Big Moose Property Owners' Association


Summer 2018 Letter


Founded in 1928

Dedicated to Education and Environmental Conservation,

Water Quality and Water Safety

June 8, 2018


Hello BMPOA Members,

Welcome to the 2018 summer activities.  Included with this mailing are documents related to the Recreation Program: a Cover Letter from our Parent Chair, Sara Carr, the Schedule in calendar and detailed format, and the Release Form required for participation. Thanks to Kurt Pardue our Program Director, and Sara for their terrific effort in pulling together a fantastic program for the kids. This summer we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rec Program and Kurt and Maggie’s 10th year!

Invasive species:  The Lake is carefully inspected in August each year, and so far we appear to be clean.  It is incumbent upon all of us to make sure we and our guests inspect canoes, kayaks and boats before launching from private docks.  Dunn’s Boat Service is doing a great job of inspecting and power washing boats before they are permitted to enter the lake.

Higby Road Garbage Collection: Mondays and Thursdays 9-10AM. Please remember to check the trash and recycling regulations posted on

Metal (junk) Collection Day on July 21, 8AM-4PM. (Corner of Higby and Big Moose Road)

BMPOA Picnic is Saturday July 7th at 6PM.  Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Anne and Don Dew ($15 per person).  Alcoholic beverages is BYOB this year.  Fireworks will be provided by the Kilgallen/Legere family.  You can help defer the fireworks costs by sending a donation to our Treasurer, Richard Widdicombe (1711 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501).

50th Anniversary of the Rec Program will be celebrated on Saturday July 28th with a Square Dance at the Community Center starting at 7PM.  The dance will be called by Homespun Occasions.  Should be a great time for all ages. 

Paint Night fundraiser to benefit the Rec Program is scheduled for August 2nd at the Glenmore with Ingrid Van Slyke at 7pm.  Please pre-register with Carol Canne ( or 357-5995).

Lake Swim is scheduled for Saturday July 28th.  The lake temperature should be warm by then.

On July 14th, the Mastroianni and Williams families will present a concert on their dock.   Drinks provided, bring appetizers at 4:30PM, concert at 5PM. Children are welcome. The performer is Low Lily.

Please note: the AED in the Association Center will be available from May 26 to October 6. As the Association Center is unlocked during that period, access is available at all times.

BMPOA Annual Meeting is July 21 at 9AM (coffee and donuts at 8:30), followed by the Chicken BBQ Fundraiser. Details on BMPOA and other activities are available at Please contact me if you have any questions. See you on the lake. 


John Burrows
BMPOA President

315 357-5106 (

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Boating Safety Information

updated 08/07/2016 9:39pm

The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation publishes information about safe boating and certificate requirements for New York boaters at their web site here.  Please not that a new law took effect on May 1, 2014 which requires all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons. Individuals less than 10 years of age may not take this course of instruction. Certain allowances to this law have been made for visitors to New York, persons renting a boat and persons purchasing a new boat for the first time. You can find a Boating Safety Course by clicking on that link.

Support the Big Moose Ambulance Company through your purchases at no cost to you!

updated 05/19/2014 8:48am

Big Moose Friends and Family:
Please consider helping to support the Big Moose Ambulance Co. by participating in: AmazonSmile.
Your purchases can earn credits to our ambulance account.
Here's how it works:

What is AmazonSmile? 
  • AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
How does AmazonSmile work?
  • When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
  • No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers
Simply go to and register!

Please consider Big Moose Ambulance Company Inc. for your donation.  This could be a wonderful help for our volunteer operation.
Thank you for your consideration,

Sarah Dew
Big Moose Ambulance Company Inc.

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Loyal to the Lake

updated 05/31/2015 5:00pm

The love of a lake is a curious thing.  It never alters.  The lake may be a very small one, with broad shallows and little depth, but it is his lake, to which all other lakes, great and small, are compared--and always unfavorably...For years the man who loves a lake has watched it lying quiet as gold leaf under a July moon, has seen it toss in an August wind like a child in a tantrum, has seen it catch the blue of the September sky and deepen it.  Everything about the lake may be familiar, yet he knows that whenever he takes his boat out, to go round and round once more, he will note something unnoticed before...No wonder that when a man loves one lake, his lake is always alive.


--William Chapman White
Just About Everything in the Adirondacks, 1960


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