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Click here for a review of 2012 Events and Activities.

Past Minutes of Annual Meetings

August 27, 2017

Past Minutes of Board Meetings

January 21, 2019
December 11, 2018
October 16, 2018

September 11, 2018
August 19, 2018
July 24, 2018
June 19, 2018
April 24, 2018
March 26, 2018
January 24, 2018
December 14, 2017
Sept 28, 2017
Aug 3, 2017
June 20, 2017
May 23, 2017
February 16, 2017
January 5, 2017
November 15, 2016
October 14, 2016
September 13, 2016
July 21, 2016
June 9, 2016
May 10, 2016
February 18, 2016
January 12, 2016
December 22, 2015
November 3, 2015
October 13, 2015
September 22, 2015


Posted 5/22/15
Chris Jordan let us know that Philip Jordan of Copiague, NY passed away on December 10, 2014 after a long illness. Mr. Jordan, who was born on March 6, 1936, came to Lane 8 on South Pond in 1985 with his family. He loved to fish and boat and most of all enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to water ski. Philip Jordan is survived by his wife Ginger, son Chris and 9 grandchildren. Philip Jordan was memorialized in December with a mass and a U.S.M.C. color guard.

Longtime Lane 8 resident Tom Marshall of Grinnell, Iowa died on March 24, 2015. He was 81 years old. Son David Marshall posted that his dad always enjoyed his time at the lake appreciating the good friends and natural beauty that South Pond offered to him.

News About Water Quality

QQLA's Intent to Sue is Front Page News in Spencer
(Posted 2/7/17)

"QQLA voices concern over groundwater" is the front-page headline in the January 27 Spencer New Leader. Read the article here.

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QQLA to Sue Spencer Over Waste Treatment Plant
(Posted 10/4/16)

At a Spencer town meeting on Monday 10/3, Skip Nielsen of the QQLA was interviewed by a Telegram and Gazette reporter regarding the letter of intent to sue the SWWTP (Spencer Wastewater Treatment Plant) to force them to comply with regulations.

Lakes Management Plan
(Posted 5/22/15)

The QQLA Board of Directors has received the ESS proposal for 2015 lake management. At our April meeting we approved the plan and will have lake mapping performed early this spring followed by weed treatments as may be necessary.


QQLA monitors the water quality but the management of algae blooms is currently the responsibility of the State. QQLA notifies the town officials on the boards of health for toxic blue-green algae testing. Poor quality water alerts are posted by the towns and no treatment is recommended.

Overflow discharges from the Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant affect algae and invasive plant growth in both lakes but especially in North Pond. QQLA continues to follow a course of action related to monitoring nutrient levels, political information, media coverage and legal action.

The management of invasive vegetation (from high nutrient loads) is ongoing. Consultants ESS and ACT have mapped weed growth and spot treated both lakes this summer. Reports from lake shore residents, especially in North Pond have been very positive. Local residents have been able to swim and boat from their beaches and docks this year.

Birdwatching on North and South Ponds
(Posted 8/13/15)

Lakes Quaboag and Quacumquasit, known to the locals as North and South Pond, contain some of the best bird watching spots throughout the seasons.

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Lake Clean-Up Day
(Posted 5/9/16)

Lake Clean-Up Day was a great time had by all, bending and stretching!

Pictured here are President, Don Taft, Vice President Bill Seabourne, and Flow Barrier Guru Skip Nielsen with the bags of trash removed from the streets. roads, and woods surrounding the two lakes. More than 30 people contributed their efforts to see that the view of nature is without paper, plastic, glass, Styrofoam, tires, and cushions.

Thanks to the Town of East Brookfield for taking the trash and Carol Derby who organized the effort.

Thanks to those who took care of " their area' ahead of time and those who plan to keep the effort going through the spring and summer.

Boat Parade Postponed

The QQLA Boat Parade scheduled for July 7 has been postponed due to the high water conditions on South Pond. A new date will be selected at the July 11 QQLA Board of Director's meeting. Watch this website for further information.

Effects of the June Flooding

Due to the heavy rains recently, both North and South Pond have flooded. While the water level has dropped, many of the docks remain flooded or under water. So the QQLA, with the blessing of the Police Department, has posted ?No Wake? signs around the pond.

In addition, Jeppson Beach at South Pond is flooded. The Board of Health has started water testing and as of now, the status is ?swim at your own risk.?

Thank you.

Jennifer L. Grybowski, Administrative Assistant to the Board of Selectmen, Town of Brookfield

2013 Saturday Night Boat Cruise/ Raft Ups

Come along and join us Saturday nights 7?9 PM for a boat cruise and raft up.

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New Environmental Police Officer


A new Environmental Police Officer (EPO) has been assigned to our area and it is expected that he will have a greater presence here on our lakes and rivers.

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Proposed Dock Regulations for Sturbridge


Please go to the town of Sturbridge website and look at the various proposals, then email or call the Board to let your voice be heard

From Jamie Reidy

I believe that this is an important issue for all impacted lake residents to be aware of and actively involved in - given the anticipated Spring 2013 enactment.

Of concern to residents on both sides of the issue are the possible (and likely) permit fees that will be levied – essentially another levied tax on waterfront owners. Of major concern is the proposed limitation on the size, configuration, and placement of our docks. Furthermore, the regulations limit the number of moorings to two (unless special circumstances are approved) and therefore restrict the number and type of boats potentially owned and enjoyed by residents. Last, the permitting process is yet another annual/bi-annual (pending the proposal on the Town website) task that lake residents are required to perform.

Several members of the QQLA have been following this issue closely and have attended many of the Public Hearings, and would urge all QQLA members to join the Cedar Lake Association (CLA) in preventing or limiting the impact of this proposal.

QQLA President to Step Down


I have served four years as President of QQLA and will be stepping down at the Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast on Sunday August 18, 2013. Don Taft, the present Vice President of QQLA, will succeed me as President. Melanie and I will be relocating to Brookfield and will be placing our lakefront house on South Shore Drive in Sturbridge for sale in mid April.

Peter Levine - President QQLA

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