Galwegians January 2020

The Galway Hall Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, January 27th at 7 p.m.

The Kinmount Bursary Committee will meet on Monday, January 27th at 6 p.m. at the Galway Hall to finalize the plans for the upcoming dinner/auction. If you are interested in helping at this fundraiser, please come to this meeting.

The Galway Hall will be the venue for the 7th Annual Kinmount Bursary Committee Dinner/Auction fundraiser. It will be held on Saturday, February 8th. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the ham and scalloped potato dinner will be served at 6 p.m. There will be plenty of auction items to bid on. Please help support this fundraising effort. Tickets are available at the Medical Centre Pharmacy or by contacting Vic Ballik at 705 488 3053. The Bursary Committee is looking for volunteers to assist at this event. Contact Bill Lee 705 488 2625.

The ‘Friends of Galway’ capped off another busy year with their winter solstice potluck supper and made plans for 2020. The ‘Shamrocking Galway’ project was very successful and will continue again in the late spring of 2020. The ‘Stores of Galway’ project will also be continued in 2020 as will the Lake History project. Remember, it only takes one generation for hundreds of years of history, stories, and photos to be either lost or forgotten. Resolve in 2020 to share your past so that present and future generations may know it.

Here is a trumpeter swan update. Eighteen trumpeter swans were seen on Clear Bay on Saturday, November 23rd. Unfortunately, something happened to one of these swans. It could not fly and it had blood visible on its plumage. There were two unsuccessful attempts by cottagers to rescue this swan. Two days later, this untagged swan lay dead on the ice. In a telephone conversation with Jennifer at the Wye Marsh Centre, she suspected the probable cause of the swan’s death would have been from lead poisoning. Note that swans eat the root of aquatic plants.

A week later to the day, another swan appeared to also be in distress on the lake ice. However, this was not the case as this swan eventually got to open water and swam away. This trumpeter swan had been tagged. ‘V25’ was tagged and banded eighteen months ago near Orillia, according to the Wye Marsh Centre. There was almost a Canadian Geographic “moment” for V25. While she was alone and hunkered down on the lake ice, a bald eagle flew over her, perched in a nearby white pine, flew back over her, and then flew away down the bay.

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