June 17, 2017. Our July newsletter has been posted. Reminders of upcoming activities, household hazard waste collection, water levels and wildlife are some of the topics covered.
June 12, 2017. Tay Valley Township is planning for the implementation of curbside pickup of waste and recycling. Suggested implementation dates currently range from January 1, 2018 to 4th quarter 2018. Pressure and concern from residents and lake associations has resulted in the scheduling of a public information session. for Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM at the Glen Tay School, Harper Road.
May 21, 2017. The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (through Bird Studies Canada) is about to get underway on Otty Lake! Data will be collected and mapped in order to estimate the number of loon pairs and offspring present on Otty this year. Volunteers are needed—simply record the locations of any loons observed on trips around the lake (on your watercraft of choice!) and send in the observations! To volunteer or to ask any questions you might have, please contact our loon survey coordinator at email@example.com.
May 21, 2017. Area Counsellors are aiming to visit every resident in their area to deliver a Spring/Summer Information Package, encourage people to begin or renew their membership in the OLA, answer or relay any questions they may have about the lake or lake activities, and say helllo! To see an area map, click here. We hope you will find the materials useful.
The calendar committee is putting the final touches on the 2018 calendar "Forests: Flora and Fauna". Thanks to everyone who submitted photos. Price is 1 for $10, 2 for $15, additional copies $7. Place your orders with Gail Read and indicate if you will be picking them up at the July 9th AGM or arranging pickup later.
Here are just a few of the Otty Lake residents who took home maple seedlings to plant on their properties to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Thanks to Reid and Christine Kilburn for organizing the repotting of the 150 seedlings, looking after them, taking the orders and being the pickup location June 10.
In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, a red and white theme is being encouraged. The meeting point will be off the end of Baxter Lane and Colin Farm Road. Gather at 10:45, photos at 11:00. All paddle powered watercrafts are welcome! Contact Ian McDonald or Ev Dore.
At left is a link to the drone video taken by Rob Dyke in 2016.
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, Lanark County is making it possible for families who have a cottage that has been in their family for 50, 75, 100, or 125 years to be designated a Legacy Cottage. Plaques will be presented in the summer of 2017. Receipients will be asked to pay $60 for the 8 x 10 plaque, which is suitable for hanging inside or out. This is a commemorative designation only, there are no legal restrictions associated with it.
Protect your property by reviewing these security tips for seasonal and permanent residents:
The Pike Lake Community Association (PLCA) compiled this list of security tips following a meeting of the Lake Networking Group and the OPP earlier this fall. Thanks to the PLCA for sharing!
FOCA suggests marking your personal items, recording serial numbers, and making a list of what you have left af the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.
This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.
The third annual "State of the Lake Report" has been produced by the OLA Board. The report summarizes the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Seven OLA board members and associates have contributed to the report, and an impressive number off volunteers have particpated in the many activities described.
If you have one of these boxes, be sure to clean it out and put in a fresh supply of wood shavings (not sawdust) this fall or winter. Cavity-nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials and won’t choose an empty box. Boxes are often not used the first year, but a duck may check it out for use the next year, so make sure it passes inspection! (Photo at left is the interior of the nesting box at the Maple Glen recreation area, taken by Jennnifer Lamoureux.)
A pair of smallmouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake fish and wildlife enhancement project.
For additional photos, see our photo gallery.
Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake webpage.
If there is a tree on your property line that has died, or is in danger of falling where it would be a hazard, check if it is near a Hydro main line (Hydro's responsibility), a secondary Hydro line leading to your house (your responsibility), or in the Township's right of way (possibly Public Works' responsibility).
See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.
You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario. People coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development. Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.
A ten-year snapshot into boating and off-road incidents investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has revealed that capsized boats and lack of safety equipment have been the most common factors in fatal boating incidents, while alcohol leads the list of factors in off-road vehicle (ORV) incidents.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, from the Victoria Day Weekend until the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township. The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from May 20, 2017 until September 2, 2017, and is available to certain municipalities within Lanark County.