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After a long and cloudy winter and spring, we've finally found time to get the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2006 (SSSP'06) website up and running.

Mission Ridge Country Estates, located in the RM of Aberdeen, requested advice on limiting light pollution since they were interested in creating a country atmosphere where estates were not lit up like living in the city.

As as result, they adopted, verbatim, recommendations we provided.

It's two o'clock in the morning. I'm observing under clear skies and my throat is sore. But not because of the cold! No, I'm sitting at my desk at home in London, Ontario, with a mug of hot chocolate. The telescope I'm using is southeast of Tucson, Arizona, at the Jarnac Observatory. The reason my throat is sore is that I've just spent 133min on the phone with RASC member David H. Levy (Honorary President of both Montreal Centre and Kingston Centre; 1980 Chant Medal winner), learning about David's web-based interface for remote observing.

One of the best things about the RASC is that we are a national community, but our strength is based on our local presence in our 27 Centres. To participate in this national scene is one of the main reasons I enjoy being National President so much. I've now attended 51 Centre meetings since my term began, and the last two weeks were a hectic highlight for me. I visited these Centres...

The position of Observer's Handbook Editor will be vacant as of 2006 Feb. 11, with a replacement appointed by the RASC National Council (or the Executive Committee) at the suggestion of the Nominating Committee on or after this date. The Observer's Handbook Editor is responsible for preparing each summer the following year's edition of the Observer's Handbook. A detailed job description in PDF format is available here.  Further details on the exact duties are available by contacting me.

The RASC Historical Committee is looking for help in preparing a detailed finding aid for the RASC Archives.

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