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JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Fall Issue, 2005
JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION - P. O. BOX 111 - WEST DANVILLE VT 05873
Tom Dente, Pres., Don Sherwood, V.Pres., George Anderson, Treas., Jane Brown, Sec’ty
Directors: Dave Parker, Ray Rouleau, Andre LaPrade, Ray Richer, Bob Colombo

President’s Message
     Red, orange and yellow has replaced the green of summer, the wind is sharper from the north, the temperature is falling and JPA Road Signs are secured, thanks Ray Rouleau and volunteers. Therefore, it must be time for the fall Newsletter.

     A glorious summer is over. And what a summer it was! One of the warmest on record spawned a great Italian Dinner, thanks Andy and Sherry LaPrade, a bountiful Pig Roast, thanks Dave and Michele Parker, and many member events at the Pavilion. The fireworks were great, thanks Don Sherwood. Newly refurbished Tennis Courts were very busy; bocce event, basketball, kids playing on the swings, play scape and teeter-totters and other activities filled the Association lawn. Kayaking, afternoon boat rides, water skiing and swimming were enjoyed by many. A new JPA project to compile a JPA Cookbook began with over 400 recipes received to date. Publication is expected next spring. Thanks Sue Bouchard, Camilla Dente, Pam Hebert, Evelyn Richer, Cyndy Rouleau and Patty Rubalcaba for making this project possible.


     George Anderson, with his impeccable knowledge of finances, kept us all on an even keel as Treasurer. Thanks George. Jane Brown, as secretary to the Association, kept all of us informed through www.joespond.org website, and through E-Mails. Thank you Jane. Also my thanks to Bob Columbo, though a short reign, quality work! Good luck!

The Joe's Pond Beach was crowded with many seeking to cool off and for the first time in a long time, never closed due to poor water conditions. It is gratifying to see so many members taking to heart protecting the wonderful resource we have with the pond. And although we had rain storms of 3 - 4 inches and one at 5 inches, no major flooding!

The Association moved forward with improvements. The tennis court fencing was replaced, a Pavilion gutter system and repaving to prevent water run-in was completed.

     Pavilion side curtains were installed to keep the weather out. The basketball court was increased in size and resurfaced. Most importantly, the focus on water quality continued (thank you Pam Hebert, Cyndy Rouleau, Ray Richer) with a comprehensive, underwater invasive plant survey of Joe's Pond (NO BAD PLANTS FOUND, although a 35 foot row boat was discovered!), boat inspections, numerous septic system upgrades or replacements and $50,000.00 from the Vermont State fine of Green Mountain Power which was channeled to the Joe's Pond Community to aid in Milfoil prevention, Joe's Pond Beach restoration, protecting your waterfront and other programs designed to improve our water quality. Remember, improving our water quality helps keep our water environment safe not only for ourselves, but for our children, grandchildren, guests and folks who use the beach. The Vermont State Agency of Natural Resources has provided and will continue to provide education, project support and programs to improve Joe's Pond water quality.

     Community support was evident when two JPA road signs, two cross-walk signs and others were stolen in August. Special articles appeared in local media offering a reward for arrest and conviction of those responsible, signs were posted (thanks Jane Brown, Ray Rouleau, Evelyn and Ray Richer and George Baxter), and a comprehensive article with pictures was provided by the Caledonian. The road and crosswalk signs were subsequently returned thanks to an extraordinary effort by Larry Gochey from Cabot. Thank you Cabot, Danville, Walden and West Danville!

A special thanks to all members who offered comments on Joe's Pond Association activities. Thanks for helping the Officer and Director volunteers do a better job for all.

     I thank all of you for your support and help this year and in particular, my wife Camilla for her continuing help, support and advice. Together we wish all of you health happiness and wonderful holidays until we meet again.

Tom Dente - President
Tcdente@earthlink.net

Secretary's Report
     (Note: In the interest of conserving space, I will report only the highlights and motions passed or defeated at meetings in the minutes which follow. For detailed information, contact Secretary Jane Brown .)

MINUTES
Spring Meeting, May 28, 2005

     President Tom Dente called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

     Reports were read and accepted and new members welcomed.

     Tom detailed the proposed installation of side curtains on the pavilion with one panel in place for everyone to see. A motion was made and seconded to purchase the side curtains, and after brief discussion, it passed unanimously.
     Tom explained quotes on resurfacing the tennis courts at a cost of $1,900 for one coat or $2,600, for two. Motion was made and seconded to do two coats, fix screening, and replace posts and corner braces at a cost of approximately $7,500. Motion was passed.

     The meeting adjourned at 11:15.


MINUTES
Annual Meeting, July 2, 2005

     A large group of members met for our Annual Meeting on July 2, 2005, at the JPA Recreation Area Pavilion. The weather was sunny, cool and windy, and the new side curtains provided a welcome shelter from the north wind.
     Don Sherwood asked if anyone might consider hosting the fireworks next year and said to have a nicer display would require additional space. Because July 4th falls on a Tuesday in 2006, the members agreed we should ask for fireworks to be on Saturday, July 1, with a rain date of July 2.
     The railroad bed has had a great deal of work done but not all ties and rails have been taken up. It is 98 miles long and no motorized vehicles will be allowed except motorized wheel chairs. State police will police the trail.
     Nominating Committee chair, Pam Hebert, read the slate of officers and directors for 2005 through 2007 as follows: Tom Dente, President; Don Sherwood, Vice President; George Anderson, Treasurer; Jane Brown, Secretary; Directors - Dave Parker, Ray Rouleau, Bob Columbo, Ray Richer, and past president Andre LaPrade.
     Bob Colombo was introduced as Director of Maintenance, and Ray Richer as Director of Water Quality.
     Tom Dente said Green Mountain Power Corporation will contribute $3,000 per year to the milfoil project as part of their settlement with the State of Vermont, so money for our milfoil inspection is not an issue. Pam Hebert and Cindy Rouleau volunteered to work on staffing the project. David Kidney was thanked for his past work.
      The cost of resurfacing/repairing the tennis courts has gone up. The members at spring meeting set a cap of $7,500 on that project so Tom had the fencing completed at $6,900, and suggests we wait until next year to resurface the courts. Homer Fitts made the motion to do the repaving in May; it was seconded and passed.
     Dave Kidney said the ten-year-old basketball court needs work. Tom had a quote of $800 to repair it as is; $1600 if the court is expanded. A motion was made and seconded to do the work for a reasonable amount, including a new hoop and resurfacing. The motion passed. A new hoop will cost from $500 to $600 and if necessary, funds will be raised for the improvements.

     It was requested that the treasurer's report include figures for all of the previous year rather than from Jan. 1 to June 30. George Anderson will provide the new format.
     Don Sherwood will investigate road maintenance on Danville's side.
     Thanks went to Camilla Dente for her cleaning and painting at the pavilion, to Judy Anderson and Camilla for providing refreshments and muffins during the Annual Meeting and to Kim Kidney for weeding, trimming and planting perennials at the rec area.

     Jon Soder from Green Mountain Power Corporation spoke about maintaining the water level and controls at the dam in West Danville; Kelli Merrell from the Agency of Natural Resources spoke of the water quality at Joe's Pond and of keeping a vigil for aquatic plant pests.

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Jane Brown, Secretary

Membership Report
     Director of membership is my title and I'm "sticking to it"! This job puts me in connection with rules and regulations, membership, road sign placement and camp owner changes and I am the welcoming committee.

     I volunteered for this? Actually, these projects were fun and kept me in tune with Joe's Pond. First let me state that the Rules and Regulations committee has established most issues of concern, no direction of changes were brought up. Check your Joe's Pond Directory!

     The welcoming committee portion of my job is rewarding. I met all new owners personally and gave them my speech of why Joe's Pond is such a special place. Each new camper receives a new directory and, most of all I emphasize joining the Association and participating. New property owners are asked to complete a form to assure we have the correct information and placement on their road sign. We also ask for permission to include phone numbers and e-mail addresses in our publications.      The road signs were another major project which Ray and Evelyn Richer, Jane Brown, and I had to contend with. Many changes needed to be made. Last summer, we fell behind and this summer, many camps were sold. We are now in control and have a system in place to keep us current most of the time. I like that feeling!

     Road signs broken, stolen or vandalized will be an issue every year. I am "on top" of this particular project this challenging year because of the support of Jane, Evelyn, and Ray. I want to thank them for their help.

Ray Rouleau - cyndynray@aol.com

WATER ISSUES
GOOD NEWS FOR JOE'S POND !!
     The Aquatic Nuisance Control Project began in the summer of 2000 due to the efforts of former camper Rob Chickering who applied for and received a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. David Kidney managed the program from the fall of 2000 until this summer when Pam Hebert and Cyndy Rouleau assumed his role.

     The purpose of this project is to prevent the infestation of nonnative invasive plant and animal species into our Pond. Joe's Pond has the third highest diversity of aquatic species in the State of Vermont. Of particular concern is that Eurasian watermilfoil, a highly invasive exotic plant which grows rapidly, can crowd out native plant species, is detrimental to fish populations and can impair swimming, boating and fishing activities. Currently 59 lakes and rivers in Vermont are infested with Eurasian watermilfoil. According to Kelli Merrell from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the most successful and cost effective solution is primary prevention of the introduction of Eurasian watermilfoil into a lake. Once Eurasian watermilfoil invades a lake, control is costly and elimination is virtually impossible.

      Thanks to the efforts of Rob and David, a greeter program was instituted in 2000 at the boat access. The greeter's main function is to inspect and remove any plant material from boats and trailers, and more importantly to educate boaters about invasive plant material.

This September, after consulting with Ann Bove, aquatic biologist for the State of Vermont, a team of scuba divers from Aquatic Concerns in Fairlee, surveyed Joe's Pond for the purpose of identifying any Eurasian watermilfoil. They spent two days concentrating on 10 areas and found no Eurasian watermilfoil. Interestingly the divers did find a 35 foot row boat with attached oars in an area near Clubhouse Circle. Joe's Pond was also surveyed five years ago by Andy Rudin who, along with Susan Warren, an aquatic biologist from the State of Vermont, covered the entire perimeter of the Pond by boat. They also found no Eurasian watermilfoil.

     We will again apply for the aquatic nuisance control grant and reinstitute our greeter program next May. Funding has also been provided to us by the towns of Danville and Cabot who have joined us in recognizing the importance of our project. If you know of anyone 16 years or older who would be interested in these paid positions please contact Pam Hebert or Cyndy Rouleau. To date we have been successful in keeping Eurasian watermilfoil out of our Pond and our goal is to have "clean" waters for many years to come.

Pam Hebert

JOE'S POND HYDROELECTRIC PLANT
     At our 2005 annual meeting, Jon Soter from Green Mountain Power gave a presentation about renovations to the dam in West Danville and how it could impact the maintenance of the water level. After the meeting was over, I emailed him some questions about generating electricity from Joe's Pond. Here are his answers, with help of fellow GMP employee Ryan Hipp.
     The Joe's Pond watershed encompasses an area of approximately 28 square miles. We are in the Connecticut River watershed toward St. Johnsbury. Coles Pond feeds into Joe's Brook through Walden along Route 15 and into Joe's Pond. Beyond the height of the land to the south is the Winooski River watershed. To the north is the Lamoille River watershed.

     John Moore published a geological history of Joe's Pond in the summer 1990 issues of Danville's North Star newspaper. The water used to flow out of our pond through Molly's Pond and into the Winooski River. That is why there is such a wide, fertile valley for Route 2 toward Marshfield. Starting two million years ago and up to 6,000 years ago, our area experienced four ice ages. The last of these produced glaciers that were higher than Mt. Washington. It spread southward to about Long Island, NY and scoured out the basin for Joe's Pond. As the glacier retreated, starting about 18,000 to 20,000 years ago, a huge block of ice may have rested in the deepest part of Joe's Pond, in the corner near the public boat access. This chunk of ice would have blocked the outflow of water toward Molly's Pond and changed its direction, causing it to go over the next lowest point of outflow, over what is now the dam.

     Our 28-square-mile watershed brings a lot of water into Joe's Pond. In a 24-hour period, runoff from a half inch of rain is 33,343,080 cubic feet. Without controlling the water level with the bladder on the dam, this ˝ inch of rain would increase the water level about 22 inches, assuming all precipitation is converted to runoff. This does not account for foliage absorption, water evaporation from the 419 acres of pond surface, or any ground retention/absorption. Actual runoff changes monthly given many conditions. The percent of actual runoff to the total possible runoff can range anywhere from roughly 34% in August to 216% in April. April is over 100% because thawing snow is added to that month's rain.
Photographer Robert Lyons has a weather station at Coles Pond. (See www.robertlyonsphotography.com) He estimates that Joe's Pond receives at least 35˝ inches of precipitation per year. In total, this would equal an imaginary level of water about 130 feet on the top of the pond, not counting evaporation. So, a lot of water goes over the dam. The State estimates that 4˝ times the volume of water in the lake flows through it every year.

     The one-megawatt (1mW or 1,000 kilowatt) hydroelectric plant was first installed in 1917 by Mr. Daniels, who called it the East Vermont Public Utility Group. The plant was way too big to power just his house and sawmill, so he tried to give the plant to the Town of Danville. His offer was refused by the selectmen. In January 1927, People's Hydro Electric Vermont Corporation, one of GMP's Parents, purchased East Vermont Public Utility Corporation and the six plants that it owned at the time including the Joe's Pond plant, which GMP calls Plant No. 15. In 1928, this new owner changed its name to Green Mountain Power Corporation. It would be fun to see a picture of Sunken Island poking through the pond surface before the dam was built. Do any Association members have pictures of the Joe's Pond before 1917?
The GMP plant consists of one powerhouse (approximately 1,152 square feet) with accompanying power lines, two sheds, and a 2,000-foot penstock that goes from the intake structure next to the dam to the powerhouse. The old penstock was about four feet in diameter. Ralph Hastings is said to have ridden a bicycle down the top of the entire 2,000-foot length of the old penstock.
      The penstock provides a total available head of about 180 feet. The 20-year average output for the No. 15 plant is about 3,700,000 kilowatthours (kWh), but in 2004, the output was around 2,700,000 kW-hours. Assuming there are 300 dwellings around Joes Pond, the plant generates over 12,300 kWh per dwelling per average year. The average year-round Washington Electric Coop residence uses about 8,000 kWh per year. So, most of our electricity comes from a renewable, hydroelectric source.
     The standard unit of measure for flow for power plants is usually calculated in cubic feet per second. The one-mW unit has a maximum flow of about 125 cubic feet per second or roughly 56,000 gallons per minute. There is a difference in height of seven feet between the top of the old spillway and the existing grade of the stream by the intake structure. Historic target water elevation has been 2.1 feet above the crest of the old spillway. This gives a total change in height of approximately 9.1 feet, including five feet of rubber dam. All the water pressing against the bladder is held there by 1˝ to 2 pounds per square inch of internal air pressure. The bladder membrane is just about 5/8-inch thick. What would happen if someone shot or removed the bladder? The topography around the outlet of Joes Pond would determine how low the water level would go if the dam were not there. In other words, the water level might be two or three feet lower without the bladder. This is the depth of water beneath the Route 2 bridge.

JOE'S POND WATER QUALITY REPORT
     We've had a great hot summer on Joes's Pond with many days of sunshine and lots of people enjoying the public beach. For the first time in several years the beach remained opened throughout the summer. In past years, swimming at the public beach was prohibited for short periods due to e-coli bacteria. It appears that the signs instructing the public not to feed the waterfowl are being heeded and are playing a part in the improvement of the water quality. This is only one of the ways that we, the residents of Joe's Pond, can help to improve our natural resource.

     This summer I attended a couple of meetings, which were both educational and enlightening. On July 25th I attended the annual meeting for "the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds". Here I met with other property owners from different bodies of water throughout Vermont. Each representative was given a chance to speak briefly of the issues they are faced with on their body of water. Many issues such as: jet skis, milfoil, wash stations, wildlife, septic systems, new construction, etc. were discussed and common to several bodies of water. Believe me, some of the problems discussed made me happy to be on Joe's Pond, especially the horror stories of dealing with milfoil. Roger Thompson with the "Agency of Natural Resources" spoke on the new septic regulations and potable water supplies. (I do have a copy of the regulations if anyone needs information.) The guest speaker was Dr. Mary Watzin who had a slide presentation and spoke of invasive plant species troubling our Vermont waters.
     On August 13th I attended a meeting of the "Agency of Natural Resources" which was held at the Danville town hall, targeting Joe's Pond. It was nice to see several camp owners take an interest in this meeting that was sponsored by the local Danville Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife group. The first speaker was aquatic biologist Jim Kellogg who is with the ANR and a life long resident of Joe's Pond. He spoke of the plants, fish, mollusks and other creatures that inhabit our pond. The second speaker was Vermont Loon Recovery Project Biologist, Eric Hanson, who discussed what types of birds live in and depend on the natural habitat found along pond and lake shorelines. The third item on the agenda was a slide presentation of the variety of wildlife that inhabits and utilizes lakes in Vermont, presented by yours truly. The most beneficial information, for lakeshore owners, was presented in the last segment of the program, entitled "Enhancing Your Lands for Wildlife: What Lakeshore Owners and Managers Can Do." Kellie Merrell who is with the ANR and a local Danville Vermont Covert presented this segment. Being local, Kellie holds a special interest in Joe's Pond water quality. The ANR has developed a program to help lakeshore owners landscape their properties to best suite their needs and help keep pollutants out of the water. Kellie has chosen Joe's Pond to be used as a pilot for this program. There is talk of special funds being available to shore owners, whose properties qualify, for such a program. We have offered our property as the first on the pond to take advantage of this opportunity. We have already met with Kellie and are on schedule for another meeting with Kellie and a colleague to further discuss what we can do to improve our property to help keep Joe's Pond a clean and happy place. Anyone interested in taking part in this program may contact Kellie Merrell at telephone # 802-241-4242 or via email: kellie.merrell@state.vt.us.

     Also, on Sept. 13th, the association hired scuba divers to inspect the waters of Joe's Pond for invasive species that may be a threat to our recreational water. Only good news resulted from the dive. The divers found only old bottles, jugs, and even a rowboat on the bottom of the pond. They searched different locations around the pond, from the marsh to the public beach and found no Eurasian water milfoil. Good news for property owners on the pond! We must continue to work together to keep Joe's Pond milfoil free. Please make a conscious effort to do your part, after all your efforts today will help insure a better tomorrow.

FRIENDS WE'VE LOST
     Hackett, Robert, 86, died this summer at his home in Rutland. Bob was a longtime summer resident at Joe's Pond and we will miss him. Our sympathy goes to his wife, Lois, and son Richard.

     Pirie, Frederick D., 87, passed away on July 10 at his home in South Burlington. Fred was a summer resident at Joe's Pond for many years and was Patti Coffrin's father. Our sympathy to the family.

     Loretta (Bona) Lewis, 90, passed away on October 28. Loretta, a longtime member of JPA, recently sold her cottage on Old Homestead Rd. Our sympathy goes to her family.

DANVILLE REAPPRAISAL UPDATE
     The Danville Listers (assessors) have been working for two years to complete a reappraisal of all real property in the Town of Danville. A complete reappraisal has not been done since 1992 and the Town is under a State of Vermont order to reappraise because our common level of appraisal is less than 80%. We plan to have this completed for the 2006 tax year.      We are required by law to determine the fair market value for over 1500 properties in town. There has been a dramatic increase in property values since 1992, especially in the last three years. The largest increases have been in land and Joe's Pond property. Preliminary reappraisal values for Joe's Pond are 2.5 to 3 times the current values. Following are three examples of recent sales:
Parcel ID#2005 Appraisal Selling Price
JP200-006.000 $137,600 $370,000
JP200-056.002 $80,600 $235,000
JP300-029.000 $64,000 $203,610
     Our goal is to have the change of appraisal notice to all property owners by May 1, 2006. We plan to allow plenty of time for informal meetings with property owners to explain and hopefully resolve any disagreements before the formal grievance process.      We appreciate your cooperation as we bring this reappraisal to a conclusion.

Danville Listers

ICE-OUT CONTEST UPDATE
     The 2006 Ice Out contest is officially underway with all campers' tickets having been issued at this point. We have printed 10,000 tickets again and hope to sell as many as possible. As you may recall, the 2005 Ice Out numbers were down a bit, so lets try to boost them up again this year.
     If you need tickets give me a call at 802-479-2629 or email me at: Parker3vt@peoplepc.com and we will get some out to you. As in the past, Hastings Store, JPCS and Martys' will be facilitating the sale of tickets and that is much appreciated.
     Happy Holidays to all Joe's Ponders and a sincere Thank You for your help in this project.

David Parker

ABOUT THE COOKBOOK
     As some of you know, I am compiling the recipes for our Joe's Pond Cookbook, supported by our wonderful committee!! These girls are the best when it comes to getting a job done, and for making a person feel she can do anything… (My special thanks to them!) including laying out a cookbook that has turned into one of the most unique cookbooks that you can have in your personal collection!!! We are so proud of, and thankful for, all of your contributions, in the form of recipes and/or financial support…
     One day, while trying to envision how our Joe's Pond Cookbook could be extra special, I had the idea that all the friends of Joe's Pond should be included. So I put out a request of our Governor and our President to join us in this mission. (Never really thinking that they would take the time to respond!) I was thrilled to receive a letter from Governor Douglas along with a couple of his favorite recipes! Then, on November 2nd, I was shocked to receive a letter from President Bush (or at least his "special assistant"). Imagine my surprise! (I must have said "Oh, my God!" six times from the mailbox to the house!) Well, even though we can only imagine what that favorite special ingredient is for his Texas BBQ (known only to the White House cook and Mrs. Bush), we at least, have a proper letter wishing us well!! (see insert). I thought you all would appreciate the interest your cookbook has generated!
     Even with all this famous official recognition, the most special part of this cookbook is all of the wonderful submissions from our very own fabulous cooks and friends here on the pond!! I personally wish to thank you all for your prompt response and tasty variety of recipes. From time to time I open the "test kitchen" and Ray and Walter are all too happy to be my official "taste testers"!
     So on these snowy winter days here on the pond you can be sure we are not only counting the snowflakes but counting each new entry as one step closer to the final awesome product!!! We have nearly 500 fabulous recipes, and an ever growing "history section" to make this a "must" for everyone's home! It's not too late to submit a short "memory" of Joe's Pond, send it to: rloonnest@aol.com. (I emphasize SHORT and very soon) I may need fillers for the bottom of pages...Consider this a temptation you can't resist… it will make a wonderful gift for your friends and family next year! Oh yes, get the cookbook and find out what two recipes turned out to be President Bush's favorites after all!

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMITTEE!
      The Joe's Pond Cookbook will be ready for sale next summer with nearly 500 recipes. The cookbook is being designed with an eye towards capturing our unique history and environment. It will include photos of the pond as it is now, and as it was in the past, as well as anecdotes from long-time residents. It will undoubtedly be a true keepsake, with contributions from many of our friends of Joe's Pond.

     Should individuals or families wish to contribute towards the funding of the cookbook, monetary contributions are being accepted.

     The 'Friends' will be listed in a special section of the book, you may choose to remember or recognize someone special with a personalized entry. Prices range from $15 - $75, depending on the size of the listing. A photo may be included in a full page entry, but it will be printed in black and white. For more information on this, please contact Cyndy Rouleau before Dec 1, 2005 at 941-486-9075 or by e-mail at CyndynRay@aol.com Thanks from: Susan Bouchard, Camilla Dente, Pam Hebert, Evelyn Richer, Cyndy Rouleau, Pat Rubalcaba

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