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   https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59869/ontario-enhancing-protection-for-species-at-risk. 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

Developments:

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 www.commcareptbo.org/BeALifeline.

Media Contacts:

Sarah McCall, Community Development Coordinator – Apsley, Community Care, (705)656-4589, smccall@commcareptbo.org, www.commcareptbo.org

Catherine Pink, Director, Support Services, Community Care, (705)742-7067, ext. 204, cpink@commcareptbo.org, www.commcareptbo.org

Alicia Vandine, Donor Relations and Communications Lead, Community Care, avandine@commcareptbo.org, (705)775-3083, ext 224, www.commcareptbo.org

Danielle Belair, Executive Director, Community Care, dbelair@commcareptbo.org, (705)775-3083, ext. 210, www.commcareptbo.org

Reminder: 

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.

Reminder:

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.

Regards,
Diane Rothnie, Treasurer
705-313-0550

The email address to use for fund transfers is: northkawarthafoodbank@gmail.com

News Bulletin #2 – Sayers Foods Fire

As promised, please find attached an update and information on how to help

Township of North Kawartha

Message from the Mayor from her facebook page:

Thanks tokawarthaNOW.com for sharing my update. We will be working withSayers Foods, local agencies, community groups, MPPDave Smith, MP Maryam Monsef to coordinate a multi-faceted response for both immediate and on-going needs. The offers of support are overwhelming and very much appreciated. Coordinating this support into effective action will be crucial. I will keep you posted. Thank you

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

How an we help?

At this time the North Kawartha Foodbank has indicated that funds would be the most helpful means of supporting the community. Please consider donating individually at this time.

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.

Regards,
Diane Rothnie, Treasurer
705-313-0550

The email address to use for fund transfers is: northkawarthafoodbank@gmail.com

North Kawartha Now – additional news article

https://kawarthanow.com/2020/12/05/with-sayers-foods-destroyed-by-fire-access-to-food-is-immediate-challenge-for-apsley-residents/

News Bulletin – Dec. 2020

Fire at Sayers Foods

2020 has dealt yet another blow to Apsley. This time in the form of a fire at Sayers Food.  Details reported here.  This must be devastating to the family and community. We will watch for any news on how we can be of assistance and forward it along. 

Photo credit: Sayers Foods in Apsley was engulfed in flames in the early morning of December 5, 2020. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)

Gypsy Moth Update

Gypsy Moth UpdateWe have received this update on the extent of Gypsy Moth infestation.  For full details, visit ontario.ca/page/gypsy-moth
You can see the impact in cottage country. 

Dear 2020,
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
Sincerely, 
Everyone

Natural Edge Program

Kawartha Region

On behalf of Watersheds Canada and KLSA (Kawartha Lake Stewards Assocation)

KLSA has received a grant from Watersheds Canada to undertake the Natural Edge Program https://watersheds.ca/our-work/the-natural-edge/at 10 waterfront properties. KLSA has also partnered with Kawartha Conservation to further enhance and re-naturalize lakes within the Kawartha region.

The objective of the program is to revegetate and re-naturalize the Kawartha Lakes shoreline. 

We are seeking your help in identifying potential sites.

The project consists of the following components:

  1. Identify potential sites. These sites can be private or public lands and should typically be close to the water’s edge. 
  2. Conduct a site visit to provide advice on how to improve the shoreline.  A planting plan will be developed cooperatively with the landowner and will identify which native species are best suited for the area. The development of the planting plan will be undertaken by a Watersheds Canada representative or someone trained by Watersheds Canada to undertake the survey.
  3. Once the site visit is completed, the property owner will receive a Shoreline Re-naturalization Starter Kit.  The Kit includes the site specific planting plan, plants and materials, and resource materials (ex. Habitat Creation Guide and Wildflower Garden Guide).
  4. Under the project, the property owner will receive coconut mats (45), mulch, bare root plants (35), potted plants (10) and wildflowers (5). The landowners, with the assistance of KLSA members, will undertake the planting of the vegetation.
  5. Cost:  the cost of the project to the owner is $250  (typically, the plants alone are worth more than this cost).
  6. Timing:  The events of 2020 means that the project has been extended until the Fall of 2021.  However, KLSA would like to undertake some of the site assessments in mid to late September subject to provincial and regional health authorities COVID 19 guidance.

A copy of the Watersheds Canada brochure can be found and downloaded here.

If you are interested in participating, or if you know of any candidate sites, please contact KLSA at Kawarthalakessteward@yahoo.ca or wnapier100@gmail.com

Also feel free to distribute this information to your friends or neighbours who may be interested in participating in this project.

Thank you for your assistance.
William A. Napier
Chair,
Kawartha Lake Stewards Association
https://klsa.wordpress.com/

FOCA August 2020-Thanks-Moths-Loons

FOCA ELert for August 2020.

Please click here to read the full August Elert

We encourage you to read the newsletter and reference material. Recap of the topics covered:

  • FOCA Cottage Country Survey – Deadline August 24th
  • Advocacy, Policy and Program Updates –
    • Environmental Assessment redesign
    • Cormorant Hunt
    • Federal Aquaculture Act
  • Webinar recap: Gypsy Moth – sponsor Zimmer Air Services – access recording
  • Next Webinar: Targeting Tax – Cottage Succession Planning
  • Covid-19 and the cottage
  • Rural Cell and Internet Service
  • Invasive Species
  • Boating Safety
  • Watershed Protection

Lake Stewards Newsletter:

Please click here to find the Lake Stewards Newsletter

Community Care Apsley – Thanks 

Dear Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association

The Board of the North Kawartha Food Bank wishes to thank you all for your recent generous donation of food.  The whole community has been so quick to respond to the needs of our clients during the pandemic and we are very grateful. 

As a result of the generosity of the community we are able to cancel all our fundraising this year which makes it safer for our volunteers who have worked hard to keep the food bank open as usual.  We have enough money to take us through the winter which is wonderful.  We will miss the fun of our annual Loonie Night but hopefully we will see everyone again in the fall of 2021.

We hope that you have all had a restful summer on the lake and wish you all the best for the uncertainties of opening up in the Fall. 

With our thanks and best wishes,
Daphne Ingram
Chair, North Kawartha Food Bank.
(link to letter)

Gypsy Moth Spraying

Reminder to read the spraying details and complete the spraying survey

Loons in the Bay

6 Loons in the bay (taken from #36)

Loon videos for your viewing delight

Loons Entering the Bay
Loons Leaving the Bay

Gypsy Moth Spraying and A Few More Topics

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Spraying Next Steps Preparing for Spring 2021

In our previous communication, we shared information about spraying Gypsy Moth caterpillars. This is conducted in the spring with a second spray a few weeks later. 

We have set up a survey, reachable by clicking this link, to determine what you, the cottagers, are considering to battle this invasive species. Please complete the survey by September 30th (but it will remain open after that if you forget or are delayed.) The information from this survey will be shared with Paul Zimmer.  We are extending this survey to surrounding lakes, so please identify your lake and property when responding to the survey.

We are hoping that by consolidating our intent and providing it to zimmerair.com, Paul Zimmer’s spraying company, we can provide a big picture view of how much spraying will take place.This is NOT a commitment that you will spray, but rather will aid Paul in reaching out to you for further consultation. Your final decision is between you and Paul. 

As a reminder, these are the sample documents required when you commit. The contract that explains the process and the neighbour waiver.

How safe is spraying? Read about btk by clicking here and here or by searching btk in your favourite search engine.

Click for past info shared regarding moths on the lake and spraying.

Fireworks Reminder

Fireworks are prohibited in the Kawartha Signature Site Park, which includes the lake.   Sparks can cause devastating forest fires.  It is your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to Fire Ban publications.

eMail distribution list

Please ask your cottage neighbours if they are receiving emails.

If they are not, please forward them this email and remind them they can subscribe by clicking here or going to the subscribe link at the footer of the looncalllake.ca web site.

Cottage Association Fee

Gentle reminder if you have not done so already, please e-transfer $20 to Janicemanias@hotmail.com for Loon Call Lake Cottage Association fee.

Thanks from Community Care Apsley Food Bank

Community Care – The delivery was made on Wednesday, August 5th

Wasn’t That a Party

Pandemic Paddle, Food Drive and Piano Bar

We thought Covid-19 had turned the long weekend in August into just an ordinary cottage weekend. But thanks to some creative thinking, August 1st ended up being a spectacular day.

The day dawned beautiful and sunny, and at 10:30 the Pandemic Paddle began. Canoists, kayakers, paddle boarders, people and pets took to the waters. Others stayed on their docks to welecome visitors. Everyone was smiling, chatting and visiting from a distance. 

Thanks to your generosity, a large bin is overflowing with food for the Community Care Apsley food bank to be delivered on Tuesday. (If you still want to donate, please come by Lot 36.)

To top the day off, about two dozen watercraft converged on Lot 7 to listen and sing along with Drew Phillips (on Instagram @drewphillipsmusic). Drew took requests and played to a very satisfied crowd. Highlights included Stacy’s Mom, in which Drew was joined by Scott Phillips; and the Tennessee Whiskey where we learned who will leave the comfort of their boat for a whiskey shot.  Get your request list ready for 2021!

More pictures will be posted on the website as they arrive. You can find them here.

If you took photos please send them to info@looncalllake.ca for publication on the web site