Maidstone Lake Mirror – Fall 2017 Edition –
Nov 7, 2017
Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!
As summer has faded, the fall storm took power out for a few days and now we await the first real cold weather of the season – just in time for the hunters! Hopefully, everyone has made preparations for the winter season at their camps! Just a note about communications during power loss events. As our number of full time families increases – please do your best to spread the word about outages or offer services (if you have generator) for those that may need access. While we hope for improved internet, power, and phone services we cannot control the economics of providing these services to a remote location – so we while we wait for improvements – let’s do our best to look out for each other. While old fashioned (non-electric powered) phones will still work (if the phone lines are not down) – not much else works well during these outages. Perhaps – anyone who has a generator that is willing to provide a service – like storing refrigerated medicine, Internet, or phone service during an outage can let us know – we will publish that as a resource to our lake community. Nothing like a good storm party!
Thanks to all those who made the annual meeting this year! There was a lot of great information from our guest speakers and we enjoyed some great BBQ from Smoking T’s. Please mark your calendars for Saturday July 7th, 2018 for our next annual meeting!
Congratulations to Bill Sanborn who was the 2017 recipient of the Maidstone Lake Service Award. Bill has, for many years, made significant contributions to the safety of our lake community. Most recently – Bill helped to get the Helicopter landing zone completed and the Automated External Defibrillators purchased and installed. Thanks Bill for all you continue to do behind the scenes to maintain & improve safety!
Looking for someone to run the Greeter Station for next Summer. Please let Ken Watson know if you are interested in working the greeter station for next summer! We lost the services of our greeter and this opens an opportunity for someone to get some part time work and be at the lake! firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of you ask about the lake road conditions and grading schedule so we wanted to pass that there is a plan to grade the road starting later this week! As we have mentioned many times – we are fortunate to have the Town maintain the lake roads. They have drastically improved since they have taken them over.
Maidstone Lake History Books! We still have some books for sale that would make a great present for Christmas or other gift opportunity! We only made one printing so get them while they last! Simply email us and we will get you connected with a book!
Lake Levels are high! Many of you have expressed concern over the level of the lake since the new Dam was installed. We have been in communication with the State since 2015 regarding opening a conversation about either possible adjustments – seasonally or permanently. It has been apparent that the lake level seems to take well into the summer to reach a consistent level and the winter ice is perhaps causing more gouging and shoreline damage to both the natural littoral zones and man-made shoreline structures which also cause damage the surrounding ecosystem. While there may not be any changes we are trying to ask the questions and engage in a dialogue. Answers and movement on this is slow!
Logging Operations: There are ongoing logging operations in the area accessed by the road near the Helicopter landing zone. Be careful of logging vehicles! Apparently they missed the turn and went all the way down to the campground the other day!
At the Annual Meeting there were some changes to the Board. Sally Pratt stepped into retirement. Thank-you Sally for your many years of service to the lake community! The current Directors are: Greg Poer,”Sam” Gorham, Marna Ingerson, Linda Sanborn, Ken Watson, Chris von Alt, Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier and Jim Mazzonna. Current Officers: President: Jim Mazzonna, Vice-President: Ken Watson, Treasurer: Greg Poer, Secretary: Linda Sanborn.
Our next Directors meeting is in May of 2018.
We are pleased to pass along the following updates from the Directors!
News & Updates:
MLA Annual Meeting & Picnic We hope to see you at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Picnic on Saturday July 7th of 2018 All are welcome!
The weather forecast is Sunny & 84 Degrees!
Come hear about the happenings of the lake over the last year, enjoy some great food. More to follow on the food!
Please know that you DO NOT need to be a member to attend either of these great events – ALL are welcome! We rarely have the opportunity to get together like this – so please come out and support your community.
8AM: Coffee Social – Get there early – a good seat and cup o’ Joe!
9AM-1100AM: Annual Meeting – Hear about the amazing community effort it takes to protect & preserve our lake.
Around 1130: Enjoy some good food & camaraderie and hopefully Bruce Kimball on the Sax!
We really hope to get as many folks out to participate in both these events as it is our one time to pass along & share information and ideas while be updated on many important topics that impact the Lake community. ALL are Welcome!
Safety Matters! – Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Maidstone Lake has 2 AED’s that are presently mounted and ready for service – one on the East Side and the other on the West Side. The locations are 4488 Maidstone Lake Road on the East, and 37 Private West 2 on the West. There is signage showing you to where they are located on the property and there will be further signage along the lake road to indicate their location.
Maidstone Lake Directory: Did your email or other contact info change ? If you would like to update,join, or validate your info that we have in the current Maidstone Lake Directory – please email Kathy Frizzell at email@example.com. This directory is voluntary and only shared with those who participate. Once Kathy has compiled the updates – she sends the directory only to those folks who provided information. The Association does not share that information.
2017 Membership Info: It is not too late to contribute! You should have all received the membership information by email or snail mail. Please take a moment to send it back in! We count on your support for the programming & prevention stewardship focus of our lake. Please click the link and you can print out & send in your membership for this year – we thank-you in advance! http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/MLA-Membership-2017-2018.pdf
Rubbish & Recycling: Just a reminder – recycling is back to every OTHER week – Mondays unless Monday is a holiday – then Wednesday. Please put your trash in containers that animals cannot get into! Full schedule on Town of Maidstone Website. See below for link…
Greeter Program & Shoreline Protection: Our Greeter program is intended to help us detect any aquatic nuisance from entering the lake. This summer our greeters inspected about 300 vessels and another 70 plus vessels completed the sign-in sheet. We will continue to support this program and hope it is all the prevention we need. This season we have budgeted to cover launch for about 49 days (weather permitting). The other parts of this triad of programs is the Shoreline Monitoring program which helps us keep an eye out for anything abnormal along the shore and Lay Monitoring program that captures some quality measures of our water. Please let Ken Watson know if you want to help out with that this year as we always could use more volunteers. Please email Ken if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidstone Lake History…Books still available – Great gift item! Thanks for all your support as we have sold over 300 books! Email us and we will get you one! The cost of the publication is only $35. The book is 186 pages of color and some black & white photos along with the history of the lake & camps. Pass the word to those who are not connected! Thanks for the support! For those who want to order online and want a book shipped: http://bit.ly/MaidstoneHistory
Maidstone Lake Gifts: Also… don’t forget the great variety of items that Sam & Carol Gorham have for you to buy! From shirts to hats to sweatshirts to all kinds of lake crafts – they have something that would make a great gift or something you buy as a gift and keep for yourself! Contact the Gorhams at their camp or email us and we will get you connected.
Gun Range – West Mountain Wildlife Area The Vermont Dept of Fish & Wildlife has just completed a gun range located in Ferdinand on South American Pond Road. The range is open from April 16th – Dec 14th from 9:30AM to Sunset. It has 4 shooting lanes and looks like to goes about 100 yards. Rules are posted on site – see the photo attached. of the range. Directions: RT 102 to RT 105 – then 6.8 miles – Left onto South American Pond Road although there is no road sign – but rather the Wenlock West Mountain Wildlife sign. 1.4 miles on South American Pond Road – then stay to the Left. Proceed 1.1 more miles and range will be on the right. Also, you can access via Paul Stream Road if you want to take the back way in through the hills. Be courteous – Pack out what you bring in!
Boating Safety: The boating safety course is available online at: https://www.boat-ed.com
Doing work on your property? Here is a handy worksheet to help determine what is needed when developing your property:
MLA Directors Meetings & Feedback Loop:
The MLA Directors meetings start in May and end in October. Next meeting is in the Spring of 2018- if you have any input – please reply to this email.
Please email email@example.com or contact one of the Directors if you have anything you would like to pass along.
The current MLA Directors are Greg Poer,”Sam” Gorham, Marna Ingerson, Linda Sanborn, Ken Watson,Chris von Alt, Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier and Jim Mazzonna.
Save Valuable First Responder Time!! – Get your 911 Signage:
You can still reserve/purchase your sign from the MLA. If you don’t have one – you really should so that if there is ever an emergency – first responders can locate your camp. If would like to purchase a sign please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your cost is our cost: $10.
Maidstone Town News: See the latest information & resources online at the Town of Maidstone Website.
Selectboard Meeting First Monday of Every Month – 7PM.
Maidstone Lake Website: Open 24 Hours a Day! Please explore the entire site that is full of reference material and other great resources – open 24 hours a day! http://maidstonelake.org/
Photos & Videos wanted! Please email some photos along so we can update the Website page! We will put some of the photos right on the Home Page of the website! http://maidstonelake.org/
Note: Our MLA mailing address has changed. Please note our new mailing address is 911 Maidstone Lake Road, Maidstone, VT 05905-4509.
The number 113 is significant. That number is the number of Vermont bodies of water that have aquatic species in them as of April 2015. 113. 113 bodies of water have 9 varieties of Aquatic Species for a total of 186 species in these waters. Maidstone Lake = 0.
There is a lot of news about various water quality issues across the State – whether is is the water you drink, bath, swim in, garden with, fish in, or recreate on. While there may be a lot of debate over how to “fix” these sorts of issues – we know one thing for sure – we are pretty lucky in our little corner of the Northeast Kingdom. We enjoy one of the cleanest lakes in Vermont by the standards used in the Lay Monitoring Program.
We hope to never have to face an issue with aquatic invasive species or deal with water quality issues that permanently degrade our lake. We hope our greeter program and other efforts will continue to be the difference. But the fact is we all make the difference – through awareness and support of a common goal.
Trying our best to do the right things on our properties to mitigate the unabated runoff water flow into the lake, not using harmful chemicals on our lawns, maintaining septic systems, using best management practices to help naturally filter water run off, are things we can do to preserve our lake for those that follow.
We are fortunate to have most (about 90%) of the MLA financial resources set aside in reserve funds to be prepared for some unfortunate event(s) regarding aquatic species or the like. And each year ….we add to that reserve if there is any excess funds.
We count on your support – not only through your actions as an owner – but financially as a member or annual contributor.
As the season is behind us – perhaps you forgot to send the check in so….please continue or reaffirm your support by either joining or donating to the Association. It is $50 a year. Less than one months worth or Internet, your cell phone bill, or dinner for 2.
We stand at about 110 members, and our goal is 100% participation. Please know that dues monies support the greeter & associated water quality programs, the AED program, the Website, the Helicopter LZ, the MLA Service Award, and our Annual Meeting. Through the generosity of volunteers we generate revenue by maintaining the grounds at the dam & boat launch year round. We also generate revenue through the Gorham’s’ clothing & craft sales, website advertising, bumper stickers, and the raffle at the annual meeting. Still- the bulk of revenue comes from our dues and those who donate. And as mentioned – we take any excess monies over our very small budget and assign them to one of our reserve funds.
So – thank-you for all those that have supported us over the years! We cannot do this effectively without your support so we are grateful.
Click this link to see the list from the State of Vermont for more details on the areas around the State that are impacted.
114 or 0?
Jim Mazzonna, President