LAKE HEADLINES - September 1, 2015
Annual Meeting & Picnic News
About 40 people enjoyed Potluck Picnic fare
before the Annual Meeting on the Mess Hall porch overlooking the lake at Camp
Walt Whitman on Sunday August 16.
The Annual Meeting itself first focused on two
local lake's struggle with Milfoil, many thanks
to speakers Mitzi Queen and David Kazan from Hall's Lake
(Newbury, VT) and Skip Brown
from Lake Fairlee (Fairlee, VT) who talked about
their respective Milfoil Eradication projects.
Take-away message: once a lake is
infested the battle with Milfoil is never done,
and it costs many thousands of dollars just
to control its spread.
The E911 program was next with Town of Piermont
representatives on hand. Bernie Marvin E911
Program Director spoke about the need for
consistent house numbering, so that EMTs, police
and fire fighters can quickly locate the right
house in an emergency.
Selectman Randy Subjeck, Police Chief Gary
Hebert, E911 Deputy Tim Cole and FAST Squad
Captain Ellen Putnam were available for Q&A as
well. A town ordinance supporting E911 home
numbering will be voted upon by the Board of
Selectmen this month.
Finally for our business meeting, board members
and project leaders reported on Lake Host, Weed
Watchers, Water Quality programs and LAA
finances. All are in good shape.
We contacted the State Dam Bureau on dam
reconstruction plans for the lake (now in
planning stages), and will keep folks updated.
LAA will donate to the Town of Piermont Santa
Claus Fund this year. Sales of mugs and tote
bags are going well (and still available, see
below). Ice-Out Contest winners (see below)
received their prizes, and the assembled LAA
members voted to renew four board members to new
2-year terms. Details will follow in the meeting
Tote Bags and Mugs
Introducing Lake Armington Tote Bags for your
lake stuff or shopping trip, an ample 15"x15.75"
in natural cotton, $10 each.
Lake Armington Mugs sold out last season, and are back by
popular demand for kitchen or gifts, $10 each.
Pick them up from
Carlos Manrique or
Polly Tafrate while you're at the lake, or
buy them at the Four Corners Store in Piermont
or the Burning Bush in Warren. All sales benefit
Lake Armington Association.
Our 11 oz coffee mug with lake logo, dish washer
safe, for kitchen
or gifts, $10
Our ample 15"x15.75" cotton tote bag with lake logo
on both sides, $10
2015 LAA Directories - now available by
This year when members pay their lake
association dues, LAA Directories are available
by email as a PDF document. The idea is to make
the Directory more available and readable
for our members.
The familiar Directory booklets are still
available to members who don't use email, either
at the lake or by USPS mail. For info contact
LAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
The LAA Board of Directors meeting was held July
12, and here are the meeting
Updates on our Programs
Lake Hosts perform
courtesy boat inspections at the public launch from Memorial Day
to Labor Day weekends. Contact
Polly Tafrate or
Evie Conroy to volunteer.
monitor the lake for invasive aquatic weeds &
species throughout the season. Contact
Evie Conroy to volunteer, including teens
and young people.
Water Quality testing
happens once a month during the summer season.
LAA Directory and
Email List Update
Have your address, email or phone numbers
changed in the past year?
Would you like to join the LAA mailing list?
Send your current info to
LAA, updates now happen continuously
New 2015 LAA Directories available now to
members by email or paper booklet.
ICE OUT ON LAKE
ARMINGTON - Tuesday April 28 at 2:36 pm!
4th Annual Ice Out Contest winners are:
1st prize Linda Michelsen
2nd prize Alice Wellington
3rd prize Ken Settel
Thank you to everyone who participated. We had
107 entries, the most ever! Congratulations to
Ice Out Dates (and
winners) from past LAA Ice Out Contests
March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm: 1st Sam Rounds,
2nd Gino Theberge, 3rd Vickie Davis
April 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm: 1st John Manrique,
2nd Cindy Langley, 3rd Charlie Davis
April 24, 2014 at 9:45 am: 1st Sam Rounds, 2nd
Wendy Cahill, 3rd Ken Settel
Spring at the Lake Armington Boat Launch
Fall Newsletter 2014
LAA Fall Newsletter is here for you to read and download. If
you'd like to join our mailing list, contact
Emergency Response Follow-up
The Piermont Fire Department and Emergency Management visited
neighborhoods at Lake Armington, including Sirecho Shores and
Cottage Roads, so they're better able to locate the properties
at the lake promptly in case of an emergency call. They also
brought in their pumper truck to scout how well it could handle
the narrow roads and where it could turn around.
E911 Program in Piermont
In 2015 the nationwide E911 program begins its roll-out
in Piermont to upgrade emergency services and improve
reliability and response time. Many addresses and property
numbers all over town will be changed to achieve consistency,
including those at the lake. Bernie Marvin, Emergency Management
Director, is in charge of the program.
Common Reed (Phragmites) Eradication report
The Common Reed project was completed September 4 with the final
eradication treatment. Brad Caswell's Common Reed Eradication
project summary and recommendations are available
here. A good read on a critical project.
Acid Rain Impact at Lake Armington
View Brad Caswell's summary and graph showing
reduction in acid rain impact at Lake Armington 1987 to present.
Notes from Summer 2014
2. Brad Caswell's 2014
Lake Armington Water Quality Report and related
Water Quality Graphs are now available, and show long-term
trends in Lake Armington's water quality based on samples taken
from 1987 through 2013.
1. The Annual Meeting and Picnic on Saturday August 16 drew
about 38 people for socializing, discussion and great food.
Piermont Board of Selectmen chair Colin Stubbings and Tim Cole
of the Piermont Fire Department spoke about emergency response
Annual Meeting Minutes.
3. July 8 LAA Board of Directors
meeting minutes and
June Newsletter are here.
Your dues and generous
are needed now
to support the Lake Host program, our first-line defense against
non-native invasive species getting into the lake.
or by check, see the
Where's the Info?
Maps page for:
Weed ID Photos
Weed Watcher Maps
Water Quality Reports
A history of Summer Camps on Lake Armington
from 1915 onward
Dues & Donations page to contribute.
on Lake Armington
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