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Sailing 2021 Report
Summer 2021 was an interesting one for the Black Sturgeon Sailing Club.
Typically, the Club has a few months to get boats ready and organized before the races and lessons start. However, being in Ontario, we only had a week to get organized and ready, once the Provincial boarder opened up.
We added 4 brand new Prams (kids sailboat) to the mix, which brings our Pram and Opti fleet up to 6, in addition to the 2 – 420’s and 2 Lasers we have. This now allows us to run lessons whenever we want, without having to rely on the mobile school exclusively. As a result, we ran two, 5 day weeks of lessons and enrollment was 46 kids and adults. A number of students received their Can Sail 1, 2, 3 and 4 Levels which is fantastic.
On another important front, the Club now has 3 newly trained instructors living on the lake, which brings us up to 6 instructors. We expect to utilize most of these folks next season. For those who might be interested in instructing in the future, please let us know. Instructor wages start at $15 and go up to $22 an hour.
In the past couple weeks the Club has procured a new dock system which should allow us to begin storing and running lessons out on American Island next season – we will see how this plays out over the winter.
Finally, we only had a few races this year due to a hectic season all around, but we did host the inaugural Commodore’s Plate and Roger Burns took home the hardware. This race was pretty funny as all participants (mainly middle aged men) were told they could only sail in Prams.
Special thanks to our instructors this year; Gabe (Sail Manitoba), Aislyn, Lauren, Teun and Megan and a huge thank you to Black Sturgeon Camps for letting us use their property to run Covid friendly lessons, as well as thank you to Sweet, Lake of the Woods Chocolate Shop for the fabulous instructor gift bags…YUM!!!
Peterson Garbage Shed Update
There continues to be a lot of mis-use at this recycle and garbage drop and the bears have broken in and made a mess several times. There is a lot of commentary on the facebook page. Please use the transfer station, at least until the bears hibernate.
Peterson Garbage Shed and Recycle area
c. As a result the BSLPOA has hired a university student to monitor the cage and recycling going forward -during the busy months of summer spring and into the Fall. The University student will be monitoring for proper use of the cage and recycling. Thank you to everyone for your input and help regarding this issue and let’s make this work.
The Hooks have volunteered to drop off flyers to each household on Peterson which clearly outlines the Recycling and Cage operations. BSLPOA will pull together the info and have it ready for distribution in the coming weeks. Steve Davis has already met with the city and they have agreed to the following; Here is what they plan to do and pay for:
1) Additional signs put on shed about bag tags, and what can and can’t be put in blue bins.
2) Stickers on all blue bins, No Glass, No Plastic bags.
3) 2 more bins
4) Build a wooden fence on two sides to act as a wind break .
5) Lock to be changed to combo style (0000) ( agrees most likely renters don’t have key or people forget to bring key)
6) repair door on shed and any other repairs shed will need
For those that rent their cottages, it is very important that your renters are aware of all the rules regarding the cage and recycling, or better yet, have part of your service be to dispose of the garbage yourselves after they leave. Especially important is for EVERYONE to follow the rules on recycling – they are different from other jurisdictions and from the transfer station. One of the biggies is you need to rinse food containers. The city says it has been throwing out almost 70% of the recycling because of food contamination. A simple rinse of milk jugs and food containers will solve this issue. The alternative is the removal of the blue bins. Long weekends are problematic – if you see a mess, please clean it up. If the blue bins are full, wait to dispose of your recycling, or simply take it to the transfer station.
Spring Newsletter is posted
The spring newsletter (May 2021) is posted on the Newsletter Page. Past newsletters are also posted there.
There have been lots of Bear sightings this year again. Be careful with your dogs and be careful out walking. See the facebook page for pictures/videos.
2020 Photo Contest
There was no contest for 2021. The 2020 photo contest has been judged. Winners are #02, #25, and #10. Honourable mentions go to #06, #12, #22, and #30.
Black Sturgeon Lakes Water Quality Monitoring 2019 Report
Attached to the 2020-02-18 Kenora Council Agenda is the Report on Water Quality Monitoring. The results confirm that Black Sturgeon Lake water quality remains good. The brief to Council starts on page 5 of the agenda and the full report begins on Page 7.
2019 Info from FOCA
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA) has issued some information relevant to us
Septic systems: FOCA has put out an information sheet overview on septic systems with a lot of useful information.
2019 AGM June 8
Our Annual General Meeting was held June 8 with about 30 members in attendance. LOWDistrict Stewardship Association president Hardy Bock spoke and updated our association on taxation issues, zebra mussels and tours of the Experimental Lakes. Arlin Conway of Camp Communications spoke to the crowd about his company and its Internet offering and how it will be coming to Black Sturgeon hopefully in a year’s time. Richard Cone gave a brief rundown of the taxation issues and will be heading up a group to address the issues directly with the city and Province. Secession is a strong consideration.
Municipal Town Council
Following the Election 2018 Oct 22, the new Kenora town council is composed of
Mayor: Dan Reynard
Councillors: Andrew Poirier, Mort Goss, Sharon Smith, Rory McMillan, Chris Van Wallenghan, Kirsi Raiko
These are the people to contact with any issues.
Boat Speeds and Wakes
Boat speeds and wakes near shore, docks and moored boats have been creeping up. A recent e-mail from the Association reminds cottagers of lake etiquette and to boat safely and be considerate of the shoreline, specifically peoples’ docks and boats. Don’t drive close to shore unless you have to and if you do: No Wake. Keep an eye out for swimmers and kayakers as there have been close calls reported. There has been quite a flurry of comments on this subject on our Facebook page.
Also, be warned that Conservation Officers have been on the lake recently and they are checking boats for safety gear, boating and fishing licences and drinking.
We again have had a number of Wolf sightings See report in the 2017 Apr newsletter
Some helpful information from MNR:
1. If you or your animal is attacked you may shoot the wolf but you cannot shoot them if they are just passing through, if you feel threatened call 911
2. Keep your pets on leashes and do not let them wonder
3. If you shoot a Wolf you must report this immediately .
4. Do not feed the deer as the Wolves follow them and may come in your yard
5. They are usually more aggressive when the fawns are being born.
6. Keep your garbage well concealed ESP if it has bones meat scraps etc .
7. It is very common for them to take pets .
Also see the MNR webpage at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/287914.html