News & Updates

2016 Courtesy Boat Inspection Update

posted Oct 28, 2016, 5:23 AM by Long Pond Association

We had 411 boat inspections last year and 555 this year so a large increase in the amount of traffic at our boat ramp.  Most of the increase came in the form of paddleboards, kayaks, and conoes so were non motorized.  We ended our boat ramp coverage on Monday, Sept. 5 after covering Saturdays/Sundays/holidays from 6 :30 a.m. to 6:30 P.m and Fridays from 3 to 7:00 from Memorial weekend through Labor day weekend.  We hired 7 Sacopee Valley High School students this year 5 of whom were new to the program.  One returning CBI helped us by correcting the CBI sheets and helped count our boat total for the year.  He also drove the CBI forms to our treasurer's house for us.  We had a couple of incidents at our boat ramp this year which required supervisor involvement.  A man in his 20's had a medical incident and died close by the ramp and our CBI had to run to get help for him.   A resident did CPR until the ambulance came.  One of our boys was approached by a woman who wanted him to get in the car and have sex with her.  The local law enforcement was involved with that.  It was an eventful year in that respect.  We are hoping most of our CBI's return next year so it will be an easier year next year.


See attachment for full program details.


(Submitted by Cindy Fahey)

Next LPA Meeting : July 1st or July 8th 2017 @ 10am

posted Jun 25, 2016, 7:18 AM by Long Pond Association   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 8:58 AM ]

Our next meeting is July 1st or July 8th 2017 @ 10am at West End House Boys Camp (on the Road Between the Ponds in Parsonsfield, Maine).  

Courtesy Boat Inspection update 2015

posted May 31, 2015, 6:33 PM by Long Pond Association   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 5:18 AM ]

Dear Fellow Long Pond Residents,

Summer 2015 will be here soon and we are set to begin our 5th year of the Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) Program.   Once again, we are asking for a total of $40.00 in dues/donation.  The $40 is divided the following way:
  • $35.00 will go to help us run the CBI program
  • $5.00 will go towards running the Long Pond Association
Make your $40.00 check payable to the Long Pond Association/CBI Program and mail to:
Eleanor Watson
95 East Shore Drive
Parsonsfield, ME 04047

For 2015, the Long Pond Association received a $1700 grant from the state, and Parsonsfield will give us a $2000 grant to run the CBI program.   As you can see below, the $40.00 dues/donations help us make ends meet.

REPORT FOR SUMMER 2014

Number of inspected boats putting in: 448
Total paid inspections hours:   (pay is $8-10/hr) 475
Total cost of paid inspection hours:  $4165
Postage, mileage, supplies, copying forms $219.14
Liability Insurance:  $592
Number of volunteer hours: 205

We have 6 returning CBI’s who did a great job for us last year so we did not have to interview anyone new for this 2015 season.  Our returning CBI’s are:  Jacob Hart (assistant supervisor and inspector), Dom Locke, Cody Nance, Heather Nance, Krystal Nelson, and Jacob Wolfe.  Please say hello to them when they are on duty during the weekends.   Weekends from May 22 through Labor Day will be covered.

If anyone else would like to help out with the program, please contact me (815-353-4661), Eleanor(207-625-4169), or Judy (207-625-3082).  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.

Cindy Fahey       

P.S.  Dwight and Gayle Aspinwall will once again lead an invasive plant survey for Long Pond on Sunday, August 9th at 8:00 a.m.  Aspinwall Dock.  Raindate: Sunday, August 16.  More to follow later. Please help out if you are around.

Courtesy Boat Inspection update 2014

posted Jul 4, 2014, 7:53 PM by Long Pond Association

Dear Fellow Long Pond Residents,

We hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend.  The 2014 Courtesy Boat Inspection Program is up and running as of this past weekend.  We received a $1600 grant from the state and thanks to the Boys’ Camp agreement with the town for the lease of the boat ramp, we once again will receive $2000 from the town.  A big thank you to all who have supported this program since its inception in 2010.  This is our 5th summer.

Once again, we are asking for a donation of $40.00 total ---$35.00 to run the CBI program plus $5.00 to go to the Long Pond Association.  
Please make your check for $40.00 total to Long Pond Association/CBI program and mail it to:
Eleanor Watson
95 East Shore Drive
Parsonsfield, ME 04047

You can also pay at the 10:00 a.m. July 5th Long Pond Association meeting at the Boys’ Camp. 

357 boats were inspected in 2013.  We have 3 returning inspectors and have hired 5 more.  A change this year is we will be covering Friday mornings (once school is out) and covering Friday late afternoon starting now.   Another change is we have hired Jacob Hart to help Eleanor, Judy, and me oversee the CBI’s.  This is Jacob’s 3rd year with us, and he is presently a college sophomore.  He helped interview, train, and now will help oversee our high school CBI’s.  His shift is from 10:30 to 2:30 on Sundays so you might want to say hello if you see him.  

A big thank you to all who helped last year and especially to Judy Ingram and Norm LaJeunesse who helped with the overseeing last summer.

Questions, please contact me at mcfahey47@gmail.com (815 942 4661

See you in July,  Cindy Fahey Coordinator, Long Pond CBI Program
Eleanor Watson Coordinator Long Pond CBI Program

Invasive Plant Survey - 7/8/14

posted Jul 4, 2014, 7:51 PM by Long Pond Association

From Dwight Aspinwall:
Dear Fellow Plant Patrollers,

We've set a date and time to conduct the annual Long Pond Invasive Plant survey:

Tuesday, July 8, 8:00am

If the weather isn't conducive to good surveying (cloudy, windy, or raining), the backup time is:

Wednesday, July 9, 8:00am

We'll meet at the Aspinwall dock.  Email or call Cindy or me (see below) if you don't know where that is.  When you arrive, we'll go over what to watch out for and we'll give you a sector of the lake to survey.  

The survey is conducted by boat, preferably canoe or kayak.  You'll need to be able to lean over and look into the water for potential invaders.  It's best to do this with two or more to a boat (although kayaks are fine too), so the surveyor can concentrate on surveying while the paddler does a thorough transect of the sector.  An even better method is with mask/snorkel/fins, as you'll be able to see a lot more that way.  Once you've finished, return to the Aspinwall dock at 11:00am with your results so we can record everything.

If you want to brush up on plant identification and information on plant patrolling, have a look at the VLMP site:


For those surveying from a boat, if you want to improve the effectiveness of your survey please strongly consider buying or making a viewing scope.  We have a few available to share as well.

Thanks in advance for helping out, and let's hope for nice calm weather!

Dwight Aspinwall
207-625-8480 (camp phone)

Cindy Fahey

Upcoming meeting 8/17/13 - minutes updated

posted Aug 11, 2013, 12:05 PM by Long Pond Association

Just a reminder that the next meeting is Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am at the West End House Camp on the Road Between the Ponds, Parsonsfield.

Also, the original minutes for the July 2013 meeting contained a typo.  It said that the wages paid by the CBI program were $11,013; the correct figure is $1,113.50.  The minutes available on the website have been updated with the correction.

Minutes of July 2013 meeting available

posted Jul 19, 2013, 10:06 AM by Long Pond Association   [ updated Aug 11, 2013, 12:03 PM ]

The minutes for the July 2013 meeting are now available online.  Minutes from other years are also available here.

Also see this email from LPA president Katrina Nance that includes information from the DEP on their decision to add Long Pond to the draft non-point source priority list.

Minutes available for 2012

posted May 27, 2013, 7:22 PM by Long Pond Association

The minutes for July and August 2012 are now available online.  Sorry for the delay in getting these posted! 

Minutes from other years are also available here.

Welcome from LPA President Katrina Nance

posted May 27, 2013, 7:19 PM by Long Pond Association

April 18, 2013

Dear Friends:

The purpose of this letter is to briefly introduce myself as the new President of Long Pond Association. I’m 43, married, currently I am a stay at home mom with 4 children. My husband & I along with our children live year round on the pond and my children attend the local school district here.

Before, I decided to be a stay at home mom I was a Banker for 16 years. My husband retired from the Military and we moved back home to raise our family, that is when I decided to stay home. My children are very active with extra curricular activities in the community.

Being born and raised in Maine & New Hampshire area I am passionate about our Lakes, Rivers & Ponds. Alan Wing & I attended the Maine Milfoil Summit in Augusta earlier this year. It was very informative, the high point in the meeting was when Senator Tom Saviello of Franklin County spoke. Unfortunately, the funding for our Lakes, Rivers & Ponds is last on the list for any financial aid support. So the CBI (Courtesy Boat Inspection) is needed more then ever to keep our beautiful Long Pond clear of any invasive plants.

On a positive note, Parsonsfield has a Deputy Sherriff Darren Cyr which has mentioned to several of us that he will be paroling Long Pond this summer. He will be enforcing the no parking signs by the boat launch and any other law breaking activity.

I want to take this moment to give a big “Thank You” to Cindy Fahey for all her hard work she did while President of LPA. She still will be very active with the CBI program and any other challenges that may come her way.

I look forward to meeting you this coming summer.

Sincerely,

Katrina Nance

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