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Fall 2016 AYLEN LAKE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Newsletter
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President's Message

ALCA is an association that relies heavily on volunteer services. Some volunteers are extremely passionate about their special interests and concentrate on those, while others might prefer to participate in or help at events across the board.  Many of those who do participate start with various motivations: some because of a degree of dissatisfaction with issues important to them and others because they see a need and step in to fill it. Many, with younger kids, have been involved mostly with those types of activities however, those enjoying or approaching retirement may feel they have time to initiate new projects or contribute to existing ones. 
 
I am one of those who are close to retirement and have decided to give back to our community by joining the executive team of ALCA as President, starting in August, 2016.  It has been an eye opener to look at all the work that has been done in the past 30+ years and sadly not a lot about that work has been communicated.  We now live in a very different world where issues are becoming more complex and developing faster, people are extremely busy and Aylen Lake needs our attention.
 
I attended my first Interlake meeting at Golden Lake in September and met with the representatives of over 13 lake associations in our area.  Some associations are at the building stages and some are extremely robust and energetic with lots of volunteers.  I was told that a lot of Lake Associations including ALCA currently suffer from what they called “STP”, which means “Same Three People”. After hearing all the new issues that are affecting our lakes at that meeting, it’s clear that we need to have a more engaged and vibrant association that includes a better representation of our community.  We need to start looking at Lake Stewardship, quality of water, invasive species, and relationships with the Township, the MNR and the Provincial and Federal governments and our local businesses. Yes our association has had some great years and now with fewer and fewer volunteers, we need to re-energize and rebuild.  Times are changing and three people alone can’t do it!
 
I have seen many posts on the Aylen Lake public Facebook page expressing your love of Aylen Lake so we at ALCA know that the people of Aylen Lake will step up and join as active members to support our purpose which is:   Protect and enhance all aspects of the quality of life on Aylen Lake and their immediate surroundings and to provide representation for the membership to Municipal and Government bodies.
 
We encourage all of our property owners and friends of Aylen Lake to take the initiative and contact our association about becoming involved in minor and/or major ways, in an effort to “give back” to our community, if only on a seasonal basis as may be appropriate, given your availability. ALCA will benefit from volunteers to look at existing and new activities,
 
ALCA will start expanding starting in 2017 to include monitoring many issues ranging from water quality, roads, invasive species, By-laws, fish conservation, newsletters and announcements, membership area representatives, landowner education, and more.
 
Our current events include an Annual General Meeting, a Regatta and a fishing derby and we want to expand and explore other things such as a charity poker run, corn roast and a Boat Parade of Lights. Please consider this an invitation to share your talents and energy for the betterment of our community. We need to build a great network of volunteers.
 
I am pleased to announce the launch of our ALCA website: 
http://www.aylenlakecommunityassociation.ca/
We now take electronic payments for your membership dues and will be sending our new Newsletter on a quarterly basis thanks to Ann Maika-Chartrand who has joined us as our Social Media editor.
 
As the 2016 year draws to a close, let me thank all who have contributed or participated in any way, large or small, to help our community.  I want to extend a special thanks to our outgoing President Sharon Conners for her years of dedication and to Kathleen Barnes our Secretary-treasurer for her extraordinary work in the transition.
 
Warm regards,
Rene

New Dock

After many years of having only one overcrowded dock we now have a beautiful new dock! The new dock is a floating structure connected to a cement pad at the shore and secured by 4 concrete weights at the bottom of the lake.  In the late fall, the wood structure is detached from the cement pad and floats while still anchored to the concrete weights.  In the spring, the wood structure is re-attached to the cement pad and comes with a life time warranty.
  Our community thanks the township’s team that made this happen.  The older dock will still be in place beside the new one giving our community ample space to dock their boats on a short term basis.  As in the past, the old dock still has to be removed and re-installed each season.   
 

Aylen Lake road update

This summer was exceptionally dry and hot, one of the best weather on record. However with the dryness comes the issue of road maintenance, leveling it with the road grader works only for a couple of days and with the increase traffic it gets worst.
We (ALCA) attended a Roads Board meeting in September where the mayor and the councillors where present, Beverly Moore, Bob Ogilvie and myself expressed our concerns about the safety, maintenance and side effects of a dusty gravel road to the council.
The repair and solution for our road is a large investment and we need all level of government to step-in and help through grants or low interest loans to the township. Meanwhile the township has agreed to start repair on the culverts and the ditches. The latest news is that with the help of Dave Gatley and the Mayor a new request to the infrastructure committee of Ontario for funding was sent in October just under the deadline. We will get an answer in the early spring.

  • Latest update. Logging has been active this fall and there have been 4 or 5 cuts into the woods along the Aylen Lake Road as landing areas to load trucks. They are presently taking logs from 2 of the locations. This is part of the forestry plan for the area. One good thing is these areas could possibly assist us in straightening the road. This operation will be on going until the spring.


 

A message from our Councillor
 

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon Conners for all her hard work and years of tireless service on the executive of the Community Association - a job well done.   I wish her the best of luck in future endeavors.
 I would like to welcome Rene Bertrand as the new President of the Community Association and wish him all the best in his new position. I look forward to the opportunity of working with him and the rest of the executive in the coming year. It sounds like they have some good ideas and I look forward to assisting them in accomplishing them.
 It is a great idea to set up and manage this website to open up communication for residents of the lake.  I urge and recommend anyone who is not presently a member of the association seriously consider becoming a member and contact ALCA.  The stronger the association and the more members there are, the lighter the work load.  The more that can be accomplished for bettering things on the lake will benefit everyone. Have a safe and happy winter. Thank you.  Bill Rodnick
Councillor-Dickens Ward
 
October 18, 2016 – After many years of negotiation and consultation, the Algonquins of Ontario today signed the Algonquin Land Claim Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Governments of Ontario, and Canada. The signing of the AIP begins a process of negotiating a legally binding agreement between the parties and finalizing all aspects of the land, finances, and legal entitlements that are considered in this Agreement.
For those directly affected by the proposed terms (landowners, municipalities, businesses etc.), the Government of Ontario will be communicating specifics in the weeks to come.
This new stage in the settlement signals the end of the formal role of FOCA, and other stakeholder groups as part of the Committee of External Advisors. FOCA will remain plugged-in to the negotiations specifically with the Province of Ontario representatives on behalf of our members in this region. (Source: FOCA)
ALCA will continue to monitor the negotiation process and will keep you up to date.
 
For more information you may contact the Ontario Information Centre on the Algonquin Land Claim at 855-690-7070 or 613-732-8081 or by email at alcinfo@ontario.ca or visit:

https://foca.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AlgonquinNegotiationsOct2016.pdf

https://foca.on.ca/algonquin-land-claim-agreement-in-principle-signed/
 
ALCA REGATTA 2016
The 2016 Aylen Lake Regatta was another great success!
 
Weather was on our side and we had a fantastic turn out. Our youngest attendee was Ronin Alexander Hannecke born May 31, 2016 and our senior veteran this year was Mr. Bill Pierce born, July 1st 1932. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our big event.
 
A special thank you to the Duell family who opened the 2016 Regatta and for the spectacular fireworks! A big thank you to; Sharon Connors and her team for convening the Regatta this year, to Bruce Dick and his team for the organising and cooking of the delicious food, to Ciara who brought her face painting expertise, to Debbie Nystrom for the exuberance she brought as announcer and to Connie Dick for the judging of all the races.
 
None of this would be possible without the energy and enthusiasm of all our volunteers.
From those who volunteered at the beach clean-up day, the preparations, the setup and take down, to the judging, running of the games, to selling tickets or barbequing, none of this could happen with you! Please visit our new website to see the winners and our gallery of pictures at:
http://www.aylenlakecommunityassociation.ca/regatta-gallery.php

ALCA is looking for new ideas for the 2017 Regatta. If anyone would like to bring forward an idea, you can contact the executive at: http://www.aylenlakecommunityassociation.ca/contact.php
 
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