Loon Chick Update

posted Jul 11, 2020, 10:31 AM by Loon Lake Association

Adult & Chick
(Photo by Sidney Wade using a Nikon Coolpix P900 with telephoto lens at 100 yards)

We had great success with the loon rafting nest this year, in spite of the fact that a damaging storm tore a hole in the camo netting and broke one of the supporting dowels. The loons successfully hatched two chicks, but, sadly, a second ferocious storm, just a few days after the hatching date (July 6) may have cost the life of one of the chicks. The parents are busy chasing other loons off the lake and tending to the remaining little one. They’re still staying close to their natal cove, but will be moving further into the lake within a week or so. Please give them a lot of room at this sensitive time.

Maine Lakes Webinars

posted May 2, 2020, 3:44 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated May 2, 2020, 3:47 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

Dear Loon Lakers,
The Maine Lakes conference is taking place online this year.  The directors encourage all of you to take advantage of their free webinars.  Please review the information listed below.




In light of COVID-19, Maine Lakes has taken the content of our 2020 in-person conference and created a series of weekly Wednesday webinars. All webinars are planned to run for 45 minutes. All are free, but require registration (see below for more information). We hope you can join us for one or all of these exciting, informative and interactive webinars! Questions? Call (207)495-2301 or email info@mainelakessociety.org.

May 6, 4 p.m. – Creative Ways to Broaden Your Lake Association Audience

Join Jeremy Cluchey, Communications Director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine to talk about ways your Lake Association can reach new and different audiences on a shoestring budget, using accessible media tools. Click HERE to register.


May 13, 4 p.m. – Loon Mortality and Human Attitudes

LakeSmart Program Manager Brooke Hafford MacDonald will share findings from her recent graduate work, which combined biology and social science techniques to get a “big picture” understanding of loon conservation in Maine. Click HERE to register.

May 20, 4 p.m. – Optical Brighteners, Septic Systems, and Lakes

Join Dr. Ben Peierls, Research Director at Lakes Environmental Association, to learn more about recent research that uses optical brighteners found in laundry detergent and paper to survey lakes for septic system impacts. Click HERE to register.

May 27, 4 p.m. – Native Plants for LakeSmart Landscaping

Native Plants for LakeSmart Landscaping Join Eric Topper from Maine Audubon as he presents compelling information about the value of native plants, and does a show and tell with native plants that are ideal for shoreline planting. Click HERE to register.


June 3, 4 p.m. – Citizens on the Front Line of Lake Monitoring and Protection

Join Scott Williams and Roberta Hill from Lake Stewards of Maine for a discussion of threats to Maine lakes and the important role of volunteers. Learn more about how you can get involved and join these efforts! Click HERE to register.


June 10, 4 p.m. – Wakeboats: Concerns and Solutions for Potential Lake Degradation

Join Don Griggs from Kezar Lake Watershed Association to hear an informative presentation about the concerns for lake health from wakeboats in shallow water and KLWAs outreach solution to reduce risks. Click HERE to register.


June 17, 4 p.m. – LakeSmart 2020: Q and A for Evaluators and Coordinators

Join Brooke Hafford MacDonald, LakeSmart Program Manager for Maine Lakes, to share your LakeSmart ideas and experiences. This session is meant for past and present LakeSmart Coordinators and Evaluators only. Click HERE to register.


June 20, 9:30 a.m. – Lake Citizen Science: Tools, Opportunities & Challenges

Keynote Speaker: Hilary Snook, Senior Scientist, EPA


New tools and technology are helping citizen science efforts grow by leaps and bounds. Please join our keynote speaker to hear about exciting new citizen science opportunities for monitoring lake health, and how you can get involved.

Before Hilary’s talk, at 9 a.m., please feel free to join us for the Maine Lakes Virtual Annual Meeting to hear updates on Maine Lakes activity, budget, and for members, a vote for new board members and an updated set of bylaws.

Click HERE to register.



LakeSmart Award!

posted Sep 2, 2019, 4:40 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Sep 2, 2019, 4:40 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

John Towey, a volunteer property assessor for the Maine Lakes Society's LakeSmart program, presented the LakeSmart Award to LLA members Dolly and Ainsley during the annual pot luck meeting in August.  In short, the LakeSmart designation is awarded to lakefront property owners who "manage landscapes in ways that protect water quality". 

Congratulations to Dolly and Ainsley!

If you are interested in learning more about the LakeSmart program in helping you to better protect our lake, and to get a plaque for your property, please contact a LLA director at www.maineloonlakeassociation.com/loon-lake-association/Directors who can put you in touch with John.  The evaluation is free and confidential and takes about 2 1/2 hours.  You can find more detailed information on the Maine Lakes Society website at mainelakessociety.org/lakesmart/

Meeting Agendas

posted Jul 27, 2019, 3:37 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jul 27, 2019, 3:38 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

Dear Loon Lakers, 

The meeting agenda for the annual potluck is available here along with other important documents for your review prior to the meeting.

The meeting agenda for the Loon Lake Road Association (north shore) is available here

See you all soon!

July 4th Concert

posted Jun 29, 2019, 4:49 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jun 29, 2019, 4:49 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

A fun concert coming up on July 4 at 4:00 pm at Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley - Robert Ludwig's 12th annual Stars and Stripes Concert. 

In addition to some great organ repertoire by Bach, Vierne and George Shearing, he'll be joined by a talented local high school singer to present some of the music of Sigmund Romberg. Best known for his Broadway musicals and operettas, Romberg visited Rangeley in the summer of 1949 and played an organ recital at the original building of Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Street, across from what is now the library. The event was recounted in the local paper of the time as "the big occasion of the year in Rangeley" and there were hundreds of people packed inside the small church and standing outside. 

The concert will conclude with an inspiring patriotic sing-a-long.

2019 Meeting Documentation

posted Jun 20, 2019, 5:40 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 5:40 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

The July 6, 2019 business meeting agenda is available here.  Additional information such as finances and meeting minutes can be found in the same location as it becomes available.

2019 Meeting Dates

posted Jun 11, 2019, 6:14 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 6:14 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

The 2019 meeting dates are set:


2019  Annual Business Meeting Schwalbe Camp (17 South Cottage Road) July 6, 2019 2:00 PM 
2019 Annual Road Association Meeting Serenity (128 N. Cottage) August 10, 2019 1:00 PM 
2019 Annual Potluck Wegman's Lodge August 10, 2019 4:00 PM 

Maine Lakes Conference

posted May 31, 2019, 7:58 AM by Tony Touchette   [ updated May 31, 2019, 7:58 AM by Loon Lake Association ]

Dear Loon Lakers, 

The annual Maine Lakes Society conference is taking place in Farmington this year, the closest it may ever be to Rangeley!  This is a great opportunity to learn about lake health, protecting water quality, and threats to Maine lakes.  Loon Lake Association members current on their dues can register as a member. 

If you would like to join John Scholz and Tony Touchette in attending the conference this year, learn about the conference and register here.


Potluck Guest Speaker

posted Jul 16, 2018, 1:58 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jul 16, 2018, 1:59 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

The Loon Lake Association board of directors is pleased to announce Nick Bennett from the Natural Resources Council of Maine as our guest speaker for the annual potluck meeting.

Nick is the Staff Scientist and Healthy Waters Project Director where he provides scientific expertise for NRCM's more technical work and also heads up the organization's Healthy Waters project which is focused on protecting and restoring Maine's aquatic wildlife and habitat.  Learn more about Nick.  

If you have questions for Nick that you'd like to submit in advance, please send them to Pat Robinson.

Hope to see you all at the Wegman's Lodge on Saturday, August 11 at 4:00. 

Annual Meetings

posted Jun 27, 2018, 1:17 PM by Tony Touchette   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 1:17 PM by Loon Lake Association ]

Dear Loon Lakers, 

The annual meeting notices are posted on the Events page of this site.  They are as follows:
  • LLA Business meeting, July 7, 2:00 PM @ Sydney Wade's (North Cottage)
  • Road Association meeting, August 11, 1:00 PM @ Serenity (North Cottage)
  • LLA  Potluck, August 11, 4:00 PM @ Wegman's Lodge
We hope to see you all there!

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