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Hudson Lakes Newsletter - April 2021

President’s Message - Denise Balch

Winter hasn’t been too tough on us this year at the Lakes but we’re looking forward to summer nonetheless. Amazingly the ice is already off the lakes. Plans for the summer Regatta are under way and for a mailbox shelter. Donations to the Regatta and the shelter are welcome.

COVID-19 has been relatively kind to Temiskaming Shores. Public health, our local hospital, healthcare practitioners, and of course the community have all worked hard to keep COVID-19 at bay and avoid any significant outbreaks in our community. However, we are not out of the woods yet, so to speak. Lots of people here are waiting for their vaccines, and we’ve seen a few more cases pop up this third week of April in the southern end of the district so caution is advised. Please abide by provincial orders and isolation requirements if you are thinking of travelling here from outside the Temiskaming Shores area. Enjoy the spring wherever you are and hopefully we will be able to spend more time with friends and neighbours this summer.

Thanks to Janet Carr for putting together this newsletter. We’ll be back with a summer edition so get thinking about those articles and recipes now. Send any contributions by the end of May for the next issue to Janet Carr please at j.k.carr@rogers.com.

Denise Balch - President

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Office Member Lake
President Denise Balch Twin
Past President Mike Anderson Bartle
Vice President Richard Males Twin
Treasurer Rosemary Breunig Fairy
Secretary Sarah Desmarais Fairy
Directors Jim Brookfield Twin
Directors Renee Catt Fairy
Directors Dana McLean Fairy
Directors Chelsie McKnight Regatta

Contact information for each director can be found under the About H.L.A. - Management Committee.

2021 Mailbox Shelter Campaign – Donations Welcome!

Denise Balch

Plans are underway to build a mailbox shelter. The shelter will reduce the need for snow clearance and make access easier for Canada Post and residents.

The plan was to erect it this spring before the bugs attacked, but with total shutdown, yes, even here, and the high price of lumber (about 3 or more times normal rates) we will be holding off until these very real restrictions ease up. Fingers crossed for the summer/fall.

When COVID restrictions allow we are also considering a BBQ drive through fundraiser at the mailbox. Keep your eyes peeled on the HL Facebook page for details.

In the meantime, donations are being accepted for the approximately $5,000 in materials that are required to construct this shelter. Funds have been trickling in (thank you!) and the HLA Association and Hudson Lakes Book fund will be helping too, amount TBD at next Board meeting. If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so, or if you know someone who is not part of the Association, please ask them to make a donation, particularly if they’re using the mailboxes.

Donations of labour to construct the shelter has been graciously donated by several residents with the know how to get the job done right. A building permit is in process.

Cash donations can be sent by e-transfer to the HLA email address hudsonlakes4@gmail.com marked Mail Shelter (password Hudson) or by cheque to Hudson Lakes Association at 3032 Twin Lakes Road A3, New Liskeard, P0J 1P0.

Material donations will offset some of the cash requirements. If you are able to donate any of the materials listed below, please email hudsonlakes@gmail.com marked Shelter Material Donations with the items you will be donating.

  • 8 - 2x8x16 PT
  • 2 sheets 1/2” plywood
  • 12 - 6x6x8 PT
  • 16 - 2x6x8
  • 6 - 2x6x12
  • 6 - 6x6 galvanized saddles
  • 24 - 2x4x10
  • 6 sheets of 8’ tough rib coloured tin 29 GA
  • Bag of coloured screws
  • 2 pieces Snow guard 29 GA coloured
  • 1 metre Ready mix concrete

Membership renewal 2021-22

Sarah Desmarais

For those of you who are early birds, you can renew your 2021-22 membership dues of $30 at anytime. Membership expires June 30th each year. HLA is a member of FOCA which offers preferred insurance rates for HLA members. Your membership also supports advocacy for the benefit of our community, stewardship, coordination with township and forestry activities, newsletters, and other activities that benefit residents.

You can pay for your HLA membership by e-transfer to the HLA email address hudsonlakes4@gmail.com marked Membership (password Hudson) or by cheque to Hudson Lakes Association at 3032 Twin Lakes Road A3, New Liskeard P0J 1P0.

Property Taxes

Denise Balch

Hudson Township

The Township of Hudson is now accepting online payments with RBC, SCOTIA BANK, CIBC and TD CANADA TRUST. Residents that bank with these financial institutions can setup the Township of Hudson as a vendor to make online payments for property taxes. When setting up a “payee”, the vendor name should be “Township of Hudson“, and the account number is your 19 digit roll number (starting with 5421) that appears on your tax bill. Do not enter any spaces or dashes. A separate payee must be set up for each roll number, meaning that for residents with multiple tax bills, several “payees” will be required.

They are waiting for the agreement from Desjardins. An official document will be released by the Township with the final tax bills once agreements are finalized. There are updates on the Township website (www.hudson.ca) as each bank is approved.

Twin Swim

Denise Balch

A couple of us who are qualified swim instructors & lifeguards and have their First Aid CPR designation have been considering holding swimming lessons. There has been a lot of interest. However, on investigation, liability insurance is not easy to come by and it is VERY expensive when it is available. We’re still working on it through FOCA, but it’s not promising. More information will be posted on the HL Facebook page nearer the summer season once we have a decision on whether we’ll be able to offer lessons. If there is interest, please IM Denise Balch via Facebook or at denisebalch@connexhc.com.

Hudson Lakes History Book

Charlotte McCullough

There are still copies of the book available for $30. These are a great item to have at your cottage/residence to read on those rainy days or to provide your guests with fun facts and trivia. All proceeds are held in a separate fund by the Association to support the community. Payment can be made by e-transfer to the HLA email address hudsonlakes4@gmail.com marked History Book (password Hudson) or by cheque to Hudson Lakes Association at 3032 Twin Lakes Road A3, New Liskeard P0J 1P0.

A Helping Hand – Member to Member

Janet Carr

Every spring several of the seasonal residents are in touch with each other asking for names of those that may be able to assist with a variety of cottage related jobs. Below is a list that has been compiled based on referrals, FB postings, etc. of HLA members who can help. The Board will have final say on whether to include a name/business. If you have used the services of a fellow ‘laker’ who has the time and expertise to assist where needed, then we will list here on a trial basis. If there are no issues, we will consider keeping this going. Please remember these services are not being provided for free. There will be costs attached, and that is between you and the service provider. Ensure you are both on the same page as to execution and cost.

If you are a lake resident and provider of services that would be beneficial to other lake residents, like handy-person, junk removal, babysitting, cottage opening/closing and cleaning services and other small odd jobs in the home or on property, please send a brief description of your service along with your name and contact information to Janet Carr j.k.carr@rogers.com for inclusion to this list in the summer newsletter. We will attempt to keep the list current and relevant so it can be included in each newsletter. Any changes, please let Janet know so that it can update. These service providers will not be posted separately on the Hudson Lakes website.

Name Contact Info Services Provided
Anderson, Thomas & Nina 705-647-6045 Odd jobs i.e. grass cutting, painting, piling firewood, also available bonfire bundles $10 each
Bisson, Ruby 705-647-9333 Reflexology
Bisson, Jason 705-676-6015 24 hr roadside assistance (no towing); cottage cleaning (i.e. opening or closing – not regularly scheduled)
Kramp, Steve temhomeinspections@gmail.com 249-878-0989 Interior and exterior renovations, decks, docks, stairs, sheds, roofing, some landscaping/yard maintenance.
Little, Doug 705-647-3778 Roofing
McLean, Dana & Laurie damclean08@icloud.com 705-622-1826 (cell) FB messenger Cottage ready (including water lines, dock(s), groceries, cleaning, etc.) Cottage closing (including water lines, dock(s) Off season/vacation residence security checks
Reeves, Fraser 416-459-1478 (cell) Fraser.reeves@bell.net Handyman i.e. carpentry, construction - docks, sheds, decks, etc.
Skrinda, Jamie 705-622-5949 (cell) Simple quick jobs when time allows; cottage openings and closings, tree removal, some winter services

A Sign of Spring

Mike Anderson

For many people, there are many indicators that spring is finally here; the disappearance of the winter’s snow, ice out, the appearance of the first robin on the front lawn, or the first buzzing of a spring aides mosquito (the big ones that over winter as adults), or possibly the sound of the Ramsays water skiing on Twin. For me, the first call of the spring peeper marks the beginning of the season.

Spring peepers, Pseudacris crucifer, are a tiny tree frog species. Their breeding call can be deafening; it is a single, loud, high-pitched peep repeated over and over. A full chorus can be deafening up close and can be heard over a kilometre away. This is what we began to hearing April 5th as we slept with our window open.

Spring peepers are found in a wide range of habitats and tend to breed almost anywhere there is shallow water, but mostly in beaver ponds or ephemeral wetland. We also hear them at the shore of Bartle Lake where vegetation such as leather leaf and sweet gale line the shore. In the summer, after breeding season, these frogs move to forested and shrubby upland habitats and spend most of their time in the leaf litter, and their song is no longer heard. They are rarely found more than a metre above ground. Spring peepers hibernate under logs and loose bark.

The blood chemistry of the spring peeper allows them to withstand temperatures up to a few degrees below zero without freezing, which explains why this species is one of the earliest frogs to begin calling in the spring. The female lays between 800 and 1,000 eggs and the tadpoles hatch in one to two weeks and complete their metamorphosis into a frog within three months.


Spring peepers are mostly active at dusk and at night, but good luck finding one. In all my years as curious youngster, a biologist, or a lake resident, I have only seen a small hand full. They are masters of disguise. They range in colour from tan, grey, to rusty brown or dark brown but all have a characteristic dark X-shaped marking on the back and are tiny, generally less than 3 cm in length. You can follow their sound, but as soon as they sense your presence, they go silent.

Being good stewards of our shoreline and wetland habitat is vital to ensuring that their song will be heard for future generations on the lakes. For now, hearing the spring peepers is a sure sign that summer’s just around the corner.

From Southern Ontario to Northern Ontario and Twin Lakes

Janet Carr

Belle MacCallum Fuller – in her own words:

Dad and some other men, around 1900, went to Northern Ontario to stake land. They went by train to Mattawa and then by boat up Lake Temiskaming to the Wabi River, north side, where they walked a plank ashore and with packs on their back, hiked through the bush to near what is now Earlton (named after a man Earl Thrasher). Each farm was 160 acres, all bush. Years after than my brother Bob went north and build a shack on the 160 acres and got the next 160 acres also. He later married Elizabeth Bailey whose parents had land near there and had come up from Calabogre on the Ottawa River.

The Magladery brothers (Bill and Tom) came from Parkhill to New Liskeard and started a hardware business. Their first office girl, Mary Stewart, was also from Parkhill. She met and married a Mr. Sinclair, a civil engineer, so had her high school pal, Sadie (my sister), come and take her place at Magladery’s office. She in turn met Homer Wilson Sutcliffe and married him. Then as I was in New Liskeard and in the Binkley Co. office, I took over her job at Magladery’s and met and married Dr. William Fuller (dentist), but had a year in the Imperial Bank, Dundas and Bloor, Toronto branch before I married. Mayme also had come north and was in the Sutcliffe and Neeland office and met and married an electrical engineer, Thomas Salam Armstrong.

The three MacCallum sisters (Sadie, Belle and Mayme), upon their marriages, settled in three homes along Mary Street in New Liskeard. They also purchased cottages/land on Twin Lakes. The Sutcliffe cottage was constructed in 1927/1928. The Armstrong cottage was originally a small hunt cabin owned by another Tom Armstrong (no relation) and was purchased in 1933. In 1934 the Fullers purchased their cottage.

When Thomas Armstrong purchased their cottage in 1933, he secured the whole point with the intention of severing the property so that his close friend Richard (Dick) Pearce would build his own cottage. Dick Pearce was well known in the area due to his involvement in the mining community and as co-owner of the Northern Miner. Tom and Dick were long-time friends who met while reporters for a Toronto newspaper and continued their friendship through their love of the north and the mining industry. They named their only sons after each other. Dick Pearce’s permanent residence was in Toronto. His youngest daughter Fran, brought her best friend Marian, to the cottage starting in 1939. Marian met the next door neighbour Dick Armstrong and they married after finishing their respective programs at the University of Toronto.

The Armstrong and Pearce cottages have remained in the families since 1933. The Armstrong cottage is now owned by the granddaughters of Tom and Mayme. When Dick Armstrong retired in 1994, renovations took place to ensure a comfortable living space for the 4 months they would spend on Twin each summer. Linda and Janet, along with their husbands, try to spend as much time at the cottage each summer as possible, with each year seeing more weeks of use.

The Pearce (Dick and Elsie) cottage is now owned by their granddaughter and her husband, Carol and Richard Reed. Two cottages are located on their property as Dick’s two daughters use to spend summer vacations on the lake at the same time and needed the space with 9 children and at times 6 adults occupying the point. Carol and Richard have two more generations that have come to enjoy cottage life as those before them.

The Fuller cottage was sold in 1949 to a CIBC bank manager after Belle and Will lost their son in WWI and they moved to Mitchell where Will’s family resided. In 1950 the Clarks purchased the cottage and their legacy continues.

The Sutcliffe cottage is now owned by Homer Sutcliffe’s granddaughter and her husband. Julie and Bill Booth have been able to spend full summers at the lake and continue to make memories. They have completed the circle and are moving into her grandparent’s home on Mary Street this coming summer.

Sutcliffe Dock – August 1933

Sutcliffe Swim

From Left to Right – Sadie Sutcliff, unknown, Evelyn Davies, Elsie Taylor, Bill Taylor

Bob Sutcliffe in water (16) and Ruth Sutcliffe in the boat (18)

Twin Lakes Regatta 2021 Planning Update– Chelsie McKnight

The regatta committee is looking forward to planning another creative regatta weekend for this August long weekend with some live and online components. It is still too early to know if we will be permitted to have our traditional races and events on the regatta grounds, as the pandemic guidelines are too difficult to predict this far out. We will be following local public health guidelines to determine if and what type of gatherings will be allowed.

You can still count on the boat parade taking place, as well as some fun online activities to participate in via the Hudson Lakes Facebook Group. If you have any suggestions for this year’s regatta please share them with Chelsie at Chelsie.mcknight@gmail.com.

We are also still collecting old photographs from previous regattas. If you have any you would like to share, digital copies can be posted to the shared album on the Hudson Lakes Facebook Group or emailed to Chelsie. You can also contact Chelsie if you would like to arrange some help with scanning physical copies.

Regatta Photos

‘Uncle Walter’s’ Flank Steak Marinade


When the BBQ is ready to be fired up and the bugs aren’t biting, this is an easy and tasty way to kick start the season.

1 flank steak

Marinade (can be easily doubled to ensure optimum coverage)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 tbsp. soya sauce

  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice

  • 4 tbsp. chopped green onion

  • 2 tsp ground pepper

  • 2 tsp celery salt

    Marinate as long as possible (i.e. 3-4 days) turning container to ensure all surfaces are infused. BBQ for approximately 5-8 minutes per side. Slice on the diagonal to serve.

Creamy Lakeside Coleslaw

Denise Balch


  • 1 lime

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise – regular or light

  • 1 tsp celery salt

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper – seeded (optional)

  • 1 ripe, firm mango

  • 2 apples such as royal gala

  • 1 large red bell pepper – seeded

  • 1 small napa cabbage (I use regular cabbage)

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

    Finely grate lime peel into salad bowl. Add juice from the lime (sometimes I use ½ limes). Stir in mayonnaise and celery salt. Finely chop and add jalapeno. Peel mango. Slice fruit from stone into long this pieces and cut into strips. Stir into dressing. Peel and core applies, slice into julienne strips and stir in. Julienne red pepper as well and add. Shred the head of cabbage, slicing cross wise. Should be about 8 cups. Stir into salad along with cilantro.

Carrot Cake - Twin Lakes Regatta Award Winning Recipe

From Betty McKnight’s recipe box - originally Mary McKee’s recipe, with modifications from Chelsie McKnight


  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 to 2/3 of a cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 2 cups shredded carrots

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple drained

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened

  • 2 cups icing sugar (best if fresh)

  • 1/8 cup butter softened

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 cup coconut (optional)

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

    Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 13X9 inch metal cake pan. In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. In a separate bowl beat sugars, eggs, oil, vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Stir in carrots, pineapples, nuts and coconut. Spread in prepared pan.
    Bake approximately 40 min to 1 hour, until the top of the cake is springy when touched and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 10 min then turn onto cooling rack.
    While cake bakes, beat icing ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Wait until cake cools prior to frosting. Cake can be frozen in foil for up to 2 weeks - remove wrap when still frozen so the icing won’t stick to the wrap. Enjoy!