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Subject: Ice on pond? Date: 01/03/2021 Author: Jessica OlmsteadLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jamie Stewart
Does anyone know how much ice there is on the pond? Safe to fish?

Reply by: Jamie Stewart
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Hi Jessica, Sorry for the late reply. There is plenty of ice on the lake. In the main pond there are reports of 8 inches of ice.

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Subject: Cum Sum Oar Date: 11/05/2020 Author: George EdsonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jane Brown
I am conducting family history research and my Grandfather, George Leslie Edson owned a place on Joe's Pond about 1920. The name of the camp was Cum Sum Oar. Any chance such a place still exists? Thanks,

Reply by: Jane Brown
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I'll see what I can find, but I'm not familiar with that camp name. Someone else may have a clue. Anyone?

Subject: Found your canoe Date: 10/10/2020 Author: Ed GowansLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Somebody’s canoe washed up at my camp overnight. Call and identify it first, and I’ll get it to you. If I don’t hear from anyone, I’ll properly store it til spring. 802-793-8755

Subject: Found canoe paddle Date: 09/06/2020 Author: Dorothea PenarLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Did you lose a canoe paddle. A black paddle washed up on our shore at 14 Narrows Dr. (cove before the Narrows). Let me know if you lost your paddle and we can arrange a pick up.

Subject: Lost Obrien ski Date: 09/06/2020 Author: The BertrandLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
While you are putting things away if you come across a single (non-slalom) red/pink Obrien ski I may the one we lost earlier this summer, please email my at

Subject: BOAT STORAGE/WINTERIZING Date: 08/30/2020 Author: Kyle JohnsonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Cindy Donlon
Hey guys! Just a reminder if you guys are looking to get your boats winterized and stored I am continuing to do so. Last year was a good one with 13 boats stored this year im hoping to get over 20! Please call or text to reserve your spot! 802-535-6735

Reply by: Cindy Donlon
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Kyle, Please save a spot for me. What are you charging?

Subject: Census phamplet Date: 08/27/2020 Author: Karen CobbLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Karen Cobb
Form left in door. Tried to do online response, but says we are 108/ not 98 Narrows Drive.
Assume only for Vermont residents.

Reply by: Karen Cobb
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Found my JP directory and noted 108 is neighbor for census-Placed form in their screen door.
Question remains just who is counted in this census? Is it just legal Vermont residents. Just curious.

Reply by:
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I know of no Vermont Census. If it is the US census, it would be for US Citizens. You would get your census form at your permanent address. Is the person who lives at 108 a year rounder? If so, 108 would likely be their address for census.

Reply by: Karen Cobb
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108 not a year rounder to my knowledge.

Subject: Ice Out Tickets Date: 08/02/2020 Author: JPA BoardLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Karen Cobb
Because we have no meetings this year, JP board members and ice out committee members (and selected others!) will be distributing ice out tickets door to door to JPA members before the end of the summer. We’re hoping each member can be responsible for buying or selling 10. Meanwhile, anyone who wants some can call any of us.

Reply by: Karen Cobb
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Want to get 20 Ice Out tickets.

Subject: trash at entrance to boat launch Date: 08/19/2020 Author: mooreLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
There has been a lot of trash of no intrinsic value (broken fans, waste baskets, booze bottles, broken light bulbs) being set out by the entrance to the boat access just off US Route 2. This junk needs to go to the transfer station. Let's all keep our drive ways and access roads clean! DOn't be a lazy litter bug!!

Subject: Black Surf board Date: 08/15/2020 Author: Jim KurrleLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Lost black surf board in big pond. Please call 892 249-0049

Subject: Aluminum Canoe for sale Date: 08/14/2020 Author: tom dodgeLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
17' Grumman square stern (for motor) 1973. Very good shape. Very little use in last 30 years. Asking $900

Subject: Lost Kayak Date: 08/14/2020 Author: Jenny BarkerLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
We are staying at 122 Edgewood Rd this summer and unfortunately had our bright red kayak float away from our dock.

My phone number in case anyone sees it float up on shore around the pond is 978-831-2016 and it is Jenny and Mike Barker. Thank you! Jenny

Subject: Reminder to Visit Your Library Date: 08/11/2020 Author: Last Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Hope everyone is having a safe summer.
Just a reminder that the West Danville Brainerd Library is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 - 4.
Thank you to all the folks continuing to bring in new books. Our shelves are full. Please stop by and check out our newly planted garden located behind the library. We owe a huge thanks to Jack Beauparlant from Cuttin' It Close Landscaping, L.L. C. in West Danville who generously donated all the materials needed for this project. We are so appreciative of his community support.

Subject: Lost Flamingo Date: 08/11/2020 Author: Mark GerrishLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Someone’s lost inflatable flamingo just showed up at175 Barre Ave. It’s sitting on the back of my boat if someone wants to claim it.

Subject: 2009 Sunchaser Pontoon boat Date: 08/10/2020 Author: Brad & JodieLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
20' Pontoon boat with ski/tow bar, 115 hp Mercury Optimax 2 stroke motor, some seat wear, stitching, no rips, good condition. Purchased new. No trailer. 17,900

Subject: Date: 07/26/2020 Author: Jerome KeatingLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jane
My son is visiting for the next 4 weeks and would really like to,kayak. We have been trying to buy one but all the stores are sold out. Is anyone looking to sell, rent or loan an unused used kayak? If so, you can reach me at 802-777-7736. Thanks!

Reply by: Jane
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Jerome you can borrow ours.

Subject: Paddle missing Date: 08/07/2020 Author: Jane SegaleLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
We are missing a blue paddle board paddle. Suspect it took itself out for a float during the storm. Let me know if you find it. 508-596-7887

Subject: Tow Rope Date: 08/01/2020 Author: Linda LivendaleLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Found a yellow tow rope in big pond. Contact me at 802-272-6564.

Subject: Big Noodle Date: 07/31/2020 Author: Karen CobbLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Washed up under our dock on Big Pond side.
Call 684-2131 to retrieve.

Subject: Lost Ski Date: 07/28/2020 Author: BertrandsLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
we lost a pink/red waterski on July 27 around sunset. It would have been floating in front of our camp at 1423 West Shore Road. If found please call at 802-563-2555 and we will come and get it.

Subject: Towable tube for sale Date: 07/26/2020 Author: Cherese MasonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Airhead G force 3 towable deck tube. (Red) For up to 3 riders. Never used, brand new in box. Also bought brand new rope to go with it never used. Asking $180. Just under what I paid. We bought 2 of these and are only using one. Call 272-4642

Subject: Lost OBrien life jacket Date: 07/26/2020 Author: JasonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Lost black Obrien life jacket size large. Has orange color/writing on it.

Subject: Sailboat for sale Date: 07/24/2020 Author: Cherese MasonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
1974 Chrysler Mutineer 15 for sale. Sails all good condition. Trailer included. Asking $650. This is my dads boat, for questions and inquiries please call George at 802 479-5502 or 802 922-1283. Thanks.

Subject: House to rent or caretake Date: 07/20/2020 Author: JennLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:

My name is Jenn and my family and I moved back to VT last month after living in WA state for 4 years. We are so happy to be back in Vermont, the state we love so much! We are currently renting a summer house in Danville and would like to stay in Danville for the upcoming school year.

We are a family of 4, both my husband and I are working professionals and we have 2 kiddos, ages 8 and 10, PLUS a cute dog. Ideally, we would like to be in a new rental starting at the end of August or early September- just so that we are ready to rock and roll back to school in the fall. We are planning on our kids to attend the Danville School.

We are also available to and are willing to house sit as another option. Do you take off for the winter and you would prefer to not leave your house empty and unattended to during the winter months? We are up for house sitting.

Prior to moving out west we owned a home (for many years) in Essex, VT. Both my husband and I have a "green thumb" and are kind, hard -working, respectful folks and we love to have fun outdoors and with our kids and dog.

If you or someone you know in this area is looking to rent their home, please let me know. I would be happy to talk to you more. You can email me at:

Thank you!

Subject: Loons Date: 06/19/2020 Author: Suzanne MaslandLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jack LaGue
Does anyone know if the loons had a baby yet? And, if so what pond?

Reply by:
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Haven't seen any. We are on the North end of the pond where we have two adults until late spring. They tend to disappear as soon as the motor boats and (especially) when the jetskis show up. Sometimes they will come back out when it's quiet. I expect they are hiding back up Joe's Brook.

Reply by: Jack LaGue
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With all due respect Suzanne, my experience is totally different. The loons are around and about at the north end of the pond all summer and motorboats and jet-skis don't bother them a bit. They do seem to dislike canoes and kayaks, we suspect because they are silent.

Subject: OTA? Date: 07/08/2020 Author: Jack LaGueLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jack LaGue
I was wondering if anyone gets their tv with an antenna and what kind of reception that you get, especially people on the West Shore. The impression that I have had over the years is that some people get decent reception with an antenna on the East shore but less so on the West Shore because we are blocked out by the mountain behind us... but looking to confirm or refute that impression. Thanks.

Reply by: Fred
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We are on W Shore Road toward the north end of the pond. Our OTA reception is not good. We do get both the VT and NH PBS channels. We do not get any of the network channels (channel 3, channel 5, etc.).

Reply by: Jack LaGue
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Thanks Fred, that's about what I expected.

Subject: Missing boat cover and noodles Date: 07/10/2020 Author: Jerome KeatingLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Our boat cover and a couple of noodles flew off our dock so if anyone finds us please let me know. Thanks!

Subject: Fireworks 2020 Date: 07/02/2020 Author: Last Reply Date: Last Reply By: Chelsea
Are there any fireworks this year?

Reply by: Chelsea
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Yes July 3rd (tonight) rain date the 5th

Subject: swimming Date: 06/29/2020 Author: TrevaLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Fred
Is Joes Pond public beach open for swimming for the 2020 summer season?

Reply by: Fred
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Hi Treva, I contacted someone on the beach committee. Yes the Joe's Pond public beach is open for swimming for the 2020 summer season. Water samples are taken weekly to insure water quality. No life guard on duty so swim at your own risk. See Wendy's comment below to see info on toilets and social distancing.

Subject: Photographer in the Area Date: 06/30/2020 Author: FredLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Andrea Carbonneau (formerly of W. Shore Rd.) contacted us about her friend, Jay Kennedy, who is doing a photo project that will hopefully result in a "coffee table book" featuring black and white photos. Jay will be in the Joe's Pond area on July 4th and 5th, and will likely knock on your door if you live here at the pond. Andrea and Jay asked us to let people know he will be in the area this weekend. He is an independent professional and is not connected to Joe's Pond Association in any way. The Joe's Pond website and this blog are merely conduits for the information so you will not be surprised by his visit and perhaps even have gathered more family to participate, knowing he will be stopping by.

Subject: Loon Chick Date: 06/27/2020 Author: Jane BrownLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
We have one loon chick this morning at the north end of the big pond. Boaters, please be extra watchful and give the loons plenty of space. Slow down when you are in the area of the islands, as that is where they are most likely to be while the chick is very young. Thank you. Photo by Gretchen Farnsworth.

Loon Chick

Subject: Rentals for cabins week or few days week of 8/1 Date: 06/26/2020 Author: BobLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:

Subject: Question about day visiting Date: 06/20/2020 Author: WendyLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Wendy Geller
Hello Joe's Pond Community,
I was wondering if there was any guidance about making a day visit to the area for a picnic near the water. We're coming from Montpelier and I'm conscious there might be additional guidelines or restrictions at the moment. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks for you time and hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Reply by: Fred
Date of Reply:
Hi Wendy,

I contacted a member of the beach committee. She said that because of the Coronavirus there are no portable toilets at the beach at this time. They are also expecting beach goers to use social distancing. I don't know of further restrictions at Joe's Pond.

Reply by: Wendy Geller
Date of Reply:
Thank you! Take care and hope everyone stays safe and well.

Subject: JPA Board Meeting Date: 06/20/2020 Author: Joe Hebert, Priesident, JPALast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
JPA Board Meeting

The Board of Directors held a meeting on June 20th

and made the following decisions:

Due to current restrictions related to Covid 19 we have elected to cancel all remaining social events
related to JPA for the remainder of the summer.

We HOPE to POSSIBLY have a fall meeting sometime in late August or over Labor Day depending
on the State recommendations at that time. If so we would encourage social distancing and the use of

We also would like to consider a members only social gathering at the pavilion in late August but
again dependent on current recommendations.

The sailboat races and fireworks will continue as planned.

Only one pavilion rental is currently scheduled in mid August and that may require cancellation.
No additional rentals are being considered at this time.

The tennis/pickleball courts remain open for use.

The Board will be meeting again on July 25 to consider any changes in our position and to further
evaluate the situation for possible August events.

Please feel free to contact me or any other board member if you have any questions or suggestions.

Joe Hebert

Subject: Couch- Free! Date: 06/18/2020 Author: Jack LaGueLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Good camp couch available for free. Contact or call 802 476 4505.

Subject: Free bunk beds Date: 06/15/2020 Author: Angela BLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Angela
Bunk beds that came with camp- Free

Reply by: Angela
Date of Reply:
Forgot to add phone number 802-922-0781

Subject: Camp/cabin 4 sale? Date: 06/14/2020 Author: Cindy RugglesLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Hi, we are looking for a cabin or camp for sale on Rte 15 side of pond. No less than 2 bedroom. Any info is appreciated. 802-633-3932. Thanks

Subject: Fireworks watching Date: 06/23/2019 Author: Brian SullivanLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Fred
I am trying to figure out the best place to watch the fireworks this year.

Reply by: Fred
Date of Reply:
We know the village of W Danville (the beach area) is not a good place to watch from. Probably on the water in a boat is best. The fireworks are at the northeast end of the pond, so probably one of those roads off Rte 15, like Davidson Drive, if you can find a parking space, would be good. I think you had asked this question some time ago, and thank you for asking it again.

Reply by: Fred
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The fireworks are on the 3rd this year.

Subject: Private Road Date: 06/08/2020 Author: Susan Rousse-LagueLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
I just wanted to remind people that Meadow Lane ( off from West Shore Rd) is a private road and really a dead end. My driveway is not a continuation of Meadow Lane but private property and my backyard. It's really all the residents' back yard since everyone owns a portion of the road but we all have right of way. Lately there have been people and some cars passing through that don't live here or visiting. I would appreciate it if people, especially with dogs, avoid walking through and especially going up my driveway. I will be having a young dog in my yard, mostly on a run, and I'd like to avoid any issues. Thanks for your consideration.

Subject: Life vest found Date: 06/05/2020 Author: Linda LivendaleLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
We found an O’Neill black life vest, size medium on the 3rd pond. We have it at our camp on the 2nd pond. Contact us to pick up 802-272-6564

Subject: Spring Meeting and Other Events Date: 05/16/2020 Author: Joe HebertLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
The JPA Board of Directors met today and as expected because of the Covid 19 pandemic and the
State of Vermont recommendations, we decided to cancel the spring meeting scheduled for May 23rd
Additionally the Pitch Tournament on June 20 was also canceled. The Sunfish sailing workshop, sailboat
races and July 4th

fireworks will proceed as scheduled. The tennis courts will be available for use with

social distancing recommended when feasible.
Although it is problematic if the other social events and meetings can be held as scheduled, the Board
elected to defer any further cancellations at this time. As we are all aware this is an extremely fluid
situation, and we anticipate final decisions will be made approximately two weeks before any events.
Please feel free to contact me or any other board member if you have any questions or comments.

Joe Hebert,
President, Joes Pond Association

Subject: Ice out location Date: 04/18/2020 Author: Doug HamiltonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Jack LaGue
Seems like a new location for the block is in order.It was obvious to many of us why the TV coverage was not at the block location as it would have been obvious that the ice was a long way from being gone.It would be so easy to do it right and locate the block in a different part of the lake like in the cove near the rec.area.The rail trail goes by there and a lot of people would see it when using the trail.If we can make it better,we should at least give it a shot!

Reply by: Suzanne Masland
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I like that idea! I have found the ice out disappointing in the last few years. I know it has its value and many people appreciate it, but it feels odd for the "ice out" to happen when we then see the ice for another week at least. This is not to criticize all the folks who worked so hard to move the site and put it out each year.

Reply by: Jack LaGue
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There has always been ice still on the pond when the block drops. In my experience when we were living on he pond full-time, most years it takes 24-48 hours from when the clock stops until the pond is mostly free of ice.

There were different problems with the location on the south shore. Many years the clock stopped because a large piece of ice drifted away from the shore and severed the connection to the clock but the flag could still be seen and much of the pond to the north of the flag was free of ice.

While I'm not opposed to another location, any alternative location would need to have electricity readily available and preferably someone there regularly to keep an eye on the setup. Given the number of people who are right on the main pond in April it narrows the potential locations.

But no matter what, the bet is on when the connection to the clock is severed, whether it is because the block drops through the ice or the ice moves away from shore or whatever. If people are troubled that the game isn't perfect then they can choose not to play.... it is just for fun after all.

Subject: Ice Out Date: 04/17/2020 Author: PamelaLast Reply Date: Last Reply By: Bill
Just wondering if we could look at a different location or readjust when the block is placed.
It seems rather troublesome to me that the past 2 ice outs happen when the ice isn’t remotely out. It’s still quite white and fairly solid.

I have had a number of local people ask why the ice went out but it didn’t.

Not sure exactly what the differences where but when it was placed at Fitts’ it seemed more ice was gone. Granted there were issues with the location for sure there, but I think we can do a better job. Maybe talk to the people who have done it previously?? Maybe have it as a topic at the Annual Meeting?

Just wondering...

Seems like now we are voting on when the clock will stop but not when the ice is out.

Just a suggestion.

Reply by: Diane Rossi
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You are right. We need a rocket scientist on this. Someone who can analyze the layers of ice that have been laid down over the course of a crazy VT winter. Someone who can accurately predict wind, temperature and sunshine during the crucial final weeks. Someone who can design and build a foolproof block and pallet that will not sink like a rock as soon as the ice turns to mush, or float around out there forever. Keeping the snowmobiles off the line, and the power on at all times are separate issues altogether. But no one is obligated to participate, and there are thousands of people having fun with this as well as someone getting a nice check and the JPA making enough money to help with fireworks that make people smile. We keep trying, but we often get it wrong. Especially now, with so much sadness and death, I think it's all worth it.

Reply by: Joe Hebert
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While we acknowledge there is no one ideal spot for locating the block certainly alternatives can be considered. We can have an open discussion at our annual meeting but I would suggest the writer and other interested parties investigate other possible sites.

Reply by: Bill
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Just because you can still ice fish when a winner is declared is no need to question the establishment.

Subject: Boat Winterizing/Storing Date: 09/12/2019 Author: Kyle JohnsonLast Reply Date: Last Reply By:
Fellow Joes Ponders, I now have cleared out land ready for a bunch of boats to be stored over winter! I am winterizing and shrink wrapping any boats out there. Let me know if anyone wants me to take their boats out and put back in for the spring! Call me at 802-535-6735.

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