Blog readers, I have some news to report. Lots of good things have been happening to do with Heritage Lake Simcoe. First of all, we are gathering momentum in the communities around the lake. We have several more letters of endorsement. One came from the Elders of Georgina Island, saying how happy they were that the Lake was finally going to receive the recognition that it deserves. Another was from the widow of Duncan MacPherson, the cartoonist that was with the Toronto Star. He had a cottage near Beaverton for years. He painted several pictures of the lake as well.
We have a new member of our executive, a retired lawyer, familiar with municipal law. Our Executive is compiled of people from around the lake and watershed. This is part of the criteria for designation.
We are circulating a petition for people to sign that they are in favour of designation. This once again is part of the criteria for designation. We have more than 1,000 signatures already. We are aiming for 12,000.
Barb and I presented a power point presentation to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board last Friday, May 25. We had 10 minutes to make our case and then we answered questions from the floor. We will hear at the Board's next meeting whether it endorses our project.
Please keep your fingers crossed. And contact the LSRCA board representative in your municipality to get them to support Heritage Lake Simcoe as it would be wonderful to have the Conservation Authority backing us.
We are on Facebook under “Heritage Lake Simcoe.” You can also "Like" us on Facebook to show your support.
Facebook has had people from Australia, Britain, Poland and the United States talk about the lake. One gentleman from Keswick wrote a paragraph on growing up on the lake and learning how to swim when he was a little boy. I think what I will do is publish some of the stories in this blog for you folks to enjoy. I think that stories from around the lake will be interesting.
Innisfil Libraries received a $25,000 New Horizons Seniors Grant to collect stories from seniors about the lake. They have bought audio and video equipment to tape the stories. They are also going over to Georgina Island with us to interview the aboriginal elders and photogragh some of their documents. This will be very exciting as it has not been done before. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, who is on our executive, lives on Georgina Island and has made this all possible for us.
We are having a banner made to take to events around the Lake this summer. One of the librarians has designed a book mark and a small sign to advertise what we are all about. These should be ready shortly. The signs we will put in the windows of businesses all around the lake and watershed that support our project.
Well summer is coming on the lake. Most cottagers have their docks and boats in the water and they’ve been up to clean up after winter and get out the lawn furniture. The water hasn’t warmed up yet but there have been a few brave souls jump in to prove that they aren’t getting old.
Here’s to a safe, sunny, lazy summer with lots of friends and families visiting. Until next time…..