Posts by Paul McNulty

Yes It Sinks, But It’s Still Trash.

Amy Smith of Hi-Vu Road spent a few hours snorkeling along the western shore of the lake. During this time she collected a significant amount of trash from the bottom of the lake. As you can see in the photo, its pretty gross and pretty dangerous. Bottles get broken and make for terrible foot injuries. Step on a rusty can, and be prepared to spend some time in the ER. Ropes and flags get wrapped up in motors. Please carry
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Hannaford Supermarket, Standish

Hannaford started out as a fresh produce vendor in Portland, Maine, way back in 1883 – so we know a thing or two about quality. We’re still connected to those early roots as a local market, and the connection we have to the sources of our fresh foods is core to the way we do business. Hannaford is a full-service grocery store. Along with a pharmacy, we offer fresh meats, fish, beer, wine, produce and more. We’re proud to play
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August 4th Social Event – Great Response

Thank you to all that joined us at the Outpost Public House Restaurant on Wednesday August 4th. Over 60 people attended and the feedback was positive as folks had a chance to meet some of their Watchic Lake neighbors, learn about the lake, purchase some Watchic Lake, and have some food and drink. Many attendees took their food and drink outdoors on the covered porch connected to the meeting room. The food and service provided by the Outpost was outstanding
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Lake-Friendly Water Sport Zones

During the summer, WLA members raised concerns about wakesurfing on the lake, and the potential risk to lake users, wildlife (e.g. swamping loon nests), and shoreland property from the large waves (over 3 feet). Although the wakesurfing is generally happening at slow speeds near the center of the lake, waves created have disrupted kayakers and damaged docks. In response to these comments, the WLA contacted the Maine Lakes Society and found that wakesurfing is a growing concern on many Maine
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Upcoming and Recent Events

This listing includes events and happening on Watchic Lake. Many other regional events can found at the Maine Today calendar site. Some events are WLA sponsored, and others appear for the benefit of Watchic Lake users. 2021 Events 9/17/2021 to 9/19/2021. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Held jointly with Propsnappers of Portland ME. Questions contact Sarah at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. Not a WLA sponsored event. 9/10/2021 to 9/12/2021. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races in conjunction with American Powerboat Association Races. Kiwanis Beach. Friday
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Great Info on Maintaining Septic Systems

Understanding and maintaining your septic systems is important to the quality of Watchic Lake, and to your property’s value. The Maine Lakes organization has recently completed some great info on maintaining your septic system, and educating renters and household members how to extend the life and effectiveness of their system. See Lakeside Living and Caring for Your Septic System. Their key points are: Think at the Sink! Keep grease, fats, harmful chemicals, and hair out of the drain. They can
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Successful State of Maine Boating Safety Course

The Watchic Lake Association sponsored a State of Maine Boat Safety Class was successfully held on June 19, 2021. 18 people attended and learned proper operation and safety (Boating Handling/Equipment/Trailering), Boating Laws, Emergencies & Survival, Self Help First Aid and Environmental/Ethics. Participants passed a test at the end of the class and received a State of Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife certificate for their successful completion of the Basic Boating Course (approved by the National Association of State Boating Law
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Are you missing a paddleboat?

On June 18th, this paddleboat washed up on shore on the northeast end of the lake, well down the Page Brook inlet. Let us know via our Contact Us form if the boat is yours and we’ll arrange for you to pick it up.
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New Loon Nesting Raft at Paine Brook

As many Watchic Lake residents are aware there have not been any loon chicks at the Paine Brook (south) end of the lake since 2018. The WLA Environmental Committee and Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates believes this is because the traditional nesting site in the Paine Brook inlet was washed out a few years back.  Working with Lee Attix, the WLA was able to secure one of the prototypes for a new loon nesting raft design developed by volunteers
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Living with Loons… Back after Ice-out

Watchic Lake is fortunate to have one or two loon families on the lake each year (specifically “Common Loons”). After spending the winter on the Maine coast, they have already arrived shortly after ice out, They generally nest on one of the islands or in the swamp. Each year they parade their chicks for us to enjoy. Maine Audubon provides a wonderful poster on how to live with loons. You can find it here: Living in Loon Territory. Check it
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