Download the Winter 2018 edition of the LKO newsletter.
Snow arrived early this year on the shores of Lake Kashagawigamog. Hopefully, we will not go through a series of snow-thaw cycles like we did last year and we can fully enjoy the wonderful winter activities available to us in Haliburton County.
The board of the LKO meets throughout the year to make plans and deal with lake related issues. We are active members of three other lake related associations; the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA), the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA), and the Coalition of Equitable Water Flow (CEWF). In addition to attending their meetings, this year Gary Wiles and I, gave a presentation on the issues relating to cottage rentals at the CHA AGM.
At our own AGM, held in June, we welcomed three new board members; Wendy Hampson, Scott MacPhee and Karen Nimigon. Two directors, Wendy Yeates and Stephanie Wade, retired from the board after donating much time and effort into making this organization succeed, but they remain active volunteers to our cause. Gary Wiles moved into the position of Past-President and was actively involved with the board all year.
This past spring we co-operated with the Soyers Lake Association and FOCA in putting on a successful Cottage Succession Planning Seminar. This was well attended and provided useful estate planning information to cottagers. We look forward to working with our neighbouring lakes to put on similar events in 2019.
In August, we held the 2nd Annual Kash Bash at Hockey Haven. It was a terrific event with great food and drink and music. It is a chance to re-connect with old friends and to make new ones. Kirsten Sixt and her organizing committee did a great job in pulling this all together. Our volunteers and our sponsors are the secrets to running a successful event. Make sure to get your tickets early, as I am certain that the 3rd Annual Kash Bash will sell out quickly.
In one of our efforts to protect our lake we put in six buoys in the narrows at Marcus Beach & Birch Narrows advising boaters to slow down and to reduce their wakes. This was done to improve safety in these congested areas and also to lessen the amount of shoreline erosion caused by the wakes. Our efforts paid off as it was reported that more boats reduced their speed.
For a number of years we have monitored the water quality on Lake Kashagawigamog. We test throughout the season at numerous points on the lake. Glenda Bryson, Jim Bertram and Scott MacPhee test and report the results which are available on our website. We plan to expand our testing to include invasive species.
On behalf of the LKO, Jan Gerrow applied for and received a grant from FOCA to help buy testing equipment. We started a project with U-Links & Trent University to design the protocol for testing for invasive species and to determine exactly what equipment we need.
All of this testing is part of our commitment to be stewards of our lake and to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the lake like we do.
We continue to make our voice heard at Dysart & Minden Hills and at Haliburton County to promote the priorities of the LKO. In October, municipal elections were held across Ontario and I was elected as Councillor for Ward 1 in Minden Hills. So, for the half of Lake Kashagawigamog in Minden Hills, I will serve as your President and Councillor.
We should offer our thanks to all of the Directors and volunteers who are the LKO and work for all of us. They strive to make our experience on the lake safe and enjoyable. I ask all of you to volunteer some time, attend our events, help Wendy Hampson sign up your neighbours to be members, help Jim Bertram & John Carter sign up sponsors, help Karen Nimigon get pictures & articles for our newsletter and be good to our lake.
See you in 2019
Bob Carter, President