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

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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