May - Our summer student hires have been doing a lot of cleaning up around the FOPE properties and trails. Our boat, which has been in 2 places for a number of years, has been restored and resurrected thanks to their work. Ralph has written a song for it.
Feb. 24, 2019 - This year’s AGM started with a hike and a light lunch. There were 28 people who attended. Two new directors were named: Dean Hunter and Natalie Coady. Louise and Werner Van Thielen were awarded life memberships. After the business meeting, Allan Beck from the Clean Foundation spoke on the salt marshes and coastal restoration. Mary Jamieson donated a pair of knitted mittens, and they were won by Theresa Rushton..
April 28, 2019 - We had a good turnout for this year’s open house. Amy Tizzard, Geologist from Natural Resources gave a talk and showed a few maps. Interesting to see where the shafts are for the salt mine. She is studying the sink hole in Oxford right now and told us a bit about that. The kids looked for signs of spring with Betty.
On Nov. 24, FOPE held its 5th annual dinner. It was different because it was in the fall, it was at the beautiful Peace Hall, lots of it was donated or borrowed and it was served by our members. Overall it raised $2355 for this year - but most of all, it was fun!
Getting ready was slightly compromised by the snow. And it was supposed to be a FALL dinner!
After a major gallop downstairs, the good people of Pugwash settled in to the main event - roast beef, yorkshire pudding and the rest. It was delicious.
The food was dispatched; the wonderful creme brulee acknowledged, and it came time for speeches. First, Sarah led us in a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for our host, John. Then Betty reviewed the work of FOPE over the past year - a year where we had to put together the pieces again. She started to work her way into the mergansor ducks, but caught herself and went through the thanks. Especially to our wonderful chefs, Bill Chadwick and Stephen Huston. Finally, the paddle draw and the winner was Kathy Vance a Torontonian with ties to Cape Cliff Road. She was pretty delighted to get that email.
Stephen and Dennice Leahey were this year’s winners of the lifetime membership award - well deserved given all the time and energy they have put into this organization.
Stuff was cleaned up with many thanks to those who stayed and came the next day to finish it off. Thanks for coming everyone.
See you next year
Oct. 13, 2018 - Some of us hiked and some of us paddled. We started out together with Betty outlining the day. Mike led the hikers; Margie showed the paddlers where to go.
There were 13 hikers and 13 paddlers. The colours for both were spectacular and every now and then, the sun did poke through. For the paddlers, the water was completely smooth - no wind. Thoroughly delightful.
Back at the FOPE house, we compared stories of adventures. Lina had a great one to tell.
Tom provided the food; Ed was our master chef - and then there was Barb’s cake.
Another successful flotilla. Here Betty and Mike hold the paddle which will be raffled off at the FOPE Celebration Dinner on November 24. Thank you Jim Faulice for donating it. It is a beauty!!
The FOPE Fall Migratory Bird Count was a great success. Assisted by Amy-Lee Kauwenberg from Bird Studies Canada, 46 species of birds were identified totalling 1968 or nearly 2000 birds. Flocks of mergansers, Canada geese, and starlings numbered into the hundreds; 82 great blue herons were spotted within our observation circle. Although most shore birds have migrated to the south, a small group of semipalmated plovers, several greater yellowlegs and a spotted sandpiper were seen.
The weather certainly cooperated and unlike last year's flotilla (where we sat inside and watched the lightning), we paddled in both shade and sunshine. We had a number of new flotilla paddlers with us.
Thanks to all who helped - and particularly to Sarah who organized many volunteers to clean, spray, acquire. safety check and barbeque. But especially, thanks to all who participated. See you at the FALL FLOTILLA.
Getting the float together for Canada Day - and it was a winner. Second prize for non commercial.
June 26, 2018
After many false starts because of the weather, CAMP finally happened. The data was once again sent off for analysis.
April 22, 2018
Our 3 pronged event this year was a success. The hikers had a lovely spring hike with Doug and Greg providing commentary. There were about 18 people on the trail. The kids had a lot of fun tearing around the trail finding the controls - and getting their treasure - hopefully this event will grow next year. We had about 6 kids participating. The open house itself was more of an open yard - it was such a gorgeous day, we all just had to sit outside and eat a hotdog - expertly prepared by chefs McDonald and Hunt. A big thanks from Betty for all who came out and helped.