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  • 13 May 2016 10:40 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    Courtesy: Ken Reese

    Muskoka Beech are under attack by the Beech Bark Disease, an insect-fungus complex. This disease has now pretty much spread through the entire range of the beech species. In the insect stage of the disease, the crawler nymphs, less than a millimetre, hatch in late summer, soon cover themselves in a white, woolly wax filament and feed by inserting their stylet into the inner bark of the tree. 

    Beech Scale Insect TuftsThe scale insect looks like a white tuft and the colonies can be numerous enough to lend a whitish cast to the bark. By spring the adult stage of the scale continues to feed and lays its eggs in the summer. The insects do not kill the tree but do weaken it over time.

    Juvenile BBD CankersIn the fungus stage of the disease, the fungal spores are carried by wind and rain and over a period of 2-10 years, enter the feeding wounds left by the scale insect,. The fungus feeds on the inner bark and cambial layer causing small cankers to appear on the surface of the smooth bark.

    Red Fruiting Bodies, Oct

    These cankers continue to grow and often within 3-6 years girdle the stem. The conspicuous clusters of fruiting bodies of the sexual stage appear in the fall as red coloured bulbs some 2-3 mm in height and can be numerous enough to give a reddish cast to the bark.

    Clusters of Red Fruiting Bodies, OctFor the cottager, damage can occur from dead branches or the collapse of the tree. Careful inspection of your beech treecan identify the insect and the fungal stages of the disease and precautionary measures can be taken.

  • 02 Jul 2015 10:27 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    (FOCA July 2015)  An important clarification and confirmation of municipal jurisdiction of the permitting and approvals of structures built over water was recently rendered in Ontario Superior Court. 

    Read more and see the full decision, here:  FOCA: Municipal-authority-over-boathouses-decision

  • 02 Jul 2015 10:18 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

    (FOCA July 2015) As we begin the busy July and August boating season, OPP reminds us that boating safety is up to each of us. The decisions we make on the water can lead to great family times, or potentially tragedy. 

    Read more, including an OPP report on boating incident statistics from the last 10 years in Ontario: FOCA/boating-safety-is-everybodys-business

  • 02 Jul 2015 8:58 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

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  • 01 Jul 2015 9:22 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)
    UPDATE - June 10, 2015: Further to the Ontario Energy Boards decision (see below) to reassign customers formerly in the “seasonal” customer class, FOCA is participating in discussions with Hydro One about how to roll people into new rate classes effective January 1, 2016. The meeting held this June 10th allowed FOCA to see several proposed options of how this could be done, what rate changes to expect and how the changes could be phased in over time. The changes will affect some hydro consumers more than others, and FOCA is assessing how large consumers, typical consumers and small consumers will see their hydro bills change. Hydro One will make its final recommendation to the Ontario Energy Board August 4th. Intervenors including FOCA will be providing feedback during this process.  Read more here...
  • 17 Apr 2015 10:59 AM | Jeff Crocker (Administrator)

  • 09 Aug 2014 9:30 AM | Jeff & Vicki Crocker
    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Skeleton Lake Cottager's Association (SLCO) was held at Troy Cove Marina on August 9th, 2014 at 10am.

    More than 50 voting members attended, and almost as many again from the general public. The President, Doug Dougherty welcomed everyone and introduced the Directors of the SLCO. He introduced the Mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, Alice Murphy, who made a surprise visit. She addressed the meeting briefly and congratulated the all those involved in developing the Lake Plan document. Having perused the document, she commented on the detail in the Plan and urged the Directors to present it at a Planning and Economic Development Committee of the District Municipality of Muskoka.

    The meeting proceeded with the President's Remarks, the Treasurer's Report and the Water Quality Report. The details of these and the Standing Committee Reports will be posted on the web site entitled Minutes of 2014 AGM.

    Doug Dougherty presented a slide deck outlining the development and final draft of the Skeleton Lake Plan and Stewardship Program. There were several questions and then the Members were asked to vote on a motion to accept the Plan/Program, publish the document and begin implementation. The motion was approved unanimously. The President was elated, as were those involved in the project and the Members. It was the culmination of almost five years of work. Congratulations all around!

    The Chair of the Nominating Committee reported that the following Directors were seeking re-election to the Board: Ken Auden, Lou-Enne Bartolomeu, Jeff Crocker, Cary Deloye, Timolin Daniel, Doug Dougherty, Jim Dyment, Sherril Johnson, Teddene Long, Al Marshall, Scott May, Paul Pieper, Kathi Poupard, Geoff Ross, Paul Smith and Sandi West.

    There was a call for nominations from the floor and Bob Smith was nominated. The motion for approval of the above nominees was approved. These seventeen Directors assume the responsibility for the management of the corporation for the 2014/15 year.

    Teddene Long - President
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