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The ALIC News

Winter 2010

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2011 Annual Meeting Date

Mark your calendars now for the 2011 ALIC annual meeting to be held on Saturday, August 6, beginning with a potluck breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Androscoggin Yacht Club. It is the Board’s intention to hold our annual gathering around this same date, depending, of course, on the availability of the facility. We’ll look forward to seeing you next summer!

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ALIC forms a Yahoo! Group

ALIC recently formed its own Yahoo! Group at If we have a good e-mail address for you, we have already added you to the group.

Updates about the lake, as well as messages regarding lake association business, will be sent periodically throughout the year in an effort to strengthen the connection which we share. In fact, in the future, the Winter Newsletter may only be available electronically. So, if you are not already a member, sign up now!

2011 Summer Seminars being Planned

An evening social is in the works to provide an opportunity to celebrate the lake and to share some favorite memories.

We’re also brainstorming about a "mini-fair" featuring professionals in the fields of shoreline protection, buffer zone plantings, and erosion control. Displays, samples, and advice will be available to assist you in addressing issues on your own lakefront. Find out more about enlisting the help of the Youth Conservation Corps to work on your project.

If you’d like to serve on either of these committees, please send an e-mail to us at

December 2010

Great Holiday Gift Ideas!

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ALIC has T-Shirts

that are available in 3 different colors with the loon ALIC logo on the left chest area.

  • A nice looking way to support your local lake association!
  • T-shirts are $15.00 each, for sizes S-XL.
  • Sizes XXL and up are $17.00 each.
  • Colors are available in serene green, stone blue, and ash grey.

Androscoggin Lake Maps (Waterproof) $10

To order T-shirts or Lake Maps ...


Your year-end contributions are welcome and appreciated.

ALIC thanks you for your support in preserving and protecting our beautiful lake!

From the Dam Committee

Bruce Cavanagh and his helpers took advantage of the recent warm weather to complete the fall maintenance at the Dead River pollution control device (aka "dam"). The panels in front of the backflow gates have been removed and stored; the cracked flashboards and bent pipes have been replaced.

They’d like to now request our cooperation in doing some chores around our own properties in order to help minimize their workload come spring. It is very important that camp owners secure all items which are stored within the flood zone on their properties. Please tie down or place weight on anything that could possibly be carried away by the high water in the spring:  lawn furniture, recreational equipment, docks, floats, children’s toys, watercraft, firewood, brush, lumber, etc. Every year, many such items get drawn into the Dead River and wind up wedged against the dam, contributing to the great amount of debris which has to be cleared away in order to facilitate the passage of high water back to the Androscoggin River side of the dam. Please take the recommended steps this fall and know that you’re contributing to a smoother and less strenuous transition in the spring. Thanks!

Summer Seminars a Success

A new venture this summer by the ALIC Board proved to be very worthwhile, thanks to a great response from both our membership and the watershed community. Our two summer seminars were a success by all accounts.

The Septic Seminar in July drew two dozen people who learned more about how septic systems work and what steps one can take to ensure better operation of a system. Several people won vouchers offered by area contractors, which provided the incentive for them to explore replacement or significant improvements to their existing systems. Although some of these folks were unable to commit to an upgrade at this time, two property owners took full advantage of their winnings, including cash prizes from ALIC, and are well into the process of making the recommended upgrades. This is a great start towards addressing the issue of inadequate or aging septic systems around the lake, and the ALIC Board is very proud to have played a part in producing positive action in this area of concern.

The second seminar in August, featuring a presentation from Maine Audubon about loons, was attended by close to 90 people who came from all over the 30 Mile River Watershed and beyond. Even the most knowledgeable enthusiasts learned more about this favorite waterfowl whose numbers, unfortunately, are declining on Androscoggin Lake due in part to the changing water levels during the nesting season and threats both natural and human.

The ALIC Board has received such encouraging and appreciative feedback regarding its seminars that it is planning two more for next summer. Watch for more details on our website and in the next newsletter.

ALIC wishes you a Happy Holiday Season!

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