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A Captain We Highly Respect!
As many of you now know, Captain Hugh Stephens, former CYC commodore and long time Keeper of the Light, recently left Maine to return to his home in New York and his teaching job at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. CYC recently received from Hugh's son, Dean, the following message and photo. To us he wrote, "This picture shows the intense satisfaction my Dad gets from teaching at the Academy. The look on the cadet's faces (and my Dad’s) sums it up. And he plans on teaching four more years." We back here in Maine can just imagine all of the stories he is able to pass on to his students, and we sure do respect his committment.
As commodore of the Cobbosseecontee Yacht Club, I am saddened to announce the recent passing of Betty Stephens, the wife of our former commodore, Captain Hugh Stephens. For so many years now Betty has been an invaluable part of our yacht club and her presence at our executive committee meetings, our annual meeting and our regular Saturday evening cocktail parties will be missed indeed. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Hugh and our hope is that you will consider joining us in a special memorial tribute to Betty, July 22 (the morning of our annual concert), at 10 am on the west side of our Ladies Delight Island Lighthouse. Included here is her obituary scanned from the Kennebec Journal on Tuesday June 22.
Photo submitted by Dawn Meulendyk.
Memorial Service for Betty
The above photo was taken the morning of July 22 at the memorial service for Betty Stephens. Many boats with friends of Betty and Captain Hugh came to pay last respects.
Saturday, July 22, many CYC members arrived by boat at Ladies Delight Island Lighthouse to say goodbye to a long-time good friend, Betty Stephens (1928-2017). Captain Hugh Stephens planned a program that Betty certainly would have loved with some of her favorite Hawaiian tunes playing during the time just before the service, and many favorite hymns played during the service. Captain Hugh made special remarks as did other family members, a trombone solo of Amazing Grace was performed by a step-grandson, Gabriel Stephens, and as the service concluded, Betty’s “earthly remains” were scattered upon the lake.
Note: More memorial photos can be see in our summer issue of The Cobbossee Pilot. Click on the Newsletter page.
The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed Needs Your Help!
Do you have work that needs to be done around your lakefront? Would you like the assistance of the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed? Their available programs have already assisted many Cobbossee property owners with lakefront improvements!
Please, ready the information below that has been provided by Tamara Whitmore, Executive Director of the Friends, and call her today for further information regarding this important project work. This is such a great deal for you and for our lake! Good luck!
I'm contacting you because we could really use your assistance in drumming up support for our "LakeSmart Start" and "Youth Conservation Corps" programs! As you know, Cobbossee Lake is in its second year of a 319 grant, managed by Cobbossee Watershed District.
As part of the grant, labor performed by the Friends Youth Conservation Corps is free of charge to the homeowner. Permit fees for projects that require a Permit by Rule, are also waived. And since our LakeSmart Start! visits are always free....the homeowner only needs to pay for the cost of materials.
We could greatly use your help in promoting this opportunity to your members...and encourage them to spread the word to their neighbors! The Cobbossee grant is only good for this year...and our YCC season is only 5 weeks long.
Executive Director, Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed
PO Box 5003, Augusta, ME 04332
(207) 621-4100 office
(207) 380-2699 cell
Special Olympics Maine Bass Tournament
Started 27 years ago by Andy and Sheree Wess, the Special Olympics Maine Tournament continued this year under direction of the new owners of the “Lakeside Lodge and Marina.” And this 28th annual tournament held on May 7 was another Lakeside success with over $15,000 raised at first report, and more than 80 boats participating. This year’s first place winners with more than 32 pounds of fish were Jonathan Carter and Dan Kane. Great fishing, guys! Weather may not have been perfect that day, but fishing Lake Cobbosseecontee is always fun and often productive!
Congratulations to Travis Mills, Zack Stewart and all involved, and for the success of their first very "special" tournament. Continued best wishes and good luck!
Photo from Lakeside's Facebook page.
Photo from Lakeside's Facebook page.
Lakeside Lodge and Marina
Thank you, Judy Blatchford
This past winter of 2017, Commodore Dennett received the following email from Judy, and very soon after the historic photos shown below. We always find it interesting to receive historic information about our lake and the folks that have had such an important impact on its growth and development through the years. Enjoy the following email and the photos, and thank you, Judy, for sharing this bit of Cobbossee Lake history with the CYC!
Dear Mr. Dennett,
While going through some old family papers today, I came across a program for the, "Fourth Annual Sailing Regatta at Lake Cobbosseecontee” on "Wednesday Afternoon, Aug. 17, 1892." Yes, 1892!!! This prompted me to check the internet to see if, in fact, there might be a Cobbosseecontee Yacht Club and indeed there is! What a delight to see all your information. And I'm wondering if you would like to have this for your club members to enjoy? There are maybe 28 names of boats and their owners and lengths (no Sunfish back then!) and description of the markers, prizes, signals and so on. The race was held off Hammond's Grove. Which prompts me to share a little more information - hope you don't mind.
My great-grandfather was Lindley H. Hammond and he owned the farm which is now the Augusta Country Club. He developed Hammond's Grove in 1880, I'm sure, as a financial effort to use some of his property to encourage "summer folk" to rent and probably later build cottages. My grandfather moved to Boston after graduating from the local high school and his parents apparently sold the farm and moved there about 1914. Consequently, while I have Maine ancestors, I grew up in MA and currently live in PA, with our vacation home in the Adirondacks. I appreciate your concern for invasive species as we are on a lake, too. So - if you would like to have this fragile piece of paper,I could send it if you send me your address.
Sincerely, Judith H. Blatchford
Lake Level News from 2016
As of September 3, 2016, Cobbossee is some ten inches lower than normal for this time of year. At this rate, there will most likely be no need to start a draw-down before the middle of October. Of course that could change depending on the amount of rain between now and then! The fall intent regarding water level is to get the lake prepared for winter by the beginning of November.
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