Thank You Volunteers & Partners!

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 2012 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!

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 Trail sites, lead trips, and help us expand the Trail system: Tom and Jeanette Berry, Megan and Greg Epler Wood, Russ, Kent and Sterling Ford, Rob and Sherry Libby, 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. Hats off to our friends from the Capital to Capitol expedition for highlighting water issues during their waterway journey from Ottawa Ontario to Washington DC and to the wonderful people who so graciously and enthusiastically helped LCC to support the Lake Champlain leg of their trip: Bill Herrington, Adam Kane and team at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Maggie Leugers, Al and Carol Linnell and staff at Burlington Parks and Recreation, Rob Peterson of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Ben Rose, and Selby, Maureen, and Molly Turner!

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 Dr. Mary Watzin and Susan Fuller at the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, Andy Chevrefils 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 and Frank Spaulding of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Thank you to our dedicated monitors who faithfully checked water quality at 59 locations around the lake throughout the summer: Laurie Adams, Reid Allen, Mary Jane Banyi, Richard Bernstein, Bob and Janet Bogdan, Jim and Sally Brabham, Ashley Brisson and Emily Siegrest-Jones at Grand Isle State Park, Amy Calkins, Allan Carpenter, Jeffrey and Elisabeth Clock, Jim Connors, Peggy Coutu, Jon Deming, Ed Devino, Deborah Diemand, Richard Dreves, Gerry Duprey, Erika Gehman at D.A.R. State Park, Bryon Gelineault, Tara Gibson, Karla Gratto, David Greenough, John Grivetti, Fred Guffey at Camp Dudley YMCA, Carol Hanley, Ann Ruzow-Holland, Bob and Kim Jackson at North Hero State Park, Heather Jackson and Jacob Hemmerick at Burton Island State Park, Michelle Hogaboom, Elizabeth McCarthy, and Ryan L’Heureux at Kingsland Bay State Park, Stephanie Kirchberg, Gary Kjelleren, Linda LaCroix, Norton Latourelle, Bill Laundrie, Lisa Liotta at Niquette Bay State Park, Bob Martell, Wolfgang and Barbara Mattes, Jonathan McBride, John McDougall, Chris Mckirryher, Heidi McNally at Kill Kare State Park, Lisa Miller, Sandy Montgomery, Adrienne Newton, Gerry O’Connor, Jacob Partlow at Sandbar State Park, Linda Patterson, Martha Perry, Dan Petit, Sherry Potvin, Jeanine and Larry Pratt, Mike Roach, Wendy Saville, Gina Senko, Mary Simmers, the staff at Button Bay and Knight Point State Parks, Ken Strum and Judy Edwards at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Moe Theoret and Kim Jackson at Alburg Dunes State Park, Mary Van Vleck, Chuck Woessner, Eric Wolinsky, and Michael Wood.

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 and a host of administrative tasks to illustrate our publications, keep the mail flowing, and our systems humming: Carolyn Bates, Adam Becker, Isabel Burnham, Millie Estey, Bob Fett, Dan Jacobs, Vicky Menard, Sharon Murray, Richard Moss, Anya Rose, Micah Rose, Pete Rosenfeld, Hannah Thistle, Chris Thomas, and Marjorie Wallace.                        

Special thanks to Selby and Maureen Turner and Marty Dale for hosting LCC’s 49th Annual Meeting and to event volunteers Alan Booth, Claire Durand, Linda Fitch, Bill Howland, Andy and Rich Kenney, Gary Kjelleren, Sylvia Knight, Sharon Murray, Jean Rook, Anya Rose, Ben Rose, Carol Thompson, Molly Turner,  Mary Van Vleck, Chuck Woessner, and Missy Woessner.

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

Finally, we extend our gratitude to the following businesses for providing delicious food for various LCC events throughout the year: City Market/Onion River Coop, Great Harvest Bread Company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Hannaford Supermarkets, Holiday Inn, Klinger’s Bread Company, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Myer’s Bagel Bakery, Price Chopper, Pulcinella’s, Shaw’s Supermarket, Shelburne Orchards, Stewart’s Bakery, Sugarsnap at Technology Park, Three Tomatoes Trattoria, and Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery. Thanks for nourishing us!