On Joe’s Pond Tuesday morning, the ice gave out stopping the clock used to mark the end of the annual ice out contest. The clock stopped the contest on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:51 a.m. as the wind blew and some snow fell. Joe’s Pond Association member Michelle Walker announced this year’s contest conclusion with the ice going out beneath a block that is connected to a clock onshore. When the block drops, it severs the connection to the clock. Walker did not name the winner, citing the need to verify the information and to make sure all the entries postmarked no later than April 1 have been received. The event is a fundraiser that benefits the Joe’s Pond Association. It’s a 50-50 split in money distribution of the dollar-per-ticket sales for people to guess when the ice will go out. The group uses its share for a summertime fireworks display and to support efforts to maintain the water quality of the lake.