admin on July 13th, 2013

Here’s a few photos from last week’s boat parade. Pirate Ship won for most creative. Yellow Submarine runner up. Yellow pontoon boat for most patriotic.

The full album of 12 photos can be found here:

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IMG 6682 300x224 2013 Fourth of July Boat Parade


admin on June 22nd, 2013

Summer is here! 2013 06 Newsletter screen sm June 2013 Newsletter

Articles this issue:

  • Making preparations for the July 4th boat parade
  • Notes from around the lake
  • Alewife counts are up this year
  • CLWA membership is up
  • Landscaping for a healthy lake
  • Boating safety tips, and more!

Have a great and safe summer, everyone!

Click here to view: June 2013 Newsletter

Dave Lash on June 18th, 2013

Lake Elmo lake1cropped 300x178 Boat ramp reopened...but please minimize wakeThe boat ramp was reopened yesterday afternoon, but all boaters are asked to go slow the rest of this week. The water level only recedes about an inch per day so we are still in the danger zone for shore line erosion. Please tell your neighbors and call the Hamilton or Essex police (AKA the harbormasters) if you see a boat creating significant wake. Thank you!


Dave Lash on June 15th, 2013

Lake Elmo lake1cropped 300x178 No Wake Order issuedThe Hamilton and Essex Harbormasters have issued a No Wake Order until the water level recedes. This is being done to prevent shoreline erosion and to protect water quality. Please help us get the word out tell your neighbors. Thank you!


Water tests for June and July can be examined here.

water drop1 2012 Water Tests    another clean bill of health!Water samples are taken at Echo Cove, Gregory Island, Lakeshore Drive, and the boat ramp. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health accepts an E. coli count up to 235 per 100 mL in fresh water bathing areas. The eight samples tested from Chebacco Lake ranged from <1 to 12. Great news once again!

FYI, the Essex Board of Health handles the testing at Centennial Grove.


admin on June 11th, 2012

may2012newsletter sm May 2012 NewsletterNewsletter Topics: Updates from Around the Lake. Details on the July Fourth Boat Parade. New Fishing Regulations for 2012. Ecological Landscaping.

Click here for the May 2012 newsletter.

admin on May 14th, 2012

Chuck Bencal sent this photo on May 10 with this note:

Not a good shot as it was taken at a great distance through a spotting scope with a cell phone, but impressive nevertheless.  This is at the waters edge off Lake Shore Ave in Hamilton.

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admin on March 27th, 2012

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Dave Lash on June 26th, 2011
DSCN1928adj July 4th boat parade!

Click photo for more parade images

From the June 2011 newsletter:

Start planning for our annual July 4th boat parade on Monday, July 4. Be a part of the fun! Show your creativity! Gather your family and friends and join the parade.

The parade will start at 1 pm, at Centennial Grove and proceed around the entire lake, passing the judging area, and ending back at the Grove for awards. Impress Judge Judy!

A prize will be given to each boat entry, and special awards will be given for most patriotic, best in show and most original. Last year each entry received a gift certificate to either The Weathervane or The Farm!

If you’re planning a July 4th cookout, make the boat parade part of your fun!

admin on June 17th, 2011

newsletter cover 201106sm Newsletter for June 2011View the pdf here: Newsletter for June 2011

In this issue:

  • Are you planning for the July 4th Boat Parade!? See parade details.
  • The Essex Music Festival will be held August 27 at Centennial Grove.
  • President Sue McLaughlin traces the rise and decline of the cabomba weed in the lake, noting mitigation steps residents can take.
  • Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column discusses the tree problem caused by winter moth catapillars.
  • The Eastern Railroad was an amazing driver of the local economy a century ago. Loaded with photos, Keith Symmes’ history appears in the Yesteryear section.
  • Also: Water level monitoring goes hi-tech. Another disappointing alewife season. Fresh water mussels keep the water clean. And more.