Elevated radon levels have been found in homes in every region of the country. Long term exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Come to an information session Monday April 1 to find out about this gas, how to test for it and how to protect our family if you find elevated levels in your home or cottage. Guest speakers will be be Manual Husain, Health Canada Regional Radiation Specialist; Bob Wood, Radiation Mitigation Specialist with Mr. Radon; and an introduction from a local Health Unit representative. Free admission. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Perth Pool, 2 Sunset Blvd., Perth. Attendees will have an opportunity to win one of two Radonova long term home radon test kits, courtesy of Mr. Radon. Everyone welcome. Email [email protected] for more details.
Our February newsletter has been posted. Ice safety, behind the scenes at Lake Links, the law and paddling under the influence, a monarch butterly project in Lanark County, Jebbs Creek Embayment volunteers and other stories. (Photo by Hazel Booth.)
The annual Rideau Ferry Count took place Sat. Dec. 15. Citizen scientists counted as many different species as they could over the day. Volunteers reached a total of 57 species for the whole area, and 27 species for Section 1 which encompasses Otty Lake. Take a look at the list to see which species you have encountered.
This is our fifth annual report summarizing the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Otty Lake is quite healthy, we hope in part due to our combined efforts to protect and enhance the lake environment. Thanks to all who contributed.
June 2018. The 2018 Loon Survey has begun again, and we are eagerly awaiting what we hope to be a loon-baby-filled summer on the lake. We’re always looking for folks to help provide us with information about loon sightings! If you have information you’d like to contribute, or have questions, please contact Kyla at [email protected]. Information will be compiled onto this google map and will be updated as the year goes on. Happy loon watching!
This presentation by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was given to the Lake Networking Group in mid April 2018.
Here are some important tips about Lyme Disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, as welll as some common myths. Here's one: Myth: All Lyme victims develop a “bull’s eye” rash. Truth: Although rashes are fairly common, only 30% of Lyme patients report experiencing a rash, and only 9% develop the classic “bull’s eye” rash.
If people, pets or livestock are in immediate danger.
The Bear Wise reporting line (between April 1 and November 30). A bear passing by, in a tree, breaking into garbage, emptying bird feeders etc.
From Dec 1 to March 31, contact your local MNRF District office. The Kemptville office is (613) 258-8204.
Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents. Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one. Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare. If you have questions or feel a bear has become a nuisance on your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327.
Some of the original Otty Lake cottages are mentioned in this newspaper piece by Kay Rogers. It comes from her book 'At Home in Tay Valley,' that celebrates the people, places and events in the history of Tay Valley Township and Lanark County.
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 at the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.
This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.
A pair of small mouth 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 web page.
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 19, 2018 until September 1, 2018, and is available to residents of certain Lanark County municipalities. These are Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Beckwith, Smiths Falls, Perth and Drummond North Elmsley ONLY.