Dunany

Dunany

DunanyThis Web site is sponsored by The Dunany Community Association (DCA), created in 1963, for all who share an interest in Dunany and the DCA objective of "conserving the environment, values and quality of life in our Community".

Dunany, is a "little piece of paradise", just over an hour drive northwest of Montreal in Canada's Laurentian Mountains, 10 km north of Lachute, Quebec.

The DCA is a community based organization, with a volunteer Board of Directors, which is made up of people who reside in proximity to the Dunany Country Club and its surrounding lakes; Clear, Boyd, Black and Curran.

A cold and rainy summer in 2013 but very good lake reports

8 March 2014

Yeah, it was a summer to forget. All too often cold and rainy.

The weather was pretty bad except on SPANK days! (Thanks Wendy!).

Consequently, clarity was lower than in previous years but that was expected. Overall, our results are very good. Phosphorous count is still very low. All of our lake are in the oligotrophic* category.

Click here to view the charts.

The following bathymetric map was produced last year by the Richard Carignan group at the U of M. Dr Carignan is reputed to be the foremost lake specialist in Quebec.

 

A bathymetric map of Black Lake (2013).

A new bathymetric map of Black Lake (2013).

I has asked him to assess the situation at Back Lake with regard to the eastern purple bladderwort issue. The group produced this map as part of its evaluation. The verdict: not a worrying situation. Just observe.

Double click on the map and enlarge it still more with another click and then look at the data. Interesting to note, for example, that the lake turnover is 1.8 times per year.

As you know, we tried unsuccessfully last summer to convince the Ministry of Transport to raise by 6 inches the Black lake culvert it was replacing.

This summer, we will thus monitor the situation very closely and watch the evolution of that carnivorous plant which is found in other lakes in the Laurentians (lac du Brochet in Mont-Tremblant National Park and Cromwell Lake at the Laurentian Biology Station) as, according to Dr Carignan, the plant is not particularly invasive.

Our lakes are in great shape because you care. Keep your septic system is in top shape. Avoid fertilizers and pesticides. Eliminate run off and make sure your shoreline protection band is compliant.

 

* Lake, pond or stream low in plant nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, and organic matter, and consequently having few plants and a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout.

 

Four municipalities coordinate to protect Clear Lake

19 February 2014

President Robert asked for it and got it. Quickly!

Under the leadership of the newly elected mayor of Wentworth Marcel Harvey and Christine Bennett-Kasprzyk, Environment director of the Township, the four municipalities – Lachute, Gore, Brownsburg-Chatham and Wentworth – will align their environment by-laws and enforce them jointly.

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Lac Clair vu par Jim Anderson

As a first initiative, they will inspect the Clear lake shoreline jointly this coming June. It will initially be done by boat and on land where necessary. If there is a discrepancy with the bylaw, a notice of infraction will be sent along with an offer to meet on site with the owner to discuss their situation.
A second inspection will be done in August to follow up on any infractions.  At that time, if there is still an infraction, a fine may be levied without further notice.

Earlier this week, Robert, Sheryl and I met with Carl Péloquin, the new mayor of Lachute. IMG_20140217_113035.jpg We were very warmly received and given ample time to express our goals and concerns even though there are only 19 Dunany residences located within the city limits. We were glad to learn that Lachute will soon adopt a by-law on septic systems similar to those that are in effect in Wentworth and Gore.

We also covered other issues such as roads and development. As far as we can tell, there are no plans to resurface Dunany road. On development, the mayor strongly favours public consultations whenever there are significant projects under consideration.

Overall, a very good and productive meeting.

 

 

 

George Crooks (1937-2014): a loving testimony from his children

11 February 2014

We have lost a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend and ‘Community
Member’.  George was born January 3, 1937, was raised, lived and worked in
Dunany most of his life.

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George Crooks

He and Wendy were married for 45 years and were
blessed with 3 children, Georgie (42), Connie (37) and Cathy (36).  George
loved children and always had a waiting hug for his grandchildren – Krystal,
Ashley and Jimmy.  He adored and spoiled his 2 dogs, Riley and Buddy.
George was a hard worker in the bush, on construction and renovation, and
with excavation.  Whether he was keeping your cottage comfortably maintained
and your driveway clear, or catching the biggest fish or losing you up the
trail on his skis, George was a constant – a reliable friend.  George took
care of the needs of others before his own. He was genuine in all he said or
did, and you knew it always came from his strong yet tender heart.  He
welcomed people into his home, never judging because he would say, “What
goes around, comes around!”  George was a no nonsense guy, but you knew from
his smile, his boyish grin and his comforting words that his love was deep
and pure.  As George became less active, he often drove around the community
to check things out and was known affectionately as the “sheriff”.  Dunany
has lost a gentle man, a true gentleman.  He will be missed by many and
always remembered lovingly by his family and friends.

A memorial Service will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, February 12) at St. Paul’s. Visitation at the church from 12 – 2 p.m. Reception will follow at the Wentworth Community Center.


Three Cheers for Edith Ury!

1 February 2014

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Last Thursday, January 30th, 4Korners, a non profit organization which provides information, resources and services to the English speaking Community in the Laurentians, opened a satellite office in Lachute.

All because of Edith Ury.

Here is how Rola Helou, the executive director, tells it.

In June 2013, while at 4 Korners’ Annual General Meeting, Edith spoke with the president, Mr Peter Andreozzi about opening an office in Lachute  (4 Korners opened an office in Sainte Agathe in September 2012 and this was highlighted at the AGM).  We explained that, though the need is great, there were no resources to open another office anytime soon.

I think Edith must have said to herself, “Challenge accepted!” because in the weeks that followed Edith was on a mission.

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Edith began meeting with Mayors and DGs in Argenteuil explaining 4 Korners’ mission and the needs of the aging population in Argenteuil.  I even think she may have stalked them during an MRC meeting.  She met with both MP’s: Mylene Freeman and Roland Richer.  She kept insisting for a formal letter explaining what our needs are to present to each of the Mayors and the DG of the MRC.

Ultimately, Edith was able to secure funding from the MRC, the city of Lachute and from Mr Roland Richer’s office.  The LESANAs (Laurentian English Services Advisory Network Argenteuil) also gave their local project money.

She is pictured here (right) with two other dedicated Laurentian volunteers: Sheila Eskenazi and Gertrude Doré. 

Now, doesn’t that deserve a good hand!

 

Farewell Brian Parker

7 January 2014

Brian James Parker, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 5th, 2014 at St-Mary’s hospital, with his only son by his side. At the age of 65, Brian is now at peace and has joined his beloved wife, Candace Loubert.

Brian Parker

As these pictures attest, Brian, who lived on Clear Lake for more than 30 years, was part of the fabric of the Dunany Community either helping or enjoying our beautiful surroundings. These photographs were taken around St.Paul’s and on a SPANK excursion last summer on the North River.

Born in British Columbia ,Brian is survived by his son, 2 grandchildren and a brother.

Brian’s trade was stage set design and setting which he practiced around the world where he made numerous friends.

A celebration of life will be held at his own home on Saturday, January 18th, 2014, at 1160 Dunany Road, in Lachute, from 11 am to 4 p.m.

All are welcome.

 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to St-Mary’s hospital.

Off to a good start with the new mayor of Wentworth.

13 December 2013

As you can see, president Robert Percy and Mayor Marcel Harvey, elected on November 3, got along just fine at their first meeting on December 12.
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It was a good meeting also attended by Sheryl Jackson-Caron and your humble servant.

We reviewed almost all areas of common interest:  lake protection, purple bladderwort on Black, roads (including McDougall) , security, beavers, and easily found convergence.

Mayor Harvey went away with an impressive to do list, said he was always available and promised to follow-up.

He finally said he was very impressed with the strong community spirit of Dunany.

 

 

 

Memo to cottagers: an ounce of prevention is worth…

30 September 2013

Well, as you know,  a pound of cure!

Thanksgiving is less than a couple of weeks away and many of you will be closing in for the winter months. During the last season, there have been some regrettable incidents like burglaries and vandalism. A couple of cottage owners even had the content of their oil tanks stolen. We asked the SQ if there was some kind of organised group doing this. They searched but could not find any. So they must be isolated incidents.

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To protect your cottage while you are away during the winter months, we strongly suggest that you have someone check your property regularly. It can be a neighbour who is a permanent resident or someone who will do it for a small fee. Contact Sheryl Caron, June Parker or myself if you need specific information.

By the way, many insurance companies do require that your property be regularly visited as part of the contract. If in doubt, check with them.

Finally, if you see a suspicious car, take down the license plate and alert one of the contacts on the Neighbourhood Watch List. Remember we are the eyes and ears of the police!

Spankers! You now have your own photo album. Have a look!

26 August 2013

The 50th Anniversary Gala photo album drew so many visitors that I decided to create one for our main summer activity: SPANK. The photos were collected mainly during the Rivière du Nord and Lac Écho excursions which drew more that thirty canoes and kayaks each time. Here are a few of these pictures:

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Mr. SPANK

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Les Caron sur le rivière du Nord.

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Chère Pierrette, on te salue.

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Look at those smiles! Susan Nish and John Nolan.

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Mrs. SPANK.

I have also added a few group pictures from years past. If you wish to contribute to this album, Just send me your pictures. You will find the SPANK album under Pictures of Dunany and 50th Anniversary. Or you can just click here.
Our last outing is next Friday, August 30 on Lac Clair at 11 AM, Our Hosts; June Parker and Michel Moquin.The outing will be followed by a BBQ. Cost:10$. To attend, register with Mrs. SPANK before Wednesday!

DCA celebrates 50 Years, its pionneers and volunteers

25 July 2013

No less than  160 persons attended the great DCA Gala Dinner on July 20th. It was a roaring success. MC Maurice Pilon was as witty as a stand-up comic and made this event an evening to remember. Look at the smiles on this picture. Here is our new President Robert Percy with the evening’s Honoris Meritas recipients: Taras and Mary Chuprun, Jim Armstrong, Revilla Sauvé and Maurice.

Présidents et Honoris Meritas 2013

 

The event was attended by the Mayors of Wentworth -Ed Kasprzyk -  and Gore – Scott Pearce – as well as the Executive Director of the MRC d’Argenteuil, Marc Carrièere. An important presence was also that of Jill Marshall, daughter of the DCA’s first president, Wels Marshall.

Since the AGM was held at the same time, the proposed Board, led by Robert Percy, was voted in unanimously.

Lots of pictures were taken during the event. You will find them under a new tab, right under Pictures of Dunany. Click on one of the pictures then  use the arrows at the bottom to go to the next picture. If you are viewing this with an iPad, just swipe your way through.

Enjoy!.

Photo credits go to Hannah Azaria, Angela Macleod, June Parker and I (Jacques Pigeon) who  also edited them.

Yes, there are coyotes in Dunany!

1 December 2012

Proof: the animal on the left is an eastern coyote probably tracking the scent of a deer or looking for a small rodent.

Eastern coyotes are a hybrid of western coyotes and wolves. They are primarily nocturnal animals and usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible.

These animals were photographed recently in the private forest adjacent to the golf course using a hidden camera.

Pictures courtesy of Simon Octeau

The other interesting animal is a Pekan, a large dark brown North American arboreal carnivorous mammal, a name of Algonquian origin. It is a solitary animal, difficult to observe, a predator who will even go after porcupines!

The bird, as many of you will know, is a Pileated woodpecker.

The Emerald Ash Borer: how to prevent it’s arrival in Dunany.

30 July 2012

There were questions asked at last  AGM, held on Sunday July 22, 2012, about the Emerald ash Borer (Agrilius planipennis). It is an insect that attacks and kills all species of ash, except mountain ash which is not a true ash. This is what it looks like:

Emerald Ash Borer – Agrilus planipennis

It has reached the City of Montreal which has deployed a major initiative to save the trees that have already been  infected and, more importantly, to prevent its spread. You will find links on the topic in the links section of this Web site.

Duncan Campbell has kindly provided me with information and advice I am here sharing with you. The advice is simple and straightforward: do not  transport firewood from one area to another as this is a prime method of propagating the insect.  There are areas of Quebec now where no wood can come in or out to stop the propagation.  Unfortunately, many of our residents bring wood from their home to their cottage or vice versa.

Firewood from unknown provenance could have been infected prior to its felling. It is another reason why a permit is required from the municipality to cut a tree – not just a cash grab, as some would think – but an inspection of the tree as to why it is dead or dying can be part of a prevention program.

At the AGM, someone said to  burn the trees and branches. This is not an acceptable method of eliminating the bug (plus it adds pollution). Trees have to be cut and chipped up to eliminate the chance that the larvae will propagate.

Bottom line: the best way to prevent the bug’s arrival in Dunany is to buy your firewood locally.

 

Lakeside resident destroys shoreline. Municipality sues. Read what the Quebec Superior Court decides.

1 March 2012

This is a first in Québec. A property owner by lac Ouareau, in Lanaudière – near St-Donat – built a large house on a lake-front lot and decided to clean cut and level his shoreline even though the municipality, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci (pop: 1100), had previously informed him of its 1996 by-law forbidding such action in the 10-15 meter lake protection band. The by-law is basically the same as Argenteuil’s.

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The municipality sued, won and even got the defendant to pay its legal costs (30,000$) . Moreover, the owner of the mansion – the property is valued at 1,090,800.00 dollars- will have to restore the shoreline along the plans drafted by consultants hired by the municipality. If he fails to do so, the deciding judge from the Superior Court, Justice  Steve J. Remnitz, authorizes the municipality to do the work and bill the owner as if it were a tax bill.

The municipality of Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci has worked hard in the past years to improve the quality of the water of its lake which has had many blue-green algae episodes in the past years, including 2010. For example, it has planted more than 1000 trees on its shoreline every year.

In his decision, justice Reimnitz took into account the fact that the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci has a population of only 1100, a tight 2.6M$ budget and can hardly afford these legal costs. Now, that should be of great interest to our local mayors and councillors who are often hesitant to sue residents who do not respect their by-laws, especially the wealthy ones.

If you want to read Justice Reimnitz’s decision (in French) click on this sentence.