Maidstone Lake Mirror – Mid-Mud Season 2018 Edition –
April 18, 2018
Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!
The weather we have had in April so far is certainly no indication of Spring! We have had snow, ice, rain, wind, and temps about 10-15 degrees below normal. I hear Spring is coming? The ice still looks like it is not going anywhere anytime soon, although the end of the lake near the dam toward the boat launch has opened up. As Ice out comes closer to reality – we will publish information about who is in the running to win the contest and about $849!
Until the roads can be maintained – Please be careful when transiting them! Plan for some extra travel time and choose your line of travel wisely!!
Thank-you! Many, many thanks to Kathy Frizzell for her years of dedication in creating, maintaining, and publishing the Maidstone Lake Directory! Fortunately – Mary vonAlt has volunteered to continue this great tradition. See the info below to ensure your info is updated.
Thank-you! Thanks to our tenacious Aquatic Nuisance Team and the Town’s support for helping us sustain & manage this program. We were able to get more grant money than previous years to help support the program at the lake. This means we should be able to provide additional coverage of the boat launch. Well done!
Save the Date for Saturday July 7th for the Annual Meeting & Picnic. There is no cost to attend the picnic and you can bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. The main food this year will be Bruno’s Amazing Pizza. There is no cost to attend – nor do you have to be a member to attend either the meeting or picnic! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/MLAPICNIC
Maidstone Lake History Books! We still have some books for sale that would make a great present 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!
Our next Directors meeting is in May.
We are pleased to pass along the following updates from the Directors!
News & Updates:
Communications Around the Lake: As you know – Fairpoint is now Consolidated Communications. As mentioned a few months back we published some information about upgrading your DSL Internet & possibly saving money. We did that as well as others from reports back… and it has worked and money was saved! The technician indicated to me that there were very few extra phone pairs to allow for this upgrade (so you may not get it) – BUT he felt if people called for upgrades – that at some point Consolidated would update the equipment in the central office hut over on the east side of the lake. Why is this important? Well – upgraded equipment will allow a technology called VDSL which is another 6 times or so speedier than the max with DSL technologies. That sounds like our best chance to serve the most homes!
Obviously – some homes cannot be serviced by DSL due to their distance from the telephone building. For them – hopefully New England Wireless is an option.
Finally – Verizon service in the greater area has vastly improved once you get to Route 102 with the addition of a tower in Stratford, NH to add to the North Stratford Tower.
Even though there is not much of a cellular footprint into the lake – although there is some in certain places on the lake and at the end of some folks docks! There are options to extend cell coverage it or use your WifI:
Option 1 – If you have Internet at your camp – you can add a 3G or 4G Network Extender that connects to your Internet that extends allows your Cellular phone to connect through the Internet.
Option 2 – All modern smartphones can have WiFi calling that you can enable so your cell phone will work simply by connecting to a WiFi network.
Option 3 – ride around an connect to your neighbors! Anyway – some options and many of you are using them already.
Vermont Green-Up Day: The 48th annual Vermont Green-Up Day is Saturday May 5th. A lot of folks get out there well ahead of the scheduled day which is fantastic. Anyone wanting to participate can get bags from the Town Office.
Once you fill up the bags they can be left along RT 102 or along the Lake Road. There is also a supply of bags located on top of the AED box located at 37 Priavte West 2.
MLA Annual Meeting & Picnic We hope to see you at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Picnic on Saturday July 7th of 2018 All are welcome! There is no cost to attend. Sign-up here so we can plan for food. Bring a side dish/salad or dessrt to share…http://bit.ly/MLAPICNIC
The weather forecast is Sunny & 84 Degrees!
Come hear about the happenings of the lake over the last year, enjoy some great 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 fresh Bruno’s Amazing Pizza along with the great food we all bring to share & 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!
Bulky Trash Day – Saturday August 4th 8AM-Noon -1342 VT Route 102 – McVettly’s.
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 volunteered to keep our Directory going as a great tool and resource to each of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This directory is voluntary and only shared with those who participate. Once Mary has compiled the updates – she sends the directory only to those folks who provided information. The Association does not share that information.
2018-19 Membership Info: You will be receiving membership info 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. If you want to be the first one in- 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-2018-19.pdf
Rubish & Recycling: Just a reminder – recycling is every OTHER week until May 30-September 5th which it will be Every Week inclusive of those dates. Rubbish & Recycling is picked up on Mondays unless Monday is a holiday – then Wednesday. Please put your trash in containers that animals cannot get into!
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. email@example.com
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 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, 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: 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 – 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.
Jim Mazzonna, President