This is a heads-up for everyone who is used to the annual LWRA Picnic which has been held on the Saturday afternoon of the August long weekend for many years. Your cottagers’ association has been doing some innovative events for 2017, such as the pancake breakfast at Limerick Lodge just before the Annual General Meeting and the upcoming Open Mic Music Night at the Lodge on Saturday, August 19. The Annual Picnic format has also been changed. So here are the details …
This year Kyle and Ed will be firing up our barbeque at 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Limerick Lake Lodge. For just $6 per person you can enjoy a high quality burger or hot dog with a drink, snacks and other various treats. It is hoped that this new timing will encourage all of the competitors in the canoe and kayak races over on Fraser’s Beach on Saturday, August 5 at 10 a.m to head on over to the lodge shortly after the winners have been awarded their ribbons. After a morning of paddling, appetites should be good, so our annual cottagers’ gathering to enjoy a meal together has been moved up to this noon-hour venue.
The focus will be on the kids in the crowd with lots of games, including a tug-o-war, ring toss, sponge toss etc. and all of the other picnic games kids have come to enjoy over the years. Lawn Darts were suggested but apparently Canadian Tire no longer carries such items.
If you have not captured one of the updated 2017 maps of the lake with everyone’s cottage identified on it they will be available at the picnic. If you would like to support your cottagers’ association memberships will also be sold at the event at $50 per cottage. This money goes toward such things as insurance for all the events being held and membership in the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association (FOCA) which gives us many educational opportunities for the protection of the lake environment we all love plus a voice on provincial political policies which often affect waterfront property owners.
So … on Saturday, August 5, 12:30 p.m. you are invited to show up at Limerick Lodge to enjoy a barbeque with friends and neighbours on our lake system, which includes Lake St. Ola, Mephisto, Dark, Dixon and Limerick. See you there!
Your Limerick waterways cottagers association has just updated the location map for Limerick and St. Ola lakes and for your $50 cottage membership to join the LWRA you will get a 2017 map absolutely FREE to hang on your cottage wall!
On the other hand, you can buy just the map from LWRA President Jan McKillican by writing her a cheque for $50. You are invited to tie to her dock on the north shore of Limerick, behind the Big Island at 911 number 353, and discuss the details of this great offer in person.
This new map has all of the cottages on Limerick and St. Ola listed and numbered with the owner’s name in the columns to the right of the map. It has been many years since a new map has been created so a lot of names have changed when compared with the old faded version which might currently be hanging on your wall.
The LWRA pancake breakfast down at the lodge on Sunday, July 2 was a good time for all in attendance. Kyle and Ed did a fine job on the marina kitchen griddle, which Lodge owner George Offshack kindly allowed us to use, and nobody went away hungry. President Jan was a courteous and attentive waitress and our Treasurer Mary Argue efficiently kept track of the numbers as always. Hot coffee, tasty bacon and real maple syrup … the perfect way to start a sunny Sunday on the lake.
With everyone’s appetite satisfied your LWRA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the main room of the lodge at 10:30. Fire Chief Jason Post was the guest speaker for this gathering of cottagers. A video was presented, based on an actual fire in which a 5-year-old boy lost his life, demonstrating exactly how fast fire can spread. Smoke alarms are critical to alerting residents in time for them to exit a burning building safely.
If your cottage should catch fire Limerick’s volunteer firefighters would arrive on the scene as quickly as possible. The fire department has an agreement with George Offshack to use the marina rental boats to transport portable pumps to the location. Chances are slim the cottage on fire could be saved but the forest and neighbouring cottages could be protected. It is recommended that everyone have a fire extinguisher in good operating condition available near the kitchen as this is the most likely spot for a fire to start. Our Fire Chief brought smoke alarms with a 10-year battery life to the meeting for sale at the very reasonable price of $25. A number of these smoke alarms have been left at the marina store for sale to those who could not attend the meeting but would like to do everything they can to keep their families safe at the cottage.
For more information on fire safety at the lake you can go to the Limerick Fire Department’s website at: http://www.township.limerick.on.ca/fire-dept.php