Pond Clean-up and First Swim 2017

Thank you to the many, many EHN residents who came out on this beautiful day and once again helped make the clean-up a success! It was wonderful to see everyone working hard to make our pond and beach beautiful for another season. Of course, it isn’t a clean-up without swimming (no matter what the water and air temperatures are), and kids also worked on road signs. Thank you again and again and ENJOY! Special thanks to Faythe for getting the food, and Sophie and Hanna for entertaining the younger children.

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Spring Clean-Up 2017

Date: Saturday, May 13 (rain date: Saturday, May 20)

Time: 10am – 1pm (come for as little or as long as you can!)

Location: Oak Knoll (Road) Pond

Join your neighbors in getting the pond ready for summer – we will rake weeds, collect debris, weed the beach, and clear out invasive or spiky plants. Wheelbarrows, canoes, tarps, rakes, shovels, clippers, etc. will be needed that day.

Refreshments and babysitting will be provided by the Association. Come socialize with your neighbors while helping to beautify our pond!

2017 EHN Board

Below is your 2017 EHN Board, as voted at the annual meeting.

Many thanks to Steve Brown for his 4 years of service as a board member and secretary.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Lingo for her 3 years of service (2 years as president) and for spear-heading all the work related to traffic and speeding in Echo Hill! And double-thanks for staying on the board.

Michael Beganny

Alice Briggs (Secretary)

Steve Ellis

Krisztina Filep (President)

Richard (Dick) Giglio

Paul Hamel (Treasurer)

Jerry Hayes

Elizabeth Lingo

Erin Salvador

Faythe Turner (Vice-President)

2017 Echo Hill North Annual Meeting

The Board will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 28 at the Amherst Women’s Club on Triangle Street. All EHN members and interested parties are welcome. Snacks and desserts will start at 6:30 pm, followed by the meeting. Additional agenda items may be submitted for consideration to Board Co-Presidents, Elizabeth Lingo and Krisztina Filep.

Proposed Agenda:
– Introductions
– Approval of last year’s minutes
– Year in Review
– Financial Report
– Tree and Architecture Report
– Pond and Water Quality Report
– Neighborhood Directory
– Speeding and Traffic Survey Results
– Board Elections

Fall events coming up!

Neighborhood tag sale – Saturday, September 24.

Fall picnic – Saturday, October 1, 4-7 pm, at the Oak Knoll pond. Please bring your favorite appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert for the pot luck. The EHN Association will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. This is a great time to get to know new neighbors and catch up with old friends, while enjoying delicious food!

Pond water test results (summer 2016)

As of August 5, Quabbin Analytical Laboratory states “For the items tested, this sample was found to be within acceptable levels for swimming & fishing.”

Detailed results in table below. Max EPA recommended level for E.Coli is 235 (drinking water should be under 1), no recommendation for phosphate. Last year’s comparable time values in ().

Date E.Coli Phosphate
May 25, 2016 4 CFU/100 ml (10) 0.07 mg/L (0.05)
June 29, 2016 4 CFU/100 ml (10) 0.05 mg/L (0.02)
July 29, 2016 6 CFU/100 ml 0.08 mg/L

Fantastic Pond Clean-Up and First Swim!

Thank you to the many, many EHN residents who  came out on this oasis of a beautiful day and once again helped make the clean-up a success! It was wonderful to have neighborhood veterans, new families, and kids working and socializing. Special thanks to Jim for flagging what to cut and what to keep, Faythe for the food and beverages, Paul and Arnie for building a box for toys and tools, Jessi and Jerry for getting the dock out, Alice, Joshua and Dick for the canoes, Sophie and Grace for taking care of the littlest EHN residents and everyone for making our pond and beach beautiful!  Our wonderful pond cannot be maintained without you all. Thank you again and again and ENJOY!

Spring Pond Clean-Up 2016

Date: Saturday, May 14 (rain date: Sunday, May 15)

Time: 10am – 1pm (come for as little or as long as you can!)

Location: Oak Knoll (Road) Pond

Join your neighbors in getting the pond ready for summer – we will rake weeds, collect debris, weed the beach, clear out invasive plants and launch the dock, of course. Wheelbarrows, canoes, tarps, rakes, shovels, clippers, etc. will be needed that day.

Refreshments and babysitting will be provided by the Association.