As we are experiencing one of the hottest and driest summers of record I remember adults from my youth talking about the Dog Days of Summer. These hot sultry days that occur with the rising of Sirius (the Dog Star) that rises with the sun.
This hot dry summer has caused multiple forest fires in surrounding areas and the thought of a forest fire is a very real concern with so much dry combustible natural fuel to feed a fire and how difficult it is to fight at this time of year with the heat and the humidity. As we are all very conscious of the large fire near Parry Sound with everyone smelling it's smoke off and on all summer we all need to be extremely cautious when working or playing this summer.
Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays.
Check our calendar for upcoming events and holiday closures.
As temperatures cool there are several things to consider for Health and safety. First we all need to take care driving with some of the most dangerous conditions occurring at this time of year. There is often some early wet snow that becomes packed turning to ice, and there is rain, freezing rain and snow mixes creating driving hazards. If you also add the hazard of white tail deer crossing the roads you need to consider adjusting your driving speeds to be able to stop and avoid collisions. Its a good idea to put a driving emergency kit in your car that will assist you and your family with enduring the cold weather in the case of breakdowns.
Secondly it is the time of year people are starting to use their wood burning stoves. Everyone should make sure these heating systems are in good working order especially with the cleaning of chimneys to eliminate any buildup of creosote. It is always a good idea to recheck your smoke alarms.
The 150 Canada Day Celebrations will soon be here. Burpee & Mills is having a dedication to our First Settlers and Their Schools at the Municipal Complex. Nice to see all the Canadian Flags up as you drive through the Municipality. We are setting up our Bulletin Board with copies of old pictures so if anyone has some old photos of school days or pioneer days they would like to share send us a copy. Hope to see everyone at our 150 Canada Day Celebration.
The old wives tale that Easter Sunday weather will stay for 40 more days appears to be true this year. With all the rain this spring the farmers are held up with planting their crops. The gravel roads have been graded and some patching done. Still lots of deer around the roadways drive carefully especially at dawn and dusk.
We are experiencing some April Showers and hope they wash away winter. Every day we see more spring birds arriving with the fields and wet areas attracting ducks, geese, swans and sandhill cranes. Lots of the smaller birds are arriving as well. Our road crew is out checking for winter damage, spring frost boils, and washouts. They will soon be grading the gravel roads. Its now the time of year for Fire Permits (yearly incinerator or weekly brush pile) and you can obtain yours at the Municipal Office or use the fill-in form on this website. They are free of charge. We hope everyone enjoys the upcoming Easter Holiday.
Lots of activities coming up for Valentines Day. The Recreation Committee is having a diner dance at G.G's Diner with music by Family Traditions on February 11. It is expected to be well attended a reservation is recommended (705 282 0244). With all this emphasis on our hearts it may be a good time to think of heart health. The dance classes are underway and everyone is welcome. It is an enjoyable physical activity and you can include your partner. Check our calendar for times and dates. We also have a well equipped gym. Drop by Monday to Thursday evening and meet a volunteer who will orient you with the equipment.