George Latour, longtime Rhode
Island resident and lifetime LMPA member, passed on Tuesday, August 28. Please read more here:
The lake was treated on Friday, June 11, 2018 and a second time on Wednesday, August
22. This will be the final treatment for 2018. My opinion is that the lake overall stayed as clear as any year in memory.
There was not a great need for the second treatment, but hopefully that gives us a good start on next year. There will be
a final assessment and end of year report later. This was a good year for Lake Mishnock.
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 Saturday, April 21, 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. Read more here: https://www.wgtownri.org/home/news/earth-day-clean-ups-saturday-april-21st
Board of Directors met February 10 at the Barn to discuss treatment options for the spring (2018) and plan for the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser and (click to see raffle prize) 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.
Our 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.
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
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.
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.