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Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:45 AM
Survey
We have been asked to encourage members of our lake association and neighbours to participate in an important survey.

Queen’s University is conducting a joint survey with The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Muskoka Watershed Council, the Federation of Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA), and Nipissing University that aims to explore cottage owners’ perceptions of the health of Ontario’s recreational lakes in your region.

The study’s goal is to address the overall health of lakes in Ontario. The opinions and insights of the residents and cottage owners in your region are critical to the data that is gathered.

Based on a similar study conducted by the MOECC in 1985-1986, the 2017 Recreational Lakes and Algae Survey will assess residents' and cottager owners’ perceptions of lakes with filamentous taste, odour-producing algae and blue-green algae. It will also gather data on how the algae has progressed since 1985, and explore the impacts it has had on the quality of the water, and on residents' use and enjoyment of the lakes.

You can participate here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/algae1

For more information please contact carmen.ereira@queensu.ca.
Monday, September 4, 2017 8:40 AM
Corn Roast 2017
Well it was a bit wet but still a success! Thank you to those who made it despite the weather!

Monday, September 4, 2017 8:29 AM
FOCA Elert - Labour Day Long Weekend
Latest and greatest updates from FOCA are here!

FOCA Elert
Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:56 AM
Where do you see Turtles?

Thursday, August 24, 2017 5:52 AM
Annual Corn Roast
Just a quick reminder! Our annual corn roast will be held on September 3rd from 5 to 7 pm at Camp Ponacka. Aside from the delicious corn there will be hot dogs, beer and wine. Bring your family and friends. There is no cost but donations are gratefully accepted! Membership can be verified or paid at this event. See you there!
Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:25 PM
David B. Milne - Presentation August 19
A presentation on David B Milne (1882 - 1953) one of Canada's most famous artists will be held on August 19th at 10 am at Birch Cliff Lodge. His career spanned the first half of the 20th Century from New York City, to painting the ruins of WW1, to the Adirondacks, Six Mile Lake, Uxbridge and finally to Baptiste Lake. David Milne Jr., will explore his father's years at Baptiste with images and words.

This exciting presentation is a fundraiser for the St. Matthew's Church in the Baptiste Village making improvements to the church and hall for broader community use. There is no admission charge, however donations will be gratefully accepted. Coffee and muffins will be served.
Friday, August 11, 2017 10:47 AM
FOCA Elert August
FOCA Program Updates and Recent Events

FOCA August Elert

Thursday, August 3, 2017 6:22 AM
BLA Annual General Meeting
We are holding our Annual General Meeting on August 12, 2017 at 10 am at Birch Cliff Lodge. Please see attached agenda.

Agenda for AGM August 12, 2017.pdf
Monday, July 24, 2017 7:53 PM
Fireworks - To boom or not to boom
that is the question.... This certainly seems to be a hot topic these days. The lake is a place for some to enjoy the peace and tranquility and for others a place to let loose and have some fun. Fireworks are enjoyable to watch for the most part and have been around for a long time. But when is enough enough?? It used to be that they were only available for certain holidays and then they disappeared. Now they are sold almost everywhere, all of the time. We hear them almost every weekend and even some weeknights!

Besides the obvious environmental concerns, air and water pollution caused by the heavy metals used to create the bright colours and flash, there are also the effects of the noise and light on our wildlife as well as our family pets. The loud noises are extremely disruptive and can cause major anxiety as well as loss of hearing. Fireworks have also been know to cause fires and personal injury. And what of the veteran who suffers from PTSD?

The BLA has posted some signage around the lake hoping that people will stop to think about fireworks and their effect on our lake. Please let us know what you think.

Friday, July 21, 2017 5:35 PM
Household Hazardous Waste Days
July 22 and October 14 at Loggers Field, Maynooth
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:26 PM
FOCA Elert July
Have you heard about the turtles???....

FOCA July
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:36 PM
Local Art Raffle
The North Hastings Fund Development Committee is holding an raffle of wonderful local art that has been donated to help raise funds for needed hospital equipment at Quinte Health Care North Hastings. See attached for details!

The Great Art Lottery Poster.pdf
Friday, June 30, 2017 9:31 AM
FOCA Elert June
Here's a link to the latest FOCA Elert -
What to read before Canada Day! FOCA Elert news: dock permits, events & more

June Elert
Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:14 AM
NEWSLETTER UPDATE
Some updates to info in our newsletter have been brought to our attention. Please see below:

1. Snapping Turtles in Ontario - the article referenced that snapping turtle species are still hunted legally. This is no longer correct. As of April 2017 the hunt for snapping turtles has been banned in Ontario. Please see the star.com article for more information

2. Baptiste Lake Fishing Guide - it was noted that you can fish for lake trout from Jan 1. - Sept 30, in Zone 15, which is where Baptiste Lake resides, but there is an (*) to these dates. In the Recreational Fishing Regulations Guide 2017, (p.68-77), on p.70 it states that for Lake Trout on Baptiste Lake it is only open from the 3rd Saturday in May to Sept 30.
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:09 PM
LIBRARY BOX AT THE MARINA
The library box is now up at the marina. Stop by to exchange, drop off, or pick up books! Or just take a peak at this beautiful box....

**special thanks to Anne and Paul Coleman for organizing this**

Friday, June 23, 2017 1:56 PM
HASTINGS HIGHLAND - WATERSHEDS CANADA
A special council meeting has been called on June 28th at 1 pm with guest speaker Barbara King from Watersheds Canada. See attached for more information about this discussion.


Overview of Hastings Highlands Presentation.pdf
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:06 AM
NOW ACCEPTING E-TRANSFERS!
Baptiste Lake Association can now accept e-Transfers as form of payment for memberships, donations, and other payments. Should you wish to use this method, please send the e-transfer to info@baptistelake.org. Please include the following information when making these payments
a) reason for payment
b) mailing address and contact information including postal code and phone
c) lake address and lake phone
Thank you!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:52 PM
SPRING NEWSLETTER
Its here! Please see our Newsletter Page for our latest and greatest! Special focus on the past for Canada's 150th
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:44 PM
REMINDER - SPRING OPENING EVENT
Please join your lake neighbours on Sunday May 21 at Birch Cliff Lodge from 5 to 7 PM to celebrate the opening of the summer season. Beer, Wine, soft drinks and snacks will be served. Find out what everyone has done over the winter. We hope to see you there. A special invite to anyone who is new to the lake!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:42 PM
FLYING LANTERN BAN
Please see attached for information on the Bylaw banning the sale and use of Flying Lanterns effective May 3rd, 2017.

flying lantern ban.pdf


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