1 The Prospector PROSPECT LAKE & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (PLDCA) NEWSLETTER Spring 2008 Issue TRAFFIC SAFETY - TRAFFIC ISSUES TRAFFIC! TRAFFIC!! TRAFFIC !!! Concerned about the traffic on Prospect Lake Road and/or surrounding roads? Feeling frustrated, frightened and overwhelmed with the increased traffic in our community? The speeding? The road racing on weekends and late at night? Worried about your children going to the park and school? Almost been hit walking with family, friends and pets? How about riding a bicycle? Heart sore at the maimed and dead wildlife? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are not alone. TRAFFIC has become a menace to safety and sanity in our neighbourhood. Do you want ACTION? The time is NOW. An initiative is underway to solve the problem. Please complete the TRAFFIC SURVEY on page 8 and submit it to the PLDCA Community Association Traffic Committee. Many thanks to Leanne Webster-Bugslag, Traffic Chair, for taking the lead on this issue. Please contact Leanne with your concerns at either firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-7000. Thanks also to Kim Cutler for the following informative article on sharing the road with wildlife and pet safety in vehicles. ANIMAL WILDLIFE TRAFFIC SAFETY TIPS I often hear drivers blasting their horns as they drive by my home. I imagine they are trying to tell wildlife to get out of the way. There is no need for this. Simply slow down and let the deer pass. Many years ago I took the Young Drivers of Canada course and I learned some skills that I use often. The first technique is called "Brake and Avoid". If an object suddenly appears in front of you, hit the brake petal firmly and then swerve. Swerving before you brake will cause you to lose control of the vehicle and is less effective than the Brake and Avoid technique because slowing the vehicle first increases the distance between you and the object. Another method for avoiding wildlife, pets, cars, and pedestrians that suddenly appear is to drive using the Scanning method. Drivers tend to look straight ahead when they are driving and don't see objects that appear from the side. Look left to right as well as straight ahead and watch for cars coming from side streets and driveways. It is amazing how many times a driver will dash out unsafely. Unless you drive defensively, a collision may occur. It won't matter whose fault the collision is when you have to deal with a damaged car and bodily injury. When driving our rural roads especially, decide to be mindful of watching for animals. The eyes of a deer show up very well in headlights so watch for those two "warning signals". Using these techniques, I have never hit a deer, rabbit, or anything else. I have even slowed down for a mouse! IN THIS ISSUE I hate to see dead deer and rabbits on our roads. Slow down, drive conscientiously, and use the techniques described above. Hopefully this will cut down on the FEATURE ARTICLES—TRAFFIC 1 SAFETY ISSUES carnage on our roads. Hall Repair Fundraising Reports 2-3 PET SAFETY IN VEHICLES Notes from the Treasurer 3 It is now illegal to transport dogs in the back of a pickup truck unless they are Weekly Hall Schedule ; Community 4 properly secured with a harness and short leash (which prevents strangulation Notice Board; PLDCA Executive and death in a collision), or inside a crate which is secured in the centre of the truck box. If your dog is riding inside the vehicle, he should be secured with a dog Memory Lane; Neighbourly News; 5 seatbelt or be inside a secured crate. This law is in Section 72 of the B.C. Motor Volunteer Thank-you Vehicle Act. Under the B.C. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act you can be Business Advertisements 6-7 charged with animal cruelty if your pet is injured. For further Information go to www.spca.bc.ca or www.roadsafety.ca. TRAFFIC SURVEY 8 Wishing you a joyful Spring and Summer, ~ Kim Cutler 2 REPORTS ON FUND RAISING FOR COMMUNITY HALL REPAIRS A HUGE big thank you to Country Grocer for accepting us into the com- munity “Save A Tape Program” as well as to everyone who is participating. It really is an easy way for everyone in the community to help with very little effort required. Here are the numbers so far: Claim # Total Rebate Received 1 10/31/07 6,426.17 321.31 325.00 2 11/30/07 10,204.76 510.24 510.00 3 12/31/07 21,202.47 1,060.12 1,065.00 4 1/31/08 15,337.93 766.90 770.00 5 2/29/08 24,951.23 1,247.56 1,245.00 Mail your receipts to PLDCA 5358 Sparton Road V9E 2H5 6 3/31/08 25,577.57 1,278.88 1,260.00 or drop them in a Save a Tape box at Oldfield’s Save 7 4/30/08 34,139.30 1,706.97 on Gas station on West 8 5/31/08 Saanich Road and at the Community Hall. 9 6/30/08 137,839.43 6,891.97 5,175.00 Grant Application Successful! We are pleased to report that the PLDCA application for $40,000.00 Capital Grant funding from the BC Gaming MLA Hon. Ida Chong, Minister for Community Commission was Services, presenting the PLDCA with a cheque for APPROVED. $40,000.00. L-R: David McLean, Deborah Tubman, Hon. Ida Chong, Paul Scrimger. 3 Art Raffle Flea Market The draw for the raffle was held at the Christmas Potluck The Flea Market was once again a December 12, 2007 at the community hall. Thank you to success, in spite of the fact there was everyone who bought tickets — $2,292.00 was raised less room for tables because of the Hall toward the hall repairs. A special thank you to the renovations. $280.50 was collected from donors of the raffle prizes; rentals, the Community Table collected $150.00 and concession sales of hot Robert Bateman dogs and drinks garnered approximately Sergei Gibson $50.00 for a total of $480.50. Thanks to Keith Hiscock John and Lois Steeves for their long standing commitment to organizing the Broadmead Gallery for framing the Hiscock print Flea Market and ensuring it’s success. Thanks also to the Aikido group for the Here are the winners of the raffle; Hall table setup and Joe and Cherie 1st Brian Martin Keith Hiscock Framed Print McLean, Jason Hillis, Dave and Sue 2nd Jason Hillis Robert Bateman Framed Print Barker, Laura Mindenhall and her friend 3rd Linda Picot Sergei Gibson Carvings Ed Leahy for all their help. NOTE FROM THE TREASURER I was simply ecstatic when I received the email from BC Gaming that we received final approval for our $40,000 Gaming Grant application. I immediately sent out an email to the directors and thanked a number of people who were directly involved in the process. Paul then sent out an email to the community and identified additional people that contributed to the grant application and its success. Now that my initial exuberance has passed I would also like to thank some more people, without which we would not have been able to request $40,000 (many residences don’t have email, or are not on the email list, so I am repeating the names here so everyone will know who was involved): Paul Scrimger and Deborah Tubman for their contributions in the preparing of the grant application; Sherron MacPherson and Sue Barker for requesting and assembling letters of support and historical documents; Dave Barker and Gary Moonie for their experience and comments relating to the building and repair plans and preparing preliminary designs and cost estimates; Fred Haynes and the Island Aikido club for pre-paying their entire year’s rent and Gary Moonie for loaning the PLDCA $10,000 so that we would have additional funds in the bank in order for BC Gaming to match; The Large family and Country Grocer for their continued support by offering the “Save a Tape Program”, whereby Country Grocer gives the PLDCA 5% of the receipts we submit to them. We have had a great deal of community support in this program. The community has up to April 30, 2008 submitted Country Grocer receipts totalling $137,300, which has enabled the PLDCA to receive $6,865; Kelly McLean, the volunteers and the people in the community that attended and supported the various fundraising activities over the past year; Finally, the members of the community that have made donations to date totalling $11,240 It’s very rewarding volunteering for an organization where there is this high a level of support and involvement. Congratulations and thank-you to everyone that contributed in so many ways. David McLean, CA Treasurer 4 COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD FALL YOGA PROGRAM AT THE HALL: Are you interested in Yoga? This fall we will be running an 8 week program at the hall. Jodi Jackson is a certified Yoga instructor and will be leading us in evening classes once a week. This class will be for all levels and ages. If you are interested in registering or for more details, contact: Linda Geggie Tel: 727-9605 email@example.com SUMMER “DRIVE IN” MOVIE NIGHT: We are thinking of having an outdoor movie night at the hall this summer. Instead of doing a drive in with cars we thought people could come and set up their blankets and lawn chairs on a warm August night and we could watch a movie appropriate for everyone - maybe one of the Disney Classics? Anyone who would like to help or has movie ideas or knows anything about outdoor audio visual equipment, could they please contact: Linda Geggie 727-9605 firstname.lastname@example.org BABY SITTING LIST : If you are interested in being on a casual baby sitter list please contact Susan Porter who has offered to compile and keep one for the community. Both students and mature people welcome as sitters. Tel: 294-9186 email: SR. Porter@shaw.ca DAY WEEKLY HALL SCHEDULE 2008 CONTACT Monday Available Tuesday AIKIDO - Main Hall 7:00 - 8:30 pm Fred Haynes 708-0702 2nd Tuesday of the Month EARLY FORD V8 - Meeting Room 7:30 pm Dave Wallace 479-2793 3rd Tuesday of the Month VAN ISLE A & B FORDS - Meeting Room 7:30 pm Barry Lodge 479-6454 Wednesday Every Week LADIES BADMINTON -Cancelled until Hall repair completed Drop In 1st Wednesday of the Month FRIENDS OF TOD CREEK - Meeting in Homes Mary Haig-Brown 479-8801 2nd Wednesday of the Month PLDCA - Meeting Room 7:30 - 8:30 pm Sherron MacPherson 479- 2nd Wednesday of the Month SOUTH MALAHAT 4H RABBIT CLUB - Main Hall 7:30 - 8:30pm Dr. Jane Wrinch 478-8136 3rd Wednesday of the Month SAANICH 4H POULTRY CLUB - Meeting Room 7:30 - 8:30pm Roxanna Thompson 479-3245 Thursday AIKIDO - Main Hall 10:30am - 12:00 pm Fred Haynes 708-0702 Friday Available Saturday Available Sunday AIKIDO - Main Hall 10:30am - 12:00 pm Fred Haynes 708-0702 PLDCA Executive Board Members Chair: Paul Scrimger 727-9315 Events Committee: Sue Barker 744-1631 Vice Chair: Gary Moonie 479-7880 Secretary: Sherron MacPherson 479-3972 Traffic Committee: Leanne Webster-Bugslag 479-7000 Treasurer: Dave McLean 479-3391 Membership: Sue Barker 744-1631 Families $5 / single $3 Hall Manager: Laura Mindenhall 727-7254 Hall Rentals: ____________________ 479-8018 Directors Newsletter: Deborah Tubman 479-0977 Sue Barker Art Dimock Mary Haig-Brown Jim Reslein Sandra Scrimger Lois & John Steeves Don & Vivian Sanford Dave Wallace 5 MEMORY LANE MEMORIES OF GROWING UP IN PROSPECT LAKE by Derek Gaye We moved to the lake in the year 1951 when I was just turning 13 years of age. At the time there were only twelve permanent homes. Our house had been a summer house and was quite primitive. The bath room was an add on and one would freeze while in there. We drew water from the lake for a few years, and one Christmas we spent the entire day thawing the water pipes. There were lots of cold, snowy winters - someone drove a jeep across the lake two years in a row on the ice. Eventually we were able to purchase property next door that had a spring bubbling up and I dug a well by pick and shovel until it filled and had to be pumped out. My Dad acquired a hand pump and we pumped and dug as far as we could and then poured cement walls and built a pump house. Then there was the year our house was raised to put in a basement. It almost slipped into the lake and a cable had to be wrapped around it. Also, there was a full tree about 3’ to 4’ in diameter under the house. It had been fallen and just built over. Prospect Lake was a great place for a young boy. Sleeping on the porch in the summer you could hear a cougar screaming and the loons calling. One year a large flock of swans flew in and landed on the lake. It truly was a majestic sight. A person could shoot at the ducks that came in every year and fish all year round. Jack Durrance had a store where all the kids gathered to take the school bus to Mt. Newton School. Some of them made his life miserable. We had parties upstairs in their home. Across from the Durrance Store, Brian Oldfield had a service station. He was a great guy and would let me do some work on my car there when I was older. His brothers had a machine shop on the lot behind the garage. He built a hand made car. It was rear engined and formed like a tear drop. My good friend for years was, and is, Sergei Gibson. We met when we were both 15 years of age. A young person was free to roam the whole area and do things kids would never be able to do now. A neighbour gave me a home made boat, about 7 feet long. I used to row over at night to visit my friend Mac MacGregor to do homework and row back in the moonlight. I rowed that thing all over the lake swimming and fishing and daydreaming. ~ Memories written to Deborah Tubman from her Uncle Derek Gaye. NEIGHBOURLY NEWS Born to Leanne Webster and Brian Bugslag of 4918 Prospect Ave, on May 27, 2007 a son, Liam. His proud sister is Breannah and grandparents Marg and Jack Bugslag of 4891 Prospect Lake Rd. Three generations of Lakers! Born to Jean Wallace and Dustin Rushworth, a baby boy Keiden David. Proud grandparents Dave and Judy Wallace. Good Luck and Farewell to Dick and Ruth Marshall who have moved from the neighbourhood to a new home in Saanich. They will be missed. A warm welcome to newcomers Katrinka Simpson and Don Gordon who have moved into the Marshall home! Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Woody Thomson. THANK-YOU!! To Rob Oldfield and THANK-YOU!! To Dean Rebneris and Staff at the Save on Gas Station for Colin Rankin for quietly showing up to their enthusiastic support of the Country maintain the Community Hall grounds, season after season. Grocer “Save a Tape” program. 6 Prospect Lake Service Ltd. PIANO LESSONS Geraldine McLean Complete Automotive Service B.MUS., A.R.C.T., R.M.T. Government Certified Technicians Experienced with both traditional Mike Laitinen and Suzuki piano methods. 5295 West Saanich Road All ages welcome RR5, Victoria, BC V9E 2E8 Echo Drive Phone: 744-4087 Phone: (250) 744-1773 Fax: (250) 744-5677 Email: email@example.com your coffee shop Red Barn Market 5550 West Saanich Road 479 8349 Fresh Produce Turkey Specialties Beef and Lamb Animal Feed & Pet Food Deli Counter 7 Would you like to advertise in the newsletter? Contact Sherron @ 479-3972 Ambrosio Markets & Deli Sanitech Services Ltd. 434 Goward Road Taste A World of Difference Victoria, B.C. V8X 4M6 4649 W. Saanich Road Victoria, BC V8Z3G9 John & Jodi Ambrosio De Medeiros Phone: 250-744-2004 Tel/Fax 479-8821 Fax: 250-744-2003 Toll Free: 887-744-2001 ~Look for the Red Wagon~ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: www.sani-tech.com Premium Local Produce, European Imports & Deli "Your Satisfaction Is Our Priority" 8 TRAFFIC SURVEY We are in the process of collecting input from the community about Prospect Lake Road (designated collector road, not connector) and Goward Road. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. Do you feel that Prospect Lake and Goward Roads are unsafe due to increased traffic and speeding? If so, would you be in favour of any of the following solutions: Speed humps Official and lowered speed limit Increased signage Road narrowing Blocked road at mid-point Other (Please give your suggestions) ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you or a member of your family walk on Prospect Lake or Goward Road? If so, what is your general destination? School Store/gas station Connecting to a park or Interurban Centennial Trail Just going for a walk Other ______________________________________________________ Are there ways that we could make these roadways safer for pedestrians? Adjacent trail Crosswalks Curbs Sidewalks Better signage Other Traffic calming measures_______________________________________________________________ Other_______________________________________________________________________________________ What sections of the Prospect Lake and Goward Roads would be a priority for changes? ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Would you like to be kept informed on the progress of the PLDCA Traffic Committee Y N If so, please provide us with your email address and/or phone number____________________________ Please drop off this form at the Prospect Lake Gas Station or email your comments to: email@example.com by July 31, 2008. Thank you for your input. Prospect Lake Community Association Traffic Committee If anyone is interested in helping out with the traffic committee, please contact Leanne.