When Peter Lowell was hired as Executive Director of the newly formed Lakes Environmental Association in 1972, there was no building for him to work out of, no lab, and our entire testing program consisted of a couple days of sampling in the previous two summers. But the group’s early mission to “preserve all the lakes of this area for our children and their children” was clear.
From this directive, Peter built a dynamic, community organization that integrated every aspect of lake and watershed protection. We now have two buildings, two preserves, nine full time employees, and a service area with 41 lakes and ponds. Our work spans from state-wide policy initiatives to targeted and effective local action. It has been a long and bumpy road, but time after time, Peter pushed LEA to the front and center of lake protection.
In January, Peter retired from his 46-year tenure as LEA executive director and we will be celebrating his career and accomplishments on June 21st at the Bear Mountain Inn in Waterford.
I hope that you will come join us on the first day of summer to honor Peter with catered hor d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction, entertainment, and a proper party that pays tribute to all that LEA has achieved under his leadership.
The festivities will begin at 5:30 pm at the beautiful Bear Mountain Inn overlooking pristine Bear Pond in Waterford. Along with the event, we will be producing a Journal, for supporters and friends to submit personal messages to Peter. The Journal will include the story of Peter’s milestones at LEA over the past four decades and everyone attending will get a copy.
Tickets for the celebration are $50 per person in advance. If you can attend or would like to put a message in the Journal, please let us know by filling out the form below or by clicking here by May 31st.
All proceeds from the event will go toward finishing the Maine Lake Science Center, which is a project that is near and dear to Peter’s heart.
It won’t be a party without you! I hope to see you on June 21st.