Important Taxpayer Information
The Summer 2015 issue of the Hiram Newsletter contains important taxpayer information on pages 1 & 2. Page 2 explains the upcoming revaluation process and timing. The newsletter can be downloaded by clicking here.
45th Annual Maine Lakes Conference & Celebration
The 2015 Maine Lakes Conference and Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 22, at Camp Skylemar on Trickey Pond in Naples, Maine. The keynote speaker will be Lisa Borre, a contributing writer to National Geographic. There will also be an array of talks and presentations on how individuals and lake groups can protect Maine lakes. This year will include the first-ever Maine Lakes Art Show and Sale, which will feature the work of local Maine artists. For additional information, including registration details, click here.
Sacopee Valley Health Center Now Provides Walk-In Care on Sundays
The Sacopee Valley Health Center's walk-in care is now also available on Sundays from 8am to 3pm. For more information on the Sacopee Valley Health Center click here.
Recipes from Clemons Pond Association 2015 Annual Picnic
Libby Morse's Favorite Corn Casserole (Thanks to Pam Morse!)
Harrisville Kale Salad with Cranberries, Feta, & Walnuts (Thanks to Judy Bradley!)
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Loon Chick Photo Update
7/21/15: Sightings confirm that the young Clemons Pond loon continues to do well. Thanks to Chris Dilley for this follow-up photo!
Fall 2014 CPA Meeting Minutes
Spring 2015 CPA Treasurer's Report
The Spring 2015 Treasurer's Report, presented by David Limbert at the 2015 Spring CPA meeting, has been published to the Admin page of the website.
2014 CPA Water Quality Report
Video Shown at 2015 Spring CPA Meeting: "The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders"
"The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders," a video produced by the Maine Voluteer Lake Monitoring Program, was played as part of the 2015 Spring CPA meeting. Of all the New England states, Maine's lakes have the lowest incidence of invasive plants - by a large margin. This video not only reaffirms the beauty of Maine's lakes, but it also underscores the urgency and diligence with which we must act to preserve the "purity" of our lakes.
Additional information on the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, including a link to their website, is available on the Pond Life page.
Many thanks to Victor Lerish for sharing this excellent video and important information.
Maine Lakes Society - Lakesmart Toolkit
At the Spring 2015 CPA meeting, David Limbert spoke about a conservation program spearheaded by the Maine Lakes Society. According to their website: "LakeSmart is the flagship of the Society's lake conservation efforts. Focusing on lakefront property owners, LakeSmart educates, assists, and recognizes property owners who maintain their shorefront land to adopt or improve measures that manage stormwater on site and prevent groundwater flows of septic effluent to lakes." This program will be discussed further at the Fall 2015 CPA meeting.
MLS provides a comprehensive list of online resources at the link David handed out at our meeting. That page can be accessed here.
Additional links to the Maine Lakes Society website and some of its contents are available on the Pond Life page.
New "Buy/Sell/Rent/Trade Bulletin Board" Item
See the News page for a new Bulletin Board posting.
Tenmile River Forest off Notch Road
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 there was a guided tour of the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest, the entrance to which is on Notch Road.
Some information on this tract of land: This 210-acre woodland is owned and maintained by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District. It features more than five miles of walking trails highlighting numerous natural features, including a geological kettle hole, old and new beaver dams, a marsh, streams, rivers, pools and ponds. It's a recreation destination for hikers and cross-country skiers, and an educational tool for school groups and the public to learn about the natural environment and good forest management.
Directions: Coming from Rte. 160 onto Notch Rd., the entrance is on the left, a few miles past Clemons Pond, and can be identified by a green metal gate with signs beyond the gate.
[Webmaster note: Based on our own experience on those trails, please take precautions appropriate for tick safety.]
Inland Fisheries Decision - Watercraft Horsepower on Clemons Pond
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued its decision on the request to limit horsepower on Clemons Pond. The Commissioner, after considering all testimony, public comments and materials presented to him, decided not to impose a horsepower restriction at this time. (Click here to read the Commissioner's letter.)
On behalf of the majority of members of the Association, I would like to thank all who offered their services and wrote letters to Inland Fisheries in our attempt to limit the horsepower rating on our pond.
Special thanks to Bill Tate and Harold Gillman for all of their hard work.