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A couple of short videos I took while out driving my Subaru on Clary Lake today. The ice was pretty rough. At 16″ thick it was plenty solid, but rough. If it was smoother I’d probably still be out there.
It has been a long time coming, but our website now supports SSL (secure socket layer) browser connections. This means that your website traffic between our server and your browser is encrypted on-the-fly. In a world that is becoming increasingly more security (and privacy) conscious, it was really only a matter of time before we were forced to take this step. You can tell your connection to our website is secure from the lock () to the left of the URL in the address bar. Also the URL starts with “https” and not “http.” We’ve been planning on installing an SSL certificate for some time but lacked a real incentive to do so, the primary reason being cost. I’m happy to report now that the cost of purchasing an SSL certificate has dropped considerably in recent months such that it was really no longer Continue reading →
I have archived the February 2021 Water Level Chart (at left). Precipitation was slow to accumulate this month but a rain/snow storm on the 27th finally pushed us to 2.67 inches for the month, just a hair above the February average of 2.61 inches. Year to date however we’re still the better part of an inch below normal and without any snow pack to speak of, we are looking at a drier than usual Spring. Most of Maine is not in drought this winter but there are some areas on the coast not far south from here that are considered “abnormally dry.” A lot can (and probably will) change between now and April. Continue reading →
Well we WERE having some technical difficulties installing an SSL cert on the site and getting all the redirects working. We’re up and running now. Thanks for your patience, and thank you to those who pointed out busted stuff!
It’s about this time of year that I really start hankering for Spring, and I’ve been watching the progress of the Sun anxiously as it rises a little further northward each day. By the time the Vernal Equinox on March 20th gets here, the point where it crosses the Earth’s equator on it’s way north, it will be rising well to the left of where it rose this morning:
A camp on Clary Lake belonging to the Andersen family was featured on Maine Cabin Masters this winter. The camp is over on the west shore of the lake. I recall the camp being worked on last summer, and more than once I waved at the folks working on it while out fishing. At the time I didn’t know it was a Maine Cabin Masters project and I didn’t learn that until long after they were gone. I also lost track of this project and didn’t know when it was going to air or I’d have posted about it sooner.
Check out the Maine Cabin Masters post. The before and after pictures are impressive, and the 3D model is pretty sexy 🙂
I was very much saddened to hear of Albert Boynton’s recent passing. Albert was intimately familiar with the Clary Lake dam and the Clary Mill which his family owned and ran back in the 1920’s and early 1930’s. I first met Albert when I was just 13 years old when his house caught fire, back in 1966. Water from the mill pond next door was used to save his house, something he liked to point out to people. I have spoken with him often in recent years about the dam and mill and how they factored into the lives of his family.
In early 2018 the Clary Lake Association was in the process of raising money to buy the dam, and Albert made a generous donation towards that end. I took the picture at left in the late fall of that year, after we had successfully purchased the dam. It shows Albert standing next to the red mill house in which he was born, talking with our Treasurer Mary Gingrow-Shaw one day while dam repairs were underway. Albert lived just across the road from the dam and he was a frequent visitor during that exciting period. He was thrilled that the Clary Lake Association was finally able to buy the dam and restore Clary Lake. Albert has been a Clary Lake Association member for a number of years, and an unending source of stories about Clary Lake.
In light of the continuing health concerns about COVID-19, Maine Lakes will be hosting this year’s Maine Lakes Conference speakers in another series of “Wednesday Webinars” running the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from February through June.
This year’s theme, A Deep Dive Into the Lake Book, features many interesting and relevant topics that correspond with our soon-to-be published 4th edition of “The Lake Book.” While we are currently finalizing speakers for some of the webinars, we are happy to announce that registration is open for the following presentations. Registration is free and easy. Hope to see you there!
Feb. 3, 4 p.m. – Winter Lake Monitoring: Life and Limnology Under the Ice. Presented by Dr. Ben Peierls, Research Director for Lakes Environmental Association. Click HERE to register.
Feb. 17, 4 p.m. – What Kind of Lake Is That? Putting Maine’s Lakes Into Categories for Better Water Quality Assessments and Protections. Presented by Jeremy Deeds, Aquatic Ecologist for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Click HERE to register.
April 21, 4 p.m. – The History and Evolution of the Courtesy Boat Inspection Program. Presented by Mary Jewett, Lakes Environmental Association’s CBI Program Director. Click HERE to register.
And please forward this email on to anyone who you might think would like to participate in these webinars. Thank you!
I have archived the January 2021 Water Level Chart (at left). The drought conditions that plagued us last year have returned early in 2021 with January’s precipitation of 2.16 inches falling considerably short of the normal monthly precipitation of 3.19 inches. February is the month with typically the lowest (2.61 inches) monthly precipitation of the year. We’re going to start February with a decent shot of snow in a couple of days. Hopefully we’ll develop a good snow pack by spring. Continue reading →