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    Gary George

    There is still a pile of work that needs doing but we got a fair bit done Saturday thanks to the following folks;

    Brad and Kim Wipp, cut trees, stacked wood and removed brush from much of the campground.

    Wayne Donison was with them and helped in all of that as well.

    Jon McPhee cut trees and deadfalls and stacked wood all day and I’m told knocked down the most dangerous tree that was hanging on other trees over a campsite.

    Dianne Connors and Rita Ness cleaned the upper floor of the Training Center using river water that they hauled up by hand, down right amazing if you ask me. I’m not sure I’d have been willing to go that far.

    Bill Ness raked and swept and generally helped out wherever he could to see that all these folks were able to get done the things they did. Details guy, he even cleaned under the rubber mat at the bottom of the stairs. I don’t think anyone has ever done that.

    Russ Duhaime and his family came and raked the entire building surroundings and dragged and removed brush from the same area.

    My wife cleaned each of the outhouses thoroughly, I’m not sure if I’m proud or embarrassed, freaking amazing.

    I spent the day repairing several broken plumbing joints and a few split pipes, looks like some of them froze over the winter. I guess thats the result of having no one in the property management position to pass on minor details like that.

    So there is still a pile of things to do before we’ll open it up to camping, hopefully this stuff gets done this weekend. It would be a shame if the place stays closed beyond the May Long Weekend.

    It would be great if folks could get out this weeknd once more to finish up the cleaning of the campground.

    We’ll get dinner and beer Saturday night for those that come out.


    Thank you to all those involved in the clean-up.

    James Mildon

    Isnt the work weekend this weekend to? I coming and got some chainsaws coming. Ino theres afew people going this is still on right?

    Gary George

    Don’t bring chainsaws, that work is pretty much all done.

    Better to bring Rakes and tarps for hauling leaves and brush.

    Essentially we need bodies willing to haul brush and leaves away from camp areas and to move and stack wood. There are a few repair jobs on picnic tables and outhouse walls etc.

    There is plenty of organizing needed in storage areas etc as well so mainly it is down to hands on manual labour at this point

    Peter Karwacki

    come out, do some volunteer work, that directly benefits the paddling community, feel good about yourself while giving back to the sport you love.


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