KLA50 ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
Keoka Lake Association will be 50 years old in 2021. Begun in 1971 by an intrepid group of volunteers who were concerned about the dam being able to moderate the level of the lake to keep Keoka clean and healthy, KLA has grown to an organization that continues their activism to maintain the clarity and health of the lake. The evolution of the organization in the past 50 years includes monitoring, surveying, and testing a number of hot spots around the lake; collaborating with the town of Waterford and the State of Maine DEP to mitigate run-off issues along Highway 35; construction of a new boat launch area; and introducing a variety of proactive programs, including Courtesy Boat Inspections, Plant Patrols, LakeSmart and a host of public Education programs. From its meager beginnings, KLA now boasts the highest percentage of shoreowner memberships (80+%) of any lake in the LEA (Lakes Environmental Association) coverage area. KLA is a "poster child’ for involvement and support from the lake community and the Waterford community at large.
KEOKA LAKE BOOK
Keoka Lake: A History of Life on Our Lake was published in the spring of 2021. It contains the history and stories of properties around the lake. An ongoing project since 2019, property owners were asked to submit stories and pictures of their time on Keoka. The book is for sale at cost, $35, and is available at the Waterford Library during open library hours. It will also be available at events in 2022 or until they are gone.
WHS KLA50 EXHIBIT
The Waterford Historical Society exhibit will highlight the history of KLA and Waterford during the years 1971-2021. Nancy Marcotte, at the WHS, is looking for any information, pictures, artifacts, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, etc. that might be loaned to the WHS for the summer of 2021. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have material for exhibition.
KLA50 QUILT RAFFLE
The KLA50 Anniversary Committee is raffling off a queen-sized quilt, “Windows on Keoka, Seasons of the Lake." Tickets are $10 each; 2 for $15; 6 for $40; 8 for $50 and 20 for $100. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 50th Anniversary Celebration. For more information about the quilt click here. To purchase tickets click here.
KLA50 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Certainly a 50th anniversary deserves a party and so we will gather to celebrate KLA’s 50th anniversary in the Eaton Meadow on the afternoon of the Annual Meeting. Currently scheduled for July 9, 2022, invitations will go out to all KLA members and KLA50 donors in the spring. Watch your mailboxes! RSVPs are due by June 1, 2022.
KLA50 Capital Campaign
Over the past 50 years, KLA has been proactive and diligent in keeping Keoka Lake clean, clear and healthy. Envisioned as a three-legged stool to prevent a milfoil infestation, the Prevention (Courtesy Boat Inspection) and Detection (Plant Patrol) pieces are well entrenched. The Eradication leg of the stool is the funding piece to put divers in the water ASAP should milfoil be detected in Keoka. To date, the Milfoil Reserve has been dependent on donations by KLA members.
Begun in 2019, the KLA50 Capital Campaign addresses the fact that the Milfoil Reserve fund was woefully inadequate to respond quickly to a threat to Keoka. It takes upwards of $100,000 to put divers in the water to address a milfoil infestation. The KLA50 Capital Campaign set an ambitious goal to raise $50,000 to celebrate KLA’s 50th anniversary. With a $25,000 match from a local family foundation, the KLA50 Capital Campaign was launched in the spring of 2019. Anyone wishing to contribute to the KLA50 Capital Campaign, either with a pledge (spread over up to 5 years) or with a donation, please use this pledge form. All KLA50 Capital Campaign monies are invested with the Maine Community Foundation.