Gleasondale Bridge to be closed morning of Sunday, October 28

Here’s a message from Nate Lash, of Howard Stein Hudson, the contractor working on the Gleasondale Bridge for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation:

Notification from MassDOT engineering contractor

What we’re doing:         

On Sunday morning, October 28, 2018, the Gleasondale Road Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic 4 to 6 hours as MassDOT conducts bridge inspections on and around the bridge. To maintain and monitor the structure while its replacement is designed, MassDOT has placed the bridge on a six-month inspection cycle. This operation has been coordinated with Stow Police and Fire.

What you’ll see:

A snooper truck, similar to a cherry picker, will be parked on the bridge to allow the MassDOT team to view the bridge from all required angles for inspection. A detour route using Main Street, Hudson Road, and Sudbury Road, will be posted for the duration of the closure. All work will take place within the right-of-way and will not cross private property.

Project overview:

The bridge carrying Gleasondale Road (Rt. 62) over the Assabet River in Stow needs to be replaced due to significant beam deterioration identified during safety inspections. Beginning in 2017, MassDOT assembled a team to address design, permitting, and public outreach for the replacement effort with the goal of starting construction in 2021.

If you have any questions about the project, or this work, please contact Jeff Dietrich at

Thank you for your patience.

Save the date: public hearing on proposed Lake Boon by-law changes

Note: As requested by a number of Boonies, you can now access a LBC Bylaw Change Summary Memo as well as the proposed LBC Rules Revisions, 2018LBC Rules Revisions-v0.8-22Oct18 DH-1 online. The files were provided by LBC chair Don Hawkes.

Copies of the proposed changes are also available at the Offices of the Town Clerks of Hudson and Stow.

The Lake Boon Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stow Community Center, 509 Great Road (Route 117), in Stow, to consider proposed changes to the adopted Lake Boon By-laws and Rules, pursuant to Ch. 712 of the Acts of 1941.


Revised agenda for Lake Boon Commission meeting

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road in Stow. The revised agenda is as follows:

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Pay Bills
  • Discuss problem of trees fallen in lake – Conray (addition to agenda)
  • Discuss LBC By-Law/Rules revision  – Prepare for Public Information Meeting  11-17-18
  • Business
  • Date of next meeting
  • Adjourn

Saturday, Oct. 13: Lake Boon History Tour goes “undercover”

Due to today’s weather, the Lake Boon History Tour will be abbreviated, with all the historical and environmental posters displayed at the Pine Bluffs pavilion. The event starts at 11:30, and runs until folks leave, probably around 1 p.m. or so.

Come on out to greet your neighbors and see photos of the historical sites while sipping hot cider and tasting apples (compliments of Honey Pot Hill) under the pavilion roof.  Lake Boon t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Boat found in second basin

jonboat This Great Canadian jon boat with “J Baker” stenciled on the aft seat was found this morning floating in the second basin. It is now on shore at 25 Worcester Ave. There isn’t a J Baker on the Lake Boon mailing list, so that may be the name of a previous owner. Leave a comment below if it’s yours and help is needed to get it back home.

Lake Boon History Walk takes place October 13

The annual Lake Boon History Walk takes place Saturday, October 13th starting at the Stow Pine Bluffs/Town Beach on Sudbury Road. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with step-off at noon. The Lake Boon Association invites you to bring neighbors and friends to enjoy crisp air and fall colors during the 5-mile stroll or power walk around the lake. This 31st annual event was previously known as the Lake Boon Walkathon but we’re encouraging Boonies and friends to take their time to appreciate the area’s history and environment as well as each other.

The tour includes over two dozen historical posters with old photos and fascinating background placed at various sites around the lake, including two train stops, steam and gasoline-powered ferries, a 21-room hotel and much more. Additional signs provide reminders of environmental issues that affect the lake and what we can do to protect it. A $5.00 donation is requested.

Lake Boon T-shirts and bags will be available for purchase at the start to wear or for holiday gifts.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes, wear bright clothing for safety and come on down!