Maidstone Lake Mirror – Annual Meeting Edition-
July 15, 2019
Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!
Thanks for all those that could make it to the meeting this year. The weather was perfect and the picnic was a huge success with over 80 folks in attendance.
This years recipent of the Maidstone Lake Service Award was awarded to Bob “Gator” Lancraft. His contributions to the lake over many years helped put us in the solid financial position we are in today. Congrats Bob!
Thanks to the State Park for allowing us to use the venue, and to each of you that could come and participate and bring along a dish to share. Thanks to Bruno’s Amazing Woodfired Pizza for serving up some great Pizza and Andrew Beaubien for gracing us with some amazing live music!
Thanks to those who presented to us and gave updates to inform our community
Tom Walsh – ParkRanger, Maidstone State Park
Jordan Weaknecht – Weyerhaeuser
Luc Beaubien-NEWISP Internet Service Provider
Thanks to the MLA Directors and all those volunteers who helped make the Annual Meeting possible with all the logistics and preparation!
Thanks to all the program leaders for their presentations on the important work being done to sustain our great lake.
Treasurers Report … Gregory Poer
Safety Report … Bill Sanborn
Water Quality Report… Lee & Mary Stewart
Boating Safety & CT Valley Sno-riders….Linwood Mixe
Aquatic Nuisance Program Manager…Chris von Alt
Lake Directory … Mary von Alt
We have attached the MLA Annual report as presented.
The following is the current slate of Officers & Directors.
Current MLA Officers
Jim Mazzonna – President, Chris von Alt – Vice President
Gregory Poer -Treasurer, Sharon Taylor – Secretary.
Terms expiring July, 2020: Jim Mazzonna Lot 96A, Chris von Alt 104A,Sharon Taylor Lot 71
Terms expiring July, 2021:
Gregory Poer Lot 119A, Alan Ingerson Lot 12A, June Lockert Lot 106
Terms expiring July, 2022:
Carroll “Sam” Gorham Lot 40, Robert Snowman Lot 69,Marianne Bouthillier Lot 20
Just some things that came up to share for awareness:
-There were discussions on Fertilizers:
See our website for resources: http://maidstonelake.org/mla-lake-info
-We are working with the Postmaster to identify non-used mailboxes so we can service new folks who need a box.
-We discussed the speed of vehicles and gther was a lively discussion.
-We discussed being careful to see those who may be swimming or loon chicks on the lake. Certainly swimmers should make themselves visible and boaters should be exercising great caution. Let’s not have an incident.
-We need some voluteers to help mow the dam and boat launch.
Thanks again! Let us know if you have questions or concerns!
Jim Mazzonna, President
Ongoing Information of Value!
We hope that everyone has received their Membership email or snail mail and can take just a moment to complete it. We are fortunate to have a strong financial position, and low membership dues – just $50. The MLA, and the many volunteers are able to ensure that we continue to increase our reserve funds, to be prepared, should we ever have aquatic nuisance issues at the lake. We have shared with you many times that our reserve funds for such an event would be depleted in one year or less! This is only one reason why membership matters to the lake – it is a shared resource – the lake and surrounding ecosystem – so therefore a shared responsibility! Again – thanks again for your support! It is the only way this works!
Reminder: Trailer Parking lot is closed until Weyerhaeuser is done with Logging Operations – that may not be until late June – early July. As you can see, hear & feel – logging operations continue.
We welcome all the new camp owners to the lake! We appreciate the great community the many volunteers – past & present – have created here at Maidstone! We hope you enjoy this piece of paradise.
The rubbish and recycling is now being picked up EVERY Monday through the summer unless Monday is a holiday – then it will be Wednesday. Also, Bulky Waste Day is Saturday August 3rd. This is an opportunity to clean all the “good stuff” you have and dispose of it for free. You must must bring your treasures from 8-noon to McVetty’s of RT 102 just south of the Maidstone Plant Farm.
News & Updates:
There are folks enjoying the lake in many ways – from swimming to paddle boarding, to sailing, to kayaking, to fishing, to cruising, to jet skiing, to tubing & skiing. This means we need to be courteous and maintain safe distance, wakes, speeds, etc. Please see below for a quick reference guide on safety. Also keep in mind of the loon nesting areas that have traditionally been on Pete’s Island, Loon Island, and sometimes in & around the boat launch to dam area. Please review the boating safety highlights: http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Vermont-Boating-Regulations1.pdf
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. Thankfully – we have not had to use them – but they are ready to serve.
Maidstone Lake Directory: Mary vonAlt has distributed the latest version of our Directory so let her know of any changes. What a wonderful resource this is for us! 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 Mary vonAlt at email@example.com. This directory is voluntary and only shared with those who participate. The Association does not share that information.
2019-20 Membership Info: It is not too late to get your membership done!
Rubbish & Recycling: Just a reminder – Recycling is every week FOR the SUMMER. Rubbish & Recycling is picked up on Mondays unless Monday is a holiday – then it is Wednesday. Please put your trash in containers that animals cannot get into!
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 Gorham’s at their camp or email us and we will get you connected.
Boating Safety Course: Think Summer! 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 If you have any input – please reply to this email.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Chris von Alt, Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier, Alan Ingerson and Jim Mazzonna. We will be filling 2 openings at the Annual Meeting!
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 email@example.com
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 – 7 PM.
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.
Vermont Boating Regulations & Resources
All persons born after January 1, 1974, must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course to legally operate “any” motorized vessel including personal watercraft. The card must be carried when operating the motorized vessel. Online training & certification can be found at: https://www.boat-ed.com/vermont/
No one under 12 years of age may operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 6 horsepower.
No one under 16 years of age may operate a Personal WaterCraft (PWC),even if they have successfully completed a boating safety education course.
“All vessels”, except sailboards, must carry one wearable US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for each person on board. That includes paddle boards and peddle boats. The PFD’s must be readily available, serviceable and of the proper fit for the intended wearer. A person under 16 years of age must wear a PFD at all times while on board a sailboard.
“All vessels” 16 feet or longermust have a US Coast Guard approved Type IV throw able PFD on board and readily accessible.
Children under 12 years of age must “wear” a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III PFD at all times while underway on the open deck of any vessel. Anyone being towed must wear a PFD.
Please take note of this as it is a common issue on the lake: Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis or any other device must have a person who is at least 12 years old on board in addition to the vessel operator, in a position to observe the towed person(s). If towing a person(s) with a Personal WaterCraft, the PWC should be rated for at least the number of persons involved, operator, observer (facing backward) and towed person(s). Maintain 100 feet of distance between the towed person(s) and a swimmer, canoe, rowboat, kayak or any other small vessel with a person on board.
Everyone on a Personal WaterCraft must wear a PFD.
A Personal WaterCraft must have passenger capacity for everyone involved in its activity.
Registration & Validation: Your motorized vessel must have a valid registration. Additionally, if your vessel is registered outside Vermont – you MAY need to have a Vermont Validation sticker if your boat is used in Vermont waters for more than 30 days in any calendar year. Check out all the requirements at: https://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/new/off-road-vehicles/registering-your-motorboat & also https://www.boat-ed.com/vermont/handbook/book.html
Know your Speed & Wake requirements! Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a vessel or while towing a person on water skis or any similar device.
Specifically, the following actions are ILLEGAL:
Operating a vessel (except sailboards) at greater than “no wake speed’s WITHIN 200 feet of:
– The shoreline
– A person in the water – A canoe, rowboat, or other vessel
– An anchored or moored vessel with a person on board – An anchorage or dock
SO……Maintain 200 Feet (at least) to the above situations!
Operating a vessel at speeds of five miles per hour or greater within 200 feet of a marked Swimming or Diving Areas. Swimming Area is marked with buoys offshore of the Day Use Area of Maidstone State Park.
Diver Down Flag
Operating a vessel at speeds that may cause danger, injury, or damage. Be aware of and obey all regulatory markers, including areas marked as “No Wake” “No Wake Speed” means … operating your vessel at a speed at which the vessel does not produce a wake, not to exceed five miles per hour.
Vermont law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI) due to alcohol, drugs or any combination.
Navigation lights must be displayed between sunset and sunrise. Personal Watercraft may not be operated between sunset and sunrise.
Fire extinguisher (a Type B) is required on all motorized vessel, it should be easily accessible and in proper working condition.
Milfoil & Aquatic Nuisance: inspect your vessel, trailer and equipment and remove any plants prior to launching. Please report any issues found to the Launch Greeter or MLA and do not launch your vessel if you have identified Milfoil or other Aquatic Nuisance.
Safety & Compliance Patrols: You will see the waters being patrolled – on occasion – by either the Vermont State Police (VSP) or Local Game Warden. Please have your registration on the vessel and all required safety gear. The VSP can do a safety check and you would receive a Decal if you have met all the requirements.
Northeast District Game Warden for Maidstone: Trevor Szymanowski – 802-695-1314
Vermont State Police Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Rd
Derby, VT 05602