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Jan­uary5th 2016, turned out to be a bright sunny day, but oh, so cold. It was the clubs first meet of the New Year, be­ing held in the Beu­lah United Church vestry.

The four long ta­bles had been beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated with vases of flow­ers, and Crack­ers at each set­ting giv­ing way to New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions about to take place.

In the ab­sence of Pres­i­dent Linda Grenon, our new Vice Pres­i­dent Phil Ker­win stepped in and took over like a pro. Phil be­ing “A Nat­u­ral” greeted ev­ery­one with a warm friendly smile wel­com­ing and wish­ing all a Happy Healthy New Year.

Thirty-seven mem­bers and four guests braved the cold weather to come to­gether for a nice so­cial out­ing. Guests were John and Chris­tine Hodge, Jim Mackay and Tina Linde.

Phil gra­ciously thanked the com­mit­tee for dec­o­rat­ing and set­ting up. A spe­cial Thank You to Nancy for her help. Phil had a few jokes tucked in his pocket with the help of his wife Nancy. Rev. Bar­bara Win­tle of­fered the Bless­ing. Then ev­ery­one broke open the crack­ers, re­veal­ing pa­per hats and other sur­prises. Soon all were served a de­li­cious meal of Salmon Pie, mashed car­rots and turnip, mashed pota­toes topped with creamed gravy, pick­led beets, bread and salad all served up by Cindy from Restau­rant Bon-D. The meal was topped off with a cake made and dec­o­rated by Jean Cass and served with ice cream by May Cun­ning­ton and Mel Dustin.

With Tina Whip­ple play­ing the pi­ano, the birth­day song was sung to Al­lan Bul­lock, Dorothy Gil­lick, Lloyd Smith and Casey Vriesendorp.

Af­ter lunch Mar­i­lyn Lawand spoke on the Refugee Fundraiser. Card par­ties will be­gin to take place at the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion Hall on Jan­uary 15th at 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon in Jan­uary. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. There will be a small fee charges and will go to­wards the Refugee Fund.

A Think­ing of You card was passed around to be signed for Royce Martin, and also a Sym­pa­thy card ex­press­ing our con­do­lences to Roland Mon­geon in the loss of his wife Mar­garet.

Door prizes were won by Mary Lavasseur, who chose a birch deer, made and do­nated by John Hodge. Thank you John. Other door prizes were won by Lois Dobb, Marguerite Dun­lop, Jean Martin, Tina Linde, Al­lan Bul­lock, Rev. Bar­bara Win­tle, Casey Vriesendorp, Lise Beau­vais, Vivian Flan­ders, John Daw­son and Tina Whip­ple.

The Half & Half was di­vided into three. Win­ners were Royce Wal­lace, Mar­ion Cox and Vivian Flan­ders.

Our af­ter­noon was spent play­ing Bingo. Phil be­ing the caller. Dorothy Gil­lick was a mul­ti­ple time win­ner and needed help get­ting her loot home. This con­cluded our fun day and all headed home with their prizes in tow. Thank you, to all who do­nated prizes. Stay Healthy & Happy. See you all next month! Com­mu­ni­cate with your chil­dren. Ex­plic­itly tell them that you’re open to talk­ing about what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives – both the good and the bad - while re­spect­ing that they may not want to dis­close ev­ery­thing.

cont'd page 16 ver­sity; the fight against cli­mate change; en­ergy ef­fi­ciency; and the man­age­ment of waste ma­te­ri­als. The plan is on the MRC’s web­site. Light Pol­lu­tion On April 16th, the MRC hosted rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mont Me­gan­tic’s na­tional park and Astro­lab for a con­fer­ence on light pol­lu­tion and what mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can do about it. Even though the MRC is si­t­u­ated out­side of Mont Me­gan­tic’s In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Re­serve, of­fi­cials are still con­cerned about the ef­fects of light pol­lu­tion on the health of cit­i­zens, the preser­va­tion of land­scapes and the qual­ity of liv­ing ar­eas. Preven­tion of in­va­sive wa­ter species Boaters must wash their boats at one of seven sta­tions be­fore putting them in Lakes Mas­saw­ippi or Mem­phrem­a­gog. In May, the MRC or­ga­nized train­ing for those work­ing at the wash­ing sta­tions. En­vi­ron­ment in­spec­tors In 2015, train­ing and in­for­ma­tion ex­changes were ar­ranged for en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tors, no­tably on ex­otic in­va­sive species, the man­age­ment of wa­ter runoff, ero­sion, the treat­ment of used wa­ter from drainage fields, the man­age­ment of waste ma­te­ri­als and the de­mar­ca­tion of wa­ter­ways. Wa­ter test­ing of trib­u­taries In 2015, 62 test­ing sta­tions were stud­ied in the drainage basin of lo­cal lakes and the Mis­sisquoi North River. At each sta­tion, four things were an­a­lyzed: to­tal phos­pho­rous, sus­pended ma­te­rial, fe­cal bac­te­ria and the Ph lev­els. Plant­ing of shore­lines In 2015, four types of bushes were of­fered to cit­i­zens and a to­tal of 2,633 bushes were dis­trib­uted to shore­line res­i­dents in Austin, Ayer’s Cliff, Bolton East, Hat­ley Town­ship, Stanstead Town­ship, East­man, Hat­ley, Or­ford, Ma­gog, Og­den, Pot­ton, Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley and Ste-Eti­enne. Since the be­gin­ning of this pro­gram in 2007, a to­tal of 54,500 bushes have been dis­trib­uted. “Suivez la vague” aware­ness cam­paign Be­fore the sum­mer a sea­son, a cam­paign was launched to make peo­ple aware of the neg­a­tive ef­fects of new wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties like wake­board­ing, wake-surf­ing and tub­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment and how to min­imise them. A pam­phlet and a video were cre­ated. Buoys will be in­stalled this spring in vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas. Meet­ing with MDDELCC Mem­bers of the CCDD met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the MDDELCC on Novem­ber 25th to dis­cuss dif­fer­ent files such as pri­vate sep­tic in­stal­la­tions, the man­age­ment of quar­ries and sand­pits, farm­ing

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