The Anstruther Lake Cottage Association hosted their annual hot dog and corn roast on Saturday here at the marina. The corn they served was the best of the season. With the limited rainfall, corn has been hit/miss even at the farmers veggie stands on the side of the road. We pass on thanks for all the work that the Cottage Association has done for the cottagers including social events such as the Corn Roast.
The weather this year was fantastic. Almost 'too good', our limited rainfall resulted in a brief fire ban. For those who didn't know, property owners must follow Township instructions related to controlled fires but paddlers/campers must follow instructions from the Park. The fire ban will trump your fire burning permit for obvious reasons, when there is no fire ban, ensure that you have a fire permit (we have them here at the marina), they are free of cost and are good for a full year.
On Anstruther there are three kinds of cottagers, those who finish their season at labour day ('hockey parents'...that would be you), those that end at thanksgiving (most others) and finally the 'diehards' - the ones who smash through the ice with pride to get their boat over to the marina to finally hand it over for winterizing. All three have a tear in their eye, none want to say goodbye to their cottage, even though for some, its only a matter of a few months until the sledding is safe.
For many cottagers, we are moving into the most favorable seasons of the year...fall. The air will be crisp, the bugs will be gone and the trees will display beautiful colours. Great for a walk in the woods.
At the marina...our seasons are; Storage, sledding, launching and summer so while the busy period of ice cream lines has ended, we have now shifted into our storage season. The paperwork has already begun for winter storage, we took in the first boat about 3 weeks ago but many more this past labour day weekend. If you are a die-hard, don't leave it too late, bear in mind that retrieval of your boat will come at a cost should it freeze into your slip.
For some cottagers, the storage season also includes dock care and cottage care. Note that the fees for each have increased this year.
As mentioned in an earlier post -- we now have upholstery and boat top service onsite. If you have been considering replacing your boat top or need your seats re-covered, let us know when you drop your boat off for winter storage. Robin can work on your boat through the winter period so that it is ready for you in the spring and having your boat here on site will be more efficient for her.
We don't get out much in the summer, too much to do onsite at the Marina makes it challenging to carve out the time to do even short errands. Yesterday was the first time since last tuesday.
All through the weekend, we kept getting questions about the roadwork. We told those who inquired that Hwy 28 has been like that for months. No - it's Anstruther Lake Rd that is torn up and all gravel for about 5km we were told. Anstruther?? Really? When? We were just out last tuesday.
These conversations brought back a recall of an issue back at the Cottage Association AGM in early August, during the Mayor's address to Anstruther Cottagers, one cottager asked the roadwork budgeted for Anstruther. The Mayor advised that there was no roadwork planned and that there were other lakes in far greater need. That was the end of that conversation.
So, as I slid around over rough gravel as I slowly made my way down Anstruther Lake Road, the Mayor's response came to mind. No roadwork for Anstruther Lake Road.
If there was no work planned as of the Cottage Assoc AGM, but there was an inquiry of interest, it would have been helpful for the Town to follow up advising that the plans had changed. Unless this falls under the Township's generic "we update the public via our website" mantra. The Cottage Assoc hosted the Corn Roast a few days ago, this would have been a great forum for the Town to disseminate a message.
I left a message at the Township office yesterday (tuesday) but am still waiting for a return call. MANY cottagers have been asking about this and once we know more we will post detail.
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