Recent and Upcoming Events
Attention: The Line
Dancing Workshop fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday March 15 is being postponed until further notice. Please
pass the word to anyone who may need to know.
The LMPA annual meeting was held November 2, 2019, 10:00am at the Mishnock Barn, 200 Mishnock Rd, West
Greenwich. We had a good turnout, probably the best in a couple of years. Three Director positions were up for review,
and we discussed the year-end report from The Pond and Lake Connection. Steve Shriner, Neil Degris, and Diane Blaquire were
unanimously voted in for another term. The Pond and Lake Connection representative, Nick McMahon was available by phone,
but we decided we had no questions important enough to interrupt his Saturday morning. All agreed that this year's
treatment was a great success. There was limited discussion on how to insure that funds continue to be available for
the lake's continued good health. Treatment cost on average is about 7000 per year. There will be further discussion
of this. The annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2020. The next Board Meeting is
Sunday, January 18, 2020, 10 am, at the Barn
Lake Mishnock was treated on May 29, 2019 with ProcellarCor, a new herbicide/algaecide that has proven itself in
other New England lakes. We have a new management contract with The Pond And Lake connection. All evidence, as of mid
September, is that it has done a great job on the milfoil. Our hope is that this treatment will be effective for
up to three years.
There will be a Directors' meeting at 1000 on Saturday,
September 21, 2019 at the Mishnock Barn to plan for the annual membership meeting.
The annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser and Raffle was held Sunday, April 14,2019 at the Mishnock Barn. Bobby was
unable to cater this year's event so we used Meal Works. They did a good job. All the comments I heard were favorable.
Unfortunately we had more food than we needed. The turn out was not what we hoped for. Nonetheless we did net about $2000.00
from the event, thanks primarily to the raffle. In addition to the Wooden Bench another major raffle item was a Barbecue Grill
donated by Home Depot in Coventry. We can thank the Neros for hustling lots of raffle donations. Please shop with those vendors
who help the lake by donating raffle items. This year's vendors can be found here.
We are using a new vendor, Pond and Lake, for
treating the lake, also a new product. Early evidence suggests this could be a game changer for controlling milfoil.
Pond and Lake have sent notices to all lake abutters and have applied for relevant permits.
Other news is the fear that Canadian Geese
may be establishing themselves on the lake. Historically we've had swans to run them off, but we are not so sure this
will happen this year. Our old male swan died two years ago and the new male may not be so territorial. We should know more
soon, when mating season starts.
The annual meeting was held December 15, 2018 at the Mishnock
Barn. The first order of business was the election of Directors. The nominating committee (Ken
Brown, Diane Blaquire and Kelly Albro) had previously met on November 13. The Committee had
been informed that all directors were willing to run for another three year term if there were no
other applicants. There were no other applicants. As a result Nancy Brown, Ken Fallon, Joyce Nero,
David Nero, Joann Wahl and James Wahl were nominated and elected for another three year term.
The meeting attendees spoke with Solitude's Colin
Gosselin by telephone. The primary subject was the possibility of a new, more effective herbicide
for lake treatment next year. We agreed to a meeting sometime in February to further explore
the cost and feasibility of this product. Colin will stay in touch. The possibility
that milfoil could be virtually eliminated from our lake is exciting. We seem to be an ideal lake
to try. It is a kettle pond and isn't fed by a fast moving stream. The public assess has minimal use,
so boats don't bring milfoil from other places. Next meeting is February 2, 2019, 10am at the barn.
The 2018 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser was a rousing success. We grossed
approximately $4000, with a significant portion coming from the raffle. We picked up one new member and several donations.
Attendance may have been down somewhat from last year but the amount of money raised was about the same.
The permits for treatment of the lake have been filed with DEM and we are should be
able to treat in a timely manner. The recent weather has not been conducive to weed growth, and that is a good thing. Still
a little sunshine would be nice to see! URI Watershed Watch lake testing starts May 3, so Ken Brown and James Wahl
should be on the lake that day. A new member, Paul Cook has expressed interest so maybe he will be helping.
Big River Earth Day clean up is Sunday, April 22, 2018. Meet 0830 at park and
ride exit 6A, Hopkins Hill, off of I95. There is plenty of trash around our lake that needs to be picked up.
The Board of Directors met February 10,2018 at the Barn to discuss treatment options
for the spring (2018) and plan for the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser and Raffle. In addition to the Directors two new members attended - Ed and Barbara Kane. It is a welcome rarity to have members
attend Directors meetings. Also, James Wahl brought a neighbor, Paul Cook, who recently moved to our area and lives on
the lake. We discussed the treatment proposals from Solitude and decided on some changes: two treatments only, one in spring
and the other as late as possible while still retaining treatment potency. We can't allow the milfoil to grow too long
or the second treatment is not effective. It's pretty clear we need two treatments a year to stay in control of invasive
vegetation. Also we will not treat for lilies this year. The modified proposal was discussed with Solitude and a new contract
was established and is ready for signature. We hope to have DEM approval in plenty of time for treatment in May or early June.
Kane offered to work with Ken Brown on a slide show for presentation at the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser and Raffle scheduled
for April 15, 2018. Ed specializes in computer related communications programing. What a great addition to LMPA!
Barbara Kane volunteered to
establish a Facebook page called "Friends of Lake Mishnock". The idea of having a Facebook presence has been a controversial
one because of some trolling a few years back. The Friends of Lake Mishnock will not be the official face of LMPA, but
will provide a link to the website. Our hope is that this will expand our membership and provide a platform for like
minded people to exchange information and ideas about the lake.
Our next meeting is March 24, usual time and place. The Pasta Dinner
Fundraiser and Raffle is scheduled for April 15. Read more click here.
The annual meeting and elections for 2017 will be held at the Mishnock Barn on Saturday, November
18 at 10 am. Letters are being mailed to the membership informing them of the meeting and providing them the opportunity
to nominate members to be directors. The nominating committee is scheduled to meet Monday, October 9.The annual meeting
will review four executive positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and one director. The people
in those positions have all indicated the desire to stay. The elections will be held as the first order of business. We expect
Richard Ruby from Solitude to attend the meeting and give as an overview of this year's lake treatment. The Solitude end-of-the-year
report will be available. If you are a LMPA member, try to bring a new person with you. We still have people living on the
lake who don't belong to the Association. We spend between 5,000 and 9,000 dollars every year to keep the lake healthy
and viable for future generations. Invasive vegetation requires constant monitoring. We have seen lakes where nothing is done.
The results can be devastating. Small lakes are reduced to swamps.
Lake was treated on May 30, 2017. The lake responded well, and there was lots of dead
milfoil as a result. This always makes the lake look murky for a while, but that is the
price we pay for not turning into a swamp. The clarity of the lake overall for this season was good. The Secchi
test from this last weekend (August 27) showed clear to almost five meters. A follow up treatment
was performed August 24 in hopes that this would diminish the growth for next year. Lily treatment
is expected during the next week to ten days. We only do lily treatment every two or three years.
Some areas of the lake get very dense with lilies.
2017 has been a good year for Lake Mishnock. The gypsy moth caterpillar invasion that we feared
did not materialize thanks to the dampish spring weather. All of the moisture resulted in the proper fungus
(fungal pathogen Entomophaga maimaiga) for killing it off. Love those Latin science names. You can bet
I checked the spelling on that a few times.
The LMPA directors
met on February 4, 2017 to discuss the pasta dinner and milfoil treatment plans. It has been a warm winter and it
appears the milfoil is getting a "jump start." In order to proceed with the permitting process LMPA needed
to update the lake abutters list. On March 2, 2017 the abutters list was updated and sent to Solitude. Solitude mailed out
letters to all lake abutters informing them that treatment is planned for 2017 and the rules for water usage during treatment.
LMPA signed a contract with Solitude for two milfoil treatments and one lily pad treatment. We are now waiting
for DEM to issue the permits. We expect them in May or early June. Next
LMPA directors meeting is Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Mishnock Barn.
The lake was treated on Thursday, June 9, 2016. This was the earliest treatment we've had in many years. This
should facilitate better control of milfoil growth.
A Directors' meeting was held Saturday, September 9, 2016 to plan for the annual meeting and elections.
The year-end lake assessment was performed by Solitude
(formerly Aquatic Control Technology) September 15. Their report and recommendations will be available the first week in October.
Our annual meeting and elections are scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 10 AM at the Mishnock Barn. Letters will be sent
to all LMPA members, signs posted at both ends of Mishnock Road, and public notices put in the Reminder and other
media outlets. The Nomination Committee is Ken Brown, Nancy Brown, and Ken Fallon. Three directors are up for review.
Directors' meeting held March 5. Items discussed included the upcoming Pasta Dinner
Fundraiser on April 10. See more here. There will be a raffle including a handcrafted outdoor bench, just like last year. Raffle items should
be dropped off at the Barn on Thursday March 31 at 7pm, at which time we'll finalize details for the Fundraiser and raffle.
Linda Green of Watershed
Watch, University of Rhode Island will give a presentation at the West Greenwich Town Hall on Wednesday May 4 at 7 pm.
Linda is an authority on Rhode Island lakes. We need a good turnout. The health of our lakes and watersheds should
be a paramount concern for all of us. Nothing is more basic than water. We should especially encourage those
living near Lake Mishnock to attend. The Watershed Watch program has been gathering scientific data on Rhode Island Lakes
for more than 20 years.
Directors' meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10
am at the Mishnock Barn. We need to discuss the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser scheduled for Aprils 10,
and the notification process for letting Mishnock lake abutters know about this year's treatment
The Lake Mishnock annual meeting was held December 12, 2015 at the Mishnock Barn. Ken Brown, Nancy Brown,
Joyce Nero, David Nero, James Wahl, and Joann Wahl were reelected as Directors. The year end report from Aquatic Control
Technology was read. It was a good year for the lake. Treatments were effective and performed in a timely manner, including
two water lily treatments. Water lilies require thinning every three or four years and definitely needed attention.
$3992.50 in grant money was received by LMPA
from the State of Rhode Island DEM. This was very helpful in paying for the ongoing management of invasive weeds
in our lake. Total treatment cost for 2015 was $5860.
Sandy Bacchus with the West Greenwich Conservation Commission will be setting a meeting date with
Linda Green from URI Watershed Watch for Linda to address the Commission and our lake association about lake management
problems and issues around the country. The meeting will be held the first Thursday after the first Wednesday in either February
or March. Sandy will be in touch.
Pasta Dinner and Fundraiser is scheduled for April 10, 2016
Next Directors' meeting is Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 am at the Barn.
Directors' meeting at the
Mishnock Barn Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10 am.
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser set for Sunday, April 26, 2015 4 to 7pm, with
doors opening at 3pm for dancing. All at the Mishnock Barn.
Directors' meeting scheduled for Saturday, 10 am, February 7, 2015 at the Mishnock
Barn. Among topics for discussion is the status of our grant from DEM.
meeting scheduled for 10 AM, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Mishnock Barn.
Our Pasta Dinner Fundraiser was held Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4 to 6:30pm at the Mishnock Barn.
Read more here
meeting scheduled for 10am Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Mishnock Barn
Meeting Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10 am at the Mishnock Barn. There is much too
discuss. DEM is requiring us to report the number of wells near the lake. Surveys have been mailed to addresses on the lake
for those not listed on Kent County Water supply. Many of these were returned as undeliverable, but we are working on finding
accurate addresses through the West Greenwich property tax rolls. We need to discuss the need for upcoming elections and a
Due to weather problems, the lake
was not treated Monday, June 3, 2013 as planned. New Notices will have to be put up for the new date - Monday,
June 10. The Notices for June 3 have been taken down. I'm getting to know the lake's perimeter quite
well. Let's hope for good weather.
Next Board meeting scheduled for Saturday, June
29. Lake treatment will be complete and we should have some idea of the early results.
Next Board meeting 10 AM, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Mishnock Barn.
Click here: Read about our Pasta Dinner FundraiserDan Novak sent the following information regarding Earth Day cleanup, Saturday,
April 20. I hope we have a good turn out. There is a lot of trash around our lake.
The West Greenwich Conservation Commission is sponsoring (along with friends like the New England
Mountain Bike Assoc.) its annual Earth Day Clean Up event on Saturday, April 20th. A gathering for
clean up assignments, distribution of bags and gloves, and free tee shirts (first come, first serve) will occur between
at Rt. 95 Exit 6A parking lot. And finally, volunteers are welcomed to our sponsored free lunch at Lake Mishnock
Barn at noon,
after the clean up. Usually a pretty good time is had by all.
meeting Saturday April 6, 2013, 10a at the Mishnock Barn. We will finalize plans for Pasta Dinner
Fundraiser set for April 14.
Meeting of March 16, 2013 held with good attendance. Pasta Dinner
Fundraiser date reaffirmed for Sunday, April 14 from 4p to 6:30p at the Mishnock Barn. Also, Free Line Dancing from 3p to
7p. Signs will be placed around the lake. Tickets available at the Mishnock Barn and at the door on April 14. As usual, we
will hold a raffle, though finding donations has not been easy. Next Directors meeting Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10a at the
We encourage our membership to attend the Palm Sunday Lions' Club fundraiser breakfast 8 a to 11 a March
24, 2013 at the VFW at 29 So. Main St, in Coventry.
Directors' meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 16,2013,10am Mishnock Barn.
A Directors' meeting was held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Mishnock Barn.
We did not have a quarum, but did get some buisness accomplished. Nancy Brown will handle membership duties. As a group we
went through the list of unpaid members and eliminated those we think are no longer interested. Those remaining on the list
will receive cards inviting them to renew or to let us know they are no longer interested. We have a new email address: lmpassoc@gmail.
Joyce and Dave Nero will work on a "yard sale" plan
to be discussed at our next meeting Saturday, Feburary 16. Dan will talk with Bobby Mehan and pick a date for the annual pasta
dinner - April 14, 21, or 28.
annual meeting and elections were held Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Marc Bellaud was the featured speaker and answered questions
about the milfoil treatments of this past year. Delays in permitting from DEM probably resulted in increased growth. Warmer
weather was also a factor, particularly in the shallows. Marc will be preparing an "end of year" report with recommendations
for next year.
Letters have been exchanged with DEM regarding the permitting process and DEM appears committed to working
more effeciently. Part of the problem last year was new Federal Requirements, although DEM knew about these well in advance
and did not prepare as did other states. Anyhow, we'll keep on top of this and have our applications in as soon as DEM
will accept them.
Directors elected to three year terms are: Claire Wade, Kathy Dunn, Ken Fallon, Stephen St. Onge, Nancy
Brown, James Wahl and Joanne Wahl. Laurie Bradburn withdrew her name from consideration. She was a good and active director
and will be missed.
It was good to see Paul and Mary Kaltschnee at the meeting. Paul has been unable to attend meetings
recently due to health considerations. Welcome back, Paul and Mary!
Next Directors' meeting is January 12, 2013.
We need ideas for producing revenue. Can we find a grant writer who'll work on commission? More fundraisers?
The annual meeting and elections will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7 pm at the Mishnock Barn. Notices and
nomination forms have been sent to the membership. Directors should bring a pastry or anything appropriate with coffee or
tea. Marc Bellaud from Aquatic Control Technology will be at the meeting to give an overview of last year's treatment
and to answer questions.