July 2008

Greater Bobs & Crow Lakes Association Annual Meeting.

Our annual meeting will be held on Sunday, July 27th. It will be at the Bedford District Community Center on the Westport Road. Lunch and exhibits will start at noon and the meeting will begin at 1 PM. Gordon Thompson is spearheading our fisheries improvement efforts and will report on his plans and activities. In addition, Cam McCauley, MNR biologist, will be giving a presentation on their support to the fishery initiatives on our lakes.

Bobs & Crow Lakes Foundation Auction.

The foundation is holding a blockbuster auction on August 2nd. The primary objective is to raise money for an emergency response boat to be stationed in the local area. It will be held at the North Frontenac Arena in Picadilly, just west of Road 38 near Godfrey. There are many, many items that will be auctioned. They include some prized items such as an heirloom, hand-stitched queen sized quilt, a signed Robert Bateman print, sporting tickets, furniture, golfing certificates, furniture, paintings, tools, Oneida stainless flatware sets and much more. Dave Smith, of Ottawa fame, will be the auctioneer. In addition, he will provide a deli supper. The dinner and auction will begin at 5:30 PM. The cost is $20 per person or $8 for children under 10. Tickets are available at the Burridge Store and Kilpatrick’s. There also will be tickets and additional information at our AGM.

Boating Courses.

The next boating certification course will be held this Saturday, July 19th. Another session will be held on August 16th. Both will be at the Bedford Community Center on the Westport Road. Plan to be there by 8:45 AM and bring a lunch. The course will conclude by early afternoon. Everyone will need to be certified by September 15, 2009. Contact Robbie Hughes at 613-273-7770 for more information.

Bedford Mining Alert AGM.

The Bedford Mining Alert will hold its AGM on Saturday, July 26th. It will be at the Bedford Community Center starting at 10 AM. They will provide an update of the key issues facing BMA, accomplishments over the past year, and goals and plans for the upcoming year. Chairman Sandy Cameron noted that Premier McGuinty recently announced plans for a complete review of Ontario’s Mining Act. Public input to the process will be very important to achieve our objectives for essential, constructive change to the Mining Act. BMA leaders will address this very important subject matter. Guest speakers will be Don Ross, Executive Director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, Randy Hillier, Progressive Conservative MPP for the riding of Lanark-Frontenac – Lennox and Addington, and Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP for the riding of Toronto, Danforth.

South Frontenac Township Issues.

The proposed public boat ramp at Buck Bay appears to be on the back burner for the moment. The council approved resetting the clock on severances in the official plan update but disapproved back lot development. This was contrary to the recommendation of the township Planner. These changes will be presented to the public before final incorporation. The issues of trash pick-up and the future of our dumps are still unresolved. Your association will continue to monitor these issues.

Bobs and Crow Lake Fisheries Initiatives.

Gord Thompson has outlined very ambitious plans to improve fisheries on Bobs and Crow Lakes. The first actions include lake trout and walleye fish surveys and rehabilitating the Thompson’s Creek spawning area. Most of these activities will be during August. Gord will need boaters to help with the surveys and workers for the spawning stream rehabilitation. Contact Gord Thompson at 613-375-7359 or gandkthompson@rogers.com for further information and to volunteer. He’ll have additional information at the AGM.

Schedule Recap.

July 19: Boating Certification Course
July 26: Bedford Mining Alert AGM
July 27: Greater Bobs & Crow Lakes Assn. AGM
August 2: Bobs & Crow Lakes Foundation Auction
August: Fish Surveys and Spawning Stream Rehabilitation
August 16: Boating Certification Course

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