Tuesday 31 July 2012

Water and fire bans stand until significant rain falls July 30 2012

Water and fire bans stand until significant rain falls

http://bit.ly/Mw1Xfz Midland Freepress

Hope we can get enough rain over the next few days to get the ban lifted.

Monday 30 July 2012

Section Directors

Just a reminder that the Section Directors will be coming around collecting the dues and distributing our Newsletter starting this weekend. Also the notice on the AGM, Funday, BBQ too.

Boating Safety

One of the members of our Beach Association flipped his boat this weekend. Both Police and Fire responded to the flip. I am not naming names as it could have been just about any one in the association.

In his own words:
 "Got dumped in the water at the north end of CWB by a wave that tipped my 12' boat about .5km off shore (in about 6.5' of water). Please do a post about actually wearing life jackets (and not just having them in the boat). There wouldn't have been so much emergency response noise if I had been actually wearing mine."  

So here are some links on lifejackets and boating safety:

Stand up paddle boards and peddle boats require lifejackets:

Keeping your kids safe on and near the water starts with the right lifejacket. Watch our video to learn more:
http://bit.ly/T1gmUA YouTube

Dive Flags Video - Learn how to deal with dive flags - and the divers below - safely. #boating - 
http://ow.ly/bTXqn YouTube

Dealing with 
Entrapment Under a Boat and / or in rigging

http://bit.ly/NEG4Pq CYA

Be Safe Out On The Water We Do Not Want To Lose Any One This Summer

Friday 27 July 2012

Fire Ban in Tiny Township

Just a reminder

Fire bans remain in place
http://bit.ly/LRKUHR Midland Freepress

http://bit.ly/N7JDI6 Tiny Township

Due to the hot dry weather, a complete water ban is now in effect. Outdoor water use is not permitted at any time.  Tiny Township
     I am guessing it only applies to those on the Township water systems.

Hope we can get some more rain be fore the long weekend. Lots of brown grass around the beach.

When I see the ban has been lifted I will let you know.

Sunday 22 July 2012

Disposing of fireplace/wood stove ashes

Disposing of fireplace ashes
What should you do with your ashes?

http://bit.ly/O8gwZa Cottage Life

No mater what you do make sure they are cold

Saturday 21 July 2012

When it’s too hot to cook

When it’s too hot to cook
12 ways to make dinner without turning on the heat
http://bit.ly/Np5wZ3 Montreal Gazette
Looks yummy

Thursday 19 July 2012

Cottage Life Dockside July 19 2012

Cottage Life Dockside

Some of the items in this weeks Dockside

A pill to prevent mosquito bites?
A Calgary-based company has created a homeopathic mosquito-repelling pill.

DFO cutbacks will affect your cottage waterway
Expect to see changes after the recent budget cuts.

The kingfisher
Learn more about this majestic bird seen throughout Ontario's cottage country.

Rum-glazed shrimp
Get into a tropical mood by grilling cocktail-sized skewers of sweet and spicy shrimp.

And much more

http://bit.ly/NKsDwS Cottage Life

Wednesday 18 July 2012

We must give our kids a fighting chance around water

We must give our kids a fighting chance around water

http://bit.ly/NzsXw4 Globe and Mail

If you have children or a pool or are on a lake please read this

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Privacy breach may involve 25 Ontario ridings

Privacy breach may involve 25 Ontario ridings
http://bit.ly/SFKTqQ Toronto Sun
North Simcoe may be one of the effect ridings.

"As a precaution, Elections Ontario recommends that Ontarians in the impacted electoral districts monitor and verify their personal transaction statements from governments, financial institutions, businesses and any other institutions to detect any unusual activity," the statement said.

Sunday 15 July 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway employees face layoffs

Trent-Severn Waterway employees face layoffs

http://bit.ly/P7LGR7 Barrie Examiner

Not a good thing. The waterway brings a lot of benefits to communities on it and around it. 

If you have been thinking of a trip on the Trent-Severn you might want to take it this year as it's schedule for next few years is up in the air.

Saturday 14 July 2012

Cottage Life Dockside July 11 2012

Cottage Life Dockside

Find out why boat steering controls are opposite to cars in North America.

Learn where the bugs at your cottage go when the skies open up.

Whether it's getting a snake out of the cottage or unsticking a window on a hot day, these tips will make you look like a cottaging pro.

Spicy Scallops with Blueberry Cranberry Ginger Lime Sauce

and more

http://bit.ly/Mtib8e Cottage Life

Sign up to get the Cottage Life Dockside delivered to you email box

Express concerns about lakes' health or live with less

Express concerns about lakes' health or live with less
Huronia residents concerned about the water levels of Georgian Bay are being urged to attend the International Joint Commission (IJC) public hearings in Midland on Monday.

The IJC is seeking public input on the International Great Lakes Study Board’s report, Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. in the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre.

Read the full article

http://bit.ly/M8FmIr Midland Freepress

Wednesday 11 July 2012

How to best bequeath the cottage

How to best bequeath the cottage

"Is there nothing more Canadian than the family cottage? Long lazy days by the lake, barbecues and beers capped off by a bonfire and roasted marshmallows under the stars. But those precious memories can turn bittersweet when the family cottage becomes part of a tug of war among adult siblings after the parents pass away. Most families are quite accepting that the city house is sold and the proceeds go to the estate for division among the heirs but because of the sometimes emotionally charged wishes of the parent(s) that the next generation continue to enjoy the cottage, we often see the country property bequeathed equally among multiple children."

Read more: http://bit.ly/Mi6ikF Montreal Gazette

It is something to think about. 

The Association is looking in to setting up a Cottage Succession Planning seminar through FOCA. If you are interested let us know

http://bit.ly/LJva3Y FOCA Cottage Succession

Saturday 7 July 2012

Satellite to shatter urban-rural digital divide

Satellite to shatter urban-rural digital divide

http://bit.ly/MJ52g0 Globe and Mail

Good News for those of us who live/play/work out side of town.
It looks like some very good stable internet access for areas like ours is in the works.

Not sure how much weather would effect it. Not sure what kind of upload speeds would be available, all though that would not be an issue for most users.

Friday 6 July 2012

The Festival du Loup 2012

The Festival du Loup will run from July 13 to 15, 2012

The Festival du Loup and the Lafontaine Living Museum are presented by the Meute culturelle de Lafontaine. This cultural celebration runs all weekend and includes art and historical exhibis, day and evening performances and outdoor family events.

http://bit.ly/RrqW6o Festival du Loup

Fire Ban July 5th 2012

There is a fire ban on in the Town of Penetanguishene and the townships of Tiny and Tay
Drought and extreme heat reason for fire bans

http://bit.ly/L5Jw41 Midland Freepress

Check the Midland Freepress or the Tiny Township sites to see when the ban is lifted.

Be Safe This Summer
Make a No-Bake Icebox Cake to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and Keep Your House Cool

http://bit.ly/Od5Cyi LifeHacker

Looks yummy, wonder how it would do in the Baking Contest at the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers Association AGM/Fun day/BBQ?

Thursday 5 July 2012

Ontario lures anglers with free fishing week

Ontario lures anglers with free fishing week
http://bit.ly/N06lo8 Midland Freepress
Enjoy, and do not forget our fishing contest if you catch any thing.

Tuesday 3 July 2012

TVO in Cottage Country

TVO Over-the-Air Transmission

On July 31, 2012 TVO will cease transmission at its 14 medium/high power sites, and then we will begin to decommission those sites.  After July 31, 2012 over-the-air viewers in the following communities can receive TVO by subscribing to a local television service provider:

Penetanguishene channel 51 among others

Good Bye TVO at the Cottage, you will be missed.

http://bit.ly/LOknpu TVO

Quit burning your feet with your Flip Flops

Place Your Flip Flops Face Down When Outside to Avoid Burning Your Feet When You Put Them Back On

http://bit.ly/KXPoML LifeHacker

Brilliant and simple way to not burn your feet this summer

Monday 2 July 2012

Controversial beach fence in Tiny Township

CBC On The Dock @cbcOnTheDock

To see a photo of the controversial beach fence in Tiny Township near Barrie, click on http://www.cbc.ca/onthedock

Even CBC is reporting on the Beach Access Issue in Tiny Township.