Dear Mark Zuckerberg...We want our old FB page back...
With recent memories of clicking 'update' and wiping out our entire website still fresh in mind, I clicked proceed - there was no other option - it wouldn't allow anything else. All 'friends' seem to now be gone. They have been replaced with "Likes". We don't care about having 'likes'. FB is a communication tool for the Anstruther community -- not a sales tool to the world. Why can't businesses have friends Mark Zuckerberg?! Still trying to figure out this new 'business page'.
About two months ago, we took our dog to the vet clinic to bring her up to date on her shots.
The vet warned if we took the dog for walks in the woods, we needed to check her regularly for ticks. Ticks are a very small cousin of the spider from the arachnid family. The vet said they are known in the area and they bite both humans and pets. She gave us a small tool for removing ticks. The vet also encouraged us to wear long pants tucked into socks for protection.
The vet was right about ticks being in this area. An Anstruther Cottager also extends a caution -- she had a tick bite on her arm recently (in the past month). She hadn't been for a walk in the woods and isn't aware of where the bite occured. She wasn't even aware of the bite as it happened but had it checked when she noticed a mark on her arm.
A tick bite can lead to serious health concerns, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has some information here http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/lyme/public/
The above photo shows what a tick looks like and an indication of size.
The Keg we are not... our view is MUCH better and we are only a boatride away. You'll also go home with more money in your pocket when you leave here -- their Rib Eye steak is $36, ours is $17.99. We only do steak couple of times a year as a special -- let us know if you are coming.
It rained on Anstruther for a few hours this afternoon but has stopped now. Not nearly the storm that the little iphone weather icon seemed to imply. It seems to be predicting another lightening/thunderstorm tomorrow too. If we are fortunate - that rain will take away the humidity that has returned.
World cup brought many into the restaurant. If you are around for the next game and need somewhere to see it - we will have it on.
Over the weekend, a cottager came to the store with questions related to fishing licenses. While many of you have your licence already, many others don't.
When I was a child, I saw a fishing rod with an animated fish on the package in the store and had to have it. With no worms on hand, I chopped up some hot dogs and went down to the dock. The hot dogs worked great as bait and kept me busy for a long time. I didn't know what kind of fish I caught - and didn't care, they were never big enough to keep anyway. Gone are the days of an impulse trip to the dock to try the sport of fishing for the first time. It's not that simple.
Many of you may already know what you need to do to be able to be fish but some may not so this might be useful, I'll try to share important bits from my calls this morning --- NOTE -- we are not the authority on fishing licences and policies may change so please see our links page to get the official MNR detail...
This week, July 5-13 is family fishing week for Ontario Residents. Key point - an Ontario Resident is defined as someone who resides in Ontario for more than 6 months per year we were told by the Bancroft office of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Other rules/limitations do still apply (See MNR website).
While no licence is required for family fishing week if you are an Ontario resident -- apparently cottagers who are not Ontario residents do require a licence for family fishing week or any other time for that matter -- something for our American Cottagers to be aware of.
Second important point -- to fish legally -- if you are an Ontario resident 18 or older, you need an "Outdoors Card" PLUS a "Fishing Licence". Note - you need nothing if you are an Ontario resident under 18. The Outdoors Card is your identifier from which MNR keeps all your personal info but alone isn't your fishing licence - this Outdoors Card costs $9.68 and expires after 3 yrs. A hunting licence can be added to the Outdoors Card as well as a fishing licence. Fishing licenses are available for either 1 or 3 yrs at a cost of $16.46/yr for Ontario residents or $50.52/yr for non Ontario residents irregardless of age (yup!). You must have an outdoors card first to buy a fishing licence. Single day licences are available without the requirement for an outdoors card.
MNR encourages you to remember to do this online and print off before you start vacation since technology tools are not as available in cottage country, alternatively you can go to a licencing office.
Scenario -- 14 yr old boy fishing by himself on his dock alone. While he is not required to have a licence - he must know and follow the regulations, i.e, what he is allowed to keep (yup -- he needs to know what he can/can't keep which means he needs to know the different breeds of fish). His neighbour is also 14 but is not an Ontario resident so he must have a licence (yes the fees of $50.52 + $9.68). MNR said that failure to have a licence could result in a fine as much as $200 - even for kids.
If you need a safety kit, PFDs, batteries for your flashlight etc, drop by the store in the marina to get the necessary supplies for compliance. This includes a boating licence - you can do the test at the marina and get a temporary licence immediately.
The special for tonight is Hot Sausage in a Marinara Sauce on a bed of Rotini served with garlic bread.
Do you enjoy golfing? Are you on vacation on Wednesday August 20th? Anstruther Marina is sponsoring a Charity Golf outing at Warkworth Golf Club that is being held on Aug 20th with proceeds to the North Kawartha Food Bank. Cost is $60 per person and includes green fees, cart, prizes and steak or chicken dinner.
Burn Permits for properties in the Township of North Kawartha are available at Anstruther Marina. The Township website indicates that burn permits are required for all open air burning in the Municipality of North Kawartha. This includes campfires of any size and brush burning. Day burning is not allowed between 8am and 6pm April 1-Oct 31. There is no cost for the permits and they expire after one year. A link to the Township website is listed under our links page.
We had a rainstorm with high winds on Anstruther late this afternoon. Very rough waves and a lot of rainfall. We lost power for about 3 or 4 minutes only at the Marina and had to reset our internet but all is fine now. We have been told by two cottagers, one in the north and one south that they both had a period of lost power.
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