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Good news- and more good news for TPMBC
We held our AGM on March 21st with great support from our membership. Welcome new executive members Paul Meiklejohn, and Dan Bergen. Special thanks to outgoing members Jeff Howe, and Ken Wedow for a job well done. Their caring effort has been greatly appreciated and beneficial to riders of the trail system!
Youth Riding Initiative
A committee has been formed that is dedicated to the promotion, development, and sustainability of youth riders as an integral part of the TPMBC. Tyler Backus, a teacher from Holy Trinity and TPMBC member, is spearheading a program with TPMBC that will introduce mountain biking as an athletic program into local high schools. The partnership will introduce and encourage students to participate in cycling, and to use our trails. There will also be opportunity for some to race at the highest levels. TPMBC will encourage youth riders to participate in our weekly rides and offer guidance and coaching. A most exciting development!
“To Wheels” Bike Demo
65 riders showed up on Sunday April 7th to try out new bikes and be properly fitted by professionals Vic and Ryan from “To Wheels” of London. The response was excellent and thanks to all who participated.
We now have a MOU with Long Point Region Conservation Authority for the Anderson Tract property ( MartinUp, Pail Trail, High Mile, and Whitetail). We will be marking trail heads and signing soon. Other good news is that this area will not be logged until next winter (2014).
Paul Meiklejohn Rocks
TPMBC executive member, Ontario Downhill Champ, Tour de force on Canadian Downhill circuit and local legend Paul Meiklejohn – will be inducted into the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Fame on July 5th, 2013 – more information as it becomes available.
3rd Annual Ripper
TPMBC plans on hosting it’s fun day/group ride on Sunday, September 29th 2013 - 1:00pm until 3:00pm . Please note we have moved the date up closer to warmer weather. Andy Palermo is the organizer.
Our OTF grant project is nearing completion. We plan on having our official opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 25th 2013 at 1pm @ Long Point Eco- Adventures. The address is 1730 Front Road, Turkey Point Ontario. I hope many riders show up to thank Trillium in uniform and then go for a victory ride.
That’s all for now,
1. TPMBC is a registered club with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)
2. Membership Fees go toward trail maintainace, events, and network support
3. We are an organized group that cooperates with different landowners
4. Great chance to network with other riders
5. Group rides
6. Discounts with many different bike shops and local businesses
7. You get a cool sticker
“Everyone is reminded to use the designated trail system along with others including hikers, hunters, cyclists where permitted as posted. We recommend where unauthorized use is observed, to take a photo, record licence plate numbers and obtain any other information and report this to: 1-800 -TIPS-MNR to investigate and take enforcement measures. Please continue to be polite and educate others about our trail system and sensitive features of the area.”
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Ticks & Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, these bacteria are spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks (formerly called deer ticks), Ixodes scapularis. The blacklegged tick can be found sporadically throughout the province.
What are ticks?
Ticks are closely related to spiders. They are typically small when unfed, (1 to 5 mm in length), and all active stages feed on blood. They cannot fly and they move quite slowly. Ticks usually come in contact with people or animals by positioning themselves on tall grass and bushes. They may take several hours to find a suitable place on the host to attach to feed. Most tick bites are painless. The majority of bites will not result in disease because most ticks are not infected with the agent of Lyme disease.
How do ticks transmit Lyme disease?
Blacklegged ticks are the only type of tick in Ontario that can consistently transmit Lyme disease. Even with a bite from an infected blacklegged tick, there is only a small chance of getting Lyme disease. Ticks feed on blood by inserting their mouthparts (not their whole bodies) into the skin of a person, or an animal. Ticks feed slowly and their body gradually enlarges as it feeds, making it more visible. It usually takes from 3 to 7 days for a blacklegged tick to take a complete blood meal.
Ticks are most likely to transmit infection after being attached for more than 24 hours of feeding (see attached figure) because the bacteria requires time to migrate from the tick’s gut to its salivary glands. Because of this delay, prompt detection and removal of ticks is one of the key methods of preventing Lyme disease.
If a blacklegged tick has Lyme disease and it is removed quickly from the body, it is very unlikely that it has transferred Lyme disease to the human host. People who are bitten by a tick and who develop symptoms of infection should see their doctor
What are the symptoms?
Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks, but can occur as soon as three days or as long as a month, after a tick bite. If you develop: fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a skin rash, especially one that looks like a red bull’s eye (called erythema migrans), promptly seek medical advice. It is important to tell your doctor when and the geographical location of where you were bitten by a tick. Not all patients with Lyme disease will develop the bull’s eye rash.
In most circumstances in Ontario, antibiotic treatment is not necessary if someone has been bitten by a tick. If a tick is discovered attached to a person, the tick should be promptly removed (see below). The tick can be identified through a doctor and/or public health unit. If the tick is a blacklegged tick, it will be tested for Lyme disease. Medical attention should be sought if any symptoms of early Lyme disease develop within 30 days of removal of the tick. In rare instances, antibiotic treatment may be recommended if the tick was attached for a long time (more than 24 hours), the person had been visiting an area where Lyme disease is relatively common, or the tick is not available for testing and the patient has symptoms of early Lyme disease. If symptoms of Lyme disease develop, antibiotics should prevent further complications. The earlier treatment is received, the better. If the initial infection is not treated, symptoms involving the heart, nervous system or joints can occur.
How do I avoid ticks?
- Wear light-coloured clothing. It makes ticks easier to see and remove before they can attach to feed.
- Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt.
- Wear closed footwear and socks.
- Tuck your pants into your socks.
- Use a tick repellent that has “DEET” (following the manufacturer’s directions for use). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. Avoid your eyes and mouth, as well as cuts and scrapes.
- Put a tick and flea collar on your pet and check them for ticks periodically.
- If you frequent the areas where blacklegged ticks are established, examine yourself thoroughly for ticks. It is important to do this each day. Pay special attention to areas such as groin, scalp and armpits. Use a mirror to check the back of your body or have someone else check it.
What do I do if I find an attached tick?
- Prompt removal of ticks from your skin will help prevent infection, since transmission of the Lyme disease agent usually requires the tick to be attached for more than 24 hours.
- Using fine-tipped tweezers, carefully grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
- Don’t squeeze it. Squeezing the tick can cause the Lyme disease agent to be accidentally introduced into your body.
- Don’t put anything on the tick, or try to burn the tick off.
- After the tick has been removed, place it in screw-top bottle (like a pill vial or film canister), and take it to your doctor or local health unit. They can send it to the Ontario Public Health Laboratory for identification. Establishing the type of tick may help to assess your risk of acquiring Lyme disease.
- It is important to remember where you most likely acquired the tick. It will help public health workers to identify areas of higher risk.
- Thoroughly cleanse the bite site with rubbing alcohol and/or soap and water.
Lyme disease testing
Blood tests to support a diagnosis of Lyme disease are performed at the Public Health Ontario Laboratory. The diagnostic tests that are used are approved by federal regulators in Health Canada. The testing protocol follows the recommendations of the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA. The CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada caution health care professionals and the public regarding the use of private laboratories offering Lyme disease testing in the USA, as these “for-profit” laboratories may not follow the same testing protocols as most Canadian provincial and federal or United States federal or state laboratories. For more information on this, please see the following link:
Who can tell me more about Lyme disease?
Talk to your doctor, or contact your local public health unit for more information.
Lyme disease resources :
This fact sheet provides basic information only. It must not take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to a health care professional about any health concerns you have, and before you make any changes to your diet, lifestyle or treatment.
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President’s Message – June 2012
The Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club is now officially one year old. Congratulations to all members and volunteers who have contributed to our success so far! Let’s hope that our commitment to creating and maintaining trails and promoting the sport of mtn. biking continues far into the future.
A brief recap:
Up ‘til now – TPMBC is incorporated as a non-profit organization and many cycling enthusiasts start making connections and bike friendships. Our “Fun group ride” last October was a great success and many riders from Southern Ontario are hearing about and discovering the great single track trails in Turkey Point area. The TPMBC enters into MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) with landowners Turkey Point Provincial Park and Ministry of Natural Resources.
Present – Unbelievingly, TPMBC currently has 69 members. Members with particular skills have stepped forward to assist and enhance our mandate. All trails have been adopted by maintenance volunteers. The club has applied for and received a Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to install safe bridges, accurate maps and installation of a map/sign system to make our trail network more accessible and user friendly. Our website has been updated and is now interactive and more informative. The TPMBC executive have been involved in discussions and consultation with land managers and the St. Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council to ensure best environmental protection practices are being followed and “Species at Risk” are recognised and protected. The club, our trails and website are being discovered and weekly we field questions of interest from riders across Ontario.
Future – The club hopes to keep growing along with the popularity of mountain biking. Our club is successful in securing grant monies; we will be calling on a large volunteer effort by our members to erect bridges and install signage this Sept. and Oct. The TPMBC is entering MOU agreements with Norfolk County and the Long Point Regional Conservation Authority and private landowners to increase our trail making opportunities. Be sure to watch for more details on our “Fun group Ride” scheduled for October 20/21. This year will be bigger and better!
Going forward the club will be blessed if our member’s enthusiasm and commitment continues! Ride your mountain bikes on our trails and bring a friend
Yours in Cycling,
Rob Luke – President – TPMBC