Volunteer roadside cleanup, April 28-29

This year we hope the Lake Boon community will again help observe Earth Day by participating in the Stow Town Cleanup. It is a great opportunity to contribute to our lake community by enhancing the environment, setting a good example for our kids and grandkids, and carrying out another part of our Watershed Management Plan.

Please help pick up trash along our roads to get the neighborhood looking nice this spring and prevent anything from washing into the lake or clogging storm drains.  Garbage bags and adult gloves can be obtained from the Stow Lower Village shopping center near Papa Gino’s Saturday morning from 8 am to noon where there is also a sign-up for the various areas of town. More info at https://stowcleanup.wordpress.com/

To stay safe while participating, wear bright clothing and be careful of traffic. Dispose of whatever you pick up in your normal trash pickup. If you have large bags in Stow, the Stow highway department will be around to pick up bags left at the edge of major roads on Monday.

Stow TV volunteer needed to record Lake Boon Commission meetings

If you are interested in Lake Boon management, you can watch the meeting while recording in the comfort of the third floor TV control room in the Stow Town Building.

No experience is needed. It’s easy. Stow TV will train you and support you.

Stow TV will make the recordings available on cable and YouTube. This is a service to help the Lake Boon Community stay informed.

To volunteer or learn more or watch how we do the recording, contact Stow TV at stowtv@stow-ma.gov or 978-897-7732.

OARS newsletter online

The most recent edition of the OARS newsletter has info on all kinds of workshops, events, and job and volunteer opportunities. Read it online here. Highlights include “Building and Maintaining a Rain Garden 101” this Wednesday evening in Hudson, and a workshop on native-plant landscaping on May 8, as well as job and volunteer opportunities.

This Sunday: LBA Annual Meeting

The Lake Boon Association will hold its annual meeting this Sunday, June 3rd, starting at 6:00 pm at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Rd, in Sudbury.

Greet fellow Boonies! Renew your membership and support the LBA! Purchase LBA t-shirts and bags!

The meeting agenda will feature updates on lake drawdown, dam status, weed treatment, discount septic pumping, lake patrolling, and LBA events. See the new LBA Boat Parade Grand Prize trophy.

Our guest speaker will be Ingeborg Hegemann from OARS and an expert on environmental issues. She will talk about what OARS is doing and planning to do to preserve our watershed, and will share some beautiful nature photography.

Lake Boon Commission meets April 25

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117), in Stow.

The Agenda is as follows:


1. Public Comment

2. Approval of minutes – previous meeting

3. Stow Recreation – request for annual boat rental authorization

4. Payment of bills

5. Next Steps for By Law Revision Work

6. Weed control and future contracts – Andy

7. Dam repair status – Don

8. Inventory and plans for buoys – Conray

9. New business – next agenda

10. Date of next meeting

11. Adjourn

This week: MA COLAP conference in Westborough

MA COLAP (Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations) 2018 Conference will focus on “Invasive Species and Lake Management in Massachusetts.” This 31st annual workshop will be a full day conference with speakers from several disciplines. We will discuss invasive species and how they affect lakes and lake management in Massachusetts. There will be presenters, vendors, and posters.

[Although registration (which would have included breakfast and lunch) is now closed, you can still attend  the sessions.]

The event takes place Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the 
MA Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Richard Cronin Building, Westborough, MA 01581. 

For event registration, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef4sjyrx0d3a3865&oseq=&c=&ch=   For more info on MA COLAP, visit their website.