Lang Pond Road – Time to Vote Yes on Article 2:
It is time for Tuftonboro residents to meet and vote at the Tuftonboro Central School, 205 Middle Road, on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 7:30 in the evening to act upon the Town Warrant articles including:
Article 2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($160,000.00) to repair Lang Pond Road. One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance, and Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) to be raised from taxation.
The Lang Pond Road article is a critical step in maintaining the water quality of Mirror Lake. Please reach out to your neighbors that reside in Tuftonboro and ask them to vote favorably on the Lang Pond Road article on March 9th, 7:30pm at the Town Meeting. Thank you.
(Majority vote required)
(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 7 – 0)
The following link is to the entire 2016 Town Warrant.
A special thank you to Keith Garrett of Wolfeboro Computer Solutions (603.569.5732) for his professional services in making our website a safer place to visit, now and in the future. Keith, a resident of Tuftonboro and previously a resident of Mirror Lake jumped in (excuse the pun) and successfully addressed technical issues that had arisen as well as providing long term protection for our site.
Job well done Keith.
Lang Pond Road Update:
UPDATE & CORRECTION: Tuftonboro’s Budget Committee unanimously passed, last Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2016), the inclusion of a warrant article in the amount of $150,000 [and according to Tyler Philips, member of the Budget Committee, Selectmen have raised this amount to $160,000] for the improvement to Lang Pond Road. This warrant article allows for this to move forward for a vote March 9th, 2016 at Town Meeting.
It is important to note that the Selectmen voted to use $100,000 from undesignated fund balance to offset the amount to be raised by taxes, according to Carolyn Sundquist, member Board of Selectmen.
As a brief description this warrant would appropriate $160,000 to improve Lang Pond Road by providing culverts to direct run-off, maintain the road width at no greater than 15 feet, raise the road bed slightly and create swales to move run-off away from the beach and install 200 feet of paving.
Of significant importance to this matter, Mirror Lake Protective Association has paid $5,000 to apply for necessary permits from the State.
A public session on the proposed 2016 Tuftonboro Town budget is scheduled for 6:30 pm, Feb. 2nd at the meeting hall. Please attend and voice your support. Town Meeting is scheduled for March 9th, 2016 where the warrant articles will be voted on by residents of Tuftonboro. The Lang Pond Road article is a critical step in maintaining the water quality of Mirror Lake. Please reach out to your neighbors that reside in Tuftonboro and ask them to vote favorably on the Lang Pond Road article at the March Town Meeting. Thank you.
For further details see the attached documents, first is a Memo from Gene Kelley, Pres. MLPA
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO LANG POND ROAD
Slow the Flow (of phosphorus):
Our vigilance about phosphorus and cyanobacteria (blue green algae) remains critical to protecting Mirror Lake. Consequences are being noted in the news on a much larger lake, Lake Champlain:
The Boston Globe article about blue green algae, beach closures and increased water testing on Lake Champlain (summer 2015)
The Boston Globe article about property values lowered by the assessor due to detection of blue green algae on Lake Champlain (summer 2015)
Loon Preservation Committee – Moultonborough, NH:
For your information we are posting the Loon Preservation Committee’s brochure and notice of 40th Anniversary Benefit Raffle. Drawing to be held November 28th, 2015. If interested please contact Loon Preservation Committee for details.
Loon Preservation Committee Brochure
Invitation to join Mirror Lake Weedwatchers:
Mirror Lake Weedwatchers will be back on the lake this month! I am recruiting new members to join us – the more paddlers, the better for all. The commitment is only once a month, covering a section of the lake. I will train you! Easy! Please send me an e-mail with your interest to: email@example.com and I will set up a visit with you. Look for details on a “Weedwatcher Party” in late June/early July. Details to be posted after our annual MLPA meeting. Hope to see you there on June 20th.
MLPA Annual Meeting – June 20th, 2015 – 9:00 am:
The Mirror Lake Protective Association will hold it’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM. The meeting location is the Tuftonboro Town House (same location as last year’s). President Gene Kelley will welcome all in attendance and provide updates on recent activities of the MLPA. Committee Reports will be offered as well.
2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Awards:
We knew…now the State of New Hampshire knows. Mirror Lake is the place. On November 10th, 2014 three of our enormously dedicated folks were recognized for their volunteer contributions in keeping our lake clean and monitored. Beth Urda, Dick and Nancy Byrd along with the NH Lakes – Lake Host Program were recognized in a gala event held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Norma Milne of Mirror Lake was the Chairperson of this event and did a fantastic job. We are all very proud of these folks and thank them for all they do. What we do today will help keep Mirror Lake special for future generations.
Youtube Video link: http://youtu.be/qEeZx7W-DT8
LtoR – Larry & Beth Urda, Dick & Nancy Byrd
LtoR, Nancy Byrd, Dick Byrd and Norma Milne
2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards – Nancy and Dick Byrd and Beth Urda are being honored for their efforts on behalf of everyone who uses and loves Mirror Lake.:
The 2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards will be held on November 10th, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Although dinner is not provided, Volunteer NH hosts a pre-event reception in the Governor’s Hall at the Capital Center for the Arts, Main Street in Concord, NH with light appetizers beginning at 5:30, with the awards ceremony running from 7:00PM to 9:00PM to recognize individuals and organizations for their commitment to service and New Hampshire’s tradition of volunteerism.
Nazzy from WJYY is the Master of Ceremonies, and Miss New Hampshire and Governor Hassan attend to “kick off” the recognition ceremony at 7pm. Everyone should plan to arrive no later than 6:45 to get to their seats in Chubb Theatre.
Check out the following website for additional information: http://www.volunteernh.org/html/events_62.htm
Nancy and Dick Byrd
Since 1991, volunteers from the Mirror Lake Protective Association (MLPA) have participated in the University of New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (UNH LLMP). Nancy and Dick Byrd assumed responsibility for this water sampling program upon their arrival in New Hampshire in 2005. Water samples from 5 locations in the lake are collected, processed following technical protocols, refrigerated and transported to UNH’s testing laboratory in Concord. Nancy, a trained biologist, is the ideal volunteer for this program. Nancy’s efforts on behalf of Mirror Lake were recognized by the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and she has served on that commission for several years. Nancy is currently on the Board of Directors of MLPA and Dick recently retired, after 3 years, serving as its Treasurer. They are also active in other community events. They are currently the co-presidents of the Lakes Region Newcomers which has a membership of over 200 couples/individuals.
In 2007 Mirror Lake experienced a cyanobacteria outbreak which bacteria are harmful to humans. Excess phosphorus in the lake causes these bacterial outbreaks. It was suspected that one of the possible sources of this phosphorus was runoff of untreated effluent from an adjacent town’s septic spray fields. In order to substantiate this, testing of a tributary from the septic fields, along a 1.7 mile stream to Mirror Lake was required. Beth Urda volunteered to undertake this testing. She met with NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) to select the 5 spots along the tributary to take water samples. In addition to the work Beth has done on the water sampling, until this year, she was the “point person” for the NH Lakes Lake Host Program. For the past 7 years, she has applied for the grant, hired, trained and supervised both the paid summer staff and the volunteers required to match the grant. She also works with the Loon Preservation Committee to place a raft for nesting on Mirror Lake. She and her husband clean out the raft in the fall and store it in their garage, annually. They also repair and rebuild it, as needed. Last year was the first year, in recorded history, that Mirror Lake’s single loon pair (all that a 321 acre lake can support), belatedly, gave birth to two loon chicks. This year, the pair found the nest again, figured out how to procreate earlier in the summer which gives the chicks more time to mature and, again, produced two chicks. Sadly, each year it appears that snapping turtles got one of the chicks but, last year, the second chick survived to fly to the ocean. This year, we lost a chick, again, but we continue to watch the surviving loon chick grow and thrive.
NH Lakes – Lakeside Publication – Summer 2014:
This is the quarterly publication of New Hampshire Lakes Association. Great organization with valuable articles and stories to help protect our lakes. Worth a read.
Lakeside – Summer 2014