Maidstone Lake Mirror – Early Summer Edition-
May 28, 2020
Greetings from your Maidstone Lake Association!
With temperatures in the 90’s and even over 100? – we suppose Summer is upon us early! Those pesky flies & bugs are living up to their reputation these days, but this too shall pass! Soon?
We hope that this COVID-19 situation finds you all well & healthy. We also hope that we all can maintain our families in a safe posture as we continue to navigate the next several months/year?
Great to see so many folks back at the lake and please keep in touch with the latest COVID guidelines – posted daily by the Vermont DOH. If you click on the link below and scroll down for the daily update:
The MLA Board has met a few times already this year and we want to let you know that we have decided to conduct the MLA Annual meeting via Zoom to ensure we respect the most conservative approach our mutual health & safety.
Happy to see the road get graded soon after the frost lifted out of it.
The boat trailer lot is open & filling quickly – please see Sam Gorham if you need a sticker for your trailer.
The State park is not opening until June 26th according to the latest info.
This year …is the year of the Census. The Census is designed to capture people not homes in their “usual residence”, however, for second/seasonal homes the Census Bureau would like a response to the census survey indicating that zero people were living there on April 1, 2020. By reporting to the Census Bureau that an address is a second or vacation home, the Census Bureau can avoid sending an enumerator to that home to verify that it is vacant.
You will be receiving an letter from the MLA Treasurer – Greg Poer – via email or USPS regarding the dues and other information. Please join your 114 members from last year to support OUR community. More than ever we should all take stock in the VALUE of community. The vibrancy & sustainability of the lake depend on the collective agreement we are share to take of this place that we love so much. The dues are $50. The dues go toward direct & indirect efforts to preserve, protect, and improve our entire lake ecosystem. Each year we add more money to “reserves” that are designated toward these efforts. As we have passed along many times – should we ever have an aquatic nuisance invasion – we will NEVER get rid of it – just manage it. This could run $100K per year so our money will run out in year one of an event most likely. Let’s plan to keep the lake FREE of Aquatic Nuisance and thanks for your support!
The roads are scheduled to be graded again before the holiday week in July. PLEASE yield to the Grader. That means GO SLOW and make sure the grader operator sees you before you pass by them. Same applies to logging trucks! Thank-you for your consideration as these folks are trying to make things safer for us to use the roadway!
Perhaps you might be thinking of the Ice Out contest for 2021! Thanks to the 2020 team of Sharon & Dave Atkinson, Dave Lufkin, and Sam Gorham for all their work to make this a great community event. Congratulations to Jennifer Gallagher for making the best guess and winning $879.50 and then donating $100 back to the Association!
The Recycling pick-up at the lake is EVERY week:
We welcome all the new camp owners to the lake! We appreciate the great community the many wonderful neighbors & volunteers – past & present – have created here at Maidstone! We hope you enjoy this piece of paradise.
Save the Date for Saturday, July 11th, 2020: As mentioned – we will conduct our annual meeting via Zoom. We will reach out via email from the Treasurer with the Zoom meeting Info.
The MLA Directors are evaluating improvements to the mailboxes at the end of the lake so if you have input – send it along. Chris von Alt is heading up the effort to look at options for repair, replacement, and re-location. Lots of variables & issues with all the parts of this effort. In the meantime we hope to make sure that what we have there now is all functional.
Bruno’s Amazing Pizza will be open on Friday’s in Guildhall near the Bridge going over to RT 3, and Saturdays on the Lake for the month of June.
News & Updates:
The Maidstone Lake Service Award:
The MLA Service Award was established in 2014 to honor those who have placed service above self to improve our lake community.
Prior Award Recipients:
Lee & Mary Stewart, Lin Mixer, Sam Gorham, and Bert Desrochers, Bill Sanborn, Willy Barrett & Bob “Gator” Lancraft.
The nomination period for next year’s award are due June 21, 2020.
Please click on the link below to make a nomination.
It is important to recognize those that have selflessly given so much to improve our community for the benefit of all. There is no other way to have done all the great work at the lake over the years without people who care, and will look beyond their own self-interest to serve a greater cause that will help preserve & improve our shared environment!
Please review the boating safety highlights: http://maidstonelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Vermont-Boating-Regulations1.pdf
Maidstone Greeter Program
Our Greeter program will be Karl & Kaiden. Please make them feel welcome and help us maintain the quality of our waters that we share at Maidstone. Also – please thank them for the work they have done to help promote clean and aquatic nuisance free waters. Please maintain your social distance & follow the guidelines asked of the greeter. They will ask you to remain in your vehicle while the boat is inspected. Thank-you!
Safety Matters! – Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Maidstone Lake has 2 AED’s that are presently mounted and ready for service – one on the East Side and the other on the West Side. The locations are 4488 Maidstone Lake Road on the East, and 37 Private West 2 on the West. There is signage showing you to where they are located on the property and there will be further signage along the lake road to indicate their location. Thankfully – we have not had to use them – but they are ready to serve.
Maidstone Lake Directory: Mary vonAlt has distributed the latest version of our Directory so let her know of any changes. What a wonderful resource this is for us! Did your email or other contact info change? If you would like to update, join, or validate your info that we have in the current Maidstone Lake Directory – please email Mary vonAlt at email@example.com. This directory is voluntary and only shared with those who participate. The Association does not share that information.
2020-21 Membership Info: You will be receiving your information on membership shortly!
Rubbish & Recycling: Just a reminder – Recycling is every week FOR the SUMMER. Rubbish & Recycling is picked up on Mondays unless Monday is a holiday – then it is Wednesday. Please put your trash in containers that animals cannot get into!
Maidstone Lake History…Books still available but not for long – Great gift item! Thanks for all your support as we have sold over 300 books! Email us and we will get you one! The cost of the publication is only $35. The book is 186 pages of color and some black & white photos along with the history of the lake & camps. Pass the word to those who are not connected! Thanks for the support! For those who want to order online and want a book shipped: http://bit.ly/MaidstoneHistory
Maidstone Lake Gifts: Also… don’t forget the great variety of items that Sam & Carol Gorham have for you to buy! From shirts to hats to sweatshirts to all kinds of lake crafts – they have something that would make a great gift or something you buy as a gift and keep for yourself! Contact the Gorham’s at their camp or email us and we will get you connected.
Boating Safety: Think Summer! The boating safety course is available online at: https://www.boat-ed.com
Doing work on your property? Here is a handy worksheet to help determine what is needed when developing your property:
MLA Directors Meetings & Feedback Loop:
The MLA Directors meetings start in May and end in October. Next meeting is coming soon – if you have any input – please reply to this email.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the Directors if you have anything you would like to pass along.
The current MLA Directors are Greg Poer,”Sam” Gorham, Chris von Alt, Bob Snowman, Marianne Bouthillier, Alan Ingerson, June Lockert, Sharon Taylor and Jim Mazzonna.
Save Valuable First Responder Time!! – Get your 911 Signage:
You can still reserve/purchase your sign from the MLA. If you don’t have one – you really should so that if there is ever an emergency – first responders can locate your camp. If would like to purchase a sign please email us at email@example.com
Your cost is our cost: $10.
Maidstone Town News: See the latest information & resources online at the Town of Maidstone Website.
Selectboard Meeting First Monday of Every Month – 7 PM.
Maidstone Lake Website: Open 24 Hours a Day! Please explore the entire site that is full of reference material and other great resources – open 24 hours a day! http://maidstonelake.net/
Photos & Videos wanted! Please email some photos along so we can update the Website page! We will put some of the photos right on the Home Page of the website! http://maidstonelake.net/
Note: Please note our new mailing address is 911 Maidstone Lake Road, Maidstone, VT 05905-4509.
Vermont Boating Regulations & Resources
All persons born after January 1, 1974, must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course to legally operate “any” motorized vessel including personal watercraft. The card must be carried when operating the motorized vessel. Online training & certification can be found at: https://www.boat-ed.com/vermont/
No one under 12 years of age may operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 6 horsepower.
No one under 16 years of age may operate a Personal WaterCraft (PWC),even if they have successfully completed a boating safety education course.
“All vessels”, except sailboards, must carry one wearable US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for each person on board. That includes paddle boards and peddle boats. The PFD’s must be readily available, serviceable and of the proper fit for the intended wearer. A person under 16 years of age must wear a PFD at all times while on board a sailboard.
“All vessels” 16 feet or longermust have a US Coast Guard approved Type IV throw able PFD on board and readily accessible.
Children under 12 years of age must “wear” a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III PFD at all times while underway on the open deck of any vessel. Anyone being towed must wear a PFD.
Please take note of this as it is a common issue on the lake: Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis or any other device must have a person who is at least 12 years old on board in addition to the vessel operator, in a position to observe the towed person(s). If towing a person(s) with a Personal WaterCraft, the PWC should be rated for at least the number of persons involved, operator, observer (facing backward) and towed person(s). Maintain 100 feet of distance between the towed person(s) and a swimmer, canoe, rowboat, kayak or any other small vessel with a person on board.
Everyone on a Personal WaterCraft must wear a PFD.
A Personal WaterCraft must have passenger capacity for everyone involved in its activity.
Registration & Validation: Your motorized vessel must have a valid registration. Additionally, if your vessel is registered outside Vermont – you MAY need to have a Vermont Validation sticker if your boat is used in Vermont waters for more than 30 days in any calendar year. Check out all the requirements at: https://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/new/off-road-vehicles/registering-your-motorboat & also https://www.boat-ed.com/vermont/handbook/book.html
Know your Speed & Wake requirements! Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a vessel or while towing a person on water skis or any similar device.
Specifically, the following actions are ILLEGAL:
Operating a vessel (except sailboards) at greater than “no wake speed’s WITHIN 200 feet of:
– The shoreline
– A person in the water – A canoe, rowboat, or other vessel
– An anchored or moored vessel with a person on board – An anchorage or dock
SO……Maintain 200 Feet (at least) to the above situations!
Operating a vessel at speeds of five miles per hour or greater within 200 feet of a marked Swimming or Diving Areas. Swimming Area is marked with buoys offshore of the Day Use Area of Maidstone State Park.
Diver Down Flag
Operating a vessel at speeds that may cause danger, injury, or damage. Be aware of and obey all regulatory markers, including areas marked as “No Wake” “No Wake Speed” means … operating your vessel at a speed at which the vessel does not produce a wake, not to exceed five miles per hour.
Vermont law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI) due to alcohol, drugs or any combination.
Navigation lights must be displayed between sunset and sunrise. Personal Watercraft may not be operated between sunset and sunrise.
Fire extinguisher (a Type B) is required on all motorized vessel, it should be easily accessible and in proper working condition.
Milfoil & Aquatic Nuisance: inspect your vessel, trailer and equipment and remove any plants prior to launching. Please report any issues found to the Launch Greeter or MLA and do not launch your vessel if you have identified Milfoil or other Aquatic Nuisance.
Safety & Compliance Patrols: You will see the waters being patrolled – on occasion – by either the Vermont State Police (VSP) or Local Game Warden. Please have your registration on the vessel and all required safety gear. The VSP can do a safety check and you would receive a Decal if you have met all the requirements.
Northeast District Game Warden for Maidstone: Trevor Szymanowski – 802-695-1314
Vermont State Police Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Rd
Derby, VT 05602