June 2, 2021
There will be a meeting for Directors on Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10am at the Mishnock Barn. This is the first meeting since Covid "took over". The agenda is open, but we will certainly discuss the upcoming lake inspection, milfoil, treatment options for the future, and fundraising. It will be good to get together.
March 4, 2021
It has been many months since the LMPA website has been updated. Two factors converged at the same time: Covid 19 and the slow deterioration of the platform for maintaining the website. The Covid pandemic brought to a halt our meetings and activities. Our website provider decided they didn’t support the platform I used for over 15 years. Increasingly it became obvious another website would have to be created. The original was the repository of much of the organization’s history. I did not want to lose that. In any event a new website is under construction with the hope of keeping as much of our history as is reasonable. I’ll admit to a little hoarding. Your patience is appreciated. We keep our domain name and change the website host. Without the technical help of Mike Berube this would not be possible. Thank you Mike!! Mike will continue to work with me in building the new website.
On February 15, 2021, The Pond and Lake Connection sent out Notices to all lake abutters explaining upcoming periodic lake inspections and targeted treatment of invasive vegetation. These Notices are required by The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and are part of the permitting process. When the time comes for treatment Notices will be posted around the lake.
It’s been a difficult year, but daylight is in view! I hope many of you have received vaccinations and the rest will soon. The vaccination process, after a rocky start, seems to be moving well in West Greenwich.
We have two audacious cardinals nesting near our home and they’ve been singing the joys of spring since mid February. Nancy and I have seen flocks of robins, red-winged blackbirds, and killdeer. So, they think it’s spring. We’ll have a Board meeting as soon as we think it’s safe.
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