Ice Safety

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We love out winter sports!  So how can you tell if ice is safe? There are no guarantees. Always consider ice to be potentially dangerous. You can’t judge ice conditions by appearance or thickness alone; many other factors like water depth, size of waterbody, water chemistry, currents, snow cover, age of ice, and local weather conditions impact ice strength.Ice tips to remember: New ice is stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not. Ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. Continue to check ice conditions frequently as you venture out onto the ice. Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often more dangerous. Avoid traveling onto ice-bound rivers and streams, as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable. Many lakes and ponds may contain spring holes and other areas of currents that can create deceptively dangerous thin spots. Before heading out onto the ice Tell someone your plans, including where you are going and when you expect to return. Come prepared. Carry a cell phone in case of emergency. Always carry ice picks and rope with you on the ice. In case of emergency, drive the nails into the ice and …

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Register for The DAM Race 5K Run, 3K Walk!

Posted September 30, 2021 Get your sneakers and come out to the Manchaug Pond shoreline for annual The DAM Race 5K Run & 3K Health Walk – run, walk or cheer’em on! Register and/or sponsor and do it today to guarantee your race day t-shirt! 9:30 am start for runners and walkers with registration as early as 8:30. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Manchaug Pond Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit public charity. THE DAM RACE is a 5K (3.1 mile) course for runners that takes participants for a scenic trek along Manchaug Pond. Walkers will enjoy a healthy 3K (1.9 mile) route. The start and finish line offers parking for contestants and spectators. There will be a turn-around location mid-race. Volunteers will control traffic, ensure safety and cheer you on! Prizes and refreshments post-race! Visit our race page for details. Sign up to run or walk, purchase a race day t-shirt, and sponsor the event all supporting a great cause – Manchaug Pond!

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Kayaking? Life Jackets Required

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Did you know life jackets are required for cold weather kayaking in five states including Massachusetts? From September 15th through May 15th life jackets are required, yes mandatory, for all person’s kayaking and canoeing on Manchaug Pond and all other Massachusetts waterways. It is not enough to have the life jacket in the boat,  all persons on board a canoe or kayak must wear a life jacket/PFD at all times. People enjoy boating and fishing in the fall and spring, but a nice sunny spring or fall day can quickly become hazardous if you end up in cold water. According to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, most boating fatalities in the Commonwealth result when boaters fail to wear life jackets while in small craft in cold water or weather. Paddlers in canoes and kayaks are required to wear life jackets from September 15 – May 15. The Wear It! Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates and is produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Wear It! Campaign reminds boaters to: Make sure everyone – even experienced swimmers – wears a properly fitting …

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Labor Day Weekend Lighting of the Shoreline

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Join us in lighting the Manchaug Pond shoreline at 8:30 PM for Labor Day weekend on Sunday evening September 1st! This remains the last big weekend on the lake as children go back to school and the summer vacation season comes to an end. With flares, tiki torches, and campfires, light your waterfront, campsite and home showing solidarity with the Manchaug Pond Foundation…

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Members’ Annual Meeting: Sat., August 21st

Posted August 18, 2021 Calling all members…  it is time for the ANNUAL MEETING of the Manchaug Pond Foundation! Saturday morning, August 21st, at the Dining Hall of the YMCA Camp Blanchard, Manchaug Road in Sutton, we will hold our annual business meeting over coffee and pastries.   Pay your dues online today or at the door to attend!  Refreshments will be offered for 9:30 AM with the business meeting starting at 10:00 AM. Agenda to include: Approval of the minutes of August 29, 2020 Introduction of new officers recently elected by the Board of Directors Budget report: 2020 Budget vs Actual Committee/program reports Old and new business from the membership. Presentation and approval of budget for 2022 fiscal year Plan to check out the educational/informational material on our new s. 319 Non-point Pollution Grant, water quality testing/monitoring, and safe boating. Purchase or order your MPF Gear: exclusive MPF Lake Art, logowear fleece, hooded sweatshirts, baseball hats, lake photos, and more will be on sale as well as flares for the Labor Day weekend Lighting of the Shoreline. All are welcome to join the Manchaug Pond Foundation to be part of the continued effort of advocacy, education and action in …

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CANCELLED! On-Lake POKER RUN

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Save the date for this one – an on-lake Poker Run! No boat? No problem as we can play your hand for you so you can play from home! The Manchaug Pond Foundation offers an afternoon of fun on the lake with a Poker Run July 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to benefit […]

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Washouts, puddles, erosion, flooding… Go with a rain barrel!

Here’s an opportunity to purchase a rain barrel at discount prices through a community program of The Great American Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels at downspouts – a real solution for heavy rain, washouts, flooding, and for water conservation […]