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|JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Spring 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, Kevin Johnson, Ray Rouleau, Andre LaPrade
| President’s Message
Congratulations Dave Parker and the many folks who helped to make the Ice Out another success. Many folks helped Dave and my thanks go out to all of them. One thing I have realized is the great support from many members and non-members, all unpaid, that make Joe's Pond Association a success. Thank you! Soon the Road signs will be in place, thank you Ray Rouleau. A dazzling display of 4th of July fireworks will occur on July 2nd, thank you Don Sherwood. George Anderson brings a lifetime of practice and knowledge of finance to our Association. Thanks George! Receiving sage advice from the previous president. Thank You Andre. A special thanks to Jane Brown our secretary, a person who does so many things so well and always with "I can do that" attitude. A million thanks Jane. Thank you to all the current event chairpersons and future event chairpersons.
One of my major areas of focus has been and will continue to be improving the quality of Joe's Pond Water. Stopping the flooding events keeps soil and leach field sediment from entering the water. Monitoring water quality, using State water management programs such as shoreline surveys, stream and sediment sampling, road erosion prevention, farm runoff monitoring and watershed surveys will improve our quality of life. Kevin Johnson has been on top of these issues and we'll hear more about this issue at the Spring Meeting. Thank You Kevin.
I plan on having a Board meeting at the Pavilion, weather permitting, on May 26 at 4:30 pm. All members are welcome to come and offer comments and advice to help us do the job you elected us to do, serve you. The May meeting agenda will be the central topic the Board will discuss. Issues such as Pavilion curtains, Tennis Court resurfacing and repaving the Pavilion surface will be discussed.
Each year at Joe's Pond is unique and offers us yet another reason to be thankful for our friends, neighbors and guests who gather to enjoy the beauty of our area. Camilla and I look forward to seeing all of you this spring. And thank you Camilla for your support, patience and advice as we go forward.
Tom Dente,President JPA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Mountain Power completed the Public Service Board approved reconstruction of the West Danville Dam in the fall. These modifications restore and improve upon the original Dam that existed prior to the un-permitted modifications in 1995.
Additional monitoring and level control is provided by the reconstruction and with proper oversite by Green Mountain Power, should lessen the chance for flooding. I've asked GMP for a digital display at the Dam showing the current level and approved (by the Agency of Natural Resources) range of operation. I believe this will provide everyone with real-time information on water level. Remember, one inch of rain on Joe's Pond adds 10 million gallons of water, not counting runoff! Therefore, more Dam discharge capacity is better.
The Public Service Board has closed the Docket that required GMP to correct the unauthorized alterations in 1995. As required by Vermont law, a second Docket has been opened to access State penalties to GMP for violating the State Statutes. The outcome of that action will not be known for a few more months.
We are often asked who should pay dues. Here's how it works. Dues are paid for each cottage; each cottage has one membership vote at Association meetings. If you own more than one cottage you should be paying dues for each. If dues are not paid in any given year, reminders are sent out. If dues are not paid for two consecutive years, membership is dropped. If dropped, would-be members may be reinstated by paying all back dues. Only members in good standing may vote at JPA meetings or rent the Association facilities.
DUES ARE DUE!
Once again it's time to ask for your support as the Joe's Pond Association moves into another year of summertime activities. As you know, our membership is very active and nearly every cottage on the lake is part of our group. Membership entitles you to voting privileges, use of the recreation facilities, and gives you an opportunity to be part of a friendly, social group dedicated to keeping Joe's Pond the wonderful haven it's been for many years. If there are changes in your address or in the ownership of your camp, please let us know.
Annual dues are $25.00, payable by July 1. Sometimes we forget to pay dues or this notice is somehow lost. We recently voted that if dues are not paid for two years, membership must be dropped. We do not want that to happen. If our records show you did not pay your 2004 dues, it will be noted below. Some people have paid in advance. Please contact us if you disagree. When submitting dues please include your name, camp address, home address and amount of dues being paid (number of years).
Donations to the annual fireworks display may be included with your membership dues.
|AQUATIC NUISANCE REPORT
(From Vt.Water Quality Division Winter 2005 newsletter)
Water Chestnut. Thousands of pounds of this invasive plant were pulled from more than 80 sites in and around Lake Champlain. A new infestation was found in Brookside Pond on Rt. 22 in Orwell.
NOTE: The 2004 Vermont Legislature Capital Bill provision requires that in 2005 new ANS signs will be placed at all Vermont Fish & Wildlife boat accesses where aquatic nuisance species have been found.
ANNUAL LAKE SEMINAR
When: June 24, 2005
JOE'S POND BEACH
It hasn't been finalized yet, but the Town of Danville voted at town meeting to purchase the beach at Joe's Pond. Washington Electric, who has owned the area for many years, offered it to the town at a very reasonable price with the stipulation it be kept as a public recreation area.
The West Danville Community Club assumed responsibility for maintaining the beach a couple of years ago and will continue to do so on a year-to-year basis. With the town purchasing the area, the Community Club did not ask for an appropriation this year to maintain the beach, so we are hoping for individual donations to help with this project. Anyone wishing to help with their time or monetary contribution can contact the West Danville Community Club at PO Box 6, W. Danville, VT 05873.
We appreciate the support of so many who have helped keep the beach open in the past. Thankyou, and we hope you will continue to both support and use our community beach facility.
Garey Larrabee, WDCC President
Well, here we are, another winter gone by and new signs of life with each spring sunrise. The winter started slowly with more rain than snow. This was a bittersweet situation for wildlife, especially the deer. The lack of snow made it easier for them to get around and forage, but the icy conditions made mobility a bit hazardous. The coyotes took advantage of the conditions and chased deer out onto the ice. Once on the ice, deer are easy prey. Their hooves just slide on the ice causing the legs to spread so far apart they dislocate from the hips or shoulders. This was happening everywhere in Vermont. The coyotes managed to take down two deer within four days here on the pond. But through the deer's misfortune other creatures survive. Many animals are opportunists and take advantage of such gifts. Crows, blue jays, fox and bobcat were all seen feasting throughout the winter at the remains the coyotes abandoned.|
Anyway, the snow finally arrived and life was more in balance once again. It was a relatively mild winter, snowfall was light and temperatures were tolerable.
No matter what the winter dishes out it is always refreshing to hear the first red-winged blackbird or robin and see Joe's Brook breaking its way through the frozen water. On Friday, April 7th, the first signs of the channel were evident. By Sunday morning I was sitting in my blind photographing seven species of ducks, Canada Geese and beaver. Oh how I love spring! Well, that's it for now, looking forward to a super summer. See you on the pond.
| ROUTE 2 PROJECT AT DANVILLE|
This project has been in the works since the 1970's, and is expected to revamp about a 3/4-mile stretch of the highway between Danville High School and Marty's 1st Stop. Many of us have been wondering when work on this section of Route 2 through Danville will begin. The Town of Danville, Vermont Arts Council, and the state Transportation Department have joined to work out details in order to preserve the historic green while at the same time improving traffic and pedestrian safety.
Scott Rogers, project manager for Vermont Agency of Transportation said the current estimated date to start construction is 2007, with an expected completion in 2008. However, Rogers said it probably is an optimistic projection since there are still ACT 250 and Right-of-Way hurdles to complete which could delay the project.
Rogers said impacts to the green will be "substantial", with "wonderful improvements being done as part of the project."
RAILROAD PROJECT UPDATE
Another long-expected project has been the removal of the rails and ties where the St. J. & L. C. Railroad ran.
The efforts to keep the 92-mile railroad operating between St. Johnsbury and Swanton have long since chugged to a halt. The next question was about how the railroad bed would be used. Would it be left, in the hope eventually someone would buy the line and bring it back to life; should it become a recreation path; or perhaps it should be left to disappear into the underbrush, unused except for an occasional hiker or by snowmobiles.
The rail line was begun in St. Johnsbury and in Swanton in December of 1869. Crews worked from both ends to finally meet at Cambridge on June 29, 1877. On July 2, 1877, the line officially opened. Passengers rode for 3 1/2 cents per mile. The line connected to railroads running to Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts, and allowed farmers to ship their products downcountry. People from the cities came to vacation in the country.
The little railroad line maintained uninterrupted service through financial difficulties, reorganizations, wars, and floods until, in 1955, passenger service was finally discontinued. Several new owners tried to make the line profitable. The line's railroad yard in St. Johnsbury was sold to the Canadian Pacific RR in 1964, and depot buildings along the line were either sold or abandoned. Gradually the road bed deteriorated, bridges became unsafe, and floods took a toll. Some businesses along the route closed, those left depended on "big rigs".
The State of Vermont tried to rescue the line in 1973 with $21 million of taxpayers' money, but by 1994, the only trains to run on the line were, briefly, for seasonal excursions between Morrisville and St. Johnsbury, and for a short period Bert Frye shipped crushed aggregates to New Hampshire from his pits in West Danville. In 1995, the Vermont legislature approved the abandonment of the line, now called Lamoille Valley Railroad, from Morrisville to Swanton, and in September of 1996, work began to remove the Rt. 15 overpass in Walden.
The issue of whether the railroad might become active again or if the rail bed should be torn up and groomed for a recreation path continued until finally, this fall, work was begun to remove the rails.
Ron Gray, P.E., Northeast Regional Construction Engineer in St. Johnsbury, told us Engineers Construction, Inc. has been hired to remove all track materials and grade the railroad bed where ties are removed. They will begin in March to reconstruct all private and public crossings, starting from the St. Johnsbury end. Gray said the rails in the Joe's Pond area were pulled last fall but not removed, and no ties have been removed yet. That work will begin again this spring. He said construction of a hike/bike path is not included in this contract and he doesn't know what future plans for the railroad line are, except that it will continue to be used as a snowmobile trail.
There are plenty of people who remember when trains rumbled past Joe's Pond at least twice daily, tooting at each crossing, sometimes long and loud, or sometimes just a short burst from the whistle, depending on time of day and who the engineer was, perhaps. Some people along the line objected to the noise; others checked their watches to see how late the train was, and kids lined up at crossings to wave to the trainmen as they passed. There was a time when trains stopped regularly to load or unload at the West Danville station-where the public beach is now-but it's unlikely the sound of a train's whistle will ever be heard echoing through these hills again. We have witnessed the passing of an era.
|FRIENDS WE'VE LOST|
|Ailes, Angie, 83, died on February 23, 2005 in Kingston, MA. Angie and her family were long-time residents at their camp on Old Homestead Rd.|
Bennett, Robert "Bob", 77, died on November 20, 2004 in St. Johnsbury. Bob enjoyed many years at Joe's Pond with his family at their camp on Edgewood Avenue.
LaGue, John, 75, passed away in Sun City, Florida on March 22. John was a member of JPA for many years, a past president, and will certainly be missed. Our sympathy to Dolly and their family.
Magoon, Margaret, 91, passed away at her St. Johnsbury home on January 31, 2005. Margaret and her late husband, Donald enjoyed their cottage at Joe's Pond for many years, and after his death, Margaret spent summers here with her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Ginger and family.
Smith, Ron, passed away on November 22, 2003 in California. Ron enjoyed coming to the family cottage on North Shore Road.
|RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF JOE'S POND|
The following suggestions are meant as guidelines to help all of us protect the ecological
Care of Lakeshore Property:
1. If you have a lawn, leave an unmowed strip of grass along the lake.
Septic System Care:
Joe's Pond is fed by a large watershed - so large that the dam in West Danville is equipped with an inflatable bladder to control the lake level. Even with this flow rate, campers can stimulate algae and plant life to grow rapidly by contaminating the lake water with rich nutrients from poorly maintained septic systems. So -
1. Upgrade marginal septic systems.
In addition to those listed below, Vermont boating regulations can be found on the back of the map in your Joe's Pond Directory, or click here to go to Vermont Boat Safe Website.
1. Operation of a personal watercraft is prohibited between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
Joe's Pond residents are blessed with loons. They usually nest on a platform built by Ray Richer near the entrance to the channel and wetlands. If they lay eggs, they usually hatch toward the middle of June, and for the next few weeks, motorized boats should stay clear of the loons and babies. Lead kills loons, so steel sinkers are better to use than lead sinkers. Do not throw monofilament line overboard. Try to retrieve snagged lures.
Floodlights mounted outside can reflect off the water and be irritatingly bright to campers nearby or even on the other side of the lake. Also, bright lights diminish the ability to see the stars and planets. So, please use these lights only when absolutely necessary or in an emergency. Do not leave them on. If you must use these lights more, please shield them so they light up only your property.
Some insect traps use ultraviolet light to attract flying insects to electric grids that kill them. Studies have shown that the insects killed by these traps are the helpful ones, not the bothersome black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies and horse flies. If you want to control insects, hang bat houses.
Joes Pond is blessed with quiet. Loud stereos, car and house alarm systems, barking dogs, gun shots, etc. - all detract from the pleasure of being at Joes Pond.
|Here are changes due to property sales or transfers. Please make notations in your 2003 JPA Directory accordingly.
Gary Gebbie sold his cottage at 35 Narrows Dr to Francis and Gail Dolan, 98 McKenna Rd., Norwich VT 05055.
George Anderson's e-mail is now email@example.com.
Well, we have an Ice out winner and now we can get on with spring at Joes Pond!|
This year we printed 10,000 tickets in hopes of selling them all. We fell short by quite a bit ending the year with slightly over 7800 tickets sold. A big cheer goes out to our helpers and there were many. Thanks to Homer Fitts, Don Walker, Sherry LaPrade, Diane Rossi, Hastings Store, Marty's Store, Joes Pond Country Store, and dozens of faithful, multiple-ticket sellers. Also thanks to Kevin Johnson for setting up our clock and other incidentals. If I have missed anyone I apologize. Once again this was a great contest and of course preparations for Ice Out 2006 will begin almost immediately.
Thanks to all who help.
THE ICE IS OUT!
Well, not all of it - but enough so the clock was stopped at 2:50 P.M. on Thursday, April 21, 2005.
|Wow! Did we ever have a fantastic social this past summer! For several years, we've been so fortunate getting volunteers to make spaghetti sauce (total 10 Gal. each year), to serve, to decorate and, of course, cookers for the spaghetti and chicken. Thank you all so much.|
We did try something different this last dinner. I had three male chefs wanting to share their culinary expertise for the sauce Tom Dente, Giorgio Andersoni and Butch Bouchardi. Now this was a sight to behold-three chefs each with their own "special way" of doing things. Emeril watch out! Someone added too much of a "secret ingredient", but never fear, Mike was here to save the day (should say "the sauce"). Was I ever surprised when I went to stir this masterpiece and found half a loaf of bread (Italian of course) floating in it. Can anyone guess what this spice was? Guess you'll just have to come to the next Italian dinner and find out. Anyway, it turned out tasty so we're asking the guys to do it again.
Hope to see you there!!!
|THIS AND THAT IN THE COMMUNITY|
| Hastings Store in West Danville has been recognized by the Vermont Secretary of State's Office as having been in operation continually for 100 years or more. Hastings Store was begun in 1853. Two other businesses received the Centennial Business Award, Community National Bank of Derby (1851), and Lyndonville Savings Bank (1884). They join 25 other well known businesses honored in 2004, among them Rock of Ages (1769), Vermont Tubbs, Inc. (1842), Johnson Woolen Mills (1842), Vermont Soapstone (1850), Merchants Bank (1849}, and Passumpsic Savings Bank (1853). Names of honorees will be engraved on a permanant granite marker honoring Vermont's oldest businesses.|
You'll be pleasantly surprised when you walk into Hasting's Store. Jane and Garey Larrabee have completely renovated the back of the store. There is a whole new meat and deli section and Garey says there will be an expanded selection of fresh salads and baked goods daily. Jane's grandparents, Gilbert and Jennie Hastings, would be proud. The renovation has created a beautiful new entrance to Deb Stressing's Joe's Pond Craft Shop. (See her ad, page 9.) Across the bridge at Kimberly Rose Antiques, you'll find a nice selection of quilting supplies and fabrics added to the charming antiques shop. There's a special offer in the Body Basics ad, also on page 9. We appreciate the support oflocal businesses. We hope you use their services.
The Beach We were happy to send a congratulatory note to the Town of Danville after March Town Meeting. The town voted to purchase the beach area from Washington Electric Coop, an important step in being able to manage the beach area more effectively. See Garey Larrabee's report on page 2. Harvey's Lake Gets Boat Wash - The town selectmen at a meeting in March, gave the Lake Harvey Association permission to build a boatwash. It will be in the parking lot at the south end of the Harvey's Lake across from the state access.. The Association has spent $5,000 annually for monitors to inspect boats and cars, and that same group will now oversee the boat wash. They expect to have it ready by Memorial Day weekend. We can also report the ice went out at Harvey's Lake on Sunday, April 17, at 6:24 p.m. Sorry, we don't know the winner's name.
For Sale Signs are up at Joes's Pond Country Store and Point Comfort. Also, the Rhonda (Miller) Goodrich cottage, 14 Narrows Dr, and the Wright cottage at 309 Rt 15 are for sale at this writing. All are great spots on the pond. We are always sorry to see our members leave, but we can all understand how lives change and we sometimes need to move on. Also of interest, longtime JPA member, Bill Dimick, recently sold his auto business, Quality Motors, in St. Johnsbury to a new JPA member, Abel Toll, but Bill will remain at Quality. Abel and Kitty now own the big island, and we welcome them as new members of JPA.
|SCHEDULE OF EVENT 2005|
|Board Meeting, 4:30, Rec Area||May 26|
|Spring Meeting, 10 a.m., Rec Area||May 28|
|Annual Meeting, 10, a.m., Rec Area||July 2|
|Fireworks (at dusk)||July 2|
|July Fourth Celebration, Parade & BBQ, Cabot||July 4|
|To be Determined||July 9|
|Italian Dinner||July 30|
|Danville Fair||Aug. 6|
|Water Resources Workshop (||Aug. 13|
|Pig Roast||Aug 13|
|Fall Meeting, 10 a.m., Rec Area||Aug. 27|
|Gallery at Loon Cove Opening||Aug. 27|
| Any member wishing to rent the facilities at the JPA Recreation Area should contact Tom Dente.|
Click here to E-mail him or call him at 802-684-3615.
|The Wonders of Vermont's Underwater World:
A One-Day Workshop|
Discover what inspired Jacques-Yves Cousteau! Apparently, the world-renowned underwater explorer first started swimming in, and learned to hold his breath while diving to the bottom of, Harvey's Lake in Barnet, Vermont. Join Aquatic Ecologist, Kellie Merrell, and Aquatic Biologist, Jim Kellogg, for a tour of some of the inhabitants of Vermont's underwater world on Saturday, August 13, 2005.
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