Stow has established a Green Advisory Committee to help the town plan for climate change. A major focus of the committee is the creation of a Climate Action Plan. The plan will identify actions the town will take over the next eight years to enable Stow to meet the state’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets. These actions require participation from the entire town as well as state and federal support.
On November 16 at 7 p.m., Sustainable Stow and Randall Library are hosting the Green Advisory Committee at their monthly series of talks on Zoom. The meeting offers an overview of the committee, its work, and the key challenges. Presenters will also ask for your input at the meeting and through a survey on town climate actions.
You can find out more about the Green Advisory Committee on the Stow Town website, stow-ma.gov under Boards & Committees and attend their bimonthly committee meetings. Or contact them directly at GreenAdvisory@stow-ma.gov.
We want to support all in our community. As a show of support we can join the wider community at the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton Vigil Against Hate today, Tuesday, Nov. 8, starting at 5:30 p.m., on the Stow Town Upper Common in front of the library.
In addition, our Lake Boon community can show local support by placing candles in windows around the lake this evening.
We are still looking for good photos to include in next year’s calendar as well as estimates on the quantity of calendars to order. If you are interested and haven’t already done so, please respond to either or both solicitations below.
Interested in purchasing? A 2023 Lake Boon Association photo wall calendar, 8 x 11″, will be similar to the past two years. They will again be $20 each and are planned for availability by Thanksgiving weekend. If you plan (not a commitment) to purchase calendar(s), please contact Dave Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number you might buy so we can estimate the quantity to order and place you on a priority list. Proceeds benefit the Lake Boon Association.
Lake Boon Photos If you have high quality photo(s) taken on or near Lake Boon and would be willing to donate their use to be considered for the LBA calendar, please send them to Dave Gray at the above address before Nov 1st. Dave can accept emails with less than 15 MB of attachments. If you have more than that, please use a file sharing application, send in separate emails or provide a USB flash memory stick.
The first board has been removed from the dam outfall so the lake level will gradually drop about a foot over the next month. Consider moving boats and scheduling waterfront maintenance accordingly. Note that it is illegal to move leaves or other yard debris into the lake where it would contribute phosphorus, adding to next year’s weed and algae growth. Always rake or blow away from the waterfront.
The Lake Boon Association is proud to be sponsoring a discount septic pumping program again this fall. The program will run beginning the week of November 7-18. The deadline to sign up is Friday November 4.
To register please email David at email@example.com or call Dave Siewierski at 978-562-2203. with your home address and best phone number to reach you.
The 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 helping reduce weed growth in the lake.
The more frequently a system is pumped (recommendation every 1 – 2 years depending on family size), the longer it will last and work well. The LBA sponsors this program spring and fall each year, and so far Rich Casaceli continues to give us excellent service.
On Wednesday, October 19th Sustainable Stow and Randall Library will hold a special presentation on electric vehicles with Anna Vanderspek, the EV program director at Green Energy Consumers Alliance (GECA). The talk will cover environmental and consumer benefits, information about batteries and charging, state and federal incentives, and more. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions. GECA is a non-profit organization focusing on consumer power to speed the transition to a low-carbon future.
Last month Sustainable Stow and the Randall Library concluded their series of sessions on local water concerns by meeting with Rep. Kate Hogan, who shared recent developments on PFAS at the state level. You can see a video of that talk on Stow TV here: https://youtu.be/j1F2MVjBOto
We are planning for a 2023 Lake Boon Association wall calendar, 8 x 11″ with photos, similar to last year. They would again be $20 each and are planned for availability by Thanksgiving. If you plan (not a commitment) to purchase calendar(s), please respond to this email before Nov 1st with the number you might buy so we can estimate the quantity to order and place you on a priority list. Proceeds benefit the Lake Boon Association.
Attention Boonie Paparazzi! If you have high quality photo(s) taken on or near Lake Boon and would be willing to donate their use to be considered for the LBA calendar, please send them to Dave Gray before November 1. Dave can accept emails with less than 15 MB of attachments. If you have more than that, please use a file sharing application, send in separate emails or provide a USB flash memory stick. We do have a number of very good sunset photos already.
Come out for the Lake Boon History Walk Saturday, October 15, starting at the Stow Pine Bluffs/Town Beach on Sudbury Road. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with step off at noon. Bring neighbors and friends to enjoy crisp air and fall colors during the 5-mile stroll or power walk around the lake.
Learn the fascinating background of various sites around the lake, including two train stops, steam and gasoline-powered ferry docks, a 21-room hotel, private clubs, the infamous Monahan’s and more. The history walk includes twenty posters with historical photos plus additional signs with reminders of environmental issues that affect the lake and what we can do to protect it. A $5.00 donation to the LBA is requested.
LBA shirts, hats, bags and stickers plus Richard Gelpke’s 275-page Lake Boon History book will be available for purchase at the start–a great opportunity for early holiday shopping.
Put on your comfortable walking shoes, wear bright clothing for safety and come on down!
The Lake Boon Commission originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 5, 2022. It will be held via Zoom. Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged.
On the agenda:
Welcome opening remarks
Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
Police radio for LBC boat
Review end of season tasks, including drawdown, buoys retrieval and others
Winter on the lake, snowmobile, dirt bikes and policing
Date of Next Meeting
For instructions on how to participate via zoom or telephone, see the agenda posted at the Town of Hudson website, here. Note that the Zoom link has been changed from the link for September 28.
The fall Lake Boon drawdown, done each year, will begin on or about October 17, 2022. The level will go down slowly over the subsequent few weeks, reaching its base level by late November, about 1 foot lower than at present.
We’re also keeping a watch on Hurricane Ian, currently approaching Florida. If its path veers north, with significant rain for Stow, we may take out one board earlier, as a precaution.
Lake residents should take this drawdown into consideration when scheduling removal of boats and/or shoreline repairs or clean-up.
This drawdown is in accord with the Conservation Commission Order of Conditions. For any questions or concerns, contact Dan Barstow (DanBarstow@gmail.com) of the Lake Boon Commission.