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December Newsletter 

Boxing Day Parade

Join us on Friday, December 26th for our annual Boxing Day Parade. Dress up your vehicle or yourself and meet at the 4-corners (Philrick, Saunders & FR87) at 2pm for a walk or drive around the neighbourhood and then back to the Flanagan’s (7 FR87) for hot chocolate and marshmallows.   

Festival of Trees at the BCC

Our Cottage Association sponsored a Christmas Tree for the Buckhorn Community Centre Festival of Trees

Be sure to visit the BCC for the Trees Only, Tea & Trees or Wine & Trees. There are many beautiful  trees and outdoor decorations. You can purchase tickets online or in person and enter draws for your favourite items.

Draw date: December 13th

We had left over pottery fish from last summer’s scavenger hunt so we went with a fishing and cottaging theme. Lots of craft projects and repurposed fishing tackle ornaments. We named our tree Gone Fishing. Everything was donated except the tree and the First Aid Kit that we purchased from the BCC. 

Next year’s theme is going to be Going to the Birds. 
If you have a decoration or gift to donate, give us a wave. We'd love to have all handmade items, but any contribution would be appreciated. We're already working on our craft projects.

There's more than just trees at the BCC! 

Winner of the November Draw is: Mark Kowall 

 

Hoodies are now available in medium, large, extra large and 2XL. Use the link below to enter. You only need to enter once. Your name stays on the list until all the hoodies are gone.

Hoodies Entry Form

Local Christmas Events - this coming weekend!

Santa Claus is coming to town and will ring in the season with amazing music from the Kawartha Kavaliers Drum Corps Incorporated!!!!!
Be sure to join us Dec 4 at 2pm in Buckhorn!
Lots of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Register by December 1st by phoning the BCC - 705-657-8833.
Environmental News 

Starry Stonewort Committee

Thank you to Dawn Griffin and Lucianna Adragna for expressing their environmental concerns and agreeing to help us form a Starry Stonewort committee. Dawn and Lucianna will work with Sue Flanagan and Nancy Boyce. Dawn has offered to chair the committee. 

Our association will be working with a newly formed network of people interested in Starry Stonewort in Southern Ontario. The group is comprised of researchers, representatives from invasive species organization, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Parks Canada, environmental groups, and representatives from lakes infested with Starry Stonewort. They are currently planning a January meeting and Dawn will attend to represent our lake. This will give us a chance to share the Big Bald Lake experience and hear what other lakes are doing. They are also hoping for updates from the Invading Plant Council, the Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program, TSW, and their researchers.

We recently received a report from this working group which you may read here.

Trent Lakes Council Update

Trent Lakes Councillor, Carol Armstrong, sends out quarterly newsletters which are very informative. Click on the link below to read the November newsletter. You may find Carol's newsletter on our website's Links page.

From the newsletter:
One topic Council will be addressing is the potential for refrigerating the rink in Buckhorn. This would be a major project investment and more information is required and is being requested. It will be on the agenda again for December 7th, as the Buckhorn Community Centre and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee present their feedback on the consultant feasibility study.
Trent Lakes Council Update

How does our food waste affect climate change?

With recent news of climate change discussions at COP26 and the terrible fires out west this past summer and now flooding on both coasts, you may ask yourself, what I can I do as an individual to help climate change.

I was surprised to find out that approximately 20 per cent of Canada’s methane emissions (a potent greenhouse gas) come from landfills. As I researched ways to reduce what goes to landfills, I discovered that I'm not composting properly. My compost is all "greens" and no browns. You need a proper mix, but more on that later.

Diversion of organic waste from landfills is an important component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Methane gas, produced during the decomposition of organic materials in an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment such as in landfills, is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

When people toss food, all the resources to grow, ship and produce it get chucked, too, including massive volumes of water.

In the average Canadian household, one in four produce items gets thrown in the garbage. By sharpening your food storage skills, you’ll save both food and money.

Here’s some tips to reduce food waste:
  • Take produce out of plastic bags. Airtight wrappings can suffocate fresh produce and speed up the decay process, however, some produce lasts longer when wrapped. 
  • Don’t wash produce until you’re ready to eat it. Moisture encourages decomposition and mould growth.
  • Don’t rip off fruit stems. Once living cells are broken, microorganisms start to grow. Keep produce whole as long as possible.
  • Eat the most perishable items first—raspberries last a few days; potatoes can hang around for about a month.
  • Eat the peels! Scrub your potatoes and carrots, there's no need to peel them.
  • Create a meal plan around what you already have on hand and grocery shop based on your plan.
  • Make soups and stews with leftovers.
  • Freeze or pickle foods that you can't use right away.
 
What to do with food scraps?
Food scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc., can be disposed of in a few ways.
Composters - Composters are convenient and you'll end up with great soil to enrich your gardens. If you live near a forest, this may not be your best option as you can attract bears.
Organics program - the Buckhorn Transfer Station has an organics program. Check out what's accepted for the program: 

https://www.trentlakes.ca/en/live/resources/Documents/Organics-Program---What-goes-in.pdf
FoodCycler – The municipality has a pilot program for the FoodCycler. The unit dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odorless, nutrient dense by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. For more information on the program, check their guide: 
https://www.trentlakes.ca/en/live/resources/Documents/Waste-Management/Information-Guide.pdf

Do Composters create methane gas?
Yes, any organic waste creates methane gas as it decomposes, but you can reduce this effect by introducing oxygen into your composter.
1. Turn your compost every few weeks to aerate the pile.
2. Use the right ratio of brown and green material.

Greens and Browns in your Composter
1. Greens are materials that are rich in nitrogen or protein. They are also the items that tend to heat a compost pile up because they help the microorganisms in the pile grow and multiply quickly. Your food waste is green.
2. Browns are carbon or carbohydrate-rich materials. The main job of browns in a compost pile is to be food sources for the organisms that work with the microbes to break down the contents of your compost pile.
3. Brown materials help to add bulk and help allow air to filter through the pile.

Browns include: Fall leaves (preferably mulched), pine needles, twigs, chipped tree branches/bark, straw or hay, sawdust, corn stalks, paper (newspaper, writing/printing paper, paper plates and napkins, coffee filters), Corrugated cardboard (without any waxy/slick paper coatings).
FOCA Elerts - read the November issue
FOCA has just published their November Elert. You can sign up for Elerts or access them directly from the FOCA website.

There's lots of great information, but here's an excerpt about a LDD (gypsy) Moth webinar.

Upcoming event: LDD moth
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 starting at 7:00pm - The Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) invites interested landowners to join a webinar presentation and moderated discussion about the LDD (gypsy) Moth: "A review of our 2021 experience, and a look forward to 2022" as part of the Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) Network Ontario. 
Read about the event and register here.
 

What's the secret to goose free shorelines? Standing vegetation!🌿

Here's an excerpt from The Land Between November newsletter. You can subscribe to their newsletters on their website: https://www.thelandbetween.ca/.
 
10 Year Later and No Geese!
Thanks to our COO, Leora Berman, Head Lake Park and surrounding walking trails and public spaces are free of geese.
In 2010 Leora designed an effective planting scheme and accessed a grant from Cottage Life Magazine in order to remedy the shorelands in Haliburton's downtown village park and deter geese from nesting, foraging and generally mucky-ing up the area. Goose are tundra species that gravitate to "terraformed" shores that have limited to no biodiversity. They then drop 1lb of guano per goose per day, which is a source of pathogens and nitrates that can harm water quality. Leora, with the support of the township and 40 amazing volunteers from the Rotary Club and other groups, planted the downtown shore to remove sight lines for geese. The township with this inertia, also stopped cutting all vegetation at the shore. The typical 140 geese at that time, is now a big "zero" in these parks. Thank you Leora for your dedication to nature and your community. Thanks too, to all the great partners and volunteers for great support and many hands. The result has been a goose-poop free zone with more biodiversity and utility for the community.
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