Herbicide booster treatment planned for July 14

The following is a memorandum from SŌLitude Lake Management:

M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Property Owners / Abutters to – Lake Boon, Stow/Hudson, MA
FROM: SŌLitude Lake Management
DATE: July 5, 2022
RE: Management of Aquatic Vegetation in Lake Boon

Please be advised that SŌLitude Lake Management will be conducting an herbicide treatment to the aquatic vegetation in Lake Boon in Stow/Hudson, Massachusetts on July 14th, 2022.

The use of the lake’s water in Basins 3 & 4 and in the Monahan’s and Hale Road Coves will be restricted as follows:

  • Swimming – Until July 15th
  • Livestock watering – Until July 15th
  • Direct drinking – Until July 15th (note that lake water should not normally be used for potable
  • water in general)
  • Irrigation – Until August 15th [this is not a typo!]

Signs warning of the water use restrictions will be posted prior to treatment in the affected areas.

For more specific water-use restrictions based on location, please refer to the treatment map.

Please feel free to contact SŌLitude Lake Management at (508) 865-1000 with any
questions.

[Note: This booster treatment maintains the slow acting systemic herbicide concentration that must be maintained over an extended time in order to be effective. It has been used about once every 3 years on Lake Boon.]

Lake Boon Commission meets July 6

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Public participation via computer or telephone is encouraged. For dial-in info or a Zoom link, see the official agenda, posted here.

AGENDA / Topics:

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

From Mass DOT: Overnight work and bridge closure at Gleasondale

FYI, from the Mass Department of Transportation

Gleasondale Bridge Project update: Overnight Work and Bridge Closure to Install New Steel Beams

Prep work is underway to rebuild the eastern side of the Gleasondale Road Bridge. With demolition and the completion of the northern abutment and the formation of the southern abutment and two piers complete, we are scheduled to set new steel beams.

This operation will require three overnight, full traffic closures of the bridge. During each closure, a detour will be in effect.

Timing: New steel beams will be installed overnight from Wednesday 7/6 – Friday 7/8. Each night, the bridge will be closed to traffic from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Lake Boon Commission meets June 29

The Lake Boon Commission will meet Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged. For the link and dial-in information, see the agenda posted here on the Town of Hudson website.

AGENDA / Topics:

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • Budgets – FY22 Balances
  • Boat, Motor Replacement, Buoys & Other Prep for 2022 Season – Discussion/Decisions
  • Leadership Transition & Officer Election – Discussion/Decisions
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

Stow Recreation Department programs at Pine Bluffs

The Stow Recreation Department is offering has a lot planned at Pine Bluffs this summer. You can read more in the newsletter, online here.

Beach passes are available

Season Passes
Resident: $70 family, $50 individual
Senior (65+) : $30 family, $20 individual
Non-resident: $115 family, $75 individual

Day Passes
Resident: $8 family, $5 individual
Resident Senior (65+): $2 family, $1 individual. The Stow Recreation Department does not issue Non-Resident Day Passes – Season Passes Only!

Get your beach pass at stowma.myrec.com, top right of the main page

Summer Art and Swim at Pine Bluffs
Dates: August 22-26
Ages: 5-12 years
Times: 9am – 1pm
Cost: $120

AquaCize at Lake Boon

This wonderful Water Fitness class at Pine Bluff Beach is a fun, re-energizing, total body workout for all ages and fitness levels. You can exercise with minimal stress to your joints, while enjoying fresh air and the beautiful surroundings. Improve your cardiopulmonary system, strength and endurance, flexibility, range of motion, and balance!

See the last page of the the Stow Recreation Department newsletter for more details.

No Beach Pass Required!
Who: Everyone is welcome anytime!
Where: Pine Bluff Beach/Lake Boon, Stow MA
When: (Please note – dates subject to change due to weather, etc.)
Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (no class July 5); August 2, 9, 16
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11
Fee Options:

  1. All Classes, All Tuesdays and Thursdays for entire summer session: $150 (prorated fees available)
  2. All Tuesdays OR All Thursdays: $80 (prorated fees available)
  3. Daily Drop-in fee: $15

Note: Bring your own water noodle or let the instructor know if you need one.
Register: Call or text 617-543-8113 or email yvonnebenelli@gmail.com

Lake Boon Commission meets on June 14

The Lake Boon Commission will meet online at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. Public participation via calling in or joining through Zoom is encouraged.

Agenda topics include

  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • Budgets – FY22 Balances
  • Spring Weed Treatment Update
  • Boat, Motor Replacement, Buoys & Other Prep for 2022 Season – Discussion/Decisions
  • Review Boating Regulations: Applicable to Excessive Wakes & PWCs – Discussion
  • Leadership Transition – Discussion/Decisions
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

For information on how to access the meeting see the posted agenda on the Town of Hudson website here.

Lake Boon Association Annual Meeting video online

For those who missed the Lake Boon Association Annual Meeting Sunday evening, the recording is available thanks to Stow TV’s Jonathan Daisy and crew. You can watch it below.

It begins with the LBA business meeting, followed by the Healthy Lake Boon Project presentation starting at 36 minutes.

Among the project’s recommendations to improve the health of the lake are:

Limit surface runoff that carries nutrients

  • Limit lawn fertilizers–no phosphorus
  • Keep leaves and clippings out of lake
  • Wash cars away from lake
  • Pick up after pets
  • Plant vegetative buffer
  • Limit impervious surfaces

Maintain septic systems

  • Pump about every two years
  • Use no-phosphate dishwasher detergent

Stormwater management systems

  • Review drains around lake
  • Drain properly before water enters lake

If you have questions, leave a comment below.