Thursday, August 06, 2020

I happened to come across this short video today and it seemed very appropriate to share it during this particularly stressful time in our nation. I made me stop and think - and realize how much work we all have to do to restore the respect and allegiance represented here:

Last night the temperature dipped into the fairly low 40s here - my thermometer registered a low of 42F. I opened the house up to the fresh morning air, but by 10:30 a.m., we were chilly and now I've closed it up and wishing I'd reacted just a bit sooner. The sun is nice, but the air is still coolish - 74.2F right now. I told Fred to watch for turning leaves on the hillsides - it sure begins to feel like fall to me! That said, I know we'll have more nice summer weather, but as the sun changes a little every day, slipping lower in the sky, we realize the days are becoming shorter and summer is on its way as autumn approaches.

The wind on Tuesday night stripped lots of apples off our old apple tree. This happens to be a year when it was loaded with apples - next year there probably will be few to none. I don't believe they are anywhere near ripe yet, but I was reminded of how my kids loved "green apple pie" in late summer when we were at camp. Bob was especially fond of green apple pie and used to bring me apples from goodness knows where - mostly up on what we called the Roy Lot, now owned by Kate and Jules Chatot. There used to be a wonderful orchard up there - a dozen or so trees that our family harvested when I was very young. I introduced my kids to those trees when they were going up and we used to go up the lane that was known as the  Bayley-Hazen Road (where Chatot Road is now, and beyond) from camp.

When I was a kid, we reached the orchard from the opposite direction, on the old lane that separated the farm's building, hayfields and pastures. Our land ended at the stone wall that separated what once was Asa Mack's farm and later belonged to Dr. Delton Watt.

The old lane wasn't the exact route of the Bayley-Hazen military road - that runs somewhat east of the lane. However, what we called the old lane was actually used by early settlers and Cabot Plain folks. It was on higher ground and was a much easier route to travel with horses or oxen than the old military road. There used to be three or four productive farms along that road.

Back to green apple pies.  Bob would come home carrying all the apples he could gather into his t-shirt or jacket and I would make the pie - or pies. Peeling and cutting up those usually small, green and sour apples took hours, but with plenty of sugar and just the right spices, that first apple pie each summer was truly special. I haven't had one of those in years - perhaps I'll go out and pick up some of those windfalls . . . !


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

     Ken Furman of Point Comfort informed us that there will be music played for boats on Saturday 8/9.  The band is "The Other Side" and will play from 1 pm to 5 pm on the shore of the first pond. 
Also, here's an interesting comparison of the 1918 pandemic and today's Covid-19: STORY

Our storm last night didn't prove to be as daunting as we had expected - and that's only a good thing! I measured 1.70 in. of rainfall this morning - well under the 2-4 inches predicted. I checked the anemometer a few times during the evening, but never saw wind that was registering more than 10-12 mph.  There may have been higher gusts, but my meter does not record any readings, so I have no way of knowing if there were more powerful gusts of wind. Everything considered, we were very fortunate, I think. I haven't had any reports of damage or even lost items that got blown away or floated away during the storm. Everything seems to be stable here.

I don't know if it is generally known, but Scot and Geri Pelok on Sandy Beach Road are leaving the area. We are very sorry they are leaving, but understand that they are returning to Michigan where they have family and friends. I know they loved their spot on Joe's Pond and it was a difficult decision to make. We wish them safe travels and the very best in the future.

The trend to have music on weekends at various spots around the pond has really taken off. This Saturday (August 8) there will be an on-shore concert at Point Comfort with the band, "The Other Side," playing from 1-5 p.m. Boats should gather in the small, or first pond. This event is being sponsored by the Turner Family at Point Comfort.  Thanks to the Turners for contributing to the fun. I found this photo when I searched the band - they play classic rock, according to what I found.


Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Storm Warning for Joe's Pond and Surrounding Area!

This came in from Andy Rudin this morning - and it's such good advice, I hope you will pass it on to neighbors who may not be familiar with these kinds of storms here at the pond: 

Hello Jane,
After tropical storm Irene, I bought an anemometer to measure wind speed. White caps on waves start at 12mph.   While the main damage was from rain, the wind was predicted to be substantial.  I collected three large plastic containers, set them on our dock, and filled them with water. 
I don't know what the maximum wind speed was, but I definitely remember 8pm.  I think it was August 28, 2011.  I was on the phone with my wife when I heard the wind shift.  The three containers with roughly 800 pounds of water were gone.  The water had raised the dock up over its vertical posts. It was against the shoreline, held there only by a strong steel cable fastened to a deep steel stake pounded deep into the lake bottom by the shore.
The weather now is mild rain with very little wind (4mph) from the east south east.  At 5pm this evening, however, the wind over Joe's Pond is forecast to increase to 12mph.  By 11pm tonight, its speed will more than double to 30mph and will stay that way for a few hours.  It will gradually calm down to 5mph about six hours later at 5am.
This forecast has not changed for many hours this morning, so I took my boat out of the water and will tie my dock down to its frame when I go swimming later.  Can you tell me what the maximum wind speed over Joe's Pond was during Irene?
If it was close to 30mph, and if you agree with my predictions, you may want to consider posting a warning on the blog.  I learned it is better to prepare when it is light outside rather than when it is dark.

Please take all necessary precautions to secure your boats and waterfront property, and be sure to have extra food and water available as we are likely to lose power. These summer storms can be ferocious and very damaging. Don't take chances - stay off the road and inside. Watch out for large trees that may come down on buildings, and check on your neighbors. Let's hope by the time it gets here it has lost some of its wallop.

Monday, August 03, 2020


All are welcome to come to the 2020 Pickleball Fundraiser Tournament this Saturday at 10:30am at the courts next to the Pavilion.  We have a suggested minimum $50 donation.  The money raised will go towards maintaining the Tennis/PB courts at the pond.  We hope you can all make it!.  This is a friendly non-competitive social tournament with the goal being to raise as much money as possible and have a great time doing it!

***If you would like to learn the game please text Tom Segale 617.909.0960 or email and let him know.  We will have some players come at 9:30 to teach you the game!  We have extra paddles and balls.  This has been a great way to get to know your neighbors on the Pond!  If this time doesn’t work we will plan another time that does! 

NOTE: The plan is to have it on the 2nd Saturday of August each year so people can plan for it.

 Thanks. Tom Segale
Here is another fun event. The Joe's Pond Association is sponsoring a concert on Saturday, August 15th. It will be held at Richard and Carmen Gagne's on Sandy Beach Road, so pack a picnic and get into your boat and paddle on over to hear some great music and enjoy a wonderful late-summer evening on the water, or just go out on your lawn or deck and you will probably be able to hear the music. We all know how nicely sound travels across water!! And that's embarrassing, sometimes, but that's what makes summer at Joe's Pond memorable.

Contacting Shut-ins

Here's something we all should remember but probably don't always, and that's that some of our older Joe's Pond members are in assisted living residences or are confined to their homes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are not generally allowed to have visitors, and probably don't get out like they used to, so hearing from friends here at the pond by phone or getting a card or note would be a big boost for their morale. Here are some that come to mind:

Homer Fitts (Homer's phone is 802-455-2110)
Rm. 309
2844 VT Rte 14
Williamstown, VT 05609

Don Walker (Don's phone is 802-223-2484)
245 Towne Hill Rd.
Montpelier, VT 0562

Bill Rossi
The Residence at Shelburne Bay

185 Pine Haven Shore
Shelburne, VT 05482

Alba Rossi
Lincoln House
120 Hill St.
Barre, VT 05641

These are some of the ones I can think of, but I'm sure there are others who are feeling lonely because of this unusual time we find ourselves experiencing. A card, note or phone call would mean a lot to them, I'm sure. Please don't just do this once and then forget about them - plan to get in touch every few weeks. It's good for your morale, too.

We have had reports about late-night fireworks being set off. There seem to be lots of private fireworks displays going on around the pond, and we understand that people like to celebrate that way. However, there are two important issues that we want to remind those people about. First, 11 or 11:30 at night is just too darned late to be setting off those loud blasts. Have some consideration for others. The sound carries and reverberates off the hillsides, and it's disturbing. The second issue is that some people have been setting them off without concern for where the debris is going to fall. We have had less rain than usual and everything is very dry. We have one report of debris actually falling on a cottage roof on West Shore Road this weekend, and that is totally dangerous. Please be careful. Know where your fireworks are pointing. More than one brush fire has been started by careless fireworks. Keep in mind: you are breaking the law by setting off fireworks in Vermont unless you have a license and a permit from the town you are in.
Here are the official regulations.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

I wonder if someone might remember an incident that happened in West Danville back in 1983. A couple of prisoners were being transported through West Danville by a sheriff and near the intersection with Route 15, they escaped from the car and ran up the hill into the woods behind Hastings store. We know where they hung out for several days, but what I'm trying to find is some report of where, when and how they were finally captured.

We have this event in our West Danville history book, and in telling the story, we have a variety of personal recollections, but have searched on line but have not been able to find newspaper accounts of their eventual capture. Our editor is asking that we try once more to see if we can locate some newspaper article or a first-hand report that will authenticate the resolution. If you have a clipping, please take a photo with your phone or scan it and send it to me at I will need the name of the publication and the date. If you have personal knowledge, I would like to speak with you about it to see if what we already have matches what you know. We appreciate anything you can recall.

On another subject - I posted last night about the Joe's Pond Ice-Out Committee and others distributing Ice-Out tickets to each JPA member. They will be doing it in person - offering 10 tickets or more to everyone. You do not have to purchase the tickets now. You can make them out and send them or deliver them to one of the committee members later with $1 for each ticket; you can sell or give them to friends (they can fill them in and send them with $1 each to JPA) or you can hang onto them until the last day of March, 2021 before filling them in and sending them to JPA. Just be sure (1) take them with you when you leave camp this summer, and (2) be sure they are postmarked before midnight, April 1.

I was pleased that they decided to distribute tickets this way - again. This is how it used to be done many years ago. At one time there were "directors" for each road around the pond and that person was responsible for getting information to and from campers. That was before the internet - and also when telephoning across the pond was a toll call. I'm pretty sure at least a few people will remember that. Personally distributing tickets like this is a great way to get to know your neighbors a little bit - however, remember that it's important to use social distancing.

Our weather seems to be deteriorating, and we can expect more of the same as we get further into the week. I was curious about the name, "Isaias," and looked it up. First, it is pronounced "ees-ah-EE-ahs" (hard to wrap your tongue around, right?) and is a Spanish-atin derivative of Isaiah. The first translation I found was that it means "God is my salvation." Then I found that on another baby name website it is supposed to mean, dependable, solid, practical, hard-working, industrious -- you get the implications. Strange name for a destructive hurricane, but with the names of other bad hurricanes retired, I guess the folks at the World Meteorological Organization who pick these names have an increasingly difficult job picking just the right one. I found that they use a list of both male and female names that are rotated every six years - except for the really destructive ones that will not be used again, at least for a hundred years or so.

WCAX weather people are predicting that Isaias will arrive here sometime Tuesday and into Wednesday with a fair amount of rain - could be from 1 to 3 inches along the Connecticut River Valley. Burlington area won't be getting that much. Of course, that is only a prediction based on what they are seeing now - the track could change. We won't be getting much wind, just the rain, which we need. Because the ground is pretty dry here, it should soak up the rain and prevent serious flooding. Here at Joe's Pond, however, if there is a fair amount of rain, expect the water level to come up Wednesday and Thursday as the pond fills from water running off the surrounding hills. Don't leave water toys where they can be floated off - tie things down or put them under cover. Be sure your moorings will allow for the probable rise in water level so your boat isn't held down and swamped.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Important Message About Ice-Out Tickets

Because we have no meetings this year, JP board members and ice out committee members (and selected others!) will be distributing ice out tickets door to door to JPA members before the end of the summer.  We’re hoping each member can be responsible for buying or selling 10 tickets.  Meanwhile, anyone who wants some can call any of us. 


I happened to come across this short video today and it seemed very appropriate to share it during this particularly stressful time in our n...