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Meeting Of The Board Of Trustees - 05/26/2018

On Saturday, May 26th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their first meeting of the 2018 season.

The Trustees gave their reports on many topics - Click here to see the full meeting agenda. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi Mcshane.

May 26th 2018 Meeting of the Lake St. Catherine Board of Trustees
Lake St. Catherine Country Club, 8:30 AM

I. Meeting called to order, 8:34 AM by President Jim Canders

II. Presentation by, Bill Alexander for the Slate Valley Trails;

Biking & Hiking Trails in Southern VT educated the board on the mission, goals, history and future projects of this chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Assoc.(VMBA). Hike,Bike Explore with SVT activities and events as all are open to the public. Visit the website, www.slatevalleytrails.org for trail maps, current projects and upcoming group bike rides, hikes, and trail work days.

III. Minutes of the August 26,2017 meeting was approved.

IV. Treasure's report was proved by Elaine Bagley. Discussion followed:

Workman's Comp Insurance costs

Membership dues: mailings, responses from notices and the adjustments of received memberships is ongoing.

End of year account balance; ;primary principle, cash issues and the concern for the need of an outside audit. Membership dues, the lag time between receiving monies from the local municipalities, contributions made to the Association from outside parties and in memoriam of others. Concern was expressed that budgets were not established for the different projects the Association funds. Forum was called to establish a budget committee, and was second to form such a committee.

Mail is received at two locations and requires regular monitoring during the winter season.

V. Introductions of Martha Pofit, newly elected trustee and Kemi McShane, secretary.

VI. Annual Meeting and dinner at LSCA July 21,2018. Suggested invite BIll Alexander to present to the membership regarding the SVT.

VII. Milfoil management report - Jeffrey Crandall

Herbicide treatment scheduled for June 18-19,2018. Notification signs and public postings are scheduled prior to the treatment dates.The LSCA wants to increase public education to ensure the community is knowledgable of the techniques and the types of milfoil treatment programs that are being used in Lake St. Catherine. The LSCA has been diligent in its approach to managing the milfoil and other invasive species that threaten the quality of the lake. Suction harvesting, herbicide treatment, and the use of boat launch greeters are the present techniques being utilized in the management programs. A new product is on the market and the LSCA will review the test results and state regulation regarding the use of this new product. The harvesting program being used in the Little Lake is concerning to the negative impact the harvesting will have on the great strides the other treatment programs are having on the Lake. Documentation, and maps provide the areas of the Lake requiring treatment. Historical information will be collected and presented to educate the public with the positive results the herbicide, suction harvesting and boat greeters are having on the milfoil control of Lake St. Catherine. The LSCA has many challenges as it proceeds with the application for new permits. The LSCA moved to hire a graduate student to perform a literature review of the research regarding the best practices milfoil control. The LSCA will provide the community with up to date, unbiased information as a result of this literature review.

A historical review of the weed harvesting procedures will be presented to the Association to demonstrate the significant changes in the aquatic weeds that have impacted the Lake and the efforts made to control the invasive species and their impact on the Lake. The LSCA has tracked the use of "Hungry Harvey" to the present day uses of weed control. A brochure will be published to educate the public.

VIII. Water quality report - Mary Jo Teetor

Lily Pond project has ben successful. Boats are able to pass through. Beavers attempted to build a damn. the A posting of the contribution made by the LSCA will be placed in the area to notify the community to another project the LSCA is dedicated to regarding the improvements and care of the LAKe for all to use.

Water quality kits are available for use and results are received in February and March.

IX. Publicity report - Jeremy Jones

The current newsletter is published and will be circulated and posted on the website.

X. Lake Safety- Frank Callahan

Placement of markers and buoys are in progress.

Boaters Safety course dates are: June 28 and 29 in Poultney, July 2 and 3 in Wells. All insurance coverage is in place for the usage of theses locations.

XI. Nominating Committee - Bob Williams

Nominations are in order to fill open positions that will be available this year.

XII. Membership - Rob Goldman (not in attendance)

The February letter had an impressive response, as non-members have been contributing to the LSCA. Many donations have been received in memoriam. Another mailing will go out as a reminder to join the LSCA as it is the Association"s hope to surpass last years membership.

XIII. Government relations - Phil Pope (not in attendance).

June 1, a FOVLAP meeting is being held. It is important to attend this meeting as it deals with the State Lakes.
It was stated the importance of reviewing the correspondences that are sent to the state as to the accuracy of the contents to assure the issues are being addressed in a time and efficient manner.

XIV. Old Business-

Boat Parade - Rand Burgner. Flyers for the boat parade( July 4,2018) will be sent out. It is Lila's last year as she has organized this event for the past six years. It has been well received and a success under her guidance.

Wells Variety Day - Frank Callahan. July 21,2018. this is also the Board Mtg and the Annual Membership Mtg.

Poultney Day - Rob Goldman. August 11,2018

Insurance and Legal guidance - Ed Laird. Insurance is in place to cover the LSCA to use buildings for meetings and education purposes. Ed requested the 501C designation that was received from the IRS to supply the necessary information to the insurance company.

Private sponsored fireworks - Rick Roberts. Jack Williams is not participating in the firework display this year. Any donations will be appreciated by Rick. Send the donation to : Rick Roberts 6 Broadview Terrace Granville, NY 12832. The date for the firework display will be July 7,2018.

XV. New Business-

Rand Burner proposed a plaque be placed on the Welcome to Lake St. Catherine sign in honor of Martin Greenberg. A motion to accept the purchasing and placement of a slate plaque to be displayed on the welcome sign was second.

June 23, 2018- Board meeting

July 21, 2018- Board meeting and Membership meeting

New Boating rules and greeters are in place at the State boat launch in Wells,VT.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was seconded at 11:04.

The next meeting of the LSCA Board Of Trustees will take place on June 23rd at 8:30 AM at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club.

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LSCA Announces 2018 Milfoil Treatment

In cooperation with Josh Mulhollem from the Vermont Department Of Environmental Conservation and SOLitude Lake Management (SLM), the Lake St. Catherine Association would like to inform the community that the lake will be treated for milfoil on Monday, June 18th, 2018.

On May 9th, biologists from SLM visited the lake to perform a milfoil survey. They have identified areas to be treated with aquatic herbicide Renovate and Renovate OTF in Accordance with the Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit #2014-C01.

Please see the full advisory notice and map of the herbicide treatment areas by clicking here.

During and after the treatment, please be aware of the following lake water use restrictions:

• There shall be NO USE of Lake St. Catherine, Lily Pond and Little Lake FOR ANY PURPOSE, including boating, fishing, swimming, domestic (household) use or irrigation, on the day of and the entire day after the treatment

• Swimming/wading, boating, fishing and domestic use (except drinking or for food or drink preparation) may resume the beginning of the second day following treatment.

• Use of water from Lake St. Catherine, Lily Pond and Little Lake for drinking or for food or drink preparation shall not resume until water sample analyses reveal that the active ingredient in Renovate (triclopyr) is at or below 75 parts per billion by laboratory analysis.

• Use of water from Lake St. Catherine, Lily Pond and Little Lake for irrigation, including use for watering lawns, trees, shrubs or plants, shall not resume for 120 days or until water sample analyses reveal that triclopyr is at or below 1.0 part per billion by laboratory analysis, whichever comes first.

This means that the lake will be closed for all uses on Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th.

Along with the herbicide treatment, 13 areas have been selected for DASH. DASH is an acronym for Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting. This process involves scuba divers using suction hoses powered by a surface compressor to selectively remove milfoil from the lake bottom. They will be working throughout the season to remove milfoil by the roots in these designated areas.

Here is a map of the treatment areas for Renovate and DASH:

[click the map for a PDF version]

Are you a member yet? Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. Grants, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. The LSCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

If you have any questions about the upcoming milfoil treatment, please email us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

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The LSCA Spring 2018 Newsletter

Hello Lake St. Catherine.

We'd like to let you know that the LSCA Spring 2018 newsletter is now available. 

In an effort to save on printing and mailing costs, we've decided to only print a short run of copies and distribute them to Otto's Cones Point General Store and the Wells Country Store. If you'd like a printed copy, please feel free to pick one up when you are out and about in Poultney or Wells.

The digital version is now available online via our website via this link: Click here to view the Spring 2018 Newsletter, or click on the image below. You will be able to read through the newsletter and/or save a copy to your computer.

We hope you'll enjoy this edition of the LSCA newsletter.

We welcome your comments: info@lakestcatherine.org.

Thank you for your support!

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2018 Greeter Program Starting Up Memorial Day Weekend

As folks start launching their watercraft this season, they will be welcomed at LSC & State of Vermont boat launch by "Greeters". 

These well trained individuals inspect incoming and outgoing watercraft looking for invasive species of plant and animal life. Through their efforts, we can closely monitor and prevent such species as Eurasian Water Milfoil, Alewife and Water Chestnuts carried on visiting boats, from invading Lake St. Catherine.

On duty from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on designated days beginning Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day, the greeters interact with boat owners providing information about our lake and and the need for boaters to adhere to the rules and regulations governing use of the lake.

There are some new rules this year regarding invasive species. You can read about these and the Greeter Program in the Vermont Public Access Greeter Program Manual (PDF). The new regulations are listed in Appendix A on page 26 and 27.

Greeters are provided by the LSCA as trained and paid personnel to inspect boats entering the lake.

You can read more about the LSC boat launch here.

Are you a member yet? Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. Grants, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. The LSCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

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2018 LSCA Boating Safety Classes (FREE!)

The Lake St. Catherine Association is pleased to provide two FREE boating safety courses this season.

The first will be held on June 28th and 29th from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Poultney Volunteer Fire Department on Beaman Street.

The second will be held on July 2nd and 3rd from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Wells Village School on Route 30.

Anyone born after January 1st, 1974 must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course to legally operate any motorized vessel - including personal watercraft.

Frank Callahan, Trustee in charge of Boating Safety, will be conducting the courses.

Space is limited to 25 attendees, so please call 802-645-9136 or email Frank at frank.callahan@lakestcatherine.org to register.

For additional information about boating in Vermont, check out the online Handbook of Vermont Boating laws and Responsibilities.

Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. Grants, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. The LSCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

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2018 4th Of July Events On Lake St. Catherine

Hello good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

How about some news to make us think of some 'Fun In The Sun' during these cold April days... as we wait for the ice on the lake to disappear #LSCIceWatch2018 (the ice went out on 3/2 last year).

We'd like to let you know about the 6th Annual Boat Parade and when the LSC 4th of July fireworks will light up the sky.

6th Annual Lake St. Catherine Boat Parade:

This year, the Boat Parade will take place on Sunday, July 1st at 1 PM. Prizes are awarded for:

• Most Original
• Most Patriotic
• Funniest
• Best Overall

Register your boat today! Email Lila at BurgnerL@msn.com.

We'll have more information soon on prizes and the parade route.

Here's our Best Overall winner from last year:

...and you can read our recap of last year's parade here: The Winners Of The 5th Annual LSCA Boat Parade Are...

Fireworks:

Lake resident Rick Roberts has informed the LSCA that his fireworks display will occur on Saturday, July 7th. This year, the fireworks will launch from the east side of the lake, near the mouth of Hall's Bay. 

A photo from last year's display:

We hope the thought of these summer events will keep you warm until Spring finally arrives! 

So, mark you calendars for July 1st for the Boat Parade and July 7th for the fireworks - and thanks to Lila and Rick for organizing these great events for all of us to enjoy.

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Residents Of Wells And Poultney Vote To Provide Funds To The LSCA

On Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the residents of Wells and Poultney voted to provide $12,000 and $20,000, respectively, in support of the Lake St. Catherine Association's mission to protect and maintain the lake.

We'd like to thank the good folks of both towns for their support. These funds, along with membership dues and contributions, will help us perform our work for the season - including: boat launch monitoring & boating safety classes and milfoil treatment & suction harvesting. You can read more about all that the LSCA does in the Our Purpose section of our site.

Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. Grants, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. The LSCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

Thanks again to the residents of Wells and Poultney!

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Off To A Good Start - The 2018 Membership Drive

Hello again to the good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

We wanted to give you a quick update on the 2018 Membership Drive. In just the past few weeks since the 2018 drive started, we've had over 100 memberships sent in via mail and online through the website.

Thanks to all of you that got right to it and sent in your membership - and thanks to those of you that have contributed above the standard $100! All of your support is appreciated as we head into the upcoming season at the lake.

Our Treasurer Elaine will be working through all the memberships to send you a note and receipt, along with your 2018 LSCA window card and a small thank you gift (an eyeglass / screen cleaning cloth).

Although we are off to a great start, we have a long way to go...

So, if you have not already, we hope that you'll consider supporting the Lake St. Catherine Association this year.

You can also download a PDF copy of the 2018 Membership form by clicking here: 2018 LSCA Member Notice. Just fill out the form and mail it in to our Treasurer Elaine with a check for your dues. Or, you can renew or become a member on our website. If you were a member in 2017, click here to renew, or click here to become a new member - and you can pay your dues online with your credit card. If you were a member last year (whether you paid by check or online by credit card), the website has an account ready for you. If you don't remember your password, or never set one up, click on the "Forgot Username/Password?" link, and the site will send you an email with the information.

Alos, don't forget to check with your employer to see if they have a charitable giving program that may match your contribution!

We also have a new Business Sponsor Membership for local businesses in the lake community. You can learn more about the new Business Sponsor Membership by clicking here.

Finally, we'd like to ask for your help in spreading the word about the membership drive. When speaking to your friends, family and neighbors, please let them know that the 2018 drive is underway. You could also post, or share our posts on Facebook to get the word out.

Your membership and the dues and contributions we receive allows us to accomplish our work. Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. While we do receive annual grants from Poultney, Wells, and the State, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding.

We appreciate your support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

You can read more about the 2018 Membership Drive by clicking here.

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The 2018 LSCA Membership Drive Is Underway!

Hello good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

It's that time of year again... As the Lake St. Catherine Association heads into its 65th year, we are asking for your support for the 2018 season.

Your membership dues and contributions help fund many of the services provided by the LSCA:

  • Maintain and purchase navigation and shore line protection buoys throughout the lake.

  • Test the water for E coli, and water clarity.

  • Managing the free boat-safety courses that are state mandated for all persons born after January 1, 1974.

  • Inspecting boats wishing to enter the lake for Eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels and water chestnuts.

  • Controlling milfoil (and other invasive species) and maintaining native weeds at tolerable levels.

  • Working with the state to solve the problems of silting and impacts of phosphorus and other sources of pollution.

  • Maintaining "welcome" signs and gardens.

  • Liaising with other lakes in order to exchange information concerning problems.

  • Sponsor the annual fun-filled July 4th Boat Parade.

  • Disseminate information to our membership and the community through newsletters, website, and other local publications.

  • Organizing funding through membership fees, donations and grants from the State of Vermont and Poultney and Wells.

  • We represent you to state and local governments to protect your rights and the lake in general.

  • We protect the value of your property by maintain the beauty, access, and safety of the lake.

Your dues and contributions also help support special initiatives like the Lily Pond Channel Restoration project, which was completed in October. We are still hoping to raise additional funds to cover the cost of this project. We hope that you'll consider adding an additional contribution to your membership dues this year, in support of this important restoration.

There are two easy ways to renew or become a member of the LSCA.

Soon, you will be receiving a mailing from us that contains the 2018 Member Notice. You can also download a copy by clicking here: 2018 LSCA Member Notice PDF. Just fill out the form and mail it in to our Treasurer Elaine with a check for your dues. We'll also send you an email if we have your address on file.

Or, you can renew or become a member on our website. If you were a member in 2017, click here to renew, or click here to become a new member - and you can pay your dues online with your credit card. If you were a member last year (whether you paid by check or online by credit card), the website has an account ready for you. If you don't remember your password, or never set one up, click on the "Forgot Username/Password?" link, and the site will send you an email with the information.

We'd also like to encourage you to check with your employer to see if they have an Employer Matching Gift Program for charitable donations. Many generous businesses will match donations made by their employees through these programs. So, take a look - you may be able to double your contribution!

If you are a business in the Lake St. Catherine community, we have a new Business Sponsor Membership we'd like to tell you about. The Business Sponsor Membership includes:

  1. A listing on our ‘Sponsors’ page on www.lakestcatherine.org with your logo, a link to your web or Facebook page, including a brief description of your business and services.

  2. The posting of your events and special occasions to our Events & LSC Community Website Calendar.

  3. A posting on our Blog and Facebook page about your business as a ‘Sponsor Spotlight’ feature.

  4. A posting for your business in our Spring and Fall newsletters. Newsletters will be made available to the community in both printed and digital versions. 

You can learn more about the new Business Sponsor Membership by clicking here.

Finally, we'd like to tell you about a very exciting partnership with local artist Peter Huntoon. Peter has generously offered to create an original painting of Lake St. Catherine to be used as a fundraiser to benefit the LSCA in 2018. We'll let you know when the painting is completed - and how the fundraiser will work (auction / raffle). Prints of the original painting will also be available for purchase. 

Your membership and the dues and contributions we receive allows us to accomplish our work. Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. While we do receive annual grants from Poultney, Wells, and the State, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding.

We appreciate your support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

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Longtime LSCA Trustee Martin Greenberg Passes Away

We have some sad news to report.

Longtime LSCA Trustee and LSC resident, Martin Greenberg, has passed away.

LSCA President, Jim Canders wanted to share these thoughts about their freindship and Mart's service to Lake St. Catherine and the LSCA:

"On December 17th, Lake St. Catherine and the Lake St. Catherine Association lost a very good friend with the passing of Martin Greenberg.

From his early days when he and Ellen stayed summers at the Lake St. Catherine Inn, when they learned the lake and how to fish it from a group of ladies who also were staying at the Inn, they remained at the lake.

Martin was a man for all seasons, and the best time of all for him was spending the entire summer at Lake St. Catherine. Martin and Ellen subsequently purchased a cottage on Bert’s Nest and they spent summers there ever since.

Martin involved himself volunteering to help with projects on the lake. He and Ellen became members of the Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA), and along with Phil and Nancy Alden, Harry and Sylvia Bingham, Frank and Grace Callahan, Bob and Rosalia Williams, Phil and Polly Pope, Steve and Gwen Teetor and Elliott and Eileen Rosen, became a big part of the Trustee’s Board of the LSCA.

Serving as Vice President, he worked together with Dan Morris to write and publish the Lake St. Catherine Newsletter twice a year. He was always willing to share his knowledge of the lake and to serve on special committees when a new direction might be needed. As the LSCA moved along into the technology age, Martin worked with a person from RPI, Troy, NY to set up our first web site. He handed this off to Jerremy Jones who has expanded our web site’s capability.

I can remember when milfoil control moved into a different stage when herbicides started being applied in lieu of mechanical harvesting. In the beginning of each season a survey of the milfoil in the lake had to be conducted and Martin volunteered his boat which was equipped with a depth finder. He, Jeff Crandall and I would go out fairly early in the morning while the water was clear and calm and the sun was bright. Martin drove the boat, Jeff and I watched from each side of the boat for milfoil. Having the benefit of the bright sunshine, we could see right into the lake and easily spot the milfoil. We recorded our findings on a map of LSC and turned the map over to State of Vermont Water Quality Department.

When it came time to take the water samples, Martin was right there again with his boat. We would go to the designated sights, collect and label the bottles, keep them in an ice chest so they did not get too warm and spoil. By the time we finished collecting the samples, it was time for lunch and Ellen would make us a sandwich.

During the summer Martin and Ellen would invite my wife and I over to their cottage for cocktails. We would sit on their screened porch and enjoy the Greenberg’s company, the beverages and the view up the lake. Martin, while sipping a single malt scotch, would tell stories of the early years, when he and Ellen came to LSC. He told how you could take the fish you caught that day to the chef at the Inn, he would cook them for you for dinner. Or, about the early years when he and Ellen were first dating, some of the stories were hilarious.

These were priceless moments spent with Martin Greenberg and there were far too many to recall, but each time you met with him, there was always a discussion about the lake that indicated just how much LSC meant to him. He will sadly be missed, but I am sure that the memories we each share of Martin will last us for a long time to come.

For those who can attend, there is a memorial gathering in Sleepy Hollow, NY on January 6 from 12 Noon – 4 PM with reflections on Martins life, details to follow. Those wishing to send their condolences can do so by sending them to Mrs. Martin Greenberg, 390A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589."

- Jim Canders

Martin's wife, Ellen, sent along these details about the services:

A celebration of Mart's life will be held Saturday, January 6, 12 PM - 4 PM.

Place: Fine-Freiman home at 22 Lakeview Ave., Sleepy Hollow, NY

By car: Find your way to Route 9 which runs parallel to Hudson River. Sleepy Hollow is south of Ossining and north of Tarrytown.

Coming from north: Not far south of Phelps Memorial Hospital you'll see sign on your right for Sleepy Hollow Manor. Turn right and use GPS to find 22 Lakeview Ave. There'll be a balloon or sign in front of house.

Coming from south: Head north through Tarrytown and watch for sign for Sleepy Hollow Manor on your left. Turn left and use GPS to find 22 Lakeview Ave. There'll be a balloon or sign in front of house.

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