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Bow and Stern - March 1, 1988

Bow and Stern - - March 1988

Bow and Stern

March 1988

Message from the President

March 1988

It's March and time for another paddling season to begin. A strong whitewater schedule has been planned with trips for all levels. The canoe school will start in the middle of this month and there will be plenty of activity for all those who are interested in whitewater. I hope you will take advantage of the trips for your personal enjoyment and to keep the club active and growing.

As you read you copy of the "Bow & Stern", please note the requests for help from other clubs and from state agencies. If you are interested there are opportunities to use your expertise and knowledge to have an impact on the broader paddling community.

Lastly, the executive committee is always looking for new members and ideas. If you want to be more heavily involved in the club, please speak up. But, enough of the administrative details. Let's go enjoy the rivers! See you there.


From the Editor

Nope, you won't find a letter from George and Margaret in here either. After 4 years (or more?) the McIntoshes are "taking-out" as editors of the Bow & Stern. Much appreciation and many thanks go to them for the effort they "put-in" to our newsletter. They certainly "ran it" with class..!

Having taken over this edition I want to thank everyone who contributed so cheerfully and promptly! And helped me get this thing out. It has been an enjoyable job touching base with all you paddlers who are a part of the Bow & Stern. Thanks are also due to John and Julie Schroeder at PIP Printing for printing this newsletter.

You will notice the Bow & Stern has expanded a little bit. The strip report section is packed with notes on river and lake trips that reflect the diversity and interest of our club members in their paddling adventures - from lake cruises to Class I through V river running. We included an updated list of the Cruiser membership and a treasurer's report for you. We are listing classifieds. (If you didn't know - take not - you are encouraged to lists "for sale" items in the Bow & Stern.) And, we have added a new feature called "Boating in the Arts" which I hope you will enjoy. In addition, Chuck Thompson contributed several cartoons, which add that river rumor to our newsletter that only paddlers can really appreciate!

If you want to list a classified ad, contribute a trip report, announcement, or other article for the June issue you can send them to me at 259 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401 by June 1. Trip reports especially are encouraged (copy ready or hand written)!

Happy Paddling,
Pat Ezekiel

The 'Who to Contact if You Have Questions" List

President Rich Larsen 878-6828
Vice President Mike Fullerton 456-8701
Treasurer Cathy Chamberlain 863-3067
Secretary Charlie Thompson 878-2536
Membership Cathy Chamberlain 863-3067
Whitewater Schedule Alan Roberts 899-4129
Education/Safety Anne Chetham-Strode 434-2599
Open Boat Clinic Ray Gonda 862-6164
Closed Boat Clinic Jay Appleton 985-2592
Publicity Bet Dews or
Terri Borden
Water Resources
Ray Gonda 862-6164
Bow & Stern Pat Ezekiel 864-9217

Announcements * * Notices * * Classifieds

1988 WHITEWATER CANOEING CLINIC: The classroom session of the clinic will be at the First Congregational Church at 38 S. Winooski Avenue in Burlington from 6:30 to 11:00 PM on Wednesday, March 16. The pool session for this clinic is Sunday, March 20, at the UVM pool from 8:00 AM until noon. The river session will be Saturday, April 2, with a slip date for inclement weather or river conditions to April 9. In the past we have had to wait as late as April 19 for sufficient water.

1988 CLOSED BOAT CLINIC: The decked boat clinic will be held in July. A classroom session, flatwater trips, and whitewater trips are planned. Coordinator: Jay Appleton, 107 Falls Road, Shelburne, VT 05482. 985-2592.

ROLL SESSIONS: Melanie Israel has arranged with the YMCA for pool time for paddlers who want to practice their roll before hitting the spring runoff. The pool will be available for 4 Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:00 PM starting March 17 and ending April 7. The cost is $12.00. If you have any questions call the YMCA (862-2970).

PADDLING PARTNERS: Alice Astarita has offered to keep a roster of people looking for partners to paddle tandem. If you are interested, she will need to know your ability level and whether you own a canoe or not. To sign up, call Alice at 658-2671.

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES: The Dragon Boat Festival Weekend will be held in conjunction with the Chicago International Boat Show on June 17-19, 1988. The races will take place on Lake Michigan on June 18. Also, expeditions to races in Australia in April and Taiwan in June are planned and anyone who is physically fit may register as a team member. For information write the American Dragon Boat Association, 922 North Third, Burlington, Iowa 52601.

FOR SALE: Lady's Body Glove wet suit. Medium. Worn about 10 times. $75.00. Betsy Schneider. 453-4631.

FOR SALE: NVCC decals. $1.50. Order by phone/mail from Cathy Chamberlain. 863-3067.

FOR SALE: In Star canoe. 16' fiberglass with wood gunwales and seats. 70 pounds. Unique two color designs (black or green and yellow). $550. Charlie Thompson. 878-2536.

FOR SALE: Illiad kayak paddle. An indestructible 208 cm. $30.00. Pat Ezekiel. 864-9217.

Conservation Corner ~ Water Resources


The Rivers bill, brainchild of the Rivers Alliance and supported by letter from the club, which passed last spring, has accomplished a number of things which are:

  1. immediate cessation of towns removing gravel from riverbeds to spread on town roads. This affects the White, the Huntington, the Lamoille and 7 or so others around the state...mostly paddling and fishing rivers. Other adjustments have been made which actually benefit some landowners, e.g., the limit of 1.5 dumptruck loads (10 cubic yards) has been increased to about 7.5 loads (50 cubic yards) annually of allowable material removal provided it is not used primarily for construction or for sale. In general, better information and regulation of gravelling in its remaining forms should result from the new amendments to existing law.
  2. creation of state authority over minimum flow from dams which are not under jurisdiction of the FERC, a federal agency. If you have seen the repeated ads by Green Mountain Power Company over the past months depicting the trout jumping out of the water with the caption We care about the fish, keep in mind that those ads are a direct result of the big stick" afforded the state by this rivers bill. You may have seen the articles this past summer of company executives, with back to the dam on the Winooski above Winooski Falls near the interstate, talking about minimum flow from the dam, stating that the writing is on the wall. The minimum flow from that dam will likely increase from 50 cfs leakage to a deliberate 350 cfs minimum release level while ponding water for power generation. Again a result of the rivers bill. The big mystery is why the power companies didn't fight this bill tooth and nail, as they did similar proposals in 1980 which never got out of committee. Perhaps there is some truth in the ads. One thing for sure we owe it to Green Mountain Power or to one or more individuals within the corporation for the willingness to cooperate with us on water releases at the dam at IBM in Essex Junction.
  3. increased penalties ($1000 raised to $10,000) per each day of violation for "un-permitted" stream alterations.
  4. violator may be held responsible for costs for restoring riverbeds damaged by illegal stream alterations.
  5. establishes process for designating streams or stream segments as Outstanding Resource Waters.
  6. about a half dozen other minor improvements to the law.


Still needed and before the legislature this session is a bill to give the Department of Natural Resources (new name for the Agency of Environmental Conservation) the authority to levy "administrative fines" and to go after violators without going through the Attorney General's Office or the local State's Attorney's office. The current routes to enforcement have led to plea-bargaining to a degree sufficient to render enforcement and therefore the laws themselves ineffective, or has led to excessively lengthy delays in processing cases. This bill should have the support of the club.


On Jan. 9, Peter Richardson and Ray Gonda accepted a "Take Pride in America and Vermont" award on behalf of the many organizations and individuals comprising the Alliance from Governor Madeleine Kunin in the Governors Conference Room in the Pavilion Office Building in the Montpelier. Twelve organizations, agencies and individuals received this award, which included an attractive wooden plaque made by Green Mountain National Forest and carved into the shape of the State of Vermont. A certificate of recognition "In Appreciation for outstanding contributions to America's natural and cultural resources." was included, signed by the Governor, along with copies of a news release and photos. A national award is a possibility. The plaque and certificate will be displayed in the Vermont Natural Resources Council office in Montpelier. The Alliance will continue to advocate on behalf of rivers.


As always there is a need for exploration and descriptions of additional rivers in Vermont. Descriptions are the real need. These rivers are scattered across the state. Some are already used and thought highly of. Here's the list: Willoughby River, E. Br. Nulhegan, N. Br. Lamoille, Miller Run, Sleepers River, Peacham Hollow Brook & Stevens River, Upper Dog River, Stevens River, Jail Branch, Tabor Branch of Waits, West Branch of the White, Tweed River, Poultney River, N. Br. Ottauquechee, Bernard Brook, Mill Brook, Green River, Whetstone Brook, N. Br. Hoosic, Rock River.


In April negotiations on a release schedule for providing water for paddling the Sheldon Springs Rapid on the Missisquoi River will begin. This meeting will include representatives from Boise-Cascade, Vt. Department of Natural Resources, possibly the State Attorney General's Office and advisors from the paddling community. This is by far the largest most difficult rapid in Vermont ... ranging from class 3 to 5 in the range of normal runnable flow levels. It will make a great practice spot for those more difficult runs farther afield. There certainly are enough qualified paddlers in the club (and others in the area) now who could handle this rapid. Glass boat with pointy noses are not advisable.

Opportunities to Assist in River Related Activities with Groups That Value Rivers as Much as We Do

We are frequently invited by groups who share our river concerns and interests to participate in and support projects, trips, and other activities which they initiate. In the past few months we have been contacted by the following organizations concerning the issues or trip noted. If you would like to help or need more information you are encouraged to get in touch with the contact listed and lend a hand.


Help scout and document Vermont river conditions for the upcoming 1989 NH/VT river guide published by AMC.

Contact: Vera Smith, 1-603-749-1812

Help needed this spring and summer!


Help plan, lead, or participate in a canoe trip from Whitehall, NY to West Swanton, VT July 23-31, 1988.

Contact: Andrew Nuquist, GMC, Post Office Box 889 43 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

Registration deadline June 10, 1988


Help identify non-point source pollutants for Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Soil erosion, fertilizer runoff, septic systems, acid rain, thermal discharges, and toxic chemicals are all potential problems.

Contact: Rose Paul, Division of Water Quality
DEC, 10 North Building, 103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676 or call 244-6951



Help American Rivers preserve America's free flowing rivers.

Contact: American Rivers, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Suite 303, Washington, DC 20003 or call 1-202-547-6900


Help the state acquire river access ownership or easements. Examples relevant to the Cruisers are the purchase of easements for take-outs such as needed on the West River and purchase of land along the Winooski as it nears Lake Champlain. Ideas on how to accomplish this, specifically on how to raise money to enable the state to purchase land for recreational purposes, is desired by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Contact: Mollie Beattie
Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Jonathan Lash,
Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Ray Gonda,
Conservation/Water Resources Chair, NVCC

For more information and to discuss any of the above you can contact the following NVCC members: Rich Larsen, 878-6829; Mike Fullerton, 456-8701; Charlie Thompson, 878-2536.

Original cartoon by Chuck Thompson

Minutes from Meetings, Meetings, Meetings


The meeting was held at Our Lady of Grace Parish Hall, Colchester on Wednesday, June 17, 1987. After dinner ($.15 a dip), President Rich Larsen called the meeting to order at 7:30.

Rich expressed special thanks to Anne Chetham-Strode and Ray Gonda. Anne, in conjunction with the West River Association, undertook planning and management of the C-D West River Races. This effort brought national attention to NVCC. Ray gave many hours lobbying for the Vermont Rivers Bill, which was finally passed. Vermont is the first state to have a comprehensive rivers bill.

Rich also thanked George and Margaret McIntosh for putting out the "Bow and Stern", Ray Gonda for conducting the whitewater clinic, Al Roberts for arranging both the spring and summer schedules, and Sue Morse for the slides to be shown after the business meeting. The McIntoshes thanked people for the articles they submitted. Ray thanked the instructors in the whitewater clinic. He said evaluations by the students gave high praise to the instructors and the program. Rich pointed out that holding the clinic in May in order to have warmer water for river practice had the disadvantage of fewer rivers for practice due to low water.

Anne reported that from the National Races held on the West River in May selections are made for applicants to the international races. Fifteen NVCC members raced this year. She said that also there were fifteen NVCC volunteers who helped run the races.

Ray said his work on the Vermont Rivers Bill started last July. The goal of the bill is that all rivers be protected from such impacts as gravel removal and restricted water flow. The next step is selection of specific rivers for further protective measures.

A motion by Peter Alden was seconded and passed to accept the minutes of the last meeting as presented in the "Bow and Stern".

Treasurer Cathy Chamberlain reported a balance of $1401.08 with $262.17 in the general fund and $1141.91 in the safety and training fund. Anne said about $100.00 will be added from profits on the West River Races. Cathy would welcome suggestions for spending some of the money.

There was no old business. New business:

Dick Allen requested that future NVCC meetings be held in a place which was accessible to wheelchairs. A motion charging the Executive Committee to see that this is carried out was passed.

Mike Fullerton asked whether club members would like to assist with Special Olympics. Contact Mike if you want to help.

Anne reported for the Safety and Education Committee. She noted the First Aid class was cancelled due to a lack of interest. If members want a class this year, contact Anne. The cost will be about $34.00. There will be another Advanced Open Boat Clinic this year, probably on the Dead River. Anne has an ACA instructor to teach it. The fee is not yet set. Contact Anne if you wish to participate. Anne and Ray will teach rescue procedures on the Androscoggin River August 29 & 30. Anne will make up first aid kits soon as suggested by Charlie Thompson. Anne needs help with the kits.

Margaret said people could advertise in the "Bow and Stern" for equipment needed and equipment for sale.

Norm Lavoie offered to plan a family canoe picnic at the Sand Bar. Interested people should contact him. Rich will include it on the new flatwater schedule. People willing to lead a flatwater trip should contact Rich. Ray read the proposed charter amendment stating the purpose of the club. A motion was made and carried to accept it. Rich proposed that the charter also be amended to limit officers to no more than four consecutive years in office. This also passed.

Cathy reported that there are now 242 memberships. That includes single memberships, couples, and families.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Sue Morse then showed slides of trips down the Grand Canyon and a few of hunting mountain lions and some of the devastation in the Southwest caused by developers.

Respectfully submitted,
Betsy Schneider


Attendees: Rich and Sheri Larsen, Betsy Schneider, Charlie and Marion Thompson, George and Margaret McIntosh, Jean Hunt, Jay Appleton, Peter Alden, Mike Fullerton, Chuck Thompson, Ray Gonda, Cathy Chamberlain, Norm Lavoie

Peter Alden announced combined NVCC/GMC Columbus Day Trip, October 10-12 in the Adirondacks.

An expenditure was authorized of $100.00 per person or $500.00 total, not to exceed actual expenses, for NVCC members to attend a river workshop in October. Knowledge gained will be shared with club members through a class or a river session.

Ray Gonda has purchased NVCC memberships for about 20 people, including Governor Kunin, to promote NVCC visibility.

An expenditure of $75.00 was authorized to make up a slide tray and posters to use for publicity and shows, such as, at the Berlin Mall. Volunteers Jay Appleton, Chuck Thompson, and Rich Larsen were appointed as the slide tray committee.

An expenditure of $30.00 was authorized for Norm Lavoie to spend on charcoal, watermelons, etc. for the summer picnic.

A motion was passed unanimously to reaffirm NVCC's policy that the Whitewater Clinic Committee is to break even if possible and, in any case, not to lose money. Any excess over expenses will be used to promote NVCC safety and education.

Need volunteers to paddle Pontook on August 1 to provide input to authorities on recreational use. Ray Gonda and Rich Larsen will draft an NVCC letter calling for more water (1500 cfm), more days, and releases earlier in the day.

Discussed landowner liability as regards river users. Handout from Ray Gonda.

Discussed holding closed boat clinic in July using a lake and the Androscoggin. Consensus was to not separate the open and closed boat clinics.

Canoeing movie night: Cathy Chamberlain has received catalogs of movies from canoeing groups and will look into setting up a movie night.

Rich Larsen, in his "president's minute", called for ideas and thought on ways to spend our safety and education money, entertainment ideas, and joint meetings with AMC, GMC, Sierra Club, etc.

Attendees shared a nice cookout and game of Frisbee.

Respectfully submitted,
Charlie Thompson


Location: College Street Congregational Church. Called to order at 7:30 by President Rich Larsen. Minutes from the June meeting were accepted without reading.

Charlie Thompson presented information on the costs of new decals: $120.00 set up including 50% payment with order

Quantity Total Cost Cost Each Cost Each w/o set up 200 $565 $2.83 $2.23 500 $605 $1.21 $0.97 1000 $804 $0.81 $0.69

Action was tabled until discussion on other uses of money. Cathy Chamberlain reported we have $1400 in the Safety and Education Fund and $300 in the General Treasury.

Use of Safety and Education funds: Rich noted $200 has been authorized for first aid kits; suggested 3 more throw bags and donation to American Rivers. Anne Chetham-Strode moved that the new S&E Committee make proposals on spending S&E funds and to present proposals at the March meeting. Approved.

New decals. Charlie Thompson's motion to purchase 1000 at $804 to sell to members for $1.00 was defeated. Dick Allen's motion to purchase 500 at $605 and sell to members at $1.50 was passed.

Discussion on dropping people from the NVCC roster who haven't paid dues. A notice of payment due will be on the cover of the March "Bow and Stern". Rich Larsen will continue the discussion at the March meeting and propose dropping in June those who haven't paid for 2-3 years.

Elections. Cathy Chamberlain read the nominating committee's report. Nominating committee members were Mike Fullerton, Anne Chetham-Strode, and Cathy Chamberlain. Nominees were: President - Rich Larsen; Vice-President - Mike Fullerton; Secretary - Charlie Thompson; Treasurer - Cathy Chamberlain. Jim Higgins nominated Ray Gonda for president and presented Ray's campaign platform. Rich Larsen presented his campaign platform.

Anne Chetham-Strode's motion was approved that the 3 uncontested offices be voted in by acclamation. The vote for president was made by paper ballots. Charlie Ryan counted the votes and declared Rich Larsen the winner. Rich thanked past officers and committee members and chairpersons. He extended an invitation to all to executive meetings, asking interested persons to call to be placed on the meeting announcement list.

Norm Lavoie and Bill Gerlack volunteered to respond to CVPS proposals on portages around 4 Lamoille dams.

Dick Allen has some old canoe magazines, which he proposes we use to set up a club library or auction off. Will discuss at March meeting.

Jim Higgins discussed damming of Canadian rivers for Hydro Quebec power projects to sell power to the US. See Jim's article in this week's Vanguard Press. Our decisions here have impact on rivers there. Please write opinions to Gerold Tarrant, Public Service Commissioners, or Governor Kunin.

Anne Chetham-Strode called for volunteers and interest in NVCC helping with the West Rivers races again next year. Norm LaVoie proposed a donation to the Winooski River Park District.

Rich Larsen called for committee members and chairpersons for WW, Flatwater, S&E, Publicity, Bow and Stern, and History.

Respectfully submitted,
Charlie Thompson


Non-point pollution source report forms from the State Agency on Environmental Conservation are available from Rich Larsen.

Discussion on NVCC mailing list to American Rivers. Consensus was to not give out NVCC list, but to put American Rivers address in next B&S and let members initiate contact.

Motion passed to have NVCC join ACA. Benefits include insurance, demonstration of our support for canoeing, etc.

Cathy Chamberlain will look into a movie night on Wednesday, February 24.

S&E Committee, Anne Chetham-Strode and Bob Schumacher, are working up proposed S&E fund expenditures.

Show at Berlin Mall. Mike Fullerton will check if we are wanted. See 7-15-87 minutes on $75 authorization for slides.

Fundraising for natural areas purchases in VT. Ray Gonda requested ideas to give to Jonathan Lash, such as registration of canoes. Ray needs a volunteer to talk to a landowner in Stockton who wants to donate land to the state for canoe put-in/take-out.

Kayak school. Jay Appleton, chairperson, wants to consider July. Reasons include: training on lake; no need for pool; no conflict with WW trips.

West River races. Anne Chetham-Strode, Bob Schumacher, and Ken Fisher will meet to work out odd details. Need NVCC volunteers for Thursday (especially!), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Canoe WW clinic. Open boats back to March. Ray Gonda, chairperson.

Al Roberts and Joan Hughes will do full year WW schedule. Need volunteers for flatwater schedule.

Publicity. Bet Dews and Tern Borden clarified goals of public awareness and more activity of club members.

March meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 13th

Respectfully submitted,
Charlie Thompson

Amendments to Club Charter Unanimously Passed

The following amendments to NVCC charter were passed unanimously at the general membership meeting on June 18, 1987

1. The CLUB PURPOSE was defined as follows:

The primary purpose of the club is recreational paddlesport.

Other purposes include:

  1. Sponsoring and organizing activities which promote paddlesport and the club, such as, races and public interest activities
  2. Education of both club members and the general public in paddlesport skills, safety, and ethics
  3. Conservation as related to protecting the existence, integrity, and quality of the natural resources the club draws upon to pursue its purposes
No requirement is placed on the club to pursue any or all of these purposes at a given time.

2. Section 1F was amended as follows:

No individual shall hold the same elective or appointed office for more than four consecutive years.


Treasurer's Report

Beginning (combined) Balance: $1404.08

General Fund
Beginning Balance: 6/16/87
Membership 207.00
Sales 26.75
Dinner 65.65
Refund Dep. 15.00
Printing 30.74
Bow & Stern 132.08
Stamps 131.25
Bank S.C. 7.18
Misc. 20.47
Church Rental 83.00
Dinner 47.21
Balance - February 19, 1988 $124.64
Safety & Training Fund
Beginning Balance: 6/16/87
Solo Clinic 200.00
Loan - Decals 305.00
Adv. Clinic 200.00
Books 219.00
Balance - February 19, 1988 $617.91

Ending (combined) Balance: $742.55

Respectfully Submitted,
Cathy A. Chamberlain

NVCC Sponsors West River C-D Races Again

Two dam releases are scheduled on the West River this Spring, a race release and a recreational release. The race release is May 5 through 8 at 1800 cfs, a high water level. The following weekend, May 15 and 16, is the recreational release at a lower water level.

Race release events include the West River A-B and C-D Races. The best slalom racers in the country, including members of the national slalom team representing the United States at the pre-world and world cup championships this summer, compete in the A-B races on May 7 and 8. Racecourses are set in the Dumplings rapids, providing high excitement for racers, spectators, and photographers.

The C-D races are open to all novice and intermediate open and decked boat racers. The West River C-D Races are popular events, attended by boaters from throughout the eastern United States. Events include a downriver race, a slalom race in Clamshell rapids, and a combined race where participants paddle both downriver and slalom in the same boat. NVCC members have enjoyed participating in past races, garnered 10 medals in 1987, and plan to race on the West in 1988.

The Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers, in association with the West River Whitewater Association, is sponsoring the West River C-D Races on May 8. Since this collaboration was successful and so much fun last year, we are enthusiastic about doing it again. We are excited about the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the paddling community and the publicity it generates for NVCC.

We need help setting the slalom course on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6, and installing communications equipment on Saturday, May 7. We need help timing and scoring the slalom race on Sunday, May 8. Water will be flowing for four days; helping with the race does not preclude paddling the river or racing. This is a good opportunity to explore another aspect of paddling, and make friends with paddlers from other organizations. Also, this is a good opportunity for non-paddling relatives and friends to be involved in our sport.

Demonstrate your pride in NVCC by participating in these events. Please contact Anne Chetham-Strode at 656-1255 (days) and 434-2599 (evenings) or Bob Schumacher at 985-2992 (days) and 985-2692 (evenings) to register or volunteer.

Trip Reports

Androscoggin River: June 20-21, 1987

Participants: (OC2) John and Julie schroeder, John and John Sharp, Roy Haupt and Eric Schroeder, (OC1) Chuck Thompson, Margaret McIntosh, George McIntosh, (C1) Aldrienne Brown (Sunday only).

After meeting at the Dunkin Donuts in St. Johnsbury, we proceeded to the Mollidgewock Campground to set up our tents. The weather couldn't have been any better with clear skies and the temperature about 75 on Saturday and higher on Sunday. We had been told that the water level was much lower than usual but is was just fine. Pontook Dam has scheduled releases depending on the time of year, and was releasing from noon to 6:00 pm on weekends in June. The level at Pontook was lower than before the dam but it was still adequate and made a more technical run with smaller waves. We had a couple of swimmers so the water was still powerful enough to upset canoes.

This was the first official club trip following the whitewater clinic and the recent graduates on the trip all caught on fast. By the time we paddled Pontook on Sunday, everyone was trying surfing and playing the river rather than just paddling through. During lunch at the Seven Islands bridge, people took advantage of the opportunity to try other boats with the usual capsizes. This trip was a real pleasure with a super bunch of people.

George McIntosh

Cheat River - Narrows Section, WV: June 24, 1987

Participants: Cindy Sprague, Alan Rexford (K1)

After several enjoyable days with a jovial Cruiser contingent on the Yough, Cindy and I hoped to catch some good water on the Cheat. When we reached Albright, however, the Route 26 bridge gauge indicated 4.0' - far too "good" for these timid first timers. Instead of the Canyon Section, we chose to go upstream to do the Narrows Section.

At this moderately high level this section is interesting. Maneuvering is not too technical, but at times the river is pushy and definitely has a big water feel. Most drops are quite straightforward with some large waves and holes. For most of the five mile trip, WV 76 parallels the river, providing security and easy access.

This run is a good introduction to the Cheat prior to a Canyon trip. Paddlers should find the Narrows Section easy before attempting the far longer, more demanding Canyon Section.

Alan Rexford

Cheat River - Canyon Section, WV: June 25, 1987

Participants: Cindy Sprague, Alan Rexford (K1)
Weather: sunny and warm; no risk of flash flooding upstream
Water: Albright gauge: 3.0'- a moderate level

"Oh no, Cindy, we're gonna have to run this thing!"

The Cheat Canyon is not to be taken lightly. The run is long (11.0 miles), in an extremely rugged and remote canyon. Scouting is required for at least four drops, which means twice as many stops (the "Is it this ONE?" syndrome) and making for a long day. Over thirty Class III rapids contribute to paddle fatigue. Finally, the most difficult drops are in the last third of the trip. Good boat control and river reading are mandatory.

Our trip was terrific. Exercising caution and watching out for each other, we were still able to get sufficiently laundered playing in holes and challenged by the omnivorous "cloud chamber" in Upper Coliseum rapid. The scenery in this wild canyon was astonishing and the remains of the 1985 flood (250,000 cfs) humbling. The shuttle, provided by Glenn Miller (304-379-3404) was well worth the steep price.

"Well, Cindy, that was a piece of cake. Now, where can I clean out my boat?"

Alan Rexford

Youghiogheny River:June 20-24, 1987

Participants: Alan Roberts, Alan Rexford, Cindy Sprague, Poppy Gall, Marvie Campbell, Teo Campbell, Rick Davis, Mike Fullerton, and Special guest guide Mimi Demarea

The majority of the Cruisers involved assembled west of Bennington on the morning of Saturday, June 20, a beautiful, sunny day. The drive to western PA is a long one, a good 10 hours, but easy, as all but a few miles are interstate/turnpike. We arrived without incident at Ohiopyle State Park the same evening and were eventually joined by Rick Davis who came in from Baltimore.

The area around Ohiopyle, PA is interesting, and anything but level. (to find it on a map, look due north of the Maryland-West Virginia border). Roads run straight up ridges and straight down the other side! The town sits by the river and the campground several hundred feet above. The river is across the street from the parking lot, (ample and accessible) and the showers and changing rooms! Food is cheap (mammoth breakfasts for under $3.00).

Our first day's run was delayed by a cloudburst which lasted nearly an hour. We store hopped, watching hairy videos and worried about our campsite being washed away. At last the rain subsided, leaving a fog we paddled in for three days. Our guide Mimi appeared, and we set off.

The first step as usual was to set a shuttle. This involves a relatively short drive akin to the Pike's Peak climb, to a parking lot not far from the campground. The river is far below. Once that was settled we embarked into the fog. Mimi knew all the routes well (both hero and sneak),and guided us through with no trouble at all. A knowledgeable guide is a good idea here, as many of the drops have no obvious route on first inspection.

As it turned out, there was nothing much harder than we normally run around home, but with only a frightening sounding description and a river that went up a foot while we waited for the rain to stop, we were glad of the instruction.

The run includes monstrous looking chutes, technical rock gardens, beautiful surfing holes, and at least a couple places where the river seems to be full of boulders with no visible passage. Add a fog which left us with about 100 feet of visibility, and you get an idea of the initial nervousness. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and had at least as much fun the next two days.

This is a great place for experienced paddlers, and there are many other well known streams within a few hours drive. There is considerable hope a repeat trip can be arranged for this season, to include other runs as well as the Yough. Set aside a full week. Camping at the state park is OK, if not wonderful, but get reservations well in advance. The shuttle from the river to the parking lot is prompt and has plenty of romm and costs only $1.50. Miss it and walk two miles straight up!

Mike Fullerton

Hudson Gorge: July 12, 1987

Participants: Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Al Roberts (all OC- 1), Bob Campbell, Marvie Campbell, Poppy Gall, Pat Ezekiel (all K- 1)

After previous rains the Hudson had dropped to 3.7', a pleasant non-intimidating level that would have been perfect for first timers as the temperature was in the 90s. Much time was spent floating behind canoes in the pools. There was enough water in the Indian to float down to the Hudson. Marvie broke her paddle trying to roll in the long rapid below Staircase. Bob let her use his kayak paddle and he paddled out with a spare canoe paddle! This type of incident may justify carrying along a collapsible kayak paddle in an open boat. The trip ended well.

Al Roberts

Winooski River: July 28, 1987

Participants: Larsen (2), Clayman (2), Thompson (3), Fuhr (2), McIntosh (2), and Chapman

This flatwater evening trip was a float trip down the Winooski from the Route 2 bridge. We put in just south of the bridge near Richmond, and paddled 0.25 miles upstream to a large gravel bar for dinner. We then paddled downstream, but against the wind, for about 4 miles to a take out near Skunk Hollow road. Its a nice section of river and it gives the appearance of being away from the world, even though Route 117 is very close by.

Rich Larsen

Indian Brook Reservoir: August 4, 1987

Participants: Larsen (2), Clayman (2), Davis

This evening flatwater trip was quite nice as we floated on the reservoir and watched herons and beavers. Then, near shore, some of the paddlers practiced rolling their kayaks and listened to various excuses from the trip leader as to why he did not want to attempt to roll his.

Rich Larsen

Lower Gauley River (Peter's Creek to Swiss, WV): August 5, 1987

My friends and I were lucky to catch the Lower Gauley running "on one tube" (at a low 950 cfs) at this time of year and we had the supreme luxury of being the only group on the river. The river and its scenery is uncanningly beautiful and at this level is a technically demanding Class III run full of fun and surprises, plus, as Nealy says, you get to see how undercut all the rocks really are. Most humbling is the sluice/strainer on the bottom right of Pure Screaming Hell. I enjoyed this section immensely and suggest that you run it with a Gauley veteran the first time down, as some rapids are hard to scout. (P.S. The put-in involves a 3/4 to 1 mile carry over RR tracks and through the woods...typical of WV river access.)

Pat Ezekiel

New River Gorge (Thurmond to Fayette Station, WV): August 6, 1987

The next day the gauge at Fayette Station was just above 0 to half a foot, which is considered a very low level for the Gorge and only increases my respect the paddlers who routinely run it at higher levels. Because of the geography it is difficult to impossible to scout the Gorge (and paddle it in one day!) and I found myself paddling the biggest water I have ever experienced totally on verbal communication. My guides (mandatory for this run), Don and Linda (both K 1, NC) and Randy (OC 1, WV) have been down the Gorge about 200 times between them. That was very comforting to know but by the time I was through Lower Railroad, the second rapid into the Gorge section, anxiety went beyond hyperventilation! Nothing I had done previously prepared me mentally for the size of the 15 or so BBBBIGGG rapids in the Gorge. On this run we actually did what is considered two sections (approximately 14 miles, 19 rapids) of the river and it was for the most part a pleasant float the first part of the day. The Gorge is a class IV-V run and even at this summer level an immense amount of water funnels through. I was more than impressed -notably when I was in wave trains that I couldn't see over, around, through, or in. At one point I caught an eddy in Double Z rapid known as an eddy for the "very, very nervous. A very, very appropriate name appreciated by this paddler on her christening run. Nonetheless, most of the rapids are pretty straightforward if you know where to be and can be pretty forgiving at this water level. The idea is to not get munched by a megahole or get too intimate with undercut rocks. My buddies kept me well informed and, safely pointed in the right direction; it is an exciting, challenging BIG water run - definitely not for the faint of heart!

I have paddled the Shenandoah, Potomac, Cheat, and Youghiogheny rivers as well and would be glad to share information about these great "southern" runs.

Pat Ezekiel

Hudson Gorge: August 16, 1987

Participants: Peter Alden, Eric Bishop, Bob Campbell, P.S. Bunt, Marvie Campbell, Poppy Gall

Prior to the trip the gauge reading was 3.7 feet and at the days end it was 4.1 feet. However, during the run the gauge was as high as 4.5 feet. The Indian with the full release definitely is exciting, especially for doubles. The weather was hot and sunny, so it was somewhat hard to tell if the swims in Staircase were intentional or not. We had lunch at a rapid or two down from Staircase since our usual lunch spot was taken. The rest of the trip went without incident.

Al Roberts

Winooski River "National Lieutenant Governors Conference" Trip: August 23, 1987

At the request of Jayne Williams of Howard Dean's office, the club hosted a canoe trip on the Winooski as an activity of the National Lieutenant Governors Conference. The trip was on a very clear and cool Sunday. Eight people from the conference participated, all family or staff or lobbyists. Many of the guests were absolute beginners, and some almost fell in at the put-in. Club members had to share boats with the guests to "stabilize" a number of accidents waiting to happen. We floated from the Route 2 bridge at Richmond to the Skunk Hollow take-out without mishap, stopping for a "Vermont Products" snack on a gravel bar. Club participants were: Larsen (2), McIntosh (2), and Jayne Williams (daughter). As many club members were out of town that weekend, the biggest obstacle was to find enough boats to use, a problem which was substantially reduced by the loan of four boats from Bob Schumacher at Canoe Imports.

Rich Larsen

Whitewater Exploratory Trip: The Jacque Cartier River, Quebec: August 22-23, 1987

Participants: Eric Bishop, Mike Fullerton, Marvie Campbell, Bob Campbell, Al Roberts

The section of the Jacque Cartier that we "explored" was in the Cartier National Park about 45 minutes north of Quebec City. The park itself is magnificent. If Yosemite is rated a 10, I would give this park a 7 or 8. The Green Mountains would get a 3 or a 4 in comparison. The river itself is quite interesting. We ran one section accessible by carry. This section contains a class 4 rapid that was fun and challenging at the level we ran it, which was more like a class 3. The other parts, all accessible by road, contain interesting and fun water including a continuous easy class 3, a mile long. We also successfully paddled Avalanche Rapid that is a good class 4 rapid. After the bridge is a short rapid henceforth known as "bare it all rapid" (ask Mike about this one!).

The water appears to keep a runnable level throughout the summer. So, we should include it in the summer events schedule, maybe as an alternative to one of the Dead River trips.

Al Roberts

Hudson Gorge: August 30, 1987

Participants: Sheri Larsen, Rich Larsen, Mike Fullerton, Al Roberts, Bob Campbell, Marvie Campbell, Chris Campbell, Teo Campbell

One could learn to enjoy paddling the Hudson in 85 degree weather. It is not hard to take. The Indian was at one of the highest levels I've run it at. It is not as technical as at lower water levels but still has big waves and holes. Great for those little boats with holes in the top. The level was enough to bring the Hudson up to 4.5 feet, an enjoyable level. There were a number of other groups on the river as the word had spread about the releases. The trip was pleasant and relatively uneventful and one of the high points of the day was lunch and all the Campbells doing enders.

Al Roberts

Dead River Solo Clinic: Labor Day Weekend, 1987

Leader: Dave Payton
Participants: Eric Bishop, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Bob Campbell, Kathy Chamberlain, Ray Gonda, Ed Amidon, and a couple of others??

One couldn't have asked for more perfect weather for any kind of boating. We shuttled to the lower Dead River put-in. Anybody who went down the river and didn't come away with some new techniques and ideas didn't try very hard. Just to have the visual image of fluidity and efficiency for 5 hours of paddling was worth the price of the clinic. The most sought out help was with eddy turns. To look out on the water it at times appeared to be an "eddy turn symphony" with each boater playing a slightly different movement. There is a reason this river is called Dead - after 5 hours of drawing, cross drawing, prying, and power prying we were all just that - - - dead!

Dave showed us a couple of new pry strokes to use with ferries to make them more powerful and efficient. Right now, as I write this report (Editor's note: on 2-13-88 while traveling 1-91 taking Christopher ski jumping) they are hard to visualize with the 22 inches of new snow that has just fallen and the anticipation of powder skiing. But, I know this snow will lead to several extra weekends of great paddling come springtime and the moves will come back to me.

I cannot remember if Eric Bishop took his usual swim, but, there were a couple of brief up river swims and I suspect that Eric may have been one of them. If not, I hope he will accept my apologies. There was one very long swim in Poplar. This writer did not swim which was pleasant for a change. I did make the eddy at Pyramid Rock and gained confidence for a shot at the Kennebec Gorge on Monday.

Anybody who takes part in any of these clinics and is looking for intense individualized instruction will be disappointed. Probably the introductory clinics offered by NVCC in the spring offer more intense and individual instruction. But if one looks at these clinics as a way to get some top notch on-the-river coaching they have great value.

Bob Campbell

Dead River: Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7, 1987

Participants: 35 assorted paddlers

This trip was even better attended than last year. A cast of 35 attended. The shuttle was overbooked so we helped out by providing several vehicles and hiring drivers. This reduced the shuttle cost for everyone. The first day an advanced solo open boat clinic was conducted with Dave Payton as the instructor. The clinic was well received. The weather this weekend was gorgeous with temperatures in the high seventies and sunny. Several new boats to the club were in attendance and enjoyed the trip. They also appreciated the instruction and hints received. Spencer Rips claimed its usual cadre of swimmers as did Poplar Falls.

The Saturday night buffalo throw went over well. Thanks are in order for those who brought salad and desserts, etc. (CAC, MC, JF, LA, CT, MM). The day closed out with a nice campfire.

The group thinned out considerably for the Monday run. Part of the group ran the Kennebec gorge. This included a number of first times in both closed and open boats. Both groups had good runs on the river. Another successful weekend on the Dead River drew to a close with good weather, good paddling, and, best of all, new friends and old. Till next year,

Al Roberts

Hello! Kennebec Gorge: September 7, 1987

Participants: Rick Davis, Bill Moore, John Lazenby, Chris Campbell, Teo Campbell (all K-1), Bob Campbell (solo open canoe)

Water level began at 3,800 cfs. This is a big and powerful river even at 3,800 cfs. Starts out just big and the water coming from the dam is impressive. At first it seemed many early reports and verbal scoutings were over rated till after the first straight away and around the first corner when the action started. You have lots of time to anticipate the first big rush though at this point there is no turning back. I got caught up with a raft and immediately capsized in the first wave. Would love to blame it on the raft but I think it was just a case of big wave, bad move, and high anxiety. The raft people helped with rescue but in the end self-rescue was easier. Time now to settle down and concentrate.

We all made it through Big Momma. Chris and Teo got a couple of good rides. Rick and Bill sounded like anonymous phone callers with all their heavy breathing. Incidently, hyperventilating is acceptable on any club trip... Just after Big Momma Chris caught a powerful swirling eddy, flipped, and was pulled out of his boat. He made an excellent self-rescue. More heavy breathing! The next 4 rapids were each believed to be Magic due to more anxiety attacks. By the time we actually got to Magic it was anticlimactic because by that time the plug had been pulled. The wringer in Maytag was fully exposed and you couldn't clean clothes if you tried. When we took out at Cary Brook the Kennebec Gorge was a placid stream where one had plenty of time to reflect on incredible beauties of the Gorge.

I am told that I was the first Cruiser to do the Gorge in an open boat and I am sure that Teo was the youngest. At 3,800 cfs there are a number of Cruisers who could paddle the gorge in an open boat but it is a river that commands deep respect. There is no question that in an open boat the Gorge should be done at "safe" water temperatures. Having seen the wringer at Maytag there is no question that it is a hole to avoid at all cost. As other trip reports have indicated and as Christopher found out it is the powerful swirling eddies that present the greatest problem.

Bob Campbell

ACA Closed Boat Slalom Clinic: September 19 and 20, 1981

Participants: Anne Chetham-Strode, Rick Davis, Al Plumb, Poppy Gall, Marvie Campbell, Bob Campbell, Teo Campbell, Chris Campbell

The contingent of paddlers from NVCC who traveled to Tarrifville, CT for Ken Stone's slalom clinic on September 19th found the Farmington River flooded and the clinic cancelled. After driving around for a few hours scouting rivers we eventually ended up at Zoar Gap on the Deerfield. There we had a few hours of pleasurable playing.

That night we camped at Jamaica State Park. The next morning we carried up to the put-in. Our reward for the long carry was a Class III run with virtually no other boats on the river with lots of time to play and to enjoy the scenery.

Poppy Gall

West River Release: October 3 and 4, 1987

Participants: A large group of assorted paddlers

A large group of paddlers went to the West and paddled in diverse and ever changing groups throughout the day on Saturday. A group of seven boaters joined the trip leader for a Saturday morning run on the lower section. With all the river take-outs closed near the route 100 bridge, we had to leave the cars along a side road, and take our about 3 miles below Route 100. Some of us made a run on the upper river that afternoon, joining other club members.

Saturday evening was a special treat, as the Campbells and Al Roberts hosted a fine dinner and party at the Campbell residence. Thanks to all of them for a fine event. (Editor's note: It was a bodaciously fine event!)

A driving rain began Saturday night, sending some of the campers at the Campbell's scurrying for cover indoors. Sunday morning found the temperature dropping toward freezing and Jamaica parking lot empty. We gave up and drove home as the rain turned to snow and ice. This alternative version of whitewater provided its own excitement as many cars, including at least one club member's, ended up off the road.

Rich Larsen

Frostbite Slalom and Training Camp: October 24 and 25, 1987

Dartmouth's Ledyard Canoe Club hosted this 2 day decked boat clinic on the Connecticut and White Rivers. World class coaching and instruction was provided by Cathy Hearn, Peggy and Dave Mitchell, Doug Gordon, and Ron Lugbill.

Saturday morning's exercises included warm-up stretches, stroke critique, and practice in flatwater gates outside the clubhouse. After lunch (Wonderbread and PB) the group moved to the nearby White River and practiced running gates on moving water. Later in the afternoon paddlers discussed videos that were taken of them earlier. The Canoe Cruisers declined Ledyard's dinner menu and enjoyed home style cooking at the Campbell's instead.

Sunday was devoted to the race including group discussions about the course, practice runs, and personal coaching as well as the two official race runs. In the Junior division, Christopher Campbell and Teo Campbell finished second and third, respectively, bringing home bags of M&Ms and candy corn as their winnings.

Cathy Hearn's group included: Pat Ezekiel, Marvie Campbell, Poppy Gall Doug Gordon's group included: Teo Campbell, Chris Campbell, Rick Davis

Poppy Gall

Canoe Cruiders Phone List

Abraham, Fred & Shaun			Waterbury Center VT	244-8104
Agnew, George				Burlington VT		863-8633
Alden, Peter & Sue			Burlington VT		863-6585
Allen, Artie & Renee			Clinton CT		203-669-0800
Allen, Fuller & Peg			Plattsburg NY		518-561-5317
Allen, Jeff & Stephanie Lahar		Burlington VT		864-6871
Allen, Rich & Lucille			Essex Junction VT	878-3853
Allen,Steve				Moretown VT
Amidon, Ed				Charlotte VT		425-2375
Amodei, Maria				Dunstable MASS		617-649-7692
Anderson, Larry & Margery		Killington VT		775-4508
Andres,Gerhard/Wallace,Marlene		Moretown VT		496-4191
Appleton,Jay				Shelburne VT		985-2592
Armstrong, Mike				Essex Junction VT
Astarita, Alice				So. Burlington VT	658-2671
Bagioni, Rose Marie			Underhill VT
Barlow, Gill & Deb			Charlotte VT		425-2674
Bartlett, Wm & Sue			Hyde Park VT		888-5591
Bedo, Tibor & Osara			Richmond VT		434-2865
Behany, David				Burlington VT		862-7362
Belcher, Donna/David/Carl		Middlebury VT		388-6603
Biddle, Stark				Shrewsbury VT		492-3350
Bishop, Eric				Montpelier VT		223-6215
Blackmore, John & Pat			Danville VT
Boedy, David				Burlington VT		862-3383
Borden, Terri				Fairfax VT		849-6594
Brown, Adrienne				Lyme Center NH		603-795-2866
Bunting, Charles & Ann			Shelburne VT		985-9733
Buttles, Gwen				Charlotte VT		425-2857
Byrne, Jack/Farley, Virginia		Moretown VT		223-6470
Cabell, Norton & Holly			Hanover NH		603-643-8561
Callan, Virgina/Richardson, C.		E. Montpelier VT	223-3174
Campbell, Bob/Marvie/Chris/Teo		Chester VT		875-2235
Campbell,Douglas/Bingham, Janie		Winooski VT		655-9069
Carpenter, Leonard			Essex Junction VT	899-3668
Carter, Sen. Harvey			Bennington VT
Chamberlain, Cathy			So. Burlington VT	863-3067
Chambers, Carolyn			Winooski VT		655-0108
Chapman, Carol				Burlington VT
Chetham-Strode, Anne/Davis, Rick	Waterbury VT		434-2599
Clarkson, Brenda			Moretown, VT		496-7094
Clayman, Dave & Winni			Essex Junction VT	879-4226
Cleary, Patrick				Essex Junction VT	878-3159
Clymer, Marie				Milton VT		893-2890
Cogbill, Rachael Walker			Plainfield VT
Conlon, Tom & Muffy			Montpelier VT		223-7347
Conners, Wm.				Richmond VT		434-4024
Consalvo, Carmine & Anna Mary		No. Ferrisburg VT	453-4490
Corrigan, Molly				Montpelier VT		229-9552
Crowe, Bill				Underhill Center VT	899-2469
Crystal, Jon				Shelburne VT		985-2631
Czaplinski, Rich			Waterbury VT
Dana, Richard & Laurie			Richmond VT
Dawson, James & Caroline		Peru NY			518-643-9289
Deery, Mary				So. Burlington VT
Delsignore, Michael			So. Burlington VT	862-1648
DesMuesles, Peter Esq			N. Pomfret VT
Desilets, Maurice & Connie		Essex Junction VT	879-7364
Desrosiers, Joseph & Rhonda		Milton VT		893-2645
Devlin, Alexis				Burlington VT		863-0413
Dews, Elizabeth				Fairfax VT		849-6594
Diesing, Philip				Fairfax VT
Dingle, Steve/Huynh, Cuc		Jericho VT		899-3238
Distler, Robert & Sue			Northboro MA		617-393-7731
Dodds, Robert & Melinda			Essex Junction VT	879-1164
Dubey, Dottie				Strafford VT		765-4507
Dufresne, Irma				Vergennes VT		877-3437
Dufresne, Janet				So. Burlington VT	658-6607
Duggen, Lar				Burlington VT		862-5831
Duncan, Kevin & Tricia			Milton VT		893-7963
Durkin, Bob & Alice			Waterbury Center VT	244-8626
Eliason, Hap				Manchester Center VT	667-4095
Elvestad, Alf & Linda			Enfield NH		603-632-7654
Ezekiel, Pat				Burlington VT		864-9217
Fallensbee, Mark			So. Burlington VT
Finney, Henry & Helen			Burlington VT		862-2000
Fisher, John				Burlington VT
Flack, Doug & Jean			Enosburg Falls VT	933-7752
Foell, Chuck & Joanne			Burlington VT
Foell, Wayne				Essex Junction VT	878-4144
Foster, Halle				Shelburne VT		985-3990
Frankowski, Barb			Colchester VT		878-2018
Frost, Alan/Ione/Minot			New Haven VT		453-4675
Fullerton, Michael			East Calais VT		456-8701
Furland, Tom & Karen			Essex Junction VT	878-8330
Gall, Poppy				Manchester VT		867-4047
Gallagher, Mac & Diane			Burlington VT		658-3874
Garbose, David				Middlebury VT		462-3660
Gardner, Joan				Winooski VT		655-3637
Garrison, Virginia			Moretown VT		496-4622
Gerlack, Bill & Paula			Westford VT		679-0979
Germain, Richard			Warren VT		496-2907
Gillis, Maryke/Secratary		State St Montpelier	223-3463
Ginsberg, Arther & Jennifer		Ferrisberg VT		677-2668
Gold, Steve/Markiv/Irma			Montpelier VT		229-0028
Gonda, Ray				So. Burlington VT	862-6164
Gordon, Michael				Essex Junction VT
Greene, Chris				So. Burlington VT	862-0214
Groom, James & Carol			Warren VT		496-3926
Gullion, Phillip & Sally		Bristol VT		453-3223
Hackett, Lynn				Barre VT		479-3565
Hansen, Howard & Mackenzie, Joan	Underhill VT		899-3067
Hark, Tom				Moretown VT		229-4266
Harrington, Lance			Bethel VT
Harvey, Mary				Jamaica VT
Harvey, Peter				So. Burlington VT	658-0691
Haskell, Neal				Stowe VT		253-7442
Haupt, Roy & Wendy			Waterbury Center VT	244-5213
Heh,Rich				Underhill VT		899-2747
Henry, Jim & Kay			Waitsfield VT
Higgins,Jim/Hanson, Laurie		Cambridge VT		899-8687
Hoisington, Richard			Springfield VT		885-3332
Huff, Melrose				Charlotte VT		425-2854
Hughes, Joan				Winooski VT		655-7301
Humphrey, Michael			Winooski VT		655-5258
Hunt, Jean				Winooski VT		655-0938
Hunter, Cathy/Hansen, Per		Colchester VT		878-3964
Hunziker, Mark & Teague			Essex Junction VT	878-0477
Hyde, Paul & Marilyn			Essex Junction VT	879-7508
Israel, Melanie				Burlington VT		862-7362
Jamieson, H. Richard			Waitsfield VT		496-2552
Jette, Richard				St. Albans VT		524-4463
Johnson, Raymond & Lola			Chazy NY		518-846-8234
Jones, Barry & Dru			Plainfield VT		416-3265
Jordan, Fred				Montpelier VT		223-3935
Kastner, Tom				Marshfield VT		426-3734
Katzman, Richard & Bonnie		Waterbury VT		244-5567
Kazeniac, Manisha			No. Ferrisburg VT	425-3380
Kieran, Bob & Joan			So. Burlington VT	863-1420
Kinaman, Russel & Lila			Essex Junction VT	879-6666
King,John				Burlington VT		863-6429
Koier, John/Hunt, Joann			Winooski VT		655-9513
Krassner, Lowell/Geerken, D.		So Burlington VT	862-7371
Laclaire, Larry & Diane			Hyde Park VT		253-9886
Ladabouche, Mary			Milton VT		693-4281
Landon, James & Marsh	 		Farm Rd-Jericho VT
Lanpher, Hoopie				Waterbury Vt
Larsen, Richard & Sheryl		Essex Junction VT	878-6828
Lauren, Chas & Bev			Rochester VT		767-3986
Laviqne, Mary				Colchester VT		655-2194
Lavoie, Norm & Elaine			So. Burlington VT	863-5456
Lazenby, John				Montpelier VT		223-6973
Leahy, Thomas				Williston VT		878-6356
Leclair, Ed				Milton VT		893-6731
Leonard, Patrick			Essex Junction VT	878-4408
Leroy, Greg				Bristol VT
Levine-Penlach, Melanie			Perkinsville VT		263-9243
Liss, Bryan				Calais VT
Loewen, Jim				So Burlington VT	658-1768
MacDonald, Donald & Caroline		So. Burlington VT	662-0918
Manahan, Rick				St. Albans VT		524-5847
Marceau, Stu & Linda			Colchester VT		879-6094
Marugg, Timothy				Plainville MA
McDay, John & Jane			Williston VT		879-1818
McIntosh, George & Margaret		Jeffersonville VT	644-2134
Mcknight, Jack				So. Burlington VT	864-6017
Mclauglin, John & Bev			Barre VT
Mcpherson, Steve & Charlotte		Topsham ME		207-774-4581
Meals, Don/Rupe/Lynn			Monkton Vt		453-4154
Messino, Steve & Linda			Tewksbury MA		617-851-5824
Metz, Steve				Shelburne VT
Miller, Ruth				Shelburne VT		985-2592
Milton, Marcy				Burlington VT	
Morgan, Michael & Tracy			Montpelier VT		223-2039
Morris,Jim & Pat Whitehill		Richmond VT		434-4232
Morse, David & Elinor			Montpelier VT
Myers, Gary & Beverly			Colchester VT		862-7048
Nadon, Fred & Freda			Northfield VT		485-8168
Neumann, Sally				Essex Junction VT	879-6399
Nuquist, Andrew				Montpelier VT		223-3550
Obrien, Dennis & Tiiu			Thetford Hill VT	785-4929
Page, Dorothy				Essex Junction VT	879-0609
Palola,Eric/Mcsweeny, Shelly		Montpelier VT
Parker, Jean				Burlington VT		862-3972
Parsone, Jeff & Debra			Morrisville VT		888-7020
Peery, William				Jonesville VT
Pelchar, Michael & Susan		Northfield VT		299-9469
Plumb, Alan				Jeffersonville VT	849-6558
Poulin, Jim/White, Patti		Richmond VT		434-2708
Powel, Rosie				Burlington VT		863-6757
Quamme, Margaret & Brad			Burlington VT		863-1508
Ranney, Terry & Joanne			Richmond VT		434-3233
Rexford, Alan				Montpelier VT		223-2754
Reynolds, Bob				Bristol VT		453-2938
Reynolds, Marc				St. Albans VT
Reynolds, Richard & Paula		Morrisville VT		
Reynolds, Ron				Stowe VT		253-8986
Roberts, Alan				Jericho VT		899-4129
Russel, Pat & Jan			So Hero VT		372-5151
Ryan, Charlie				St. Albans VT		524-9062
Ryan, Tony				Lyme Center NH		
Saunders, Dan/Wendt, Nancy		Bloomfield CT		
Schmitt, Bob & Bette			So. Deerfield MA	
Schneck, John & Bonnie			Milton VT		893-7706
Schneider, Betsy			Bristol VT		453-4631
Schneider, Rick				Bristol VT
Schroeder, John & Julianna		Cambridge VT		899-2694
Schroeder, Tom & Sally			So. Burlington VT	863-4415
Schultheis, Arnold			St. Albans Bay VT
Schulz, Eric				Burlington VT		658-6593
Schumacher, Bob & Barb			Shelburne VT		985-2992
Schweiker, Roioli			Concord NH
Sease, Steve Dir Planning		Waterbury VT
Selig, Mark & Mary			Milton VT		524-3827
Sharp, John & Susan			Burlington VT		862-3941
Silberman, Rich & Judy			Colchester VT		862-9798
Simmons, John				Poughkeepsie NY
Smith, Clyde				Westport NY
Smith, Doug & Lina			Jeffersonville VT	644-5483
Smith, Lesley & Elliot			Warren VT		583-3018
Sonchik, Susan				Essex Junction VT	
Sprague, Cindy				Burlington VT		658-9407
Squires, Andy & Carlene			Richmond VT		434-2533
Stirt, Alan/Scott, Wendy		Enosburg Falls VT	933-2125
Tashman, Len & Nancy			UVM - Burlington VT
Tetreault, Bruce & Dianne		Burlington VT		862-5492
Thomas, Trudy				Montpelier VT
Thompson, Charles & Marion		Colchester VT		878-2536
Thompson, Clement			Shelburne VT		985-2615
Thomson, Larry				Richmond VT		434-3454
Thurmond, Valerie			Thetford Center VT	785-4466
Tompkins, Enoch & Marie			Shelburne VT		985-2464
Trand, Ty				Warren VT		496-3831
Trent, Philip				Burlington VT	
Truax, Brian & Kathy			Richmond VT		434-4086
Trudell, Dick & Kay			Winooski VT		655-3554
Tsao, Frank				Shelburne VT		985-3809
Ugro, Valerie				Fairfax VT		849-6185
Unger, Gary & Linda			Starksboro VT		453-3980
Vangraber, John & Gloria		So. Burlington VT	862-0569
Vrana, Olga				Burlington VT		863-0295
Walford, James & Deborah		Fairfax VT		849-6672
Walsh, Frank & Elizabeth		Poughkeepsie NY
Warshow, John				Montpelier VT
Wentworth, Rod/Collemer, Jo		Montpelier VT
Wildgust,Allon				Barre VT		
Wilson, Gregg & Janet			Essex Junction VT	
Wing, Boswell				Waterbury Center VT	244-6923
Wylie, Mary Elizabeth			Burlington VT		862-8198
Yandow, Virginia			Milton VT		893-6328
Zamecnik, Jim & Sue			Chittenden VT		483-6126
Zimmerman, Robert			Burlington VT		863-9745

A New Feature of the Bow & Stern: Boating in the Arts

Have you ever noticed boating in the arts and literature?

The following dialog is taken from a famous novel, story, play, film, poem, or other literary genre. Guess its source and the participants. Send guesses to Anne Chetham-Strode, RR 1 Box 515, Waterbury, VT 05676.

If response is favorable, this will be a regular column in the "Bow and Stern". Names of people who answer correctly will be printed in the following issue.

Charlie: Well miss, how'd you like it?

Rose: Like it?

Charlie: Whitewater. Rapids.

Rose: I never dreamed .

Charlie: I don't blame you for being scared, miss; not one little bit. Ain't no person in their right mind ain't scared of whitewater.

Rose: I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating.

Charlie: How's that, miss?

Rose: I've only known such excitement a few times before.

Charlie: You mean you want to go on?

Rose: Naturally! . . . Now that I've had a taste of it, I don't wonder you love boating.

NVCC Spring Schedule

Date Event Leader/Contact Difficulty
Mar 26
Chuck's Choice Chuck Thompson
Mar 27
Huntington River Cathy Chamberlain
Apr 2
River Session Ray Gonda
Apr 3
Upper Lamoille
or Moose
Mike Fullerton
Apr 9
Lower Lamoille Ray Gonda
Apr 10
Upper Lamoille Bill Gerlack
Apr 9-10
Southern VT Rivers Campbell/Roberts
Apr 16
Contoocook NH Adrienne Brown
Apr 17
White River George McIntosh
Apr 23-24
Ammonoosuc NH Peter Alden
Apr 30
Mike's Frolic Mike Fullerton
May 1
NY River Alan Roberts
May 7-8
Schroon/Lower Hudson NY Eric Bishop
May 6-8
West River Races See Note *** below
May 14-15
West River Release R. Larsen/J.Hughes
May 21-22
NY Rivers Mike Fullerton
May 28-30
Memorial Day W/E Alan Roberts
Jun 5
Hudson Gorge NY Peter Alden
Jun 12
Hudson Gorge NY Sheryl Larsen
Jun 18-19
Androscoggin NH George McIntosh
Difficulty: N-novice I-intermediate E-experienced


Due to unforseen level changes and glut or dearth of water, trips are subject to last minute changes.

As the season progresses novices who have gained experience may be qualified to attend ??? only trips. Disscussion with the trip organizer is suggested.

Local River Trips may be offered during May by George McIntosh (802-644-2134) or Charlie Thompson (878-2536).

Midweek trips starting the last week in April contact Rich Larsen.

*** Contact Bob Schumacher(985-2992) or Anne Chetham-Strode(434-2599) for information or to help in the race set-up.

Rumor Mill... Rumor has it that the Dead River Extravaganza will be rerun this summer.

Another trip to Jacque Cartier will be run. Maybe a long weekend of rivers in Quebec. What about paddling in Pa. in June?

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