Thank You Volunteers & Partners!

Blue-green algae monitors Tara Gibson and Dan Pettit share a laugh at LCC's Volunteer Appreciation Party. Photo by Lori Fisher.

LCC’s work for a healthy, accessible lake depends upon the active involvement of many dedicated volunteers who lend heads, hands, and heart in a myriad of ways. As we close out 2013 the LCC Board of Directors and Staff extend our thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts in the field, on the water and out in the community. You are so instrumental to protecting and improving Lake Champlain’s health!

Deep thanks to Cliff Landesman who initiated our Legacy Fund endowment challenge, provided a $10,000 match and so generously volunteered his time and talent to publicize the campaign and reach out to other members. This important fund will support LCC's work for the long-term.

We are grateful to the following private landowners who generously share their shoreland with the Lake Champlain Paddlers Trail: Andy Dregallo, Dawn Hazelett, Jean Richardson, and Selby and Maureen Turner. Thanks also to Paddlers’ Trail Stewards and volunteers who check sites, do Trail maintenance, and help us expand the Trail system: Tom and Jeanette Berry, Liz Cronin, Bob Fett, Russ, Kent and Sterling Ford, Rob and Sherry Libby, Sharon Murray, Nancy Olsen, Jim Schweithelm, and Wanda and Michael Spatzer. We also appreciate our partnership with New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the communities of Essex and Willsboro, New York and Burlington, Colchester, and Shelburne, Vermont in providing sites in the Trail system.

Our award-winning blue green algae monitoring program wouldn’t be possible without the involvement and generous support from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and our program partners Andy Chevrefils, Gail Center and team at the Vermont Department of Health, and Angela Shambaugh and Eric Smeltzer at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. We also appreciate the help of Maggie Leugers, Erin Moreau and Bill Ward from the City of Burlington, Fred Dunlap of New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and Rob Peterson, Marie Mayer, and Frank Spaulding of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Thank you to our dedicated monitors and partners who faithfully checked water quality at more than 50 locations around the lake or provided other helpful program support: Ken Adams, Laurie Adams, Bob Adler, Bunny Adler, Reid Allen, Meg Anderson, David Andrews, Janine Banks, Mike Barsotti, Richard Bernstein, Bob Bogdan, Janet Bogdan, Dana Bolton, Matt Bondar, Liz Bosworth, Philip Brett, Ashley Brisson, Sarah Brown, Amy Calkins, Heather Campbell, Lucas Campbell, Gail Center, Sheila Chairvolotti, Andrew Chevrefils, Thomas Clavelle, Jeff Clock, Katharine Cody, Jordan Cota, Peggy Coutu, Charlie Crocker Jr., Kerry Crowningshield, Brin Daleykeyser, Colin Davis, Stephanie Demore, Paul Denison, Ed Devino, Deborah Diemand, Denise Duprey, Adam Emery, Betsy Etchells, Tim Etchells, Mary Evslin, Jim Fay, Dylan Foote, Aubrey Fulton, Tina Gardener, Erika Gehman, Bryon Gelineault, Tara Gibson, Sara Glickman, Brad Gooding, David Grass, Phil Graziano, Danny Guay, Fred Guffey, Jen Guimaraes, Carol Hanley, Colleen Hickey, Ulrich Hodzinger, Michelle Hogaboom, Zach Holman, Eric Howe, Bill Howland, Harry Hudson, Bob Jackson, Cody Jackson, Kim Jackson, Neil Kammen, Mary Kerr, Stephanie Kirchberg, Carole Klein, Harold Klein, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center Staff, Norton Latourelle, Susan Lawson, Jan Lega, Maggie Leugers, Kelley Levine, Wes Lewis, Andrew Lucia, Tom Mandeville, Bob Martell, Chris Mason, Maria Mayer, Heidi McNally, Will Meyer, Meg Modley, Pat Morton, Erin Moreau, Mary Jay Mullowney, Nick Neverisky, Kenneth Norland, Maureen O'Connell, Gerry O’Connor, Ingrid O'Connor, Jacob Partlow, Robert Peisch, Martha Perry, Rob Peterson, Dan Pettit, Mia Elizabeth Pinheiro, Sherry Potvin, Larry Pratt, Josh Rhoades, Karla Rieger, Mike Roach, Julie Roulston, Lew Sanders, Wendy Saville, Paul Sears, Angela Shambaugh, Jessica Shields, Mary Simmers, Mike Smith, Frank Spaulding, Tom Stark, Matt Storey, Ken Sturm, Ben Truman, Trudy Vezina, Berrett Walter, Eric Wolinsky, Michael Wood, and Peter Young.

Thanks also to Jim Dawson, Megan Epler Wood, Peter Paine, Ben Rose, and Dr. Mary Watzin for sharing their professional expertise with us on so many occasions. We are indebted to our office, event and project volunteers who have assisted with outreach, mailings, carpentry, computer work, invasive species monitoring or administrative tasks: Kari Bierbaum, Carolyn Bates, Adam Becker, Kari Bierbaum, Bob Fett, Rachel Fifield, Richard Gaull, Lydia Hill, Suzanne Johnson, Susan Keefe, Trip Kinney, Cliff Landesman, Lisa Liotta, Egan McGuire, Philip Mongeau, Sharon Murray, Richard Moss, Steve Papadopoulos, Jean Rook, Anya Rose, Ben Rose, Micah Rose, Pete Rosenfeld, Joan and Pete Smith, Cynthia Stacey, Hannah Thistle, Chris Thomas, Charlotte Treadwell, Betty Lou Rossi, Mary Van Vleck, and Chuck Woessner.

Special thanks to Peter and Patty Paine for hosting LCC’s 50th Annual Meeting, to Joe Shaw and the community-minded people at Champlain National Bank for sponsoring the event, and to a wonderful cadre of volunteers who cooked, set-up, served, and cleaned-up: Mary Jane Banyi, Carolyn Bates, Katie Bonser, Alan and Jennie Booth, Bill and Maura Dickerson, Laura Farrara, Bob Fett, John Grivetti, Brian and Phyllis Hall, Briana Holland, David Holland, Ann Ruzow-Holland, Suzanne Johnson, Andy Kenney, Rich Kenney, Don and Lorelie Kjelleren, Gary Kjelleren, Hayden Kjelleren, Dean, Donna and Robyn Leary, Sharon Murray, Sandy Montgomery, Cindy Monty, Vickie Putman, Boston Neary, Ben Rose, Micah Rose, Lois Sayward, Ed and Laura Smith, Ann Spilling, Will Sommerfield, Mary Van Vleck, and Chuck and Missy Woessner.

We appreciate our friends at AVEDA, O’Brien’s AVEDA Institute, O’Brien’s Salons and the Regatta for Lake Champlain for hosting fundraisers and events for LCC.

Finally, we extend our gratitude to the following businesses for providing delicious food and drink for various LCC programs throughout the year: Boyden Family Winery, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Chef's Corner, City Market/Onion River Coop, Full Moon Farm, Great Harvest Bread Company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Hannaford Brothers, Holiday Inn, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Long Trail Ale, Myer’s Bagel Bakery, New Moon Cafe, Otter Creek Brewing, Price Chopper, Pulcinella’s, Shaw’s Supermarket, Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne Vineyard, Stewart’s Bakery, Sugarsnap, Switchback Brewing Company, The Nomadic Oven, Vermont Brownie Company, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Smoke and Cure. Thanks for nourishing us!