Dear BALA members,
Spring is here and I would like to welcome you all back to the coming summer
2017. We survived another wonderful winter in New England and except for
that nor'easter we had in April, it really wasn't all that bad. The mild
winter did pose some interesting ice conditions though. We had ice and then
we didn't have ice and then we had ice again. There were days when you could
ice fish and fish from your boat at the same time. We even saw a few kayakers
out on the lake in February. Brave souls to say the least. Anyway, our original
concerns about filling the lake with water were put to rest after a few long
weeks of spring rain. The lake is full now and we are ready to take on the
The BALA Board of Directors hascontinued their efforts to bring you value
for your annual contributions to the cause. We have a few new committee members
and we will be working diligently to bring new ideas and events to you this
summer and into the fall, so make sure you keep us updated on your email
listing so we can be sure to keep you updated on our calendar of events.
You may see a survey this summer asking you for feedback. Please take a few
minutes to respond. Your committees depend on this feedback to help shape
the activities and events they provide.
The newly organized recreation committee spent the winter months planning
several things we hope you will all enjoy. There were even a few events over
the winter to engage those of us who didn't leave the area for warmer climates.
An ugly sweater contest/gathering in January and a "BALA at BABA" event in
February were both well attended where everyone had a great time. I look
forward to more winter activities as this committee continues to expand their
1. The Boating Safety course that was sponsored by SLAC (Sturbridge Lakes
Advisory Committee) on May6thfilled quickly. A second course is being planned
for later this summer. The tentative date for the next session will be July
29th. We had several attendees from Big Alum in this last session and the
good news is that more and more people are concerned about boating safety
and want to better understand the laws of the state.
2. A reminder that if you would like to order BALA logo items, you can do
so by checking the web site. Our on-line supplier (www.logoup.com) has our
BALA logo and stands ready for anything you want to order. Details on how
to do so are posted on our web site.
3. The recreation committee is working on dates for "pontoon tie-ups" again.
We will be trying out a few week end dates so that those of you who are not
able to come during the week may tie up with us on the weekends. Remember,
if you wish to participate but don't own a boat, give us a call and we will
be happy to pick you up. They are also planning a kayak for the kid's event
as well as a "selfie" event for our social media members.
4. Ourhistory committeeis still seeking to capture as much information as
they can. John Puffer is willing to take any old photographs you might have,
scan them in and get them up on our site for all to see. Feel free to contact
John or any of the board members who can assist in getting the information
to the right place.
5. As always, this organization doesn't run by itself. We have numerous
committees that make it work and we are always looking for some help on these
committees. It's a great way to give back to your association and to meet
many of the lake's residents. If you want to get more involved, please step
forward and let me or someone know. We would be happy to introduce you and
get things rolling.
6. The Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee is also looking for one new
representative from Big Alum Lake. If you would like to work this town appointed
committee, they only meet about 6 nights a year, usually the 3rd Thursday
of the month, then they break through the winter. Contact me for more information
if you would like to serve.
7. Last, as always, I want to say Thank You to my Executive Committee members
and to my Board of Directors as well as all of you who volunteer to serve
on committees.The work they dothroughout the year is in my opinion second
to none, and I couldn't do this without their help. Please know I appreciate
all their efforts and support as I am sure by the rest of the membership
does. Feel free to let them know when you see them on the lake or on the
Thank you again, and as always, "my door and ears are always open" and I
do appreciate any feedback from you, constructive or not. I hope you all
have a great summer and I am looking forward to seeing you all out on the
water. Stay cool!
Just some important dates this summer: Check the web calendar for details
1. First general meeting of the summer - 7/1
2. Pontoon tie ups - 6/9, 7/8, 8/9, 9/3
3. Boat Parade &Lake lightings - 7/2
4. Kayak Breakfast & Selfie Contest - 7/16
5. Wine & Beer Tasting - 8/4
6. Annual meeting - 7/19
7. Other new events coming.