TLIA News Fall 2003
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Fearless Heron
On The Water
Loosetrife Gains
A Vital Fight
Belated Thanks & More
Annual Cleanup
30th Annual Meeting
Family Picnic
Parade & More
Did You Know?
Getting To Know
My Summer
Septic Systems
Musicians Needed
Newcomer's Brunch
Old Man of the Lake


Hello to everyone from the south end of our special place in the world—Tripp Lake.  

John monitored the lake water for the next-to-last time (late September, ’03) and said water was murky  but dissolved oxygen was good. 

Judy King and Linda Laskey share podium at their first meeting.


Linda and I had a busy and interesting summer.  We got to know each other and discovered that we work well together.  We continue to try to fill those competent shoes worn by our predecessor, Barbara Shapiro, and find that we need lots of help to accomplish just a little. 

He’s presently busy winterizing over one hundred boat motors while I try to think of how to report on our first year in office.  All I know is that time really moves from March through September.  Here is what I learned. 

Wow, #1!  There is always so much print to read…local news to Androscoggin Valley Soil & Management news, to State and National initiatives, to your e-mails.  Thanks for keeping us in the loop! 

Wow, #2!  Our members and officers do so much for TLIA.  It’s pretty special to work for and with such nice people who are committed to improving our watershed.  We only have to ask and they say “Yes.”  Now I  need to figure my next plan:  how to find a vehicle for discovering your hidden talents and expertise to help fill in our committees and run our activities.  Any ideas?

Wow, #3!  I met so many new folks who want to pitch in and make our Association grow.   Babs Shapiro and I were thrilled that you’d been  meeting your neighbors and had invited them to the Annual Meeting or to some lake activity.  Your enthusiasm has resulted in twenty new members!  We do need help in making sure that we have your correct lake and mailing addresses, e-mail addresses as well as summer and winter telephone numbers.  Please e-mail or write Paula Smith if you have any updates or changes.  Her e-mail is and her home address is 81 Renfrew St. Arlington, MA 02174. 

Wow #4!  It’s been an honor to take time to sit on our Memorial Bench at the Public Beach and see so many residents and visitors enjoying Tripp.  I met a special woman, Jessa Michaels, who took a particular interest in the Beach, helping clean and care for it during her daily visits.  Some young men from Thompson Lake’s Youth Conservation Corps helped with new plantings in late August and did some Purple Loosestrife removal as well.  I was blessed to work beside veteran and new workers during our Annual Lake Cleanup Day.  And I was tickled pink that so many took time to attend our Annual Meeting and the Family Picnic.  As Gerri Tinkham says, “ We must attract the next generation and new young families in order for them to become active members and help us carry on.”

 And, Wow #5!  Lastly, I learned so much this Spring ; reading articles, updates and attending June conferences, from the young people’s essays to the “ I- caught -you -doing- something- good- for -Tripp Lake” awards.  I listened to each and every lake conversation all summer.  And I watched so many new people enjoying their first year on the lake.   Special thanks to my family, to Judy and Dell King, to Babs Shapiro and to the Board of Directors for all their help in this, our first learning year.     Linda

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  .  I also had the opportunity to meet many members of the Tripp Lake Improvement Association who gave me some great ideas for activities.  I do enjoy getting feedback on how to improve our organization. 

Our workshop series got started this year with knitting, tie-dying for kids and small engine upkeep.  Next year I plan on adding kayaking, bird-watching with a Tripp Lake bird count, gardening and water safety for kids.  Members have suggested that I send out a brochure of activities with dates and times of activities, which is a great idea.  I will continue to use my answering machine to “announce” what is happening on the lake, so call and give a listen from June to September.  (998-3276).

The Red Hat group got started this summer and named themselves “The Red Hot Mamas” which made me the “Big Mama.”  ( I don’t know about that title---what do you think?)  We all decorated our red hats in an outlandish manner and wore purple outfits and were off for fun and laughter.  We were befriended and photographed wherever we went.  The Red Hat Society is a group of women over fifty who get together for fun outings.  (Younger women can join us if they wear pink hats and lavender outfits.)  Next year we plan on more outings and may even allow our husbands to join us on one occasion--- if they’re lucky.


The family picnic was, once again, wonderful, and I want to thank the committee who made it all happen.  Next year, we want to find a new place for it so that we have more flexibility in dates and activities.  The Tripp Lake Camp has been generous in allowing us the use of their camp, but we know how busy their summers are and don’t want to impose.  If anyone has a large yard or waterfront space, please talk to me or Linda.  We could provide porta-potties and any extra insurance that is necessary.  Please help us find a space.

 I’ve spent the summer taking photographs of our activities and have included many in this Newsletter.  Please send us any of your photos so we may add them to future Newsletters.

 We continue to design a Tripp Lake throw and hope to have it available by the next annual meeting.  We will be ordering more caps and tee’s (adding some sizes for our little grandchildren as suggested by quite a few of our members). We might even sell TLIA beach towels too!  Gosh, I’m going to need a bigger cabin to store this stuff.



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