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Water Adventure Raffle raises funds for local Maine lakes

Enter to win and help us raise funds for deserving non-profits.

Twelve lucky winners* will receive one of the following:

Fundraising raffle tickets available at any Evergreen branch location up to July 16th. 

Ticket Prices:

  •    2 for $5
  •    5 for $10
  •    20 for $20

Details visit: https://www.egcu.org/resources/raffle-fundraiser.html


All proceeds benefit:

*You do not need to be a member of Evergreen Credit Union to win, and there is no limit to the number of raffle tickets any person can purchase.  Winners do not need to be present to win. 3 winners will be drawn at each of our 4 branches. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email within 5 business days. If a winner fails to respond by August 1, 2019, they forfeit the prize. Sponsors have no liability once the winner receives their prize.  Retail value of each of the three prizes is between $250 and $600. Winners of the Inflatable Paddleboard Package will receive a 1099 Tax Form for 2019 filing and must complete IRS Form W-2G.  Employees (full or part time) and Board Members of Evergreen Credit Union and their families are not eligible to participate.

New England Milfoil is back!

The crew from New England Milfoil will be back at work removing milfoil from Collins Pond. Grants from the Maine DEP and the Town of Windham are helping to support this work, along with your donations.

NE Milfoil Schedule:

  • Sunday June 30 – Wednesday, July 3rd. (Two DASH boats working during this time.)
  • Monday, September 23 – Thursday, September 26th ( One DASH Boat)

Here are some ways you can help with the effort!

  1. Click on the DONATE button to assist in this effort.
  2. Rake up lose milfoil from your shoreline.
  3. Help find a location nearby to accepted the milfoil we harvest or if you have land you can allocate for this purpose, please email Roger or Cheryl at roderpatt@aol.com or cmrawson@icloud.com The further away New England Milfoil has to travel to dispose the milfoil, the less time they have to harvest on our pond.
Did you know Milfoil is touted as a wonderful fertilizer for gardens. See below links to articles on how milfoil is being used on organic farms.

https://modernfarmer.com/2016/04/invasive-weeds-eurasian-watermilfoil/

https://digginginthedriftless.com/2009/07/24/milfoil-mulch-turning-crap-into-crop/

https://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/milfoil-herb.html

2019 Annual CPIA Meeting

Please join us for the 2019 Annual Meeting to catch up on Pond projects and more!

June 22, 2019
Nancy Cleveland’s Residence, 52 Sposedo Rd, Windham ME

Please bring a chair

Agenda

  • Convene and Introductions
  • Secretary’s /Treasurer’s Reports Grants & Other Funding
  • Dam Report
  • DASH Boat/ Milfoil Control Efforts
  • Pond Donations
  • New Business
  • Election of Officers and Board

Emily Jeane Libby

Our deepest sympathy go to Nancy Cleveland for the loss of her Mother a long time resident of Collins Pond.

Emily Jeane Libby  passed away on Dec 23 at home looking out over our beloved Collins Pond with Nancy at her side .  She had turned 96 just after Thanksgiving and had lived year round on  Collins Pond  since 2001.  Nancy’s father’s grandfather built the family camp that is now Nancy’s home.  Her  parents brought her and her siblings out to Collins Pond on weekends every summer.

The obituary celebrating a long life, well lived HobbsFuneralHome.com

6 Tips to Prevent and Treat Swimmer’s Itch

In my research on Swimmer’s  Itch I came across the below list of tips.  Not all relevant to our pond, but most!

As our folks around the pond become more aware how harmful it is for us humans, water quality and the waterfowl by feeding the waterfowl,  hopefully we will have less cases  of swimmer’s itch reported this season.

1. Avoid Busy Beaches – Swimmer’s Itch is most common in highly populated beaches where ducks, especially the merganser duck, and snails are commonly found. Avoiding these swimming areas will decrease your chances of coming in contact with the parasite in the first place. Deeper water and moving water, such as rivers, are also less likely to carry the larvae in search of hosts.

2. Towel Off – Kids are most susceptible to swimmers itch as they tend to spend long amounts of time in shallow water and air dry. Try to towel off agressively after each swim.

3. Protect Your Skin – Creating a waterproof barrier seems to help prevent the parasites from burrowing into the skin. One way to do that is with Baby Oil. But you’re going to want sunblock to go under that. And kids are squirmy enough putting on one protective layer, much less two. We’ve discovered two brands of sunblock that do the job. Bullfrog gel sunblock works pretty well and is readily available in most stores. But we’ve had the best luck with a Wisconsin product called Swimmer’s Itch Guard. It’s made from natural ingredients, smells and feels a lot like vapor rub, but it works like a dream. This is the best prevention we’ve found. You can find it in a few Traverse City stores, and order it online here: swimmersitchguard.com It’s pricy, but if your kids plan to spend much time in the water it’s well worth it.

4. Don’t Panic – If you get the dreaded itch don’t panic and swear off swimming for the rest of the season. The bumps will itch for a day or two then they’ll just be red and ugly but not painful. The more sensitive your skin is the more susceptible you are to the parasites. I’ve swam with my kids and never got it when they’ve been covered. So it doesn’t affect everyone the same way.Unfortunately if you’ve had it once, you’re more likely to get it again.

5. Treatment – Applying an antihistamine creme on the spots to help with the itch, or swallowing a dose of Benadryl if it’s really bad, has always helped my family. The bumps will go away in about a week. (The worst part is the fearful look you get from strangers who think you have a raging case of measles.)

6. Don’t Feed the Ducks! – Waterfowl like merganser ducks, Canada geese, swans, and mallards are the hosts of these parasites. The eggs are returned to the water in the duck feces thereby repeating the life cycle. When the ducks are fed at beaches they congregate there thus making those sites especially susceptible to Swimmer’s Itch. On lakes where swimmer’s itch is common you can expect every common merganser duck is infected and capable of spreading the parasite.

 

New England Milfoil back for 2018

The crew from New England Milfoil, based in Brownfield Maine, is back to work removing milfoil from Collins Pond. They will be working for 8 days starting June 4th through June 7th and again from June 11th through 14th. We plan to have them return later in the summer for another week or two, dependent upon donations. Grants from the Maine DEP and the Town of Windham are helping to support this work, along with your donations. The Collins Pond DASH boat will also be working soon on the pond. Click on the DONATE button to assist us in this effort.