March 29: OARS “Wild and Scenic Film Festival”

wildandscenicOARS is hosting an evening of films from the largest environmental film festival in the nation.

With the theme “At the Edge,” these engaging films bring theater-goers close to magnificent wilderness, as well as to the activists and innovators who work to protect their communities’ environment.

There’s something for everyone in these delightful and informative films. You can find out more about what’s on the program at this page on the OARS website.

This film festival has always been an exciting event and a good fund raiser for OARS which helps to protect our Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. The event will likely sell out so purchase tickets online or arrive very early.

When: Wednesday, March 29 from 7-10 pm (doors open at 6)

Where: Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place (19 Summer Street)

Tickets: $13

Information and ticket purchase at oars3rivers.org. Or, contact OARS: 978-369-3956, office@oars3rivers.org

Dam update plus “lost and found”

The Lake Boon dam outfall boards were installed Friday so the lake will be gradually rising in the next few weeks to about 9″ above where it is now.

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Does this paddleboard belong to you?

Also, a few items have been found, including…

…a small (probably kid-size) orange kayak, which arrived at 9 Dawes Road in the 3rd basin about a week ago. (Located beyond remnants of “floating island”/beaver lodge.) Info: call 978-562-6630.

…a green paddleboard which has been making the rounds in the second basin; it was seen in Monahan’s Cove last week and is now ashore at 33 Hale Rd. Contact Red at 978-793-0321.

Brief Lake Boon Commission Meeting on Thursday morning

The Lake Boon Commission will meet very briefly to confirm the dam board replacement date in a posted public meeting. Another LBC meeting is planned for Thursday, March 23 with a longer agenda to be announced later.

Lake Boon Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 9:00 AM
Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117), Stow

AGENDA

  • Discussion: Date of replacement of boards in dam; approving wording of notification sent to lake residents about board replacement; and take any input/questions on this matter from those in attendance or received by the LBC prior to the posted meeting date.
  • Adjourn

Red and white paddleboat found

There is a red and white paddle boat ashore at the Stow Town Beach. The owner can let us know if help is needed retrieving it, preferably in warmer, calmer weather.

With rising winds and soon, rising water levels, boats and accessories on the shore and docks are vulnerable to taking unplanned voyages. Be sure they are secure!

Boards going in, lake going up

With the ice gone, the Lake Boon Commission and Conservation Commission have directed the Stow Highway Department to install the boards in the dam outfall on March 10th, ending this winter’s drawdown.

This will bring the level up slowly, depending on rain, snow melt and ground water flow.

Last year it took approximately 2 months to reach the normal level which will be approximately 9″ higher than now. Be advised that time is limited to do any work on waterfronts at this low level.

Boat Safety Courses offered in Stow and Berlin

Here are two great opportunities for both Stow and Hudson boaters to take boating safety courses right in our area:

The Stow Police Department is sponsoring a Boater Safety Class taught by the Environmental Police on Feb. 28, March 2, 7, and 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the Community Center. We hope to get as many Lake Boon Residents to participate as possible.

BOAT MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS BOATING BASICS COURSE

Location: Stow Community Center
509 Great Road, Stow
Dates: February 28, March 2, 7, 9
*attendance is required at all dates
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Registration is Required
Register online at: http://bit.ly/StowBoatingSafety

This course is provided through the coordinated efforts of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Stow Police Department.

BOAT MASSACHUSETTS is offered to the public at no charge. The primary purpose of BOAT MASSACHUSETTS is to foster safe boat operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices and legal responsibilities.

Students must be at least 12 years of age. Youth 12 through 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged and has proven to be highly rewarding.

If you are only available on Thursdays, an alternative series of the same boating safety classes is being given at Cabela’s outdoor store in the new Highland Commons Mall on Route 62 near the Hudson/Berlin line, March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

To register for the course at Cabela’s see :

http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/enforcement/environmental-police/boat-and-recreation-vehicle-safety-bureau/boating-safety-schedule-registration-berlin3994.html