It was hazy today. They’re saying that it’s smoke from the fires burning out west. It’s stories like this that make me so grateful to live in Maine. We may have had a hotter than “normal” summer but it’s beautiful and green!
This weekend is our lake association’s Dock to Dock and Door to Door event. It’s an opportunity to spread the good work that the Friends of Messalonskee is doing for our lake and a chance to educate our neighbors. We donated to another lake association for several years and were fooled because they don’t represent our lake.)
This is the second year that Ned and I participated in the Dock to Dock and Door to Door outreach. It makes for a fun few hours and it was a beautiful day to be out on the water. Our friend and neighbor, Janna, has been doing this for several years and asked if we’d like to go with her. We both believe very strongly in caring for our lake – It’s our “million dollar view”! This year we picked Janna up and went up the west side of the lake visiting several camps/homes and met several neighbors who didn’t know about our lake association. Tomorrow I’ll visit the neighbors on our street and I’ll be done with my commitment for this year!
The Friends of Messalonskee is approximately 200 members strong but there are around 700 properties around the lake so we have room to grow! FOM hires and trains Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBI) for our Oakland and Sydney boat launches. We also work to remove milfoil from our lake. We hired a team of divers to pull milfoil and lay benthic barriers to smother it, too! We’ve seen a lot of success and areas of our lake are now milfoil free. An interesting note, if you live along the shore of the lake and see milfoil attached around your property, call the FOM office and report it (844-476-6976 ext. 906.) We will send someone over to inspect the area and add it to our data base of infested areas. Our 2018 season has ended but we’ll be back at milfoil removal in 2019!
Our annual loon count was a big success. We had five loon chicks and 30 adults counted on the lake this season. FOM placed a loon nesting platform in one of the coves for the first time this year and it was occupied in two weeks time! Ned and I love watching the loons and listening to them, too. We’ll miss them when they head to the coast when the lake freezes again this winter.
FOM is having our annual meeting on September 5, 2018 at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sydney (a.k.a.New England Music Camp) at 5:30pm. It’s just before the Fab Four concert (it’s the Beatles!) We’d love for any interested neighbors to attend and learn more about us. You can also check out the FOM website http://www.friendsofmessalonskee.com. I think we’re going to go to the concert, too! It’ll be a fun evening!
If you’d like a packet of information to be delivered to your house, let me know. I’ll get you one!
We hope all of our lakeside neighbors will become members and get involved! It’s a lot of fun!