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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

by Babs Shapiro

How do we compare the tragedy of September 11 and biochemical warfare to lake problems? Can’t. No way. We’re still shaky thinking of what’s happened and what might. We pray for the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of David as this play unfolds. We guardedly make plans and try to resume a "normal" life. And so, rather than let fear become a way of life, we’re going forward with our Long-range Lake Management plan which begins in April. Life goes on and this lake and its inhabitants will survive. Please say "yes" if you’re called…we’ll need your help. Better yet, volunteer.

The display of flags, of national pride, around the lake has been overwhelming. Pictures in this newsletter show just a few. I especially liked one in Mechanic Falls that was labeled, "Our colors do not run."

This summer was somewhat of a respite from active lake work, with the exception of the Purple Loosestrife Problem. We’re hoping to eradicate this invasive plant from the shores and shallow waters of Tripp. It reproduces exponentially and will take over and replace native plants unless we actively cut and uproot this nasty foe. Some folks made an effort but we’re not sure of others. A large stand was cut down at Rockemeko; it took several folks a few days to do it, but it was a beginning. The Tripp Lake Camp also destroyed some, but still has much growing on its forested shores. Removal must be repeated yearly until no traces are left. It can be overwhelming, but we’ll be happy to help. Just call.

We’re also guarding against other invasive plants, the milfoils in particular. Signs are in place in several areas around the lake but a proactive approach is imperative. We must educate and warn folks of this menace, for once it’s in the lake, it’s almost impossible to remove. Boats and motors must be checked for fragments of material that could take root in the lake and prove disastrous.

Jet skiis are a thing of the past. It was decidedly quieter this year, and we hope, healthier. Excessive unburned fuel being dumped into the lake could have quietly killed many forms of life. Protecting our lake is of utmost importance.

The population of slower moving pontoon boats has grown…I counted more than thirty. They travel leisurely as floating rafts or picnic boats. Maybe it’s my age, but they are fun and relaxing.

The good and the bad make up life. This summer was no exception. We’ve lost some good folks around the lake but have had some wonderful family reunions and the opportunity to meet old friends and new. The Family Picnic at the Tripp Lake Camp was a perfect example. We hope to have many more.

Wishing you a peaceful and healthy New Year. See you in the Spring.

Volume 7, Issue 2

Editor-In-Chief: Babs Shapiro
Advertising: Ed Hinkley
Photos: Jay Misenheimer, Babs Shapiro
Webmaster: Larry Lee for tripplake.com
Publisher: Copymax, Div. of OfficeMax

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