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  • 13 Aug 2022 5:02 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who stopped in to talk about Lake St. Catherine at East Poultney Day!

    It was great to speak with you all.

    If you have any further questions, please reach out at info@lakestcatherine.org.

    Thank you for your support of the LSCA!

    LSCA at 2022 East Poultney Day

  • 9 Aug 2022 2:11 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    The LSCA would like to thank Kimberly Jensen (and her great crew!) from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) for both performing a Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP) training and zebra mussel water testing at Lake St. Catherine On August 9th. Much was learned - and a good time was had by all!

    Vermont DEC & Lake St. Catherine Association - Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP) Paddle

    What is the Vermont Invasive Patrollers Program?

    The VIP program was established by the VTDEC in 2007 to focus on early detection of all known and potential aqua c invasive species (AIS). Although VIPs now emphasize aquatic invasive plants more broadly in their surveying efforts, they are trained to identify both aquatic invasive plants and animals that are either established in Vermont or in nearby states and pose the greatest threat to Vermont’s water bodies.

    This hands‐on workshop trained participants what aquatic invasive species are, how to prevent the spread of AIS, and how to identify the species that pose the greatest threats to Lake St. Catherine.

    The goals of the program are:

    • To increase AIS knowledge of lakeshore residents and lake users.
    • To create an early detection volunteer network with a primary focus on aquatic invasive species, including plants and animals.
    • To increase VTDEC’s knowledge of new infestations and the spread of AIS in lakes.

    This is a GREAT addition to our invasive species control and prevention initiatives which includes our Greeter Program. Our Greeters work at the Wells boat launch and at the State Park to inspect vessels before (and after) they enter Lake St. Catherine to check for AIS like spiny water flea, asian clams, zebra mussels, and other invasive plants and animals that are only a lake away from LSC.


    If you enjoy paddling on Lake St. Catherine and would also like to be part of an early warning system looking for invasive species, we hope you will join us and participate in this program. You can help us to monitor LSC for invasive species, survey our healthy native plant populations, and reduce the threat for invasive plant species introductions. Email us at info@lakestcatherine.org to let us know you’d like to volunteer for this program!

  • 24 Jul 2022 11:33 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    THANK YOU to the tremendous group we had at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club Saturday evening for the LSCA's Annual Meeting & Dinner. It was great to see so many of you who care so much about LSC. What a crowd! We hoped you enjoyed our presentation, your meal, and your evening with your lake neighbors.

    Thank you all for your interest in the preservation, protection and maintenance of Lake St. Catherine.

    We'd also like to thank the Lake St. Catherine Country Club staff for their excellent service and a wonderful meal, Eric Hanson from Vermont Center for Ecostudies for his fantastic presentation on loons, and to our Trustees for their excellent reports from their committees, and their hard work for Lake St. Catherine.

    Attached below you will find a video of the presentation, which includes our slides and the audio of the speakers. Unfortunately, the recording stopped before the end of the meeting (missing the last 15 minutes), but the full slideshow is also included.

    If you have any questions, please email us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

    Thank you for your support of the LSCA!



  • 23 Jul 2022 8:01 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    On Saturday, July 23rd, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their third meeting of the 2022 season. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi McShane Bostock

    Attendance: Jim Canders, Martha Pofit, Jerremy Jones, Mary Jo Teetor, John Belnavis, Lisa Micich, Frank Callahan, (Online) Jeff Crandall, Rob Nesbit, Kemi McShane, Mark Shea. Absent: Ed Laird, Nancy Liberatore, Mike Gay, Bob Williams.

    Guests: None

    Call to Order: President Jim Canders called the meeting to order at 8:34.

    Public Comment: None.

    Approval of Meeting Minutes: Minutes of June 25, 2022 posted. Motion to accept the minutes as presented, made by Lisa Micich, seconded by Frank Callahan. All in favor, so moved.

    Treasurer’s Report: Mary Jo Teetor, awaiting large invoices from DASH, SOLitude. Discussed checks for LSC CC for facility fee, money collected for dinners. Annual Meeting will show pie charts for income & expenses. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report as presented made by Lisa Micich, and seconded by Martha Pofit. All in favor, so moved.

    Milfoil Management: Jeff Crandall, DASH permit allowed to start July 1, 2022. Will compare the suction work to the hand-pulling to see if it was effective. Jim stated that Misha will be at LSC on August 8, 2022 for a discussion and tour. MJ has arranged for transportation. Jeff reported on the good results in LIttle Lake. Frank spoke to the increase of boat activity on the LL. LSCA is receiving positive feedback from the LL property owners.

    Boat Launch Greeter Program: John Belnavis, reports need for more workers, recently received inquiries. Not much boat traffic at the State Park. John provides the State Park with the Greeter program informational pamphlet to hand out to campers/boaters. Program under budget to date. The Greeter Program has a website for training purposes to hire new people. Discussed the fishing tournaments that take place on LSC, and other than Champlain, LSC has the majority of fishing tournaments in the State of VT.

    Publicity / Membership: Jerremy Jones, 350 members, with a goal of 400. By the end of 2021, had 372 active members. Just mailed reminder postcards to increase members. Have 59 new members. Use of FB, postings of events, pictures and educational/informational updates keep people engaged and interested in the LSCA.

    Lake Safety: Frank Callahan, markers and buoys are secured and in place, none have been removed or damaged. Discussed the differences regarding the boat safety course requirements between Fish & Wildlife and the VT State Police Marine Division. Has issued temporary boating certificates. Reported a tree being cut down and possible concern for it floating in the lake - will be looked into. Not sure of location. Water level is very low this summer season.

    Nominating Committee: Slate of 5 candidates to present at the Annual Meeting for vote. Mark Shea was newly appointed Trustee, and will serve the remaining term of an open Trustee spot (2024).

    Annual Meeting: John Belnavis, Jerremy Jones, John discussed the menu, expecting 80 members to attend. Jerremy presented the order of slides with discussion. Guest speaker, Eric Hanson of VT Ecostudies will speak on loons. Committee reports will be presented.

    Old Business: Jerremy Jones, discussed his position on both boards: LSCA and FOVLAP. Board discussed the implications of his involvement as to voting, balancing representing both boards.

    Discussion regarding the wake boat petition, its implications, and legislative process involved.

    Letter from LSCA to VT FIsh & Wildlife: Board did not feel the response received from our May 31st letter addressed our concerns. After initial follow up from the board requesting a meeting, a reply from Eric asked that we ‘submit additional questions in writing’. Jerremy made a motion to send a reply asking that our concerns in our letter be addressed. Frank seconded, all in favor, so moved to send the request.

    New Business: Jerremy Jones, presented three items to be purchased for education/ community outreach by the LSCA. A tent, a banner stand, and a table throw & table for set up at community events. A motion was made by MJ to designate up to $1,500.00 for the purchasing of these items. John seconded, all in favor, and so moved.

    Grants: Martha Pofit, presented a motion to the Board to send the letter drafted to PMNRCD and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission requesting that they approve the Lake St. Catherine Association to be a member of the inaugural Basin Water Quality Council in order to: provide local water quality knowledge; advise Clean Water Service Providers on funding decisions; prioritize projects; and participate in the Tactical Basin Planning process. Martha made the motion, Frank seconded, all in favor, and so moved to send the letter.

    A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 10:39, seconded and all in favor, so moved.

    Next meeting: August 27, 2022 at 8:30 AM LSC CC.

    Respectfully submitted, Kemi McShane Bostock, Recording Secretary

  • 14 Jul 2022 8:49 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    It was great to see so many folks attending our first Lake St. Catherine Watershed Action Plan Stakeholder meeting this evening at the Wells Lakeside Park!

    Lake St. Catherine Watershed Action Plan Stakeholder meeting

    We hope you enjoyed the presentation.

    About the Lake St. Catherine Watershed Action Plan:

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) describes the purpose of a Watershed Action Plan as:

    A Lake and Watershed Action Plan (LWAP) is designed to identify and communicate the problems and fixes within a lake watershed to best protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and the lake’s ecosystem health. These plans answer the questions 'what issues threaten the health of our lake the most?' and 'what can we do about them?'

    After many years of successfully managing and participating in individual lake programs to protect Lake St. Catherine, which include: water testing (Lay Monitoring Program) in-lake invasive species control (Milfoil Control Program), invasive species prevention (Greeter Program), and stormwater management (Lake Wise Program, LSC Stormwater Master Plan), the LSCA is now poised to integrate these programs into a broader watershed plan with a focus on the prevention of pollutant loads (phosphorus, nitrogen, sediments) that enter into the Lake from sources outside the waterbody. The LSCA plans to use the success of these building blocks to expand its work in the watershed and focus on prevention for the future as part of a comprehensive long-term plan. The resulting plan will leverage current LSCA investments in water quality and pollution prevention, be driven by accepted best management practices, elevate under-assessed areas and gaps, and will identify issues, opportunities, and projects to guide locally-led water quality implementation work in the Lake St. Catherine watershed.

    The findings from the creation of the LWAP will guide our long-term efforts to increase water quality, and projects identified can then feed into the DEC Watershed Projects Database and be considered for funding under the Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) and other sources.

    One of the first steps in this 3-year process was to hold a meeting with Lake St. Catherine stakeholders to describe what LWAPs are, to outline our work plan, to discuss how the Lake St. Catherine watershed will be assessed, and to inform you on how you can help and participate in planning for the future of Lake St. Catherine. We'll let you know about future meetings.

    If you were unable to attend, you can view our slide presentation below.

    Please let us know if you have any questions at info@lakestcatherine.org.

    Thank you!


  • 11 Jul 2022 12:42 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    The Lake St. Catherine Association would like to thank Cristin Ashmankas, Environmental Analyst with the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division for her presentation to attendees at the 'Wastewater Workshop' on July 8 at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club.

    Cristin talked about the basics of septic systems: how they work, why they are so important, how they fail, and how to properly maintain them. She also outlined how they are designed, and the many different types of systems that are available - including innovative and alternative systems that can be used in unique situations. 

    She also discussed the rules, where to get help, and why it is so important that systems be fully working around the lake. 

    All this great information can be found in her presentation, which is attached below:

    Vermont DEC Wastewater Workshop

    Lake St. Catherine Wastewater Workshop - July 8, 2022

    Also available are 2 handouts:

    The Guide To Failed Wastewater Systems
    The Homeowners Guide To Wastewater Systems

    If you have any septic system questions, please reach out to Cristin, she would be happy to help!


    Thank you to our attendees - we hope you found this presentation helpful - and thank you to the Lake St. Catherine Country Club for hosting our meeting!

  • 8 Jul 2022 8:11 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    On Saturday, June 25th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their second meeting of the 2022 season. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi McShane Bostock

    Attendance: Jim Canders, Martha Pofit, Jerremy Jones, Mary Jo Teetor, John Belnavis, Bob Williams, Lisa Micich, Nancy Liberatore, Kemi McShane, Frank Callahan, Mike Gay, Ed Laird, (Online) Jeff Crandall

    Guests: Mike Shea, Kevin Smarz

    Call to Order: President Jim Canders called the meeting to order at 8:40.

    Public Comment: Introductions to and of guests

    President’s Opening Comments: Jim Canders, President

    Approval of Meeting Minutes: Minutes of May 28, 2022 posted and corrected and submitted by Jerremy Jones

    Treasurer’s Report: Mary Jo Teetor, statement of activity, not many bills paid - waiting on Solitude, Libraries Love Lakes spending. Town of Wells paid last year's allocation. Corrected bank deposit error, budget is correct. Credit at Williams Hardware for any LSCA needed items. Volunteer logs for milfoil management / Greeters AIS grant, to include: 1. Administration, 2. Directly related to Greeter program, & mIlfoil program.

    Jim asked for a motion to accept the Treasurer's report as presented. Lisa made a motion to accept, Ed seconded, all in favor, motion passed.

    Milfoil Management: Jeff Crandall, treatment was on June 20, 2022 in Horseshoe Bay, Forest House Bay, Little Lake. No issues. DASH began hand-pulling, will start full operations on 7/1. Discussed needing better customer service from SOLitude. Discussed misinformation surrounding ProcellaCOR, milfoil control in general, will address misinformation at Annual Meeting.

    Boat Launch Greeter Program: John Belnavis, short on greeters, concentrating on the State Boat Launch. Will advertise for Greeter positions. DEC on August 9, 2022 will be educating the public on AIS with a Vermont Invasive Patroller paddle launching from the Wells Lakeside Park at 10 AM.

    Publicity / Membership: Jerremy Jones, membership numbers currently at 338 members, goal is 400, including individuals and business sponsors. 15 business sponsors, 58 new members. Already ahead of last year with dues and donations.

    Lake Safety: Frank Callahan, markers in, Boat Safety course had 3 locations, but will only need 2. State Police Marine Division and Fish & Wildlife are in conflict regarding the testing, making it difficult to administer.

    Nominating Committee: Bob WIlliams, 2 current openings. Kemi McShane appointed to the remaining term of Phil Pope (2022). Martha Pofit will be stepping down in August. Slate at Annual Meeting for membership vote: Frank Callahan, Ed Laird, Nancy Liberatore, Mary Jo Teetor, Kemi McShane 2023-2026. Jim asked for a motion, Frank made the motion, Lisa seconded, all in favor, motion passed. Nominating Committee set with Slate, but will still have 2 openings to fill - remaining term (2023) for Martha, and remaining term for Rob Goldman (2023).

    Boat Parade: Jerrremy Jones, 15 boats registered so far, pictures will be posted online for voting. Set date is July 2, 2022 at 1:00pm. Fireworks set for July 2, 2022 at 10:00 PM on LSC sponsored by Rick Roberts.

    Annual Meeting: John Belnavis, July 23, 2022, dinner at LSC CC, menu has 3 food choices and will have online RSVP and menu selection and payment. Jerremy will provide an updated slide presentation for the meeting, committees will report on their topic area. Meeting starts at 6:00 PM with dinner to follow. John handled arrangements with the CC. The LSCA will pay a facility fee to LSC CC for the use of the facility. Jim asked for a motion to pay an appropriation fee of $300.00, motion passed.

    Grants: Martha Pofit, discussion regarding the Libraries Loves Lakes program held July 3, 2022 at the Wells Lake Park at 10:00 AM. Displays and presentations from the Wells and Poultney Libraries, LSCA, the Conservation Fund, Greeter Program, Castleton University, the Wells Historical Society, PMRNCD, and Eric Hanson from Vermont Ecostudies will take place. At 11:00 there will be 3 boats to take boat tours of the Lake. This is an educational grant from LCBP.

    July 14, 2022 at 5:30 at the Wells Lakeside Park, the Watershed Action Plan will have a stakeholder outreach meeting & presentation.

    LSCA is known to deliver on our responsibilities to the grants received, but have many more competitors. To secure a grant requires to file all documents, get contracts, oversee work, get it, manage it, and report it.

    Old Business: Jerremy Jones, spoke about FOVLAP, and the transfer of lakestcatherine.com to the LSCA. On letter to F&W, board felt response received did not address our concerns, a reply was created to invite F&W to a meeting to discuss. Ed Laird reported on the land donation, moving forward, an appraiser has been secured to appraise the property.

    New Business: Jerremy Jones, East Poultney Day mid August, proposed purchasing tent, banner, and table throw for events. Will follow up with board on costs.

    Motion to adjourn meeting: 11:18 am

    Next meeting: July 23, 2022 at 8:30 AM LSC CC.

  • 4 Jul 2022 9:03 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    We'd like to invite you to the 2022 Lake St. Catherine Association Annual Meeting & Dinner at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club on Saturday, July 23rd, beginning at 6 PM.

    Lake St. Catherine Country Club

    The LSCA Trustees will update you on lake issues, give you reports from their committees, and discuss current and future initiatives for the lake. The meeting will conclude with an open question and answer session, then we'll have a nice dinner with our lake neighbors.

    We'll also have a special guest: loon biologist Eric Hanson from Vermont Ecostudies will be giving a presentation on loons!

    We are looking forward to seeing you!

    At approximately 7:30, dinner will be served. If you'd like to stay for dinner, the LSC CC has provided the menu below.

    Dinner options:

    • $20 - Chicken Marsala, rice pilaf, mixed vegetable, salad
    • $22 - Baked Salmon, rice pilaf, mixed vegetable, salad
    • $25 - Prime Rib, baked potato, mixed vegetable, salad

    - Includes cake and coffee.

    Please RSVP for the meeting by clicking here to registerYou will be able to indicate the selection of dinner(s) you'd like to reserve. You can pay online with a credit card or with cash at the door. Paying online adds $1 to each dinner to cover transaction fees. Thank you.

  • 4 Jul 2022 7:53 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC - we hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend!

    This morning was the Libraries Love Lakes event at the Wells Lakeside Park.

    We'd like to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, and contributed this great event!

    Our presenters included:

    • Wells Village Library
    • Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA)
    • Lake St. Catherine Conservation Fund (LSCCF)
    • Castleton University
    • Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD)
    • LSCA's Greeter Program
    • LSCA's Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) team
    • Wells Historical Society
    • Loon Biologist Eric Hanson from Vermont Center for Ecostudies

    Thank you also to our Pontoon Boat Captains Owen, Dawn and Mark for taking attendees on a quick tour of the lake, and thank you to the Town of Wells for the use of the park today.

    Wells Village Library - Libraries Love Lakes Event On Lake St. Catherine

    The lake-related learning will continue at the Wells Village Library, as a new section of the library called the 'Lake St. Catherine Collection' will be open to the public soon. More details on this soon.

    Finally, a big thank you to the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) for funding this day, and and the new section of the library through an Education & Outreach grant!

    More photos from the day can be viewed on our Facebook page by clicking here.

  • 2 Jul 2022 8:37 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Good evening LSC - here are your winners of the 10th Annual LSCA Boat Parade! (222 votes!)

    Most Patriotic:

    1st Place: Boat #6 - God Bless America - Adam Wunderlich

    Boat #6 - God Bless America - Adam Wunderlich

    Runner up: Boat #18 - Patriotic - Ryan Bagley

    Boat #18 - Patriotic - Ryan Bagley


    1st Place: Boat #7 - Monster Mash - The Ramirez Family

    1st Place: Boat #7 - Monster Mash - The Ramirez Family

    Runner up: Boat #13 - Groovin On The Lake - Mike & Chris Gay

    Boat #13 - Groovin On The Lake - Mike & Chris Gay

    Most Original:

    1st Place: Boat #12 - RMS Titanic - Goldman Family

    Boat #12 - RMS Titanic - Goldman Family

    Runner Up: Boat #10 - Lake Saint Catherine Fire Boat - Wysolmerski Family

    Boat #10 - Lake Saint Catherine Fire Boat - Wysolmerski Family

    Best Overall:

    1st Place: Boat #3 - Moana - Megan Frueh

    Boat #3 - Moana - Megan Frueh

    Runner Up: Boat #4 - Pirates Secret - Mary Papasso

    Boat #4 - Pirates Secret - Mary Papasso

    Special ⭐️ to Boat #1 - Libraries Love Lakes!

    Boat #1 - Libraries Love Lakes!

    Boat #1 - Libraries Love Lakes!

    Thank you to all who participated - what a great parade - we hope everyone enjoyed it!

    We'll do it all again next year.

    > Thank you to Karen Velsor for allowing us to use her photos to announce the winners!

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