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 Attention: 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.


Thank you to: The Probers, The Copacetics, Sundance, and Not For Nuthin for the fabulous benefit concert they gave LMPA Sunday, February 16. These groups raised over $3000 on our behalf. Every comment I heard was a rave. "Can't believe this many good bands in one place. Hope this can become an annual event.." Yes, let's hope we can do this again next year. It costs approximately $7,000 a year to keep invasive weeds under control. We need all the help we can get and everyone enjoys a good time!

 LMPA held a meeting for members and directors Saturday, February 22 at the Barn.  The big topic of conversation was how well the band benefit concert went. Nothin but raves! All agreed we would like to make this a yearly event.

 

 We held a Directors' meeting at the Mishnock Barn on Saturday, January 18, 2020. A number of LMPA members attended in addition to Board members. It was a cold day but warm in the Mishnock Barn.  Needless to say this is a Rock concert. We appreciate the bands donating their time and hope for a good turnout.

The Earth Day Land Trust day is March 29. If you want to know more please search the web. More information should be available in the near future. 

 

 

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 some 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 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 picked up two new members at the dinner, Frank and Tracey Calderon. They live on Pine Tree. Director of Membership Nancy Brown will send them a letter of thanks. We need new members and people to take an interest in the lake's welfare. They are new to the neighborhood and very interested in taking care of the lake.

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 access  has minimal use, so boats don't bring milfoil from other places. Next meeting is February 2, 2019, 10am at the barn.

 


 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. 

 

 



 


 

 



 
 
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
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