Monday, October 31, 2011


An early season snow storm and power outage didn't stop this fundraising event from happening for Manchaug Pond !

Thanks to all who attended!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

PATRIOTS RAFFLE - Ticket #1-5 Available!

   Raffle tickets # 1-5 have just surfaced, unsold and available for the taking

Only 200 opportunities to win 4 incredible seats just 8 rows behind Coach Belchick
in the Pats verses Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, December 4, 2011.

If you want a ticket, let us know now before they sell out! Call a board member or 
the MPF secretary directly at

Your $20/chance goes to preserve Manchaug Pond  -
specifically earmarked for the dam ownership issue. 
Drawing at the Manchaug Monster Mash event,
Saturday, October 29th. 
Dudley-Gendron Post, Boston Road, Sutton
Monster Mash tickets now on sale - $10/person
Live Band FINAL NOTICE,  food,  prizes for best costumes, raffles and more!

You're sure to leave laughing!

A huge thanks to the MPF Board member who donated these incredible tickets! 
and to our FUNdrai$ing Committee, Event Coordinator and FINAL NOTICE  for a promised super evening.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just in: Runners Love THE DAM RACE !

Anonymous said...
Fantastic race run by a fabulous group of volunteers!

Just received at the post office box:

Dear Manchaug Pond Association/The Dam Race Organizers,

I wanted to send a quick thank you note to express how wonderful your race was on October 15th and how much my family and I enjoyed it!  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming!

The scenery was lovely, the volunteers were extremely helpful (especially the kind gentleman who let us use his RV bathroom!) and it was an outstandingly organized race!  Looking forward to next year's race already!  

L.S. of Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Want to celebrate with us?   
Did you enjoy our Rockin' Spring Fling?

...well, hold this date for the

Saturday, October 29th 

Dudley-Gendron Post 414
Boston Road, Sutton

 From 7 pm-12 midnight, 
be entertained by the live band, 
Prizes for the best costumes, extraordinary raffle items, 
and light fare will be served.
$10 admission charge to benefit Manchaug Pond.

AND!!  Special Patriots raffle drawing at the Manchaug Monster Mash:



WIN 4 TICKETS ~ $20/chance
 Seating just 8 rows behind Coach Belichick on the Patriots' 50 yard line.

NE Patriots Vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 8 pm.

Proceeds benefit Manchaug Pond

Drawing: at the Manchaug Monster Mash!

Thank you to our FUNdrai$ing Committee for organizing another great event and activity to benefit Manchaug Pond!
Thank you to our generous donor for these incredible tickets! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

UPDATE: Manchaug Pond Dam

 Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Voters OK purchase of Manchaug Dam for $1

SUTTON —  Voters at last night’s fall town meeting voted overwhelmingly to allow the Board of Selectmen to purchase Manchaug Dam on Torrey Road for $1.

The dam’s current owner, Hydro Projects North, which is a subsidiary of Interface Inc. of Atlanta, has also agreed to give the town $350,000 for the maintenance of the dam that controls the level of 380-acre Manchaug Pond.

Before the vote was taken by the approximately 200 people at the meeting, Manchaug Pond Association member Andrew Mosher commended the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator James Smith for their efforts to negotiate the offer that was being considered last night. Mr. Mosher said purchasing the dam was a quality-of-life issue for the people living on the shores of the pond. Other people said the entire town would benefit from the purchase of the dam that was built in 1836.

While the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee voted 4-1 to back the article, member Robert Recore said he was worried about the town’s liability if the dam was bought. He wondered how long the $350,000 would last and how much it would cost the town if a major incident occurred.

Voters at last night’s 70-minute meeting also voted to spend $32,700 to pay for work at town-owned Marion’s Camp and for an article that would prohibit solar power installations of over 250 kilowatts in residential areas.

— Bill Fortier

* * *

Presented by Andrew Mosher, Treasurer

Thank you, my name is Andrew Mosher.  I live on Putnam Hill Rd and have been a resident of Sutton for approx. 40 years, have my business here, and care very much for this town. 

Tonight, I speak for the Manchaug Pond Association and its newly formed non-profit foundation, of which I serve as treasurer.  Our organization, 44 years old and 100 members strong, applauds the Board of Selectman in putting forth this article which preserves one of the town's largest and important natural resources - Manchaug Pond.

The beauty and benefits of Manchaug Pond are immeasurable.  As a public lake, it offers 380 acres of year-round recreation to all through the public boat ramp, the 3 private campgrounds on its shores and the 4th at its' inlet, and the non-profits of the YMCA Camp Blanchard and the living history museum, and conservation lands of Waters Farm. 

The economic contribution in property values of the homes and summer camps along the shoreline and the tourism dollars to area businesses from the over 500 campsites, filled April through November, is significant to say the least.

Environmentally, Manchaug Pond fisheries and the boarding ecosystem and watershed are part of a broader wildlife corridor and trail system which are all dependent on the lake and its waterlevel.

The dam is key to the preservation of Manchaug Pond and Torrey Road, to its vital work as a reservoir for flood control and maintaining a flow to the Mumford/Blackstone River system.  It greatly enhances the quality of life for those who come to this corner of Sutton.

The Manchaug Pond Association and Foundation fully supports article 8.  We recognize the dam owner's contribution in providing the funds necessary for its future care.  We commend Town Administrator Jim Smith and the Board of Selectman for their foresight and hard work in bringing a workable solution to protecting Manchaug Pond for our community and generations to come.

Thank you.

* * *

Sutton Annual Fall Town Meeting
Monday, October, 17, 2011

Warrant Article 8                  Sponsor:  Board of Selectman

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectman to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, for general municipal purposes, on such terms and conditions as the Selectmen deem appropriate, all or any portion of the lands and improvements thereon in Sutton and Douglas presently owned by the Manchaug Reservoir Corporation, which are believed to include the Manchaug Pond Dam (National Dam ID No. MA 00955), as well as lands bordering on, flowed by or beneath the high water mark of Manchaug Pond, and to authorize the Board of Selecmen to enter into all agreements and to execute on behalf of the Town andy and all instruments as may be necessary or convenient to effectuate this acquisition, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to seek such authorization and approval of the General Court as is necessary to allow for such acquisition: or take any action relative thereto.

Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee voted 4-1 to recommend passage of this article.  this article allows the town to take possession of a dam along with receipt of a $350,000 grant for maintenance and upkeep.  The town plans to install hydroelectric capacity on the dam to provide continuing revenue streams. The dissenting vote reflects concerns over costs and liabilities of owning and operating the dam as well as the limited usefulness of the dam to the majority of citizens.

* * *

THANK YOU! to each and every voter
who took the time to come out to Town Meeting 
to stand solidly and vote clearly in support
of preserving our beautiful Manchaug Pond! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thank you RUNNERS! Here's your time

"This is the best little race we run in a long time!"  "What a wonderful spirit!"

Jake Murray 23:08                    1st Place Men's
Eric Shrayer 23:23                   2nd Place Men's
Linda Spooner 24:44                1st Women's
Howard Bottomly 26:16           3rd Men's
Greg Dubell 26:16                     4th Men's
Nicole Salmonsen Gantt 26:48  2nd Women's
Nancy Ryan 27:59                     3rd Women's
Chris Sullivan 28:59
Richard Costa 29:11
Lizette Gomer 29:18
Donna LeBlanc 29:50
Larry Costinos 30:31
Sandra Kuipers 31:09
Jill Bronson 31:55
Michael Frost 32:29
Katie Schmidt 33:49
Michael Andrus 34:11
Tessy Schlemmer 34:50
Laura Turner 35:16
Kathleen Laperle 35:25
Lauren Salmonsen 36:22
Kevin Stockhaus 36:41
Danielle Salmonsen 36:53
Paul Eklund 38:41
Patti Eklund 38:41
Kathleen Rocha 39:41
Kathy Lyons 39:41
Maddie Vega 42:23
Judy Castonguay 50:45
Jackie Isble 51:30
Rose Charpentier 57:27
Lesa Bickford 1:02:41
Kim Mosher 1:02:41
Kandi Schmidt 1:05:10
Timmy Isble 1:05:11
Andrew Biafore 1:06:47
Kate Biafore 1:06:47
Monica Gauthier 1:09:30
Paula DeMeo 1:09:30
Alice Smith 1:12:45

A big and hearty congratulations and thank you to all those who ran, walked, rode in a stroller, cheer'ed us on, donated and volunteers! All to benefit the preservation of Manchaug Pond. (Check in later for photos and more!)

Friday, October 14, 2011


Race Day is here!  And the weather forecast is calling for clear skies!

Thank you to those who have registered to run!  or walk!

Runners should park at the finish line which this year is at the crosswalk at 19 Holt Road across from Kings Family Campground.

Beginning at 8 am,  Knights Limousine will shuttle you to the start at Waters Farm.

Registration for all runners will begin at 8:30 am at Waters Farm.  If you haven't registered, you can do so the day of the race!
All proceeds do benefit the Manchaug Pond Foundation and our work to preserve the water level and dam.

Race begins at 9:30 am.  Water station at Holbrook's Campground.  Restroom facilities at start, water station and finish. 

Finish line this year is past the dam around the corner to the crosswalk at 19 Holt Road in front of King's Campground store.  Refreshments, music and more.

See you there!

Thursday, October 13, 2011



WIN 4 TICKETS ~ $20/chance
 Seating just 8 rows behind Coach Belichick on the Patriots' 50 yard line.

NE Patriots Vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 8 pm.

Proceeds benefit Manchaug Pond

Drawing: at the Manchaug Monster Mash!



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