- 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.
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.
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!
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
View 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.
View the pdf here: CLA Newsletter – February 2011
In this issue:
- President Sue McLaughlin summarizes the anniversaries and activities on the lake in the past year.
- Arthur Crosbie, president of the Hamilton Historical Society, was the keynote speaker at the CLA Annual Meeting wowing the audience with a slide show on Lake Area History featuring the trolleys, hotels, and industries that populated the lake area in earlier days.
- Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column offers some good news and tips about the heavy snow this winter.
- Robyn is also the CLA rep on the Centennial Grove Committee studying options for the ‘cottage property.’ Learn the latest.