May 20, 2011
Board Members Present: Jim Stewart, Gert Downs, Nancy Stowell, Chris Cochran, Carol Cochran, Holly Cochran, Michael Scott.
Secretary’s Report: Accepted as read.
Treasurer’s Report: Accepted and filed for audit.
- Ice Out Contest- The contest took in $44 this spring and paid out $50. The contest forms appeared in 2 newsletters. Nancy Walters came the closest to the actual ice out time of April 27 at 7:11 PM.
- Web page- A motion was made and accepted to spend up to $500 for setting up a web page. Lise initiated the project and Carla is diligently working to fine tune the site.
- Meeting dates-
- Thursday, June 16- 7 PM
- Thursday, July 14- 7 PM
- Saturday, July 16 (Lake Day)
- Sunday, July 17 (Fishing Derby)
- Wednesday, August 17 (Annual Meeting) 7 PM
- Friday, August 26- 5:30 Bicentennial reception at WHS and & PM WLA Program with Doug Protsik
- Friday, September 16- 7 PM
- Scholarship Committee- Gert extended the 4/1 application date to 5/1 but there have been no applicants.
- Adoption of 2011 budget- A vote on the budget was postponed until the June meeting when more directors will be in attendance. Please get hold of Michael if you need to make any changes in your section of the budget.
- Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop for New Volunteers on 7/25/2011- WLA will co-sponsor this event with Roxbury but it will take place in Weld at the old Town Hall at 10 AM. Jim Has budgeted $400 to host this event. WLA members will supply snacks (muffins, cookies, etc.). $200 has been set aside to buy lunch from Skoolhouse Variety for the participants.
- Advertisements in the newsletter?- Other lake association newsletters do solicit ads from local businesses. Brian’s Bistro expressed an interest to Gert. Color ads could be expensive, but Chris will check with our printer in Rumford for more information.
- Vicky Green Dickson- Vicky’s query: “My family and I are the co-owners of land that abuts the narrows at the end of Webb lake and down along the Webb river. I got your e-mail addresses off the Webb Lake Association newsletter, and am writing to you because we are currently considering the sale of some or all of that land.
Before we sell, we’d like to know the association’s feelings about whether or not we should try to preserve the narrows and parts of the riverside from development. (Nancy, I think we had some correspondence several years ago about a land trust possibly buying the land, but I didn’t follow up on it then because the family wasn’t ready for a sale. Is that land trust still in operation?)
We’re contacting the state park to see whether they’re interested in the land (since it abuts the park), but the state budget may preclude such a purchase right now. We’re also contacting the Trust for Public Land. If you have other suggestions of avenues for preservation, we’d love to hear them.”
Nancy’s response after discussing the matter with the board members present at the meeting:” Only about 6 members were present at our first meeting of the season but I informed them about your tentative plan to sell 1,200 acres around the Narrows and Webb River. We hauled out the tax maps to check out the property, and we assume that quite a bit of it falls in Carthage formed to accept donations of land, not to buy tracts. The primary focus of the organization for the past 5 years has been to build up funds to combat invasives in the lake. We have been assured that it is not a matter of “if” but “when” the plant species are introduced that can wreak havoc in the lake. But back to your land, if your family decides to sell the land to some other conservation group- or if the state needs to raise extra money through the Trust for Public Land- then WLA would certainly make a donation and urge all of its members to do the same.”
- Membership funds received so far in 2011 total $7,991 to date.
- Lake Day- Lise Bofinger and Carol Conant will be taking over from Carol and Lonny. A suggestion was made to invite Dan Buckley and one of the invasive trainers to attend Lake Day.
- Environmental- Jim reiterated that we need more eyes in the water searching out invasives. At the moment the burden mostly falls on Jim, Ozzie and Don. The Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop for New Volunteers on 7/25/2011 will train new lake monitors. Here is the latest environmental report (6/7/11) from Jim: Gert, Ozzie, and I went out with Dr. Buckley and his two interns to set out the string of temperature modules for recording temperature every 15 minutes. We were at the “deep hole:” putting on a new mooring ball (the old one finally broke) when we got checked by the game warden. He was curious as to what was going on. We got our safety check and chatted for a while and off we went to put in a module at the head of the lake and another at the narrows.
Dr. Buckley will have his interns survey the lake for native plants and to inspect for invasives this summer. I asked him if we could have some of the people from the lake go with them for getting experience looking for invasives. He said that was OK.
Dr. Buckley gave me graphs of the results for 2009 and 2010 temperature readings. 2009 was when we left the modules in over the winter and they broke away from the buoy. We recovered them and have the readings.
- Program- WLA annual summer program will be a combined event in collaboration with the Weld Bicentennial Committee. Starting at 5:30 PM there will be a reception on the back lawn of the Weld Historical Society property hosted by the Bicentennial Committee. This will be a fund raising event for the group which is gearing up for the big celebration in 2016. The WLA portion of the evening event begins at 7 PM across the street at the Town Hall. Doug Protsik, who also happens to be the Director of the Maine Fiddle Camp, will perform his original piano score for the silent Buster Keaton comedy classic “The Cameraman.” Doug, a UMF graduate, learned the art of scoring silent movies from Danny Patt, who first accompanied silent movies when he was growing up in Union, Maine. Inspired by old sheet music from Patt’s collection and research at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill, Doug’s live performances embellish the action on screen in an authentic but also original way. Doug has been performing old-time piano for over 30 years, both as a solo artist and with bands such as The Old Grey Goose and the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. He learned the style and technique from old-time piano players here in Maine who not only played at dances and Grange halls but also provided live music for silent movies and radio programs. The Weld Town Hall is the perfect venue for such a program as many residents remember the days when movies used to be shown at the “Mystic Theater.” There will be no admission charge for the show. Children and adults of all ages are welcome!
Nancy Stowell, Secretary