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  • Report from the 2016 Annual Meeting

    The 2016 annual China Lake Association meeting, held on July 23rd, was another great meeting, attended by over 70 people.  What a fantastic turnout.

    Frank Richard’s of Vassalboro was the guest speaker.  Frank is a retiree who has served as the President of the Webber Pond Association since 2001, and he has dedicated many years toward the improvement of water quality on Webber Pond. He is a steadfast supporter of the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI), and has written two books: A Guide to Wilderness Canoe Fishing and An Introduction to Ice Fishing.  Frank spoke to the assembly and provided a general education on lake water quality, with specifics on Webber Pond and the introduction of alewives and improved water quality experienced by that waterbody. He eloquently energized the attendees and gave encouragement about the potential positive effects of the introduction of alewives into China Lake through the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI).  Both Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources) and Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers) also spoke on behalf of the ARI and answered questions raised by the audience.

    Marie Michaud reported on the winners of the annual poster contest; prizes were awarded and pictures taken (see the separate photo in this issue).  Elaine Philbrook, the newest China Lake Association Board of Director, assisted her in the presentation of awards.

    Bob O’Connor gave his annual loon count, reporting that the loon counters observed 38 adult loons and 3 chicks this year.  On behalf of the Association Bob was awarded with a gold watch for over 25 years of service, involvement, and dedication as the longest-standing Association member and Loon Count Coordinator.

    Maggie Shannon, Maine Lakes Society’s LakeSmart Director, spoke on the benefits of LakeSmart and presented a video on the LakeSmart Program.  She also recognized and applauded our local LakeSmart Program coordinator Marie Michaud for Marie’s her high-energy and commitment to LakeSmart.  Marie and her LakeSmart team have had a successful summer, and she reported on specific LakeSmart awards (including Ray and Joanne Kelsey’s recent award seen in the Town Line’s edition of July 21, 2016).  For a peek at the Maine Lakes Society’s great video please go to this link.

    Also, Jim Hart, President of the China Region Lakes Alliance (CRLA), spoke about the CRLA’s Courtesy Boat Inspection and Youth Conservation Programs operating here in China and in the region.

    Thanks go to all those who contributed to the annual newsletter, including Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources), Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers), Jennifer Irving (Sebasticook Regional Land Trust), Marie Michaud and Maggie Shannon (LakeSmart), Jim Hart (China Region Lakes Alliance), Matt Zetterman (Kennebec Water District), Bob O’Connor (Loon Count Coordinator), and especially Frank Richards (Webber Pond Association).  Appreciation also goes to Tim Axelson for his financial report and to Jamie Pitney for conducting the election of Directors and the Association’s Officers.  Special thanks to Tom Michaud for all his help along the way….

    The China Lake Association will continue to advocate for the Alewife Restoration Initiative; promote environmental education in our school system; and seek an increase to the Association’s membership through awareness and involvement of the Community and our constituents.  For additional info check out our Facebook page.

    Finally thanks also to the Board of Directors, RSU 18 for the venue at the China Primary School, the Green Bean Cafe for refreshments, the Town of China for its support, along with all who attended and our general membership.

    Have a great summer and I hope to see you next year.

    Scott Pierz, President
    China Lake Association

  • 2016 Annual Meeting will take place on July 23, 9am

    This year's CLA annual meeting will be held at the China Primary School Gym on Saturday, July 23, from 9am until 11am. The public is invited!

    Here is the proposed agenda:

    Welcome: Scott Pierz, President

    Financial Report: Tim Axelson 

    Poster Contest: Marie Michaud

    Keynote Speaker: Mr. Frank Richards, President of the Webber Pond Association: China Lake, Historical Data, and Alewife Restoration as a Solution to its Phosphorus Imbalance

    With special guest appearances by Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources), Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers), Jennifer Irving (Sebasticook Regional Land Trust), James Hart (China Region Lakes Alliance), Maggie Shannon (Maine Lakes Society-LakeSmart) and Matt Zetterman (Kennebec Water District)

    Coffee Break Refreshments provided by the Green Bean Coffee Shop

    LakeSmart Program Marie Michaud

    China Lake Loon Count Bob O’Connor

    Election of Officers

    Other business: Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI) – CLA Funding Sponsorship 

    Adjourn

  • Study on how water quality affects real estate prices

    Recently you may have read about Vermont residents with lakefront properties on Lake Champlain who were successful in petitioning the town for reduced property taxes. The reason? The argued Lake Champlain's algae bloom made their properties less valuable. 

    We thought we would highlight a study done by the University of Maine called "Water Quality Affects Property Prices: A Case Study of Selected Maine Lakes." It reaches the same conclusion. 

    Data on China Lake is included in the study. 

  • Poster winners are announced!

    The China Lake Association has announced the winners of the Fourth Annual Poster Contest. 

    The First Place was awarded to Sarah Praul, while the Second Place went to Sam Golden. Congratulations to the winners!


    First Prize poster, by Sarah Praul.


    Sam Golden with her award-winning poster. 

  • The 2015 newsletter has been published.

    This year's publication features the President's report, an update on the alewife restoration, a discusion of Lake Smart, and a complete guide to China Lake's bass fishing tournaments.

    You may download your own copy, now available in two formats, from our Newsletter page

  • Details of the upcoming CLA Annual Meeting

    Time and location

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    9 – 11 AM
    China Primary School Gymnasium
    763 Lakeview Drive
    China, Maine

    Agenda

    • Welcome – Scott Pierz, President
    • Poster Contest Winners – Marie Michaud and Nancy Woodberry
    • Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI) – featuring Nate Gray of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, with guest appearances by Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers), Jennifer Irving (Sebasticook Regional Land Trust), and James Hart (China Region Lakes Alliance).
    • Coffee Break - Coffee and muffins provided by Green Bean Cafe
    • LakeSmart Program news – Maggie Shannon, Director and Lake Smart Coordinator, Maine Lakes Society
    • China Lake Loon Count – Bob O’Connor
    • Election of Officers
    • Other Business
    • Adjourn

    Information about our guest speakers

    Nate Gray, Scientist
    Maine Department of Marine Resources
    Nate.Gray@maine.gov
    (207) 624-6344

    Landis Hudson, Executive Director
    Maine Rivers 
    landis@mainerivers.org
    (207) 847-9277

    Jennifer Irving, Executive Director
    Sebasticook Regional Land Trust
    jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org
    (207) 948-3766

    Maggie Shannon, Director and LakeSmart Coordinator
    Maine Lakes Society
    msshannon@mainelakessociety.org
    (207) 495-2301 


    LEGAL NOTICE

    ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CHINA LAKE ASSOCIATION

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the 2015 annual membership meeting of the China Lake Association (CLA) will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9AM at the China Primary School, 763 Lakeview Drive in China, Maine. The Meeting’s purpose is:

    *To receive the President’s report on CLA’s activities & projects since last year’s annual meeting;

    *To elect the following people as CLA Directors for terms expiring at the annual meeting shown after their names: Ed Bourdreau (2018), Jamie Pitney (2018), James Hart (2018), and Scott Pierz (2018).

    *To elect the following people to serve as CLA Officers until the 2016 annual membership meeting:

    Scott Pierz, President
    David Preston, Secretary
    Tim Axelson, Treasurer
    James C. Pitney, Registered Agent

    *To transact such other business as shall properly come before the assembly.

    Dated:  July 5, 2015

    Scott Pierz, President
    David Preston; Secretary

  • CLA annual meeting has been scheduled

    The China Lake Association's annual meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:00AM. It will be held at the China Primary School at 763 Lakeview Drive in China, Maine.

    All are welcome to attend!

  • Our Mission Statement

    This is our mission statement:

    • To educate the public regarding China Lake which is declared by Law as public property owned and controlled by the State of Maine for the benefit of the public; 
    • To educate the public regarding the restoration and protection of China Lake;
    • To encourage, facilitate and disseminate scientific research regarding China Lake;
    • Through education, fund raising and other proper activities, to guard the waters of China Lake against pollution, to preserve the environmental health of the China Lake watershed and to protect and enhance the beauty of the Lake and its adjacent area.
  • CLA Poster Contest Is Announced

    The China Lake Association has announced the Fourth Annual Poster Contest. Here is the announcement that was issued last week. 

    Dear China Middle School 5th and 6th Grade Students and their Parents,

    The China Lake Association (CLA) is sponsoring its Fourth Annual Poster Contest. This year, the CLA is asking students to work with their parents to create an informative poster based upon the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI).  We are privileged to have Landis Hudson, the Executive Director of Maine Rivers join us to present an awesome and inspiring program to introduce and explain the ARI. The program will be presented at the China Middle School on March 27 at the approximate times of 9:00, 11:45 and 12:45. It will explain how the health of rivers, lakes and the ocean are connected, and how this helps people and wildlife. Parents are invited to attend the program at the school. If this is not convenient for parents, the program will also be available on the China Lake Association’s website: http://chinalakeassociation.org/.

    The posters should, first of all, INFORM the public about alewife restoration, and should focus on China Lake and its surrounding watershed. The poster judges will be looking for COLORFUL, well ORGANIZED, and visually appealing posters.  Drawings should be bold and imaginative.  They can create a slogan for the project or a logo.  Posters must be submitted on the poster paper provided and contain the child’s name. The deadline for submitting posters is June 12.  There will be first, second and third place winners for each grade. Two of the judges are local artists and two are directors of the China Lake Association.  The  China Middle School will provide the judges with contact information to inform students who have won.  Some posters will be displayed at local businesses to support the project.  Awards will be presented at the China Lake Association’s Annual Meeting to be held July 27, 2015 at the China Primary School.

    School Contact Person: Mrs. Maroon.

    CLA Contact People: Marie Michaud, 207-242-0240 and Nancy Woodbrey, 207-872-2614.