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In loving memory of Cort Davies

June 03, 2021

Dear Friends of the Lake:

With great sadness we report the loss of Cort Davies, 43, a life-long Lillinonah lakeside resident in Brookfield. Cort passed away on May 6 due to complications from a rare genetic disorder, having fought hard for several years and through more than twenty operations. His determination, research, strength, grace and compassion for others through his ordeal was an inspiration to all that knew him. He is survived by his parents, Linda Hovhannissian Davies and Kim Davies; his brother Drew, sister and brother-in-law Samantha and Nick Martorano and nephew Dylan, and many uncles, aunts and extended family. We know you join us in wishing the Davies family our love, prayers and condolences.

Cort was an avid hiker and water sports enthusiast. In his honor, the Davies family is arranging a meeting at Lover’s Leap at 5:00PM following services for Cort on Saturday, June 26. The Davies’ family would like to invite our wonderful lake community to join us in a boat parade to help celebrate Cort’s life. Boats will congregate at Lover’s Leap at 5:00PM, join the Davies’ family and friends for a moment of silence, then parade to the Davies’ residence south of the route 133 bridge on the western shore (30 Lillinonah Drive, Brookfield; the 5th house from the northernmost house in that section of homes) for some honking, hooting and hollering…

If you do intend to join the parade, could you please let Scott Conant (scottconant@charter.net) or Barbara Petriccione (barbpetri@yahoo.com) know? The Davies may provide signs for us, and a count of participants would be helpful. Please contact Scott or Barbara with any questions.

Please take a moment to learn more about Cort here: Cort Davies - Bing

We look forward to gathering to honor Cort and support his loving family.


High Water Alert (Friday 5/21 - Friday 5/28)

May 20, 2021

​Below is a message from Firstlight Power Resources & The LLA:

In an effort to mitigate the effect of woody debris on Lake Lillinonah during the recreational boating season, including the effect of the annual required Summer CCA at the Shepaug station (which usually takes place in June), FirstLight Power will be slowly raising the water surface elevation beginning on Friday, May 21st to reach approximately 198.8ft on Monday, May 24th. The elevation will vary from May 24th to May 26th while the debris is removed. We will return to normal operations on Friday, May 28th (the start of Memorial Day weekend).


2021 Friends of the Lake Newsletter

April 05, 2021

We have now faced over a year of living with the Covid-19 pandemic together. There is light at the end of this long dark tunnel - thanks to the rollout of vaccines and all the hard work and dedication of our health care providers, first responders and front-line workers. This has been a world-changing event which will bring new challenges to our lives as we work our way forward.

We are grateful that you, the members of Friends of the Lake, were so supportive last year, even though our events had to be cancelled or altered and our anniversary party delivered via Zoom. With any luck, we will soon be able to gather again to strengthen our friendships and together, help this beautiful lake.

An unanticipated side effect of the pandemic was a large increase in boat traffic of all kinds on the lake last summer. Where we once saw a small group or two of kayakers, it seemed like herds of them went by daily… weather permitting. The number of pontoon and other pleasure boats also seemed to increase dramatically. We believe that this trend will continue; it was only a matter of time before the beauty and fun of Lake Lillinonah was to be discovered. We must all continue to be considerate of each other out there – please be aware of your wakes, your noise, and the safety and enjoyment of others.

We are also aware that we have many neighbors who are new to the lake; welcome! For those who have become members, thank you. If you have new neighbors who may be unaware of FOTL, please pass along our newsletter to let them know what we are up to. They can sign up easily online at www.friendsofthelake.org/support-us.

We are pleased to present this year’s newsletter; thanks to your membership, much work continues in support of this great resource. As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments, or would like us to tackle any issues you find to be important and helpful to our lake.

Click here for the 2021 Newsletter


2020 Lake Drawdown - November 2nd to November 13th

September 25, 2020

Lake Lillinonah - Beginning on November 2, 2020 FirstLight will conduct a drawdown of Lake Lillinonah at the Shepaug Dam to conduct its maintenance and inspection activities. The normal summer operating range of the station is from 200’-195.5’ and the drawdown will target an estimated elevation of 191’. The drawdown will lower lake levels to minimum pond levels and return to normal operating elevations on November 13th, 2020. All homeowners are also urged to remove structures, boatlifts, and docks from Lake Lillinonah to prevent ice or flood damage from occurring during the winter months. Any and all work planned to occur along the shoreline requires prior permitting from FirstLight.


Lake Lillinonah Debris Issue (July 2020)

July 30, 2020

Dear Friends of the Lake:

An article (which can be found in our resource library) appeared in the Danbury News-Times last Wednesday, July 8, after executive board member George Walker contacted Katrina Koerting with photos and descriptions of the mess we encountered during the days leading up to the July 4th weekend. Ms. Koerting also contacted board member Scott Conant, who provided pictures, video and comments.

We understand the requirement of FirstLight Power to perform semiannual ‘audits’ of the power generating capability of the Shepaug facility. We also understand that they are required to maintain the recreational viability of the lake. As you know, we have been requesting for years that they either keep the lake lower during the boating season, or obtain equipment with enough capacity to remove debris so that the lake is not compromised when they must raise the lake for these audits or for normal operations.

We are in the process of contacting our local representatives, FirstLight Power and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the massive debris fields we experienced last week and our continuing frustration with the debris situation. If you have any photos, videos or descriptions of problems you encountered, please forward them at your earliest convenience to ‘info@FriendsoftheLake.org.’

Thank you,

Your Executive Team


Milfoil Treatment

June 17, 2020

We are notifying our members as a public service.

We have been notified that the chemical treatment for Eurasian Watermilfoil that was previously scheduled for yesterday, June 16th has been delayed and is now scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th.

Below is the official message we received from Solitude Lake Management:

On Wednesday 6/24/20 invasive weeds in Lake Lillinonah will be treated using Tribune. Treatments will take place in 3 locations: Lake Lillinonah Rd North in Bridgewater, Barkwood Cove in Brookfield, and Hanover Rd in Newtown. The following water use restrictions apply to those within 500 feet of the treatment zones:

Swimming, fishing, and boating- no restrictions.

Drinking and cooking- Do not use until 6/27.

Watering of livestock- Do not use until 6/25.

Irrigation- Do not use until 6/27.

For further questions regarding the treatment, please contact Solitude Lake Management at 508-885-0101


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