Dear Manchaug Pond Association/The Dam Race Organizers,
I wanted to send a quick thank you note to express how wonderful your race was on October 15th and how much my family and I enjoyed it! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming!
The scenery was lovely, the volunteers were extremely helpful (especially the kind gentleman who let us use his RV bathroom!) and it was an outstandingly organized race! Looking forward to next year's race already!
Voters at last night’s fall town meeting voted overwhelmingly to allow
the Board of Selectmen to purchase Manchaug Dam on Torrey Road for $1.
The dam’s current owner, Hydro Projects North, which is a
subsidiary of Interface Inc. of Atlanta, has also agreed to give the
town $350,000 for the maintenance of the dam that controls the level of
380-acre Manchaug Pond.
Before the vote was taken by the approximately 200 people at the
meeting, Manchaug Pond Association member Andrew Mosher commended the
Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator James Smith for their efforts
to negotiate the offer that was being considered last night. Mr. Mosher
said purchasing the dam was a quality-of-life issue for the people
living on the shores of the pond. Other people said the entire town
would benefit from the purchase of the dam that was built in 1836.
While the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee voted 4-1 to
back the article, member Robert Recore said he was worried about the
town’s liability if the dam was bought. He wondered how long the
$350,000 would last and how much it would cost the town if a major
Voters at last night’s 70-minute meeting also voted to spend
$32,700 to pay for work at town-owned Marion’s Camp and for an article
that would prohibit solar power installations of over 250 kilowatts in
— Bill Fortier
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TESTIMONY OF THE MANCHAUG POND ASSOCIATION/FOUNDATION
Presented by Andrew Mosher, Treasurer
Thank you, my name is Andrew Mosher. I live on Putnam Hill Rd and have been a resident of Sutton for approx. 40 years, have my business here, and care very much for this town.
Tonight, I speak for the Manchaug Pond Association and its newly formed non-profit foundation, of which I serve as treasurer. Our organization, 44 years old and 100 members strong, applauds the Board of Selectman in putting forth this article which preserves one of the town's largest and important natural resources - Manchaug Pond.
The beauty and benefits of Manchaug Pond are immeasurable. As a public lake, it offers 380 acres of year-round recreation to all through the public boat ramp, the 3 private campgrounds on its shores and the 4th at its' inlet, and the non-profits of the YMCA Camp Blanchard and the living history museum, and conservation lands of Waters Farm.
The economic contribution in property values of the homes and summer camps along the shoreline and the tourism dollars to area businesses from the over 500 campsites, filled April through November, is significant to say the least.
Environmentally, Manchaug Pond fisheries and the boarding ecosystem and watershed are part of a broader wildlife corridor and trail system which are all dependent on the lake and its waterlevel.
The dam is key to the preservation of Manchaug Pond and Torrey Road, to its vital work as a reservoir for flood control and maintaining a flow to the Mumford/Blackstone River system. It greatly enhances the quality of life for those who come to this corner of Sutton.
The Manchaug Pond Association and Foundation fully supports article 8. We recognize the dam owner's contribution in providing the funds necessary for its future care. We commend Town Administrator Jim Smith and the Board of Selectman for their foresight and hard work in bringing a workable solution to protecting Manchaug Pond for our community and generations to come.
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Sutton Annual Fall Town Meeting
Monday, October, 17, 2011
Warrant Article 8 Sponsor: Board of Selectman
see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectman to
acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, for general
municipal purposes, on such terms and conditions as the Selectmen deem
appropriate, all or any portion of the lands and improvements thereon in
Sutton and Douglas presently owned by the Manchaug Reservoir
Corporation, which are believed to include the Manchaug Pond Dam
(National Dam ID No. MA 00955), as well as lands bordering on, flowed by
or beneath the high water mark of Manchaug Pond, and to authorize the
Board of Selecmen to enter into all agreements and to execute on behalf
of the Town andy and all instruments as may be necessary or convenient
to effectuate this acquisition, and further to authorize the Board of
Selectmen to seek such authorization and approval of the General Court
as is necessary to allow for such acquisition: or take any action
Finance and Warrant
Advisory Committee voted 4-1 to recommend passage of this article. this
article allows the town to take possession of a dam along with receipt
of a $350,000 grant for maintenance and upkeep. The town plans to
install hydroelectric capacity on the dam to provide continuing revenue
streams. The dissenting vote reflects concerns over costs and
liabilities of owning and operating the dam as well as the limited
usefulness of the dam to the majority of citizens.
"This is the best little race we run in a long time!" "What a wonderful spirit!"
Jake Murray 23:08 1st Place Men's
Eric Shrayer 23:23 2nd Place Men's
Linda Spooner 24:44 1st Women's
Howard Bottomly 26:16 3rd Men's
Greg Dubell 26:16 4th Men's
Nicole Salmonsen Gantt 26:48 2nd Women's
Nancy Ryan 27:59 3rd Women's
Chris Sullivan 28:59
Richard Costa 29:11
Lizette Gomer 29:18
Donna LeBlanc 29:50
Larry Costinos 30:31
Sandra Kuipers 31:09
Jill Bronson 31:55
Michael Frost 32:29
Katie Schmidt 33:49
Michael Andrus 34:11
Tessy Schlemmer 34:50
Laura Turner 35:16
Kathleen Laperle 35:25
Lauren Salmonsen 36:22
Kevin Stockhaus 36:41
Danielle Salmonsen 36:53
Paul Eklund 38:41
Patti Eklund 38:41
Kathleen Rocha 39:41
Kathy Lyons 39:41
Maddie Vega 42:23
Judy Castonguay 50:45
Jackie Isble 51:30
Rose Charpentier 57:27
Lesa Bickford 1:02:41
Kim Mosher 1:02:41
Kandi Schmidt 1:05:10
Timmy Isble 1:05:11
Andrew Biafore 1:06:47
Kate Biafore 1:06:47
Monica Gauthier 1:09:30
Paula DeMeo 1:09:30
Alice Smith 1:12:45
A big and hearty congratulations and thank you to all those who ran, walked, rode in a stroller, cheer'ed us on, donated and volunteers! All to benefit the preservation of Manchaug Pond. (Check in later for photos and more!)
Race Day is here! And the weather forecast is calling for clear skies!
Thank you to those who have registered to run! or walk!
Runners should park at the finish line which this year is at the crosswalk at 19 Holt Road across from Kings Family Campground.
Beginning at 8 am, Knights Limousine will shuttle you to the start at Waters Farm.
Registration for all runners will begin at 8:30 am at Waters Farm. If you haven't registered, you can do so the day of the race!
All proceeds do benefit the Manchaug Pond Foundation and our work to preserve the water level and dam.
Race begins at 9:30 am. Water station at
Holbrook's Campground. Restroom facilities at start, water station and finish.
Finish line this year is past the dam around the corner to the crosswalk at 19 Holt Road in front of King's Campground store. Refreshments, music and more.