Linda DeMaio, Secretary since 2010
Lou DeMaio, Vice President since 2014
We have lived in Sandwich for 13 years and have been involved with the BCPA since that time. Our appreciation of the pond however, began many years before that. In the 80's we were regular visitors to the Sandwich/Tamworth Town Beach. We enjoyed swimming and explored every nook and cranny of the pond in canoes and kayaks. We fell in love then and are proud to now be involved in the preservation of this beautiful resource. In addition to our Board of Directors duties, we have assisted with water testing under the tutelage of Bob Greene and Gail Colozzi-Greene, and plan to take responsibility for some of the testing this coming summer.
I’ve been a year-round resident on the pond with Hayden for 6 years. I have been so blessed to overlook the Bearcamp River and the pond every day and night and to be able to observe ice-in and ice-out dates, the arrival of the loons and other spring migrants, as well as, any disruptive events on the pond. I enjoy watching the beaver, otter, ducks, birds, bear, deer, coyotes, moose, bald eagles and of course, the loons. The pond is a most beautiful spot and so we want to preserve this serene environment. I work part time at Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor and Comfort Keepers in Plymouth. I attend the Community Church of Sandwich and sit on the Outreach Committee. I am the Corresponding Secretary for the Bearcamp Valley Garden Club. I love to ski, play tennis, garden, kayak and sail.
Mary W. Hillsgrove
Fred Phillips, Treasurer since 2016
I’ve been living on Partridge Hill with my wife, Joanne since 1995. I enjoy the pond as a place to cool off on hot afternoons. I spent about 15 years managing the loon raft, putting it in in the spring and taking it out after the eggs hatched; first as an assistant to Norm Chatel, then on my own.
Bearcamp Pond feels like it has always been a part of home. It has always been a friendly place to connect with people from near and far. My family bought our house in Sandwich in 1970 when I was 7. For this NYC kid, this summer haven was quickly heaven on earth. I loved playing on the beach with endless tunnels and drip castles, jumping off the rock and doing handstands on the underwater rock. Canoe and kayaks opened up the expanse of the pond and endless exploration. As an early graduate of Sandwich Aquatic School, I loved to swim to the island, while others brought boats and fished. I collected mussels, played with the fish, learned to deal with leaches, and came to appreciated the 5 o'clock snake. The loons were always a big deal - occupying many hours of conversation and speculation about them. But it wasn't until this early summer of 2018, that I saw a bear at Bearcamp - a cub making his way around the shore! The fact that my children have been able to experience the pond in much the same way I did as a child has also been a wonderful experience! I moved to Mass after college to be closer to Sandwich and the pond. I still live in the Boston area with my husband and two teenagers. I travel back and forth all summer to Bearcamp and swim almost every day to truly relax and revive my soul! Family picnic suppers on the beach are especially enjoyable. I’m so pleased to be a Board Member and help to support the mission of BCPA.
Andrea Everett-Wilson, Appointed June 2018