A beautiful site…

Assuming you are one of us who longs for the cell phone service and the associated option for internet connectivity.  For over a year, I have glanced up the hill at the intersection of Pixley (Rt 57) and Main Roads (Rt 23) in Monterey, only to be disappointed by what appears to be a tall silver flag pole.  What is eventually going to be the first cell phone tower in Monterey has been in the works for two years, with only hearsay stories about numerous delays and no one committing to a “go live” date after the Autumn 2012 target came and went.  Discovery at the Monterey Second Home Owners annual meeting in August that new building permits had been issued to AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile only heightened speculation.

Well, the past weekend, I noticed a set of mounting brackets have been installed at the top!  Progress we can see!  Could it be that by Columbus Day we might actually have cell phone service?

2013 Fireworks!

Once again, we’ll have the opportunity to watch a splendid fireworks display over Lake Buel on the Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend (August 31).  The launch site will be the beach area near Kutsher’s Sports Academy around 9:00 PM.  Enjoy!!

Dave Lewis

Dear Friends around the Lake,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Dave Lewis passed away on Tuesday. Calling hours are tomorrow and the funeral is on Saturday, both in Lenox (details below).  Dave was an integral part of the Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District from almost the very beginning.  He loved the lake, took a great deal of pride in keeping our lake in the best condition possible, and was blessed in return by innumerable friendships with lake owners over the years.  We will miss him, both as the ultimate harvester – he left a wide wake that will never be filled, and as a dear friend.

Here is his obituary:

David Harold Lewis, 56, died Tuesday, July 2 at his home in Sandisfield, MA. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 31 years, Judy Lewis, his parents Paul and Louise Lewis of Scotia, NY; son Paul (PJ) Lewis, daughters Elizabeth Lewis, Rachel Lewis, Shawn Lewis Albert and her husband Michael Albert, and 3 grandsons, Andrew, Brendan and Evan Albert; brother Nathan Lewis and his future wife Colleen Abbato; brother Martin Lewis, his wife Brenda Lewis, and their children, Kaylee and Jonah Lewis; brother Robert Lewis and his wife Maria Lewis; and sister Rena Lewis.  

After a carefree childhood in Scotia, New York, David’s early career took many turns– he was a farmhand, child care worker, caretaker, and carpenter. In 1984, he began working for the Lake Buel District, a job he continued for as long as his health permitted. A life-long love of fireworks was fulfilled when he started his own business, Berkshire Fireworks, in 1989. The small company was inspired by a desire to celebrate his treasured mother, whose birthday is July 4th. He took pleasure in the opportunity to bring joy and happiness to others on special occasions by lighting up the skies. He also embraced working out of his home because of his fondness for gardening, barbecuing perfect steaks for guests, and his dog, Morgan.

In both his personal and professional life, David was a man of strong passions. He was committed to both the Jewish principles of his upbringing and the Christian faith he adopted as an adult. His strict moral compass was tempered with compassion for others, especially his family, whom he loved and was loved by dearly. A gifted storyteller, he enjoyed recalling humorous tales of working on farms and in schools or carousing with his brothers and friends. He would sometimes surprise by reciting flawless swathes of Spanish or Hebrew from middle school memory and he occasionally broke into song when especially happy. He died as he lived: brave, faithful, and surrounded by devoted family. Calling hours will be Friday, July 5th, at 4-7pm at Hope Church, 259 Kemble Street in Lenox, and the funeral on Saturday, July 6th, 11am, at the same. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Nehemiah, care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA. 

With deepest sympathy to all his friends and family,

Paula

Paula M. Hatch, Chairman, Prudential Committee, Lake Buel Restoration and Preservation District

Weed Harvesting update from Paula Hatch, Prudential Committee Chairperson

“As many of you know by now, the District has hired Tryon Construction, a Monterey business with years of experience operating and maintaining heavy equipment, to take over the weed harvesting operation on the lake.  Our former harvester, Dave Lewis, was rare in that he had over 25 years of experience with weed harvesting and was also capable of handling the maintenance of the equipment either single-handedly or with his team of resources.  Going into the hiring process, the Prudential Committee understood that no one would be able to step seamlessly into Dave’s shoes and that this year’s harvesting would present a steep learning curve to the newbie”.

Nevertheless, Leigh Tryon and his “designated driver” Mike Ordyna, have taken on the task with a can-do spirit and are working long hours to tackle this year’s heavy weed growth.  Mike has already spent several weeks getting used to the harvester by working on the off-shore areas of weed growth.  He is now ready to begin working on the shoreline, the most challenging part of weed harvesting, and he will put in extra hours in advance of the July 4th weekend in an effort to make swimming and boating as enjoyable as possible.

We are fortunate to have a new team who is so well prepared for this unique enterprise. Please be patient and respectful of the challenges facing our new team.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Prudential Committee.  We are committed to making this transition year a good one.

With happy wishes for a great summer,

Paula Hatch

Chairperson, Prudential Committee, Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District

Lake Buel Boat Ramp employment opportunity

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeking candidates to monitor the Lake Buel public boat ramp off of Route 57 in Monterey, and inform boaters of the Zebra Mussel threat.  The hiring window will close June 11th so interested candidates should act quickly.  Apparently there has not been a lot of interest expressed in the position previously, so our recruiting efforts would be appreciated.  Listed below is the information provided to us from the State, along with a link to the job requirements and how to apply.  It’s a great opportunity for an environmentally minded individual to make a difference (and get paid!).

Posting ID: J36046

Position Number: 139893

Agency: Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Official Title: Contracted Seasonal Employees

Functional Title: Seasonal Environmental Educator/Boat Ramp Monitors

View this job at https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/31100001/job/job_view.do?postingId=J36046&code=search.public&federalStimulus=no&companyId=53

Message from the Lakes and Ponds Association of Western MA (LAPA)

BOATING SAFETY TRAINING BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLARY

To: all LAPA  friends

The USCG Auxiliary has asked that we help get the word out about an upcoming boat safety presentation being offered.  They are looking to assist local Berkshire lake associations with free boater safety education trainings at local boat ramps.   The USCG Auxiliary will be giving a presentation about what specifically they have to offer lake associations on: Wed. April 24, 6 pm at Pittsfield City Hall council chambers.   So if your lake association is interested, send someone to attend and learn the details of the program.

Jack Hickey lapa-west

If you are interested in attending and representing Lake Buel, please note in the comment box below or contact Paula Hatch at phatch19@verizon.net.  You may also contact Jack Hickey, jhickey@jhrcs.com, for more information regarding the meeting.