Submitted by Rick Watson, proud new member of Fairview Grange #342.
Fairview Grange recently installed five new members and more are looking to join.
2013 brought a community collaboration between the Grange and The North Pond Association, Duratherm Window/York Spiral Stair. I am the president of the North Pond Association so will address NPA’s involvement this time and Duratherm next issue.
The Fairview Grange is located on the shore of North Pond, one of the gems of the Belgrade Lakes chain. The lake association had long wished for a location on the water to showcase best management practices for conserving our precious resource, North Pond. Planned models are rip rap (rocks) on the shoreline to protect the shoreline from erosion. Erosion control mulch to slow runoff. Buffer plantings to catch and filter runoff before it has a chance to carry sediment into the lake. A rain garden that allows water to settle out rather than runoff. Infiltration trenches to catch the rain coming off the roof and again, allow settling rather than runoff.
Sound scientific? Hard to comprehend? Exactly! That is why we were looking for a piece of property to develop, showing rather than talking about, the practices any shoreline property owner can implement on their lot to protect the lake. Our goal is to have a park like setting with signage detailing each model for guided or self guided tours. So far we have beautiful steps to the water’s edge, over 60 plants and bushes have been planted, trees trimmed to open up the view and enough cash on hand to really make spruce things up this Spring. Rose bushes, white picket fences, an arbor and cedar tree-lined property lines coming as soon as the weather breaks.
Our hope is to make the Fairview Grange a showplace and a true community center, a place in use the better part of 52 weeks each year. Fairview Grange,115 years young with a renewed focus and mission. Watch us grow and watch for an invitation to an open house and tour of our grounds next Summer. To help us or for more info please email northpondpresgmailcom (northpondpresgmailcom) . Best wishes for the Holidays,