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Message from Maidstone Lake Association

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:06 AM by Bob Champagne-Willis   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 7:01 AM ]

Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!  

As boats & docks are being pulled out and the autumnal equinox has awakened the early fall colors... we wonder where all those days of summer went!  Vermont set a record for the most days above 80 degrees this year with something like 84 days.  

We are fortunate to have such a great lake and lands that surround us as our "neighborhood".  We also are blessed to have the many people who so often do things to maintain or improve our community.  While many have come to expect it - these things happen mostly by the gracious people who want to contribute without recognition so that we continue to have a place we love so much.  We are in the process of working out an arrangement with the State that will allow our members to access the day use area free of any charge.  We will let you know once this is finalized. 

Thanks for everyone who came and and supported the lake at the annual meeting.  It is the one event that we can share information and socialize with each other.  Mark your calendars for Saturday July 8th, 2017.  We are working to finalize having Smoking' T's catering cook up some BBQ for our picnic.  More to follow!

As the new Board of Directors has had two meetings and we are hoping to find more ways to reach each of you through community based events.  Please let us know how we can get you involved!  The members elected in Marianne Bouthillier & Bob Snowman as new Directors.  Many thanks to Leon Frizzell and Willy Barrett for their years of dedicated service as Directors.  

The current MLA Officers are:

President: Jim Mazzonna,  Vice President: Ken Watson, Treasurer: Gregory Poer, and Secretary: Sally Pratt.  

We had our final Directors meeting of the year and are excited to share some updates and new initiatives:

Safety Matters! - The Helicopter Landing Zone is located on the Maidstone Lake Road about 1 mile before the head of the lake - across from the sand pit/equestrian and snowmobile parking area.  This has been the designated DHART (Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) to land their helicopters for some time now but received a major improvement over the last month.  Thanks to the following people for donating their time & materials to making these improvements: Bill Sanborn, Sam Gorham, Rob Durand, Larry Gray, Allen Bouthillier, and Peter Barrett.  The project cost to improve the site is over $3,500 and except for less than $500 budgeted by the MLA - was donated by the folks mentioned in labor, materials, or equipment.  That is over $3,000!  The finishing touches and signage will be completed over the next few weeks.  Please check it out and know that this project is to save precious time during an emergency requiring a helicopter transport.  See photo attached of the work!  

Safety Matters! - Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  This has been brought up several times as to if we should have the AED somewhere on the lake.  The Board approved expending up to $2,000 to purchase 2 AED's to be located on the lake - one on the east side and one on the west side.  These devices are meant to be used by everyday citizens in support of a heart related event.  Thanks to Bill Sanborn's expertise and tireless work we will be acquiring these units this fall and working on details on location and signage.  We will also coordinate training for those that are interested. 

CLLTIA Annual Meeting - This annual event is October 1st at 1:30PM at Bancroft's camp in the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area.   Increase your awareness about their organization's great work to preserve traditional uses of the lands in and around the area we live and recreate.  CLLTIA's 17 year mission has been to protect those traditional uses from being reduced or restricted by the state, federal government, or other entities and to maintain the character and culture of the area.  Explore some roads, use the 4WD on your truck and hear about things that impact our area! 

Money Matters -  Thanks so much to the 107 or so of you that have sent in your dues or donations.  If you forgot - there is still time!  No penalty charges or late fees - just gratitude for your support.  Please support the Association.  It is critical to our long term success to have your support.   The Association does or coordinates many functions and activities of the lake that are behind the scenes so everyone can enjoy their camps.  We are fortunate to have about 90% of our funds designated for Milfoil or other invasive species.  Luckily - we have those funds in our bank account because if we have have a significant invasive species - those funds will be ready to serve us immediately instead of passing the hat, asking for help from the State or Town.  This is about the Lake - our stewardship of the lake - simple & plain.  Please support that stewardship.  http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/MLA-Membership-2016-2017Web.pdf

If you do not want membership for $50 - then please consider a donation of $50 or more to support the many things... done for the good of all each and everyday around the lake.  

Thanks in advance for your support!  We count on your generosity and spirit of community. 

Recycling:  Just a reminder - recycling is back to every other week. Next Recycling is Oct 3rd and then every other week. Rubbish pick-up still is every week.  http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/2016-Trash-Pickup-Schedule.pdf

Greeter Program & Shoreline Protection:  Our Greeter program is intended to help us detect any aquatic nuisance from entering the lake.   This year our greeters inspected 278 vessels and another 70 vessels filed out the sign-in sheet.  We will continue to support this program and hope it is all the prevention we need.  If you would like to work as a Greeter next summer - please let Ken Watson know.  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.  We thank everyone for submitting your Shoreline Protection information!  Please let Ken Watson know if you want to help out with that next year as we always could use more volunteers. Please email Ken if you can help. kenjim@comcast.net


Maidstone Lake History...Books still available - Great holiday gift item!  With the holidays approaching - please get your gift shopping done in advance! Thanks for all your support as we have sold nearly 300 books!  The books are available now from the following:  Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier, Sam Gorham, Marna Ingerson, Bob Lancraft, Leon Frizzell, Willy Barrett, Jim Mazzonna and at the Town Hall.  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 - with the holidays approaching - 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.  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 can access via Paul Stream Road.  Be courteous - Pack out what you bring in!

Lake Wise & Water Quality:   Thanks to everyone who has signed up to learn about Best Management Practices as part of the Lake Wise Program.  This effort is educational and VOLUNTARY for those that want to employ measures to help reduce direct run-off into the lake.  This effort is funded by a grant received by the Essex County Natural Resources District.  This is part of a myriad of things that we need to be focussing on with an eye toward understanding the water and figuring out how to improve it.  The summer outbreaks of Gloeotrichia that seemed to to be more prevalent each of the last 2 summers are something to be understood.  While Gloeotrichia is naturally occurring in lakes - there has been some reports around lakes in the region of toxicity.  When our recent bloom occurred - there were 3 tests taken and the results came back and they were negative for microcystins (toxins). 

Vote:  Just a reminder - November 8th is Voting Day!  

Taxes Due Oct 15th:  Just a reminder - taxes are due October 15th.   http://www.maidstone-vt.org/latest-news/taxbills-1

News & Updates:

Trash Talk  Recycling - every other week and rubbish is every week - Monday.


Doing work on your property?  Here is a handy worksheet to help determine what is needed when developing your property:


Boating Safety Information:  

Don't forget to properly winterize your boat so it is ready of next year!

MLA Directors Meetings & Feedback Loop:  

The MLA Directors meetings start in May and end in September. Next meeting is immediately following the annual meeting- 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, Marna Ingerson, Linda Sanborn, Ken Watson, Sally Pratt, 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:  maidstonelakeassociation@gmail.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


Maidstone Lake Association

911 Maidstone Lake Road

Maidstone, VT 05905

Bob Champagne-Willis,
Sep 29, 2016, 6:57 AM