Lake Boon Commission meets January 27

The Lake Boon Commission will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on January 27.

Agenda topics:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  3. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  4. Annual Report – Review/Approve
  5. FY23 Herbicide Budget Requests – Discuss/Approve
  6. Herbicide RFP Responses – Discussion
  7. New Business
  8. Date of Next Meeting
  9. Adjourn

This meeting will be held online using Zoom. You can participate via computer or call in by phone. For instructions, see the agenda posted at the Commission page on the Town of Hudson website.

Don’t Burn Fuel, Move Heat! Learn more at “Air Source Heat Pumps 101” talk

You can do something good for yourself and the environment by replacing your old fossil fuel furnace with an electric heat pump. A heat pump moves heat from a cool space to a warm space. Electric heat pumps provide superior heating for many reasons including safety, comfort, and flexibility.

To learn more about heat pumps, join Sustainable Stow for the next Randall Library talk on January 19th, when our speakers will be Bob Zogg and Steve Breit from the HeatSmart Alliance, presenting Air-Source Heat Pumps 101. An air-source heat pump can also cool your home in summer.

Register in advance for this session: https://tinyurl.com/5xabddez. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by Zoom.

Corrected: Lake Boon Commission meets December 9 at 11 a.m.

The Lake Boon Commission will still meet on Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. but the agenda is as follows:

Agenda Topics:

  • Herbicide Treatment Year-End Report & Recommendations- Discussion with Solitude Lake Management
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • Public Comment
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom online video conferencing. Public participation is encouraged. For a link to join online via Zoom, or for a phone number and access code to joiin by phone, see the posted agenda on the Town of Hudson website.

Lake Boon calendar, history book, apparel for sale this Saturday afternoon

Neither rain nor snow nor gloomy weather will stop us from selling the 2022 Lake Boon Calendar, the Gelpke history book and LBA apparel (shirts, hats, bags) on Saturday, December 4 from 1:30-3:00 pm at 12 Pine Point Rd, Stow. Calendars and books are $20 each. There are some extra calendars if you didn’t make a reservation.

To whet your appetites, the list of calendar photographers who are represented is below. We had over 240 submissions, and want to give a hearty thanks to all who came through with amazing images of our beautiful lake. We just didn’t have enough months to show every one. Perhaps they can be used in a future LBA annual meeting slide show.

Cover photo credits, top left and clockwise:
Joyce Trenholme, Rachael Tadmore, Hank Tarbi, Pat O’Kane, David Mitrou, Red Alyward [should be Jeff Valpey], David Mitrou, David Gray.

Monthly Photo credits:
1-Brian & Kelley Smith, 2-Jennifer Burks, 3-Kim Sebastiao, 4-Kathy Sferra, 5-Marianne Wilkinson, 6-Michelle Walsh 7-Aaron Widell, 8-Cindy Cummings, 9-David Gray, 10-Steve O’Riorden, 11-Kalisa Barratt, 12-Marianne Wilkinson.

Sustainable Stow talk asks “Does your home leak money?”

Are you spending too much to heat your home because you are losing heat to the outside? How well are you insulated? An energy audit is the first step, but it is only a beginning. Afterwards, you have decisions to make. Where are your biggest air leaks? Should you replace your windows? Can you have a too “tight” house? In short, what can you do to get the biggest return on your investment …and do the most for the environment?

These are some of the questions which will be addressed in Sustainable Stow’s next Randall Library talk on December 1st at 7:00 pm. Jason Taylor, an energy specialist will be the speaker. He has been training green job workers for the last 12 years at the Green Jobs Academy and ABCD Weatherization Lab in Boston. Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/w6ummaya. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by Zoom.

Lake Boon Commission meets November 30

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, on Zoom. Public participation is encouraged. See the posted agenda for information on how to join online or by phone.

Agenda:

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Herbicide Treatment Year-End Report & Recommendations- Discussion/Action Plan
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • FY23 Budget Submission to Stow – Discuss/Approve
  • Safety Boat – Discussion/Input
  • Drawdown & Healthy Lake Boon Initiative – Update/Discussion
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

The 2022 Lake Boon calendar: looking for some good photos, and get your order in asap

It’s not too late to reserve a 2022 Lake Boon calendar. And it’s also not too late to have your photos considered for publication if you have good spring or summer pictures, or pictures of lake wildlife.

The calendars will be similar to last year, with 8 x 11 photos. Plans are to offer the calendars for $20 each and have them available by Thanksgiving. If you plan (not a commitment) to purchase calendar(s), please email Dave Gray at grayscale@earthlink.net asap with the number you might buy so we can estimate the quantity to order.

For photos, Dave can accept emails with less than 15 MB of attachments. If you have more than that, please use a file sharing application, USB flash memory or he may be able to provide a Dropbox link.

Photo selection priorities will include:

  • Quality—resolution, focus, clarity
  • Scenery, preferably identifiable as Lake Boon
  • Wildlife
  • Spring or summer subject matter–we have lots of great fall and winter shots
  • Uniqueness

Drawdown is underway

The next board from the dam was removed Friday morning so the lake level will be going down about an additional 10 inches over the next few weeks. This weekend is a good time to move boats as needed and the beginning of the window to do any waterfront work in reasonably warm water.

Remember, leaves must not be blown or raked into the lake. Instruct any yard work contractors accordingly.

Lake Boon Commission meets October 27

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 27 via Zoom. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged. See the meeting agenda, posted here on the Town of Hudson website, for instructions.

Agenda Topics:

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Herbicide Treatment Year-End Report & Recommendations- Discussion/Action Plan
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • End of Season Planning (drawdown, buoys, boat, etc) – Discussion/Planning
  • FY23 Budget & Hudson Submission – Discuss/Approve
  • Potential Boat Motor Replacement – Discuss
  • Water Quality & Healthy Lake Boon Initiative – Update/Discussion
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn