It’s hard to believe we are approaching Labor Day Weekend and the unofficial end of summer. It has been a beautiful summer but there was a touch of Fall in the air these past 2 days. The forecast indicates some more warmth coming this week just in time for the WLA Ice Cream Social/Food Drive. Ice cream cones or ice cream in a dish will be served Saturday, August 31st at the Steadman Pavilion at Griffin Beach. The event will run from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Come visit with Webster Lake Family and Friends, enjoy an ice cream treat or play a game of corn hole or cards. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry in Franklin that serves those in need on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are emptying out your cupboards for the season, the food pantry would be grateful for any unused food items. If you cannot make the Ice Cream Social but would like to donate, please look for the WLA Food Drive collection boxes placed around the lake. They are located at 68 Webster Ave, 182 Webster Ave, 299 Webster Lake Rd.(Rt 11) and 143 Lake Shore Drive. These boxes will be collected on Labor Day and along with the food collected at the Ice Cream Social will be delivered to the Food Pantry on Tuesday morning. Any cash donations made at the Ice Cream Social will be given to the Bread and Roses Kitchen in Franklin. Monetary donations are use to purchase food that is used in preparing meals for those in need on Monday and Thursday evenings. While the WLA strives to preserve and protect our lake, events like this enhance our sense of lake community and also give back to the Franklin community.
Have you captured the beautiful wonders of our lake in a picture and want to share it? There is still time to send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for the WLA fundraising calendar. Photos from all seasons at the lake are needed. The deadline to submit your photos is September 1st. Remember this calendar is a great keepsake to hang on your wall and be reminded of the place we love all year round.
At the WLA annual meeting, I reported that Amy Smagula from DES would be sending divers to Chance Pond to remove a milfoil plant that had been discovered in June. That was done, however I just received an email from Amy stating that she sent her summer interns back to the pond last week to recheck the area. Unfortunately, some new plant growth was discovered in the southern end of the basin, downstream of Carr Street. She will be sending divers back in the next couple weeks to address this new growth. She will keep me posted. There has been no costs incurred yet for these rechecks and I am hopeful that this new sighting can be taken care of simply. I will keep you posted when I hear from Amy again. We will be keeping the sign posted at the covered bridge near the boat launch warning canoes and kayaks not to enter.
Water testing of the lake will be done in the next couple weeks, the last test of the season. The data from all three of our testings will be compiled into a final report that we will receive early next year. It takes all winter for the data to be entered and the reports to be written. As always, please stay vigilant preserving and protecting our lake.
You may have noticed an American flag flying proudly on the rocks near the Island this summer. The flag was placed by The Marrapese Family. It has now been removed for the summer by the family and safely in winter storage . It will be ready to fly again in 2020.
Enjoy some final days of summer and hope to see you at the Ice Cream Social on Saturday.