June 19, 2020
Dramatic storm whipped through Muskoka on June 10
On Wednesday June 10 in the evening, a dramatic storm hit Muskoka causing considerable damage in some areas. Thousands were without power.

Read > Residents describe dramatic storm that whipped through Muskoka

Read > ‘A 10-minute window of fear’: How a Muskoka storm could prompt climate-related aid

Storm-related debris disposal
Until June 30:
  • The Township of Lake of Bays in partnership with BOR Aggregates will be accepting storm related brush and trees from Lake of Bays residents at 24611 Highway 35, Dwight. Read details here.
  • The District of Muskoka has waived tipping fees for storm-related brush, limbs, branches and trees until June 30 at three facilities including the Rosewarne Transfer station. Read details here.

Many items were lost and found after the storm. Check out the Association's Lost and Found page and contact if you would like us to post a lost or found item.

If you are not able to get to your cottage at this time, we strongly recommend you have a friend or property-maintenance company check on your home.
Take a selfie of your tick to help prevent Lyme disease
from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Black legged tick (from left) larva, nymph, adult male, adult female
(Photo: California Department of Health via Doppler online)
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit is encouraging local residents to use a free app to help identify ticks, offering an easy way for people to determine if the tick they have found is a blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). The app, , is a photo-based identification platform that can identify the species of tick quickly and accurately. If a blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is identified, people should contact their health care provider.

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing measures, the health unit is no longer accepting submission of ticks. If you are unable to use eTick, your health care provider may submit the tick to the Public Health Ontario Laboratory for identification and subsequent bacterial testing by the National Microbiology Laboratory, however this process can be lengthy.

You can protect yourself from ticks by:
  • Wearing light-coloured clothing (which makes it easier to spot ticks) and tucking pants into socks and shirts into pants; and
  • Using insect repellent such as DEET or Icaridin, following manufacturer’s recommendations.

When you return from being outdoors:
  • Do a full body check of yourself, children, and pets; if you find a tick, remove it immediately; and
  • Shower or bath within two hours to check private areas and wash away any loose ticks that may be on your body or in your hair.

If you find a tick attached to the skin, remove it right away. An infected tick has to be attached for more than 24 hours before the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can be transmitted. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull it straight away.

For more information on protecting yourself and your family from ticks and Lyme disease, see the health unit’s website at , or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You will also find information about ticks and Lyme disease on the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations' Lyme disease page .
Township of Lake of Bays
Reopening Plan

At the June 16 Township of Lake of Bays council meeting, Michelle Norman, Chief Administrative Officer presented a report titled LAKE OF BAYS REOPENS, COVID-19 RECOVERY, A roadmap to our new reality. The report outlines the reopening framework for the Township.

2020 Annual General Meeting Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Association's Annual General Meeting of Members has been rescheduled to Wednesday July 8 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Next week, we will send all members information on how you can participate in the meeting.

You will find the agenda, minutes of last year's AGM, audited financial statements, proxy and motions on the LOBA website. Click here .

Reading and links

Township of Lake of Bays

Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations

Huntsville Hosptial Foundation

Blood Drives
photo by Michael and Lee Lennard
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