Silver Lake Afire

Silver Lake Afire

A message on behalf of the Port Dover Waterfront Association

Since 2010 we have been advocating the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake. For six years we have waited for a path forward. We have elected a Mayor dedicated to making it happen. The MNR has come round to the viewpoint that something near-term has to be done. 

 Finally, we have coming before Council this coming Tuesday a report to lay out options. 

 Please check out the staff report attached. It will be the subject of Council discussion this coming Tuesday. (The Stantec consulting report itself is treated as “draft” so it has not been shared.) Tuesday evening there will be three deputations from citizens and then Misner Dam will be the first of staff reports. Although the meeting this coming Tuesday will start at 4 pm the agenda notes that Misner Dam will not be discussed until after 5, so coming for 5 pm would seem to be indicated.

If you care about the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake, PLEASE COME OUT! This is a critical moment to get our Lake back. Council needs to know the citizens of Port Dover care deeply about their Lake and only your presence at Council puts that across. 

 Shirley and Roland Cawthorne will be handing out SAVE SILVER LAKE stickers at the door. Pick one up to show your support!

Staff Rpt Misner Dam April 5 2016



The picture below was taken in 2013. If you moved to Port Dover because of our wonderful natural resources and are concerned with the manner in which these are being gradually eroded in our community, please plan to attend this public Council Meeting in Simcoe. The study that was commissioned with our tax dollars in 2014 is finally being brought forward for discussion at the April 5 meeting. Started in 2014 and told every three months we would be hearing about the results soon, we now know meaning of ” soon” in the public service world.  

Our Proud Past (2013)

Our Proud Past (2013 above)

Yesterday afternoon, we received the following message from our Mayor Charlie Luke who has been pushing hard this past year for answers!

“I have met with Lee Robinson this afternoon. She will be announcing that the engineering reports and staff report will be coming to council on April 5th.”

With this in mind, The Port Dover Waterfront Association has sent out the following message to all members. Please bear in mind, you do not need to be a member to be a supporter!

To all Friends of Silver Lake:

The Mayor informs us that the consultant’s report on what to do about Misner Dam, commissioned in late December 2014, finally comes before Council this coming April 5. Please record in your calendars this date and time (5 pm, location 2nd floor, Simcoe Town Hall) and COME OUT TO THE MEETING.

Council needs to know that, despite the six years of this saga, Port Dover citizens remain vitally concerned for the future of Misner Dam and Silver Lake. Only your turnout conveys that message. Spread the word to all your neighbours.

When the consultant’s report is posted on the County’s website April 1 we shall flag it to you.
Ron Keating
for the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association, and its
Our Mission: “To restore and enhance Silver Lake and its environs for the benefit of Norfolk County”.
Website: http://www.save-silverlake.com Facebook: Help Save (Restore) Silver Lake!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.” Margaret Mead






Golden Gooses on Silver LakeEnjoying a Golden Day on Silver Lake October 19, 2015

It is that time of year again! First a Federal Election and then PDWPA’s AGM. Another election opportunity for Port Dover Residents!


Past and present members:

Please be advised that our sixth Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Port Dover Lighthouse Festival Theatre, upstairs Lounge. The meeting will include a financial report and a year-end review, including reports on the status of the Port Dover Lighthouse, Marina Governance, repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake. Back in 2009 your PDWPA came into being to advocate against the possibility of the Marina being sold off to private interests. In 2010 the Friends of Silver Lake were taken in as a committee within PDWPA. As by the 19th, County Council should have deliberated on both Marina Governance and Misner Dam, it should be a news-filled meeting. It may well transpire that we finally have significant progress to report on these two major issues.

Any motions that have been submitted for the AGM will addressed and voted on.

At the present time, there are five members on the Board of Directors who are to be elected every two years at the AGM. All directors must be residents or property owners in Port Dover. As stated in our By-Law, one of these directors shall be an officer of the Port Dover Harbour Authority; two of the directors shall be members of the Port Dover Harbour Marina and/or the Port Dover Yacht Club; one director shall be a member of the Friends of Silver Lake Committee; and the fifth director shall be any member of the Association.

The Association’’s By-Law also states that three directors are required to retire each year, but may seek reelection. Should a person wish to put forward a name as candidate for director, please notify me by Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Should a person be interested for consideration, not presently but in the future, please contact any of the directors.

If you have any motions that you would like the membership to consider, please submit them to the undersigned by Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The mover and seconder must be stipulated.

If you haven’t already done so, you may renew your membership at the Pt. Dover Lighthouse Festival Theatre just before the AGM. If this is not convenient, a cheque in the amount of $20.00, payable to the PDWPA, may be mailed to:
Paul Lipsit
3 West Dale
Port Dover, ON
N0A 1N4

Please note that the final membership renewal date for the upcoming year 2016 is April 30, 2016.

As well, please mark in your calendars November 29, a Sunday, for our fourth Family Christmas By The Lake, a stand-out favourite event for all who attend (additional information to be forthcoming shortly ).

Your support and continued involvement in the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association is very much appreciated. Now, more than ever with these important matters coming to Council in the coming month, we need your support and involvement.

Ron Keating, Vice President,
Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association and
FRIENDS OF SILVER LAKE, A Committee of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association
Our Mission: “To restore and enhance Silver Lake and its environs for the benefit of Norfolk County”.
Visit us at our website to learn more & become our friend on Facebook!.
Website: http://www.save-silverlake.com Facebook Help Save (Restore) Silver Lake!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.” Margaret Mead


Great story regarding Misner Dam featured in this week’s Maple Leaf. Be sure to read it all by clicking on the link below!


More Amazing Pictures of Silver Lake straight from Tim Warris’ Bryn Drone!

Silver Lake October 2014

Silver Lake October 2014

Silver Lake 2015

Silver Lake October 2015


11856497_10206711361970286_6783086177986272792_oTO PDWPA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SILVER LAKE

Please find attached an invitation to the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association and its Friends of Silver Lake Supporters’ annual Perch Dinner Fundraiser.
Dinner will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Doors open at 5:30 – come early for the cash bar and to chose your seats
Dinner will start at 6:00pm
We hope that you will be able to attend and support this event.
The program includes the following:
• Amazing Photography by Tim Warris & his daring drone air show
• Finest door prizes from local merchants
• 50/50 draw
• Featured speakers: Mayor Charlie Luke & Councillor John Wells
Come out and hear the latest updates for:
• The Harbour Light-house
• Marina Plans
• Miser Dam/Silver Lake
• grants and developments affecting the Commercial Basin.

This September we should finally see progress with both marina governance and Misner Dam/Silver Lake. The Mayor on behalf of Council will be speaking to update us on these topics.
With upcoming major decisions on Misner Dam/Silver Lake, now is the most important time for us to represent the strongest possible membership when we bring our voice to Council. So as well as coming out to enjoy a good perch dinner and good fellowship, renew/sign up your membership with the PDWPA, your voice for our Waterfront and Silver Lake.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.” Margaret Mead



Signs Now Available

Signs Now Available

Please arrange to pick one up by calling 519-583-2031

$20.00 each



Blue Heron, Blue Water, Silver Lake

Blue Heron, Blue Water, Silver Lake

An interesting link that Charlie is pursuing when he returns from vacation! No promises here but this information certainly provides some ammunition to our situation!



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