Harvey Lake Residents Consider Theirs A Pretty Little Lake
Northwood - The preliminary results are in, and the
residents of Harvey Lake think they have one of the prettiest lakes
Harvey Lake Watershed Association has begun polling its members and
lake users about what they think the lake needs for future planning.
The 50-member volunteer watershed association recently sent a
20-item questionnaire to its members asking them to rate lake
attributes and detail what they think needs to be done to improve
the quality of the lake.
watershed association is in the process of working on a long-term
Watershed Management Plan to address growth and development and the
resulting water quality problems in Harvey Lake. The plan will
include input from residents, organizations, businesses, local
officials and visitors in the watershed and its environs. Long-term
management and education recommendations will set a plan for
implementation to protect and care for the watershed.
input and opinions of the area’s residents, property and business
owners are critical ingredients in preparing a meaningful plan.
overwhelming opinion of those polled so far indicates they’d like to
work on preserving the natural beauty of the 116-acre lake that sits
just behind Coe Brown Academy on Route 4. The lake is readily
identified by the American flag that flies out near the center from
a submerged boulder.
Harvey Lake Watershed Association President Bob Charest said the
survey was revealing because several sections focused on the natural
beauty of the lake. “Again and again, those who returned the survey
kept pointing to our unspoiled natural environment and the
importance of maintaining that character of our lake.”
Many of those responding said it was important to educate residents
of the community about how to care for the lake, and when asked for
the ways they enjoy the lake, including swimming, boating, and
fishing, many said they enjoy just looking at it.
“We’ve been fortunate over the years because a quarter of our nearly
three-mile shoreline is undeveloped. That’s because there are
several tax-exempt groups along the lake, including Coe Brown
Academy, that have kept it tree-lined and attractive to wildlife,”
Charest said. “In fact, as I write this, there are two loons
swimming out there and I see kayakers and fishermen enjoying the
those polled so far, most are full-time residents of the lake, with
the rest seasonal. The average number of years that those who
responded have been visiting the lake is more than 20 years. That
ranges from two years all the way up to 56 years.
Lake users were asked to rate various attributes of Harvey Lake on a
scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being highest, and the average scores
were: Scenery: 8.78; Recreational opportunities: 6.66; Cleanliness:
7.38; Road access: 4.81; Boating facilities: 4.86.
“Obviously, we have work to do,” Charest said. “This is good for us
as an organization because we can find out what’s on people’s minds.
Many don’t show up at meetings, and we’d like to know what they
think. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. It will take money
to solve some of our problems, and experts. A management plan will
give us the momentum to apply for grants, to involve the town, and
make sure everyone is on the same page.”
survey is ongoing. Those who use the lake in any way and have not
received a questionnaire may request one by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not necessary to own property
at the lake. More information is available about the lake online at
Your Mind - Read
It’s not too late to join the Chesley Memorial
Library Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Water
Your Mind - Read.” Join the program and you can enter your name for
a library gift assortment (funded by the Friends of the Northwood
Libraries) every time you visit the library.
Drawings will be
held weekly until the program ends in August. The library has a huge
assortment of items - books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks,
downloadable audiobooks, and more! If you have any questions about
the “Water Your Mind - Read” program, please call the library at
Student to Hold 2nd Annual “Stuff The Bus” Fundraiser For Cocheco
Valley Humane Society
Northwood - In her endeavor to help
the shelter animals at Cocheco Valley Humane Society as part of her
portfolio project at Coe- Brown Northwood Academy, senior and CVHS
volunteer, Nicole Roberts will be organizing and holding a “Stuff
the Bus” fundraiser on Saturday, August 7, 2010. The project
will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage True Value Hardware on
Route 4 in Northwood.
The inspiration for this project began last year, by
senior Danielle D’Alessandro, class of 2010. The outcome
was a phenomenal outpouring of kindness and generosity
from the local community and small businesses throughout
Northwood and the surrounding towns. In total, D’
Alessandro with the help of her mother, Deb D’Alessandro
and family, raised over $6,000 in pet products and
supplies, as well as group and individual donations.
Roberts is hoping to raise even more for CVHS this year, keeping
the original spirit of the event in mind by filling a school bus,
which is being provided by Northwood Transportation Inc., with much
needed items from the humane society’s “wish list. Items
include canned food, kitty litter, dry kitten/cat food, dog toys,
trash bags, and paper towels. Many of the “wish list” items will be
on display at Heritage True Value Hardware at discounted prices up
to, and on the day of the event. For the society’s complete
“wish list” and other details please visit
In addition, monetary donations will also be accepted and
raffles for items donated by local businesses will occur throughout
the day. Many of the local small businesses will also be challenged
to make a group donation and then be entered into a raffle from
Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and doughnuts for the office.
information about the Cocheco Valley Humane Society will be on hand
for the duration of the event, and one of the shelter dogs awaiting
adoption will be present at the “Stuff the Bus” location from 11:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. New to the event this year will be a dog “Kissing
Booth” where previously adopted dogs will be available to kiss for
donations. All proceeds will go to benefit the Cocheco Valley Humane
Society and its efforts.
Cocheco Valley Humane Society is a
community-funded, non-profit animal welfare organization. The
society’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and
shelter to our animals, in partnership with educating the community
concerning animal treatment and welfare. Adoption Center hours are
Tuesday and Thursday from 11a.m. to 7p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday from
11a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.; closed
Monday. To learn more about CVHS’ community programs, please visit
www.cvhsonline.org or call
(603) 749-5322. For any questions regarding the project itself,
please call Nicole Roberts at (603) 664- 6937.
Parade Returns To Northwood Lake
Missing for several
years, the Northwood Lake Boat Parade, sponsored by the Northwood
Lake Watershed Association, will return on Saturday, July 31.
All boats, any size are welcome. The best dressed boat takes the
prize. Selectman, Bob Holden, will judge. Be creative!
will leave their own dock at 1PM and proceed to the right around the
A BBQ will follow at the Northwood Town Beach. B.Y.O.F.
(bring your own food). Grills will be provided (We can use
more)..Need more information? Call Marie at 603-463-5929.
Annual Meeting of the Northwood Lake Watershed Association was held
Saturday, July 17, at the Northwood Town Hall. John Rockwell, the
“Loon Man NH” was the guest speaker. John provided a wonderful and
interesting talk on life stages, habitats and two special loon
families he has known.
Following the speaker, elections were
held with the following results:
President, Jim Vaillancourt;
Vice Presidents, Kevin Ash, Doug Chamberlin; Returning Directors:
Rick Geisler, Baker Ave.; Brad Hall, Cove Way; Pam Papadinis, Baker
Ave.; New Directors, Tom Barker, Sleepy Hollow; Frannie Klop,
Kenoza; Luanne Pidgeon, Pine Point; Charlene Brodeur, Lynn Grove;
Christine Anderson, Lynn Grove.
The new Directors offer a more
thorough representation of associations around the lake.
Remember the BOAT PARADE, Saturday, July 31. Don’t miss the
excitement and fun. See you there.
The end of summer is closing in on us, along with
the end of the Chesley Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Programs.
This summer we held four different programs at the library -
“Set Sail for the Library” with preschoolers, “Make a Splash, Read!”
with school aged children, “Make Waves at Your Library” for tweens
and teens, and “Water Your Mind, Read” for adults.
celebrating Summer Reading with a luau at the Northwood Recreation
Fields on Saturday, August 7, from 1:00 to 3:30.
The luau will
feature a hot dog lunch, games, activities, prizes and lots of fun.
The luau is free and open to everyone who read over the summer! If
you plan on attending our luau, please RSVP to the library by August
2, so we know how much food we will need. If you have any questions
or would like to help with the luau (donations or volunteers!)
please call the Chesley Memorial Library at 942-5472 and ask for
Join us at our luau and celebrate reading with us!
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