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…

LBD Prudential Committee Meeting

Posted on behalf of Pat Mielke


LBD Prudential Committee Meeting

Home of Kyle Pierce,  28 Seven Arts Road, Monterey

Monday September 18, 2017    7:00 P.M.



Approve minutes from August 29, 2017

Lake Outlet Maintenance Update

Lake Harvester

Five Year Plan

Any other business


Next Meeting Schedule


Pat Mielke

LBD Clerk

2017 Annual Meeting: Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District



Classification Hearing

Fiscal Year 2018

MAY 27, 2017

Peter Hagen brought the meeting to order at 11:27am.

Present: Peter Hagen, Mark Amstead, Chris Hassett, Kyle Pierce. Wayne Dolby

Pat Mielke, Clerk.

A motion was made by Peter Hagen to retain one tax rate for the Lake Buel District for the FY2018. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Continuing Business:

Virginia Hyde volunteered to post minutes and other business on the website. Pat Mielke will email Ginny the information after it is approved by the Prudential Committee.

Ed Weisman has experience with grant writing and has offered to volunteer to look for what could be available. Pete Hagen will follow up with him.

Mark Amstead will check with the Town of Monterey Clerk to retrieve the old commitment books for Lake Buel that were stored in the clerk’s office. In addition, Mark Amstead and Chris Hassett will locate the records at Dave Logan’s house. The object is to get all the records together and stored in the rented locker.

Peter Hagen stated that he tried to contact Madeline. Schwartzman concerning her complaint of displaced docks near her property. Peter was able to contact the owners and have the docks removed.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 29th, 7pm at the home of Kyle Pierce, located at 28 Seven Arts Road, Monterey, MA.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:50am.

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke

LBD Clerk





FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

MAY 27, 2017


The meeting was brought to order by Peter Hagen at 10:05 A.M. with 61.62 % of the District area represented. In attendance: Prudential Committee members Peter Hagen, Mark Amstead, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Wayne Dolby and Peter Brewer, District Counsel. In addition, Peter Hagen introduced Mike Ordyna, the harvester operator for Lake Buel District, to speak prior to the warrant vote, about concerns with weed harvesting.

Mike opened by explaining his job as operator of the harvesting machine for the Lake Buel District. He stated that the lake is in great shape, with Milfoil being the primary weed in the lake.

Emphasis was given to safety of operation of the machinery while on the lake, Mike stressed the need to stay clear of the machinery, giving him plenty of room to maneuver. Mike starts at 5:45 am and is off the lake around 1:30pm. It takes 3-1/2 weeks to complete 1 full revolution on the lake. There is no set schedule as weather determines the area to cuts weeds.  If a property owner has an issue, it is best to signal from the land or if on the lake, stay back 20ft from machinery to get his attention.

Pete Hagen asked if there were any areas that the machinery cannot reach. Mike stated that the area across from Tin Can Point, and area of the beaver dam is too shallow for the machine. There are areas that are preserved for the fishermen.

In addition, Pete asked about how best the docks should be floated for minimal issues. Mike stated that anchoring the docks by rope is fine, other material could break the harvester cutters if it comes into contact. Mike reminded everyone that a center floatation works well, and to remember to pull up ladders and big tubes when not in use.

The machinery will be delivered and put in the lake on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Mike ended his presentation at 10:20am accepting many thanks for a job well done.

Regular Annual District Meeting Resumed


Article 1.  To bring in their nominations and votes for the election of District Moderator for a term of one year.   Voted – Unanimous, Peter Hagen

Article 2.   To see if the District will vote to accept the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting held on May 28, 2016.   Voted – Unanimous

Article 3.   To see if the District will vote to accept the Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) YTD.  Pat Mielke reviewed the Treasurer and Tax Collector reports. Pat announced that the district will be aggressively collecting the delinquent taxes owed.  Voted – Unanimous

Article 4.   To bring in their nominations for the election of the following officers:

Voted – Unanimous

Prudential Committee Nominees

a. District Clerk for one year                                          Pat Mielke

b. District Treasurer for one year                                            Pat Mielke

c. Prudential Committee: one member for three years              Wayne Dolby


Article 5.  Motion to see if the District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $ 82, 852.00

for the purposes constituting proposed expenses of the District for Fiscal Year 2017.

Line item #5006 Legal Counsel, was held for explanation of why a retainer was needed. Peter Brewer stated that the District is best served by having counsel present at the meetings and for legal advice when needed. # 5012 & 5013 Weed Harvesting Operations and Harvesting Contracted were held for an explanation of the budgeted amounts. Chris Hassett explained that the total budget for the 2 items had not changed, just the distribution. #5014 Water Outlet Maintenance was held for questions. Pete Hagen explained the regulations governing the trapping of beavers, maintaining the dam and the costs associated with it need to be budgeted. Mark Amstead stated that there will be work on the dam and materials purchased to maintain its integrity. All work is done to state specifications. #5026 Lake Recreational Activity was held for discussion about the expense. This item is used to provide fireworks on Labor Day weekend for the owners. The $8500 dollars was built into the budget at the request of land owners who enjoy the fireworks and understand that paying for the show on a voluntary basis did not generate enough funds for the fireworks to be held.


Motion was made and seconded to approve the 2018 operating budget in the amount of $82,852.

Voted, Unanimous

Article 6.  To see if the District will vote to authorize the Prudential Committee to borrow such sums as may be necessary in anticipation of tax receipts for the Fiscal Year 2018, and to issue District Notes therefore as provided under the Special Act. Voted – Unanimous

Article 7.  To see if the District will vote to authorize the Prudential Committee to accept gifts from proprietors or any other entity for the benefit of the District.  Voted – Unanimous

Article 8.   To see if the District will vote to establish a Stabilization Equipment Replacement/Repair Fund per the Department of Revenue regulations. Voted – Unanimous

All in Favor of establishing new Stabilization Fund(70 yes 0 no).

Article 9.    To see if the District will vote to transfer $40,000 (forty thousand dollars) from Free Cash to fund the Stabilization Equipment Replacement/Repair Account. Voted – Unanimous


 Article 10.  To transact any other business that may come before the meeting.

The Prudential Committee was asked if the Lake Buel district business could be posted to the web site Virginia Hyde offered to upload the information to the site. A discussion followed with the request that the committee be required to post the meetings and the minutes on the website. The following motion was made and seconded:

Move that the Prudential Committee post all meetings and minutes on the web site.

Voted, Unanimous

**Jim Caron announced the passing of the following property owners;

Stanley Ross, Frank Ashen, Bill Kiron, Dr Mark Mishkin.

**The Committee asked about the ability to digitize the district records. At this time we have no ability to do so. All that can be saved on the computer is being done at this time.

Motion to adjourn the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual District Meeting at 11:10am. Unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke, LBD Clerk







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.


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.