NAPLES — The Lakes Environmental Association is celebrating its 40th year Tuesday with a celebration to accompany its annual meeting.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. at Camp Takajo. It is free and open to the public, but anyone wishing to purchase a box dinner must call the LEA office in Bridgton or deliver $12 to the office before Monday.

The nonprofit association was founded in May 1970 by a group of Long Lake residents and is dedicated to preserving the water quality of Maine lakes. Its current activities include milfoil eradication efforts and water testing on 37 water bodies.

The LEA is raffling off an L.L. Bean kayak at the event, with tickets available for $1 each or six for $5. The organization will also auction off a framed painting of the Holt Pond Preserve and a week’s stay at a resort in Pawley’s Island, S.C.

Other business at the event will include the naming of the person and volunteer of the year, a brief film on the history of the LEA, annual reports, and the election of board members.

For more information, call 647-8580.

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