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The P.P.O.A. of Hubbardston MA

Welcome to the Pincreast Property Owner's Assotiation of Hubbardston, Massachusetts. Whether you are a long time home owner here, newcomer to the neighborhood, or just visiting, this website is intended to keep you informed of the news and activities happening in the neighborhood as well as give all visitors a little virtual tour of our beautiful neighborhood.

A Peaceful Home in the Heart of Massachusetts

Our mission is to promote and foster the recreation, relaxation, health and fellowship of the members, and to protect, maintain and improve the recreational land and open space in Pinecrest. The neighborhood is located in the town of Hubbardston, Massacusetts, about an hour and a half from Boston. We have the advantage of living in a peacefull area surrounded by nature, but also not being too far away from larger cities like Gardner, Leominster, and Fitchburg. The neighborhood offers many activities including hiking trails, a private beach area with a great playground, and lakes that are great for boating and fishing.

Welcome Sign
Welcome Sign

A Bit of History

Pinecrest was developed by American Central Company, a subsidiary of International Paper Company as an exclusive recreation area in the 1960s. Prospective buyers of the land were promised to have access to all the facilities including a bath house, Snackbar, Picnic area, campground and playground. As the town increased the minimum lot building size, sales of land within slowed and eventually transfered to the Pinecrest Property Owners Association in 1970 and for a short while in 1977 was open to the public which included hookups for RVs, bathhouse, laundry, full liquor license, general store, and 40 sites. In the early 1980s the campground was closed, but interest among the property owners in the land and its value had sparked the construction of more perminent housing for families forming the association as it is today.

Click the link below for even more details of Pinecrest's history!

News and Events

Upcoming activities and news you should know about.

Monthly Board Meetings

Bring your issues, concerns, questions to us for discussion, or just come to listen and learn. We meet normally the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Lodge. Meetings generally last about 90 minutes.

Next Board Meeting:
Tuesday September 14th
7pm via Zoom and in the Lodge

Due to the current state of the Corona Virus, Board Meetings have been held via Zoom and in the Lodge. If you would like to join, Please contact Jim Ellis @ email: ellis-sharp@mail.com to request to be added to the list.

Bear Visit
Lady Slippers

Flowers

Neighborhood News

Check out what is new as we try to post the latest information about meetings, events and general information about the area!

News: Don't be afraid of the Scaregoose! (POSTED: 09/02/2021)

Don't be afraid of the Scaregoose. As you know, we know have a problem with geese making a mess of the beach, our residents have been hard at work creating fun scarecrows to help keep them away. Look to see them on the beach next swimming season (pictures to come).

As a reminder, do not feed the geese as it encourages them to stay around and is a violation according to the state. Thanks.



Announcement: PPOA Fall Cleanup (POSTED: 09/02/2021)

It is that time of the year again to prep the neighborhood for the end of summer. Please join us whenever you can, for as long as you can.

When: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 9:00am - Rain or Shine
Where: At the beach. Please join us whenever you can, for as long as you can.

Bring: Bring gloves, clippers, rakes, saws, and hoes. We also need a few people to volunteer to bring weed-whackers, hip waders, chain saws, or boats.

Planned projects:

- Pull in the swimming buoys and store in shed
- Pick up trash, including lower pond and island and below dam.
- Clear hiking trails that are overgrown with brush
- Rake the beach
- Repair tables?
- Clear/cutback brush in beach parking area and around horseshoe pit
- Maybe move horseshoe pit

Email Jim at ellis-sharp@mail.com with any questions.



Announcement: Pond Treatment Update (POSTED: 08/10/2021)

Here is a quick update From the board on yesterday's (8/9) DCR variance hearing which is required as part of the Quabbin watershed. We attended the hearing yesterday and Jim answered several questions Dominic deferred to him on. We heard nothing concerning except at the end they said they have 30 days to make their decision.

UPDATE 9/2/2021: the variance has been approved



News: Annual Letter to Residents (POSTED: 03/03/2021)

Covid-19 made of an off year for everyone. Below is a letter from the board recapping our year and utlining our goals for 2021.



News: A New Look (POSTED: 02/12/2021)

As you've noticed, the PPOA website got a new look. The goal was to update the design and streamline some of what worked on the old site and loose the features that didn't work out so well. We are still working out some tweaks and formatting so we appreciate your patience in this transition. We hope you enjoy and as always, any feedback, images of Pinecrest, or news is welcomed and appreciated.

Click the button below to learn a little more about the 'hows' and 'whys' of the new look.

Information & Documentation

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Meeting Minutes

The board of directors meet monthly to discuss concerns, issues and projects within the neighborhood as well as host an annual meeting where things such as the yearly budget, goals, and overall focus areas of all residents. Click the button below to catch up on all ongoing conversations.


Welcome Packet

Information for new home owners in Pinecrest. Plus some rules for loadge rentals as well as some additional information for those by the pond.


General Welcome Packet
Lodge Rental Rules and Regulations
Dock policy cover letter (2008)
Dock policy Agreement

Cushman Pond Survey

Information about the care and maintenence of one of our top attractions.

2019 Cushman Pond Survey
Webinar By Solitude on hydro-raking
Learn more about hydro-raking
Additional Q&A
For any other questions regarding Cushman, please email questions@ppoa.info

Neighborhood Facilities

Open to members of the association are access to our pond, beach area, lodge and hiking trails scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Lodge

The Lodge

The neighborhood's main building is used for most of Pincrest's offical events including monthly and annual board meetings. Associtation members are allowed to rent the lodge for private gatherings for a low fee of $50 per day. click the button below to see more about our lodge.

Cushman Pond and Beach

Cushman Pond is a shallow water-body. The depth of the pond ranges between 3 to 10 feet. and it is allowed to swim and fish. The beach area is kept clean by neighborhood volunteers and is a great place to spend a hot summer's day with the family. PPOA is required by our local Board of Health to test the pond for E. Coli bacteria on a monthly basis during the swimming season and has always passed as safe and the board of directors make the best possible efforts to protect our pond. Click below for more information.

Beach
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Hiking Trails

Being surounded by nature has its benifits. One such benifits are the abundant hiking trails we have in the neighborhood. Being private land belonging to the association, our trails are taken care of by our fellow neighbors and do we love to share the ones we find!

Our Board and Contact information

Have a question? Want to become more involved? Below is a list of our current board members and the best contact for them. All positions are volunteer, though the board is elected by the association at the annual meeting when a term ends. Please note the year in parentheses represent the end of the member's term. Any memeber of the association may be elected for a board position. Associates are not elected board members, but as additional volunteers who offer a great help to the community.
PresidentBill Homans (2021)president@ppoa.info
TreasurerJeanne E. Carter (2021)treasurer@ppoa.info
ClerkEric Goodhart (2021)clerk@ppoa.info
DirectorsDavid Blad (2021)board@ppoa.info
Bob Brooks (2021)
Dennis Majikas (2021)
John Day (2021)
Bill Poudrier (2021)
AssociatesJim Ellisboard@ppoa.info
Tim Humphrey
Lee Carter
Bob Cronin
Lodge RentalsSherry Brooks
WebmasterBrendon Toupensewebmaster@ppoa.info