About dweinberger

Lake resident for 60 years

New feature: Lake Stories

We’ve added a new feature to this blog: Lake Stories, a place where you can post stories and memories of life on the Lake.

This feature was inspired by a message from Steve Hall who came across this site while editing his father’s memoir. He gave us permission to post a memory of Camp To-Ho-Ne and the Guest Camp in the early 1940s.

If you have something you’d like to post, the Lake Stories page has contact information.

Thanks, Steve, and we look forward to hearing more stories of the lake from all of you…

The new length of the Lake

This site’s FAQ has proudly stated that the length of the Lake at its longest stretch is “almost two miles.” It is with regret that we have updated that with a less impressionistic number. The Lake at its longest is in face 1.24 miles. Our source? The mighty Google Maps.

Google Maps has a feature that lets you stretch a line from any two points, and it tells you the length of the line. A line from 45 NE Cove Road to the very other end of the Lake is something like the longest straight line that doesn’t touch land. Google’s report of 1.25 miles is consistent with the Garmin watch worn by our swims-the-Lake-the-long-way nephew.

Those who are distressed that the length of their morning row or swim has now been seriously downgraded may want to switch to metric: Lake Buel is slightly more than 2km long.

Administrative note: A new way to get to this site

You’ve been getting to this site by going to LakeBuel.org. Now you can also get here by going to LakeBuel.com. Same site, just one more way to get here.

The LakeBuel.com site became available, so we scooped it up and set it up so that going there automatically takes you to our .org address.

Note that it doesn’t matter how you capitalize these or whether you prepend the www. E.g., http://www.laKEbuEL.com should work just fine for those who want to keep an even “KEEL,”  wwW.lAKEbuel.com will work for those who want to leave something in their “WAKE,” and LAkeBuEL.org should work for those who like to “LABEL” everything.

Paula’s note about Sandy

Paul Hatch sent a message to the Lake Buel mailing list. I’m posting it here with some minor edits to remove references to particular properties:

 

Hey Everyone,

Last night was a wild and wooly, full-blown January nor’easter-like night. Trees and boughs were crashing all over the place.  I took a long walk around the Lake Buel Road side of the lake this morning and found only one tree on a house….  There were lots of very near misses, and some smaller trees down that got cleared up pretty quickly.

 

Power and phones over in the Downs Road area went out at 7:25pm Monday night and have stayed out.  There was a live power line down across Downs Road, which is why the road was closed. When I came upon it mid-morning, it was surging, sparking and generating 3 to 4 inch flames in the leaves and pine needles here and there. Pretty impressive, so I trotted the rest of the way up to Lake Buel Road, flagged down a truck, and urged the driver to contact National Grid when he got into cell service and let them know they needed to get out here now.  Must have worked as the reports show the road opened later in the afternoon.  But I’m not sure if the power is back on in the immediate neighborhood yet.  I left the lake at about 1:30 this afternoon and it was still down at that time, and Bill reported it was still out at almost 6pm.

I took a fairly comprehensive tour of the lake and found very little significant damage. I was not able to view every single cottage, but a good number of them. Gibson’s Grove was in good shape as was Laurel Banks, Abel’s Ridge and Dentist Row.  The Camp Half Moon entrance was blocked off so I didn’t get down there, or North Cove. Along the way, I spoke with some contractors who were out and about making sure their clients were all ok, so if there’s a problem with  your cottage, you probably know by now.  …

 

The lake is up only a few inches.  Chris Hassett told me he and Mark Amstead (and Pete Hagen?) were going to work on the outlet control over the weekend in advance of the storm, and apparently their work was helpful.  Thanks, guys!

 

I hope this helps alleviate your concerns, and my best wishes go out to those of you who were in harm’s way elsewhere.

With warmest regards,

Paula

Thanks, Paula! We’re all glad you’re safe.

 

Initial reports on Hurricane Sandy

Initial reports garnered from the Lake Buel mailing list seem to indicate that the damage caused by Sandy was less than it might have been.

The power went out for a few hours in at least some spots on the Lake.

Peter Menaker Road was closed the day after, but because there was no surface erosion visible from the top of the road, it’s suspected that there is a downed tree.

So far not many trees seem to have fallen, although there are lots of branches down.

The level of the Lake seems to have gone up 4-6″.

Reports suggest even lighter damage on the 57 side of the lake.

If you have more information, please either post it as a comment to this post or let us know and we’ll update this post directly. Thanks.

Our brand new blog!

Welcome to the first official post on Lake Buel’s new blog! (The one above this about zebra mussels is pinned there semi-permanently, so it doesn’t count :)

This blog is by and for the Lake Buel community. It’s a place to share information, stories, photos and more. We hope that it will also be useful to people who have not been here but who are curious about the Lake.

We encourage you to explore the various pages attached to this blog by clicking on the links below the photo of the Lake at the top. If you have questions or comments, please use the commenting feature. Comments are posted unedited, although we of course reserve the right to remove any that are less than civil or are spam; this is not the place to rent your house or sell your boat. It is a place to talk about that which will help each of us preserve the Lake and enhance our experience of it.

If you would like to become a regular blogger, please send an email to one of the initial administrators of this site: Paula Hatch, Chuck Pierce, Ginny Hyde, or David Weinberger. (Please check the blogging guidelines first.)

If you have questions about this blog, or ideas for how it can be improved — and we know there’s lots of room for improvement! — please let us know, either in the comments for this post, or via email to any of the administrators.

And a special shout out of thanks to Robert Chamberlain for so kindly and generously letting us use the LakeBuel.org domain name. Thanks, Robert!