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  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.

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. 


 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 plans.                            


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.

Annual 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.   
Directors' 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
 Directors' meeting scheduled for 10am Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Mishnock Barn 
Directors' 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 general meeting. 

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.

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Read about our Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Dan 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 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.

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 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:
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.

The 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.