Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Power Restored!

At 4:00 pm this afternoon, power was restored to the last area of Manchaug Pond.  We suspect this tree on Manchaug Road just after Holbrook's Campground was the culprit.

Hurricane Irene left the area littered with debris of branches and leaves primarily from oak and pine trees.  Large trees came down on all roadsides around the lake and even into the lake!

During the storm, the rain gauge overflowed after reaching 5 inches with no one willing to go out in the wind and heavy rains to empty it.

Monday and Tuesday brought cool air putting nighttime temps in the 50's, with daytime blue skies and sunshine making the cleanup much easier.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wind Gusts as Hurricane Irene Nears

Over 3 1/2 inches of rain in the rain gauge overnight with power lost and restored was the situation as Hurricane Irene approaches.

But now just one hour since this photo was taken, the rain continues to be heavy with the winds gusts tearing through the trees and the power has just gone out once again. The stormwater work done around the lake, of catch basins, infiltration areas and rain gardens, has made all the difference to reduce flooding and keep sediment from entering the lake.

and now the power is out once again....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waterlevel Going Down. Hurricane Irene on the Way!

Forecasters are tracking Hurricane Irene expecting the storm to hit Manchaug Pond bringing with it wind and rain.  Talk is of wind up to 150 mph and 8 inches of rain.

The damowner has secured permission from MassDEP to adjust the waterlevel accordingly.  The MPA/MPF has been notified the waterlevel will be taken down one foot from yesterday's level.

If you haven't already, today would be a good day to take out your boats and tomorrow, batten down the hatches (which includes lawn chairs, umbrellas, and the like.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

All Members & Friends Invited!

You are all invited
  to attend the MPA/MPF Annual Meeting 
this Saturday, August 20th at 10:30 a.m. at YMCA Camp Blanchard in Sutton 
on the shores of Manchaug Pond.

The agenda will include updates and reports from the Board of Directors on issues and events, 
a budget for the upcoming year will be presented for your vote, 
and your input and involvement is needed for upcoming activities and goals.

A special menu has been planned to thank all of you for your continued support and extra effort 
in preserving Manchaug Pond and maximizing our efforts as we become a public charity
the Manchaug Pond Foundation.

If you still need to pay your dues, please have it at the door on Saturday
or use the paypal button here on the blog,
or drop in the mail to MPF, P.O. Box 154, Manchaug, MA  01526-0154.  

$75 for lake shore and waterrights property owners
$35 for all others

If it has been a while since you've attended or if you have never joined us, 
come on down as we have many new families and old working with our common goal of preserving Manchaug Pond.
Let this be your personal invitation!  

Questions?  email me or comment below.  
Thank you and we will see you Saturday!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Take Time to Bail the Boat. Please!!

This is the scene at a local Manchaug Pond campground's dock/marina where a boat sank last Thursday spilling gas & oil into the lake.  While the MPF Board of Directors was holding their monthly meeting, the Sutton Fire Department was rushing to the scene.

Please be sure to bail your boat when it rains!

Two days earlier, Lake Singletary was the site of a spill when a boat sank... the story is told that as the owner and a neighbor worked with heavy equipment to bring the boat up, if flipped over ... spilling gas and oil into that lake.

We've had over 2 1/2 " of rain just this afternoon.... Please be sure to check you boat. Bail often.

One spill can have a big impact on the water quality of the lake.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MORE WINNERS: Brothers Split MPA $10,000 Giveaway Award

The 2nd BIG Boat Raffle/$10,000 Giveaway proved just as exciting as the first!

 With the reverse drawing held at our Spring Social in June, ticket holders and MPA/MPF families shared in the excitement over a delicious chicken dinner.

Children lined up to pluck, one by one, the one hundred and nineteen loser ducks from the little duckie pool in the reverse drawing.

Leaving the winner, # 117, held by winning ticket holders Ken and Mel Winquist.

The two brothers, who own a summer cottage on Manchaug Pond, had the choice of the 2011 Pontoon Boat package valued at over $12,000 from USA Marine or $10,000 cash...

They each chose to receive a check for $5,000!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all of you who participated in this fundraising event by buying a Big Boat Raffle Ticket.  Your support of our efforts to preserve Manchaug Pond is invaluable!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Pan Mass Challenge at Manchaug Pond!

What were you doing early this morning ? 

Manchaug Pond campers at the Old Holbrook Place were up at 6 a.m. hanging posters and standing by the roadside to cheer on the over 5100 cyclist who came by Manchaug Pond as part of the Pan Mass Challenge.   Many a "Good Morning!" were said!

Click on the movie to catch a taste of what it is like to see 5100 cyclists go by!

The 32nd annual PAN-MASSachusetts CHALLENGE (PMC) is the 2 day, 200 mile charity ride which raises money for cancer research at Dana-Farber in Boston. The more than 5,100 cyclists must raise $500 minimum in donations to ride.

Thanks to our resident reporter for catching the news!


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