December 21, 2022

Wishing you and yours all the best of this holiday season and happiness in 2023

photo by Susan Wilson Herman
2021 Photo Contest Submission

The LOBA office will be closed from December 21 to January 3.
LOBA Winter Town Hall Meeting
Bethune United Church, Baysville
Saturday January 28, 2023
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Coffee
10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Town Hall
12:00 p.m. Lunch

Join Association directors for a report on LOBA's activities and accomplishments in 2022, greetings and updates from local elected officials, and a presentation of Watersheds Canada pre-recorded webinar: The Science Behind Vegetated Shoreland Buffers: Why the Ribbon of Life Matters.

After the meeting, lunch will be served in the church hall.

Please plan to join us.
Last call for 2022 Photo Contest Submissions
Deadline is December 30
Open to all Lake of Bays Association members and families. Photos must be previously unpublished and taken in the current year--limit of 5 per category. They must be in high-resolution, digital format. Send to, subject line Lake of Bays Association photo contest.

LIFE at the LAKE: people, pets and dwellings
NATURE: wild plants and animals
LANDSCAPE: land, water and sky

And while you are selecting your best shots for the contest, remember LOBA is on Instagram. Follow and tag us in your favourite Lake of Bays memories. @lakeofbaysassociation
photo by Ann Morrison
2021 Photo Contest Submission
The Doug Cross Stewardship Recognition Program helps local community and lake organizations across Muskoka’s watersheds recognize the dedication, effort, and good stewardship activities of their members. Organizations register in January to receive a Recognition Package to award to a deserving member of their organization. Each Recognition Package contains a Certificate of Recognition and a $50 gift card to Hidden Habitat native plant nursery in Kilworthy!

In May, LOBA recognized Diane Crocker with the award. Read about that here.

LOBA was delighted to learn that the Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC), recognized our very own director and Environment Committee chair Caroline Konarzewski, with the award. Here is what they had to say:
Caroline recently stepped down as a member of MWC where she represented the Lake of Bays Association since 2010. During her 12 years as a MWC member, Caroline was very active in MWC, attending MWC, Working Group and sub-committee meetings, leading numerous FrogWatch workshops, writing articles, giving presentations, providing input into educational initiatives, and being a liaison between MWC and LOBA, who has been a great supporter of MWC for many years, no doubt in part due to Caroline’s efforts. While she no longer officially sits on MWC, we know we can continue to count on her as a volunteer.

Despite all that Caroline has done for MWC, it pales in comparison to what she has done for LOBA as the Chair of their Environment Committee, including writing articles for the LOBA newsletter, implementing programs for shoreline renaturalization, FrogWatch, and invasive species, assisting with water quality monitoring, and responding to countless inquiries from LOBA members about environmental issues. Caroline is a great example of what a watershed steward should be and MWC would like to thank her for everything she has done, and continues to do, to protect watershed health.

Congratulations Caroline and thank you!

photo above: MWC Chair Peter Sale (L) presents
Caroline Konarzewski with the stewardship award
Don't move firewood
Help protect our forests. Buy local. Burn local.

The movement of firewood poses a substantial risk. Transporting firewood may seem harmless but can lead to the spread of pests such as insects, plants and diseases. A mass infestation of an invasive species can limit your ability to enjoy the environment around you and negatively affect the property value of your home.

Refrain from moving any firewood to prevent the spread of pests. Moving untreated firewood, to or from a campground or cottage, can spread invasive species and diseases.
photo by Janine Geddes

More interesting reading about firewood from Cottage Life:

photo by Carolyn Madonia
2021 Photo Contest Submission
The purpose of the Lake of Bays Association is to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well-serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.

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