Introducing “Ospreys: Images of Their Fascinating World,"
the new book written by CYC members/photographers Heather Davidson and her companion Joe Lupsha. They have been working on this photojournalistic book together for FOUR years and it ...is finally published! What an amazing journey!
You may already know that Heather's photographs and articles have appeared in over 50 different magazines and books, as well as 16 calendars (a few of her photographs are on our own CYC website). Joe spent some time in the publishing field upon retirement and produced front page articles with photos as well as many center spreads in a fledgling rural newspaper.
Now, listen to this!!!
At this moment there are two stores very close to Lake Cobbosseecontee that have some copies of Heather's and Joe's book for sale. One is Lakeside Marina (Andy), who already has a good supply. And, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop (Eric), also has quite a few. Both of these local businesses can offer to YOU “Ospreys: Images of Their Fascinating World" right now.
I'm sure the book will be available in more area stores soon, but Lakeside Marina and Apple Valley Books are the lucky winners of being the firsts to carry it!
Commodore's Note: I have purchased a copy of this book and definitely recommend that you make plans to see Andy or Eric to do the same. Believe me when I say that this is not just a book of photos (although the photos are just amazing), as it is filled with fascinating information about this spectacular bird. Pick up a copy soon. You'll not regret it!
AN EDITORIAL THOUGHT
Periodically, we at CYC receive notice of an abandoned dock that has apparently floated away from its home location. We hope when that occurs the owner takes responsibility to see that it does in fact get hauled back where it belongs or even removed from the lake. Just boating around one can often see old rotting docks, walkways and such located in some of our picturesque coves; does that not just bring to mind the question...why? We need to be responsible lakers! We know that we have a dock and, one would assume, we know when that dock has floated away. Response? Take care of it! Let's do everything we can to keep Lake Cobbosseecontee the beautiful body of water it is meant to be. That way we can all enjoy that picturesque beauty.
Herman Boas Scholarship
Herman Boas was a devoted member of the CYC who live much of his life at the north end of our lake. Years ago this scholarship was established to fund a week stay for a deserving young camper at the Maine YMCA Camp in Winthrop. This year the award again goes to Savannah Green a student at Gardiner Area High School. We hope that given this opportunity that she will develop some of the love and respect of our lake that Herman so exemplified. We know how much she enjoys her time at camp because last year when asked how her week had been she replied, " Best week of my life!"
She is shown in the photos with our Treasurer, Jack Schrader, as he presents a check to Barry Costa, camp director and with a couple of the many friends she has made, Isabel and Hannah. Congratulations Savannah!
Congratulations Andy and Sheree...
on the success of your 25th annual Special Olympics Maine bass fishing tournament! Let's see. You wanted to reach a record total of 100 boats! And you wanted to reach a record collection of $25,000 for Special Olympics. AND YOU DID! Awesome! Congratulations! The weather may not have been perfect, the fishing may have not been the best (although it looked pretty good watching the bags of fish brought to the weigh-in), but the results speak for themselves. Rest assured that the Cobbosseecontee Yacht Club is proud to be one of your many contributors to this special cause. Congratulations as well to the winners of the tournament, George Cooper of Buxton and Dwayne Turnage of Hollis and their nearly 31 pounds of bass!
Enjoy the photos (click on them to enlarge) and please consider taking part in this special tournament next year, the first Sunday in May. Fish it? Grab the bragging rights and the prize money? And.....Donations are always welcome! Always! Such a great cause for sure!
The Harris Brothers with...
...the largest fish!
Cobbossee Watershed District News
PLEASE JOIN US AT THE
COBBOSSEE WATERSHED DISTRICT’S
2014 ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING
In addition to the matter of voting on the CWD’s 2014-2015 fiscal budget, there will be the usual brief overview of CWD activities over the past year.
And in addition, this year there will be a presentation by Roberta Hill, Director of the Invasive Aquatic Plants Program at the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.Included in Roberta’s presentation will be a discussion of the discovery of variable-leaf milfoil on a boat trailer exiting Annabessacook Lake last year and plans for surveying the lake this summer to determine if the lake has in fact become infested and options for future action.
So, please join us.Come see old friends and make some new friends as well.
Note:Early arrival would be appreciated so that voter registration can be completed in time to kick the meeting off as close to schedule as possible.Thanks!
NEWS from our Friends at Pilgrim Lodge!
(Received in December, 2013)
Dear Friends of the CYC,
Greetings from Pilgrim Lodge on Lake Cobbosseecontee! Pilgrim Lodge (or PL) is located in West Gardiner on Pinkham Sound. My name is Bryan Breault and I’ve been the director at PL for the past 17 years. Some of you might remember the presentation I made at the CYC’s 100th anniversary (which was held at PL ) including scans of Cobbossee postcards and other ephemera. We also held a Saturday boat-in a few years ago, and we were included on one of Kennebeck Savings Bank’s historic homes of Cobbossee tours.
Sadly, PL is one of the last of its kind. PL was originally an adult get away called “Balbrook Lodge,” much like Wabanki Lodge, Yornoc Lodge, and Cobbossee Colony. There are currently four summer camps on the lake.
Every summer we welcome about a thousand campers, mostly from Maine, to enjoy the ineffable beauty that is Lake Cobbosseecontee. We’ve tried hard to keep our site simple and rustic, and always to remember the health and well being of the lake.
We own about a half-mile of shoreline, plus two islands. Your map shows them as one “Long Island” but since the dam went in almost a hundred years ago, it’s been two islands. I shudder to think of what might happen if PL went the way of other old Lodge’s. And PL is now about 80 years old and needs a shot of maintenance and love.
This is why I invite you to join us in our Pilgrim Lodge 2014 Capital Campaign: “We Want to Pass It On.!” The title of the campaign refers to a beloved camp song we sing every week of the summer. There is much maintenance and re-building to be done, and we’ve already started some. The boardwalk that connects all our cabins along the shore, and helps minimize erosion was replaced this summer. We’ve added handicap accessible trails to access our chapel and labyrinth without impacted the waterfront. We also hope to increase access to our swim area.
There is a new dining hall planned. Don’t worry, the old Lodge will be refurbished and loved and still used as program space. The new dining hall will be set back from the lake, on the other side of our camp road and will seat about 200 people. We intend to build this new structure to match the look and feel of the camp.
In a time when so many camps are struggling, we are looking to a bright future. But we need your help. Imagine if yet another old lodge was sold to developers. Your pledge will help keep an historic Cobbossee gem in great shape for the next century. We do our best to be good stewards of our little section of the lake, and we’ve tried to be good neighbors. We sure could use some help in keeping the dream alive. Information about the campaign can be found on our website at www.pilgrimlodge.org/passiton , or you can give me a call at 207-724-3200.
Rev. Bryan S. Breault
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