Lake Boon Commission meets June 28

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117) in Stow.


  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Pay Bills
  • Meet with Erica Bigelow re: Aeration of Lake Boon (Monahan’s) Cove
  • Discuss LBC By-Law/Rules review (V05)
  • New Business
  • Date of next meeting
  • Adjourn

Ronnie Fund for Children’s Safety

The Lake Boon Association Ronnie Fund was established in 1995 in memory of 3-year old Ronnie Pastuck who lost his life in a tragic drowning accident. It is dedicated to the promotion of water safety for the youth (ages 0-16 years) of the Lake Boon community (children of families on the lake or with deeded access, regardless of their LBA membership status).

The Ronnie Fund reimburses fees for swimming lessons, water/boating safety courses, life guard training, etc., for children in the above age range. Reimbursement, through the Lake Boon Association treasurer, is limited to the cost of a Stow Recreation Commission swim session for each child each year, currently $70.

In the past the Ronnie Fund has also sponsored water safety courses. You can contribute to this fund along with your membership. Also, new ideas for water safety programs are welcome. Contact any LBA officer.

Report from the Annual Meeting

by Dave Gray

For those who missed the LBA annual meeting last Sunday, here are a few significant points:

Police patrolling is being done in the Lake Boon Commission boat while the Police boat is under repair and warnings are being issued. Most common violations are idle speed any time in the narrows and idle speed anywhere during quiet hours (Sundays and holidays from 2-6 pm) and at night; life jackets required on standup paddleboards as well as other craft. When a violation is observed, the Stow Police should be notified even if it occurs in Hudson waters.

Waterfront identification is required to guide emergency responders on the lake: street address (preferably) or name in 3″ or higher characters contrasting to the background.

OARS  provided an excellent presentation on how their long-term advocacy for the Assabet River has greatly improved its water quality running through Hudson and Stow, reducing phosphates from several upstream wastewater treatment plants. Lake Boon water quality also benefits from lower phosphate and bacteria loading which is aided by consistent septic system maintenance and pumping, use of no-phosphate detergents, cleaning up pet waste, maintaining a vegetated buffer at the shoreline. OARS is always looking for more members and participants in their river cleanups, invasive aquatic weed removal and water sampling. The OARS Riverfest celebration has over two dozen events scheduled the weekend of June 16-17.

The Water Carnival will be held this year August 24-26, 2018, the weekend before Labor Day weekend. LBA officers have noted that a number of people take a last vacation trip at that time before school begins and they miss out on the Water Carnival. It is being considered for 2019 that the Water Carnival be held on Labor Day weekend itself if it would enable greater participation. (This is the original timing of the celebration in the early days of the LBA.) If it was held Fri-Sat-Sun, that would still leave Labor Day itself to recover, have family gatherings and get ready to resume school.

Your input on preferred timing of the Water Carnival for 2019 would be appreciated. Leave a comment or email grayscale at earthlink dot net.