A LETTER FROM LINDA
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.
A LETTER FROM JUDY
and I had a busy and interesting summer.
We got to know each other and discovered that we work well
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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 email@example.com and her home address is 81 Renfrew
St. Arlington, MA 02174.
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
#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.
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.
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
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.
Volume 9, Issue 2
Shapiro, Rick Lindstedt, Judy King, Susan Barry, Jacqueline
Misenheimer, Ruth Desjardins
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