Joe's Pond Newletter

Spring Issue 2007

LATEST NEWS ABOUT JOE'S
POND COUNTRY STORE

Will Joe's Pond Benefit From
Better Back Roads Grant?

Ice Out Winner Announced

New Easy-Pay Envelope Inside!

JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION

P. O. BOX 111

WEST DANVILLE VT 05873

Tom Dente, President

Don Sherwood, Vice President

George Anderson, Treasurer

Jane Brown, Secretary

Directors:

Dave Parker

Ray Rouleau

Andre LaPrade

Ray Richer

Larry Rossi

Sponsors

Please Remember To Thank Our Sponsors By Using Their Services

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Financial Consultant
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218 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, Vt 05819-2644
Member - SIPC
802-748-3124     800-457-1002
fax: 802/748-4746
robert.dimick@agedwards.com
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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
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1320 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 PHONE: (802) 748-6373

THURSTON AUTO SALES

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Used Cars and Trucks
BUY - SELL - TRADE
Appraisal Services
P. O. Box 12     1320 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Cell: 802-748-5847 Home: 802-748-3575
Office: 802-748-6373

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US Rte. 2
Danville, VT
The Complete Store
Grocery-Gas-Deli-Lotto
Fresh Hot Pizza
802-684-2574
New Lobster Tank // Steaks Cut Daily

CAPLAN’S ARMY STORE

Hiking Equipment Kayaks Canoes
Work Clothing Boots Women’s Clothing
Sportswear Ammunition Accessories
Since 1922 Headquarters for your favorite brand names. High quality, durable work clothing by CARHARTT
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LARRABEE'S BUILDING SUPPLY, INC

Rte. 2 Box 67     West Danville Vermont 05873
Serving Joe's Pond since 1964     Paints     Hardware     Lumber
(802) 684-3622     Fax: (802) 6843697
We have a personal affection for Joe's Pond since we are "year rounders" starting 2006. Whether you are on Joe's Pond or in a neighboring community, let us help you with your most valuable investment---Your home!     Steve Larrabee, President

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A Complete Boating Store
Service, Rentals and Accessories
Rent by the Day or week
Pontoons, Fishing or fun boats
Canoes and Kayaks     Bayliner
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Route 5 Exit 15 Off I-91, Fairlee, VT
802) 333-9745     (800) 287-9745
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Joe's Pond Craft Shop

"traditional crafts in an historic barn setting"
Opening May 1st
Tues-Sat 9:30am - 6pm
Sunday 9:30am - 1pm
Closed on Mondays     802-684-2192
Fearuring     Vermont Crafts     Quilts
Woven and Hooked Rugs     Pottery
Wooden Bowls     Photography     and more

Quatrini Real Estate

CENTURY 21 111 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819     (802) 748-9543
www.quatrini.com     (802) 748-0769 (fax)     c21qre@sover.net (email)
"We Own a camp on Joe's Pond, so let us help you find one...or sell yours."
Steve and Sue Quatrini
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REMEMBER HASTINGS STORE

Serving the Greater Joe’s Pond Area Since 1913
FULL LINE OF GROCERIES, MEATS & PRODUCE “Our meats are cut to order.”
PARTY PLATTERS Home Baked Goods - Special Orders Taken
VERMONT MAPLE PRODUCTS
CABOT CHEESES     VERMONT GIFT PRODUCTS
Specially Designed Joe’s Pond Throws     Notaries and Justice of the Peace Available
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If we don’t have it, we’ll do our darndest to get it for you!
West Danville, Vermont Tel/FAX: 802-684-3398

Point Comfort

Lakeside Cottages     Boat Rentals
Live Bait     Fishing Tackle
Old Town Kayaks     Storage Rentals
Dane's Upholstery     Tanning Beds
Angie's Pomeranian Pups
Whirley Gigs     Windmills     Paint Ball Co2 Fill
PO Box 68, 3182 RT 2 West
West Danville, VT
On Joe's Pond
802-684-3379

DANE'S UPHOLSTERY

Boats, Cars, Trucks, Convertible Tops
Motorcycle, Snowmobile, ATV, Watercraft
Seats For All Seasons     Point Comfort, Joe's Pond
Dana Turner
PO Box 68
West Danville 05873
802-684-3379

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Open Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
802-684-9797

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President's Report

Spring 2007

Spring is officially here at Joe’s Pond with the awarding of the winner of the “Great Ice-Out Guessing Game” prize. Dave Parker and crew did another outstanding job this year and shattered all previous records for sales. Congratulations Dave! Also, Dave, Homer Fitts and Don Walker conducted many press interviews and received headlines across the country. Not to be forgotten are Jane Brown and Diane Rossi who facilitated many of these interviews, stocked ticket outlets and so much more! What a team! Thanks for going the extra mile! Please see Dave’s report on page six.

You will notice that with this newsletter is an envelope that can be mailed back to the Association with a check for your dues and fireworks contribution. This is new this year and we hope many of you will take advantage of this easy way to continue your membership. Also, for your convenience is a calendar of known events for the year. Tickets will be available from Hastings Store, Diamond Hill Store or the chairperson(s) for most of the events. Both stores and the Pavilion will have a posting of the events and chairperson(s) by the May Meeting, and the events are listed on www.joespond.org.

We have several projects planned for this year, the completion of the Pavilion modifications, changes to the JPA dock area, water runoff filtering, milfoil shelter and full pond survey. As many of you know, the Pavilion is being expanded to the front which will provide better use of the floor space for all events. This project began in the fall with the clearing of the land in front of the Pavilion and the laying of asphalt for the floor surface. Larry Rossi has taken on this project with Ray Richer and they will complete it this spring. Please contact either Larry or Ray if you want to help with this project.

The JPA dock area has suffered from years of erosion from flooding and now, with settlement money from Green Mountain Power, we are in a position to improve the shoreline and abate water runoff to the pond. This will be on the agenda for the Spring Meeting. While on the subject of abating runoff water to the pond, Ray Richer has applied for a grant from the State of Vermont to fund re-design of some of the runoff locations on the west side of the pond. These sites would be improved to filter the runoff water eliminating silt deposition in the pond. Thanks Ray. See Ray’s report on “Better Back Roads Program” page nine.

This year in the milfoil prevention area, we will provide a temporary shelter for the watchers at the Fishing access. Pam Hebert applied for, and we have received, a special license from the State of Vermont to place this shelter on State land at the Access. Thank you, Pam! Also, Pam will schedule an underwater survey of Joe’s Pond, similar to the one performed a couple of years ago, to detect any Eurasian watermilfoil. Early detection is part of the prevention scheme to protect our pond from invasive plants.

In the Fall Newsletter I mentioned that creating a JPA logo might be a great contest for members and their families. I have received a couple of positive responses by E-Mail and will discuss this at the Spring Meeting.

I have received requests from several Pavilion renters seeking the names of young adults, or members for that matter, who would help in setting up the Pavilion. Anyone interested should contact me and I will put you in touch with the renters.

Sue Bouchard will have cookbooks available for the Spring Meeting. Thank you, Sue and Committee! A great activity, done well and with outstanding success.

You know, someone once said that “Success is the quality of the journey, not the destination.” We, as an Association, are indeed blessed to have so many volunteers that believe in doing the event, project, activity or job correctly and with quality. All the events such as Association Meetings, Baked Bean Supper, Italian Dinner, Summer Party, Pig Roast, Fireworks and Members’ Dinner, projects such as the cookbooks, newsletter, Pavilion modifications, tennis courts, and road signs, activities such as the ice-out guessing game, milfoil prevention, water quality protection, and welcoming new members, are indicative of the caliber of the member volunteers and their vision to make this Association successful and the best it can be. Thanks to all of you and, if traveling, have a safe trip back. See you May 25th at the Board Meeting or at the Spring Meeting May 26th . Both meetings are at the Pavilion and open to all.

Tom Dente, President.

Secretary's Report

While you might think not much is going on during the winter here at Joe’s Pond, we’ve managed to keep pretty busy trying to keep in touch with as many of you as possible.

Those of you who have computers know that Fred updated our web site during the winter, (www.joespond.org), hoping to make it more user- friendly. He likes to experiment with new, interesting features we hope you find appealing, like putting the “Dave & Don Ice-Out Contest Show” that Dave Parker and Don Walker did on WSTJ in St. Johnsbury with local talk-show personality, Linda Mullallay on the web site for you to hear. Fred recorded it and now you can hear it by going to home page and clicking on the green “ribbon.”

We were also able to bring you a short audio/ video of the piece WCAX-TV did on our Ice-Out Contest, but the television station kept that available for only a short time, and now we have only the text of that story available. We’ve experimented with an Ice-Out Contest slide show, and hope to do more slide shows with other themes. You’ll find new links for places to stay, real estate brokers, along with other sites, and you’ll want to look at the new Hasting’s Store site and the beautiful Gallery on Loon’s Cove site. Dave Covell’s www.joespond.com site has ice-out pictures and lots of information, too.

The Joe’s Pond Association Ice-Out Contest got national recognition this year when John Curran, an Associated Press reporter based in Montpelier did a story on the contest that was picked up all across the nation and published on Saturday, March 31. I could pretty much track the story across the country by the e-mails I began to receive from JPA members excited when they opened their local newspaper and found familiar pictures before them. I had messages from Maine to Florida, starting at about 10 o’clock that morning. Then I began to get messages from people in the middle of the country, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Idaho, and finally California and Washington. (Interestingly, in the article, the web site ad- dress was Dave Covell’s, but since Dave has a prominent link to us, folks found us in a hurry.) Some came from I don’t know where. I averaged an e-mail every 10 minutes that Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from friends, relatives and from strangers who’d read the article and wanted tickets. Some of them sent a list of dates and times, and I sent off messages letting them know about our deadline and promised to send the tickets if they got their money in the mail on time. I began to doubt my judgment when I realized how many tickets I would need to fill out if everyone got their picks and money in the mail before the deadline. It turned out I sold about 100 tickets that day by e-mail, and there were several others who couldn’t make the deadline but asked to be alerted as soon as tickets for the 2008 contest are available. I couldn’t believe how enthusiastic these people were. One man even sent me specific instructions on how we should set up our contest to sell tickets on-line – I think he was a little miffed he couldn’t make the deadline to buy tickets this year. You can believe I have a bunch of e-mail addresses in my “Ice-Out Contest” address book.

Early in the fall I had a message from someone on the west coast who claimed he wanted to make a documentary about the Ice-Out Contest. I responded that he should let us know what he needed from us, but, I never heard from him again. I also haven’t heard back from the Good Morning America Show – they asked for background information, which I sent. Perhaps next year.

I’ve appreciated all the e-mails commenting on the web site and the “Local News Blog.” It’s very nice to be able to stay in touch with so many of you throughout the winter. I’ve gained some good solid Joe’s Pond historical information, received some great pictures and stories, and passed them on via the blog whenever I could. I hope you’ll let us know how we can better serve you, individually or as part of the Joe’s Pond Association. We like new ideas and will try just about anything.

Let us know how you like having a ready-to-mail envelope included in your newsletter so you can send in your dues more easily. This is something we’ve talked about before, but this year Evelyn and I put our heads together and did something about it. We hope it works for you.

Jane Brown, Secretary.

A Wonderful Future

Jane and Garey Larrabee announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jenny Larrabee, to James Rafuse, on May 19, 2007. Jenny is a nursing student at Norwich University and works part time at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington. James is employed with the Napoli Group, which manages a number of McDonald's franchises in New Hampshire and Vermont. Garey says it is his hope you will still see Jenny working once in a while at Hastings Store. We at JPA offer to Jenny and James our sincere wishes for a long and happy life together.

Romance on Joe's Pond

Betty Hall and my Dad, Fred Pirie, met each other while growing up at Joe’s Pond where both their families had camps over 60 years ago. They lost touch with each other after World War II, and both went on to marriages and families. Who knew that 50 years later they would be reunited back at Joe’s Pond? But that's what happened. Betty and her daughter came to Joe’s Pond one weekend and stopped in the bay by our cottage to ask me if Fred Pirie still owned the place. Later that day my dad came up for lunch and I told him about the lady asking about him. He tried to find her by going to the camp her family used to own, but no luck. It was only when we saw her daughter go through the channel in their boat that we were able to track her down. My son, who was about 10 years old then, ran out to stop her and since I couldn't remember her name, he just yelled out, "Hey Lady, my mother wants to talk to you!"

Cherie, Betty’s daughter, explained that her Mom was waiting for her at the boat launch, and with that, my father was gone like a flash. The rest is history. They were married and were able to spend almost 10 years together.

Betty grew up in the Danville area. She held the record for catching the largest lake trout out of Joe’s Pond, and her father held the second place record.

Patty Pirie Coffrin
Editorial note: Fred Pirie died on July 10, 2005; Betty (Hall) Hooper-Pirie died February 8, 2007.

Wedding On The Island

Jill and Jack Dowd's son, Jon, of Sandy Beach Road, will be married July 7th on the 'Big Island' to Ellen Feldman. Our Best Wishes to them.

30th Anniversary Vt. Loon Recovery Program

Potluck Picnic

Sat. July 28th ~ 4:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. Loon Talk ~~ sharing stories ~~ Multi-media show on loons ~~ Silent Auction ~~ Raffles, Special Guests ~~~ VINS Raptors and Owl (with educator) ~~ Everyone welcome! The Gallery at Loon Cove (at Richer's on Sandy Beach Road...) bring a dish and have some fun!! 4:30 Raptor Encounter. Grills Available!

Bouchard - Ziminski Wedding

My daughter, Deanna, married Scott Ziminski on June 24, 2006 in Haverhill Massachusetts. Deanna is a 5th grade teacher at Bradford, MA Elementary School, and Scott is a nine year veteran of the Haverhill (MA) Police Department. The reception was at the Tewksbury Country Club, which is the town that Susan and I live in during the 'off' season. My three children are from my first marriage and they are all in the photo, starting from left, my oldest son Scott, holding his two month old son Cade, my daugher-in-law Jessie, who was a bridesmaid, the bride and groom, then Susan, me and youngest son Timothy (TJ).

Mother nature threatened rain the whole day but it never happened. The sky turned purple/pink at sunset. The photographer said the clouds made for better pictures, alleviating the shadows from a bright sun. Deanna and Scott spent their honeymoon in Aruba.

The family enjoys spending time at Joe’s Pond during the summer— they all love the place. My son, Scott, couldn't wait to bring his son, Cade, up for his first boat ride in September. TJ and his buddies usually come up in August for a weekend retreat, and my new son-in-law, Scott, was initiated into the fold this past summer.

Butch and Sue Bouchard,
Sandy Beach Rd.

A Welcome Sign!!

Ray Rouleau reports he will be here soon to oversee our road signs and to visit any new cottage owners with the hope of signing them up as JPA members. Signs will be updated to reflect a few changes in the past year. Ray Richer will be putting the finishing touches on any damaged signs and have them ready for the coming season.



‘Spring’s Arrival’

Spring has arrived! It is now official, with Ice-Out on Joe’s Pond behind us… But up in the marsh, while waiting for the block to fall at the other end of the pond, the wild spring migration frenzy took place. With the usual urgency to claim their own space in the cove, the wildlife proclaims spring’s arrival with loud battles for mating or feeding territory.

Of course I am speaking of the activity generated by the many ducks and geese that inhabit the marsh in the early spring as they stop by Joe’s on their migrating voyage. We have had visits from our usual transients the common merganser, hooded merganser, green winged teal, ring-necked duck, “the woody,” mallard, and of course the Canada goose. Each variety multiplied by many.

The cove is shared by the otter, beavers and occasional muskrats, that are venturing out for lunch in a different area than their ‘winter zone’. All their territories overlap in the cove this time of year, and adjustment is difficult for them.

The air is filled with the songs of the red-winged blackbirds, the squabbling of the ducks and the announcements from the geese of incoming friends! Then finally a wail!

It’s the guest of honor, that we all befriend for the summer, the loon, that finally arrived on April 23 this year. He is hanging out in the cove intimidating the ducks and geese, while awaiting his mate’s arrival in a week or so.

It’s a normal start to spring, even though we had an unusually heavy snowfall after Easter, and an unusually warm July- like day on the 23rd… Still, it’s a good ol’ friend that comes every year to cheer us up; Spring… The awakening of spring is apparent everywhere… you can smell spring in the air; feel its warmth on your cheeks; you can hear its loud song sung by the birds in joyful chorus; see it just under the snow as the crocus peeks up at you; but most of all you can feel it in your wet sneakers!! Welcome back Spring!!

By Evelyn Richer
Photo by Ray Richer



Joe’s Pond Ice Out Second only to Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day!

Ray Richer put the pallet and new flag up quietly without much fanfare, witnessed only by the reporters from The Times Argus. Then the news traveled across the globe on the sleeve of its past fame! Photo by Evelyn Richer









Big Year for Ice-Out Contest Ticket Sales

Ice Out Winner

Dr. Bob Marshall, Montpelier, VT, is the winner of $4216.

~May 1st 4:45 pm~

Well, another Ice-Out Contest has concluded and a banner year it was. We printed 12,500 tickets and sold 9,422. This was an amazingly smooth contest and it was due to the help of several people. Many thanks go to Diane Rossi who spent the month of March and early April counting and collating tickets that came in fast and furious. Jane Brown did a super job promoting the contest and being an ambassador for Joe’s Pond, as well as handling her share of the tickets. Don Walker again had several radio interviews and sold a pile of tickets. Ray and Evelyn Richer expertly handled the very high tech apparatus out on the ice. We had many people step up and take large amounts of tickets to sell. I can’t express enough how the success of this contest is a direct reflection of the people who have made this project their own.

We have set the bar very high for the 2008 Ice Out contest, but with a little luck and hard work who knows what’s around the corner next year? I can honestly say that this winter it’s been a pleasure serving the Joe’s Pond Association and its members.

Have a fantastic spring and summer and we will be firing up the presses soon to begin all over again.

David Parker
JPA Director of Fundraising

Friends We Have Lost

Costa, William, 74, passed away of congestive heart failure in Ft. Myers, FL, on November 25, 2006. He was married to Gay (Buttura), who survives him. A long-time summer resident at Joe’s Pond, “Billy” will be missed.

Hamilton, Jean, 83, passed away suddenly on February 18, 2007. Jean and her late husband, also Jean, have been summer residents at Joe’s Pond for many years. Her enthusiasm and good nature will be missed at our meetings and social events.

Murphy, Harold, 89, died in Meriden, CT on March 10, 2007. Mr. Murphy had a summer home on Old Homestead Road, for over 50 years. Although he sold his family cottage in 2000, he kept in touch with us through e-mails and was a great resource regarding Joe’s Pond.

Pirie, Betty (Hall) (Hooper), step mother of Patty (Pirie) Coffrin, died on February 8, 2007. Patty sent a lovely note with the story about her father and step mother. We include it above in this newsletter.

Powers, Clarence, 63, passed away on February 23, 2007. Many Joe’s Pond friends remember him as “Buster” or “Buzzy.” He and his wife, Terry, were “year- rounders” at their cottage on Narrows Drive. “Buzzy” was a helpful and valued member of the Joe’s Pond community, and will be missed.

Rossi, Alan, 62, died April 21, 2007. Alan founded Vermont Tennis Court Construction, and was a respected businessman in St. Johnsbury and surrounding communities. JPA, as well as individuals at Joe's Pond, engaged Mr. Rossi's services over the years. He was a friend as well as a consultant to many here. Our sincerest sympathy goes to his wife, Constance, their daughter, Angela, and the members of his family as well as the many friends who grieve his passing.

Saufroy, Raymond, died Jan. 27, 2007, two days after his 83rd birthday, while visiting his son in Goshen, NY. Many folks will remember Mr. Saufroy who for over 30 years lived and grew herbs in West Danville.

Sincere sympathy goes to the families of all those who will no longer be with us.

“Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.”
The 1913 Proverb Book, Boston American Proverb Contest.

Life is a Cabaret!

Award winning Performance by Matt Randall!!

We wish to congratulate Matt Randall, son of John and Liz Randall, of 637 W. Shore Rd. on being awarded the “Richard and Terry Portner Fine and Performing Arts Award” on March 22, 2007 at Lyndon State College where Matt is a student. Matt was one of 85 underclass students to receive Rising Student awards for their achievements. Matt had a lead roll in "Cabaret" at the college this spring, and is the first recipient of this award. Photo: Matt Randall as Emcee in LSC production of Cabaret in April, 2007. (Courtesy photo)

Barbara Bona Memorial Fund

First time presentation

Also as part of the Rising Students awards ceremony at Lyndon State, the Barbara Bona Memorial Scholarship which was established in memory of Barbara Bona, was awarded for the first time. Recipients were Jeremiah Powell of Concord, and Megan Danforth of Lunenburg. Barbara was the wife of Fred Bona, 787 Channel Drive, who has been the very gracious host of our fireworks display for several years.



Provost Family Record

Pictures: (1) This has gotta be a record for Joe's Pond!!! 11 Skiers - One Boat!
(2) Alex Beattie, Jennifer Provost, Abby Brassard, James Dowling, Graham MacLean, Ben Grasso, and Paul Spitler. (3) Hayden Provost - Age 12! CATCHIN' AIR!



Heather (Corley) Provost recently sent photos that clearly set some records at Joe’s Pond. Towing multiple water skiers can be really tricky. It may look easy, but getting everyone up at once can be daunting. And once they are up and skimming along, there are wakes and waves, traffic, turns and tangled ropes to consider, and if one skier goes down, you start all over again. But here’s the evidence. On July 17, 2005, there were 11 skiers – one boat. This is not just a family record, we believe it is a record for Joe’s Pond. I doubt that even when that ski club had a water-ski competition on the middle pond in 1984, were there that many skiers towed by one boat. Heather said they plan to break that record this summer.

Then there was another record set by Jennifer Provost and some of her classmates from Rice Memorial. I think it’s totally safe to say that of all the antics that have taken place in the wintertime here at Joe’s Pond, there has never been a soccer game before. It happened in March, 2007, in front of the Corley/Provost cottage, 885 Channel Drive, “way at the end of the pond."



Left: Alex Beattie, Jennifer Provost, Abby Brassard, James Dowling, Graham MacLean, Ben Grasso, Paul Spitler, Kim Burns, Jennifer, Hayden and Caroline Provost. (Friends of the Provost family from Rice Memorial High.







JOE'S POND COUNTRY STORE TO CHANGE OWNERSHIP

Jeff Downs, who recently bought the Bodach-Turner log cabin on West Shore Rd. near Sandy Beach Rd, is in the process of buying the Joe’s Pond Country Store from Ned and Marcia Moran. The transfer will be finalized soon, according to Jeff. Jeff, who recently sold his business near Washington, D.C, said he looks forward to meeting and serving the people here in the Joe’s Pond area. Jeff says he’s a pretty fair cook, and with some guidance from Ned, Marcia’s baking, and Tammy and Mike staying on staff, he believes things should continue much as they have in the past, and will add some new touches as he learns what people want.

Ned said he looks forward to his retirement and hopes to get some extra sleep. He had this message for the many loyal customers he’s served over the years.

To all of our friends and neighbors: We at Joe's Pond Country Store would like to thank you for the support you have given us the past 20 years. It has brought us many friendships we will not forget. Thank you all. We offer our support to Jeff and hope you all do as well. Much Luck Jeff.
Sincerely,
Ned & Marcia Moran

Water Quality Report

On behalf of the association, I have applied for a grant from the Better Back Roads Program for funds to help with our runoff issues here on Joe’s Pond. These issues arise from large amounts of sediment that are deposited into the pond in several locations along our shorelines creating unwanted sandbars.

The grant deadline was March 30th, and the decision as to whether the grant will be awarded has not yet been made by the state. The application proc- ess involved investigating each site that was reported to me by campers. I have decided to have the project start near the inlet of the pond, along the west shore. In theory the sediment stopped upstream will not pollute sites downstream.

The limit on the funds granted is $7000 per grant year. We have gotten an estimate from Phil Beattie Excavating and have fortunately lined him up for the construction should the grant come through. We, as an association, will have the responsibility to offset 25% of the cost by funds of our own, or by “in- kind-service”. I will be working with Phil doing the manual labor to help offset this financial burden to the association. I will welcome any strong young backs to help with the transport of large riprap (stone) to areas close to the shore that the equipment will not be able to access. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering in this project (563- 3083).

That being said, the sites to be repaired will be downhill of a culvert on Sandy Beach Road where a sandbar is developing in the pond; a culvert issue on Meadow Lane causing washout; a runoff problem on West Shore at the corner of Barre Ave.; and another major runoff on Barre Ave. All sites will be investigated closely by the Better Back Roads Program. Road Agents from both Danville and Cabot have been invited to participate. Landowners have been made aware of the project as a courtesy to them. This is a way for funds to be made available to help correct problems that are outside of the towns’ reach from the road ‘right-of-way.’ It will hopefully benefit landowners whose valuable landscaping is washing into the pond.

We as an association benefit greatly by the focus of this grant on our shoreline. The Town of Danville has applied many years for these funds and has used them on their many other roadways, and Cabot has yet to apply. As an association applying directly for the funds, we get to focus the benefit just on our issues of sediment deposits into the pond, thus saving other monies available to the association, such as the Green Mountain Power funds, for other beneficial projects.

Respectfully submitted by
Ray Richer





JPA Schedule of events 2007

May 25, 2007Board Meeting, Pavilion, 4 pm
May 26, 2007Spring Meeting, Pavilion, 10 am
June 2, 2007Pavilion Rental
June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26,
August 2 & 16; 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Cabot Summer Suppers
June 30, 2007Annual Meeting, Pavilion, 10 am
June 30, 2007Baked Bean Supper
July 1, 2007Pavilion Rental
July 3, 2007Fireworks
July 6, 2007Fireworks Rain Date
July 7, 2007Pavilion Rental
July 8, 2007Pavilion Rental
July 14, 2007Cabot United Church Auction
July 21, 2007West Danville Methodist Church BBQ
July 21, 2007Pavilion Rental (wedding)
July 28, 2007Italian Dinner (684-3655)
July 28, 2007VINS Loon Recovery Potluck Picnic
(The Gallery at Loon Cove~Richer’s)
July 29, 2007Pavilion Rental
Aug. 4, 2007Danville Fair
Aug. 5, 2007Summer Cocktail Party (684-9797)
Aug. 11, 2007Pig Roast (684-3358)
Aug. 14, 2007Pavilion Rental
Aug. 18, 2007Board Meeting, Pavilion 10am
Aug. 26, 2007 (not the 25th)
Sunday
Fall Meeting Pot Luck Dinner (684-3615)
Fall Meeting (2:00 pm), Social Hour (3:00 pm), Catered Dinner (4:00 pm)
Pavilion. Members Only.
Oct. 1-7, 2007Fall Foliage Week area towns.
Oct. 14, 2007Apple Festival, Cabot

NOTES, BIG OR SMALL

I just found out that Dave Parker’s e-mail in his report in the on-line edition of the fall news- letter, won’t work. The computer automatically split his address be- tween two lines of print, and thus, a hyphen was inserted automatically, and that nixed the whole thing. We’ll try prevent that sort of thing from happening again. You should be able to click on any e-mail ad- dress in the on-line newsletter and send a message.

Last fall we put a message (with pic- ture) on our “Lost and Found” page on the web site, (www.joespond.org) noting that on November 13, 2006, an aluminum boat was found floating in the pond. The boat has been resting at Parizo’s on Sandy Beach Road all winter, and I’m sure George and Pat will be anx- ious to have the owner come and get it. Contact them at 563-2206 if you think the boat may belong to you or someone you know.

Evelyn and Ray Richer on Sandy Beach Road recently launched their web site featuring wildlife pictures and information, Our web site has a link to theirs, but I’m sure you’ll want to put it in your “favorites” and visit the LoonCam and EagleCam often, plus view the wonderful photos and art these two very talented artists offer.

Ned and Carolyn Hamilton were here recently to close their Peter Glenn Ski and Sports store in St. Johnsbury. The last day the store was open was March 31. The Ham- iltons have had the store on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury since Novem- ber 1, 1997. Another sporting goods store, Kingdom Outdoors is now lo- cated there. The Caledonian Record reported there will also be a new bakery just down the street from there, called “The Village Baker.”

DIRECTORY CHANGES

Please make the following changes in your Joe’s Pond Directory. The on-line printable directory has also been updated to reflect these changes. Go to: www.joespond.org and click on “JPA Directory” on the home page.

Bodach-Turners—sold their property to Jeff Downs. He will be a “year ‘rounder” and his address is 979 W. Shore Rd., Cabot VT 05647, his phone number is 802-563-2428. Welcome to Vermont and Joe’s Pond, Jeff!

Byrd, Lawrence & Carol: mail should go to 268 Sandy Beach Rd., Cabot VT 05647. (Delete Waterbury address.)

Cioffi, Joseph & Joyce—home address, 101 Red Brook Rd., New London NH 03257.

Dente, Jack—home address, 189 N. Main St., Suite #9, Barre VT 05641.

Gagne, Richard & Carmen—sold their property on Rt. 2 W to Jennifer Cowles, 590 Under the Mountain Rd., So. Londonderry VT 05155. Welcome to Joe’s Pond, Jennifer! The Gagne’s phone number at 285 Old Homestead (former Lewis camp) is 802-684-1217.

Gebbie, John and Denise are listed as being at 3192 Rt 2 W, but I believe their correct 9-1-1 listing should be 61 Rt. 15. They are at the fork in the road by the bridge.

Jones, Larry & Margaret no longer share ownership of the cottage at 86 Clubhouse Cir. with Donald Jones.

Lewis, Rachel—299 Sandy Beach Rd., Cabot VT 05647 is now her home address. (Delete her Woodstock address.)

Morgan, Bob & Linda—home address now: 9 Bruere Dr., Millstone Twp., NJ. 08510, Tel. 609-259-1435.

Stewart, Jamie & Joanne now own the John & Sally Hynes cottage at 379 N. Shore Rd. Their home address is 22 Terrace Hts., Weybridge VT 05753, Tel. 802-545-2437. John and Sally still share 310 N. Shore Rd. with other family members.

Please let me know of any other changes or corrections. I no longer put e-mail addresses in the on-line directory, but I have as many as possible on file so I can reach people quickly with JPA announcements. If you have not been receiving occasional e-mails from me and would like to be included, please provide that information to me directly or include it on the form when you remit your dues. If you wish to be removed from the e-mail list, let me know.

Jane Brown, JPA Sec’ty, janebrown@fairpoint.net.

Joe’s Pond Cookbook Committee Update

You talked; we listened. So due to popular demand, we have ordered another 300 cookbooks. The books should be available for sale starting at the spring meeting on May 26 at the Pavilion. If you are unable to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact a project committee member to arrange a pickup at a later time. As a reminder, the proceeds from of our cookbook sales go towards preserving the water quality of Joe’s Pond. With last year’s sales exceeding our goal of 900 books, we’re hoping that everyone has a chance to support this worthwhile endeavor. This last batch of books will go fast so don’t delay.

Despite having a top notch product that we think everyone was delighted with, our entry in the publisher’s contest for best cookbook only got us to top 10 honors. None the less, we’re very proud of the results and grateful to all the folks that put this project together.


End of Newsletter. See you in the Fall with out next edition.