December 19, 2018

Wishing you and yours
a safe and happy
holiday season
& all the best in 2019!

photo by: Michael Davis-Burchat
Please note the LOBA office will be closed the week of December 24, reopening on January 2, 2019.
If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2019, please click here to do so. If you are not sure if you have renewed or not, contact Beverley Govan at 705-767-3395 or .
Last call for photos for the 2018 photo contest
Deadline is December 30

Open to all Lake of Bays Association members and families for submission in the categories below. Photos must be previously unpublished and submitted - one per individual, per category - in high-definition, digital format to Aben Graphics; before December 30, 2018. Subject line of the email, Lake of Bays 2018 Photo Contest . Contestants agree to the use of their photos for the Lake of Bays Association yearbook, newsletter, website and social media sites.

LIFE at the LAKE: people, pets and dwellings
NATURE: wild plants and animals
LANDSCAPE: land, water and sky
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday January 19, 2019
LOBA Open Winter Board meeting
Bethune United Church, Baysville
Coffee at 10:00 a.m., meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Connecting to Our Forests : Join Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, as he provides detailed insight into how our forests are managed and the values our forests provide - social, economic and environmental. Forests Ontario is a not-for-profit, registered charity engaged in tree planting and forest restoration, community engagement and awareness, and forestry related education through a variety of programs and initiatives. 

Please plan to join us. All are welcome.
Congratulations to our Early Bird Membership draw winners!
Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

Over 800 members who joined LOBA or renewed their membership by November 16, were entered into our Early Bird draw. We thank our generous sponsors for their prize donations and encourage our members to support these local businesses. 

And the winners are ...
Bigwin Island Golf Club - golf package for four valued at $860
Winners - Bruce & Caroline Shirreff   
Rafters of Muskoka , Baysville - $100 Gift Certificate
Winners -  Dr. Eugene & Mrs. Tina St. Louis  

Season 2 Season Garden Market , Baysville - $75 Gift Certificate
Winners -  John & Maria Cumming  

Dwight Garden Centre - $75 Gift Certificate
Winner - Gordon Floyd

SS Bigwin Cruise , Dorset - $60 cruise
Winners -  John & Kathleen MacDonald    

Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery , Dwight - $50 Gift Certificate
Winners - Glenn & Arlene Vickery

Lake of Bays Brewing Company , Baysville - $40 Gift Certificate
Winners -  Donna & Luciano Galasso
Some of you may receive updates from the Friends of Muskoka group. Unfortunately in a communication sent earlier today they erroneously reported that the Township of Lake of Bays council denied Langmaid’s Island Corp’s (LIC) proposal to develop Langmaid’s Island with 32 lots. LIC appealed to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) due to lack of decision within 210 days, and this matter was not heard by council. LOBA and the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation (LBHF) continue to monitor the issue and we will keep you informed on when this will be heard at the LPAT.
Fun things to read over the holidays and some interesting links
 Downstream Winter 2018 - Muskoka Watershed Council's newsletter
Check out Dr. Peter Sale's Climate Change video and carbon footprint calculators

Muskoka Community Foundation, 2018 Vital Signs Report
Vital Signs is a community check-up that Community Foundations across Canada participate in to measure the health and vitality of our communities. Vital Signs Reports identify significant trends in a range of sectors and areas that are critical to quality of life and maintaining smart and caring communities.

Township of Lake of Bays Economic Development update, December 7, 2018

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) December Elert
Save the ECO, Forest Management Plans, Cormorants & Environmental Notices

Emerald Ash Borer found in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge

Inaugural speeches by District Chair and mayors of Lake of Bays & Huntsville
Over the past month, the District Chair and mayors of Lake of Bays and Huntsville made their inaugural addresses. You can find out more at the links below.
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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