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  Volume 9 No. 12
Dear Member,

From learning how to maneuver your own boat to getting your PCOC, to Fire Pump demonstrations, to Junior PaBAR and PaBAR Sailing Races on Saturday, to the 1st Annual Pointe au Baril Tri, there is a full week of interesting and fun events to look forward to!  

Learn how many bags of phragmites were collected and what makes GBLT’s Steamboat Channel Reserve so special.

Have you or a family member caught one of those goby fish?  If so, do you know whether or not it is an invasive species?  What should you do with it?

Do you know how to identify someone who is  drowning?  Read on…

On the Water Coaching
Boater Coaching
Randy Johnson is available today to provide On The Water Coaching using your own boat.  Because space is limited, you will need to check to be sure there is still space available by emailing the Marine Patrol ASAP!
Meet on the back Ojibway docks!
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
PCOC Testing
Randy Johnson will give a Boat Pro Seminar and provide the opportunity to take the PCOC test but you must sign up at the Ojibway Office.
Meet near the Ojibway Office 1:30 – 3:00 pm
@ the Ojibway Sailing Beach
9:30 am sharp to 2:30 pm.
Open to anyone ages 12-21
(you do not need to be part of the camp but you must sign up)
The goal is to take your sailing knowledge to the next level to participate with confidence in the PABAR Regatta which is on Saturday August 19.

You will have on-land and on-water coaching to learn:

  • an introduction to racing
  • the fastest way to sail a race course
  • basic sailing race rules
  • starting signals
Sail an Ojibway Club boat
Bring your own boat from your island – and learn how to rig it!
Friday, August 18th

Lasers, Laser Radials and Albacores are the preferred boats. Lasers are single-handed and Albacores can have 2-3 people per boat.

Please sign up in the Ojibway office or with the camp sailing staff.  Email Margie Wheler with any questions.

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Firepump Demonstration
Do you know how to start and run your own fire pump (or your neighbors)?  With PaBERT no longer available to us, our vulnerability to fight fires is heightened significantly.
To offset this, the Marine Patrol and PaBIA’s Safety expert, Randy Johnson, will be demonstrating how to set up and run fire pumps so that, in the unfortunate event that you need help with a fire at your cottage, you can be better prepared to know how to run the PaBIA Wajax firepumps and/or your own Honda water pumps.

Friday August 18th @ 3 o’clock
Ojibway back docks.

Come out and learn about the differences between PaBIA’s Wajax fire pumps and Honda water pumps!

Saturday, August 19
1st Annual Pointe au Baril Tri
Triathlon for EVERYONE 17
Come out &
This Saturday
Ojibway Back Beaches
9 AM Start
If any PaBIA member (ages 18 and up) still wants to participate in PaBIA’s 1st Annual Triathlon, we want YOU!
This swim, run and kayak/canoe race promises to be loads of fun!
You can still sign up! and we’ll send you all the details!
Contact Virginia Walker with questions!
Sailing pict
PABAR Sailing Race Saturday
August 19th @ 10:30 a.m.
We had a lovely summer Sunday this past weekend. It was perfect weather for drying off following our Saturday races in the 2:00 p.m. downpour. Racing was a challenge as the breezes varied up and down from zero to 6 knots and from West to East, stopping at North, but never approaching South, in direction. The fleet was smaller in number but in good spirits as the sun broke through for the Rendezvous held at Pat Poellet’s cottage on Champlain Monument, done with the support of the Spiering family.
This weekend brings PaBAR and the final 2 races of the August series. Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. off Turning Island. All classes will race three races with a picnic lunch on the Bradshaw rocks. Rather than a rendezvous, the annual PaBAR dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Ojibway. Reservations are required and closing on Wednesday. The extended sailing community and supporters are invited to join in.

Contact the Commodore: Rainer Kaufmann if you have any questions!

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Marine Patrol At Work!
This past week Marine Patrol has been very busy keeping the Bay safe. They have been very busy:
  • cutting phragmites,
  • the Steamboat Reserve Celebration, and a
  • Snake Survey on top of our regular duties.
Phragmites Cuttings
Phragmites team
We had our community cut in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday the 12th, thanks to our ten volunteers, Derek Wilson, Earl Manners, Phil and Cathy Kidston, Pam Aitkin, Jane Wilkins, Dan Kuhn, and Scott Sheard.  We couldn’t have done it without you! Those 90 bags of phragmites debris couldn’t have cut themselves!
Phragmites cut Oberlin
We also did a cut on Monday the 14th in Oberlin Bay with 5 volunteers, Cathy Griggs, Jackson Regan, Spencer Gordon, Sandy Boeckh and Mary Dove who together helped to quickly clear 7 bags of Phragmites. On the same day in the afternoon the Marine Patrol along with Ben Brooks, GBLT Steward for Friends Island cleared 6 bags. We wish to give a huge thank you to all our volunteers plus anyone who helped get this process going. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!
Steamboat Island Reserve Celebration
Steamboat Plaque
The Steamboat Island Reserve Celebration happened on Sunday August the 13th.  Herpetologists from Blazing Star were at the ceremony to show the community the significance of the new GBLT property by finding a four-toed salamander, a leopard frog and a Massasauga rattlesnake within minutes of stepping onto the property. This property is densely forested and jam-packed with wildlife is proving to be a great asset to GBLT that works towards maintaining the ecosystem of Georgian Bay.

Being Prepared in Paradise…

To Add Some Fun To Your Summer Fishing –
Join The OFAH Ontario Angler
Add some fun to your summer by joining the OFAH Ontario Angler and submit pictures of your catch for the summer to see how you stack up to others. We have also found some fantastic information on this web site about Ontario Fishing.
Identifying the Round Goby
Several PaBIA members have asked about what to do if they catch a Round Goby. This is an unwelcome, invasive species now found in all five Great Lakes that scientists believe hitched a ride to North America in the ballast water of vessels from the Black Sea and Caspian Sea back in the 1990s. They are aggressive eaters of native insects and the fish eggs of sport fish and other bottom-feeding fish like darter minnows, out-competing them for food, as well.
They also eat zebra mussels and quagga mussels, but researchers think there is a link between zebra mussels, the round goby and outbreaks of botulism type E in Great Lakes’ fish and birds that eat fish.  They spawn several times each season, which has helped them spread quickly.
Round Goby
If you suspect you have caught a round goby, first make a positive identification, as there is one native species called a sculpin that is similar in appearance, but rarely caught while angling. Look for a prominent black dot on the first dorsal fin and a pelvic fin fused into a single suction-cup-like fin on their bellies. (See the Ontario MNR website below) Once you are certain it’s a round goby, do not throw it back in the water, and do not use it for bait: dispose of it on land. It is illegal to use the round goby as bait or to have live round gobies in your possession.

If you do spot or catch a round goby, please report your finding to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711. For more information, the MNR has a very good description of the round goby and another invasive goby, the tubenose goby.
Blanket Fundraiser
Win a PaB Handmade Quilt to Benefit the
PaB Ladies’ Church Group

This blanket, made by PaB’s very own Emmaline Madigan, is hand painted with fabric paint and quilting. Each painted square is 13 x 13, twenty squares in total, and depicts various PaB locations!
Emmaline is donating this quilt to the Ladies’ Church group to help raise funds for the Church with tickets on sale now at the Lighthouse!
The drawing for this quilt will take place on Sept 23 at the Rummage Day Sale. (You don’t have to be present to win).
The quilt can be viewed out at the Lighthouse, Thursday thru Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., through Labour Day!  Tickets are $5 each!
Tickets are also available at:
CCY General Store Ltd • Georgian Bay Custom Embroidery
PaB Nursing Station • PaB Lighthouse • Shawanaga Gas & Store
Wings Shell Station
Drawing: September 23, 2017 on Florence Church Rummage Sale Day
Yearbook Update
(since the printing of 2017 Yearbook)

To keep your Yearbook current, we suggest you print out the listing of all PaBIA Yearbook Updates here!
NEWEST UPDATES for new members and changes for existing members!!!

Edgar, Terry & Katie (new)

Lorriman, Jim & Garber, Lisa (address change)

McIsaac, Jenni (new)



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PaBIA 2017 AGM Minutes 


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• Emergency Considerations, and

• EMS phone numbers + GPS + Evacuations.

• Managing Medical Emergencies in Cottage Country(4 docs above)

• Emergency Fire

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