Summer is here and things are getting busy. So here’s a few happenings and reminders:

4th of July Boat Parade will take place on Saturday July 4th at 4PM on Norton Pond.  Parade begins at Marriner’s float (look for a bunch of boats all decked out)!  So dress your boat and crew in your best patriotic garb and get in the parade!

Note on Fireworks-  Consumer fireworks are not legal in Camden.  Consumer fireworks can be used in Lincolnville around the Pond and Lake under the following:
(1) From April 1 to October 31, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m., with the duration of such use not to exceed one hour per day;
(2) July 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on July 5; and
(3) the Saturday and Sunday immediately before and after July 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on the following day.
If there is a high fire danger then no fireworks are allowed.

If your renting your camp, and you allow fireworks, be sure your renters know the rules.  Be safe, have fun, be nice to your neighbors!

46th Megunticook Watershed Annual Meeting-  The annual meeting of members will be held at Bishopswood Camp on July 7 at 7:00 PM.

Maggie Shannon, of the Maine Lakes Society will discuss our new LakeSmart Program.    LakeSmart, the flagship program of the Maine Lakes Society, is one of the most effective lake protection programs available today. The program provides waterfront homeowners with the landscaping tools to reduce harmful material from ending up in the water.  It recognizes waterfront homeowners who use natural landscaping strategies to protect the health of their lake.
LakeSmart’s now-familiar blue and white Award signs get posted at shorefront and roadside. They say, “A friend of the lake lives here.”

Come on out to Bishopswood, meet your fellow members, and learn how you can participate in Lakesmart.

Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops-  Two workshops are being offered in our region, by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
• Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop, Tue. July 14, 3PM to 9PM – Knox County, Bishopswood Camp in Hope. This workshop is hosted by the Megunticook Watershed Association.

• Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop, Fri. July 17, 9:30AM to 2PM – Knox County, Hobbs Pond in Hope. This workshop is hosted by Hobbs and Fish Pond Association.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at vlmp@mainevlmp.org or (207) 783-7733 to register.

These are great workshops where you can learn how to identify aquatic invasive plants how to search for them on the water.  Sign up soon!

That’s all for now,  see you on the water!

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