to come.

Reminder to send photos to by June 26th, for the draw on June 27th.
(photos are posted when they arrive)

The Planting Palooza is Upon Us

Pickup: Saturday June 19th 10:00 am -11:00 am

LotPickup Point
1, 2, 3, 6, 72 – Henry
15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 2522 – JP
28, 32, 35, 3636 – Vickie
41, 42, 43, 44, 4949 – Sue
51, 55, 57, 60, 62, 63, 6560 – Brian
66, 67, 70, 71, 7370 – Jacquie
Summary of pickup points

Send planting pictures to by June 26th to be entered into the draw on June 27th.

Two Winter Topics

Species at Risk

Funding is available from Ontario to help preserve plants, insects, fish and wildlife throughout the province.

For full details, visit If you are at a loss for ideas, the site includes suggestions for how funding could be used. 

Applications for funding for the 2021-2022 Species at Risk Stewardship Program are now open. 
Individuals, communities and organizations have until 3 p.m. on February 9, 2021, to apply.

Please go ahead and apply directly. 

Final Call – Gypsy Moth Spraying

We are finalizing the commitments for Gypsy Moth Spraying.

If you have not provided your ROLL number or you have reconsidered and would like to do Gypsy Moth Spraying, please complete the survey here. 

This will be the final Loon Call Lake communication on this topic. You can go direct to Zimmer if you wish.

Contracts must must be completed by March 31st. 

Counting the days until it’s cottage weather again,
your Loon Call Lake Executive

Drew Phillips Presents…

Performing and Giving

Loon Call Lake’s own Drew Phillips, Lot 7, did a fundraising virtual concert on Saturday, Dec 19 with all proceeds going towards the North Kawartha Food Bank. $2,004 was raised and forwarded to the food bank.

What an treat to have Drew in the Loon Call Lake family.

Thanks for all you do!

News Bulletin #4 – Sayers Foods Fire

Loon Call Lake Cottager’s Association Support Survey

We have created a survey for you to take to determine Loon Call Lake Cottager’s Association support for the Apsley community following the Sayers Foods Fire.  Please respond once per cottage property. 

When more than 42 unique responses confirm support (50% of the cottages) we will proceed with a contribution to the North Kawartha Foodbank. 

Please take the survey here.

Updated Information – Support for the Apsley Community

Community Care Will Be a Lifeline and Asks for Assistance in Apsley

The fire at Sayers Food Town in Apsley has left many residents in the Township of North Kawartha, who are without transportation, unable to access food and a supply of regular groceries.

Community Care which already offers Meals on Wheels, grocery delivery and transportation support throughout North Kawartha is offering to further subsidize these programs to ensure that all residents who need financial or access help, can get the food supplies they need.

“We never stopped supporting our clients throughout the COVID-19 crisis and we will continue to support the residents of Apsley and this Township through this too,” said Danielle Belair – Executive Director of Community Care. “Our program office in Apsley will assist residents who are unable to drive, those who do not own a vehicle or will struggle to pay to travel to Buckhorn, Bancroft or Lakefield to buy groceries by coordinating volunteer drivers to take residents shopping or delivering groceries to them.”

With the nearest alternatives being 40 kilometres southwest to Buckhorn, 45 kilometres north to Bancroft or 50 kilometres south of the village of Lakefield, the cost to travel to these locations ranges between $30 to $50 to get groceries.

“We will also provide meals through our Meals on Wheels to help bridge the need,” added Belair. “Community Care is here as a lifeline and I would encourage those who can to join us as we support this community.”

Be A Lifeline


Community Care’s client services team has been working hard to come up with solutions to aid residents.

  • Hamilton Bus Lines is donating the gas and driver to provide free bus transportation on Tuesdays and Fridays to Bancroft for residents to purchase their groceries. Pick up spots will be outside the Community Care office in Apsley located at 126 Burleigh Street and North Kawartha Community Centre located at 340 McFadden Rd, starting Friday, December 11th.

“This bus transport is available for all residents at no charge,” said Sarah McCall – Community Care’s Community Development Coordinator in Apsley. “Community Care will coordinate all the scheduling for these drives.”

  • Community Care’s Caremobile will also be providing transportation every Wednesday for residents at these pick up locations who might require accessible transportation options.

“We will be able to transport people to either Bancroft or Lakefield with the Caremobile, depending on the need,” added McCall.

  • Volunteer drivers will also be available to accommodate any special requests.

“We will do our best to accommodate any special needs or requests with our volunteer drivers.

For people who live outside Apsley, who need help to get to one of the scheduled bus pick up locations, our volunteer drivers will assist by getting people to town,” said McCall. “They have been reaching out to us, wanting to help,” said McCall.

  • Shopping buddies are ready to help too.

“If someone needs assistance getting their groceries, we have some volunteers who are ready to assist with this too,” added McCall.

  • Frozen Meals on Wheels options will be made available for anyone with an immediate need.

“We have frozen meals in our freezer and we can make them available to anyone who needs immediate support,” said McCall.

Community Care will act as the hub to coordinate and schedule these free transportation services and access to meals.

For more information, call Community Care at (705)656-4589 or visit

Media Contacts:

Sarah McCall, Community Development Coordinator – Apsley, Community Care, (705)656-4589,,

Catherine Pink, Director, Support Services, Community Care, (705)742-7067, ext. 204,,

Alicia Vandine, Donor Relations and Communications Lead, Community Care,, (705)775-3083, ext 224,

Danielle Belair, Executive Director, Community Care,, (705)775-3083, ext. 210,


Mayor Carolyn Amyotte’s facebook is @mayoramyotte, should you wish to follow her for this and other news in North Kawartha and cottage country.

The North Kawartha facebook page can be found here.  Updated information is posted there as well as on the North Kawartha web site.

News Bulletin #3 – Sayers Foods Fire

Further update from North Kawartha Public Notice 

Township of North Kawartha

The Economic Development Co-operative of North Kawartha (EDCNK) met virtually with the Sayers family, the Mayor, Township CAO and various community leaders on Sunday Dec 6, 2020 to begin formulating a community response and action plan to deal with the loss of Sayers Foods, Apsley and North Kawartha’s only grocery store. The immediate outpouring of support from so many has been overwhelming and humbling.

A task force has been created to mobilize volunteers and donations and is gathering information on next steps. Stay tuned for updates.

For residents with immediate food insecurity: please call the North Kawartha Food Bank at: (705) 656-1748 and for any assistance with shopping and/or transportation please call Community Care at (705) 656-4589.

For further inquiries, please contact North Kawartha’s Economic Development Officer, Chris Challenger at; (705)-656-5152.

On behalf of the Sayers, Apsley and North Kawartha we want to thank everyone for all the offers of assistance and appreciate your patience and understanding as we get organized to respond to this challenge.


Mayor Carolyn Amyotte’s facebook is @mayoramyotte, should you wish to follow her for this and other news in North Kawartha and cottage country.

The North Kawartha facebook page can be found here.

Repeat Info: Message from the North Kawartha Foodbank

Thank you for reaching out to us. At the present time, monetary donations enable us to purchase the staples that we need to assist the additional and ongoing families in need of food supplies. The full effects of the devastating fire will be revealed as we move forward. We will be meeting today via Zoom to discuss this further with the Sayers family, local politicians and concerned citizens. Donations may be made via e-transfer directly into our bank account. Please use the “message” section to enter your address so that we may recognize the donation with a tax receipt.

Thank you again for your offer of support in this community tragedy. Together we will get through this.

Diane Rothnie, Treasurer

The email address to use for fund transfers is: