Halloween, Autumn Leaves, Upper Wharf and more...
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 So much to say as we usher in Autumn!

Halloween 2021 was a great success! 

Many thanks to the volunteer crew Jacqui Mutch-Potporski, Darlene Young, Terri Goodacre, Judy Havercourt, Kate Gilcrest, Christa LeCraw, Joni Lindsay, and Rowan and Briar Turner for setting up, decorating, running the games, pumpkin carving and crafts, providing refreshments and then cleaning up!
Thanks to James Hill for providing the bean bag game.
Donations for prizes and refreshments from: 
The Aspinwalls
Darlene & Greg Young
Jacqui Mutch-Potporski
The Sturgeon Point Golf Course (courtesy of Mike Gascho)

Thanks also to Judy Havercourt and Terri Goodacre for donating pumpkins.   

Those creative carvings ended up having a second life as part of the Pumpkin Parade at the Grove Theatre.

I want to extend a special thank you to Jacqui Mutch-Potporski and Darlene Young who have spearheaded the organization of Halloween in the Point for many years.
Darlene is instrumental in coordinating volunteers, prepping for the event, including having COVID-friendly crafts that could be done at the park or that the kids could take home.  She's a great hostess at the Park party ensuring it all runs super smoothly.  This year Terri Goodacre was her invaluable right hand.

In addition to volunteering at the event, Jacqui creates the Halloween Survey and Treat Map.  She even added a virtual interactive map this year to reduce the need for printing.  The virtual map had 280 views and we had 31 houses shelling out!

     Bear Bins 

The TyeDee Bin campaign was very popular and we secured enough orders to qualify for the 20% discount!

Delivery will occur in Spring 2022 and we'll keep those who ordered in the loop on the delivery date and when the balance of the payment, if any, is due.

We may be able to add orders, so if you are interested, please complete the survey and we'll do our best to add your request to the bulk order.

Complete Bear Bin Survey here

A reminder that the leaf dump at the Point is for leaves and grass clippings only.  There are a few potted plants dumped there.  Those should be taken the the Fenelon Landfill or put out with the regular yard waste collection.

The City has two collection dates for curbside leaf pick up.  The next Sturgeon Point fall leaf and yard collection will occur on Friday November 19.

All leaf and yard waste must be set out in paper bags or neatly bundled. Plastic bags are not accepted. If the material does not fit into a paper yard waste bag or is set out on your regular waste collection day it will not be collected.

Not accepted: Christmas trees, grass clippings, sod and soil, stumps and yard waste over 7.5 cm in diameter and 91.4 cm in length.

These items can be taken to a City landfill site.


Councillor Doug Elmslie took the issue to the Council Meeting on October 19 and made a motion that a regular level of summer service be provided for Lake Street and Henry Street from the point where snow plowing currently ends to Forest Avenue.

The motion was Carried and service will begin in 2022.  

Unfortunately, winter plowing is still not possible due to the width of the roads and the size of the plows.  The issue of plows tearing up softscaping is not easily avoided, again due to the size of the plows.  It is recommended that residents put up plowing protection in the form of reflectors, for example.  There is a great example of this on Lake Avenue.

He also informed SPA that they are still looking into the issue of speed on Sturgeon Point Road, where it slows from 80 kms/hr to 40 kms/hr.  He is looking at painting chevrons and "SLOW" on the road for those who miss the signage.

For potholes and other maintenance issues, it is still recommended to fill out a report on the CoKL Report an Issue website.  Please send a copy of the email confirmation that you will receive to our Director in charge of Roads & Maintenance, Bill Stevenson, so keep track of requests.  If there are a large number of people with the same issue, we may consider submitting a petition to the City.  

If you prefer to have the Association submit your issue, please email Bill Stevenson.

Upper Wharf Rain Shelter Project

The Committee has met twice to discuss the repair and restoration of the Rain Shelter.  We are still in the information gathering stages, going through documentation and grant applications from previous committees, and have spoken with several CoKL representatives and others about securing funding.

Cat Medici, Sue Milling and Michel Cicciarella met with Doug Elmslie at the Upper Wharf so Doug could understand what the issues with the building are.  Michel, who's a Contractor, explained to Doug the structural concerns and the restoration work that's needed.  Sue filled us all in on some of the history of the repair work and funding investigations that were done in the past.

Doug put Cat in touch with the following people and Cat has communicated with all of the them on the issues of funding and permits:

Rebecca Mustard, Manager, Economic Development
Emily Turner, Economic Development Officer- Heritage
Carlie Arbour, Economic Development Officer - Community
Glen Walker, Curator - Maryboro Lodge

The Committee will be meeting again soon and a full report will go out to the community after that meeting to keep you all updated.

Any questions, comments and/or suggestions can be sent to the Committee by email.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. & SPA Partnership

The partnership between SPA and Fenelon Falls Brewing Company continues and the next event is the Brewer's Dinner on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 5pm – 7pm in the Upstairs Taproom.

Enjoy an evening at Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.'s upstairs taproom overlooking Lock 34.  Dinner includes a welcome drink, and a five-course meal (vegetarian & vegan available upon request) paired with five hand-selected beers from their Brewer’s Series.  You can find all of the details on their website.

When you reserve your seat, use the promo code SPA5THANKYOU so that 5% of ticket sales will go back to SPA.
Reserve your seat now so you don't miss out!
As Autumn's climate becomes chillier and makes us begin to think of winter, I look to my cabinet for more warming cocktails.  My favourites are the Godfather, Old Fashioned and Manhattan.

I recently was treated to a Manhatten (or two) at Bob Barrett's and I'm not lying when I say it's one of the best Manhattans I've tasted!  Therefore, I won't attempt to compete with that one.

There is a variation of the Manhattan in the recent Food & Drink magazine that I found this past weekend and tried tonight.  It's the Cinnamon-Scented Black Manhattan and it tastes completely different from the traditional Manhattan.

This Manhattan uses Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth and you can garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick or a sage leaf.  The Amaro and sage leaf give the drink a more herbaceous flavour, which I personally love.

2 oz Canadian rye whisky
1 oz Amaro
5 dashes Angostura bitters
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground cinnamon
Long strip orange peel for garnish (optional)
Cinnamon stick or sage leaf for garnish (optional)

1. Pour whisky, Amaro, bitters and ground cinnamon into a mixing glass partially filled with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Pull orange peel (if using) over glass, releasing oils into cocktail. Gently pinch, peel side out, misting oils over surface of drink. Rub peel around outside rim of glass, then add to drink, along with cinnamon stick or sage leaf, if you like.

The cinnamon in the cocktail is a surprisingly nice touch.  It's exactly the warm and spicy Autumn cocktail I was looking for.  I looked up the health benefits of cinnamon and was surprised to learn that it's quite the powerhouse spice.  It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.  The caveat is that you have to seek out Ceylon cinnamon vs the cheap grocery store Cassia variety.  Apparently, this can be found in health food stores. 

I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I did!

SPA is on Instagram now, in addition to Facebook and our website!  

The links for all of those are below. 
Please check out our pages and feel free to comment, follow and like!

In addition to the social media sites, we can be reached by email any time of the year.  There's no need to wait until the AGM to voice a concern, ask a question or get involved.  All of the links to the various Directors' email addresses can be found here.  
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