CPLA got its start on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September of 2017. Jeanne Cashin, concerned about the increasing incidence of cyanobacteria blooms on the lake, organized a meeting to see if the Country Pond community was interested in forming a lake association to help address this and other issues. She spread the word among neighbors and created a flyer which Tobi Howell posted on docks around the lake.
The meeting was well attended, and everyone agreed that a lake association was needed to improve and protect Country Pond’s water quality. Several people volunteered to serve as board members, and Tully Zipkin offered to serve as our first board President. Jeanne volunteered as Secretary, Jennifer West as Treasurer and Greg Senko as Vice President.
Over the next several weeks the Board learned that the most effective lake conservation programs, like VLAP and Lake Host, required a non-profit organization as a sponsor. The Board agreed to form a New Hampshire corporation and chose the name Country Pond Lake Association.
Gregory Senko, Kingston – President
Jennifer West, Newton - Vice President
Sue Zipkin, Newton - Treasurer
Barbara DiVecchia, Newton - Secretary
Linda Foss, Kingston – Communications
Tobi Howell, Newton - Social Media
Bill Cashin, Newton - VLAP, Special Projects
Joel Daly, Newton - Member-at-large
Alicia Geilen, Newton - Water Testing Coordinator
Greg has always been passionate about spending time on the water, from learning to sail on the Charles River to racing catamaran sailboats to windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and ...
Living on a lake has been a long-time dream for me. Witnessing our cyanobacteria bloom last year, my passion for protecting the environment kicked in. I felt compelled to work towards ways ...
Country Pond is much more than the lake that I live on, it is part of who I am. I have been coming to Country Pond since the 80's when one of my best friends bought a house in the Grove. I always loved...
Linda moved to Kingston in 1997 and has found Country Pond to be the ideal place to raise a family and pursue her love of outdoor activities. She welcomed the invitation to join with others...
A world traveler, having worked in over 60 countries, Tobi was delighted to be able to purchase a waterfront property in New Hampshire where he could settle and relax ...
Listening to the waves lap the shore and watching the sunset have become two of my favorite things since lake living became a part of my life...
It is Tully’s hope that Country Pond Lake Association will bring together not only the property owners on Country Pond but also others that enjoy and benefit from Country Pond ...
My husband Bill and I purchased our home on Country Pond in March of 2012. Growing up, my family spent weekends and vacations on a beautiful lake where I learned how to swim, water ski, and make lifelong friends...
CPLA needs Lake Host Inspectors to conduct courtesy boat inspections at the Newton town boat ramp this summer.
Inspectors are stationed at the boat ramp to help prevent invasive species from being introduced into the lake by performing courtesy boat and trailer inspections. They educate the public on aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread by arriving "Cleaned, Drained and Dry". Visitors to the boat ramp recognize Lake Host Inspectors as someone ‘official’ who are cooperative and friendly. For this reason, all Lake Hosts are required to be in uniform (wearing the blue shirt or sweatshirt and a smile) while on duty at the boat ramp.
Lake Host Inspectors do not enforce local or state ordinances, rules, or laws. They provide boaters with courtesy information about the laws in a nonthreatening manner, they do not enforce boater adherence to laws; deny boater access to the waterbody; or threaten to report them for any potential violations.
Lake Hosts can be either volunteers or paid employees. No prior experience is needed - training will be provided by NH LAKES in Concord or via a webinar. CPLA will also provide local training sessions.
For more information on the Lake Host program, please visit the NH LAKES website, https://nhlakes.org/lake-host/
To become a Lake Host, sign up at NH Lakes Lake Host Inquiry.
To apply, please send your resume to email@example.com.