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Looking for New Directors

The HHA is looking for new Directors!

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As a Volunteer Director, you'll get the opportunity to grow your leadership skills, become more involved in the community and take on new challenges that help us grow our membership.

The Board of Directors is comprised of HHA Members of all ages and levels of experience. You'll be able to work within an area that interests you, and you'll be asked to participate in several Board of Directors planning meetings held throughout the year.

Our active committees currently revolve around the following areas:

  • Advertising & Marketing (print & digital)
  • Community Liaison
  • Day Camp
  • Environment (Phragmites)
  • Membership Engagement
  • Winter Patrol

If interested, please contact Peter Koetsier at pjkoet@rogers.com

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Do you have old boat batteries laying around the cottage shed? Dried up aerosol cans from that painting project? Empty propane cylinders? 

Now you can safely get rid of that clutter by taking it to one of several Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off locations near Honey Harbour.

The Baxter Transfer Station is the nearest HHW Drop-Off, located at 908 South Bay Road in Port Severn. They accept the following waste items:

Automotive waste - aerosols, antifreeze, auto fluids, brake fluid, cleaners, fuel, lead acid batteries, motor oil, paint and solvents.

Household related waste - all cleaners, batteries, bleach, cooking oil, disinfectants, medicines, paint, polishes, pool/hot tub chemicals, propane campaign cylinders, soaps, stain removers and waxes.

Yard and garden - fertilizers, fungicides, fuel, herbicides, insecticides, oil, rodenticides and pesticides. 

Maintenance related waste - adhesives, caulking, deck cleaner, glues, paints, solvents, stains and wood preservatives.

Mercury products - fluorescent/LED, CFL light bulbs, thermometers and thermostats.

Pharmaceuticals and needles - medicines, pharmaceuticals, needles and sharps packaged in a hard plastic sealed container.

NOTE: smoke detectors should be placed in your regular garbage bin (except the batteries). Microwaves and small metal appliances should be disposed of as scrap metal at any landfill or transfer station. 

For a complete list of drop-off locations and dates in The District of Muskoka, view the PDF.

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2018 Hoots Pickup

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Come to the Schoolhouse on Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon to pick up your copy of Hoots.

Each Full Member is entitled to one copy. Additional copies can be purchased for $20. 

Commencing May 21st, you will be able to pick up your Hoots at ReMax Baywatch in Honey Harbour until June 4th.

To reduce mailing costs for the Hoots, we encourage you to pick up your Hoots during the above mentioned dates if possible. You may also contact one of the HHA Directors to arrange an alternative pickup.

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Are You Septic Smart?

While your septic system may not be the most exciting thing about cottage living, keeping your septic properly maintained is important for the well being of your family and the environment.

Brought to you by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Septic System

Learn these simple steps to protect your home, health, environment and property value.

 

Protect it and inspect it

DO: have your system inspected every 3 years by a licensed contractor and have the tank pumped, when necessary, generally every 3 to 5 years.

 

Think at the sink

DON’T:

pour cooking grease or oil down the sink or toilet

rinse coffee grounds in the sink

pour household chemicals down the sink or toilet

DO:

Eliminate or limit the use of garbage disposal

Properly dispose of coffee grounds and food

Put grease in a container to harden before discarding in the trash

 

Don’t overload the commode

DON’T:

Flush non-degradable products or chemicals such as feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, diapers, digarette butts, cat litter, paper towels and pharmaceuticals

DO:

Dispose of these items in the trash can!

 

Shield your field

DON’T:

Park or drive on your drainfield. The weight can damage the drain lines

Plant trees or shrubs too close to your drainfield. Roots can grow into your system and clog it

DO:

Consult a septic service professional to advise you of the proper distance for planting trees and shrubs, depending on your septic tank location

 

Don’t strain your drain

DON’T:

Concentrate your water use by using your dishwasher, shower, washing machine and toilet at the same time. All that extra water can really strain your septic system

DO:

Stagger the use of water-generating appliances. This can be helpful especially if your system has not been pumped in a long time

Become more water efficient by fixing plumbing leaks and consider installing bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and water-efficient products

 

For more information about septic systems, click here to download the SepticSmart PDF

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Waiting for Spring

A little more patience will be required this year before cottage opening can begin. 

Anne Marie shared this photo, taken on the morning of April 7 from the Honey Harbour marina. 

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Spring is NOT in HH just yet! This is North Honey Harbour on the morning of April 7. Still a good bit of ice out there.

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What’s My Cottage 911#?

 Example of Cottage 911# identification plate.

Example of Cottage 911# identification plate.

If you are a cottager or resident staying in a water-based community, it is important to know your Cottage 911#.

Knowing your Cottage 911# helps first responders locate you in case of emergency, and displaying it helps us locate your cottage during Winter Patrol.

How to Find Your Cottage 911#

You can find your Cottage 911# on your property tax bill.

 Example of where to find your 911 Number on your tax bill.

Example of where to find your 911 Number on your tax bill.

You can also contact Lauren Millar at the Georgian Bay Township Planning Department.

Cottage 911# Identification Plates

You can order an identification plate at a cost of $40 from the Township. This helps emergency response and the HHA Winter Patrol easily locate your cottage.

To order your plate, please call 705-538-2337 x 263, or email Lauren at lmillar@gbtownship.ca.

Attach your Cottage 911# plate to a rock, tree or post that is near your dock and highly visible from the water.

To learn more, visit the Township of Georgian Bay website.

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FOCA AGM Presentations on Invasive Species

The FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Spring Seminar was held on March 3rd, 2018.  Heather Sarjeant, representative of Georgian Bay Forever, presented on behalf of the Honey Harbour Association. 

The presentation on local invasive species highlights the need to continue the fight against Phragmites. Along with Georgian Bay Forever, our goal is to help raise awareness of Phragmites and other invasive plant species threatening our waterways and to educate people about how to avoid the accidental spread of these invaders via boat or by other means. 

To view the presentation, click here.

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Help Wanted

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Every year, we get better and closer to our goal of eradicating this plant from our shorelines.

However, the fight is not over.

Summer 2018 Phrag Busters

This year we are looking for a hands on volunteer to take on the Phrag program in Honey Harbour.  Click here to learn more.

The Georgian Bay bigger picture

To support ongoing Phragmites eradication efforts around all of beautiful Georgian Bay, as well as water quality protection, and solutions to mitigate water level extremes, please donate to Georgian Bay Forever (GBF). GBF is a charity that relies almost entirely on the generosity of individuals, just like you! GBF is hopeful that you see the value in protecting The Bay, and will consider contributing a tax-receiptable gift to protect the water and shorelines of Georgian Bay.  Visit GBF.org to learn more and donate.

Thank you again Honey Harbour community for your outstanding efforts to help protect the shorelines. Click here to read more about all of the families and friends who helped last year.

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Sailing Week Success!

Our sailing week at Day Camp was a huge success, and many thanks to those who helped make it possible!

The last day of sailing camp on Friday July 14 was highlighted with a couple of races. There were five boats racing four of which had three crew and one boat of only two sailors.

The winds were light which creates its own challenges. At the start of one race a boat got its rudder caught on the start line marker/buoy which added extra confusion and fun. Just at the start our skippers and crew did a great job by gybing away from the boat in trouble and then tacking back across the start line. This happens with the best of fleets and sailors.

During the week there were 25 different campers in the day camp with 20 of whom participated in the sailing program. Included in the picture are the two Ontario Sailing coaches Mitch (in Orange) with Cate in front wearing her PFD with Lauren the Camp Director beside Mitch giving the thumbs up for a great week.

This camp wouldn't happen without the generous support from our donors who contributed $6,000 so sailing could be part of our day camp experience at no extra costs for families.

- Al Will, HHA Sailing Coordinator

 2017 Sailing School

2017 Sailing School

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Moonlight Madness

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Join us on Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 pm - 1 am at The Schoolhouse for Moonlight Madness. BYOB and catch up with friends young and old. All are welcome!

Cut loose on the dance floor to the music of Straight Shooter! Win raffle prizes! Bring money for tickets, as the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning!

Tickets to the party are $15 in advance and are available at Thrive Foods, The Hive and through HH Tennis Club members. Tickets are $20 at the dance. 

All proceeds go to the Honey Harbour Tennis Club.

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Georgian Bay Hardcover Book Now Available

All of us who spend time around Georgian Bay know how special it is, but chances are most of us don’t know the whole story. The Georgian Bay Land Trust set out to create a book that would tell that story, bringing together the environmental, historical, and cultural sides of Georgian Bay to fully explore what makes this area so remarkable.

Georgian Bay: Discovering A Unique North American Ecosystem contains chapters by archaeologists, ecologists, historians, geologists, and more, taking the reader on a journey from ancient geological history to present day communities. From the early peopling of the area during the last ice age, to the birds that call Georgian Bay home, to the landscape’s role in Canadian art and culture, there is something for everyone to learn about this special place. 

This beautifully photographed, hardcover book is on sale for $60. $10 from the sale of each book will support the Honey Harbour Association, with all remaining proceeds supporting the Georgian Bay Land Trust’s work conserving wilderness on Georgian Bay. Orders may be placed at gblt.org/book for pickup at the 2017 HHA AGM on July 15th.

View book chapters, contributors and more information about the book.

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Striking Balance Documentary Viewing

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is excited to present the documentary Striking Balance at 4 different locations. 

Come to our AGM on July 15 and stay for a viewing of the documentary! Or catch one of the other viewings that will be going on this summer, from Honey Harbour to Point au Baril.

The afternoon matinees will include a product tasting with GBBR beverage sponsors, Georgian Bay Spirit Co. and Trestle Brewing. On July 31st, there is a cash bar at the Stockey Centre.

Tickets are FREE on Eventbrite or at 11 James St.

View a full list of viewing locations below:

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2017 Hoots Pickup!

Pick Up Your Copy of 2017 Hoots!


2017 Hoots will be available for pickup Saturday, May 20th at The Schoolhouse from 10am-Noon.

View Map to Schoolhouse

If you are unable to pick up your Hoots on that date, you can drop by Remax Baywatch (across from Honey Harbour Town Centre) from May 21st - June 4th to pick up your copy.

Please contact Kathy Kay to make alternative arrangements at kalekay@hotmail.com.

 

Want to Purchase Additional Copies of Hoots?

Members and non-members can purchase copies of Hoots online now or by contacting Kathy Kay.

Additional Hoots
20.00

Order additional copies of the Honey Harbour Association's official yearbook, Hoots.  Full members get one copy per membership.  Additional copies are $20 each.

Quantity:
Add To Cart

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Enjoy Local Fresh Produce This Summer!

Eat fresh this summer and support local farmers doing great work to help us all (re)connect with the land.

ClearWater Farms is a local food producer that delivers vegetables, forested pork and mushrooms, free range eggs, prepared foods and more to the Honey Harbour and Cognashene area. 

From June 9th through Labour Day, ClearWater’s weekly food basket program will enable you to order and pick up your food basket each week at The Hive, Honey Harbour Boat Club or Georgian Bay Landing Marina.

To order your weekly food basket, go to www.clearwaterfarms.ca. Take advantage of their Early Bird Special when you sign up before May 31!

For questions, please contact colin@ontariowatercentre.ca.

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Pets of Honey Harbour

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Is your four-legged family member pining for the cottage right now? Seven dog years is a long time to wait between seasons for those poor pooches. That’s why we’re commemorating our canine and feline friends with Pets of Honey Harbour, a compilation of photos submitted by you, our followers, that showcase the area’s sweetest furry faces. 

To see more photos, pick up a copy of HOOTS.

Have a pet photo you want to share? Visit us on Facebook.


Goo

Owner: Alan Waffle


Libby

Owner: Cary Ledingham

 Shaking off after diving for a very interesting rock. Submitted by Alex Marotta.

Shaking off after diving for a very interesting rock. Submitted by Alex Marotta.


Saul

Owner: Robert Longpré

 He may be a horse sized Great Dane, but Saul still gets sad when his daddy goes paddling without him. Submitted by India Stone.

He may be a horse sized Great Dane, but Saul still gets sad when his daddy goes paddling without him. Submitted by India Stone.

 With a mouth that big, Saul plays with logs instead of sticks. Submitted by Alex Marotta.

With a mouth that big, Saul plays with logs instead of sticks. Submitted by Alex Marotta.


Willie and Sasa

Owner: Deborah Walsh


Marley

Owner: Kathryn Davis

 Fishing... not sure.

Fishing... not sure.

 Frisbee? Now that's fun!

Frisbee? Now that's fun!



Ruger, Eva & Sadie

Owner: Kimberly Ledingham

 Ruger prefers to enjoy the water from his nice dry rock.

Ruger prefers to enjoy the water from his nice dry rock.

 Eva is one German Shepherd who enjoys the occasional swim.

Eva is one German Shepherd who enjoys the occasional swim.

 Rest in peace, Sadie.

Rest in peace, Sadie.


LOKI

Owner: Kathy Kay

 Sunning in a chair ...

Sunning in a chair ...

 ... and sunning on a beach.

... and sunning on a beach.


Bella

Owner: Linda Gentile

 'Boat Dog Bella', submitted by Maggie Main.

'Boat Dog Bella', submitted by Maggie Main.

 Bella likes the feeling of the wind in her hair.

Bella likes the feeling of the wind in her hair.


Hunter

Owners: Liz & Cam Stager


Molly, Sam & Sophie

Owner: Lori Funston


Ilsa

Owner: Peter Waffle

 Ilsa enjoys regular naps both inside ...

Ilsa enjoys regular naps both inside ...

 ... and outside.

... and outside.


Scooby & Maggie

Owners: Tim Heisler

 Work in the morning ...

Work in the morning ...

 ... nap in the afternoon.

... nap in the afternoon.


Geordie

Owners: Marc & India Longpré

 Got to protect my pink belly from sunburn!

Got to protect my pink belly from sunburn!

 Fascinated with the woodland shore.

Fascinated with the woodland shore.

 Geordie Longpré, international dog of leisure.

Geordie Longpré, international dog of leisure.


Share Your Photos!

Have a pet photo you want to share? Visit us on Facebook.

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Join Us for Maple Fest in Honey Harbour!

Join us on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Honey Harbour's first ever Maple Fest!  

There will be a fish fry, 50/50 draw and of course lots of amazing maple products for sale made by local producers of Canada's most famous condiment.  

View event poster.

About Maple Fest in Honey Harbour

The cruelly cold temperatures experienced on the Ontario Family Day long weekend for the past two years have forced the Honey Harbour Community Co-op to seek a more comfortable day to hold Winter Fest.  Asking volunteers to work outside for six hours without relief in temperatures reaching -50 wind-chilled Fahrenheit degrees was no longer acceptable. 

Saturday, March 4th has been chosen as the new date (historical temperature average is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, 0 degrees Celsius), and to go with the new date, a new name - Maple Fest!

The multi-million dollar maple syrup industry is growing quickly in the area and we even have residents in Honey Harbour who are tapping their Maple trees in March and bottling the liquid gold.  Maple syrup festivals run from late February through may in surrounding communities (loot to the web for “Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario”) and have become a beneficial tourist attraction for local resorts.

The Co-op will retain the “Georgian Shore Lunch” tradition, with the Fish Fry and baked beans being featured, adding maple syrup to the mix and soliciting local producers to offer their maple products for sale.

The raffle and 50/50 draw will be held to raise funds in support of the Co-op’s community activities.  It is hoped that, with the help of local producers, a demonstration of the process of making maple syrup can be assembled and samples offered for tasting.

To be located in Honey Harbour Park at Honey Harbour Road and Blue Water Road, Maple Fest will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

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Get Free Admission with Parks Canada's Discovery Pass

Get Free Admission to Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas

To celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a nation, get free admission to Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas. 

Enjoy free admission to Georgian Bay Islands National Park (this includes Beausoleil Island) and many more!

The pass isn’t limited to Ontario or specific to any province.  It applies to all of Canada’s national treasures from coast to coast.  

What it Covers

  • Admission to all national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada
  • Lockage at Parks Canada’s canal and historic waterways

What it Doesn’t Cover

  • Camping and other accommodations
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission
  • Firewood
  • Overnight backcountry use

When you stop to enjoy the natural beauty of our treasured parks, you can appreciate the extraordinary importance of protecting these lands and waters for the heath of our planet and for future generations to benefit from.   

To minimize your impact while visiting these environments, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

*Please contact the location you plan to visit to verify details regarding items not covered as these items may vary.

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It's Time to Order Your Spring Trees!

ORDER YOUR SPRING TREES NOW – DEADLINE JANUARY 20TH, 2017

Secure your tree saplings now so you'll be ready to plant in the Spring! 

Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and several local municipalities are working together to provide residents with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring 2017.

Seedling species, age, size and prices are listed below for landowners interested in purchasing and planting trees. Seedlings are bare-root plants (i.e., not potted) and are sold in bundles of 10.

Download Flyer to View Pricing

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Take Action Now on Asian Carp Threat

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Image from Healthy Wildlife

In a letter to the Presidents of GBA cottagers' associations, John McMullen implores everyone to take action by voicing your concern about the threat posed by invasive Asian Carp.

"To the Presidents:

Following up on the recent Great Lakes Fisheries Conference we spoke with Becky Cudmore who is Canada’s expert on Asian Carp. Becky is a Senior Science Advisor at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Becky reports that there has been evidence of reproduction of Grass Carp in the Sandusky River that flows into Lake Erie. Carp eggs have been found three times in that River over the past few years.  It has not been determined if any of these eggs have produced fish and, if so, the fish have made it into Lake Erie. DNA testing showed that none of the few Grass Carp that were caught in Lakes Erie and Ontario in 2015 were from the Sandusky River. There were 11 Grass Carp caught in 2016, 10 in Lake Gibson which is attached to the Welland Canal and 1 west of Point Pelee.  DNA testing of these fish has yet to be completed. If the Grass Carp get established in the Great Lakes they will out compete the native species of plant eating fish and other wildlife.

The State of Ohio has the primary responsibility for managing the water in the Sandusky River. They are reluctant to spend the money that would be necessary to eradicate the Grass Carp in that River at least until more research has been completed on the threat posed by the Carp and the options to eradicate them should the threat be substantiated.  This seeming lack of urgency has created concern in the Great Lakes community. The eight Great Lakes States and Ontario and Quebec have an agreement to come to each other’s aid in situations like this to deal with Asian Carp. To date Ohio has not asked for any aid.

The most appropriate action that GBA members can take at this time is to write to key elected officials  to implore them to take action to prevent Grass Carp from breeding in the Sandusky River and entering the Great Lakes. We have drafted two sample letters (attached). One is meant to be used by Ohio residents and the other by Ontario residents. We have included the names and addresses of the appropriate elected officials in both jurisdictions to write. It would be helpful if you could circulate this to individuals in your Association who you think would be willing to write letters. GBA has sent our own letter to Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

John McMullen, President

The Georgian Bay Association


Ohio Representatives Contact Information and Letter

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117

 

Senator Sherrod Brown

801 West Superior Ave., Suite 1400

Cleveland, OH 44113 

 

Senator Rob Portman

1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199

 

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you as a voter in the State of Ohio to bring to your attention a matter that is of great concern to me and my family. It concerns Asian Carp. 

It has been reported that eggs from Grass Carp have been found in the Sandusky River. Scientists are trying to determine if these eggs are associated with the 11 Grass Carp that were found in Lake Erie and adjoining bodies of water this year. If so this could be the start of a devastating contamination of our Great Lakes by these invasive fish. We have been told that the State of Ohio and the Government of the United Sates are reluctant to take any measures to eradicate the Grass Carp population in the Sandusky River until further studies are complete. We think this is short sighted. We believe that the cost of eradicating a relatively small population of these Carp at this point in time would be prudent and could head off an enormous cost if Grass Carp get a foothold in the Great Lakes. We urge you to use the power of your office to encourage the appropriate departments to take action immediately to eradicate the Carp in the Sandusky River.

Sincerely,

[Insert Your Name Here]


Ontario Representatives Contact Information and Letter

 

Hon. Kathryn McGarry

Minister Natural Resources and Forestry

Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630, 99 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1W3

 

Dear Minister, 

I am writing to you to bring to your attention a matter that is of great concern to me and my family. It concerns Asian Carp. 

It has been reported that eggs from Grass Carp have been found in the Sandusky River in Ohio. Scientists are trying to determine if these eggs are associated with the 11 Grass Carp that were found in Lake Erie and adjoining bodies of water this year. If so this could be the start of a devastating contamination of our Great Lakes by these invasive fish. We have been told that the State of Ohio and the Government of the United Sates are reluctant to take any measures to eradicate the Grass Carp population in the Sandusky River until further studies are complete. We think this is short sighted. We believe that the cost of eradicating a relatively small population of these Carp at this point in time would be prudent and could head off an enormous cost if Grass Carp get a foothold in the Great Lakes. We understand that the Province of Ontario has an agreement with the eight Great Lake States to provide assistance to one another if and when action needs to be taken to prevent an Asian Carp outbreak in the Great Lakes. We think now is one of those times. We urge you to reach out to your Ohio and US counterparts to encourage them to take action immediately to eradicate the Carp in the Sandusky River and to provide whatever assistance they may require to do so. 

Sincerely,

[Insert Your Name Here]

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