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.

Fireworks 2015!

As in years past, Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend brings the annual Lake Buel Fireworks show!  Set to begin once it is sufficiently dark, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular fireworks launched from the lake shore.  Heavy rain however would force postponement and the rain date is the next day, Sunday.

Enjoy!

2015 Annual Meeting: Lake Buel Restoration / Preservation District

Just a reminder the annual meeting will be held May 23rd at 10:00 AM in the UCC Meeting House in Monterey on Main Road (across from the Monterey General Store).  Participation by district proprietors is requested as no business may be conducted without a quorum.  You may provide a proxy if you can not attend in person as outlined in the meeting materials mail to you.

Please bring your meeting packet with you to the meeting.

Additional cell phone option for Sprint customers

With quiet fanfare, Sprint announced last month that their customers using newer cell phones (iPhone 5c and up, and certain Android phones) would be able to use their phones for WiFi calling.  What this means is that if you are a Sprint customer in a Wi-Fi zone, you can initiate and receive calls EVEN IF THERE IS NO SPRINT SIGNAL!!! Designed primarily to address dead zones in buildings and basements, for us Lake Buel residents it suddenly means additional cell service along Lake Buel provided you have WiFi in your home.

I tested it out yesterday and it worked well.  For the telecom geeks out there, my home internet is via an AT&T mobile MiFi unit tapping into the new Monterey cell tower along route 23.  AT&T runs on the GSM mobile technology; Sprint and Verizon run on the competing CDMA technology.  So the call I made on an ‘incompatible’ CDMA Sprint iPhone 6 went out through an AT&T GSM tower! Pretty cool (for some people at least!)

Verizon doesn’t not currently allow WiFi calling, and has indicated no immediate plans to offer it.  If you’re a Sprint customer though, full details on how to enable it are available on the Sprint site.  Also of note is WiFi calls do not count against any minute caps on the Sprint plans.

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.