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Bow and Stern

June 1993


President	Charlie Thompson	878-2536
Vice President	Mark Willett		434-4297
Treasurer	Peter Briggs		985-8257
Secretary	Ray Gonda		862-6164
Membership	Peter Briggs		985-8257
Canoe Clinic	Rob Farley		482-2427
Conservation	Rosemary O'Connell	862-1788
Bow & Stern	Peter Grant		453-2278
Safety & Educ.	Rob Farley		482-2427
Summer Dinner	Charlie and Ray		878-2536

If you are interested in participating in the Executive or other committees, please call Charlie or any chairperson. We would love to hear your suggestions and get you involved.

Editor's Note: We have a lot of canoe stories for such a short time. Keep them coming. Please put your names on them. I lost track of who wrote some of them. And it helps to have them on computer disk, Writing Assistant preferred, others may be usable. Also, send in some pictures. I will see how color prints will print out into black and white copies. Thanks to Chuck Thompson for the drawings made from slides and the computer art picture of the Fairfax bridge with the 4 foot level.


Dear Fellow Paddlers:

The coming of summer ends another spring season of whitewater paddling. The late snows that finally arrived in February and March gave a boost to both the ski industry and to our spring runoff. Some nice runs were made on the Mad, Huntington, New Haven, Waits, and other rivers which often become too low much earlier in the spring. NVCC appreciates the time and commitment that the trip organizers provide to make the trip schedule work and Tony Shaw's effort to recruit organizers to produce a schedule.

The Whitewater Canoe Clinic was again a success with leadership from Mark Willett as chairman and Rob Farley, Ray Gonda, and Rich Larsen heading up the classroom, pool, and river sessions, respectively. Many thanks to these folks and to others who instructed or helped in other ways.

Upcoming are the Whitewater Kayak Clinic, chaired by Mark Willett, flatwater trips scheduled by Marion Thompson, and whitewater trips scheduled by Tony Shaw. Thank again to these volunteers for their efforts. Thanks also to Peter Grant for editing both the spring and summer Bow and Stern.

As times change and paddling interest change, should NVCC change to keep up? This question has arisen at recent executive committee meetings. Related topics include incorporation, liability, name and/or logo change, and addition of a kayak trip schedule. These and other topics will be pondered and acted upon in upcoming meetings. Be sure to make your views known.

Elections for NVCC officers for the next two years are coming up in the winter meeting. The nominating committee will be looking for volunteers to fill their recommended slate of officers. Other appointed posts will also require your help. Check the list of positions in "Who's Who of the NVCC", let me know of your interest, and I'll pass this along to the committee..

As usual, I'll be looking for you at dinner or out paddling. Have a great summer paddling season.

Charlie Thompson, President


A catered dinner started at 6:00 PM. At 7:15 Charlie called for announcements. Rob Farley discussed the rescue workshop being worked on for late spring. Rich Larsen announced that instructors were being sought for the river session of the canoe school ... to contact Rich. Peter Grant offered to do the summer flatwater schedule. The slide show of Quebec wilderness paddling by Seth Gibson commenced at 7:25.

The business meeting commenced after the slide show. Rich and Charlie are continuing to work on the "Norm Lavoie" memorial plaque. Tony Shaw pointed out that co-leaders are wanted for the season's trips and requested that trip leaders for the spring schedule attempt to locate co-leaders. Ray Gonda and Rob Farley agreed to offer an informal session on leading trips.

Peter Grant asked that the articles for the Bow and Stern be sent in early. Ray Gonda discussed the progress of the re-licensing of the dam at Essex on the Winooski River. Charlie asked for volunteers for the June dinner meeting. Ray Gonda and an unidentified woman offered assistance. Rob Farley again reminded of the session for trip co-leaders.

Ray Gonda, Secretary


Date	Day	Trip	Organizer(s)	Phone -	Level

6/12-13 Sat- River Rescue Workshop Rob Farley 482-2427 Int Sun

6/12-13 Sat- Androscoggin River NH Chuck Thompson 878-2536 Nov/Int Sun Clean warm water

7/4 Sat Alpine Canyon Snake R Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Int/Adv WY Bring sunscreen

7/11 Sat Lower White River George McIntosh 644-2134 Nov Picnic, swim, relax

7/17-18 Sat- Androscoggin River NH Andy Meilleur 878-3008 Nov/Int Sun Once is never enough Wayne Foell 878-9737

8/14-15 Sat- Androscoggin River NH Peter Downey 223-3376 Nov/int Sun The last hurrah Andy Meilleur 878-3008

8/21 Sat Deerfield River MA Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Adv Challenging Whitewater

914-6 Sat- Dead R. ME extravaganza OPEN Int/Adv Mon The Labor Day pilgrimage

9/18 Sat Hudson Gorge NY Sheri Larsen 878-6828 Adv More Challenge

9/19 Sun Dead R. ME @ 3500 cfs Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Adv Rolling on the river

9/25-26 Sat- West River Weekend OPEN Int/Adv Sun The fall gathering

10/2 Sat Hudson Gorge NY Tony Shaw 879-1655 Adv Still More Challenge

Trips are subject to change depending on water level and interest. Contact the trip coordinator before going on any club trip.

Please give one week's notice for overnight trips so tentsites, menus, etc. can be pre-planned (two weeks for Dead River trips).

No one as yet has stepped forward to organize the weekends marked "OPEN". Call Tony Shaw at 879-1655 for information.

Releases are scheduled for several other weekend on the Deerfield and Dead. Call Tony for details.



6/9 Wed Waterbury Res. Peter Downey 223-3376

6/21 Mon Winooski River Greg Magnant 864-1845 5 pm Lime Klin Gorge

6/24 Thurs Lamoille River Bill Gerlack 879-0979 Above Fairfax Dam

7/10 Sat Grafton Pond Greg Magnant 864-1845 Enfield,N.H.

7/13 Tues Waterbury Res. Richard Reynolds 888-5780 canoe access

7/25 Sun Green River Reservoir George McIntosh 644-2134 Day trip

7/31 Sat Connecticut River Collie Chambers 860-5049

7/14-15 Sat-Sun Green River Reservoir Chris Willett 434-4297 Overnight

9/18-19 Sat-Sun Adirondacks Susan Alden 863-6585 Overnight

10/2 Sat Winooski River Mark Willett 434-4297 Fall Foliage Tour

10/2-3 Sat-Sun Adirondacks Wilderness Ray Gonda 862-6164

10/23-24Sat-Sun Adirondacks Wilderness Ray Gonda 862-6164

!! For more information on times and meeting place contact the trip coordinator. !!


UPPER LAMOILLE: April 10, 1993

Participants: Sheri Larsen, Peter Downey, Mike Fullerton, Tony Shaw, OC-1, Rod Wentworth, K-1.
Water: not quite 4.1 feet

It was an acceptable day, not snowing. At four feet, the upper section of the Lamoille is fun and not at all threatening. We ran the whole route from Greensboro Bend to Hardwick with only one swim and that didn't count, because the swimmer was surfing a hole. (Such things are part of the fun). We were appreciated by the locals. One was a photographer for the Hardwick Gazette, where Tony made the front page! We had called the Hardwick PD to find out that, according to agreement, the tire and cable ice retention structures had been removed. One structure remains behind the old mink farm above the second RR bridge. It is the only hazard for boats close to the shore or for swimmers. With feet up it should be no threat.

Mike Fullerton

LOWER LAMOILLE: April 11, 1993

Participants: Jim & Diana Dunn, Tom Berry, Ray Gonda, Peter Grant

The Lamoille was running very high on this Sunday. It was cool, rain was threatening and the river contained considerable floating debris. Since Peter and I had not paddled much together we opted to not run. We ran shuttle for the others at the start of the trip. The river, according to Jim, was "big" with a lot of surfing waves and enjoyable ... for kayakers. Peter and I moved to the New Haven River below Bristol. The condition of the river was robust with easily ten mph currents in many of the runs and riffles ... the stream having many twists and turns. With its narrowness giving it a more intimate feel than a larger river would ... the banks figuratively "flew by!" making for a quick and fun seven miles to the recreational field takeout.

UPPER LAMOILLE: April 17, 1993

Participants: Rich & Sheri Larsen, Ray Gonda, Peter Alden, Andy Meilleur, Mike Fullerton OC-1. We also picked up three kayaks along the way.
Water: 5.0 feet -- marginally in flood.

This was exciting. The day started out fairly warm, but cooled down quite a bit. The upper part of the river was flooding fields and was in the bushes along the bank, but not enough to be really dangerous. The rapids up there were considerably bigger than normal and lots of fun. East Hardwick Falls was frightening. The rapids below the Rt. 16 & Rt. 14 Junction got big and very wavy but washed out. At the motel were three huge holes demanding a river right route against a real push to the left. All ferried successfully and nobody got swallowed. Below the village restaurant where we usually see a river wide reversal was a river wide wave up to 6" high! A great ride. Finding the Lamoille at this level is a rare treat.

Interesting touches included several sightings of vultures over the river and a nun on the bank.

Mike Fullerton

LOWER LAMOILLE: April 17, 1993

Participants: John King, Jim Higgens, Charlie Thompson, Lawrence Pyne (Newspaper Reporter, Sports Section), John and Julie Schroeder, Tom Barry, Peter Downey, Andy Nuquist, Mitch Fried, Stu Lindsay, Greg Magnant, John Brody, and me, Chuck Thompson.

Hmm.. If you read the newspaper that came out on April 22nd, then skip this one. If not, this is the trip report for the Lower Lamoille River for April 17, 1993.

Water levels were up all over the state and, as Charlie and I traveled towards Fairfax, Vt., we pondered how high the river was going to be flowing. Normal spring paddling level is about 1 to 2 1/2 feet on the scale located underneath the bridge in Fairfax. To our amazement the water was up to a whopping four feet. The first ledge downstream was completely under water, and created a nice section, as we noticed the clouds starting to get a little ominous. By the time the group got around the corner to Two Island rapid, the rain had started and thunder rumbled through the sky. Lunch at the usual spot was, to put it lightly, WET!!!

As soon as we were done with lunch and put the boats back on the river, the sun came out and it looked as if the rest of the day was going to be a bit drier. Things didn't go that way though. Greg went for a swim while side-surfing a large wave, (this was the photo on the front of the sports sections) and from then on we could all look forward to getting soaked. Almost to the Five Chutes, the weather again became dark and rainy with high winds.

While stopped on the shore looking over what was left of the Five Chutes --- which were all underwater --- half the group including myself gave in to the cold and wetness and went running for cars. River level by the end of the trip was later reported at 5 feet.

Chuck Thompson

MOOSE RIVER: April 18, 1993

Participants: Mike Fullerton, Len Carpenter, OC-1, Rod Wentworth, Steve Webster, Will Colgan, K-1.
Water: approx. 8.0 feet -- low flood level stage.

This was big. The first rapids below the snowmobile bridge had lots of big waves and were very sporty. we were through them almost before we knew we were in them. The mid section, normally slow, was fast and actually had waves. The final rapids around the North Concord Bridge were formidable. Above the bridge was a river wide complex of waves and holes runnable by closed boats, but requiring a careful sneak by open canoes. Below the bridge was a garden of holes and covered rocks. It was a cold day. We drove over in the snow. I elected to take the dry route river right at the bridge, but those who ran final rapid did well despite one full canoe. Eight feet is the highest I've ever seen the Moose. It's well worth the drive but try for warmer weather.

Mike Fullerton

HUNTINGTON RIVER: April 24, 1993

Participants: Andy Meilleur, Tom Berry, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Cathy Chamberlain, Peter Downey, Charlie Thompson, Greg Magnant, George McIntosh.

This trip was hastily prepared as a consolation for those who didn't make it to the West River and who couldn't resist the fine weather being offered. The scene in the Huntington was intensely bright with a clear sky over one inch of snow that arrived the night before. With temperatures moving into the sixties, I hoped the water level would rise as the snow began to disappear. Although the river was not at a high level, it was high enough for George to execute his first combat roll of the season. Greg shot videos at various points along the way. Peter and I took out about 600 feet above the gorge, which I call conservative. The rest of the group took out at the normal place and no one took out at the aggressive point below the gorge.

Andy Meilleur

LOWER LAMOILLE: April 26, 1993

Participants: Peter Downey, Andy Meilleur, Ray Gonda

The river was at a moderate level for this evening run ... at about two feet. The trip went rather quickly even though we played all the holes on the way downriver.

LEMON FAIR LAKE: May 1, 1993

The Otter Creek Audubon Society had a bird watch by canoe on the Lemon Fair River on May 1, 1993. It is hard to find the River this time of year, since it is under a lot of water. In the summer, it is hard to find since it is so small.

The Lemon Fair drains a valley to the west of Middlebury. Its altitude of 135 ft doesn't change for at least 5 miles. Then the Otter Creek, with high current and high banks, doesn't change altitude much either until 8 or 9 miles beyond where the Lemon Fair joins it. All this means that it floods easily.

We put 6 canoes in at Rt. 125 on a bright, clear, warm day, to paddle down stream to the Otter Creek, at Rt. 23. There was so little current that it would have been easier to paddle upstream, due to the slight upstream breeze.

Close to the starting point, we saw a lot of snipe, a small gray bird that we used to hunt as kids. We never knew they actually existed, but it was an excuse to get an unexpected kid in a boat to strand him somewhere. We also saw hoards of red wing blackbirds and grackles and even starlings. A knocking was heard so we looked for a woodpecker. It sounded a little strange and turned out to be a carpenter frog.

Most amazing was to see large carp fighting in cornfields. These 18" fish were in about 6". of water and were thrashing around. They must like muddy water. Canada geese were seen in the air and on the water, as well as mallard ducks. Some saw wood ducks. Several pairs of the Great Green Army Wapple Bird went by with great noise. They are 30 feet long and go wapple-wapple.

Other birds like spotted sandpipers were seen at a distance. So, come canoeing on the Lemon Fair in the Spring. Just don't get lost in a hay field and have to circle back to find the river.

Peter Grant


Participants: K1 - Poppy Gall, Peter Briggs, Richard Hoisington, George McIntosh; OC2 - Dave Boedy/Jim Higgins, John King /George Agnew; OC1 - Peter Alden, Len Carpenter, Mike Fullerton, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Andy Meilleur, Tony Shaw; GMC Sierra - Margaret McIntosh.

The Ammo is a perennial favorite and for a good reason. This May Day was fair and 70 degrees with a light breeze. The string of cool dry days which closed out April left the river at a low but boatable 3.0 feet, and clearer than I've ever seen it. Even at the sharper drops like Powerhouse and Alderbrook, no one swam or even bailed much, and the day will be remembered as a relaxing float.

Tony Shaw


Participants: K1 - Richard Hoisington, George McIntosh, Rod Wentworth; OC1 - Len Carpenter, Mike Fullerton, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Tony Shaw; Minolta SLR - Margaret McIntosh.

My yen to run the Pemi has been smoldering since I first read the description in my AMC River Guide years ago. Our -Whole party scouted from shore the Kangamagus bridge to Loan Mt. stretch Saturday evening with the river running at 3/4 foot, and were relieved to see it down to 1/2 foot Sunday morning. Even so there were big waves, adrenaline, and it yeehaw's aplenty. Not to mention a swim and snagged kayak to rescue. Those confident that they could skirt the monster waves and holes below the Loon bridge gave it a try ... and did it. A few die hards drove up after lunch to run this gem again.

Tony Shaw


Participants: Peter Downey, Andy Meilleur, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Peter Alden, Cathy Chamberlin, Mike Fullerton, OC-1, George McIntosh, K-1. Or, as we put it, seven canoes and one other boat.

A gorgeous day with the river at about 5-1/2 feet. There was plenty of water for fun without intimidation. Surfing at the rock island was superb. Swims were few and short and the day was warm enough so nobody minded. We took out over the remains of a veritable glacier at the glen with ice still piled up six feet or more.

Peter Alden left us for family commitments and the rest repaired to the Schroon which we found at a very high level. The waves were big and fast and the well known ledge drop was big enough to cause one portage. Those who ran it did well, some damper than others. By the end of the day everyone was smiling.

HUDSON RIVER GORGE: Mothers Day, 1993

Participants: Peter Brown, Len Carpenter, Mike Fullerton, OC-1, Joel & Naomi Freedman, (CT. A.M.C.) OC-2, Rich Hoisington, K-1.

This was how it should be. The day was perfect with clear skies and warm temps. The river was up and we had a good group of paddlers. It all came together to make the perfect paddling day.

We found the river at just under five feet and, with the release on the Indian, it was probably about 5.5. This was not the level of excitement some of the clubs better kayakers find at 7.0, but just fine for us. The Indian was its usual self with the added attraction of lots of large neoprene objects full of screaming people who seemed to be having at least as much fun as we were. On this day it was Cruisers 5, Indian 0.

The gorge was picture perfect with new fiddleheads among the season's driftwood on the banks, birds singing everywhere and new leaves a dozen shades of green. The water was clear and fast and we all felt good and pushed ourselves. Big waves were run, holes were surfed and interesting routes tried out. It was one of the best paddling days I can remember.

The Hudson Gorge is certainly not for everyone. it is truly a class IV trip, especially at levels over 4.51, but no one who is capable should miss it. If you are a good class III paddler and feel ready for a step up, try it on a nice warm day with a strong group at about 4.0'. You probably won't regret it.

One note, since the North Creek bridge was rebuilt, the current has changed and the external gauge at North Creek is usually covered with sand and is no longer readable. To get the level, call the Hudson-Blackwater Regulating District at 1-518-251-3491 or check with one of the rafting companies. The Indian Lake town engineer is also helpful. The above phone number can also be used for levels on the Sacandaga system and other New York rivers.

Mike Fullerton

HUDSON GORGE: May 16, 1993

Participants: Canoe: Mike Fullerton, Len Carpenter, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen. Kayak: George Fullerton, Richard Hoisington, Diana Dunn, Jim Dunn.

With a water level on the Hudson at just under four feet and partly sunny weather, the conditions were good. The trip was very pleasant with no swimmers. The only real excitement of the day occurred when a canoe floated down the Indian minus paddler. The boat was rescued by the kayakers a short distance downstream.

We shared the river with several raft companies, three dories (which were interesting to watch) and a group of AMC paddlers from Connecticut. After a long paddle out against a head wind, we were all hungry and stopped at McDonald's in Ticonderoga.


Participants: Peter Alden & Ray Gonda

The river level at the north Creek gage continued to drop throughout the week which discouraged several other kayakers from a final commitment for Sunday. When Peter and I arrived at the gauge the river was very low ... probably below 3.3 feet. We couldn't find the bottom end of the gage. When we embarked on the river the release hadn't begun so we picked our way down a bare rivulet to get stranded midstream almost within sight of the Hudson. We snacked, conversed, and watched several molting ragtag looking whitetail deer while waiting for the expected release water. We were expecting several paddlers from Ottawa along with the bubble whom we met an the shuttle. The weather was exquisite and I paddled without wetsuit. Perfect day!

The bubble was more of a burst since it put the level at about 4.8 feet. Every rock in staircase and Big Nasty was a pour-over or underwater. Bob(?) Bilko had never done the gorge and was paddling an H2Pro by Old Town. He was a sensation. He zig-zagged down Staircase from one side to the opposite as though he'd done it every day and was taking a stroll in the park. (I suspect he was an accomplished kayaker before tackling open canoeing and is water & current savvy. I think pursuing that route makes for a better open boater.) We saw the usual osprey near the Boreas and one above Blue Ledge. We encountered Ann Chetham-Strode on her "Just-Married" voyage, pink kayak decked out with signs and balloons ... her father-in-law, husband and wedding party in rafts, one and all. Anne asked me to give my regards to you all - We wish her well in her new life.

Ray Gonda


Leader: Rich Larsen

April 14 - We were fortunate to have a warm evening early in the year. The day was sunny, with the temperature in the mid-50's. The level was a bit under 31, probably 2 3/4'. Six boats made the trip that evening. Rich Larsen, Mike Crane, George McIntosh, Andy Meilleur, Peter Downey, and Greg Magnant comprised the hardy crew. We started on the river at about 5:30, and finished about 7:30. (The trips routinely take about 2 hours, assuming we do not play excessively.) There were no problems on the river, but it did start to get noticeably cold as the sun went down low and behind clouds late in the trip.

April 28 - This was another fairly warm evening for April, with a temperature at 65, but cooling appreciably at the end of the day. The river was at 1 3/4 feet. Ten boats made the main trip, paddled by Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, George McIntosh, Andy Meilleur, Geoff Burns, Greg Magnant, Peter Briggs, Peter Downey, and two kayakers, whose identities I unfortunately did not remember. There were also 4 other kayaks that met up at the same time at the takeout, but paddled independently. We saw beaver. A couple of the kayaks practiced their wet exits at various points.

May 5 - Six boats made this last trip of the year, paddled by Rich Larsen, RJ Burns, Dave Bodie, George McIntosh, Scott Stanton, and Chris Clark. Temperature again near 65, rain stopped just before the trip. The river was at 0.8', getting low. This was 'bird night' on the river. We saw two ospreys, a great blue heron, and heard an owl a number of times.

April 21 and May 12 - The first was canceled because of the weather, and the latter because of weather and 'no water'.


-excerpted from an article in the national ACA canoeing magazine.

"In a rule-making move that ACA Safety Chairman Charlie Walbridge terms "a typical bureaucratic screw-up," the U.S. Coast Guard has taken multi-pronged action to tighten restrictions on personal floatation devices.

Step one would mandate wearable PFD's (Type I, 11, or 111) be carried in all canoes and kayaks and put greater authority to mandate the wearing of the devices in the hands of individual states. (most canoers agree with this part)

It is the last part of the rule-making, a proposal to require a "throwable" class IV device for each person in all craft 16 feet or longer that has drawn the fire of paddlers.

...throwables could become a safety hazard under the proposed rules...neither a canoe nor a kayak provides a stable platform for throwing. . . racing kayaks would be exempt only during actual competition or during practice while accompanied by a tender carrying PFD's...

Although the period for formal comment ended in early January, . . you can still let your views be known both to your elected representatives in Washington and to the Coast Guard.

For the latter, write the Executive Secretary, Marine Safety Council (G-LRA-3406), (CGD 92-045), US Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW, Washington, DC 20593

Vermont Lake and River Shoreland Conservation

Friday, June 25, 1993; Camels Hump Middle School, Richmond

Subject: How do we reconcile the competing uses and values of Vermont shorelands? (for example-shoreland development vs water quality protection)

What do we need to know to maintain the quality of Vermont shorelands? (training, technical assistance, etc.)

For info, registration forms, etc. write: Michael Kline
Water Quality Division
10 North Bldg.
103 South Main St.
Waterbury VT 05671-0408.


As more and more landowners close their land for various reasons, we need to help them in any way we can, to feel good about leaving their land open to recreational uses.

There was no change in the Landowner Liability Law this year, and that was a good thing. Vermont now has a good law, that says, in effect, that the landowner owes the user nothing more than that of a trespasser. That means that if a landowner is nice enough to let a recreational user on his land, the user cannot collect damages if injured on someone's property. Now it is time to work on proper changes to the law. We need a better worded bill.

There are 3 versions in the 1993 legislature, S61, H243, and another Senate version. in all 3, the Legislative Council added a phrase that is best left out. Liability limited: (2) the damages or injury resulted from the owner's willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a known dangerous condition or structure.

All the legal people I have talked to agree that this is a dangerous addition and will open landowners to a flood of legal action and that will cause owners to close more of Vermont open land.

We should get legislators to ask the Council for a version that does not change TIO S5212, except to add two subsections: (a) The court shall award any direct legal costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, to any owner who is found not to be liable for injury to a person or property pursuant to this section.

(b) The fact that a landowner has permitted use, either implied by not posting the land, or express, for recreational purposes, does not establish a claim or right, nor can it be used to establish such a claim by users thereof. The fact that a landowner has not posted the land, thereby permitting access, shall not limit or preclude the landowner from excluding or limiting trails at any time in the future.

These sections can also be added.

(c) Anyone seeking to use the land of another on a frequent and ongoing basis for recreational purposes shall obtain written or verbal consent from the owner or lessee of the land to do so, or be a member of a club or association to which such consent has been given. Such permission, however, shall not be required from infrequent and occasional users.

(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit or restrict an owner's right to use of the land. The law should stay in Title 10, where it has been very effective Write your legislators in support of these changes. Make sure that they understand opposition to the "dangerous structures' part. Senator Ready, of Addison County introduced one of the bills, and should understand the need for the changes listed. Representative Prindle, of Charlotte introduced H.243 (the same as H.222 of last year) and Senator Illuzzi, of Essex-Orleans County introduced S.163. Be sure to add that you want to attend any hearings on such a bill.


The Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers have become partners with the Champlain Kayak Club and the Lake Champlain Committee for a grant application to the Lake Champlain Basin Program for money to be used in the planning phase of the Lake Champlain Paddlers Trail. The Paddlers Trail is envisioned as a water trail running the length of Lake Champlain designed for use by paddlecraft. This planning phase will identify and map existing public access points, recreational facilities, natural areas, and historic sites along VT, NY, and Quebec shores. Existing public accesses, parks, and campgrounds will be evaluated for use by trail users, and recommendations for improvement or modified uses will be made, i.e. camping added where currently not allowed. Criteria for trail routing will be developed and public information sessions will be held to gain public input. The end result of this phase will be an implementation plan for the Trail.

The leader in this project is Kevin Rose of the Champlain Kayak Club, which is about a year old and has a membership of 100 sea kayakers. The Lake Champlain Committee is a 2500 member organization dedicated to promoting water quality, natural resources and beauty, recreation, wise land use, and a basin-wide approach to lake management. These partners and NVCC will work in partnership with the VT Dept. of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, the NY Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Hudson Valley Waterways Assn. and others in developing the Trail plan. The Hudson Valley Waterways Assn. has been pursuing the concept of a water trail from NY City to Montreal. NVCC's involvement will include information dissemination through our mailings, participation in the trail task force, providing feedback, and giving volunteer effort to the plan development.

While Lake Champlain provides access for powerboats and sailboats, little focus has been given to the needs of paddlecraft. Developing a plan for the Paddlers Trail will serve to fill this gap. The Trail will be similar to the Maine Island Trail which has become a model for other coastal and Great Lakes trails. The goals are to encourage managed access, responsible recreation, a sense of stewardship, and low-impact use of shore lands. NVCC shares these goals, making our partnership in this project natural and appropriate.

Please contact me for further information or to volunteer your time or services.

Charlie Thompson

01/01/93 - 05/17/93


Beginning Balance: $ 246.51 Beginning Balance: $1284.25 TOTAL TREASURY: $1530.76

INCOME INCOME 118 Dues @ $6 $ 708.00 Decal Sales $6.00 56 March Dinners 280.00 Patch Sales 6.00 Norm Lavoie Mem. 200.00 Canoe Clinic 462.00 Pool Sessions 120.00

Total Income $1188.00 Total Income $594.00

EXPENSES EXPENSES March Bow & Stern 180.29 Canoe Clinic: March 1993 Meeting 339.70 UVM Pool 163.21 Stamps & Phone 122.66 Hall Rental 50.00 ACA Manuals 309.46 Miscellaneous 12.25 Pool Sessions 120.00 Stamps & Phone 11.78

Total Expenses $ 642.65 Total Expenses $666.70

BALANCE $ 791.86 BALANCE $1211.55


Peter M. Briggs Treasurer, NVCC


The frigid waters of the Mad River were visited by several swimmers on a cool, cloudy April morning this year. Unfortunately these were not members of the Polar Bear Club, they were members of our club, and potential members, participating in the annual Canoe Clinic. Fortunately, thanks to the classroom and pool sessions, these anxious paddlers were prepared to handle anything the Mad River threw at them. Including a swim.

Twenty-one student paddlers participated in all or some of the clinic. Thanks to the many experienced volunteers from the club the students were taught about boating safety (Charlie and Chuck Thompson and Rob Farley), river running techniques (Peter Briggs and the famous Gonda slides), hypothermia and why you don't want it (Mark Willett), and "Now to paddle with your partner and avoid divorce" from Wayne Foell.

The pool session at UVM, led by Ray Gonda, gave all the students an early Spring chance to splash, paddle, and occasionally move the boat in the desired direction. Ray taught all the right moves paddling his diving board high above, while the students and instructors practiced In the comfort of heated water, momentarily forgetting the snows and winds of March. Zander Ponzo doubled as lifeguard and instructor. Thankfully, nobody needed saving and no boats sank to the bottom.

The river session, unlike 1992, was run on the day originally scheduled, April 10th. Most of the ice had been gone only about a week, snow was in the forecast for later in the week, but on the 10th a little window of reasonable weather opened up long enough to do the Mad. Many thanks to Rich Larsen for running the shuttle and helping organize, and communicate between, the three groups on the river.

The annual Canoe Clinic would not be possible without the support and efforts of all the club volunteers who make their time available to teach the sport to other interested paddlers. Many thanks to everyone I've mentioned and the many others for making this year's clinic another success.

Anyone interested in helping with the 1993 Kayak Clinic (see the flyer for dates); from Bar-B-Qing hot dogs and burgers, to instructing and organizing; may contact me at 434-4297.

Mark Willett - NVCC Vice President



WHAT YOU WILL LEARNFour scheduled sessions (lake and river) will be used to teach and demonstrate river running techniques; paddling styles; cold water and river safety; avoiding white water hazards; and teamwork. Demonstrations student practice on a one-on-one basis will be used.
WHAT YOU WILL NEEDA kayak, paddle, life vest, spray skirt, helmet, and cold water gear (if conditions warrant)
WHAT WILL BE PROVIDEDA Bar-B-Q will be provided at the training sessions. This time will be used to demonstrate and discuss techniques, clothing, and various equipment used in the sport.
COURSE FEE$25/person, includes Bar-B-Qs. Fee collected at first session. An instructional manual is available at additional cost.
DATES AND LOCATIONSSessions I & II, Wednesdays June 23rs and 30th, 6-8 PM. These lake sessions will be at Shelburne Beach.
Session III on a local river, Wednesday, July 7th, evening
An optional weekend trip July 10-11, to a N.H. river is offered.
REGISTRATIONCall or mail in to register. Call Rob Farley - 482-2427, Peter Briggs - 985-8257 or Mark Willett - 434-4297 (Mail by 6/20)
I have access to a Kayak?_______________Life Vest?_______________Wet/Dry Suit?_______________
Other equipment?(specify)_____________________________________________
Kayaking experience?______________________________
Mail to Mark WillettRFD 1 Box 282, Richmond VT 05477

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