Fifty Plus Club
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