Monday, June 23, 2014

Presenting a New Blog/ Website Experience!

Manchaug Pond from the Beaton Property
MPF's Beaton Farm Property with Manchaug Pond in background
Dear Readers,  MPF is making web improvements you will love!

This week Thursday, when you visit this blog, it will automatically bring you to the new Manchaug Pond Foundation/Manchaug Pond website/blog.

You'll not only find this blog section, complete with all eight years of posts and photos, but an easy, expanded format, vivid photos, an expanding calendar of events, and educational sections about the lake, visiting, and living best in its watershed. 

The goal is to put forth a stunning informative educational experience for all our readers both at the lake and away showcasing beautiful Manchaug Pond and the important conservation work of the Manchaug Pond Foundation. 

Over the years we’ve been made aware of how important the blog is to readers around the world:  with our new setup readers can sign up with an RSS Feed Reader if they like, or they can sign up for direct e-mails whenever the blog is updated.  Additionally, if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll see that new blog posts are automatically updated to both services.  Basically we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for you to stay in touch with us and Manchaug Pond.

We would love to hear from you as we continue to put this together!  We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions as to what you would like to see. So be sure to comment on the new site!
Contact us buttons are available for more information and you will be able to send in your photos for placement in our galleries.

So spread the word and check out    I'll see you there!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Join us for the Spring Social!

Stop in tomorrow morning after 9 AM to the dining hall at the YMCA's Camp Blanchard for the MPF's SPRING SOCIAL to chat with lake friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast buffet.  This year we'll have the excitement of the reverse drawing of our Big Spring Raffle where the losers are drawn first!  See who will take home either a 55" Bose home theater system or $4,000 ca$h.

MPF t-shirts and more will be on sale,  the water quality exhibit will bring you information on the latest grant project, rain gardens, and more, and all members who have paid their dues will receive a complimentary flare for use during the Lighting of the Shoreline July 3rd!

All are welcome to join the Manchaug Pond Foundation to be part of the effort in the preservation of Manchaug Pond!  Sign up for a committee, offer a new idea, or just come in to say hello!
See you there!

A special thanks to our Events & FUNdrai$ing Committee for organizing.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

8 tickets left! MPF's BIG Spring Raffle

Get into a raffle with great odds and for a great cause! With only 100 tickets available, your chances are incredible to win a 55″ BOSE home theater system or $4,000 cash.  Not to mention the great cause you will be supporting with your $100 – Manchaug Pond through the unceasing, formidable work of the Manchaug Pond Foundation. So contact us for a ticket before they are sold out!  Get your family, neighbors or friends to split on a ticket or save the fun for yourself.  The reverse drawing will be held Saturday, June 21st at the MPF Spring Social. Get your number and put your winning number in the pool!

BIG Raffle Drawing
BIG Raffle Drawing

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Safe Boating Vessel Check Makes a Difference on Manchaug Pond!

Last Saturday, MPF and the Worcester County Sail and Power Squadron helped many boaters get off to a good start with a Vessel Safety Check at the state boat ramp!

Going from motorboat to pontoon boat to kayak, in the water and on trailers,  Examiner Jim Arpin of the Greenwich Bay Power Squadron gave one-on-one advice to Manchaug Pond boaters from the state ramp, the neighboring campgrounds, and living on the shore and neighboring towns.

This year boaters' big three concerns were:
  •  the need to check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers
  • the use of block letters only for hull registration number
  • and the need for a whistles or some other signaling devise for kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. 
Further, a boater living on the lake shared that he was stopped by Environmental Police last fall, boarded and inspected, and given a written warning for not having a throwable PFD (personal floatation device) for his over 16ft pontoon boat.

This year, all boats passed with flying colors receiving the orange 2014 sticker and their written evaluation sheet allowing them to follow up with the suggestions where they see fit. 

Email if you would like an examiner to help you get your boat all safe and legal - we can meet you at the boat ramp or come right to your dock some Saturday morning.  There is no charge and no limit on the boats you have check. It is a great opportunity to assure your boat, canoe, kayak or personal watercraft is safe and has all the right equipment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We're back in the boat! VESSEL SAFETY CHECK Rescheduled

We don't let a little rain stop something as important as safe boating!  Get your calendar to save May 31st for the next VESSEL SAFETY CHECK. 

Sponsored by the Worcester County Sail and Power Squadron and the MPF. 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Greater Worcester Gives, Today - Make a Donation to the Manchaug Pond Foundation!

Today, the Manchaug Pond Foundation, is part of Worcester County's first-ever online giving challenge, Greater Worcester GIVES!

Organized by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Greater Worcester GIVES is a community-wide online giving challenge to inspire people to support local nonprofits during a 24-hour period. 

Please support the Manchaug Pond by donating to us in the challenge!

How it works:

Click on this link or enter in your browser and follow instructions to make an online donation of $25 or higher to Manchaug Pond Foundation. Your gift is tax-deductible. All gifts are unrestricted unless you specify otherwise. 

You do not have to be a Worcester County resident to participate - all donations are welcome!

Spread the word!  Help us win the $2,500 or $1,000 bonus prizes!


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