La Ran­don­née wins the sup­port of the community!

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Brome Lake Vic­to­ria Vanier

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)

di­rec­tor.

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

Ross Bishop,

Photo cour­tesy

About 200 peo­ple took a na­ture hike to raise money to pro­tect our beau­ti­ful re­gion.

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