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  • 2021-07-15 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the KLA's AGM in June, members raised concerns regarding misuse of Crown Land around Koshlong lake to Mayor Dave Burton and Deputy Mayor Cecil Ryal. Specifically, members have encountered excessive gunfire and litter in a portion of Crown Land on the south side of the lake; the disturbing noise and waste are significantly impacting cottagers' and campers' safety and comfort.

    The issue was profiled on the front page of today's Haliburton Highlander, featuring comments from several KLA members and Director Mike Palmer, and was accompanied by an editorial on page 8.

    Full Issue - July 15 Highander

    Carol Moffat, Councillor for Algonquin Highlands, also presented this letter to Haliburton County Council on June 16. She points out that "the changing use of Crown Land falls between the jurisdictional cracks of municipalities, OPP and MNRF."

    If you encounter problems on Crown Land near your property, we encourage you to report to the OPP by calling 911 or 1-800-310-1122 immediately so action can be taken by the proper authorities.

    The KLA will continue to advocate with local representatives, the OPP and the MNRF for effective action on this issue. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in the effort.

  • 2021-07-09 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you picked up the current issue of Cottage Life? The KLA's Fire prevention program is profiled on page 23 - check it out!

  • 2021-07-09 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hydro One will be replacing 4 submarine cables this year that will affect Koshlong Lake. The scheduled window is between July 10th and October 10th. No exact date is known yet as it depends on a number of factors:

    • Weather conditions.
    • Dates approved by the MNR.
    • Lake depth at different times in the year.
    • Delivery of the cables.
    • Scheduling equipment such as the cable barge and helicopter.

    The Koshlong lake Association board has requested that, if possible, the work be carried out after Labour day to avoid the busy summer season. Hydro One are considering the request but have to take into account all the other factors noted above.

    Any power outages should be less than 4 hours, and Hydro One will notify customers as normal prior to the outage.

    The 4 cables being replaced are:

    1. Across the entrance to Telephone Bay to replace the cable that runs from the North Shore to 2563 Telephone Bay Road the Seymour property.
    2. From the end of Rockcliff to the first two cottages on Ripple Rock (1447 and 1493)
    3. Across the entrance to Bark Bay, the cable running from the end of Sapphire Drive to Ripple Rock Drive.
      >> This outage will affect 24 properties on Ripple Rock Drive, Arrowhead Drive and Cozy Lane.
      >> It will restrict boat traffic in and out of Bark Bay. It is expected to take one day but it also depends on any unforeseen issues.
    4. The overhead cable in Donald that crosses the Burnt River, it is to be replaced by a submerged cable. This cable replacement will affect the whole lake.

    Hydro One have provided us with as much information as they have available at this time. As more information and specifics become available, we will update this posting.

    (originally posted May 19, 2021)

  • 2021-06-18 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fire ban that was enacted 3 weeks ago for Highlands East has been lifted. Please remember that daytime burning is not permitted during the summer season; learn more about area burning & fireworks regulations and fire safety practices.

  • 2021-06-01 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note that as of today there is a TOTAL fire ban in effect for Highlands East - NO BURNING of any kind is allowed at this time, day or night, due to the very dry conditions and very high risk of small fires spreading out of control quickly. 

  • 2021-05-31 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At approximately 10:30 on Sunday morning, smoke was spotted coming from the Cannon property on Sapphire Drive. It was a grass and ground fire that was spreading rapidly due to very dry conditions and wind gusts.

    Using the three-blast alarm from the fire horns, neighbours were able alert other cottagers nearby who came to assist. The team employed two of the Koshlong fire pumps, and were able to bring the blaze under control by the time the Fire Department arrived.

    It was determined that the fire had spread from a campfire from the night before. Despite believing he had put the fire out that evening by dousing it with water, the fire reignited and worked its way through the root system. Unfortunately, there was no one at the cottage as they had left early in the morning for work.

    The owners were contacted and arrived after the fire was out. Naturally the whole family are upset and regret the circumstances. They are truly grateful to the lake community coming together to save their cottage and the surrounding trees. In appreciation they are purchasing two more fire pumps for the lake, one to be located on their property and the second to be placed in a location chosen by the KLA.

    Because of the very dry weather, receiving only a fraction of the normal rainfall for this time of year, the risk of fire is tremendously high! Please exercise extreme caution if you have a campfire:

    • Keep it small and abide by municipal restrictions on daytime burning
    • Pay attention to placement: choose rock or gravel as a foundation and avoid any combustible material like the humus created from leaves, moss, and pine needles
    • Have plenty of water on hand to be able to put out if there is a problem; the best solution is to have a garden hose close by so the fire and surrounding area can be completely soaked
    • Douse the fire completely when you have finished with it

    This incident is an important reminder that fire can take hold so easily and spread quickly, and we all need to be extra cautious! Learn more about the KLA fire safety program, how to prevent fires, and how to use the pumps, and remember to download and print the emergency procedures list and fire pump instructions and keep these in a visible place for you and your guests. If you would like a lesson in using the fire pump, please contact Mike Palmer or your fire captain. Any one of us at any time could be in a position of needing to act quickly to save property and lives!

    Tremendous thanks to all the who assisted:

    • Tracy and Maggie Smith
    • Andrew and Pronica Janikowski
    • Barb Holland and Mike Palmer
    • Ashley Ritchie
    • Peter Farmer, Brian Dorney and Paul Lewis
    • Mike Wigmor

  • 2021-05-31 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This summer, you can visit any operating provincial park Monday to Thursday for DAY use at no cost! You will still need to obtain a permit, and in some cases you will need to book in advance to ensure the park has capacity. To learn more, visit www. 

  • 2021-05-31 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note a recent article in the Haliburton Highlander reported that renting out your property to campers is not allowed by most municipalities in Haliburton County.

    The four municipalities in Haliburton county continue to discuss streamlining the regulation of short-term rentals across the county. Learn more about renting out your cottage on Koshlong.

  • 2021-05-19 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fireworks are only permitted between 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm on the Victoria Day weekend. For more information, please review the Highlands East Fireworks Bylaw #2020-16.

  • 2021-04-30 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keep your eyes out for these beauties, who have been lurking around Dysart Bay in recent weeks!

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