2010 Trails Weekend Photos

A selection of beautiful photos taken by Paul Daly (73-78). Watch the slideshow or click on the individual photos below for larger versions.

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2010 Trails Weekend

The rain gods spared us this year and gave us a glorious weekend in which to revel in the fall scenery and get lots of work done.

A large contingent of alumni and current/recent staff filled the hub on Friday night, reviving the energy usually seen on warm summer nights. Except this bunch were decked out in toques and “Haliburton Dinner Jackets”, evoking the cool styling of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Joining us again this year was the 21st Waterloo Venturer Company led by Dirk Garlichs and Jay Treacy.

Saturday saw us fueling up with the hearty breakfast offerings of Jeff Lake (76-77, 06), Mark Purcell (80-84, 90-92) and other helpers in the kitchen. We thank them for keeping us going on the many kilometers of tough slogging in the bush. Kevin Bell (89-93, 05-?) didn’t waste any time putting the younger staff and alumni to work on gutting out Bayview Cabin. A visitor could have thought that there was a SARS outbreak going on, with everybody wearing N95 masks. Apparently, the accumulated debris left from staff gone by has been declared toxic by Health Canada. The rest of us divided into two groups and headed up the Hurst Lake Road.

One group led by Jamie Kissick (74-76, 88-98), Mark Daly (73-78) and Katherin Green (89) worked hard on cleaning-up and re-marking the trail leading from the Hurst Lake Pavilion towards Beaver Lake. The other group headed by Grant Lafontaine (88), Tim Collier (96-99) and Katrina Angel (89-90) traveled along Coopers Loop Trail and had their sights set on overcoming the barrier presented by the dilapidated and decaying Pee Pond bridge. In what turned out to be a fortuitous hunch, the group started bush crashing around the Pee Pond, without crossing the bridge, and found that the new route was similar in length and difficulty to the original trail. There could have been an impenetrable swamp or sheer cliff in the way, but fortunately that was not the case. This means that there is no longer a need to construct a new bridge and then maintain it over the years – saving HSRSA and the camp precious dollars that can now be spent on other needful projects. Another advantage of this route is that the decommissioned trail at the end of the old bridge can now be used as a potential campsite. The exposed rocky outcrop has good tent spots with a panoramic view of the Pee Pond lake and wetland complex. (See also the 2010 Pee Pond post.)

Saturday night was a time to slow down and gather in the Hub for some Golf and Poker games. Tim and Mark filled Warner’s musical shoes by pulling out the guitars and playing some ditties. A re-invigorated group hit the trails on Sunday morning with one crew continuing the work on the new detour around Pee Pond. The initial steep stretch of the new trail has been nicknamed “Chewie’s Climb” for reasons that may have something to do with the resemblance of the forest to Endor, or the sighting of a Wookie-like figure. With Kevin’s blessing, the Pee Pond Bridge was relegated to posterity, as planks and a stringer were removed to prevent scouts from attempting a crossing next season.


Jamie Kissick wading through the river

The other group tackled the sparsely marked Pikes Peak and JC trails. Apparently, confusing trail markings on this route have left hikers rambling in the wrong direction for hours.The work group encountered water flowing through the Gorge like a biblical flood due to upstream beaver dams having been broken up the day before. The usual way of crossing over boulders was impossible, so the only option was to wade through swift cold waters (the Jamie Kissick option), or “tight rope walk”on a large tree trunk over the raging river and Gorge below (the Venturer option). The Marines have nothing on this intrepid group (which included the Venturers). Apt future trail weekend slogans: “Be All You Can Be”, or “Others will follow, where we lead”.


Much was accomplished this year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without a good turnout of enthusiastic people.

Don’t miss Mark Daly’s beautiful 2010 Trails Weekend photos.

2010 Cricket Match

by Gord Fleming (84-88) – Staff Alumni Cricket Team Coach

HALIBURTON – The regrettable list of cancelled championships that already includes the WWI-Era Grey Cups, the 1919 Stanley Cup, and the 1994 World Series has a new entry today. The 2010 Haliburton Scout Reserve Cricket League championship was scuppered immediately prior to the scheduled opening bowl, owing to a combination of factors, chief among which were immediately opening bowels.

As the Alumni team members arrived at their pre-season training camp on Kennabi’s North shore, they were informed that the Staff team, their most bitter – and only – rivals, had been decimated by an outbreak of what was presumed to be Norwalk-like virus. A chill descended upon the cocksure and jovial mood of the undefeated Alumni squad, as each was in turn ordered by team physician and silly-mid-off Jamie Kissick to refrain from licking staff for the time being.

As the first day of training camp progressed despite the uncertainty, the intensity of the rivalry was underscored as rumours began to circulate that Justin Way, the long, long, long serving captain of the Staff side had devised a way of using the outbreak to his advantage. It was reported that he had begun offering undefined incentives to his stricken players to “say hello in really, really friendly ways” to the healthy Alumni in a nefarious plot to weaken them.

I’m not going to comment on unfounded rumours” said Alumni captain Gordon Fleming. “They seem a little far-fetched. I mean, incentives? Why would they need incentives? Have you seen us? We’re like the team your team could smell like”. He then put his hands on his towel-draped hips and exclaimed cryptically, “I’m in a tent!

Later that evening, league commissioner Kevin Bell announced the match was expected to go on as scheduled. “We are looking forward to the Staff side’s full recovery in time for Sunday’s match. We know they are doing everything they can to get their strength back, and the league is doing its part by reminding them of the heavy fines they face for failure to show”.

Asked to comment on the possibility that such fines might push ill players onto the field – giving the Alumni a competitive advantage – Fleming said “we like winning way better than losing, but we want to do it because we score lots of runs, not because the other team has them”.

The grueling Alumni training regime therefore continued as planned. “We’re focusing on diet and mental toughness this year” said head trainer Grant LaFontaine, as he combined chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker to construct the signature sandwich of the Alumni side. “The mental toughness is built up through sharing and meditation, in a circle of unity around the campfire, which represents the flickering spirit in all of us that feeds the burning red-hot coals of desire for victory” he added, as players behind him appeared to be exercising their eyes by rolling them.

The diet part is partly Karma-based, through offerings of food to our opponents. For example, we started an oyster bed in the creek outside the Hurst gates earlier this year, harvested the first batch a few days ago, let them warm up in the sun for a couple of hours and fed them to the Staff at snack. We had to be a little creative because we feared they might not accept our heartfelt gift without some suspicion. So, we replaced the creamy centres in the Oreos with them. Karma favours good deeds done anonymously”, he explained, as Fleming frantically mimed slashing motions across his throat in an apparent attempt to prevent the trainer from revealing too much about the Alumni strategy.


Grant Lafontaine tending to his "oyster farm"

Nervously laughing, Fleming pushed the trainer aside and took over. “What Laffie is trying to say is that we have an interest in keeping our competition strong so that they bring out the best in us. We brought them a traditional offering of yummy delicious nutritious shellfish to put the hot bubbly fire of competitiveness in their bellies. Yeah. That’s good. Print that.”


Asked if the Alumni shared in the feast, each player stared straight ahead and gave the same answer: “No. We’re all allergic. Yes, all of us. I know, weird coincidence, right?” This was in most cases followed by a wink or a fist bump.

As dawn broke on the morning of the 2010 HSRCL Final, the skies brought steady rains as Alumni player representative Jeff Lake brought news that the outbreak had taken a turn for the worse and the commissioner reluctantly declared that for the first time in its 28-year history, there would be no championship match.

As a spontaneous tribute to their stricken rivals, the Alumni players donned their whites and took their positions on the Mill Site Field for a moment of silence, a touching display of sportsmanship for which the Alumni were well – rewarded with a glorious victory by forfeit.

I know the Staff will be delighted that we were able to take to the field not just to honour them, but to make sure that a champion would still be crowned in 2010”, said Fleming. “It wasn’t quite the same, but a win is a win and we had a gastroen-terrific weekend!

2010 Bursary Awards

Three Bursary Awards for 2010

Once again this year, the Bursary Selection Committee faced a daunting task choosing a recipient of the bursary award.  Since HSR attracts such exceptional people to its staff, this decision can be quite challenging.  Finally after much discussion, three applicants were deemed equally worthy of this year’s award.

The amount of the 2010 award was $700, but a donation during the selection committee meeting of $50, increased the amount for each recipient to $250.  After the award announcement during Alumni Weekend, two alumni members donated an additional $75 each to increase the total award for each recipient to $350.  Thanks go to Casey Pitul (02) and Warner Clarke (66-70) for their donations.

The recipients of the 2010 HSR Staff Alumni Bursary Award, in alphabetical order, are Salvatore Alberti, Ian Hancock, and James Holloway.

L-R: Sal Alberti, James Holloway, Ian Hancock

Salvatore (Sal) was also a partial winner of last year’s bursary award.  2010 was Sal’s 5th year on staff, having worked as an SIT, Archery Range Master, Rappelling Instructor/Composite, Senior Rappelling Instructor, and this year as the SIT Coordinator and Senior Rappelling.  Sal is in his 2nd year at the University of Toronto studying  Industrial Engineering.

Ian has also previously been a bursary recipient, having received the award in 2007.  Ian has been on staff for seven years, as a SIT, Trapper/Composite, Archery Instructor/Composite, Climbing Wall Instructor, and currently as Senior Climbing Wall Instructor.  Ian is in his final year of studies at University of Toronto Scarborough doing a triple minor in Biology, Psychology and History.  Ian plans to continue his education after graduating this spring, by pursuing a program in Paramedicine.

This summer was James’ 4th year working at HSR.  James has held the positions of SIT, Admin Clerk and Assistant Office Manager.  James began his first year of studies at Brock University this September, in Recreation & Leisure.

Congratulations to James, Ian, and Sal!


We look forward to more exceptional applicants and next year’s award announcement at Alumni Weekend.

Donations to the Bursary are always needed and welcome.  It is one of my goals as Bursary Chair to have sufficient funds available each year to enable us to select recipients based on quality, rather than be limited by quantity. That way in years like this when multiple excellent applications are submitted, each worthy applicant could receive the full financial award.

As a final note, thanks go to Geoff Vaughan (99-06) who recently made a donation to the bursary.  Geoff received a Bursary Award in 2002.

Member News

Tara (Neal) McNally (90) and family have gone to China and she writes, “We are settled in Shanghai now. We are located in Pudong, Shanghai. We arrived on May 16th and will be here for approximately 2 years. Declan will be starting at a bilingual school in August (YCIS – Yew Chung International School of Shanghai).”

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Edna Rosevear, the mother-in-law of Peter Zurawel (67-71) in November of 2009.

Keith Watt’s (66-70) Morning Bay Vineyard (www.morningbay.ca) is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary all this summer on Pender Island, BC. July 3 is the big 5th Anniversary Birthday Bash with barrel and tank tasting, music, Pender Island lamb and other delights. Then Saturday, September 4 is the Fifth Annual Winestock Music Festival. Details on their website.