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|JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Spring Issue, 2006
JOE’S POND ASSOCIATION - P. O. BOX 111 - WEST DANVILLE VT 05873
Tom Dente, Pres., Don Sherwood, V.Pres., George Anderson, Treas., Jane Brown, Sec’ty
Directors: Dave Parker, Ray Rouleau, Andre LaPrade, Ray Richer
As I write this I'm looking out the window at snow falling. It is a beautiful scene and one that will be a memory when we get together for the Spring Meeting in May. The Association has been active and busy over the winter months, in part by planning the use of the Green Mountain Power Corporation's escrow fund established as a result of the fine imposed by the Public Service Commission for violating State Statues by illegally modifying the West Danville Dam in 1996. The money has to be spent on specific programs within the Joe's Pond Community to aid in milfoil prevention, Joe's Pond Beach restoration, protecting waterfronts and other programs designed to improve our water quality. Detailed planning and execution are required to comply with the State's order. Outstanding help from ANR, through their representative Kellie Merrill, has aided us in understanding the steps necessary to use the money effectively. Kellie will elaborate on this later in the Newsletter. We had only one volunteer for the Water Quality and Ecological Integrity Programs after an extensive discussion during the 2005 Summer Meeting. I hope more people will take advantage of this program after seeing the results. This program will also be used at the JPA dock area and the Public Beach to help prevent erosion and benefit water quality.
The Cookbook Committee work on this project did not end in the fall but began in earnest. That work created a product that all of us will be proud to use and display. Evelyn Richer deserves the gratitude of all members for her outstanding contribution to the success of this project. Please see Susan Bouchard's report in this newsletter.
It wouldn't be spring unless the Ice-Out guessing game fundraiser was underway. Dave Parker and many others contribute time, effort and talent to make this project a success. Unfortunately, many members failed to use the tickets given them to sell which created a panic for tickets toward the end of March. It seems some 1500 tickets were abandoned by our members. Having 10,000 tickets available should be more than enough if all would do their part. It is important to get this issue behind us, and as Dave suggested, we will review the process by which tickets are sent to members and make changes as needed to insure all have a chance to guess. The hundreds of miles and hours put in by Dave and his team to make this a success should be rewarded, and as you will see from Dave's report, the Ice-Out was again a tremendous success. Thank you Dave and team for a great job!
I've said this before but it does bear repeating, the officers, directors and volunteers that make this association run well are UNPAID, hard working and giving of many hours of their time. If you feel something needs a change, volunteer for that activity and make a difference with your thoughts and ideas. Volunteers are critical to this organization, let's all work to keep them!
Another issue that needs some discussion is the renters and owners that allow violation of the state statutes by illegally discharging to the water whether accidental or due to neglect. This could be a septic system problem or other discharge that could damage our environment. In these cases please notify me if you suspect a violation has taken place. The Association will treat your information as confidential and will contact the Agency of Natural Resources for a remedy. My E-Mail and phone number follow this message.
We have a very active time planned for this year as you can see from the Schedule of Events. The only major work will be the coating of the tennis courts. Some work around the pavilion area will also continue, but as maintenance.
We have a very active time planned for this year as you can see from the Schedule of Events. The only major work will be the coating of the tennis courts. Some work around the pavilion area will also continue, but as maintenance.
Tom Dente - President
| Secretary's Report
In case you've wondered about the planned archival project, the early records (1928-1934) of the Joe's Pond Association have been photocopied onto acid-free paper and the originals stored in an acid-free container in their original binder. All records are stored in my home, away from damaging sunlight and changing temperatures. I have also photocopied the more recent "old" records (1928-1989). These later original papers have been placed in protective (archival quality) 8 ˝ x 11 see-through sleeves and are stored in a three-ring binder. All photocopies (1928-1989) are in a separate binder and available for members to borrow. I have not yet done the most recent papers, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia on file, but hope to attend to those when cabin fever strikes next winter. I will be happy to include any artifacts you may have that should be shared as part of the Association's history. I will be ordering materials from time to time and can include whatever is necessary for storage of photos or odd-sized items.
It has occurred to me that as use of the web site has grown, having e-mail addresses on posted in the Directory could lead to unwanted spam. Therefore, I have removed all e-mail addresses from the printable directory on the web site. I appreciate having your e-mail addresses in my personal address book so I can contact members of the JPA Association quickly when there is a need and I'd like to keep that list current. However, if you do not wish to receive these occasional messages, please let me know. If you have not been getting e-mails from me and would like to, send me your address and I'll add you to my "Hot-Line" address book. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The web site (www.joespond.org) is being updated regularly. Let me know if it is serving your needs as a resident, a visitor, or a business, and if changes need to be made we will try to accommodate. I am happy to include announcements of community fund-raising events on the blog (go to "View the Joe's Pond News" from the home page.) Contact me at the above e-mail address.
Jane Brown, Secretary
| Trimming Along Camp Roads
Is the road to your camp slowly being restricted with growth of small shrubs and saplings? Do you often hear the high pitched squeal as they scratch along the side of your car? If you do, it's time to take action!
I have spoken with the Town of Danville to request some trimming along the camp roads. They need to know your camp number, the name of the road, and what side of the road needs the work done. Now not all roads require the work, and in some cases there are hedges, shrubs, or trees along the road that campers don't want touched and that's OK.
If there is sufficient interest on the Cabot side of the pond, I will contact the appropriate person in Cabot, as well. After all, we all pay sufficient taxes for our property! The campers at Joe's Pond are entitled to a little more care along the roads where applicable. If you are interested in receiving this service, please contact Don Sherwood, 367 Old Homestead Road, West Danville, VT 05873, by telephone, 802-684-3397, or by e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don Sherwood, Vice President
| Friends We Have Lost
Fitts, Elsie, 76, died at home on Joe's Pond on November 14, 2005. Elsie was a long-time, active and treasured member of Joe's Pond Association. We shall miss her good sense and energy at our meetings. Our sympathy goes to Homer and the family. |
Magne, Marie K., 81, Sherry LaPrade's mother, passed away in Florida on January 18, 2006. She and Sherry's dad, Joe, enjoyed coming to Joe's Pond, and were a welcome addition at many of JPA's social gatherings over the years. Our sympathy to Sherry, her father and family.
| Joe'sPond Hits the Big Time!
(NY Times, that is)
Friday Morning, Don Walker, and Jane and Fred Brown were interviewed by New York Timesreporter, Katie Zezima, about our Ice-Out Contest. Katie brought with her a photographer, Jerry Swope from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, and they spent about an hour getting details and photos. We are not sure when the article will run in the Times, but we will add it to our collection of newsclips when it is published. (Photo by Jane Brown) |
| Record Year for Ice-Out Ticket Sales!|
Well, the last of the tickets have been sorted and entered into the computer and we have set a new all time record of 8386 tickets sold. The effort put forth by all ticket sellers is tremendous. This contest is amazingly popular and it has become a novel way to challenge your friends and neighbors as well as trying to outwit Mother Nature. Ultimately there will be a winner and to the winner goes the spoils, as they say. The spoils in this case happen to be cash.
The group that really deserves credit on this project is our three local merchants, Hastings, Marty's, and Joe's Pond Country Store. Not to mention the hundreds of others who take time to sell
our tickets and make this contest so popular. A sincere "thank you" again for a record year. Now we can relax, let nature run its course and get ready for a great summer at Joe's Pond.
Dave Parker, Ice-Out Chairman
|$$ Greeters Needed for Fishing Access $$|
|The Acquatic Nuisance Control Program is looking for greeters 16 years and older to inspect boats at the Fishing Access. Please contact Pam Hebert at 684-3655 for more information.|
|Attention Joe's Pond Musicians|
Andy Rudin wants to facilitate the gathering of groups of Joes Pond Association members who are musicians that may be looking for other musicians. You can email him at email@example.com or send mail to him at West Danville, VT 05873, or call him at 802-684-3876 after June 5, 2006.
After you describe your preferences, Andy will try to combine and notify groups of musicians with similar tastes. Your preferences include your instrument(s), electrified or acoustic, whether you read music or improvise, whether you sing or not, and the type of music you like best - jazz, rock, country, classical, folk, and so on. Andy plays electric bass and is interested in forming a small rhythm and blues group (drums, keyboard, electric guitar) singing songs with lyrics modified to Joes Pond. He changed La Bamba to La Ponda, for example. Ba la, ba la, La Ponda!
August 12, 1973 - At least a few people will remember when Charlie Hoar and his band played for a gathering at the Dimick camp after the boat parade. We paid them $100 for two hours and then took up a collection to keep them playing well into the evening. Perhaps we'll have our own Joe's Pond band of merry musicians for a concert-on-the-shore again.
|Email From Walter Ruf|
E-Mail From: Walter Ruf, 52 Meadow Lane, Joe's Pond, and Nokomis FL.
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 7:52 PM
To all our friends - tomorrow, 18 March, 2006 is the 52nd year of our arrival in the USA. On St. Patrick's Day we where very exited and could not wait to see the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour. We arrived via the SS America out of Bremer Haven, Germany. I had a great time on board ship but my dear sister was sea-sick most of the way over. It was quite an unforgettable morning as we got closer and closer to NY and finally saw the famous lady in the harbour. We both never regretted to follow our relatives to this great country. This may give you something to think about because some of you or your parents, etc., came from across the Atlantic to live here. Have a wonderful St. Patty's Eve. Best regards
We thank Walter Ruf for sharing the above e-mail message with us: Here is just a little sample of what welcomed Walter and Mimi to the U.S.A. in 1954: Dr. Jonas E. Salk had just begun inoculating Pittsburgh's schoolchildren with the anti-polio serum he developed; the U. S. submarine "Nautilus" was converted to nuclear power; popular songs were "Hernando's Hideaway", "Mister Sandman", and "Hey There"; "The Pajama Game" was playing on stage in New York; "Rear Window" and "On the Waterfront" were playing at the movies; Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to prove Communists had infiltrated the U. S. Army.
|Looking Back at JPA|
The following was with some of the early papers on the Joe's Pond Association, apparently an enclosure to members in 1931:
"These verses were given by Charles H. Darling in response to a toast, 'Where Vermont Comes In,' at the University Club of New York during a dinner of Tufts College alumni, Fall River."
Where Vermont Comes In
Up where the north winds blow just a little keener,
|Did you know?|
|28 Years of Loon Conservation - Thank you JoesPond Residents|
by Eric Hanson, Vermont Loon Biologist
Ten years ago, observing a loon on any lake in Vermont was a treat, even in the Northeast Kingdom. Today, it is difficult not to see a loon in the northeastern lake-dotted region. On Joe's Pond, a loon pair started nesting in 1998, and has nested during six of the past eight years. The pond is big enough for "extra" loons to gather and feed as well. The recovery of the loons has been so good in Vermont that the Common Loon was removed from the state's endangered species list in 2005. It is a proud moment to recognize the accomplishments of all those who have helped the loons come back to Vermont, including the residents of Joe's Pond and the Vermont Loon Recovery Project (VLRP) volunteers, Ray and Evelyn Richer, Alicia Hingston, and Kevin Johnson, who helped to first identify the territorial pair on the pond. |
The VLRP, a program of Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, has overseen the monitoring and management of Vermont's loon population since 1978. In 1983, seven loon pairs attempted to nest in all of Vermont. The red flags went up that something was amiss, and subsequently, the Common Loon was placed on the State's endangered species list in 1987. The loon decline in Vermont was largely attributable to the fact that loon habitat (shorelines and open water) and where people recreate overlap. However, their presence is priceless to us when we witness their beauty, hear their calls, watch them raise young ones, or observe the curious antics of this truly unique species.
The focus of the VLRP and its hundreds of volunteers over the past 15 years has been to promote nesting success by placing nest warning signs, working with hydro-electric companies to stabilize water levels, providing floating nest platforms, and increasing the awareness of boaters and lake residents about loons (e.g., watch from a distance). This work has allowed many more chicks to hatch out and eventually return to Vermont to breed. The loon is a highly sensitive species, and management and education efforts will have to continue given that development and recreation pressures are increasing. Despite the cautionary note, a milestone has been reached providing the loons some breathing room, at least for a while.
The VLRP needs your financial help. Please consider supporting Vermont loon conservation efforts through an annual donation. In return, you will receive the Loon Caller newsletter and the VINS biologists' Field Notes newsletter. For more information or to send a donation, contact Eric Hanson, VLRP biologist, P.O. Box 22, Craftsbury, VT 05826 (802) 586-8064, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the annual report, past newsletters, and other loon information at www.vinsweb.org/cbd/loons.html.
Lead fishing gear and fishing line have caused the death of about 60 percent of the 38 adult loons found dead in Vermont since 1989 (and 176 of 381 adult loons in New England). Eagles, herons, swans, cranes, scaup, mergansers, and many other species have also been killed by lead fishing gear. Many alternatives to lead are now available. Please replace your lead tackle this year and bring it to scrap metal yards or most solid waste facilities (call first). For more information, contact the nearest Vermont Fish and Wildlife office or hatchery or check out the website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com/get_the_lead_out_index.cfm.
|Joe's Pond Has Opportunity to Lead State In Implementing Innovative Lake Protection Initiatives|
by Kellie Merrell, Acquatic Ecologist
Joe's Pond has the opportunity to lead the state in implementing innovative lake protection initiatives with funding from the Green Mountain Power Settlement. |
In June 2005 a settlement, which included the Vermont Department of Public Service, Green Mountain Power, Joe's Pond Association (JPA) and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), from an agreed-upon stipulation on the penalty issues from the "Investigation into Possible Alterations at Green Mountain Power Corporation's West Danville Dam" was completed. The settlement summarized the history of the circumstances surrounding the alteration of the dam. It then ordered Green Mountain Power to make payment in the amount of $50,000 to be used for purposes as set forth in the settlement stipulation and to the "general benefit of Joes Pond".
On February 9th, 2006 the Water Quality Division received notice from ANR's lawyer that the $50,000 Joes Pond Settlement Fund escrow account had been established and a representative from ANR needed to be appointed. The following day I was asked to be ANR's representative. JPA's representative is Tom Dente. The settlement stipulation established that both representatives of ANR and JPA must approve any withdrawals from the escrow account. In addition, a Settlement Fund Committee (SFC) consisting of two representatives from the JPA (Tom Dente and Ray Richer) and two representatives from ANR (Susan Warren and I) are to create a work plan identifying how the terms of the settlement will be implemented.
What this means is that we can begin moving on putting the Joe's Pond Settlement Fund to good work for Joe's Pond. The $50,000 is a penalty that Green Mountain Power is paying for altering the dam structure without a permit. This payment does not limit any party or individual from pursuing a claim for any damages alleged to have resulted from the actions of Green Mountain Power. The settlement fund is for the general benefit of Joe's Pond and was broken down by the four parties into the specific ways it is to be used and allocated. There were many different suggestions brought to the table by the four parties regarding the myriad of ways this money could be used and what is in the settlement stipulation are the items all parties agreed upon. The use of the money is broken down into three main categories:
Implementation will occur over a five-year period, allowing for careful planning and efficient use of the funds towards the general betterment of Joe's Pond Community. In my opinion, Joe's Pond Association, the West Danville Community Club, and townspeople of Danville have been given a unique opportunity to implement innovative pro-active lake protection initiatives. It is a rare occurrence for funds to become available to protect and enhance a lake's water quality and aquatic habitat. Usually when financial resources are invested in a lake, it is to combat degradation that has already occurred, and cleaning up a lake is much more costly than protecting and stewarding to prevent damage.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the planning and implementation of these projects, please contact Tom Dente or me. You'll be hearing more from both Tom and me as we plan and carry out this exciting opportunity for Joe's Pond!
Kellie Merrell, Aquatic Ecologist
|That's a Lotta Clams!|
From the Joe's Pond Archival Collection
Submitted by Jane Brown
Clam bakes were held "On the Campus at Joe's Pond" in the years 1928, 29 and 30. According to a news clip from the Caledonian Record dated Aug. 27, 1928, 150 people gathered for steamed clams with melted butter, coffee and doughnuts. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beck prepared the clams with the help of Mr. and Mrs. John Beck. Others on the committee were Miss Adelaide Farrer of Boston, Mrs. Theodore Chase, Kenneth Smullin, Dr. Thomas Lewis, Harold Stevenson, Arthur Armitage of Camden, N.J., Albert Lynn of Boston, the Rev. Holton and Miss Holton of Taunton, Mass., Mrs. Rolfe Searles, Ruth Searles, Howard Farmer, Donald Stevenson of Camden, N.J., and Miss Bertha Pettee of Boston. |
The bill for the clam bake included 1 ˝ bbls. of clams, 5 lbs. each of butter and coffee, 16 doz. doughnuts, 125 strawberry baskets (to hold the steamed clams), 2 qts. each of cream and milk donated by Mr. [Warrick] Smith, 4 lbs. sugar, and 100 cups, at a total cost of $33.25. Those participating were charged 25 cents each.
The annual meeting was held after the meal and then members sang song around the camp-fire until 9 p.m.
In 1928, 1 ˝ bbls of clams cost $15.25; in 1929 the same amount of clams cost $8.87, and in 1930, $11.00. There was no clam bake held after 1930; no annual meeting held in 1932, and in 1933 there is this notice of record: "With the approval of the President, no 'due bills' were sent to members in 1933, the thought being that there was no need of more money, and times were such that it seemed wise to omit dues."
There was an annual meeting held in 1933. Notice of this meeting and dues was sent by secretary/treasurer Adalena R. Farmer. Attorney Elwin L. Scott returned the notice sent him with this typewritten message: "Associations that don't pay their bills don't interest me. The Cabot and Barre sides of the Pond need an association of their own. I am sorry but believe this is the fact."
Mr. Scott, in August of 1925, had been requested by the association members to assist in the establishment of minimum and maximum water levels with Eastern Light and Power Company, owners of the dam in West Danville at the time. At the 1929 annual meeting of the Joe's Pond Association it was disclosed that the agreement Mr. Scott had supposedly negotiated with the electric company had never been filed. The power company had been sold by this time and it would be necessary to contact the new company to work out an agreement. However, in 1933, lawyer Scott presented his bill for services rendered. This caused an uproar among members at the meeting and it was voted that the president, Clark Amey, should handle the dispute. President Amey decided not to pay the bill and apparently informed Mr. Scott, thus Mr. Scott's angry retort.
The above bits of history come from archived Joe's Pond Association minutes and memorabilia. Anyone wishing to explore these records should contact Jane Brown, secretary of the association, at 802-563-2381 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
|Joe's Pond Wildlife Report|
Ray Richer, Wildlife Photographer
Well here we are again on the other side of winter. The lack of snow this winter made life in the wild a little more bearable, for some. The deer definitely were at an advantage for both food source and mobility. With less snow covering the ground the deer were able to scratch-up acorns and forage more easily while maintaining an upper hand (or hoof) over predators. The rabbit population seems to have held its own, surprisingly, since they depend on the deeper snow in order to out-run their enemy. Snowshoe Hare, or Varying Hare are able to run across the top of deep snow while their heavier and smaller footed (for body mass) predators sink into the snow making the chase quite a challenge. Rodents, such as mice, voles and squirrels were under a very thin security blanket making them more vulnerable to fox, weasel, fisher cat, bobcat, coyote and owls. Nature has a way of maintaining "life in the balance".|
March sure came in like a lion, with high winds and snow, but went out like a lamb, leaving us with open water in the channel. This open water was a welcome mat for migrating waterfowl that drop in at the marsh. Some stay for the season and some for a few short weeks and others for maybe a day or two. It's a great place for a little rest. (I think we can all agree with that!) This year our 'special guest appearance' was from a pair of Northern Pintail ducks. This is my ninth season on Joe's and it is the first time I have seen this species here. Their visit was short, one day only, but long enough for me to capture a shot or fifty. The "regulars" are always a treat to watch in their battles over territories and mates. The Wood Duck drake, (as seen on the letter head) is a beautiful and fascinating specimen. The Hooded Merganser drake strutting his "stuff" (as shown announcing the arrival of your newsletter) puts on quite a show in order to attract a harem of five or so hens. Common Mergansers, Ring Necks, Mallards, Black Ducks and Teals are some of the other more common waterfowl here on Joe's. Oh, and of course we can't forget the Canada Goose, or the Great Blue Heron.
Soon, probably before you receive this newsletter, the loons will have arrived for another season of raising a family. We are hoping for another successful year. This year will be the ninth year this loon family has returned to Joe's. In 1998, the first successful nesting occurred with the hatching of one chick. In 1999, we had another chick, in 2000 the loons hatched two eggs but one chick was lost to a Bald Eagle. In 2001, again two chicks were hatched but one was weak and succumbed to sibling rivalry. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, the loons did not mate but defended the territory, claiming the pond as theirs. In 2004 the loons, for the first time, successfully raised two chicks through the summer and on to migration. Last year, 2005, the loons laid two eggs but only one hatched, the other was infertile. All together, the loons, along with the co-operation of the pond residents, have managed to add seven loons to Vermont's loon population, not an easy task on such a busy pond. Thank you, fellow ponders, for doing your part in getting the loons off the endangered species list. Looking forward to another successful season.
The male loon arrived at the pond April 12th! Spring is officially here!
|Joe's Pond Cookbook|
A Message from the Cookbook Committee
Soon, the only ice or mud we'll be seeing around here will be the "icing on the cake" or "Mud Pie Supreme" in the soon to be released Joe's Pond Cookbook. Our committee members have worked hard during the off season putting together the hundreds of recipes, dozens of advertisements and historical photos submitted by you, the friends and members of the Joe's Pond Association. It also includes a uniquely illustrated rendition of the Legend of Indian Joe composed by Evelyn Richer.|
Initial feedback from our publisher, Morris Press in Nebraska has been extremely positive, indicating a smooth transition from our meticulously formatted proof provided by our artistic editor Evelyn Richer, to a finished cookbook that should end up being a cherished keepsake for many years to come.
As of now, details of our distribution are still in progress, but we can assure you the books will be made available at Joes's Pond Association gatherings throughout the season, and will also be available at Ray and Evelyn Richer's "The Gallery At Loon Cove" on Sandy Beach Road. Additionally, arrangements will be made to have them available at various local stores. Supplies are limited so be sure to get a copy as soon as you can.
|Danville Little League Bottle Drive|
July 15th, 9:00 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Please save your returnables! Danville Little League will be going from camp to camp collecting bottles and cans to help raise money for new equipment, uniforms and field up-grades.|
Also - anyone owning a business can advertise at the Danville School Ball Field by making a tax-deductible donation of $150. Your business logo and ad will be placed on a 3ft. x 5 ft. wooden sign (by The Sign Depot) and will be placed on the fencing surrounding the school ball field. This will be a two-year ad which will run for the 2007-2008 season!
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