Lake Hayward


Rainbow over Lake Hayward

Photo by Don Smith

Latest news
Summer 2015

Click here for a Lake Quality Improvement Committee update

Click here for 2015 updates to the POALH bylaws

Click here for the 2016-17 report on the proposed POALH budget and click here for the budget spreadsheet.

Have questions about paying POALH taxes? Click here for answers.

Click here for a legal notice on payment of POALH taxes.

Update on Swim Lessons: Click here for information from Meredith Young on private swim lessons this summer at the lake.

Click here for the recommended updates to the rules and regulations of the POALH.

Click here to fill out the POALH voting registration form.

Click here for the updated 2015 Pavilion reservation form

Click here to fill out our event recap form.

Click here for an IRS 1099 form.

Click here for updates to the POALH rules and regulations.

Click here if you're a waterfront homeowner interested in learning about weed and muck removal.

Click here for our updated Memorial Fund donation policy.

August 29, 2015
President’s Message: All's well that ends well

What a perfectly wonderful week for kids of all ages at Lake Hayward. Not only were the events well attended, but Saturday’s Beach Games and Carnival were outstanding. Many kudos to Diane Nelson, Linda Nuzzo and all of the volunteers who made last Saturday a memorable event. Thank you for providing an unforgettable day for our children and those young at heart. As the season winds down, our last band and food truck event is tonight with Turkey Foot Band and Munchies Food Truck. Don’t forget that the Third Beach Pot Luck us at 5 p.m. on Sept 5.

Our 2015 calendar of events would not have happened if not for the numerous volunteers in our community who offer their time, knowledge and love of the lake. Arts and Craft Nights, Bingo, Bands and Food Trucks, Cribbage, Dance Aerobics and our Lake Hayward week of festivities could not have happened without you. Don’t forget the educational session on protecting our lake sponsored by our Garden Club and Lake Quality Improvement Committee who will continue their efforts and meetings throughout the year.

Special thanks to those who have planted and maintained the gardens on our properties – hard work for sure. I know I have not mentioned all of our events and committees, so please be sure to extend a special thank-you to all of your neighbors who made 2015 a special year. A special thanks to Don Smith, our Social Director for 2015.

Even though the official season is closing, the board continues to work throughout the year. Please follow our meeting minutes posted on the Lake Hayward website. Please remember the board is comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to conducting the business needs of our Association. We’ve made many hard decisions this year and received both scorn and praise for our efforts. It’s not an easy task and we will never make everyone happy. We accept this challenge when we accept a position on the board. As president, I am ultimately responsible, but all decisions are made by majority vote of the board. We have no hidden agendas and continue to remain as transparent as possible. Our goal remains to properly manage the Association for the benefit of the whole community. If you have any questions, just give any board member a call.

Please continue to visit the lake as each season brings its own charm, from the picture-perfect foliage to the ice fishing and skating to the new growth each spring offers. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day and see you next summer. Make the best of it and teach your children well.

- Bob Sudell

Click here to read the 2014 Lake Quality Committee report.

Click here to read the 2014 year-end report (pdf) from Aquatic Control Technology concerning the treatment of Lake Hayward for invasive weeds.

Other items of interest:

• To make sure you receive your Spring packet and other POALH communications, please fill out the POALH information sheet and mail to POALH, PO Box 230, Colchester, CT 06415

• Are you receiving East Haddam alerts? If not download the Everbridge sign-up form

• Do you have special needs emergency personnel should know about? Please download and fill out this form

• To request extra police patrols by the Town of East Haddam download this form

Questions or comments for the Board or POALH staff? Please email us at, drop us a note at the walk-up mailbox at 83 Wildwood Road or mail us at POALH, PO Box 230, Colchester, CT 06415

Important numbers and links:

Connecticut Water Company: 800-286-5700
Report boating violations to the DEEP.
For garden tips, visit the following:
Organic Gardening Online
Home and Garden Education Center - UCONN's Cooperative Extention System.

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