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.
The OLA developed a set of questions that it sent to local municipal candidates for their responses. The questions cover pertinent issues for our seasonal and permanent Otty Lake property owners. Please take a look before you head to the polls, phone or your computer to vote on October 22. There is one document for Tay Valley Township candidates and another for Drummond North Elmsley.
The fall issue of our newsletter has been posted. A rural septic system checklist, our summer AGM, radon testing, and changes to the animal population over the last 40 years are some of the stories. Photo at left: 1953 aerial photo.
17th annual workshop where lake community, scientists and organizations join to learn and network. The hot topic this year is the importance of good stewardship on your property. Held at Perth Civitan Hall (cost of $25 includes lunch). Register at watersheds.ca/lakelinks2018 or contact Melissa at, 613-264-1244.
The RVCA's Jebbs Creek Embayment Project has begun! Volunteers are needed on two days. Eight to 10 volunteers are needed Oct. 3, from 9:30 am to 1 pm, for planting shrubs, putting down seed mix and installing erosion control blankets. On Oct. 29, 8 to 10 people are needed from 9:30 am to noon for installing live stakes, namely willow and dogwood cuttings. Rubber boots are recommended in both cases.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.