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Maidstone Lake Mirror – Summer Solstice 2018 Edition –

June 21, 2018

Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!  

Happy Summer Solstice & enjoy the longest day of the year with this great sunshine!  The weather is shaping up and the lake is starting to come alive for the summer season!  We hope you can all make the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 7th, at 9 AM at the Day Use Area.  All are welcome and the meeting will be followed by a FREE Pizza lunch.  How can you top that?  Well – you can also participate in the impromptu Boat Parade on Wednesday, July 4that 1 PM.  Watch out for them & join in.  Please observe all safety rules!

Speaking of watercraft on the lake….as we start to get our watercraft out on the lake please remember to be safe and respect the laws and remain at least 200 feet from the shoreline and other craft on the lake.  Also – there are a lot of folks who swim in the lake so we need to be extra vigilant. Be careful with the wake your watercraft makes as it has more impact on paddle boarders and swimmers.

Review the boating safety highlights: http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Vermont-Boating-Regulations1.pdf

As you know our boating instructors have retired so please take your boating safety course online – details below!

The Board has installed Alan Ingerson as a Director to complete the term of Marna.  He also has agreed to run again and continue the service to the MLA and community.  Thanks, Alan – we appreciate you stepping in!

We are told the lake road will be graded soon – so please travel slowly on the Lake roads when you see work being done.  When you see the grader – it is best to stop to make sure that the grader operator sees you before going by.

We have heard reports of animals getting into trash and recycle bins.  Please ensure your trash is in some type of bear-proof container and also try to put it out on Monday morning if possible.

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!  All are welcome!  Sign up here:  http://bit.ly/MLAPICNIC

Thank-you! 

Maidstone Lake History Books!  We still have some books for sale that would make a great present or 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!

We had our first Directors meeting & are pleased to pass along the following updates from the Directors!

News & Updates:

Special Town Meeting:  There will be a special Town Meeting on Tuesday, July 24thto consider whether the Town should split the tax bills into 2 annual payments.  http://www.maidstone-vt.org/meetings/specialtownmeeting-2

Also, you should know the Town will accept credit card payments online!

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 dessert to share…http://bit.ly/MLAPICNIC

The weather forecast is Sunny & 84 Degrees!

Come to hear about the happenings & 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.

8 AM: 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.  This will be the only one of the year!

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 first 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 mvonalt@gmail.com. This directory is voluntary and only shared with those who participate.  The Association does not share that information.

2018-19 Membership Info:  You have received 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

Rubbish & 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! 

 http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018TrashRecyclingSked-Info.pdf

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.

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:

http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lakes/docs/shoreland/lp_ShorelandProjectWorksheet.pdf  

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 maidstonelakeassociation@gmail.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, Linda Sanborn, Ken Watson, Chris von Alt, Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier, Alan Ingerson 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 maidstonelakeassociation@gmail.com

Your cost is our cost:  $10.

 Maidstone Town News:  See the latest information & resources online at the Town of Maidstone Website.

http://www.maidstone-vt.org

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.

Jim Mazzonna, President

911 Maidstone Lake Road

Maidstone, VT 05905