La Randonnée wins the support of the community!
About200 people took part in the benefit walk “La RanDONnée – Conservation moving forward” organised by Appalachian Corridor in the Township of Potton. Despite today’s inclement weather, light-hearted participants set foot on the trails of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust and Missisquoi-Nord network in a friendly atmosphere.
The aim of this event, organised as part of Appalachian Corridor’s 10th anniversary celebrations, was to support the organisation and its partners in continuing their conservation actions in the southern part of the Eastern Townships. Although the 100,000$ target was not reached, a considerable amount was raised nonetheless with over 60 000$ collected. This over- whelming response bears witness to the population’s interest for nature protection and environmental issues. With the increasing scarcity of government funding programs, winning the support of the community is essential for Appalachian Corridor to continue its conservation actions.
Looking back on the last decade, Marie-José Auclair, President of Appalachian Corridor, pointed out the staggering increase in protected areas on Appalachian Corridor’s territory from 400 ha in 2002 to 10,200 ha in 2012! “We ought to be proud of our achievements. In these difficult times, the community’s support and involvement makes all the difference to ensure we continue our actions on the ground. When people commit and take tangible steps that will last for life, everything becomes possible. The success of
our first fundraising event, is another demonstration of this formidable support.” Seen in the were (left to right)
Localfishermen and those that come from afar to fish in Lake Massawippi will be happy to learn that the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club released about 3,500, good-sized Brown Trout into the lake, last Wednesday. The Club receives batches of 10,000 Brown Trout, as fingerlings or ‘fry’, from the Quebec government every year, then raises them in ponds for eighteen months before releasing them into the lake.
“We usually have about 3,500 left when it’s time to release them; that’s about our average. But the size and the health of the fish was excellent. We had quite a few that were thirteen inches long and a lot between ten and twelve inches. We’ll get the official tally from the
Mayors and representatives of the municipalities of Potton, Eastman, Bromont, Brome-Lake, SaintEtienne-de-Bolton as well as a representative of MRC Memphremagog were also present. According to Jacques Marcoux, Mayor of the Township of Potton, “the involvement of organisations such as Appalachian Corridor, the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, Nature Conservancy Canada and the Missisquoi-Nord Development Committee brings low-impact activities with positive outcomes for the local community and represents invaluable support fitting with the Township of Potton’s desire to preserve its bucolic countryside and environment. This event, organised by Appalachian Corridor in our Township, will give participants a taste of the great wealth Potton has to offer and we hope they will come back!”
TheGaiters football squad (3-4) made the trek across town to face their rival Sherbooke Vert et Or (4-3) in the annual Mayor’s Cup. The game had tremendous playoff implications as the teams were tied for third place in the RSEQ heading into the contest. Sherbrooke won 40-28 and with the win has a huge foot up in the race to the post season. The Gaiters remain in fourth in the RSEQ however, they still control their own playoff destiny thanks in part to the Concordia Stingers (1-6) beating the McGill Redmen (2-5) in dramatic fashion.
Saturday’s match-up started with David Haddrall (Kingston, Ontario) rouge on the opening kickoff as the wind immediately appeared to play a factor. Sherbrooke marched right back down the field and scored on their opening drive. The Gaiters responded with a Ronlee King-Fileen (Oshawa, Ontario) five yard touchdown run. Bishop’s grabbed momentum as Jordan Heather (Oromocto, New Brunswick) hooked up with Haddrall on a 12 yard touchdown strike. Following the convert and a team safety the Gaiters led 17-7 after the first frame.
The second quarter scoring started when Mathieu Paquette (Magog, Quebec) missed a 20 yard field goal but scored a rouge. The Gaiters were forced to give up a safety on their ensuing drive facing the strong wind. Sherbrooke scored a major at the 6:08 mark of the second to cut the Bishop’s lead to just 18-16.
After the break, Sherbrooke had the wind at their backs and could only
Lake Massawippi Conservation Club’s pond netting the trout, last Wednesday,
Philip Church, Club president, Rosaire Madore, 2nd vice-president, and
About 200 people took a nature hike to raise money to protect our beautiful region.