News & Press Releases
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Dexter Lakes Association would like to thank everyone who participated in its annual plant survey of Dexter’s lakes. We’re pleased to announce that no invasive plants were identified in either Lake Wassookeag or Puffers Pond waters. However, several locations of purple loose strife were observed along the shore line on Lake Wassookeag , both big and small, which are of concern. Purple loose strife is an invasive plant that has the potential to migrate into the water.
Unfortunately purple loose strife plants can appear to the untrained eye as attractive decorative garden plants because they produce colorful purple flowers, but they are dangerous once in the water because they are very difficult to remove. Purple loose strife can be identified by its purple flowers and unusual square stems. If you are a lake front property owner with purple loose strife plants near the water, we encourage you to have them removed.
We are also pleased to report the water clarity readings from the lake this year, as measured with the Secchi Disk, are the best recorded in several years. Clarity readings this summer show the black and white Secchi Disk visible to depths below eleven meters (36′). This compares to eight to nine meter visibility (26-29′) recorded in the last few years. Largely this improvement can be attributed to the lack of rainfall which regularly carries and agitates sediment in our lakes, but it also demonstrates the potential lakefront property owners can achieve by improving their shorelines and properties to keep sediment from entering the lakes.
So to all who participated in the Plant Survey of Dexter’s lakes, thank you. And to those with purple loose strife or seeking assistance to reduce sediment from entering Dexter’s lakes, we invite you to contact a member of the Dexter Lakes Association. We will be pleased to provide assistance.
Ron Snyder ,President, Dexter Lakes Association
Award presented to Dexter Lakes Association by the Town of Dexter for 15 years of continuous effort to protect and preserve the health and safety of the local Lakes.
Pictured are Ron Snyder – Vice-President, Shelley Watson – Town Manager
and Ed Graham – Charter/Board member.
PRESENTATION OF THE BOSTON POST CANE
Russell B. Titus was born on October 4, 1918 in Costigan, Maine the son of Eugene and Grace Titus. Russ graduated from Brewer High School in 1937. After graduation he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Youth Administration (NYA). He moved to Dexter in 1939 to work at Fay and Scott and met and married Martha Nadeau on February 22, 1941. They had three children. Russ was drafted into the Navy on August 1, 1944 and sailed in the Pacific on the USS Barnwell. He was discharged on January 29, 1946. Russ continued to work at Fay and Scott and retired after working there for 40 years. Russ continues to be an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, and the American Legion.
Left to Right – Town Manager Shelley L. Watson, Town Council Chairman Mike Blake and Recipient Russ Titus.