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
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.