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What's New?

Fall view of lake from Mishnock Rd
picture taken by John Berchem November 2018

There will be a Board Meeting November 10, 2018, 10am at the Mishnock Barn to plan for the annual meeting which is scheduled for December 15, 10am 2018 at (you guessed it) the Mishnock Barn. We will discuss all things lake related and hold elections pursuant to our bylaws. 2018 was a good year for the lake. The milfoil was kept in check and we had no algae blooms.  We are fortunate to have such a beautiful lake for the community center piece. We need be ever vigilant to maintaining the financial wherewithal for yearly treatments. Without them the aggressive invasive vegetation would no doubt take over.  

 Some of you reading this website may want to contribute to keeping our lake healthy, but have yet to do anything concrete. Well, I have great news for you. You can contribute without it costing you a cent! And it's easy! I know this sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. A letter explaining how this works was recently sent to all LMPA members and to all who live on the lake. If you care about the lake and its future please read this letter. Thanks from all of us at LMPA.



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:



The 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.

Ed 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. 


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 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.


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.



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. 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: 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.



In case you are wondering what milfoil can do to a pond if left unchecked, look below.  Jim Wahl took this picture of what used to be a pond near Hopkins Hill road.

local pond suffering the ravages of milfoil



                                               2013 Pasta Fundraiser

The 2013 Pasta Fundraiser, raffle and 50/50 splits combined to net LMPA a total of $2,297. This will help cover the expense of treating the lake but we will have to take some from savings. We are searching for some new ideas before our annual meeting.

Next Board meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 29. Hopefully lake treatment will be over and we'll know the results.

Board meeting held on May 4, as scheduled. ACT will be surveying the lake later this month. Based upon their assessment, treatment will likely commence in late May or early June. We have contracted with ACT for the coming season. The DEC permit from last year is good until June 19. ACT will apply for new permits in case work is needed after June 19. Spot treatment and lily pad thinning probably will be required. Next meeting scheduled for June 29, same place and time. We need ideas for the annual meeting in October.
Next Board meeting 10 AM, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Mishnock Barn.

See some pictures of Earth Day cleanup 2013.

Earth Day Big River area cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 20.  Read below and click here for map and other information

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 8:30-9:00 am 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.

Thanks to our donors for the 2013 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser and raffle
Directors' 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 Barn.

We encourage our membership to attend the Palm Sunday Lions' Club fundraiser breakfast 8 a to 11 a March 24, 2013 at the VFW on 29 So. Main St, in Coventry. 

Directors' meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 16,2013,10am Mishnock Barn.

The Directors' meeting of Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10am will be rescheduled.
Too many people were unable to attend. We do have a date for the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - April 14. Notice of the new meeting date will be emailed to the Directors and posted on line.

Read about how that lovely green yard harms the lake.Click here to read about good stewardship of lake frontage.

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: 
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.

 Next Directors' meeting is Saturday, January 12, 2013, 7pm at the Mishnock Barn.

LMPA was saddened to lose a founding director, Paul Kaltschnee, who passed away Sunday, December 31, 2012 at Kent County Hospital.
Read more here.

LMPA was saddened to lose long time member and director Claire Wade February 7, 2013.  She was small in stature but mighty in spirit and personality. She will be greatly missed. Read more here: