Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 17, 2014

Turning 75, Foster's Pond Corp. looks to the future

Turning 75, Foster's Pond Corp. looks to the future


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Foster’s Pond Corporation will commemorate its diamond jubilee later this month with a presentation titled “Rescuing the Pond: Marsh Madness or Mission Possible?”

The nonprofit organization’s 75th birthday event will be held on Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Aquatic biologist Marc Bellaud, who has monitored the health of Foster’s Pond since 2004, will be the featured speaker. Bellaud is president of the lake management company Aquatic Control Technology, and has assisted the Foster’s Pond group in combating invasive weeds and toxic algae for several years.

Foster’s Pond traces its name to Andrew Foster, Andover’s 22nd settler, whose wife, Ann, died in prison following her “confession” during the Salem witch trials in the late 1600s.

Today, the 120-acre lake is surrounded by 250 acres of publicly accessible conservation land, including the Foster’s Pond Dam, owned by the corporation; the Foster’s Pond Reservation, a cooperative effort of the corporation and Andover Conservation Commission; and Goldsmith Woodlands, managed by the Andover Village Improvement Society.

Founded in 1939 at the urging of Francis Foster, one of Andrew Foster’s heirs, the corporation is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the pond, maintaining its 150-year-old dam and promoting public access.

Steve Cotton, the group’s president, says the April 29 commemoration will focus on what needs to be done today to preserve the pond for future generations.

“Foster’s Pond is an amazing example of the vision and altruism of Andover residents who have given so much, for so long, to protect one of the town’s crown jewels,” Cotton says in a release.

Admission to the 75th commemoration is free; the public is invited. For more information about Foster’s Pond and the corporation, visit www.fosterspond.com.