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 Volume 13 No. 8

May 2021 is here and Victoria Day isn't far away! We hope by then it will warm up for everyone!

There are some wonderful programs being in May that you might want to take a look at! Plus, don't forget to sign up to run or support our PaBIA Cottagers in the West Parry Sound Health Centre "Walk, Run & Pole" to support local cardiac care!!!

There have been reports of the water levels being down further! Bruce Tiffin, our off-season cottage patroller, shared that the water is down 14 - 18 inches from last summer, although it always depends on the wind!!!
In this eBlast:

  • Spring Cottage Patrols in Progress
  • PaBIA's AGM Rescheduled to September 21
  • ToA Spring Newsletter 2021
  • FOUND: Overturned Wooden Ramp & Aluminum Ramps
  • GBB Native Plant Sale
  • GB Biosphere Gardening with Native plants - May 6th
  • GBLT - Landmark Speaker Series Shipwrecks in GB - May 8th
  • WPSHC Walk, Run, Pole Fundraiser May 14th
  • PaBIA Trivia - Did You Know?
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels - May 4, 2021
  • ToA Large Item Disposal Dates 2021
  • Yearbook Update 2021 is here!
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PaBIA Spring Cottage Patrol Is In Progress!

Bruce Tiffin, our off-season cottage patroller, is busy these days checking all members' cottages and any designated buildings that any member has requested and paid for. IF any damage is found on your property, Nancy Rogers is notified immediately with pictures and, in turn, notifies you directly ASAP. So no news is good news!
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PaBIA's AGM Rescheduled to September 21

At PaBIA's recent May Board meeting, it was decided to move the AGM from early August to September 21st to be both proactive and realistic about gathering in groups. We also recognize that by holding the meeting virtually, as we did last year, more people could participate from wherever they were - no matter what the summer season brings!
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Township of the Archipelago Spring Newsletter

New for everyone is this attached newsletter. I highly suggest you read it (if you didn't get it directly from the Archipelago). There is wonderful information worth learning about as you prepare for the summer! Just to give you an idea, below are the highlights:

  • Covid-19 practices for 2021
  • COVID-19 ToA Municipal Office and Facility Closures
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Safety
  • Spring Fire Safety Tips
  • Inside the home/cottage:
  • Outside and around the yard:
  • Roads Projects
  • Large Item Pick-Up Days
  • Site 9
  • 2021 Waste and Recycling Hours of Operation
  • Disposal of Old and Wayward Docks
  • Gas purchases and Marina fees – check the Holiday Cove website
  • The Pointe au Baril Community Centre remains closed however the library remains open for curbside pick-up and drop-off
  • PaB Station: Look out for some of the improvements in Pointe au Baril and at the Wharf.
  • Finance 2021 Tax due dates
  • Property assessments for the 2021 tax year
  • Environment
  • Internet Connectivity Update
  • Mark your calendars
  • Georgian Cliffs Memorial Park Cemetery
Are You Missing Your Ramp(s)?
Errant Dock Landing!
Here is a ramp, and although upside down, we hope someone will claim it. It washed up on Tonches Island - A30-75 - which is in the PaBIA map section J10 but who knows from where it would have originated. Please contact Nancy Rogers if you have any questions or wish to claim it...
alum ramp at schatz
This Aluminum dock ramp frame to the left, which Bruce Tiffin reported back in November, has still not been claimed; and it's still stuck at A145!

Below is a second pic. The wooden ramp pieces obviously floated away and would have washed up somewhere else.  
Perhaps now, as many are opening up their cottages or having their caretakers onsite, someone will realize this expensive part of their dock system is gone! Should you recognize this, please contact Nancy Rogers!
Alum Dock Ramp
May 2021
Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is pleased to launch the Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series! Along with our partners, we'll explore many different aspects of living in a UNESCO biosphere, from cultural teachings to gardening to invasive species and more!

  • Best for the Biosphere: Gardening with Native Plants
Thursday, May 6th, 2021 10:00 AM EST    (Webinar)

Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere and the Georgian Bay Master Gardeners to learn about some of the native plant species in the Biosphere's upcoming plant fundraiser! In this free webinar, we'll look at some basic garden design approaches and top tips, seed-saving strategies for native plants, and site-specific species recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with our local panel of expert gardeners. Click here to register! 

Webinars will continue to be scheduled throughout the year. Mark your calendars and bookmark this event for the following event!
Order Deadline: Friday, May 28

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is offering the 5th annual Native Plant Fundraiser! Over 40 species of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers are available. These plants are highlighted in the May 6th Webinar (above)
GBB Native Plant  Fundraiser
LANDMARK Speaker Series
Our virtual LANDMARK Speaker Series returns for 2021 with monthly presentations from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on conservation and Georgian Bay topics. Mark your calendars with the dates below, and register to attend each session here
Shipwreck Tales of GB book.
Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay
with Cris Kohl & Joan Forsberg
Saturday, May 8th, 10-11 am
Enjoy these dramatic, true stories of the most famous shipwrecks in Canada’s Georgian Bay:
  • an update on the search for the fabled Griffon, including the authors’ participation in the quest for this wreck with Josh Gates for the “Expedition Unknown” TV series
  • the amazing story of a small schooner that has become the most in-demand shipwreck in the world; the historic vessel that has the reputation of being the most scuba-dangerous shipwreck in all of the Great Lakes
  • details of the first dive to the J. H. Jones, a coastal steamer tragically lost with all hands in late 1906, and found in 2018 by the same team that located the Manasoo (next)
  • the 2018 discovery of the steamer, Manasoo, a story which went “worldwide viral”: due to the wreck’s unique characteristics, such as an intact pilothouse and a 1927 automobile! 
  • Plus much more! Based on Cris and Joan’s book of the same title.
Register here to attend. Please note that this presentation will not be recorded, so your only chance to see it is live!
Walk Run Pole
$1,011,402 Raised in Support of
Local Cardiac Care Since 2008!!
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As we honour the new provincial 'stay home orders', it's important to continue exercising to keep body, mind and soul together.

Please join us in keeping fit together, but apart. Our 14th annual Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole is posed to connect us all. We have created an easy to navigate website. We encourage you to sign up then track your kilometres daily through May. We want you moving for a healthier you! You can be part of something bigger than yourself when you join our fitbit community at PSWalk! Or track with Strava. Or simply manually log your daily activity. Our site combines everyone's steps to make one grand journey! If Public Health guidelines allow, we will end the month of May in style! Join us on our traditional 5K route along the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay on Sunday, May 30th. Gather pledges for local cardiac care for West Parry Sound Health Centre!
June 2021
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ToA Large Item Pick Up Days 2021

Saturdays, June 26th and August 7th

Due to Covid-19, social distancing needs to be respected and no assistance can be provided. Please make sure you bring helpers with you if you have exceptionally heavy or large items to drop off. Further information such as what can/cannot be dropped off is posted on the Township website.
PaBIA Trivia - Did You Know?
Great Lakes Depth Graph
Could you guess the number of miles from the floor of the
Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean?

If you have some trivia you believe others would enjoy, please send it along to Hilde for possible inclusion in the eBlasts this summer!
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels May 4, 2021 To better read the charts, please click on the chart for the Daily or Six Month Forecast Water level chart and the corresponding websites
Water Level Legend 2021
The First Yearbook Update for 2021 is here!
With each eBlast, we will provide you a list of names for those members who have provided updated contact information. The details of all the changes since the 2021 yearbook came out in late April are provided in THIS printable format for you to print out and insert into your own Yearbook!
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