NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015

Hello to all the property owners on Mink Lake.  This spring has been up and down weather wise but I read that the weather network is predicting a hotter and drier summer than normal.  After the last few years, it will be a welcome change.

At the Annual General Meeting last September, the executive was elected; a decision to join FOCA and purchase liability insurance was agree upon and an agreement to hold annual fees at $20 instead of the $25, set forth the year before, was decided.

We now are a member of the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations. (FOCA).  Members will receive a separate e-mail or snail mail on how to access FOCA information.   We are in the process of getting liability insurance and should have it in place within a week or so.

At a recent executive meeting it was decided to have an Information Meeting at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre on June 6th at 11:00 a.m. Children are welcome to attend.  It is not an ideal date but we learned that the community centre books up very quickly in the summer.  At the meeting, we will outline the benefits and processes related to FOCA.  We will also have a free BBQ and have signup sheets for activities this summer.  Some of the definite events are: a Children’s Fishing Derby and BBQ (July25th), a Community Garage Sale (August 8th) and a community potluck and bonfire (Aug 22nd).  There are other activities that we are proposing but they will depend on volunteers and participation.  The possible activities  are ATV Trail rides, euchre, cards, board games, bonfires, potluck dinners, walking club, book club, dinner and theatre in Bancroft, golf, horseshoes, photography, astronomy, geocaching, and anything that is of interest to our members.  Contact John McLellan if you have more suggestions.  Please RSVP any Board member so we can purchase sufficient food for the BBQ.

I encourage all of you to join the association.  Our goal is to improve the social, safety and environmental life on our lake.  For many of you, Mink Lake is your summer home and an important asset in your portfolio.  It should be a safe, fun place to live.  Without a major commercial asset on the lake (e.g. marina or store), it is hard for cottagers to get to know other cottagers.  We hope to assist you in getting to know your neighbours.  Contact Valda Cormack for more information about joining the association.

A thank you to Tamra and Paul Allure for their contributions to the association.  They recently had to resign as Board members due to other pressures.  Finally, a thank you to Valda who has been e-mailing you with updates about the lake.

Dates to Remember

June 6th  11:00 a.m. General  Information Meeting and BBQ Lake St. Peter Community Centre
July 25th 11:00 a.m. Children’s Fishing Derby and BBQ Boat launch
August 8th a.m. Community Garage Sale Boat launch
August 22nd Community Potluck Dinner and bonfire
Sept. 6th at 11:00 a.m. Annual General Meeting Lake St. Peter Community Centre

 

 

The 2014/2015 Board Executive

President John McLellan 613-338-5286   613-919-5697 2125 B Mink Lake Rd.
Vice –President open
Treasurer Valda Cormack 613-338- 1142 2125A Mink Lake Rd.
Secretary Linda MacLennan 613-338-1176 996F Dam Road
Social open
Environmental Gordon Cohen 613-338-5403 210 Hammond Rd.
Communications open

 

We are looking for additional Board members.  We need many more if we want a regatta next year.

 

Thank you,

 

John McLellan

President

 

May 14, 2015

Hi All
Good news and bad news:
The good news is the fire ban has been lifted also Mink Lake Rd has been fixed at the top of the s bend  and where the bulletin board is the road has been fixed as well.
The bad news is the blackflies are out, swarming and biting now
We are having an executive meeting this weekend to decide what we are going to do this summer. Any suggestions please?
We already have a yard sale / bbq suggested
Please contact us at minklakepropertyowners@gmail.com
Regards
Valda Cormack
MLPOA

May 11, 2015

Hi All

I was in contact  with the Ainley Group which is  the construction company that has been working on hwy 127 to find out what the black barriers on the hwy were for and how the replacement of  the culverts and  how this was going to affect us here on Mink Lake. The following is the response recieved,

Details on the Hwy. 127 work per our discussion;

  • Exclusionary Silt fence is being installed in advance of the construction as a preventative measure for turtle nesting – fence is installed to prevent turtles from accessing the granular shoulder to nest.
  • Construction is anticipated to start in late June or early July with completion in the fall.
  • There are no full road closures required. Traffic impacts will include single lane closures to allow for culvert replacement operations and resurfacing.
  • There will be some night work require and the Ministry has obtained a noise by-law exemption in order to do so.

If you have any other inquiries please feel free to contact us.

Regards,

Kimberly A. Stacey, C.E.T.
Senior Project Manager

I was also in contact with our roads people about our road and was told that it will be looked at and fixed soon. This is in regards to the big gouge taken out by the plow at the top of the snake or s bend on the hill.

There will be a hazardous waste collection this coming Sat May 16 at 29860A-B Hwy 28 South

across from Monck Rd in Bancroft from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Leo’s chip truck is now open at Linkie’s General Store

The black flies seem to have gone due to the cold weather we have been having

I’m sure they will be back though when it warms up again

The trilliums are coming up

And last the frogs are singing again

Regards

Valda Cormack

May 2, 2015

Hi All
We had the first boat and first canoe of the season go through the Crooked Narrows  Friday May 1 (yesterday)
Also the first pontoon went  through here today (Saturday)
This means to me that summer is close. (not wishing it here to fast though)
The black flies are just starting to come out.
I have been bitten only a couple of times so far
They are not yet out in swarms
Here’s hoping for  a short black fly season due to dry weather
Speaking of dry weather the fire ban is still on and will stay on until we get some heavy rain  so camp fires or clean up fires are not allowed
If you have a lot of brush that you need to get rid of you can take it to the dump for free and put it in the burning pit where it is burnt under supervision
The dump is open Sunday’s and Thursday’s 12 noon to 5pm
A moose was sighted at 996 Dam Rd were the hydro  lines go through
First sighting this spring
Also in the same area porcupines have been sighted  and are active so keep an eye on your pets
Regards
Valda Cormack
MLPOA

Ice Conditions

Hi All
I’ve been asked to give an update on the lake.
The ice is very thin now and will most likely be gone by this week especially if we get the rain and winds we are suppose to get.
It looks almost like slush during the day but as the nights are still cold the ice hardens  then softens up again in the day
The streams are running very fast and high so remind children to stay away from them
The snow is almost gone. There is still lots in the bush and on the sides of the road  where the sun does not get to. Should all be gone by next weekend
Also I was asked to remind you all that once again as spring is here that the bears are coming out of hibernation and are hungry
I have not seen or heard of any yet on our lake but have been told they are around in other places mostly around the dump.
If you see any bears you can report them back to me and I will inform every one on my list.
On the topic of garbage.
This is a reminder that there is no more garbage pick up for Hastings Highlands.
You must take your garbage to the dump yourself or have someone take it for you. Remember also that green garbage bags are no longer allowed. You must use clear bags ( a small kitchen catcher bag is allowed for personal garbage inside the clear bag or on its own at the dump) You must also separate your recycle from your garbage. See Hastings Highlands webb site for a list of what is recyclable. Most of the garbage generated can be recycled here
The Lake St Peter  dump is open on Sundays , Thursdays and on the holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 5 pm
Please do not put your garbage on the road as the animals will get into it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who while out walking or driving stop to pick up the garbage on the road.
If you see garbage on the road please take the time to stop and pick it up.
Keep our road clean and beautiful. This is everyone’s concern not just a few.
A last reminder if you have not paid your Mink Lake dues and would like to, you can send  a cheque for $20.00 to me at
 Valda Cormack
 treasurer MLPOA
 Box 42
 Lake St Peter On K0L 2K0
or bring it to me at 2125A Mink Lake Rd

Spring 2015

Hi All
I know we are all waiting patiently for spring but with this mornings(Fri. March 26 2015) snow fall it may not be too soon.
We got about 1 inch or 2-3 cm of wet heavy snow.
On the bright side we saw our first red wing black bird today
Also the racoons have come out of hibernation so spring can’t be to far away
We still have lots of snow here, (close to a foot in some places) although the snow on the hills facing the sun is almost all gone.
I’m guessing the trails are just about finished for the season, as I don’t have a snowmobile I can only go by what I see or what others tell me.
The lake is still covered in ice only the narrows are water
That’s all the news I can think of for now
If you wish to add something let me know and I will put it in my next update which will be when the ice breaks
Regards
Valda Cormack

Lake St. Peter United Church

Hi All
I have been asked to relay a message to all the people in the area who attend the United Church in Lake St Peter.
On Feb 22 2015 there will be NO service at the Lake St Peter Church.
The Church service for Feb 22/2015 will be held at the St Andrews Bethel Church in Maynooth across from the Maynooth Post Office at 11:00 am.
There will be a dissolution of covenant held at that time followed by a pot luck lunch as the minister is leaving.
Starting March 1 2015 services will alternate between Maynooth and Lake St Peter
March 1st & 15 Maynooth
March 8 & 22 Lake St Peter
NOTE new time for services will begin at 9:30 am for all services on these dates
March 29th Palm Sunday the service will be held in Madawska at the St Paul & St James church at 11:00 am with pot luck to follow
I will follow up with dates for April,May & June later
Valda Cormack as per Marlene LaValley