Little Sebago Lake started its State mandated water level draw down for Winter on October 15th. We coordinate with them to maintain a constant level and will be opening our dam today. The Collins Pond water level is annually lowered to lessen damage to the shorelines from ice expansion. This year our draw down will be delayed until after November 6th due to the final week of milfoil removal by New England Milfoil.
Little Sebago Lake had to release some water this week so you may notice the Collins Pond water level vary as we try to match this new inflow. The LSL DamKeeper opened his dam about 5% on 5/14 in the evening and we adjusted about 24 hours later to release some.
As of April 15, 2020 the Little Sebago Lake dam has been closed to bring that lake up to the State mandated summer level. On April 16th the Collins Pond dam has also been closed. Adjustments will be made, as always, to try to maintain a constant water level.
As Little Sebago Lake has maintenance performed on their dam, there will be small water releases which may slightly affect the Collins Pond water level. For larger releases we will also open for short periods, as just happened on Sept 8th. A reminder that Little Sebago Lake starts their mandated water level draw down for the winter on October 15th. We will open our dam at that time also to maintain a lower level for the winter. This is intended to limit damage from ice to the shoreline during the winter.
From the kitchen of Donna Rand. Thank you for sharing!
CHOCOLATE ÉCLAIR BARS
2 small pkgs instant vanilla pudding
3 ½ c. milk
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
2 sleeves graham crackers (can use cinnamon)
Line 9×13 pan with graham crackers.
Beat pudding in electric mixer with milk. Add Cool Whip.
Layer ½ pudding mixture over crackers. Add another layer of crackers and pudding. End with a layer of crackers.
Melt 3 T. butter & 2 squares unsweetened chocolate over low heat, watching carefully. Remove from heat and add:
1 ½ c. confectioner’s sugar
3 t. milk
2 t. light corn syrup
2 t. vanilla
May need to add more milk a little at a time to get to the right consistency.
Mix and spread on top of graham crackers right away.
Little Sebago’s water level are high so they started a 30% release today. Our Dam Keepers are monitoring Collin’s Pond water levels and will release as needed.
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.
A composite of the winter activities on the pond. As I paint there are now three snow huts pitched on the ice, thirteen people in sight, one or two sledges per tent, two to five canvas chairs set up near two tents, three huge power ice awls sticking up out of the ice and numerous holes with their ice fishing rigs set up. Last tent flushed the hundreds of mallards gathered for their daily corn from persistent neighbor. (Arghh.) People walk their dogs, pull kids on sleds, skate, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile, but mostly ice fish. They are often out on the ice before sun up.
Oh, there goes our resident bald eagle after the skeins of ducks. He/she enjoys well-fed duck and the fish ice fishermen sometimes share. I watch, sketch, paint, take my granddaughters out on the ice and dream of warmth and kayaking again.
Cheryl (Sherry) Andre