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April Showers Bring
May Flowers

We've got a great Easter Weekend Gift Prize so we are emailing a little early so everyone can register to win.  We would like to thank Charmaine Melburn for this generous donation. Hop onto our website to enter and to see what's inside that pretty bag full of fabulous DōTERRA essential oils.

A random draw will be held on Sunday April 4th  Good Luck Everyone!

 
If anyone else has anything they can donate for future prizes
please give us a wave!

Charmaine Melburn
DōTERRA essential oils
1-705-927-5762
129 Fire Route 79
Buckhorn ON K0L 1J0

mydoterra.com/charmainemelburn
charmelburn@sympatico.ca

VILLAGE PET FOOD PET PHOTO CONTEST

We are Grateful to the Village Pet Food & Supply store in Lakefield for their generous donation of 3 prizes for our new contest. Send in a photo of your pet at the cottage for a chance to win a gift certificate valued from $10.00 to $50.00.  This will be a random draw as we all think our pet is the cutest, and we're all correct!

Hop on over to Facebook to see the photos already submitted.

You can DM us on Facebook or email your photo to sue.bblca@gmail.com

Village Pet Food & Supply
705-652-9494
3305 Lakefield Road, Lakefield - drive-thru
871 Ward Street, Bridgenorth - in-store shopping
http://www.villagepetfood.ca
villagepetfood@nexicom.net

WINNER WINNER WINNER

Our Beaver Dunk Contest ended on March 19 this year and Sandra Linton was our lucky winner of $100.00 gift certificates to her favourite local establishments.  We need to continue to support local during this great pause and always.

MAY FLOWERS:
We also drew winners for the Native Pollinator Kits contest that were so generously donated by Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery .

If you wish to order plants for pick up in May, contact the nursery at:
Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery
Paul Heydon
http://www.nativeplantnursery.ca
info@grow-wild.com
416-735-7490 (cell)

Kate Macisaac, Charmaine Melburn and Sandra & Scarlett Linton are our winners of the 3 different kits that will be available for pick up in May at the Boyce's.

REGATTA SCAVENGER HUNT:
These cute little fish are a few of the August long weekend scavenger hunt prizes, the social committee will be creating about 50 fish one weekend outside at the Flanagan's.  Let us know if you would like to join the social committee.  Or if you have any items you can donate 50 of for the scavenger hunt.
Kendra & Rod are donating juice boxes and chips
Nancy & John are donating cookies and tattoos
Paul & Sue are donating the cost to make the pottery fish
Let us know if you want to host a location. We'll have other items to collect at your location too.

Speaking of April Showers...

We really need some rain as the lake is incredibly low this spring.  They have been lowering the water lately to prevent spring flooding but it looks like the water is down approximately 3 feet from my very dry bay.  So if you haven't been up you don't need to be worried about flooding, but if you draw your water from the lake you might have a concern.  

A letter from the Coalition of Equitable Waterways (CEWF):
Yes the Water Levels on our Lakes are Low - March 25/21
CEWF has been getting comments and questions from our member associations about the current lake levels. Yes, our reservoir levels are lower than normal for this time of year. This situation is not the result of actions by the TSW water management team. TSW is actively replacing logs in all dams to capture the available runoff while maintaining minimum downstream flows.

The TSW Water Management Update from March 24/21 which we posted below accurately describes the situation earlier this week.  We have had significantly less precipitation than normal since October and the ground froze under quite dry conditions. We had no rainfall events or winter thaw events in January and February. Through the first 24 days of March the Haliburton weather record shows only 3% of normal monthly precipitation.  The snowpack was in the normal range, but it has ripened and melted significantly with the sunshine and very warm temperatures of recent weeks. As the snow melted much of the water released has been absorbed by the dry soil conditions and we also experienced significant sublimation as the snow evaporated.  TSW has been actively adding logs to all reservoir dams as the melt has occurred to store available water while maintaining minimum flows but the inflows have been limited. The TSW plan is to bring reservoirs up to about 85% full and then hold in order to have storage to mitigate against flooding from extreme spring rains as we have experienced several times in the last few years. The objective as always will be to see the whole system; Reservoir lakes, the Kawartha lakes and the canal system; full by the end of May. 

If the forecast rain occurs in the next few days, we can expect there will be a lot of log activity at our dams. However, in the last couple of weeks we have seen two huge storm events pass just south of Lake Ontario and have no impact on us. Even this weekend's forecast seems to be showing less rainfall as the events get closer. Precipitation amounts are always hard to predict but TSW is ready to capture the runoff if and when it comes. We have a long way to go to make up for the dry months we have seen.  Residents should monitor the TSW water level website through the link in the upper right of this CEWF site. The TSW site allows access to graphs and tables of water levels for all reservoir lakes and also accesses the water management updates that are posted when conditions are changing.

The other big issue for all cottage lakes is that there is a lot of solid ice still in place which will be blowing around as levels rise. If we get rainfall events TSW will have to raise the levels. Folks need to ensure their shorelines are clear and that everyone avoids the melting ice.

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