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DES to address SLA on Cyanobacteria, May 27

Dear Members, Neighbors, and Friends:  

It is the beginning of the summer season, albeit unofficially.  Summer has brought cyanobacteria to Spofford the past few years.  So, we thought you would be interested in hearing from and posing questions to a State expert on cyanobacteria.

Changing Lake Ecology and Cyanobacteria, June 22 via Zoom:  The SLA is pleased to host a Zoom meeting with Kate Langley Hastings, Cyanobacteria HAB Program Coordinator, Watershed Management Bureau, Water Division, NH Department of Environmental Services.  On Thursday, June 22, at 7:00pm Kate will provide a primer on changing lake ecology and cyanobacteria.  She’ll also touch on what the State is doing to address these issues.  To join in, see the right side bar for Zoom meeting details.  

Cleanup Time:  You may already be hard at work on refreshing your Spofford home for the summer season.   And so it should be no surprise that the SLA also needs to clean up its database to assure our messages find you, whether email or hardcopy.  Please log in to your account.  Click the little orange man at the top center of the page, then click "view profile" and make any necessary edits.  The three most important bits for the SLA are:  Have your Local Address and Preferred Mailing Address changed?  Is there a separate email for you and your ‘Spouse/Partner’? and ‘Are you a year-round local resident?’  Thanks.

Annual Meeting:  Would your company be Interested in sponsoring the SLA’s July 15 Annual Meeting?  Would your family like to donate a raffle gift in support of the SLA?  Sponsorship opportunities can be found here.  For donations, please send an email. Thanks very much for your ongoing support.  

Calling All Anglers.  NH Wants Your Fish…for mercury testing, that is.  NHDES’ Fish Tissue Mercury Monitoring Program measures the concentration of mercury in fish from lakes and rivers throughout the state to inform consumption advisories. The data are also used to study changes in mercury content in fish tissue over time and characterize mercury concentrations in different fish species.  If you are interested in helping out, click here for details.  

New Web Pages:  We have added a new page on Canada Geese and our new Reducing Runoff page combines the previous Reducing Runoff and Soak of the Rain pages, while also adding some new content.  

Community Activities:

  • Chesterfield Farmer’s Market:  The season begins on Saturday, May 27.  Come to Town center and purchase fruits, veg, bakery items, and more.
  • Beginner Yoga:  All are welcome on Tuesdays at Chesterfield Old Town at 10am.  Each session is $8.00, cash only.
  • NE Paddlesport Championship (NEPC):  July 30, Norm’s Launch, Brattleboro.  The 44th year NEPC will welcome canoe, kayak, SUP, and surf ski racers from across the Northeast to compete for honors on New England’s historic Connecticut River between southwest New Hampshire and southeast Vermont. Racers choose to run the 12-mile competitive course or a 5-mile recreation course.  spectators can cheer on competitors where the course laps the Brattleboro-Hinsdale Island by passing under the Rte. 119 bridges.  Visit for details.

Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday. 

The Spofford Lake Association

Spofford Lake Association

PO Box 177
Spofford, NH 03462

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