Area briefs


Bridgton rec group elects
officers, seeks volunteers
The Bridgton Recreation Advancement board, known as BRAG, elected 2016-17 officers at its annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 12. Elected were:  Bill McDonald, president; Larry Carter, vice president; Dan Edwards, secretary; and Sarah Davis, treasurer.

Richard Bouthillette was named to the board, joining Carrie Bush, Glynn Ross II, Corinne Davis, Willie Angeleno and David Wright.

The group is seeking additional board members as well as volunteers to work on its Ham complex project. Work has been done to get the concession stand ready, with help from the Rolf Corporation and JP Gallinari Electric, but additional fundraising will be needed to complete the rest of the project.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact an officer or board member.

LEA brochure outlines
Wood Pond project success

The Lakes Environmental Association has published a free brochure that summarizes the benefits of the Woods Pond Erosion Control Project, a three-year project that is drawing to a close this fall.

The Woods Pond Erosion Control Project was funded primarily by a $60,000 grant from the federal Clean Water Act. Partners included Fiddlehead Environmental Consulting, the Woods Pond Water Quality Association, watershed residents, the town of Bridgton, Camps Kingswood and Wildwood, Wildwood Road Association, Woods Lake Association, Woods Pond Drive Association, Frost Farm Road Association, Portland Water District, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Water quality in Woods Pond is generally good. However, development in the watershed has caused a downturn in the past decade and is cause for concern.

In all, it is estimated that 53 tons of eroding soil are now prevented from entering Woods Pond annually. The project met, and often exceeded, every parameter the state and federal government use to measure success.

A free brochure summarizes the successes of the project. Contact Colin Holme at LEA, 647-8580, to obtain a copy.