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Citizens Restoring Congamond,  July 2013


Jerry Crane

Over 30 volunteers gathered on Saturday, June 15th for the annual Citizens Restoring Congamond lake cleanup day. This year the group concentrated on the south lake exit canal, part of the old Farmington canal system. The canal has been littered with debris that was impeding the outflow of water. As witnessed by the June rains causing a rise in lake level, and the subsequent closure of the lake on Father's Day weekend, keeping the canal flowing is a very important and ongoing task. The weather was perfect for the work being done and it is estimated we removed several tons of debris and trash. CRC wishes to thank all the volunteers and the Ayotte Brothers Construction Company of Windsor Locks for its donation of two pieces of heavy equipment and operators used to haul the dead trees, water tanks and tires from the water.


The annual 4th of July decorated boat parade will be held this year on Saturday, July 6th. If the weather is good we expect well over 30 boats to participate. The boats start to gather at Babb's Park, 433 Babb's Road, in West Suffield around 5pm, and after the singing of the National Anthem by Suffield's own, soon to be famous Traci Mnich, they pull away at 6:00. Best viewing is at the park before they leave and on Louie B's deck as they pass by.

Next up are the Friday night "Movies on Congamond" in July and August. The plan is to have boat-in movies on Babb's beach. We now have a 22 foot outdoor screen and a low output FM transmitter so we don't bother the neighbors. We will be playing family friendly films for all to enjoy. Anchor your boat, sit on the beach, bring a boom box or personal radio, tune in to the frequency and enjoy. We'll have more details at www.congamondmovies.com.

On Saturday, August 17th we will host our "Pirates of the Congamond" poker run. All the stops will be on the lake. It will run from 1-5pm beginning at Babb's Park, stopping at Saunder's Boat Livery, Jimmy's Pizza, Louie B's and ending at Crabby Joe's Restaurant for a buffet and entertainment. There will only be 300 entries. First Come First Serve. Entries must be received by August 1st.

You can participate by car, motorcycle or by boat and have as many as entrants you would like. Please call 860-668-1169 or 860-490-0302 if you have any questions. Sponsorships are available. Check out www.congamond.org for details.

Then, on Sunday, September 8th Nora's Restaurant will hold a CRC benefit golf tournament. More info on that as it becomes available.

Enjoy the summer… See 'ya on the pond!


Citizens Restoring Congamond is a duly recognized, volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Congamond Lakes. We can be reached at www.congamond.org, or P.O. Box 651, Southwick, MA 01077.

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