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HLA News letter December 2021


President’s Message

Denise Balch

It was a great summer and a beautiful fall with wonderful colours and some warm weather.

There were some unfortunate accidents and injuries this summer so please remember to be careful when working and playing on your property or in the lakes area.

Board meetings took place on July 28th (the AGM) and October 6th, 2021 and will continue to take place quarterly throughout the year. A summary of the minutes from meetings can be found at the Hudson Lakes site at www.hudsonlakes.ca.

Although the July AGM was held virtually for a second year, we are planning an in person AGM in July 2022 – inside or outside as restrictions allow with a presenter from the Ministry on water quality.

Have fun and be safe.

Denise Balch, President, HLA

Hudson Lakes Association

Incase you missed them here are a few things to note:

• The mailbox shelter is now fully funded. Thank you to everyone who contributed. The shelter construction has been postponed but is planned for 2022. Our volunteers in charge of construction have told us the price of materials is still approximately 30% higher than usual. Prices are expected to be close to normal next year. When the shelter is erected, we are planning a community bulletin board at the shelter. Plus volunteers are arranging for a new lakes map near the mailboxes to replace the existing sign.

• The community mailbox BBQ on Regatta weekend was an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours. The money raised/donated helped us reach our fundraising goal for the mailbox shelter. Thanks to the Regatta team for organizing this.

• The Regatta weekend, although modified again this year, was a success with art and baking contests, the Regatta of course, and the fireworks - which were fantastic! Thank you to the Ramsays and everyone else who donated or helped to make the fireworks happen. Please renew your membership for 2021-22 if you haven’t done so or you will be removed from our email mailing list at the end of December. At just $30.00 annually it’s a real bargain and includes:

• Regular HLA newsletters to inform membership of the activities and events around the lakes. • HLA membership in the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association www.foca.on.ca – working on behalf of cottagers in Ontario and with the opportunity for preferred member insurance rates.

• Coordination with Hudson Township and ministries on issues relevant to our community including signage, road quality, water quality, wildlife, and forestry.

• Liability insurance that is required for the board.

• On behalf of residents, the Board has advocated for faster internet, coordinated with Canada Post on the instalment of new mailboxes, coordinated with Township to ensure replacement of vandalized road signs and emergency culvert replacement between Fairy and Twin Lakes, advocated on behalf of residents for Township to fund New Liskeard library memberships (ongoing), contacted Township to repair roads after wash outs, and coordinated water testing and site visit from Ministry.

The membership form can be found at the end of this newsletter or on the Hudson Lakes website. www.hudsonlakes.ca.

The Board appreciates your feedback. If there are any recommendation you have, please reach out to one of our Board members. Thank you to everyone for making this such a great community to live and play.

Have a safe and happy holiday season from the Hudson Lakes Association Board.

Current Board of Directors

Position Name Location
President Denise Balch Fairy
Past President Mike Anderson Bartle
Vice President Chelsie McKnight Twin
Treasurer Rosemary Breunig Fairy
Secretary Sarah Desmarais Fairy
Directors Jim Brookfield Twin
Directors Renee Catt Fairy
Directors Stephanie Hawkins Twin
Directors Ashley Morency Twin

Contact information for each director can be found the Hudson Lakes website www.hudsonlakes.ca Thank you to Dana McLean and Richard Males for their past service while serving on the Board of Directors. Their commitment to the Hudson Lakes Association and its residents has been appreciated.

Winter Window

Property Taxes

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.

Hudson Lakes History Book

There are still copies of the book available for $30. This is 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. They also make a great housewarming gift for your new neighbour. All proceeds go directly to the Association.

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.

FOCA Update


One of the benefits of being an HLA member is FOCA, which has zoom webinars, activities, awards and education. You can do your own search at http://www.foca.on.ca to find out topics of interest to you.

Here are a few recent/upcoming activities:

Upcoming event: LDD moth - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 starting at 7:00pm - The Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) invites interested landowners to join a webinar presentation and moderated discussion about the LDD (gypsy) Moth: “A review of our 2021 experience, and a look forward to 2022” as part of the Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) Network Ontario. Read about the event and register here.

“The Changing Face of Cottage Country” November 6th, 2021

One of FOCA’s largest events to date, with 169 virtual attendees! If you missed it, members are encouraged to download the extensive Event Summary and share the updates with fellow members: https://foca. on.ca/2021-fall-seminar/.Want to watch the full digital recording (2.5 hours) to review all the details? Register for access here: https://foca.on.ca/product/2021-foca-fall-seminar-digital-access/

Zebra Mussels & Toxic Algae

Michigan State University researchers recently detected a relationship between the presence of invasive zebra mussels and toxic algal blooms in a state lake. It seems the mussels like the taste of other algae, but leave a phytoplankton called Microcystis to thrive where it wouldn’t otherwise, resulting in an increase in blue-green algae. When the mussels died off one year due to warm weather (at temperatures that should have been ideal for algae growth), Microcystis decreased as well. This example of the “cascading effect” of complex climate- facilitated change in ecosystems was only noted due to the availability and analysis of a long-term data set for the lake. (Hooray long-term data!) Read more and link to the full article here.

FOCA Achievement Award

Every year FOCA calls out for association success stories to share with fellow Members. Deadline is November 30th to apply on behalf of your association and tell FOCA how the association and the community made the most of 2021. Here is the link to the nomination form.

Protecting Water

FOCA and our partners at the Canadian Environmental Law Association have published an article in the November- December 2021 edition of Water Canada magazine on the importance of source water protection, titled “Closing the gaps: What needs to happen to protect everyone’s water in Ontario?”

Read the article, posted to our webpage: https://foca.on.ca/source-water-protection/

Shoreline Planning

In early November, FOCA’s Executive Director made a presentation to Hastings Highlands Council to emphasize the importance of healthy naturalized shorelines, and land use planning and enforceable clear bylaws that protect them. Watch the recording of the Council meeting on YouTube (Terry Rees’ comments start around minute 8:00) and find out more on FOCA’s webpage: https://foca.on.ca/shoreline-owners-guide-to-healthy-waterfronts/

Energy Board affirms details for elimination of Hydro One seasonal rate class

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has released their Decision on implementing the elimination of the Hydro One seasonal rate class. Hydro One has been ordered to phase in the change over 10 years, beginning January 1, 2023. Learn more: https://foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/

Helping Hand Contacts Services

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. We are not looking for large businesses, but a fellow laker that has the time and expertise to assist where needed. And please remember these services are not being provided for free. There will be costs attached but that is between you and the service provider.

If you are a lake resident and provider of services that would be beneficial to other lake residents, like handyperson, junk removal, baby sitting, 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. 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.

Night Sky

Bill Booth

If you are reading this, please take it as it is intended … not a personal assault, not a condemnation of individuals, not a rant by an angry old man (I’m not angry but just turned 75).

This past August I went down to the dock after 11 p.m. and arranged myself on a lounge chair. The night was 22°C with a gentle breeze to keep the bugs away, and it was a peak night for the Perseids Meteor Shower. In the next hour, I saw about 10 meteors and at least the same number of satellites soaring overhead.

The whole sky was filled with points of light and the massive Milky Way, which stretched from the southern shore to overhead. “Awesome” scarcely describes it. Here in the Hudson Lakes community, we are blessed with clear nights, minimal air pollution, and the gentle calm of cottage country. Let’s keep it that way.

You can help by considering the use of outdoor lighting at night, including light pouring out your big picture windows! If you are not thinking about “Light Pollution” you should be. Think about the reasons we love this environment, and how lights at night can alter our enjoyment. Auto-timers, that do not even know if you are in residence, click on at dusk and run for several hours … for whom?

There are not many places where we can observe and study the night sky as we can in Hudson, so let us make some subtle changes to keep it dark at night.

FYI. Next year’s Perseids Meteor Shower should peak August 12, 2022! Stay Safe.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Charlotte McCullough

This recipe came from a 10th generation Twining’s tea family member who came to a Loblaw’s cooking class I attended. He had tea tasting and taught a few recipes. These cookies pair well with cheese! (Makes 2 dozen)


1 c all-purpose flour

¼ c sugar

¼ c confectioners’ sugar

1 tbspTwinings London Strand Earl Grey tea leaves (approx.3 bags) ** any brand will do

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp vanilla

1 tsp water

½ c unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 375 F. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until tea leaves are pulverized.

Add vanilla, water and butter. Pulse together until a dough is formed. Shape the dough into a log by wrapping in waxed paper. Roll into a 1 1⁄2” smooth log. Freeze for future use or chill for at least 30 mins if baking the same day.

When chilled, slice the log into 1/3” thick pieces. Place on baking sheets and bake until edges are just brown, about 12 mins. Let cool on sheet for 5 mins then transfer to wire racks.

Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding

Denise Balch


8 oz whole wheat bread (or whatever you like)

2-4 oz of plain chocolate chips or chopped semi sweet cooking chocolate – I always add 4oz

2 oz pecans broken up 2 bananas

4 eggs lightly whisked 6 oz sugar

1 1⁄4 cup 10% or whipping cream 1 1⁄4 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla

1⁄2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Cut dry bread into cubes
  2. Butter a medium sized oven proof dish
  3. Mash bananas, add eggs, sugar, cream, milk, vanilla and cinnamon
  4. Mix well, then add nuts and chocolate pieces and finally bread. Stir until bread is moist
  5. Add to dish and cook at 375F for about 50 minutes
  6. Cool 10 minutes before serving

You can also make ahead and freeze. Yummmmm

Your HLA Board wishes you a great winter!