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

There’s More: Pandemic Paddle, Food Drive and Piano Bar

Pandemic Paddle

A few Loon Call Lake friends were chatting about how lucky we are to be cottaging on such a magnificent lake. We were expressing our disappointment in not being able to visit with our lake friends and neighbours at the annual regatta and corn roast this year. That’s when the Pandemic Paddle was born.

When: Saturday August 1st @ 10:30 onwards
What: The idea is to depart  from your dock at 10:30 a.m. in your non-motorized boat (canoe, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat….) and to paddle clockwise around the lake visiting and chatting with fellow loon call lakers. If you choose not to paddle, feel free to come down to your dock to say hello.

Hope to see you on the lake!
Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons Lot 65

Take photos and send them to info@looncalllake.ca for publication on the web site

Food Bank

Drop non-Perishable food items at dock 36 (Hartog’s).
We’ll drop them at the Apsley Community Care Tuesday next week

Piano Bar

Saturday August 1st, 5-7 pm, Drew Phillips will be providing musical entertainment on his dock (Lot 7).

Feel free to boat up, drop anchor and enjoy!!
All cottagers welcome!


Drew Phillips

Special Thank You – Community Care – Apsley

Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association received this grateful message from Community Care – Apsley


Good afternoon Ms. Manias,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association for the generous donation of $500.00 to our Community Care – Apsley office.  We truly appreciate the support.

I have attached a formal thank you letter for the members of the Association.

Thank you for supporting Community Care.

Sincerely,
Danielle
Danielle Belair
Executive Director
Community Care Peterborough

First (and only?) Pandemic Paddle – August 1st 10:30

A few Loon Call Lake friends were chatting about how lucky we are to be cottaging on such a magnificent lake. We were expressing our disappointment in not being able to visit with our lake friends and neighbours at the annual regatta and corn roast this year. That’s when the Pandemic Paddle was born.

When: Saturday August 1st @ 10:30 onwards
What: The idea is to depart  from your dock at 10:30 a.m. in your non-motorized boat (canoe, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat….) and to paddle clockwise around the lake visiting and chatting with fellow loon call lakers. If you choose not to paddle, feel free to come down to your dock to say hello.

Hope to see you on the lake!

Take photos and send them to info@looncalllake.ca for publication on the web site

Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons
Lot 65

To The Rescue!

Tom Parsons and Heather Thornton smelled smoke on July 20th and engaged Murray Rochon and Sladjana to bring water to a fire burning beside the beaver pond near Fire Route 57. They called in the fire department, too, and with all of this help, the fire was successfully extinguished.

Thanks for saving our forest and the wildlife!

What a team!