Molly West Scholarship

Molly West lived by Crystal Lake where she was well known in the community as an advocate for protecting and preserving the lake area. As president of the Crystal Lake Association, Molly’s was a strong voice within the town of Ellington on issues involving the health of the lake she loved. When she died, those who knew her honored Molly’s memory with donations which the Crystal Lake Association has used to establish this scholarship in her name. Molly’s love of the lake and of preserving the environment will live on in awarding this scholarship to a student who shares a connection to Crystal Lake or who plans to further Molly’s goals through pursuing a career in environmental or related sciences.

Ellington Community Scholarship Association

Over the years, ECSA has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Ellington students going on to college or technical and trade schools. Since 1990 alone, ECSA has awarded more than $1,000,000 to Ellington students pursuing a post-secondary education. ECSA is a nonprofit organization with exemption status granted pursuant to section 501(c) (3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.

The 2017 award recipient was Kate Walder who is planning to attend UCONN. Congratulations Kate!

The 2016 award recipient was Anna Tuttle.

Crystal Lake Association

316A Sandy Beach Rd

Ellington, CT 06029


2018 meetings:

April 24th, Old Crystal Lake School

July 25th,  Crystal Lake United Methodist Community Center. Note the address change.

October 4th Old Crystal Lake School

(meetings are at 7 PM)

Summer picnic: Thursday, August 16th from 5 - 7 pm at 24 Private Grounds. 


08-12-2018: The summer picnic is now Thursday, August 16th from 5-7pm st the Arzt’s house on 24 Private Grounds. Hot dogs will be served. Hope to see you there!


07/26/2018: The powerpoint for the July 25th invasive species presentation can be viewed here:


07-02-2018: Pleaset join us for our July 25th meeting. George Knoecklein from Northeast Aquatic Research will be giving a talk on invastive species, a very important topic for our lake. Please note the meeting will be at the Crystal Lake Unitited Methodist Community Center on Sandy Beach road across from the Elementary School.


05-05-2018:  We held a Crystal Lake road cleanup today. The following volunteers walked the roads and filled several trash bags of various items which people had thrown on the side of the road and at the dam area. Dolores and Al Breton, Bill Brown, Bill Brown III, Dave Gauthier, Missy and Bob Clark, Rex Joffray, Vic Laptik, Monique Lussier, Cindy McNamar, Pat and Joe Neafey. Thanks for helpingkeep our lake area clean!


Want to Become a Member?

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Crystal Lake Association

316A Sandy Beach Rd

Ellington, CT 06029

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