January 2022 Newsletter 

Happy New Year…. Let’s Build a Snowman 
We’re saddened that Covid19 is playing havoc on us again and we had to cancel the Santa Claus Parade. We will make a judgment call by mid January on the Winter Carnival which at this time doesn’t look promising. Rather than getting down about another disappointing pandemic setback, we have pivoted and come up with two new ideas to keep us busy this winter.

We still need to source some prizes so give us a wave if you have any ideas or want to sponsor the prizes. A great way for minimalists to purge some Christmas presents! 😉

Snowman building and Scavenger Hunt
Part 1) in January build a snowman or snow animal, or inflate a snowman facing the water, snap a photo and send it to by January 30th. (You can also enter in a contest as mentioned below.) 
Part 2) in February we will have a scavenger hunt on the lake. Walk and record where the snow people are located on the lake. Details will be on the website for February 5th.

Winter Bingo: starts immediately to March 31st. 

Find and take a photo (if possible) of items on the Bingo Card.
Prizes are for a straight line, 2 straight lines, 4 corners, an X and a T. 

Use the Winter Bingo Entry Form on our website as you get a BINGO. 

Email your wildlife photos to

Prizes: pottery bird ornament made and donated by Sue Flanagan
Big Bald Lake Beaver Ice Melting Contest

We'll be announcing the location of the Big Bald Lake Beaver as soon as the ice is safe enough to put him in place. 

We'll post the calendar and instructions on the website early January. Contest closing date is February28th.

Winner of the December Draw: 


Hoodies are now available in 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.

We’re now out of size Medium 
Hoodies Entry Form

Big Bald Lake Froze on Dec 20th

The lake was open on Dec 19th due to mild weather and strong winds, but froze right across on the 20th. Please use caution when you start going on the lake. The main part of the lake may not be safe yet.

Missed out on hot chocolate at the Flanagan’s again this year… check out this article

Community News

Kawartha Quest

From Kawartha Conservation

Kawartha Quest is a fun, interactive outdoor adventure series for all ages.

Combining your amateur skills in animal tracking, wildlife identification, map building and more, participants will be guided through the trails at Ken Reid Conservation Area where they will complete a series of challenges to reveal letters to a secret code word.

Once complete, participants can upload the secret word on the Kawartha Conservation website to receive a Certificate of Completion and a participant button.

See their
website for details.

Buckhorn Public School

Are you a business or individual who would like to donate to help the Buckhorn Public School? They have a fundraising goal of $50,000.

A potential $11,900 has already been raised.
$5,000 Pizza Alloro pledge (this is in addition to the Wednesday fund raiser)
$1,900 school outdoor playground fund transferred over
$5,000 grant application with Trent Lakes pending January if approved

Cheques to Kawartha Pine Ridge with memo ‘Buckhorn Play Structure fundraiser’ get a donation receipt. Donations with ‘Buckhorn School’ as the name on the cheque do not get a donation receipt.

The board requires all new landscaping and drainage. Raised wood border.
New play surface for wheel chair accessibility (wood chip play surface). Landscape architect approval etc.

Usually fundraisers like this take 2 years or so due to their cost.

Every Wednesday, until March 30th, 2022, a portion of all sales at Pizza Alloro will be donated to the Buckhorn Public School.

FYI: When you order Pizza from Pizza Alloro on Wednesday's a part of the proceeds go to the school fundraiser.  And if you haven't tried their Mighty Chicken Caesar you need to soon!  I get it on the Cauliflower crust - YUM!
Our Green News 

Starry Stonewort Committee Update 

The Starry Stonewort Committee attended a virtual meeting on December 8th hosted by Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management). Of particular interest to us was a presentation about removing Starry Stonewort using DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting). This method of SS removal is more successful than mechanical harvesting because it does not leave fragments behind that will regrow. We are currently researching whether this method is available in Ontario and feasible for our lake. We continue to do SS research and partner with organizations.

Attention Boaters

From the Invading Species Awareness Program:

Ontario is taking important steps to prevent the spread of invasive species through the boater pathway by implementing rules based on Clean, Drain, Dry practices.

Effective January 1st, 2022 boaters will be required to remove drain plugs and take reasonable precautions to remove all aquatic plants, animals, and algae from their boats immediately upon removing the watercraft from a waterbody. In addition, boaters will also be required to ensure their watercraft is free of all aquatic plants, animals, and algae before arriving at a boat launch or launching their boat in any Ontario waterbody.

To learn more visit

2022 Tree Seedling Sale - On Now

Kawartha Conservation's Seedling Sale is on now.

Order deadline: March 18, 2022 by 4 p.m. 
Pickup dates: Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Pickup location: Ken Reid Conservation Area, 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay.

Seedlings must be planted on properties within the Kawartha Conservation watershed.
Seedlings are 1 to 3 years old and bare root, which means they are not containers or plugs.

Minimum order is 25 trees. If 25 is too much, ask a neighbour to split an order with you.

Order form:

Deciduous Trees
Deciduous seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Unit bundles are $42.10 with the exception of Bitternut Hickory, which are $57.50 per unit bundle. Types of trees include: maple, oak, birch, etc.

Evergreen Trees
Evergreen seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Bundles cost $29.75.
Types of trees include: pine, spruce, fir, cedar, tamarack

Mountain Ash, Buttonbush, Silky Dogwood and American Elderberry bundles are $45.40.
Saskatoon Serviceberry, Nannyberry and Highbush Cranberry bundles are $62.50.

Christmas Tree Drop Off

Christmas Trees may be dropped off at the Buckhorn Transfer Station during daylight hours.  All decorations, tree stands, lights or bags must be removed. Artificial trees are not accepted. 
FOCA Updates
Property Assessments on Hold
In their early November "Fall 2021 economic update" the Province announced that property assessments for the 2022 and 2023 tax years will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was used for 2021. Details and a link to the economic update are on our webpage:

Give your home a booster shot with a Generac Generator from AJ Del Piero Electrical and never worry about losing power again.

We want to thank all our customers for making us the most well reviewed Generac Dealer in the Kawarthas. Thank you from the team – Brian, Glen, Jenn, Karl and Krista.

We at A.J. Del Piero Electrical wish you and yours all the best in the New Year.
For all your insurance needs

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