Sunday, August 18, 2013

Manchaug Pond Foundation Makes Worcester Telegram Again!

Amazing, phenomenal, epic! was the 90 day land acquisition by the MPF! 

Today's Sunday Telegram lists this real estate transaction in Section F page 1 under Douglas and page 7 under Sutton. Make no mistake - all parcels were secured for only one $1.925m price tag.

Our sincere appreciation to
  • the administrators of the Bradford T. Beaton Estate for selling all parcels of the entire 100 acres estate to the Manchaug Pond Foundation for preservation; 
  • to the legal/accounting teams which got the job done; 
  • to our largest, most significant contributor: the Anonymous Donor whose gracious and generous gift made "the improble, if not the impossible" a reality. A humble and true hero, a "gallant White Knight" making this conservation crusade victorious!
  • for the Town of Sutton Board of Selectman who voted to give this small but mighty Manchaug Pond non-profit a chance with their First Right of Refusal assignment.
  • and the Sutton Town Administrator who brought us in to the situation.

Well Done !

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Lake water level 1" below the flash board.

WATERLEVEL UPDATE  August 17th :  Lake water level 1" below the flash board

The dam was opened a short time earlier in the week to bring Steven's Pond up. Dam presently closed with rain in the forecast. Work also done on the road - berm replaced and road leveled.  Questions? Concerns? Ask them here with the MPF.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Waterlevel Update: August 7, 2013

With rain here and there through the summer season, the dam caretaker reports that from the end of June to present we have had the water level at 2 inches over full to full. The goal is to maintain that level until mid to late September and then begin the slow drawdown to take us into winter and control the invasive weeds.

For the last month, the town has been releasing the minimum flow required for the Mumford River from Stevens Pond.   Yesterday morning, the gate at Manchaug was opened 2 inches to supply some extra water for Stevens Pond as their level has dropped from full to 8 to 9 inches below the top board.

Forecasts for the end of this week say 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible, that should keep both ponds full or near full.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Luna Moth on the shores of Manchaug Pond!

On this bright, sunny day, what should slowly fly by on the shores of Manchaug Pond but a Luna moth! Actias luna. A pretty spectacular sight as the wingspan is 3 to 4 inches!

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Meet Jack! A debonaire cat looking for a new home.

10 year old Jack is ready for a new adventure. 

He's a happy, healthy neutered male cat who loves being indoors and out. Weds, at his annual checkup, he received his shots and his vet said he was in perfect health. He's litter box trained - thank you - but loves the wide open spaces to roam and explore.

If you have a home for him, email here.


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