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.

Dunany now has a Community Book Exchange

14 August 2016

It is all in this little box, corner of Boyd and Dunany Dunany Road.

Even though they are a recent (2009) idea, there are now more than 10 000 of those Little Free Libraries or Free Book Exchanges around the world, according to Wikipedia. The idea is simple: you put a book in, you take one out. In other words, it is a way to share books with one another.

The Dunany project initiator is Lois Finch who proposed the idea to the DCA and got Wentworth Council to approve it and provide the necessary permit. The box itself was crafted by John Wilson.

As you can see, there are already many books in the box.

Book Box

The rest is up to you, members of the Dunany Community. Especially those who live here year long.

Put a book in, take one out!

 

 

A Really Friendly Crowd at our 2016 AGM

25 July 2016

The DCA’s 53rd AGM, led by a cheerful 😀 John Riviere, was well attended with 70 residents in the hall.

Here are some highlights:

  • Robert Percy presented a project for a walking/biking  trail from the Church to Curran lake that was enthusiastically received by those attending. The project is still in the development stage. Robert is working hard with the property owners involved to initiate the first phase in 2017. The following Google Earth map shows the projected path of the trail. Click to enlarge.

Dunany Trail Google Earth

  • Beavers are a bit shy this year. Probably because our trapper was so effective last year. So far, there are none on Boyd, their favourite lake, same on Clear. A couple have been removed from Black (in cages) and a couple of juveniles have been spotted on Curran. Monitoring continues.
  • Discussions are ongoing between the Township of Wentworth and the Department of Transport to make the Boyd Road intersection safe. However, mayor Marcel Harvey, who was in attendance, added that dealing with the MTQ was – well – challenging. Indications are that they will resurface Dunany Road within the next two or three years.
  • Quality of the water in our lakes is very good but close monitoring of septic systems is critical. Selective septic tank cleaning is preferable and most companies now offer it.
  • There have been a few break ins close to Curran Lake and an SQ Office was in attendance to advise.
  • We have a new vice president: Stan Roy, a long time resident of Curran Lake. Welcome to the Board Stan.
  • Finally, dues are staying at 40$. If you have not paid yet, click here to do so.

 

In Dunany, Prayers for a Troubled World

18 July 2016

Sunday, July 17, at Pierrette (Gloven)  and Michel’s (Charlebois) place on Clear Lake where many in Dunany gathered for an outdoor service to pray for peace in this turbulent world under the guidance of Rev. Nicholas Pang and Wendy Crooks.

There was Mountain Steam and Bob Hay with ballads and gospels.

Mountain steam at Beach services 2016

And the Glee Club ably conducted by Cathy Ashley.

Gleee Club au Sservice champĂȘtre 2016

There we were amongst friends, happy to be in Dunany but worried about recent events in our very troubled world.

Thanks to all those who made this possible: our hosts Pierrette and Michel, Rev. Nicholas Pang of the Parish of the Lower Laurentians, St. Paul’s of Dunany, Mountain Steam, the Glee Club and especially Rob Percy who takes care of the infrastructure.

 

 

Why you Should Absolutely Wash your Boat…

12 June 2016

Yes, you should clean your boat every time you use it in another lake or river. And not just your boat! Same applies to paddles, fishing gear, motor. Needless to say, it is even more true for any boat brought to your lake by a visiting relative, friend, guest and, even more important, a renter!

Why? To make sure that our lakes never look like this!

Miriophylle a Ă©pis mddelcc

This aquatic plant is called Eurasian Watermilfoil. As the name implies, it is exotic, non-native, and very invasive since it has no predators. It can be found in 40 lakes in the Laurentians. Thank God, none in Argenteuil. It is almost impossible to get rid of, the only defence is prevention.

Hence, boat washing!

Remember these four steps: inspect – drain – clean – dry

Inspection is the most important. If you look carefully, you will probably locate exotic plants or molluscs. Drain to make sure the is no leftover water at the bottom of your kayak, for example. Clean with fresh water and a bit of bleach. Finally, let dry in the sun for a few days.

All this should evidently be done at a good distance from the lake.

You should soon hear about a program from the MRC of Argenteuil to protect our lakes from exotic and invasive species in our lakes and rivers. What I have just described will be a major part of it. A protocol to identify and document the aquatic vegetation will soon be available and the DCA will work with biologist from the Conseil rĂ©gional de l’environnement des Laurentides to produce a detailed record of the aquatic vegetation in our four lakes.

We will then monitor the situation over the years to see how it evolves. This is important as the extent of the plant cover in our lakes is a good indicator of the health of our lakes.

More on this in the coming weeks.

 

Note. Identifying Eurasian Watermilfoil, as shown on this american site  is quite difficult. Eurasian Watermilloil

That is because there are at least five native watermilfoils that, at first glance, look pretty similar to it but are not really invasive. Here is what the invader looks like up close.

 

 

 

Prepare for a really busy and fun summer in Dunany!

7 June 2016

Dunany folks are gonna have a busy summer. Look at this line up put together by our own CVO – stands for Chief Volunteer Organizer – none other than Lois Finch.

She has prepared a summary chart of the whole summer program which you will find here. Seasonal activities_2016

Rainbow on Black 2016 années 60

Photo by John Parsons, edited by Jacques Pigeon

  • First in the line-up is SPANK still going strong after six seasons. All six events are listed on the continuously updated Calendar, directly to your right on the Home Page. All details are here.
  • If you enjoy gardening, go this page and contact the organizer.
  • This list would be incomplete without Men’s Cribbage. Look for details here. If you are not one of them but want to play or prefer Scrabble, join Claudette Hay, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM.
  • And finally, there is the Vie Active program with Taras and Mary Chuprun (450 562 9297). Fun (sometimes hilarious!) exercise classes are held every Monday and Thursday at 10 AM at the Wentworth Community Center.

 

There you have it folks.

Now let us ask Wendy to arrange for decent weather this summer with, well, you know who!

 

Team Pilon honored at St.Paul’s Fifth Pray and Play Tournement

22 May 2016

The Pilon Family – Jennifer, Marc, Maurice and Jane – were honoured on Sunday May 22 at St.Paul’s as the winners of last year’s Pray and Play Tournament.

Lay Reader, Hugh Mitchell, had lead the Service and complimented the residents of Dunany for their community spirit and their support to their three institutions : the Dunany Country Club, the Dunany Community Association and St.Paul’s Church.

Michel Caron who made such an important contribution to the restoration of the church chaired the event.

Pray&Play 2016 Famille Pilon

Suzanne Albert, owner of the IGA in Lachute once again sponsored a lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages.  A long list of sponsors are supporting the Pray & Play tournament: Gym Max, Pilon & St-Jacques, Marks & Sons, Les Arbres de NoĂ«l Hadley, Canton de Gore, Canton de Wentworth, Pierrette Gloven, Le Baron Gourmet, Cathy’s Kitchen, Big Pine Fish & Game Club and Howard Cleary.

And I almost forgot. This year’s winning team members are: Ross Leslie, Cathy Leslie, Caroline Roy and Judy Hammond. Congratulations to all.

And kudos to Robert Percy who makes this event possible.

A new and Interesting Map of the Dunany Watershed and it’s Wetlands: have a look!

12 May 2016

This map is a section of a larger one of the Wetlands of the Laurentians produced by Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest private, non-profit, waterfowl and wetland conservation organization,  and Abrinord, the organization responsible for the management of the North River Watershed.

Wikipedia defines a wetland as a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability.

Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Bassin versant de Dunany et ses mielieux humidesThe map is only available in French. Key words in the legend are marécage, marais (Swamp), TourbiÚre (Bog), eau peu profonde (shallow water) .

It was produced though 3-D imagery. It is quite precise. For example, there are small bogs with trees (tourbiÚre boisée) on and close to  my property and they are clearly shown.

I am sharing this information with you as the health of our lakes is inseparable from the preservation of our wetlands as they play vital functions such as water filtration, water storage, biological productivity, and provide habitat for wildlife.

To view the full map, just click on this link.

 

Our Lakes: It Was a Very Good Year…

11 March 2016

When I first read our 2015 Reports from the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program (VLMP) – yes they now have an English name and page – the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s wonderful classic It Was a Very Good Year came to my mind. Listen to the first few bars if you wish!

The weather last summer was OK and our numbers are there to prove it. Clarity is much better. Phosphorus count (micrograms per litre) is way lower. 3.5 on Black, 3,9 on Boyd, 2.9 on Clear and 3.1 on Curran. Thus, all of our lake are in the oligotrophic*   category.

Reflexions on Curran , Lois Gamble

Reflexions on Curran , Lois Gamble

Do take a minute to have a look at the Reports.** There are two of them for each lake . One  – the sa-su –  give you the 2015 results. The other one – pcp – is the multiyear chart; definitely the most interesting as you can see the trend.

These numbers are very good but – there is always a but – they have limitations as we only take three samples each summer at a depth of one meter, always at the deepest spot of the lake as per the official protocol.

That being said, we now have 10 full years of data that show almost continuous improvement in the quality of our water, we can have more confidence in the reliability our our data.

Bottom line: you all deserve congratulations for good lakeside behavior. Keep it up: make sure your septic system is in good working  order and regularly cleaned.

Continuously reinforce your shoreline protection band. Do not use pesticides and fertilizers anywhere near the lake and make sure your property is well drained to limit runoff.

On Twitter, our hashtag*** would be #vigilance4Dunanylakes

Finally, we wish to thank our dedicated collaborators on each lake. John Parsons on Black, Rick Havill on Boyd, François CÎté on Clear and Sheryl Jacksom-Caron on Curran. This year, Jim and Lois Finch will take over on Black. Thanks John for all you have done during all these years.

* An oligotrophic lake is characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting but a sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to the low organic content.

** The Reports are only available in French at this time. Numbers are different from last year’s but not the text which you can read in English in 2014 Lake Reports..

***A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social network and micro blogging services which makes it easier for users to find a message.

 

 

Where was Dunany 13,000 Years Ago?

15 February 2016

Underwater, my friends.

The de-glaciation process had recently begun and given birth to the Sea of Champlain which was a temporary inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, created by the retreating glaciers during the close of the last ice age. This sea of saltwater was born about 13 000 years ago when the glacier began melting. It slowly shrank allowing the rebounding continent to slowly rise above sea level.  The sea was home to crustaceans, seals, walrus and belugas whose fossils were found in the Lower Laurentians.

Mer de Champlain. 6_Extension_Champlain

In 2001, the skeleton of of a 10 700 year old beluga was found in Saint-FĂ©lix-de-Valois, 118 kilometers east of Dunany. It was the best preserved of the 21 specimens found to date. Interestingly, it proved to be morphologically identical to the belugas found today in the St-Lawrence River. The vegetation found around the shores of this salted inland sea was pretty similar to the tundra now found in Northern Quebec.

Lake Lampsilis (known today as Lac St-Pierre, east of Montreal) is the name given to the body of fresh water that was left after the sea of Champlain had retreated. The sea lasted from about 13 000 years ago to about 10 000 years ago and shrank continuously during that period. The actual shoreline of the St-Lawrence took today’s shape about 8 000 years ago.

The melting of all this ice – about two kilometers thick – removed a lot of weight permitting the earth’s crust to slowly lift.  That is how the Laurentians and their thousands of lakes were created. If you wish to see how this evolved over time, have a look at this simulation.

As you can see, our geological history is pretty recent considering that humans were living in Europe more than half a million years ago!

Sources: BiodÎme de Montréal, Wikipedia

These Dunany Folks are Hardy Skiers. Look!

8 January 2016

This picture was shot by Robert Percy on Friday January 8 at the Morin Heights Ski station.

Little more than two weeks have elapsed since the golf season ended on Christmas day. Our hardy Dunany skiers have begun a new season of fun, exercise and friendship.

They hope to repeat this every Friday morning, weather permitting.

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Click on the picture to enlarge to full screen.

If you are around, join this happy group.

 

 

Is this the last game of the season? No, was on December 25!

14 December 2015

No, it was not to be. But still…

It was  Saturday December 12. Weather is nice. Grass is still green. How about a game of golf?

For John Parsons the call proved to be irresistible. This is his first (bad knee) and last game of the season. Watch!

Film courtesy of Jennifer Gruner.

Georges-HĂ©bert Germain, journalist, author, columnist, passionate about Dunany, dies age 71

15 November 2015

Dunany has just lost one it’s most famous residents.

Georges-HĂ©bert Germain bought the Wilson house on Clear lake about thirty years ago. Those of us who live in the eastern section of the lake knew him well. I am one of them as my house faces his on the other side of the lake.

I remember a beautiful summer day, not long after our arrival in Dunany 19 years ago.  France and I swam to his dock to introduce ourselves. Georges-Hébert and his wife Francine Chaloult invited us inside for a visit of that beautiful house that he loved so much.

Georges-HĂ©bert Germain

Georges-HĂ©bert Germain

Georges-HĂ©bert often attended the DCA’s Annual General Meetings. He was very involved in the fund raising campaigns of la Fondation de l ‘hĂŽpital d’Argenteuil.

Last year, he was made chevalier de l’Ordre du mĂ©rite du QuĂ©bec. When I looked at the group picture in the newspapers I could not find him. Cancer – brain cancer in this case – had totally transformed him.

If you wish to know more about this fine gentlemen, follow this link (en français)

We will miss you, Georges-HĂ©bert.

To Francine, his daughter RafaĂ«le and the whole family the DCA offers it’s deepest condolences.

 

 

Geraldine Carpenter Palmer (1919-2015): a Great Lady!

30 October 2015

Dunany has lost a great lady!

Geraldine Carpenter Palmer – Gerry for those who knew her – passed away peacefully in Ottawa last week at age 96.

At 18, Gerry emigrated from England to Montreal where she taught herself photography, opened a Studio (bottom left) and became a full time news photographer. She was the only female photographer to be officially accredited to photograph both the first and second Quebec conferences in 1943 and 1944 (see picture with MacKenzie King, Roosevelt and Churchill below)) where the allies planned the freeing of Europe.

She also photographed Katherine Hepburn (top right) who was pitching War Bonds. She took the picture of Clear Lake covered with black ice in 1997.Geraldine Palmer Montage

She married Edward Henry (Peter) Palmer, a Mechanical Engineer (McGill), in 1953  and the following year bought a cottage on Clear Lake in Dunany. She said as soon as they drove up the road she knew it was the one – it had a huge “English Country Garden” – she didn’t need to go into the house! They sold their home in Montreal West and moved to the country permanently in 1966, a place and community that they both loved and would enjoy together for the next 50 years.

Peter and Geraldine Palmer

Peter and Geraldine Palmer

Gerry was an active gardener. As the children grew up, she took up golf and curling, sports Peter enjoyed. She was Ladies’ President of the local Dunany Country Club for 4 years, and a significant force in the Laurentian Interclub. She got a hole in one at the age of 79 and was embarrassed because she used her driver! In curling, she went to the Provincial Championships.

The Palmers have made an enormous contribution to the development of our great community through the Dunany Community Association of which Peter was the president from 1971 to 1973 and the Dunany Country Club which is now presided by their daughter Lynn.

I am sure the whole community joins me in offering it’s most sincere condolences to Lynn, Tom, Robin, Peter and the whole family. A celebration of her life will be held next summer in Dunany.

In her remembrance, donations to the Dunany Country Club – Centennial Fund would be appreciated. You can make them electronically by clicking here or  by check to Dunany Country Club, c/o Diana Minty, 2053 DunanyRoad, Wentworth, QC J8H 0B5

 

A Report on the Beaver Situation in Dunany.

16 October 2015

The hot topic in Dunany these days is beavers!

Beavers on Curran! Beavers on Clear! Beavers on Boyd! This is not surprising since this is their most active time of the year. Beavers are getting ready for the winter. So they cut trees and build huts. Late this summer, they were especially active on Clear where they cut alder on my shoreline to bring it on the other side of the lake. The action is now on Curran where they have developed a fondness for birch tress.

beaver-trapping

I can report that our trapper Marcel Gauthier has been very active recently on these three lakes and captured a good half dozen of them. But there are still a few left and the goal is to have all of our four lakes beaver free by November 1. There were some beavers on Back but they showed up early this summer and the problem was solved. He will also remove the new dam on Boyd in the coming days.

By the way, you should know that our trapper respects Quebec’s laws and regulations scrupulously.

Many of you have had the opportunity to meet with him and he has asked me to thank you all for your collaboration. This is essential because he wants to be absolutely sure that you know what is going on and that no dogs or cats get hurt in the capture process.

By the way, chicken wire can be useful to protect valuable trees on your  shoreline. If you chose this method, use the 1 sq. inch type.

If you have specific questions you can continue to write or phone me.

Majestic Loon on Black Lake. Watch closely!

8 September 2015

Many of you chose the loon when we held the contest to select the emblematic bird of Dunany. The Pine Warbler won but the loon, which came in second, certainly has a special place in our lives as we see and hear this bird – albeit sometimes loudly in the middle of the night – all though the nice season.

This video was shot by John Parsons on Black Lake and he has agreed to share it with you so you can run int when you are away from Dunany and have the winter blues!

 

 

Thank you John.

 

 

Inside Black Lake: have a look!

26 August 2015

If you have attended our latest AGMs you have often heard talk about the Purple Bladderwort (Utricularia Purpurea) in Black Lake. It is a carnivorous plant found in many places in the Eastern part of North America, but only in a very few lakes in the Laurentians. When abundant it can be bothersome but it is otherwise harmless.

This 2,5  minute underwater video was done in the far east section of Black Lake last summer. The author is none other than Dr. Richard Carignan, Quebec’s foremost lake expert. He is also an active member of the GRIL (Group for Interuniversity Research in Limnology and Aquatic Environment)

He has identified in French the plants seen in the video. I am providing you here with the appropriate English names. First, in order of appearance, is  la (Vallisnérie américaine, (Vallisneria Americana),  Brasénie de Schreber,  (Schreber Watershield), Potamot à large feuilles, (Large-Leaved Pondweed)  then lots of Purple Bladderwort. Finally,  a composite of the latter, plus vallisnérie américaine (Tapegrass) and some potamot émergé (Ribbonleaf Pondweed). All of these plants, except the Purple Bladderwort, are common in all our lakes.

 

We do not know how long the Bladderwort  has been living in Black lake. Certainly decades. Maybe centuries. Our expert Richard Carignan, professor at University of Montreal and Quebec’s foremost lake expert, does not recommend any action at this time. But he will follow its evolution with us and advise accordingly.

 

 

The First Dunany Triathlon: an Event to Remember

7 August 2015

The weather was good; spirits were high and the results were impressive. Fifty-four participants competed in the first ever Dunany Triathlon, supported by a host of volunteers. Thanks to the Burks, especially Dianne, who put their hearths into this and made it such a great success.

Dunany Triathlon 2015

The day began with a swim across Curran Lake, followed by a cycle up “The Glen” and finished with a run around the lake. Participants challenged themselves with the “Try a Tri” or “Sprint” distances or their own personal goal. The day ended with a BBQ to celebrate not only our athletic achievements but also the fund raising effort towards building a school in Ethiopia.

As Dianne wrote, we built up ourselves through this community event, we also helped transform another community – creating new opportunities for 400 students!

The Dunany Triathlon – Swim, Bike, Run – Build a School!