A small but enthusiastic bunch of walkers turned out for the annual Lake Boon Walkathon on October 17. Here at the start are Tom Handrick, Dave Handrick, Barbara Clancy, Julie
Siftar, Dan Nicholson, Rosemarie O’Riorden, Sonya Nicholson, Celia
Nicholson, JT Toole, Alyson Toole, Shirley Daley, Diana Ladoux, and Pat Sorn. Most of the walkers did the whole route around the lake, with stops at water stations set up by neighbors (and at least one yard sale!). The Walkathon is a fundraiser for the Lake Boon Association and the entrance fee and tee-shirt sales help support association events through the year, including the end-of-summer Water Carnival.
The roughly five-mile walkathon route avoids main roads and apple-picking traffic as much as possible. Along the way are signs identifying various historically-significant spots from days gone by, including a toboggan run, roller rink, clubhouse, and public beach. Thanks this year to Dave Sieweirski and Dave Gray for putting up and taking down signs, to Honey Pot Hill Orchard for apples and cider, and to everyone who put out a water and/or snack stop along the way. Special thanks to Dan Nicholson for the water stop on Old County Road in memory of Alan Kattelle. Pictured above at the stop are Jule Siftar, Barbara Clancy, Shirley Daley, JT Toole, Alyson Toole, Celia Nicholson, Rosemarie O’Riorden, Sonia Nicholson, and Diana Ladoux.
The Lake Boon Commission will meet Monday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, Great Road, Stow. Agenda items include open forum, defining “holiday” in Rule 2, Section 4 of the Boating Regulations, update on weed control, money for patrol boat repairs, drawdown status, and any new business.
Note that all boards have been removed from the dam this season, and the lake level may drop an estimated 4 inches.
Once again, the Lake Boon Association is sponsoring a discount septic pumping program this Fall. Deadline for sign up is Sunday November 1st. Casaceli Trucking will be doing the pumping once again and pricing will remain the same as last year, resulting in a savings of approximately 27%. Hudson has enacted a $10.00 fee for the pump reports that are required by the State to be sent in. Therefore, Hudson residents will have an extra single $10.00 fee per address.
Due to the growing popularity of the program this pumping will be available only to the first 40 residents to respond. To register please email Brenda Mascari at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number, or call Dave Siewierski at 978-562-2203. The program is open to anyone living within the Lake Boon watershed or within a mile of the lake.
Since the inception of this program hundreds of tanks have been pumped at the discount price, saving money for individual homeowners while preserving property values and helping reduce weed growth in the lake. The more frequently a system is pumped (recommendation every 1 – 2 years depending on family size), the longer it will last and work well. The LBA sponsors this program spring and fall each year, and so far Rich Casaceli continues to give us a lower price than other area companies for an excellent job!
Please spread the word to your neighbors on Lake Boon so we can continue to do everything we can to clean up the lake and keep our septic systems running well.
Last year’s walkers get lined up and ready to step out from Pine Bluffs.
On October 17th we will again hold the 5.2 mile Lake Boon Association Walkathon around the lake. The route will be well-marked and include historical and environmental information posted.
Gather at 11:45 a.m. at the new Pine Bluffs/Stow Town Beach shelter for registration. Enjoy the fall colors while walking with your neighbors!
A $5 donation is requested to participate and LBA T-shirts, hats and bags and Lake Boon history books will also be available for purchase. Proceeds support the Lake Boon Association.
Because of the heavy rain forecast this week, the first board was removed from the dam Tuesday, September 29. The lake’s water level is expected to rise due to the rain and then go down a couple of inches over the next week.
Through the month of October more boards will be removed to bring the water level down to where it was last winter. Be sure you have your boats where they need to be before the level goes too low to pass over shallow areas.