Greetings MRPOA members,
In July 2017, my wife Marg and I moved to Gananoque, Ontario at which time Alice Murphy became the President of MRPOA. Unfortunately, for personal reasons - her Mom is very ill, Alice recently resigned from her role as the President of MRPOA. I know that all members wish her well and hope to see her on the river this summer.
In the interim, I shall serve as both Past and current President. The Directors hope to announce the next MRPOA President at the upcoming Spring meeting in early June.
This summer, some major event dates are changing; please read on in the Ripples and double check the dates of your family’s favourite event. We want everyone to enjoy their “family favourite”!
The popular Jazz Cruise date is changing! It will now be held the Saturday of the Canada Day long weekend. So, for 2018, that means the cruise will be on Saturday, June 30th. Mark your calendars!
MRPOA is an association that serves its members. Its Directors come from the cottagers/residents of the Moon River.
MRPOA is in dire need of new volunteers to join the Board. That need has never been greater than right now! We’ve lost a great volunteer and spirit with Alice’s resignation; I myself am only in Bala occasionally, and other Directors have done much more than their fair share for MRPOA over the years.
Help is needed now or MRPOA might not survive beyond Summer 2018. Any member can volunteer. It really requires little time; however, presently too few people have been carrying the whole MRPOA load.
Anyone interested is welcome to call me to discuss what’s needed. I can be reached at 705.646.5281.
See you on The Moon!
IMPORTANT DATES & ACTIVITIES
June 9 - Members’ Spring Meeting – Legion
June 30* - Canada Day Jazz Cruise
Aug 5 - Family Fun Day/Regatta – Jaspen Park
Aug 11- Golf Tournament-Muskoka Woodlands
Aug 25*- Annual General Meeting – Legion
*Denotes a change from traditional date.
Looking forward to a Sun and Fun-filled Summer on the Moon!
MEMBERS’ SPRING MEETING – Sat June 9th
Join us on Sat. June 9 at 9:30am for Free Coffee and Muffins before the Spring Members’ Meeting to be held at the Bala Legion. It’s a great way to re-acquaint yourself with your neighbours and catch up on the issues and current events on the Moon River and Bala area. The meeting will begin at 10:00am.
Our 2018 Early Bird Renewal Campaign is well underway. To date, it has been a great success. Your membership fees support our objectives:
- To represent and inform members concerning issues of interest and be an advocate for waterfront property owners.
- To promote and undertake activities necessary to preserve the environmental health of the Moon River, such as water testing.
- To organize social activities such as the Canada Day Jazz Cruise, Regatta Family Fun Day, and Golf Tournament.
For those who have not yet taken advantage of this offer - it is not too late!! Complete, in full, the Early Bird Renewal Application and return along with your cheque for $40. If you have mislaid the application form you can download it from our website (www.mrpoa.org).
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who have donated to our Canada Day Jazz Cruise. Your donations make it possible for us to continue with this very popular event.
This year we plan to continue accepting donations for the West Muskoka Food Bank at our meetings and social events. Don’t forget to join us for free Coffee and Goodies at the Meet and Greet prior to both the Spring and AGM meetings.
WATER QUALITY TESTING
In 2017, MRPOA once again participated in the Muskoka Lakes Association’s Water Quality testing program. With the help of volunteers, we collected monthly
samples from 9 sites on the river between May and August.
Our water was tested for clarity, E. coli, phosphorus, bacterial counts, as well as zinc and mercury at the Bala Falls. We conducted monthly year-round testing for zinc and mercury, both above and below the North Bala Falls. We continue to test for these two substances due to the zinc contamination found in the groundwater at the site of the hydro-generating station.
Our results indicate that the Moon River water quality remains consistently good. E.coli levels at all sites were lower than 2016 and all well below unacceptable levels. Our cooler water temperatures likely had a positive impact on results. Something good came from a cool summer! While phosphorus levels at many sites increased year over year, all were well within acceptable levels and consistent with prior years. The 2017 water quality report, as well as all previous year’s reports, can be found on the MRPOA website. The direct link is:
We would like to thank our water testing volunteers Jessica Ylanko, Hannu Ylanko, Bill Purkis, Barry Fisher, Hayley Masson, Carissa Wong, Cathy Brown, Mike Malone, Bruno Polewski, Dave and Barbara MacIntosh and Cathy Malcolmson who were out on the water gathering samples.
Volunteers from MRPOA will be on the water again this year, testing your water quality. If you would like to join our team or spend a morning on the river with us, please contact Cathy Malcolmson at 416-721-4915 or email@example.com.
We encourage all of our members to follow The Moon River Code. Please remember to keep contaminants from entering the water and maintain a natural vegetation shoreline to help deter geese from “fowling” the river.
JAZZ CRUISE 2018
This year we have decided to change our event schedule, and the result is a significant date change for our Jazz Cruise. The new Jazz Cruise date will be Saturday, June 30th. This is the Canada Day long weekend.
Once again, the cruise will feature the Regal Jazz Band from Collingwood and Bala’s own Jack Hutton.
New “cruise boat skipper” Christine Leslie will be at the helm as Sandy Currie has retired after many years as the skipper. The route will be the same as in the past and Christine will send an email to members outlining the timing prior to the cruise date.
The Canada Day Jaspen Park event will therefore not be held this year. The old Margaret Burgess Park location is no longer available to MRPOA and Jaspen Park was not as suitable a location.
FAMILY FUN DAY/REGATTA – Sun Aug 5th
Get ready for the “funnest” day of the summer!
Our annual Family Fun Day/Regatta is a few months away, and the planning has already begun. We would like to say A BIG THANK YOU to Jarry Hutchinson & Mike Malone for stepping up and donating their time at last year’s Regatta to keep us all fed. Ben had some last minute issues with his cart and couldn’t attend the event. We hope Mike and Jarry will be back this year!!
It is now time for action!! The Regatta NEEDS YOU! We really need more participants so this coming year we are asking for families to bring friends or leave a note for renters to let them know about this wonderful family event!! We will post the schedule for the day on our website at before July 1st so that everyone has lots of time to download/print and share the events for the day! There will be copies available on the day.
The Jaspen Park event will start at 11:00 am as usual, with the Open Long Distance Swim from “Roselawn Lodge” on River Street. While everyone not in the water, is getting registered, we’ll have the treasure hunt for the kids (10 & under) and the Open Canoe Race around White Birch Island. There will be events for all age groups, even all you adults!!
Everyone loves the canoe races, the hurry-scurry fours and, of course, the in-and-out canoe race. Who will be the first to tip the canoe? The racing ends with the very funny Land - Ski Race. It is impossible to pick which team will cross the finish line first or be the first team to be on the ground in a human pile up. The awards presentation closes the day at around 4:00 pm with great prizes donated by local businesses. Without their support, we would not have such a historic and fun event! So please support our local businesses!
Remember, even if you can’t participate, the entire MRPOA membership and friends are welcome to come down and share in the fun, enjoy some good food, good conversation and make some new friends. Feel free to contact me anytime via email: or Mobile: (647) 401-3739.
PS: Don’t forget to bring your canoe, life jackets, sunscreen and a few extra dollars for the Raffle and food stand.
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, MRPOA was able to break even in 2017. Our major expense was water testing at approximately $3,800.00. We expect this expense to remain high through 2018 as we continue to monitor aspects of water quality on behalf of our members.
MRPOA is a member of FOCA, Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association. Please take the time to visit their website www.foca.on.ca. This organization offers a range of information that is pertinent to cottagers such as septic issues, invasive species, cottage rental, succession, cottage insurance. You may wish to sign up for their monthly newsletter ALERT.
Membership to FOCA also entitles our members to apply for a discount on insurance coverage for cottagers through Cade Insurance at or 1-844-CADE-1ST.
Don't miss out on a fun day of 9 holes of golf, great food and lots of prizes at the annual Moon River Golf Tournament. It's a great way to connect with others on the Moon River as an individual or by entering a foursome. The scramble format ensures golfers at all levels enjoy the play with teams requiring one female in each group. Prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive recognize the talents of the more competitive players.
RESERVE EARLY & SAVE THE DATE!
Register by emailto:
or by phone: 647-223-4645
Prize donations greatly appreciated!