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President's Message

Splash from Toad Mountain Park

By Verne Gilkes
Sep. 27, 2011


What a month this September has been, the leaves are starting to match the colors of our living jewels, reds, yellows, oranges and browns. With the International Plowing Match here and gone we can all sort of return to normal as normal as we can be. And you say what on earth, does the IPM have to do with Koi and koi ponds. Well, way back in the early dawning of the IPM 2011 Moad Mountain Enterprise was ask if they could make a pond in the Foyer of the Vankleek Hill Community Center for the Queen of the furrow Banquet. Verne and Leigh drew up a plan that was like a park setting with water, fish and trees and of course rocks. The plan was accepted unanimously the committee in charge. So it was now a go.

As the time drew near to get the project underway Leigh was hospitalized for an operation which would lay him up for several months. The project was now too late to cancel. Rocks were found and trucked to the Community Center for the start of the construction. However we now needed some help to construct this pond and park setting.

At our monthly meeting at Jean Marc and Nicole's koi pond, Verne explained what they had been requested to do and the situation that Moad Mountain was now in. Without any further discussion a crew from the Club stepped forward and offered their help.

Monday September 19, 2011 Jean Marc, Jean Paul and Lucie, and Norm arrived at the Community Center .The Pond, a ten foot body of water 18 inches deep soon started to talk shape. Tuesday the crew returned and Dave and Christine joined in. By Tuesday night the pond was up and full of water leaving only the trees and flowers to be planted in the red bark mulch surrounding the rocks and the Koi Fish. And what would the workers be with out food, Paula came out with her tail gate BBQ in hand and for the two days we all enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs and sweets.

We owe a great deal of appreciation for the help of the Club members who came out to help. To them a Big Thank You.

I would be remiss if I did not thank our suppliers of some of the materials used, Wiley Building Supplies, cement Blocks, Legault's Greenhouses, for trees and flowers. Well sad to say by Monday afternoon, it was like a dream, up and down in less then a week.