Lake issues to be voted on by Stow Town Meeting, May 22

Save the date!

Stow Boonies are urged to attend Stow Town Meeting on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Center School.

Among the warrant articles is the authorization to provide the Community Preservation funding share to acquire Hallock Point as conservation land which we want to support as part of our Healthy Lake Boon Initiative.

Town Meeting will also vote on articles for the funding for the water quality/aquatic weed herbicide treatment and police patrol to keep the lake safe. Stay for the entire meeting which will address many other important issues. Presentations will be available a week ahead of time at https://www.stow-ma.gov/.

Town Meeting will be in-person, with indoor and outdoor options. 

Stow Rec Department programs at Pine Bluffs this summer

The Stow Recreation Department is offering the following programs this summer at the Pine Bluffs Town Beach. Please observe the beach pass requirement to help pay for lifeguard supervision. Enjoy the lake! More programs are listed in the department’s May newsletter.

PINE BLUFFS BEACH PASSES
Register and pay for programs online.

The Pine Bluff Town Beach area will open Monday, June 14th. The town beach has lifeguard supervision from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. Every person or family must obtain a beach pass before using the town beach. The beach pass
cost is as follows:

Season Pass:
Resident Family: $70.00
Resident Individual: $50.00
Senior Couple: $30.00
Individual Senior: $20.00
Non-Resident Family: $115.00
Non-Resident Individual: $75.00

Day Pass
Resident Family: $8.00
Resident Seniors Family: $2.00
Resident Individual: $5.00
Resident Senior Individual: $1.00

Non-resident’s day passes will not be sold. Non-Residents will have to purchase a season pass to use Pine Bluff Recreational Area. Groups of 6 or more people require a special permit, through the Stow Recreation Department.

Summer Art and Swim Program
The Stow Recreation Department Art & Swim program combines two of children’s favorite activities. The Art portion will teach children to express themselves in new and creative ways. They will be introduced to a variety of mediums like drawing, painting, and clay. Then they will have a chance to cool off and burn some energy in the lake before going home. Counselors and Lifeguard will be always on duty during swim time.
Ages: 5-12 years old
Dates: August 23 – August 27
Time: M-F 9:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $100.00 per child
Place: Pine Bluff Recreation Area
(In cases of bad weather, the program will be moved to the Stow Community Center)

AquaCize at Lake Boon
With Yvonne Grenon Benelli
This wonderful Water Fitness class offers a fantastic fun, re-energizing, total body workout for all ages and fitness levels. While enjoying fresh air and the beautiful surroundings of spring-fed Lake Boon, you can exercise with minimal stress to your joints. We are mainly sitting on noodles, so we have very little contact with the lake floor. If you prefer, you can wear water shoes. Water exercise naturally supplies cushioning & support; a safe, therapeutic, massaging effect as it stimulates circulation and connective tissue, too. Improve your cardiopulmonary system (heart and lungs); muscular strength and endurance; as well as flexibility, range of motion and balance! While focusing on good body alignment, you will improve posture, core strength, and decrease back tightness. Modify exercise & intensity to suit your personal needs. Pace yourself for a safe, yet challenging workout! You will leave class feeling great, stronger, more balanced, refreshed, and focused! Decrease body aches and stress, while clearing your mind and having fun! Come join the summer Water Workout! Noodles (supplied or bring your own) will be used for additional resistance and variety. No Beach Pass Required!

Yvonne Grenon Benelli has been a Fitness Instructor, designer and coordinator of many different exercise programs and facilities throughout New England, New York and abroad since the late 1970’s. She works with all ages and fitness levels in various exercise classes including current classes in AquaCize (pool and lake), Pilates, NouVon fitness, COA and Personal Training/ Privates. Yvonne has an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology and a B.S. in Physical Education. She is Stott Pilates Trained and was an American Red Cross CPR Instructor for over 30 years.

When: 7- Week Sessions (Please note: dates subject to change due to weather, make-ups as well as group interest in additional classes in August!)

Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm; June 15 – July 27
Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30pm; June 17 – July 29

Fee Options:

  1. BEST DISCOUNT OPTION: All Classes, All Tuesdays, and Thursdays for entire 7-week session: $120
  2. All Tuesdays OR All Thursdays: $70
  3. Drop-in: $15
    Note: These rates include beach fees for the day!
    To register: Please send an email to Yvonne at yvonnebenelli@gmail.com. Please include name, address, best phone number(s) and email address

Group rate septic pumping deadline is May 22

The Lake Boon Association is proud to be sponsoring the discount septic pumping program again this Spring. The program will run beginning the week of June 7th, and deadline for sign up is Saturday May 22nd.  To register please email David at lbaseptic@gmail.com or call Dave Siewierski at 978-562-2203 with your home address and best phone number to reach you.

This Spring we are requesting a donation to the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative Fund. We have currently raised $120,000 of our $168,000 Goal and would appreciate any and all contributions. If you have donated in 2020 please consider donating again in 2021. See https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/the-healthy-lake-boon-initiative

The discount septic pumping program is open to anyone living within the Lake Boon watershed or within a mile of the lake. Since the inception of this program many holding tanks have been pumped at the discount price, saving money for individual homeowners while preserving property values and preventing unnecessary phosphorus from entering the watershed.

The more frequently a system is pumped (recommendation every 1 – 2 years depending on family size), the longer it will last and work as designed. 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.

It’s not too late to support the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative

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Let’s take action to protect our wonderful lake!

The Healthy Lake Boon Initiative is closing in on its fundraising goals, but still has a way to go. If you have not yet given to preserve Hallock Point and support lake monitoring, please do! If you have, please consider an additional donation.

You can read more about the initiative in this brochure:

Donations can be made online at the Initiative’s GoFundMe page: https://tinyurl.com/HealthyLakeBoon, or by sending a check to either the Lake Boon Association, c/o Treasurer, 12 Pine Point Road, Stow MA 01775, or to the Stow Conservation Trust, PO Box 397, Stow MA 01775. Please note “Healthy Lake Boon Initiative” on the memo line on your check.

Thank you!

Divers in the lake Saturday May 5

As a very important part of the Healthy Lake Boon project we are having divers collect a half dozen sediment core samples this Saturday, May 1st through the middle of the day at various locations in the 1st and 2nd basins. All boats must stay at least 100 ft away from the diving boat which will display the red and white divers flag.

The divers can bring their own boat but to save time and launching effort it would be helpful if someone on the lake could offer their own boat and pilot it for the duration. The boat would need to have low freeboard for ease of the diver getting back aboard, should have a fair amount of level deck space to lay out the equipment and samples, and the pilot should be fully vaccinated. Please reply to Dave Gray at grayscale@earthlink.net if you are willing and able to provide this valuable service for our lake community.

Lake Boon Commission meets April 26

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Zoom on Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The agenda as posted is:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  3. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  4. Stow Recreation Commission Request for Boat Rentals – Review/Approve
  5. Boat & Buoys – Discuss/Decision
  6. LBC Statement of Support of Healthy Lake Boon Fundraising – Review/Approve
  7. LBC Article for LBA Gazette – Review/Approve
  8. Solitude Weed Treatment – Status/Update
  9. Old Business:
    o LBC 2020 Archives
    o Annual Summary Report to Conservation Commissions
  10. New Business
  11. Date of Next Meeting
  12. Adjourn

To participate, follow the instructions on the agenda posted on the Town of Hudson website, which you can access at https://www.townofhudson.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif3281/f/agendas/4-26-21-lbc-agenda.pdf. You can participate online via Zoom or by telephone.

OARS Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Boonies, help support more of our watershed while enjoying a very entertaining series of films!

OARS (for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers)
13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

OARS is hosting an evening (and 5 days on demand) of award-winning films from the largest environmental film festival in the nation. These stunning films about nature, adventure, and the people that work to protect our special places are sure to leave you amazed, inspired, and smiling! There’s something for everyone.

LIVE Virtual: Friday, April 30 at 7pm (Lobby “doors” open at 6:30)

Streaming on demand: Saturday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 5

Details and tickets: http://www.oars3rivers.org/event/filmfestival

Roadside litter cleanup next weekend

Earth Day is April 22 and next weekend, April 24-25, is a great opportunity to observe it. We can contribute to our lake community, enhance the environment, set a good example for our kids & grandkids, and carry out another part of our Healthy Lake Boon Initiative. Please help pick up trash along our roads to keep the neighborhood looking nice and prevent anything from blowing into the lake or clogging storm drains.

In Hudson, the Clean-Up Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be in front of Hudson High School to hand out trash bags and to dispose of the trash you have collected, or you can dispose of it with your household trash. Volunteers will also be collecting donations for the Hudson Food Pantry, which has a need for easily-prepared meals, cereal, canned fruit, pasta, rice packets, chilli, stew, and hamburger helper.

Those in Stow can also be part of the town-wide cleanup and register at:
Sign Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CAAAF23ABFA7-stow. You can also sign up in person on Saturday if you prefer not to sign-up on-line.

The Stow Cleanup Group will have yellow garbage bags available for pick up at no cost at the Lower Common on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. Bags can be tossed in your own trash can or left by the side of the road. The Stow Town Highway Department will pick up bags the following Monday.

Participants must adhere to all CDC guidelines in regards to COVID-19 precautions including wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of distance. In addition, participants should wear gloves, long pants and long sleeves to help avoid poison ivy and bright clothes or a reflective vest for safety.

Sustainable Stow presents “Climate Change in MetroWest and Beyond”

We know changes are ahead, but what can we expect right here in our communities? And what can we do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change in the next ten years?

To learn more, join Sustainable Stow on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm for the first in a series of talks from Randall Library. Our speaker is Joy Marzolf from The Joys of Nature who will speak on “Climate Change in MetroWest and Beyond,” focusing on ways climate change is affecting wildlife and us all.

To request a Zoom link for this session on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m., send an email to: randalllibrary@gmail.com. The library will email all attendees the link prior to the talk. The session will also be recorded and shared on Stow TV.

Future sessions will cover other aspects of climate change and implications for local residents.