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by Babs Shapiro

We spent almost half a year at camp this summer, longer than ever, yet it was a blink. That’s what happens when one gets, um, older. Now leaves are falling, water’s rising. Frost sends bugs to bed. Clear, cold days, pumpkins and apples signal winter’s right around the corner. Time to head home.

It was a busy summer and so much was accomplished. The Demonstration Project, started almost three years ago, has ended. An extension was granted until September 30 to repair damages sustained last winter to the Fernald Road area. Two families, the Mooneys and the Clarks, took advantage of this extra time to request technical assistance. In all, technical assistance was given to __ and a total of seven Demonstration projects were completed. Not bad for a small lake!

One more project has been allowed, We hope to erect a new sign at the Public Beach which will include a map of the lake as well as caveats. We’ll work on the design over the winter and credit will be given to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act which provided funding for the Project.

We’re indeed grateful for the guidance and assistance given us these past few years by Phoebe Hardesty and Kay Nickel of the Androscoggin Soil & Water Conservation District, Karen Hahnel (DEP), Scott Williams and Cynthia Kuhns (Land & Water Resource Management Associates), engineer Scott McLaren, Americorps volunteer Susan Redmond and a host of others. As this project winds down, we’re planning the next step, "where to go from here." A long-range lake management plan is needed to provide continuous education, assistance and supervision.

We’ve been approached by the Sabbathday and Range Ponds Associations to entertain the idea of common projects, some of which might be done more inexpensively, and perhaps better, by a larger group. John Laskey and I attended an Oct. 11 meeting at the Ricker Library to hear Peter Lowell of the Lakes Environmental Association speak on what his group has accomplished. LEA comprises 38 lakes in the Bridgeton area, conducts its own water testing program and provides numerous educational projects for its members. Its current focus is milfoil prevention, something that concerns us all. Washing stations for boats, guardians at boat launches, sticker programs and an appointment at the State level to supervise activities were among his suggestions. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.,at the Shaker Library in New Gloucester. We invite all interested members to join us.

We also plan to meet with Scott Williams, Phoebe Hardesty and Cynthia Kuhns in the next month to explore other avenues: whether or not to pursue another grant or to "do it on our own." We need all the help we can get join us. . Please join us. The time and place will be announced.

We can be proud of all we’ve accomplished! In the past six years, we’ve more than doubled our membership, raised more monies that ever before, completed our first-ever Watershed Survey/Demonstration Project and received recognition…a District award for our outstanding work. We must keep the momentum going, and continue all activities to protect and preserve Tripp Lake.

‘Til next spring, when warmer weather signals green leaves, flowers and ants, dream of summertime and all you can do to help TLIA.

The TLIA proudly celebrates its 27th anniversary. We welcome your ideas and support.


Volume 6, Issue 2


Editor-In-Chief: Babs Shapiro
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