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Lake Raponda Greeter Program

On December 7th, the Wilmington selectboard approved pursuing a grant to establish a greeter program at Lake Raponda's boat launch area.  The objective is to educate boaters and prevent invasive species from contaminating the lake.  Thank you, LRA member Jack Widness for driving this effort.

This is part of the association's Lake Health Initiative.  Read more about the greeter program and the selectboard's action here

Vermont Lake Wise

Mike Widness holding Lake Raponda's Vermont Lakewise poster

In November 2016, association member Jack Widness was certified in Natural Shoreline Erosion Control by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.  He is now our go-to guy on this topic.  Above, Mike Widness holds the poster awarded to Lake Raponda in honor of Jack's certification.

The Masked Bandit of Lake Raponda

Sailboat Regatta September 5, 2016

Regatta 2016

In spite of nearby Hurricane Hermine, eight intrepid sailors held the third sailboat regatta of the season on a perfect Vermont day.  The course was around yellow buoys strategically placed by John Meyer, who risked his life in and out of a canoe to place them.  Under Cindy Meyer's watchful eye from the committee boat and the spectator fleet, all sailors finished the course. John Meyer won the first race (hmmm--odd coincidence!) and Ballard Hindman of Mountain View won the second race by a nose.  The youngest sailors award went to the Watson kids, who sailed a respectable race.  In the future we hope to have more regattas, including paddleboards, kayaks and canoes! If you are interested, please email Carol Bois at


Vermont Lake Wise August 19, 2016

Amy Picotte

Vermont Lakes & Ponds

14 LRA members attended a presentation by Amy Picotte, Lakeshore Manager for the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Division. Amy spoke knowledgeably on a number of important lakeshore topics as part of the Vermont Lake Wise Program's Best Management Practices (BMP's).

Topics she covered included shoreland BMP's to improve stormwater management or restore and protect aquatic habitat. After her presentation, Amy met with several lakeshore property owners to perform a standardized, evidenced-based Lake Wise Program property evaluation.

The Vermont Lake Wise Program is a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources initiative, the goal of which is to establish a new culture of lakeshore landscaping that is proven to help protect lakes. One of the ways that Lake Wise seeks to achieve this goal by evaluating individual properties, including state parks, town beaches, private homes, and businesses. A property that earns the "Lake Wise Award" represents a "model" shoreline property that is well managed and use shoreland BMP's. We hope to someday soon have several of these here at Lake Raponda. If you are interested in having your property evaluated by the Lake Wise Program, stay tuned in to our LRA website & mailings.

    The Lake

About the Lake
Association documents
Purchase LRA logo shirts
Water quality log
Vermont Lake Wise
Shoreland Protection Act FAQ
Shoreland Protection Act web site
Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds
Buffers for Blue Lakes
Mussels at the lake

    Near the Lake

Map of Lake Raponda area homes
Notes about the map of homes
Lake Raponda Little Free Library
Protecting trees from beavers
The Second Lake Raponda Hotel
Wilmington Historical Society
Wilmington, 1900
Wilmington area charities
Wilmington Works

    Calendars and Searches

Town of Wilmington
Chamber of Commerce
Memorial Hall Events
Free Exercise Program
MHCA Movies in West Dover
Front Porch Forum
ibrattleboro Calendar
Deerfield Valley News Calendar
Brattleboro Reformer Calendar
Brattleboro Commons Calendar
Vermont Historic Sites Calendar
Geocaches Near the Lake
Brattleboro Time Trade

    Nearby Events

June: Strolling of the Heifers
July-Aug: Marlboro Music Festival
Aug: Grace Cottage Fair
Aug: Deerfield Valley Farmers' Day Fair
Aug: Best Dam Walk
Aug: Bondville Fair
Sept: Independent TV and Film Festival
Sept: Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival
Sept: Peru Fair
Sept: Guilford Fair
Sept: Marlboro Fair
Oct: Newfane Heritage Festival