Sunday 31 March 2013

Just a reminder of our great Community Partners

Just a reminder of our great Community Partners 

Georgian Bay Sanitation

Royal LePage


They are making good progress on fixing up the Keewatin. If you have the time and are in the area they are looking for volunteers to help

News Fast and Furious..VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you live near Port McNicoll or can get here this message is directed at you!  It has been a very cold winter and that has caused us several problems. As there is no heat on Keewatin, so the number of days that volunteers can spend meaningful time has been limited. The engine room ( Bilge Rats) have been stellar in showing up every Monday and they have made some great achievements in cleaning and adjusting our quadruple expansion steam engine.                                                                                                                                                   

Lot's of great Photo's are shown on the page liked to... 

Wednesday 27 March 2013

County of Simcoe rolls out changes; Pick up days change with level of service

County of Simcoe rolls out changes; Pick up days change with level of service Midland Free Press

Looks like it is Tuesday for us on Clearwater Beach, if I used the tool right.

Monday 25 March 2013

Experimental Lakes Area On CBC's As It Happens

If you are interested in the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), CBC's As It Happens has had a few good interview on the ELA over the last week or so

These are the ones that caught my ear

Experimental Lakes Founder, Chinua Achebe, Oddest Book Title, Colorado Gun Laws, Via Train Stuck, Truckers -- Friday, March 22, 2013

Experimental Lakes, Assault Rifle Ban, Apostrophe Email, Picklesfest Poem, Self Immolation Case, Daisy Morris Fossil, Obama's Beast, No Food Talkback ---Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Experimental Lakes, Assault Rifle Ban, Apostrophe Email, Picklesfest Poem, Self Immolation Case, Esquire Editor, Daisy Morris Fossil, Obama's Beast, No Food Talkback -- Tuesday, March 19, 2013 

Cyprus Crisis, Experimental Lakes, Retiring Prostitutes, New Oil Spill System, Kalamazoo -- Monday, March 18, 2013 

You can download them from here

Sunday 24 March 2013

How to protect wildlife in spring

How to protect wildlife in spring

With spring on the way, your chance of spotting wildlife, particularly baby animals, is sure to go up. For the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a registered charity that treats and cares for injured or orphaned wild animals and turtles, spring brings many more visitors to their door. Still, that doesn’t mean all young animals left alone need rescuing.

Read the rest at Cottage Life  Cottage Life

Friday 22 March 2013

Water-level concerns to be discussed March 26 in Midland

Water-level concerns to be discussed March 26

We have observed drastic changes with lower water levels in the Great Lakes, especially in Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

We will discuss these changes, and how they affect both indigenous and non-indigenous people, at a Couchiching Conversation gathering March 26 at the Midland library beginning at 7 p.m. Midland Free Press

Any one able to go?

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Keewatin Documentary mini-teaser

Watch a 60 second preview of the one-hour television documentary "Bring Her on Home - The return of the SS Keewatin". 

The documentary chronicles the months and years of planning that led up to her eventual repatriation to Port McNicoll, Ontario on June 23rd 2012 - a risky, complex and eventful journey. The documentary is now in the final stages of post-production and will be ready for broadcast in the summer of 2013. Go to: for air dates to be announced.

History: The SS Keewatin was built in 1907, 5 years before the Titanic, in Clyde, Scotland and she's the last surviving luxury passenger ship from that era and shares many of the Titanic's design cues. The Keewatin and her sister ship, the SS Assiniboia, plied the great lakes for over five decades and were instrumental in opening up Canada's west. Retired in 1965, she's been lovingly preserved and maintained by RJ and Diane Peterson in Saugatuk/Douglas, Michigan until June 2012. The SS Keewatin is the last of her kind anywhere in the world.



Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to inform the public of a valuable internet tool available to them.
The Canadian Police Information (CPI) Centre website is operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

There are three search fields available on the website. Users can search Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) on automobiles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, farm vehicles, heavy equipment vehicles, and trailers. Licence plate numbers and bicycle serial numbers can also be searched.

Did not know about this, very good to know about. 

Tuesday 19 March 2013

20th Anniversary Spring Cottage Life Show

20th Anniversary Spring Cottage Life Show
April 5 – 7, 2013 
International Centre, Toronto, 6900 Airport Road 

If you go make sure you drop by the FOCA booth and check out all the good things they have. Say hi to the volunteers, pick up the latest info, or maybe a FOCA hat or tee shirt..... 

Surf disc contest
Check out the Cottage Life Facebook page and watch a fun video of crazy stunts on an old school surf disc. It’s been reinvented by the creative minds at Muskoka Surfboard Company. Enter for a chance to win one!

Best deal on show tickets
Until March 31, buy your tickets online and choose a free Cottage Life hardcover book–either Best Summer Weekends Cookbook by Jane Rodmell, or The Cottage Ownership Guide by Douglas Hunter. Both are essential reading for any cottager!

Time to rock the dock!
Raise a glass and raise some funds for Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative. Join us at the RE/MAX Dock Party for samples from Muskoka Brewery and Black Fly Coolers for the grown-ups, and delicious Margaritaville frozen drinks for all ages. Plus, bring your smile for a fun cottage photo op and a free takeaway photo souvenir.

Sunday 17 March 2013

Habitat in the 'life changing business'

Habitat in the 'life changing business'

 Peter Ridout and thousands of Canadians like him help change lives — one family at a time.

As build chair of Habitat for Humanity North Simcoe, Ridout oversaw the completion in December of a three-bedroom house on Peel Street that Lisa and her two daughters now call home in a neighbourhood where people care.

“We are not in the house-building business,” said Ridout. “We are in the life-changing business.” Midland Free Press 

Well done Peter, great work

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013

Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013

Commemorating the military events of the War of 1812 across the Great Lakes for both the United States and Canada, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 series will be an event of numbers - two countries, five Great Lakes, over 25 participating tall ships, 22 port appearances, five races, and millions of visitors.

Collingwood, Wasaga Beach/Nancy Island, Owen Sound: August 16 - 18
Penetanguishene, Midland, Discovery Harbour: August 24 - 25    

Very Cool, going to have to look at changing my vacation 

Monday 11 March 2013

Changes in County of Simcoe Waste Collection

Changes in County of Simcoe Waste Collection           
Major changes and improvements are coming to waste collection services in the County of Simcoe effective April 1, 2013 as a result of new service contracts.  To learn about these changes and improvements, visit one of the open house sessions listed in the link below. Tiny 

Too many fly bites can lead to death by bug-spit poisoning

Too many fly bites can lead to death by bug-spit poisoning iO9 
So Death By Black Fly is possible, Not Good 

Friday 8 March 2013

The Bears are waking up!

Sleeping cub causes concerns in Severn Township Midland Free Press

The Orillia OPP detachment received calls both Monday and Tuesday about a 150-pound black bear cub taking a snooze on Upper Big Chute Road by Lavis Lane, Const. Jim Edwards said.

It is the start of Bear Season again.....   Be careful 

Check out the Bear Wise program info on the FOCA website  FOCA

Thursday 7 March 2013

2013 Spring Cottage Life Show

2013 Spring Cottage Life Show

Show Dates/Hours:
Friday, April 5 11:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday, April 6 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, April 7 10:00am - 5:00pm

International Centre, Toronto

Free parking for 5,000 cars

6900 Airport Road at Derry Road
Enter at Halls 1, 3, or 5

Sunday 3 March 2013

Septic System Owner in the Collingwood Area?

Went to the FOCA AGM yesterday, lots of good information will be sharing it shortly.
The need to post right now item is that:

There is that the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association is having a conference at Blue Mountain this week.

It seems that Rural property owners with private septic systems are invited to attend a Free Trade Show on Tuesday March 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

It is linked to this conference