Lake Boon Commission meeting rescheduled to October 5

The Lake Boon Commission originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 5, 2022. It will be held via Zoom. Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged.

On the agenda:

  1. Welcome opening remarks
  2. Public Comment
  3. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  4. Budget review
  5. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  6. Police radio for LBC boat
  7. Review end of season tasks, including drawdown, buoys retrieval and others
  8. Winter on the lake, snowmobile, dirt bikes and policing
  9. Old Business
  10. New Business
  11. Date of Next Meeting
  12. Adjourn

For instructions on how to participate via zoom or telephone, see the agenda posted at the Town of Hudson website, here. Note that the Zoom link has been changed from the link for September 28.

Lake Boon drawdown begins in mid-October

The fall Lake Boon drawdown, done each year, will begin on or about October 17, 2022. The level will go down slowly over the subsequent few weeks, reaching its base level by late November, about 1 foot lower than at present.

We’re also keeping a watch on Hurricane Ian, currently approaching Florida. If its path veers north, with significant rain for Stow, we may take out one board earlier, as a precaution.

Lake residents should take this drawdown into consideration when scheduling removal of boats and/or shoreline repairs or clean-up.

This drawdown is in accord with the Conservation Commission Order of Conditions. For any questions or concerns, contact Dan Barstow (DanBarstow@gmail.com) of the Lake Boon Commission.

Submitted by the Lake Boon Commission

Regatta rescheduled for Sunday, September 18

All hands on deck!

The regatta postponed from Labor Day is being rescheduled for this Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 pm, forming at the Pine Point buoy in the first basin.

This is an informal, fun sailing race for an LBA T-shirt and bragging rights around the lake.

Course TBD depending on wind direction. Observers at the Pine Bluffs beach or in other boats are welcome since it will be during quiet hours.

Randall Library/Sustainable Stow talk with guest Rep. Kate Hogan

Rep. Kate Hogan will join Sustainable Stow at the Randall Library’s Speaker Series on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. She will provide an update on PFAS in the Commonwealth and particularly the work of the Legislature’s Interagency PFAS Task Force, which Rep. Hogan legislated for and co-chaired.

The PFAS Task Force released its final report and recommendations in April 2022. The report offers a review of PFAS in the Commonwealth and recommended legislative and regulatory action to address PFAS use and contamination.

Rep. Hogan will also provide an update on recent state efforts related to PFAS mitigation.

To register for the event, visit https://bit.ly/3AEoYMS.

Algae bloom in 1st Basin

Another algae bloom was observed Monday in Basin 1 along the southeastern shore near the northern Davis and Kingland Road intersection. It has tested positive for cyanotoxins and should be avoided. Treat it like poison ivy, especially with small children and dogs who may take a gulp and get very sick.

Unfortunately we can anticipate additional blooms in various places in the lake this season.  Be very cautious about swimming.

Bad news and good news

The bad news: Algae blooms have been observed on either side of the town beach and tested positive for cyanotoxins. With little wind today, they are likely to linger. Remember that small children and dogs that may ingest the water are at high risk of getting sick. Conditions from drought and lake cooling and turnover are ripe for additional algae blooms to show up anywhere on the lake into the fall. Look before you leap into the lake!

The good news: The boat parade video by Stow TV is available on the Stow TV Youtube channel here. If you can’t swim you can enjoy a different perspective of the parade.

Water Carnival next weekend!

Friday Night Sep 2nd, 7:30-10:30 pm – Sunset, Music Boat & Lighting of the Lake

Enjoy the sunset at Stow Pine Bluffs Town Beach just before 7 pm and watch the “Lighting of the Lake” as residents turn on decorative lights and light luminaries along the shoreline.

The music boat, featuring “Hard Knox” playing familiar rock, blues, and folk songs from the 60s through 90s, will begin in the narrows of the first (north) basin at 7:30 pm, going around counter-clockwise and passing the Town Beach about 8:00 pm. It will proceed into the second (south) basin about 9:15 pm, again going counterclockwise. Folks are invited to sit by the shore or go out in a boat, canoe or kayak (all must have lights) as the music boat passes by. Residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small holiday lights or luminaries (but not bright flood lights) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night. Call 978-562-2203 after 6 pm for a recorded message.

Saturday Sep 3rd, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Water Carnival Beach Day
Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area

9:30 – Canoe races

10:30 – Field events

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch

12:30 – Children’s entertainment

1:30 – Beach events, swimming races

Ribbons will be awarded for many of the races. Bring a picnic or purchase a grilled lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association.

The comprehensive History of Lake Boon by Prof. Richard Gelpke and a variety of LBA shirts, hats, stickers and bags will be available for purchase with cash or Venmo.

Sunday Sep 4th

10:00 History Boat Tour (register by email to grayscale@earthlink.net)

2:15 – 4:00 Annual Decorated Boat Parade

The parade begins at the First Basin Narrows Buoy with registration on the water before 2:15 pm, and continues counter-clockwise around the first (north) basin and then to the second (south) basin. It should pass the Stow Town Beach about 2:30 pm. We thank supporters including Main Street Pizza, Honey Pot Hill Orchard, Stow House of Pizza, Nan’s Rustic Kitchen & Market, Brothers Pizza, CJ’s of Hudson & Sudbury and the Lake Boone Ice Company.

Monday Sep 5th, 2:30 – 4:00 Sailing Regatta

During Labor Day quiet hours and weather permitting, join other sailors for informal cruising and ad hoc racing in the first basin beginning at the Pine Point buoy. Slow power boaters and landlubbers at the Town Beach are welcome to observe the thrills and spills of sailing (depending on the wind).