June 28, 2019
Wishing everyone a fun, happy and safe Canada Day long weekend!

There will be fireworks in Baysville at the Dam and in Dorset at the waterfront on Saturday June 29. Rain date Sunday June 30. Both shows get underway at dusk (9:00-9:30 p.m.). Come by boat, car or on foot. Note there will be road closures in both towns, and if driving, be aware of pedestrians.
2019 Annual General Meeting
Saturday July 6
9:00 a.m. coffee and exhibits
9:30 a.m. meeting
Dwight Community Centre

Guest speaker Geoff Ross, Vice Chair of the Muskoka Watershed Council will provide a "snapshot" of the health of our watershed, based on the Muskoka Watershed Report Card. In addition there will be updates on the Association's environmental projects and the Lake of Bays Township libraries. Lots of great exhibitors too!

Click here for more details about the exhibitors and speakers, and to review the minutes from last year's meeting and audited financial statements for the year ending October 31, 2018.
photo by Susan and David Lennard
Hydro Bills expected to Rise

Lake of Bays Association Director, Ian White, sits on the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) Hydro team. He advises us that the Seasonal Rate Class is being eliminated, and it’s 150,000+ customers will be redistributed into one of the other three residential rate classes. Fully 84,000 will be going to R2, the lowest density rural group. According to a proposal made several years ago, the monthly delivery portion of this group’s bills would increase from approximately $37/month to approximately $117/month. White's understanding is that most of LOBA’s members would go to R2. Permanent residents in R2 receive a RRRP adjustment for rural residents that effectively brings their cost down to the same as the other residential groups. Only non-permanent R2 customers will be subject to the change, which is expected to be retroactive to January 2018.

The FOCA team is requesting a meeting with the Minister of Energy,

To read more about this and other FOCA activities, click here for their June Elert .
Bird Studies Canada and the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey remind us that loons often hatch right around Canada Day and thus the chicks are very vulnerable when our lake is the busiest. Slow down and steer clear when you see loons!

CLICK HERE for the Top 6 Ways you can Help Loons.

And CLICK HERE for more information about the Canadian Lake Loon Survey. Thank you Bird Studies Canada!

Don't forget to submit your Canada Day shots
to the 2019 LOBA photo contest!

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

Open to all Lake of Bays Association members and families. Photos must be previously unpublished and submitted in high-resolution, digital format to Aben Graphics;, subject line Lake of Bays Association photo contest . Deadline December 30, 2019.

Check out the 2018 Photo Contest entries and winners here .

And while you are snapping shots for the contest, remember LOBA is now on Instagram. Follow and tag us in your favourite Lake of Bays memories. @lakeofbaysassociation
Reading, interesting links and events

Township of Lake of Bays

Thursday July 4
Andrew Daniels Fish Stewardship Foundation AGM

Safe Quiet Lakes

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA)

photo by Bruce MacLellan, Cedar Waxwing
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