- Why the towns should repair the dam: economic benefits and tax consequences
- Engineering studies, design considerations, and proposed plans
- Proposed timeline – planning, bidding, contract award, bond vote
- Legal considerations:
- What property interest the towns will obtain in the privately owned dam
- The ‘interlocal agreement’ that will allow the towns joint ownership
- The Tri-Town Commission that will manage the new dam in the future
- A brief summary of the costs to date
- A proposal for how to allocate the costs among the three towns
- The proposed bond issues in each town
On Vermont Edition this week there was a ten minute segment about lake health in Lake Memphremagog. The part of this lake which is in Quebec is governed by strict laws protecting its shorelines. The interviewee is a person who patrols the lake and shoreline and reports infringing construction, destruction of the buffer, etc. Fascinating.
Sun Multisport Events is bringing their triathlon back to the Upper Valley, and this year Lake Fairlee will be the host. The main races will be held on Sunday, June 30th, with pre-event activities for participants and families on Saturday the 29th. The event will be using Horizons Day Camp’s field for picnics, parking, and start and finish tents. The organizers are working with the Lake Fairlee Association and other local groups to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely.
Participants will swim a diamond shaped course from Horizons’ docks beginning at 7:30 am. There are actually two competitions, one of “olympic” length, and the other a “half-ironman.” First participants will swim 0.9 or 1.2 miles respectively. Next they will bicycle either 28 or 56 miles, one or two laps on a long loop that heads west on 244 then south on 113 to Thetford Hill, then down Academy Road to 132, east to the Connectocut River, north up Route 5 to Ely, and finally up the big hill on 244 to the start/finish line. As if that weren’t enough they will then run 6.2 or 13.1 miles up and back on Middlebrook Road. The organizers anticipate that all swimmers will be out of the lake by 9:15am, and that the final runner will finish by 4:00pm.
Sun Multisport expects several hundred entrants, and will “employ” about 150 staffers and local volunteers. Details about the event can be found HERE and more general information HERE. We are glad that the promoters of this event clearly share our love of the lake and concern for its environment, and are happy so many new visitors get a chance to experience our beautiful lake.
This summer our sister lake, Lake Morey, will make boating safety a priority. On June 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 the Lake Morey Protective Association will host “Safety Saturday” at the Fairlee Fire Station. The event will cover various aspects of safe boating, including the wearing of proper flotation devices and compliance with Vermont boating laws. Refreshments and prizes will be offered.
The information and suggestions offered are equally important for boaters on Lake Fairlee. See the LMPA website HERE for more information.
Although LAKEFEST is not affiliated with the Lake Fairlee Association, the following announcement might be of interest to our members and friends:
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SAVE THE DATE! • SATURDAY, JULY 10th
TRI-TOWN CELEBRATION OF LAKE FAIRLEE
WHO: Residents from Fairlee, West Fairlee and Thetford are invited as guests to Treasure Island and Horizons Day Camp to enjoy the entire day at these lakefront retreats – free. Families may bring their own picnics or buy lunch from the tasty, reasonably priced choices that will be available at both sites.
WHAT: (A Sampling of the Planned Activities:)
On or in the Water:
- lake tours on pontoon boats with a local history guide · creative swim and canoe relays
- introduction to paddling workshops (instructor, canoes and PFDs provided)
- a sailing regatta between the camps · little people’s water games
- lake flora and fauna workshops (birds, plants and fish/animals)
- craft and community tables · traditional, fun field relay races
- a “sing-off” between the camps during lunch · a raffle of appealing donated gifts
- recreational swimming, pick up volleyball games, tennis & more
WHERE: At two sites on the shores of Lake Fairlee: Treasure Island and Horizons Day Camp.
WHEN: Saturday, July 10th, 10am – 3pm (Rain Date, Sun., July 11th)
WHY: Lakefest 2010 is a fresh relaunch of an historic celebration of Lake Fairlee. The event’s purpose is to draw together the three town communities (Fairlee, West Fairlee and Thetford) that share the shores of Lake Fairlee, for an old-fashioned series of activities on and along the lake. Another goal of this celebration is to foster friendly competition among the camps on the lake, and involve the communities in some of the rich traditions of the camps.
BACKGROUND & SUPPORT: Lakefest is a grassroots endeavor by residents from the three towns. The entire event is being managed by volunteers from the towns and the camps. Access to Treasure Island and Horizons Day Camp is provided by the generosity of the Town of Thetford and the Aloha Foundation, respectively. Generous donations from residents and local businesses will provide some surprise treats as well as wonderful raffle prizes.