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9 Activities to Enjoy Winter in Dunany.

4 January 2018

There is never a dull moment in Dunany. Even in the winter!

If you happen to live here permanently or just come for week ends, have a look at this list of activities.

  1. The Dunany Ski Club begins it’s activities at Morin Heights on Friday January 12. Meet at the chalet between 9:30 and 10:00 and then for lunch around 12:15.
  2. This year, the Dunany Country Club is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
  3. And you can also walk the famous Dunany Trail.
  4. Feel like skating. The Wentworth Community Centre has a nice rink and a warm place to put your skates on.
  5. Go Curling in Lachute. There is a curl and dine January 12 at the Lachute curling club: Curling at 4:00 PM followed by a pot luck supper at 6:00.  All are welcome. It is a  time for new curlers to try out the game.  Contact Peggy Carroll at peg.carroll9@gmail
  6. Feel more like reading? Join the Readers group. Contact  lois.finch@mail.mcgill.ca
  7. Or more like knitting? To join the Knitters group contact Diana Glionna at diglionna@hotmail
  8. And if you are experienced and wish to exercise, join Vie Active Mondays and Thursdays at the Gore Community Centre (contact Mary Chuprun mary.chuprun@gmail.com.
  9. Finally, there is also Pilates Mondays and Fridays (10 AM) at the Wentworth Community Centre at 10 AM beginning January 15.
Happiness is in Dunany!

Taras (Terry) Chuprun 1938-2017: a Truly Noble-Hearted Man.

5 November 2017

Terry Chuprun’s life came to an abrupt end the last week end of October when he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Most people in Dunany knew this generous man. They had either gone to his exercise classes, his dancing lessons, got a picture he had taken of them or a a woodworking piece he had crafted.

For Terry was all these things. A physical education teacher, an athlete (see black and white pictures below), a dancer, a photographer, a craftsman and most of all a great father and a caring husband.

He and Mary bought their Curran Lake cottage in 1996. It needed major renovations and Terry did most of them himself and crafted many accessories for the house. Wood crafting was one of his passions – he also loved poker and bridge – which produced all kinds of objects, from toys and puzzles to funeral urns.

Terry,  the physical education teacher was very active during the last decade giving Vie Active classes for the not-so-young every Monday and Thursday in two locations: either in Wentworth or Gore and in Lachute. This exceptional contribution to the quality of life of residents of Argenteuil was officially recognized by both the Wentworth Township and the MRC. His last class, which I attended, was on October 25.

Tara’s grand parents emigrated from Bukovina, an area that straddles Ukraine and Roumania and was raised as an Orthodox. He had deep affection for all things Ukrainian and duly celebrated every year the Orthodox Christmas (Sunday January 7 in 2018) with typical Ukrainian dishes.

When he suddenly collapsed on October 28, he was taken to l’hôpital d’Argenteuil in Lachute where they found he had a massive brain hemorrhage. He was later transferred to St-Jérôme as he was still breathing. His final gift to his peers was giving  away his organs which was done at Sacré-Cœur in Montreal. Today, a Canadian has a future thanks to the successful transplant of his lungs.

Needless to say, he would encourage all of us to sign our medicare card to make our organs available if fate would put us in a situation where organ giving was possible. If you do so, do share this information with those you love.

This post ends on a positive note. A lot is said and written about our so-called troubles health system. During this deeply emotional and traumatic event, his family only found professionalism and constant empathy from all those involved in the three hospitals: doctors, nurses and support staff. Same goes for the 911 people  and paramedics who took him promptly to the hospital.

Again, the funeral service will be held Saturday, November 11 at 2 PM at the Lachute Presbyterian Church, 463 rue Principale. Family will receive condolences at the church from noon to the time of service. Follow this link to view the orbituary.


PS. Click on the pictures to enlarge.


Protecting your Home: a Guide for the Wise Dunanyite.

2 October 2017

Few things are as  emotionally disturbing as coming back from a holiday, tired and happy to be back, and finding your home has been broken into. Not that we have to be especially fearful in Dunany. There have been only two reported incidents as of October 2nd and only one was judged sufficiently important to be reported to the police.

Nonetheless, we live in a sparsely populated area, many houses are isolated and, as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Last month, the Township of Wentworth called upon Marie-Josée Gervais of the SQ in Argenteuil to talk home invasion and ways to prevent them. June Parker, our liaison with the SQ was in attendants as well as a few Dunany residents. I came out of the meeting with two messages.

  1. Never hesitate to report a break-in to the police. They do want to know. Also, Neighbourhood Watch is also of great value as it provides vital information to the police when they investigate an incident.
  2. The more barriers to your home or garage the better. Invaders focus on easy preys.

That being said here a short list of those actions you can or should take to secure your home.

Alarm systems. A definite yes. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, some are very reasonably priced. If you need help to choose a supplier, call or write to Sheryl Jackson-Caron and she will guide you. Make sure you have plenty of stickers indicating that your home is protected with an  alarm system.

Lights. Spots with motion detectors as well as lights inside the house with timers are also an excellent and inexpensive deterrent.

Cameras. That is up to you. It is nice to have. If you do not opt to install cameras get a sign that says you do and make it very visible. Robbers and vandals will be dumbfounded!

Our mouths. Avoid talking about your travel plans with a friend while waiting in line at the supermarket. You never know who might be listening in. And if you have a public Facebook account discretion about your plans is essential.

If you are a cottager and only come to Dunany during the summer months, a few other precautions might be in order like snow clearing your driveway and having a local visiting your place on a regular basis.

Finally, I have added, for your perusal, the advice that the SQ is distributing.

Do not hesitate to add your ideas and suggestions in the comments section.


DCA has New President with Clear Priorities.

7 August 2017

As most of you know, he is Stan Roy of Curran Lake. Stan is a long time resident of Dunany and has worked tirelessly  to improve life in Dunany, notably at the Dunany Country Club. More recently, he was part of Robert Percy’s trio who did the new Dunany Trail from the Church to the Golf course (Hole no 4).

At the end of the AGM, Stan said he had two priorities: road safety, especially on roads under Wentworth’s jurisdiction and trails. There are many trails for walking and cross country skying in Dunany, he said, but they do not connect. His goal is to structure this and thus make the trails more accessible to residents.

Following are highlights of topics from the AGM that I have not covered in previous Posts such as Lake Results, Invasive Plants and Beavers:

  • The new Dunany Trail will have signage before the end of August and will be officially inaugurated on Saturday September 9th (now moved to Sunday the 10th) with a BBQ on the trail.
  • A new loon platform will be installed on Curran lake. David Glionna will manage the project under the assistance of a biologist from Développement Ornitologique Argenteuil.
  • An inventory of aquatic plants on Currran lake is being done in early August by Sheryl Jackson Caron and a group of volunteers under the guidance of a biologist from the Conseil Régional de l’Environnement des Laurentides. The exercise was done successfully on Clear Lake last year and will be done next year on Boyd Lake with Bonnie Swaine leading the project.
  • There is a new book box corner of Neil and Dunany Road. Proposals for a third one should be directed to Lois Finch.
  • We do not know of any break ins on properties protected by an alarm system. If you own an unprotected cottage in Dunany and wish to secure it get in touch with Sheryl Jackson Caron. She has a list of suppliers, some of them very reasonably priced.

Finally, two Dunany residents will seek to be elected councillors in two Wentworth seats at the next municipal elections which will be held on Sunday November 5.  They are Bill Gauley of Boyd Lake and Maurice Pilon of Black Lake.

There are fewer than a thousand registered electors in Wentworth so every vote is very important.

And don’t forget that you can vote by mail.


Dunany at it’s Best! Just Click and Listen!

24 July 2017

If you missed the 2017 Dunany Music Fest, this is your opportunity to catch up a bit.

The Music Fest held Saturday July  22,  under a bright sky, had a solid program with a great line up of  Dunany musicians: the Wynn Family, The Hays, John Parsons, John Wilson & Scott Ritchie, the Golden Boys Unplugged, Mark Ware & Sue Smith, the Lakefield Brewing Company, Mountain Steam and the Glee Club.

John Parsons has provided me with a very lovely video featuring the Glee Club and suggested I share it with all of you.

Your wish is now fulfilled, John.

Michel Caron, pharmacist, craftsman, will long be remembered in Dunany.

26 May 2017

Michel Caron passed away peacefully on May 23 at l’hôpital d’Argenteuil de Lachute. He was 87.

He has left an indelible mark on Dunany, and especially it’s little Church: St. Paul’s.

A pharmacist and pharmacologist by trade, Michel was also a superior craftsman. In 2009 he co-managed with Robert Percy the exhaustive renovation of the church and made a very personal contribution: the windows. He crafted each of the six windows in the church. His contribution was recognized by the MRC (Ordre d’Argenteuil), the Wentworth Township and,  evidently, St. Paul’s.

Like many of you, I have known Michel for many years and to me he was the perfect gentlemen. I found out he worked as a young pharmacist at la Phramacie Demers in Quebec City very close to where I lived. Years later he worked as a pharmacologist at Ayerst, McKenna, Harrison (later Wyeth and now Pfizer)  in Montreal with my uncle Roger Gaudry. It is a small world indeed.


Funeral will be held Saturday June 3 at Église Sainte-Anastasie, 174 Bethany Street in Lachute at 10:30

Family will receive condolences from 9:30-10:30.

A lunch reception will follow the service in the church basement.


Meet the Winners of the “Dunany Black Fly Open”.

22 May 2017

The Dunany Black Fly Open is how our friend Maurice Pilon described last Sunday’s Pray and Play tournament, the fundraiser for St. Paul’s Church. Believe me, the Black Fly Open  is a totally appropriate name for the venue as there were certainly millions of black flies on the Dunany Country Club golf course last Sunday May 21.

Our 2016 winners, Chairman and lay reader  are all smiles and really happy because this picture was taken inside the church! Most of you will have recognized Cathy Leslie, Caroline Roy, Ross Leslie and Judy Hammond . They are seen here with our beloved Wendy Crooks and this year’s Honorary Chairman, Scott Pearce, mayor of Gore and Prefect of the MRC d’Argenteuil.

The champions of the 2017 event will be honoured  next year but you can already congratulate them. They are a trio: Barbara Armstrong, Angie McLeod and Maureen Cameron.

This year again, there were many returning sponsors whose support for St Paul’s has been steadfast over the last 5 years. Gourmet Baron, Cathy’s Kitchen, Hadleys Christmas Trees, Gym Max, Cantons de Gore and Wentworth, Marks and Sons, Mackimmie Funeral Home, Big Pine Fish and Game Club, FBL accountants, The Gloven’s and IGA Lachute who once again donated and prepared the lunch of burgers and hot dogs. Great thanks to them for a solid contribution to St. Paul’s.

But the person who deserves the greatest thanks is Robert Percy.

Without his commitment, his dedication and boundless energy this event, which is now in Dunany’s DNA, would just not happen.

Three cheers to you Robert!


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-Félix-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: Biodôme de Montréal, Wikipedia

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.


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!

Who first developped Argenteuil? The French? The British? The Americans?

12 January 2015

The man charged with this mission was Charles-Joseph d’Ailleboust des Museaux owner of a Burgundy castle in Argenteuil-sur-Armaçon,  a bodyguard and nephew of Louis XIV, king of France. In 1680, he was awarded the Seigniory of Argenteuil, a territory of 54 000 acres located between the Ottawa and North Rivers which he was supposed to develop. He never set foot there. His son Pierre bought it from him in 1697 but it is his wife Marie-Louise who built the first Seigniorial manor. By 1740, only five French families inhabited the territory.

Early in that century, the French had allied with the local tribes: Algonquinians, Micmacs, Hurons, most of whom were gradually exterminated by the ferocious Mohawks. Peace only came to New France after the French and their allied indian tribes signed La Grande Paix de Montreal with the Mohawks in 1701.Seigneurie2

Bottom line: it wasn’t the French.

The Seigniory changed hands many times until it’s purchase in 1793  by Major Patrick Murray, a commander of Fort Detroit and then by James Murray in 1803 and then again by Sir John Johnson who encouraged the American Loyalists to move in. Thus Massachusetts citizens, mostly of Scottish descent, loyal to the defeated British in the United States began development in St. Andrews where they built the first paper mill in Canada. Then came Carillon and Lachute.

The Americans were followed by immigrants from the UK , mostly Scottish and, later, Irish. They became the nucleus of development in the Seigniory of Argenteuil. In 1854, the Province of Quebec, officially abolished the Seigniorial Regime and replaced it with counties.

So, the real developers were Americans.

The Seigniory is long gone but the Comte d’Argenteuil is alive and well in France. He name is Alain Chebroux an he hosts an excellent web site (in English, if you please) that you might want to look it if you want to know more. Needless to say, he is my main source of information.