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Text Box: Installing one of the “caution” spars in the Magnetawan Harbour channel2014 was a great “spar” year. The new stainless steel chains which replaced the old galvanized chains in 2007 are still just like new, as are the stainless steel hoops in all of the new anchors. Stainless steel chain is impervious to the electrolytic reaction of the old PVC chain and the iron content in the water and will not deteriorate. The four new permanent spars at the entrance to the Magnetawan Harbour have worked very well, especially since they are “untippable!” Later this year we will add four more which will complete the lighthouse location. Two are from the 2013 budget and two from 2014. Your association has committed to purchasing two permanent spars per year. In addition, last year we installed two caution spars in the Magnetawan Harbour channel. These are a reminder to all boaters of the shallow depth, and to go slowly though the area, firstly for safety, and secondly to keep your propeller in good shape! All of our lights are now solar power, which are brighter and can be seen from a much greater distance. So, as it relates to spars, the association is in really good shape.

Thanks to all of our spar volunteers and their families and helpers for looking after the spars each year. Often this is a cold thankless job, but one that is so necessary to all of us. Special thanks to Don Nancekivell and Mike Kinsey and families who look after the spars at the Lighthouse; to Tim Brunton for the spar at the end of King’s Cove Road; to Ted White and family for the 4 spars by Marshall Island; to the Hewlett family for the spar at the north end of Watson Island; to Dennis Mooney for the spar off his point; to Ken Mihan for the north end of Gordon Island; to Ted MacDonald for the spar at the south west end of Gordon Island, to John McDonald for the spar at the point of Jeffery Road and for helping with 4 other spars in the river, and to Wally Zelinsky for the 4 spars closest to Midlothian Lake. Your volunteer efforts make a very safe waterway for our members, guests and visitors and are greatly appreciated by all.

Happy Spring – hope to see you out on the water.

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