Annual meeting and elections were held Saturday, November 18 at the Mishnock Barn. We had a good turn out. All the officers
(Dan Albro, President; Ken Brown, Vice President; Kelly Albro, Secretary; and Kathy Fallon, Treasurer) were reelected
to serve three year terms. Ken St.Onge was reelected to the Board of Directors for a three year term. John Berchem was newly
elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term. John was unable to attend the meeting because he is working in Puerto
Rico. Puerto Rico was hit with a vicious hurricane several weeks ago. John works for a company that specializes in pumping
large amounts of water. A major dam has been compromised and that's why John is there.
We have several new members:
Ed and Barbara Kane, the Kevin Breene family, John "Rusty" Waters and Julie Pettigrew. We certainly welcome new
members. The Kanes and Rusty have family connections with the lake going back at least 50 years. They live adjacent to each
other in WWII vintage cottages across from Brookside Beach. We appreciate our new members!
The main attraction of
the annual meeting was Richard Ruby, the biologist from Solitude who helps us manage our lake and keep it healthy. Mr.
Ruby gave us a summary of last year's treatments and outlined in detail our options for next year. It is no
simple matter to keep the invasive plants in check while at the same time not spending any more than we have to. Mr.
Ruby will provide us with a written proposal for next year's treatment options in time for our next Directors' meeting on Saturday February 10, 10 am at the Barn. It is important to get
a contract signed early so we get our permits early. We want the herbicides administered at the best biological moments
(maximum death to bad plants!). The last couple of years have gone smoothly.
This summer had a lot of swan drama. Last year the female
(AKA pen) swan died and the male (AKA cob) was alone for a while. He eventually found a girlfriend and the
two produced four signets. Over time three signets died. Late in the season another cob showed up. The two males did
a lot of dive bombing and posturing. Jim Wahl and I were on the lake for some of this action. It is a sight to
see two full grown male swans at war. Eventually one of the males left. Now we have a pair of swans, just as it should be.
The rogue male is gone, and the signet also. We need the swans to keep our small lake free of geese, who are
known for overpopulating and polluting small lakes.
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
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.
Read about the Gypsy Moth infestation
Read about the 2017 pasta funraiser and raffle here
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, total cost $6825. 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. Pasta dinner and fundraiser set for April 9, 2017.
The 2016 Annual Meeting and Elections was held November 19 at the Mishnock Barn. Diane Blaquiere,
Neil Digris and Steve Shriner were reelected as directors. The annual Lake Assessment Report from Solitude was reviewed.
All agreed that last year's treatment was effective. Early treatment really helps. I confirmed with Solitude that we are
named in their insurance coverage. A copy of the rider was emailed to us. Solitude recommended two treatments next year
instead of one. The warm conditions stimulated rapid growth. By the end of last season, we were seeing a good growth of milfoil.
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.
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.
The Pasta Dinner Fundraiser 2016 was a rousing success and
nobody was happier than Bobby and Flo Meehan. The Lake Association honored their lifetime of service to the
Mishnock community with a handcrafted bench donated by Joanne Rice. As busy as the Meehans are, it is
unlikely they will find much time to sit on it, but after much harassment they agreed to sit long enough for a picture to
be taken. Bobby and the West Greenwich Coventry Lions have served the meal for LMPA's annual fundraiser
for 10 years. Without them the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser would not exist. The bench is engraved with the title of Waite Albro's
book, A Brief Moment In Time - a book with special meaning to Bobby and Flo Meehan. Mr. Albro (father of LMPA's president,
Dan) played a special role in their early Mishnock days. To see other pictures click here. To learn about the businesses and individuals who donated to our 2016 Raffle, click here
For an updated (2016) list of important
Rhode Island contacts for lakes and ponds click here. The annual Big River Earth Day cleanup will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016. Participants should meet at I95 exit
6a around 8:00 am to register and pick up gloves and bags. There is a lot of trash on the roads around our lake. This will
be the time to clean it up. Help if you can. Lunch will be served at the Mishnock Barn. Here is a link to a video about the
2015 Earth Day Cleanup. https://vimeo.com/125753202. After you open this you may need to choose "Open in a new window".
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 by Joanne Rice. Check out her
great work here: http://www.picnictablesplus.com/index.html 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.