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President's Report 1999 / Rapport du président 1999

The snow that fell near the middle of March would have been so welcome in January, but with the high temperatures over the weekend it just made heavy going for the few people who tried to use the trails. Just another aspect of a ski season that won't go down in record as a vintage year. Can anybody remember when we had the last one?
With an icy crust over the entire countryside, it is remarkable that so many people showed up on the morning of Ski Day. One small group led by the two Peters went to take their chances on the golf course, Diane Kakebeeke kidnapped a few others and took them off to show them one of her trails that she promised would be skiable, and the rest chose to accompany me (on foot) for a tree identification tour in the village. Any lingering disappointment over the lack of skiing was soon forgotten when we dipped into Jean-Paul's punch and dined on Lucy's roast beef. The traditional challenge to identify the plants making up the centerpieces brought to the fore the expertise of Stuart Martin's table, while David Cox and his group came closest to solving the bird-names puzzle. Ski Bird medals were awarded to Diane, Goulding and Françoise.
At the informal business meeting we announced that Guy and Monique Lord have agreed to become directors of GNS, and that at the end of the ski season I would be replaced as President by Tim Merrett. His skiing prowess and youthful enthusiasm well qualify him to lead us into the new millennium. (If only he can do something about the weather!)
Now we look forward to our non-ski activities. Five Nature walks are scheduled a spring flower walk on 9 May, a visit to L'ile du Marais on the 23 of May when their Fete Printaniere will be taking place. Other dates to mark on your calendar are the 26 June, 4 September, and 9 October. Watch bulletin boards in the village for details.
John Boynton

After the summer's windstorms, Georgeville Nature Ski has a lot of work to do on the trails. We have made an early start. Walkers have been out, checking for windfalls and obscurities, both on weekends and during the week, in between the hunting seasons. Chainsaw and clearing gangs have followed, commencing the last weekend in September. Thanks to: Paul Amos, John Boynton, Jean-Paul Clermont, David Cox, Peter Hadrill, Peter Kohl, Francoise Lacoursiere, Guy Lord, Tim Merrett, Mary Ann Merrett, Stephane Morin, Tom Stanger, David Stanger, Michael Temple.
We have been giving priority to the trails nearest the village: the blue loops south and north of Channell Road, crossing the golf course; the blue triangle at Kohl and Begin roads; and the yellow trails, and the crossing red trails, connecting these two. We are looking forward to snow and skiing.
Members should note that the trails are almost the same as last year, but there are a few new kinks. The yellow running from the blue triangle down to the village is once again routed past Crop Kohl's house instead of back through his woods to avoid the livestock. The blue in the village, after crossing Channell Road from the bell on the golf course and running past Morin and behind the Hoblyns, no longer goes out onto Magoon Point Road, but follows a prettier shortcut through the woods. A number of other small changes have been made to avoid windfalls.
GNS held five nature walks during the spring, summer, and autumn. The first was on May 8th, and the others followed on the Saturday morning of each of the long weekends: Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Thanksgiving. The series started with a large turnout for the spring flower walk, this year at Birch Bay. John Boynton led us on a discovery tour of Dutchman's Britches, Spring Beauties, Trilliums, ... On May 22, a more select group enjoyed a walk around Ile du Marais which revealed, among many other treats, a bittern and five species of fish. The next big turnout was on June 26 when Enid Elliott brought six or seven carsful, including three professional biologists, to Marlington Bog: the children loved the pitcher plants and the idea of twenty feet of peat beneath us. On Sept. 4, the heat precluded the projected climb up Mt. Orford; we met new neighbours on an exploration of Orford park.
Tim Merrett