There are a couple of ways that MBC’ers who are not so lucky as to be able to enjoy the Highlands all year can stay in touch with what’s up while they are away: All the local papers have web editions; Canoe FM, the Highlands’ award winning community radio station, can be heard on the web; And, best of all, as members we get terrific updates from Past President, Paul MacInnes. Consider becoming part of the information chain – summer or winter, you could contribute bits and pieces from your corner of the lakes by way of comments on the “News” page of the MBC web-site. Check all the links, below.

Could you be an MBC Lake Steward?

Some changes in our long-term volunteer line-up mean that we are looking for Stewards for Maple and Beech Lakes this year. MBC Stewards track various aspects of water quality on our lakes by participating in our coliform sampling program and keeping their eyes and ears open for changes to our most important resource.

These are positions that will require more than the minimal couple of hours of yearly commitment from volunteers and, optimally, some ongoing research and training.

Initial education and training would start with a Stewards Lake Testing session, organized by the CHA, being held at the Stanhope Firefighters Hall on Saturday, April 25th 2015. The MBC has reserved two spots at this session.

If you are interested in learning and doing, and if you will be able to put in a few hours per month (or so) over your summer – and a bit from time to time in the off-seasons – please contact: as soon as you can.


Membership Renewals and Payments

As Past Pres. MacInnes has noted, our somewhat annoying end of year renewal date has had the happy effect of putting our membership renewal numbers to date at levels never seen before and we have also seen a healthy number of new memberships, as well!


We would really be pleased – ecstatic, in fact – if more MBC’ers could find the time to renew their memberships on-line. Members can do this even if they have already sent in a form and / or made a payment either by cheque or by E-transfer; this has a number of advantages:

  • You can make sure that all your contact information is correct, and that you will receive all the updates we send out
  • It is far faster and easier for members to do this themselves than it is for us.
  • You will receive a receipt via email (don’t forget that MBC membership can get you a discount on your cottage insurance and they like receipts for proof) Paying by Interac E-transfer also simplifies things and gives you an extra confirmation receipt!

We are still learning how best to manage our on-line membership database –please remember that all of these things are being done by your neighbour-volunteers, not hot-shot web types – and members will be receiving notifications of their renewals over the next while. In the meantime, you could give it a try yourself, it’s really quite easy:

Go to

Under “Membership” scroll down and click “Join the MBC”

Click “Select” under Annual Membership $30

You will arrive at Account Details and, to the right of this you will see “Already have an account?” –  as an old member (even a really old member) you do have an account, so click the “log in here”

Your Username is your email address (if you have recently changed your email and find that you can’t log in, try your old address. This is one little wrinkle we are trying to work out) and, unless you have logged in and changed your Password, the default Password is welcomembc.

Review and fill in the few bits of required information (don’t forget the Discretionary Donation part if you can spare a bit!)

You will be given the opportunity to set your own password along the way.