Moose Country Minute – August 27 2016

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The other day, I saw someone who cottages on Baptiste Lake — the lake that has been my home or home-away-from-home for over 30 years — filling up his jerry cans at a gas station in the town of Bancroft.

This troubles me a great deal because there is a marina on our lake that depends on cottagers using it, not getting their gas in town in order to save a few pennies a litre.

Marina gas is generally medium grade, and therefore a little more expensive than regular. But medium grade is also what makes marine engines run best, and is the preferred octane level for the old clunkers that still require gas-oil mix.

I have one of those babies. It still runs like a Swiss watch.

I have not bought a single litre of gas for my two boats that has not been purchased a Baptiste Lake Marina.

And the reason is this. Use it or lose it.

If the marina’s owner, Carolyn Guest, finds herself one day losing money, then she will have no choice but to either sell her business or close it down.

Anyone who lives on a lake or waterway where there is a marina that fixes small engines and sells gasoline, well, you are blessed.

This is not the first time I have commentated on this, of course but, then again, I did not expect to see a lake resident filling his jerry cans at a gas station, and not the marina.

Whether he hears this commentary or not does not really matter. But I hope that others who are listening today will take notice, and buy their gas at their local marina.

There is an old saying that tells us that you don’t know what you are missing until it is gone.

Let’s not make ourselves one of those sorry people.

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