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Great Ice 2016

 

Great Ice 2016

Great Ice 2016 has been canceled!

After conferring members of our GreatIce have decided to cancel all events for 2016.

Mother Nature has delivered fine weather for a February Luau…but not for the 10th Annual GreatIce! Event.

 

 

Great Ice 2016, the winter celebration, begins Friday, February 5th at 5:30 p.m. with the Christmas Tree Bonfire at the North Hero House Pier. Great Ice lasts from February 5th – February 14th in the North Hero Village and features  free ice skating and demonstrations, kids’ fishing derby,  a Frozen Chosen Regatta, a Chili cook-off, along with many other fun family activities.

Visit the Great Ice website for a full listing of all happenings: www.greaticevt.org The Champlain Islands Business Expo is sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union and Alburgh Golf Links.

Great Ice 2016 Schedule of Events

Friday, February 5th
Christmas Tree Bonfire!
Touch off at 5:30pm
On North Hero House Pier.

Post Bonfire Family Italian Dinner
6:30pm
Buffet-Style at the North Hero House Inn.

Saturday, February 6th
Free Public Skating
All weekend on City Bay.
Enjoy the 1k Oval, Ice Drag Strip, Hockey Rink,
or open ice skating.

Free Nordic Skating Lessons
on the 1k Oval

8am to 10am
Free Nordic Skating Lessons for newbies on City Bay.
Free equipment and instruction.

Kids Ice Fishing Derby
10am to 1pm
On City Bay.
Free instructions, equipment, lunch and trophies included!

Champlain Islands Business Expo (New)
10am-2pm
At the North Hero Community Hall. Free!

Snow Farm Vineyard Free Wine Tasting (New)
11am-3pm
At Hero’s Welcome General Store

Trail Trek at Camp Ingalls
12pm-4pm
at North Hero’s Camp Ingalls.
Snowshoe, X-Country ski or hike
Hot Cocoa, homemade cookies, and a crackling fire in the Long House!
Please note, there are no restrooms at this event.
Directions to Camp Ingalls

Kids Hockey Basics (New)
1:30pm-2:30pm
On City Bay.
Free Hockey instructions for beginners.

Frozen Chozen Regatta
3pm to 4pm
on City Bay. Race funky human-powered vehicles.
Families, imagination and innovation welcome.

Extreme Frisbee
3pm to 4pm
On City Bay. An informal game of Frozen Frisbee Football.
Everyone welcome.

Sunday, February 7th

Flapjack Breakfast
8:00-11:00am at The North Hero House.
A Hearty & Hot Vermont Breakfast.
(Set price event)

Free Nordic Skating Lessons
on the 1k Oval

9am to 10am
Free Nordic Skating Lessons for newbies on City Bay.
Free equipment and instruction.

Over ‘n Back Trek to Knight Island
9am-12pm
to Knight Island from City Bay.
Walk, skate or ski to Knight Island for hot chocolate, and return to North Hero.

Drag Racing!
10am -11am
All ages welcome for informal and family fun speed racing on the Drag Strip.

Chili-Cookoff
12:30pm-1:30pm
on City Bay in the Hero’s Welcome Picnic Area.
Enter a pot full of your family’s secret Chili recipe
for fun and prizes.

Dog Sled Rides
Rides 2pm-4pm
in North Hero Village.
Ride with Siberian Huskies! “Selfies” available.
(Set Price Event)

Ice Bike Racing on City Bay.
2pm-3pm
Race bicycles w/ studded tires. Protective gear needed.
All ages welcome.

Pickup Hockey on City Bay
2pm – 4pm
on City Bay.
Informal teams. All ages. Prizes and fun!

Friday, February 12th
GreatIce! Winter Dance 
7:30p-11pm
at the North Hero Community Hall.
Families welcome. Classic hits!
(Set price event)

Saturday, February 13th
St. Valentine’s Weekend Dinner
at The North Hero House Inn

5pm-8pm
Reservations Available @ 802 372 4732

Sunday, February 14th
St. Valentine’s Day Dinner
at The North Hero House Inn

5pm-8pm
Reservations Available @ 802 372 4732

 

60 percent of Missisquoi River male smallmouth bass bear eggs

A majority of Missisquoi River’s male smallmouth bass bear eggs

 

 report published this fall, the most comprehensive of its kind, found 60 percent to 75 percent of the Missisquoi River male smallmouth bass bear eggs.

A report published this fall, the most comprehensive of its kind, found 60-75 percent of Missisquoi River male smallmouth bass bear eggs.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: vtdigger.org

A report published this fall found 60 percent to 75 percent of male smallmouth bass in the Missisquoi River carry eggs.

Researchers believe the condition results from agricultural runoff in the Missisquoi River watershed, where farmers already face scrutiny for phosphorus pollution that promotes blue-green algae blooms in Lake Champlain.

Clean-water advocates have called on legislators and state agencies to take action in response.

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New York Offers Free Ice Fishing Weekend

NY Offers Free Ice Fishing Weekend

President’s Day weekend (February 13-14, 2016) will be a free ice fishing weekend to encourage more New Yorkers to try Ice fishing while many are on winter recess.

Residents and visitors age 16 and older will be able to fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State without a license.

Officials Say EPA Estimates For Vermont Water Cleanup Low

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the five-year cost of cleaning up Vermont waters is about $154 million. But as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, regional officials say the federal agency is underestimating costs. The 2012 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey compiled 2012 data for wastewater and stormwater projects planned for the five years following the survey. The nationwide estimate was $271 billion. Vermont’s anticipated five-year cost was $154 million.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: wamc.org

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