- News items around the lake
- Spring alewife counts
- July 4th boat parade info (below)
As part of our 30-year anniversary celebration, please join your neighbors by renewing (or beginning) your CLWA membership.
The boat parade has been a tradition on the lake since at least the 1950’s. Back then, the boats would go around the lake carrying a few flags in the morning. Later in the day, people would dress in costumes and water ski. One man used to wear a top hat and tails while sitting on a tall stool atop a disc being pulled by a boat. The late Ray Kershaw would ski around the lake wearing a hula skirt with a couple of coconut shells tied to his chest. After dark, a man who lived on Echo Cove Road would pass out road flares to everyone in the cove who had a dock. They were lit at the same time and boats would go around carrying sparklers.
In later years, the parade changed to include participants wearing costumes and decorating their boats. Different themes and prizes were added a while back. Participation in the parade has dwindled in recent years except for the year when “Grown-Ups” was being filmed. We would like to keep this tradition going but there needs to be more entries. Join the fun and come up with an original idea to decorate your boat. It can have a patriotic theme, something related to a television or movie character, an event or anything else. There will be awards for the winners and prizes for all participants. All boats will meet on front of the beach at Centennial Grove at 1:00 PM and proceed counter-clockwise around the entire lake at a slow speed. At the finish, please wait until the awards can be handed out. We hope that it will be a good day and there will be plenty of spectators to cheer on the boats from shore. In case of bad weather, call 978-468-7715 before noon that day.
7:00 PM, American Legion Hall, School Street, Hamilton
There will be a short business meeting and election of officers. Wayne Castonguay, director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association, will be the guest speaker this year. He will be providing an introduction to a recently formed group — the Parker, Ipswich and Essex Rivers Partnership and their relationship with Chebacco Lake.
Refreshments will be served.
Please join us. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet your lakeside neighbors and gather information so you can help protect Chebacco Lake and its watershed.
Your Fall newsletter is here. Among the news items:
- Notes from around the lake — reports on the boat ramp, cabomba, alewife, Alewife Brook, fishing derby, and boat parade.
- Water testing was done several times over the summer with excellent results.
- How to help the lake with a shoreline buffer zone
- Come join the fall shoreline clean-up, Saturday October 25, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
The Annual Meeting with be Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM at the American Legion Hall, School Street, Hamilton.
Join us this Saturday for our first family fishing derby, running from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Pre-registration is required ($10 per person); register at the Danvers Agway, 9 Wenham Street, in Danvers. Prizes for the largest species by weight: $150 grand prize, $75 first prize, $50 second prize, and $25 third prize. Weight in at 1:00 at the boat ramp.
Sponsored by the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association in partnership with Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle. For information, contact Daniel Wildes at Big Daddy’s, 978-804-9226.
Hold the date! On June 7th, the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association will be holding its first Family Fishing Derby in partnership with Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle. Fishing veterans and newbies are all welcome! We’re celebrating the beauty of Chebacco Lake and hoping to spark youngsters’ enthusiasm for fishing and the outdoors.
Details will be posted soon but here’s what we can share: The derby will be open from 8 to 1. Prizes of $150/75/50/25 will be awarded with the lower three prizes likely restricted to entrants 16 and under. A $10 entry fee must be paid in advance at Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle at 9 Wenham Street, Danvers. Big Daddy’s will weigh your catch anytime through the derby hours so you can fish-and-release if you wish. Free coffee and water stations will be available on the lake.
Join us for a fun day! Bring the kids!
This issue provides winter news around the lake and a terrific article by our own Robyn Kanter on Winter Cold and Your Plants. Check it out!
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: http://chebaccolake.phanfare.com/6145338
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
The 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!