TURNER — The Bear Pond Improvement Association will sponsor Bear Pond Community Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the boat launch area, 65 Berry Road.

Kids’ games and activities are planned throughout the day under the direction of Gretchen Kimball, including a coloring contest with Natalie Pillsbury and face-painting with Connie Bilodeau. Prizes will be awarded.

A lunch of burgers and hot dogs will be provided free to all from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Guest speaker, humorist and historian Lawrence “Punk” House, will tell stories beginning at 12:30 p.m. about some of the Founding Association members from 1958. That membership list consisted of 42 families who will be recognized.

Bear Pond Improvement Association annual dues are $25 and can be paid at the membership table. Over the past three decades, the family memberships have reached a high of 141.

Two other events are planned to coincide with the Fun Day activities. A Fishing Derby for youth age 15 and younger will be held all day Friday, July 21, through noon Saturday, July 22, on Big and Little Bear Pond.

Anglers should bring their catch to the camp of Kent Mitchell, 41 Jones Road, on Little Bear, 207-778-1445, for measurement and a photo. Trophies will be awarded at Fun Day. Catch and release is encouraged.

A Poker Run is scheduled for Friday evening, July 21, with four cottager families at the Cormiers, Greens, Johnsons and Pikes on the ponds. They will have posters marking the stops. The final card available for purchase at Fun Day will be at the boat launch. Those interested in more informaiton about the Fun Day may 207-225-3737.

Those attending should bring their own chairs. Cottage families are encouraged to arrive by boat if possible. No alcohol, swimming or dogs are allowed at the Bear Pond Community Fun Day event.

BPIA is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization of nearly 150 member families whose purpose is to oversee the well-being of Big Bear and Little Bear ponds and the surrounding watershed in Turner and Hartford. Its goals are to maintain the health and beauty of Bear Pond for the benefit of all human and wildlife residents.

FMI: bearpondme.org.

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