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Bantam Lake Day highlights resources of the lake
Litchfield.bz (08-18-14)


The weather was perfect for Bantam Lake Day at Morris Town Beach on Saturday. BZ photos

The natural beauty of Bantam Lake and its shoreline was celebrated on Saturday by the Bantam Lake Protective Association and the White Memorial Foundation.
 
The two organizations joined forces in holding Bantam Lake Day at the Morris Town Beach. There was free food, activities and live music for the large crowd that turned out. There were also guided shoreline hikes beginning at the White Memorial museum.
 
Anne Murdica, who lives on the lake, teamed with BLPA President Connie Trolle of Morris to organize the festivities, which were designed to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the lake's resources.
 
The BLPA in partnership with White Memorial and the town of Morris has worked hard to sustain a successful weed-control program targeting the spread of invasive weeds in the lake, the Bantam River inlet and Little Pond.
 
Dr. George Knoecklein, a lake biologist and consultant to the BLPA, was at the beach to provide an update on the progress of the weed-control program. Weeds are fully under control, Knoecklein reported, and only three of the 11 designated treatment areas in the lake had to be treated with herbicide this year.
 
Among those attending the event were Morris First Selectman Barbara Bongiolatti and state Rep. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield.
 
BLPA consultant George Knoecklein, left, and White Memorial wildlife biologist Jamie Fischer talk science.
 
BLPA President Connie Trolle
 
Hannah LaBonne of Morris handled the face-painting.