Time to unwind!
June 27, 2015
Dear Lake Friend,
Can you believe that the 4th of July weekend is just around the corner?! The first month of Summer 2015 has been a whirlwind of activity for NH LAKES and our lakes.

Our Lakes Congress in May was a tremendous success and since mid-June, we have been hearing reports of baby loons being born on our lakes throughout the state. Unfortunately, however, milfoil continues to spread as one new lake has been added to the list of infested lakes. Read about these happenings - and more! - in this in this issue of Shorelines.

If the past month has been a whirlwind for you, we hope you'll find some time during the next month to relax and unwind at your favorite lake (or pond!).
Lakes (or ponds?!) are for deep thought 
by Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES 
If you’re a kid, there’s almost no better way to spend the summer than with your cousins at grandma and poppa’s cottage on the lake. Our now six year-old daughter has spent a good part of each summer since she was a baby at Seneca Lake in New York with my husband’s extended family and with my family on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. As a limnologist—a scientist who studies lakes—of course, I am thrilled that Iris has had so much opportunity to spend time at the lake.
For our family, the lake is not only a place to go have fun, it’s a place to unwind, relax, and sometimes get into deep conversation. A few summers ago while we were all at the lake, I was tickled to overhear the following exchange between Iris and her cousin, Cameron, who were both just about four years old at the time—it went something like this…
“Cameron, do you think Grandma and Poppa’s lake is really a lake or is it just a pond?” Iris inquired.
"Well, it’s pretty big,” began Cameron. “Actually, I think Seneca Lake is huge. It’s close to ginormous…”
“So, it must be a lake,” interrupted Iris.
“Yes. Definitely. Seneca Lake is a lake. It’s not a wimpy little pond,” Cameron confirmed.

“Ok. So, what about the pond by Uncle Stephen’s house?” Iris questioned, “It’s really a pond, right?”
“Yes, Uncle Stephen’s pond is a pond,” Cameron confidently confirmed, “It’s too small to be a lake, but it was pretty cool.”
“Cool, like neat,” Iris added, “the water was pretty warm.”
“So, how big does it have to be to be a lake and not a pond?” Cameron wondered aloud.
“I dunno. Let’s ask my mom,” suggested Iris, “She’s a lake scientist.”

To read more, click here.
"Best Lakes Congress ever!"
Lakes Congress 2015: What a spectacular—almost surreal—way to kick off summer! On May 28 and 29, NH LAKES hosted the 22nd annual Lakes Congress on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. The weather—sunny, clear blue skies—and the setting at Church Landing—just a stone’s throw away from beautiful Meredith Bay—couldn’t have been better. Many attendees commented that this year’s event was the “best Lakes Congress ever!”
But what really made the event spectacular were the people—all 155 individuals—who gathered together over the two-day event to build their skills in educating, advocating, and organizing to help manage and protect their favorite lake, and all our 1,000 lakes in New Hampshire. 

If you missed this the 2015 Lakes Congress—or even if you didn’t and just weren’t able to get to all the sessions that you wanted to—you can view most of the presentations given during the event by clicking here.
New Infestation of Variable Milfoil Found in Turee Pond in Bow
We are sad to report that the unwanted aquatic plant milfoil has invaded another waterbody in New Hampshire.

To read the press release issued by from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), click here.

Unfortunately, the infestation in Turee Pond is well-established, and has likely been present in the pond for 3 to 4 years. The waterbody was not protected from aquatic invasive species  through the NH LAKES Lake Host prevention program or the NHDES Weed Watchers early-detection program. 

If your lake isn't protected from aquatic invasive species through the Lake Host Program, contact us to set up a program!

To start a Weed Watchers Program, contact Amy Smagula, NHDES Exotic Species Program Coordinator.  
In mid-June, twin loons were born on Lake Sunapee! This is the first time in decades that Lake Sunapee has had baby loons.
We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.


The NH LAKES Staff
Tom O'Brien, President
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President
Martha Lovejoy, Member Services & Fiscal Administrator
Erin Graichen, Member Services Assistant
Gretchen Rae, Education Program Assistant
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Looking for a good book to read by the lake?
Get your copy of the new book by author E.J. Hanagan who has life-long ties to Suncook Lake in Barnstead, NH, and you'll support NH LAKES at the same time! 

About the book
A mysterious photo of a handsome stranger. A forgotten china set tucked away in the corner of the attic...
Claire Fitzgerald is already struggling to live up to the perfect people around her when she's faced with her mother's death. While sifting through the pieces of her mother's past, she discovers a need to reconcile her memories of a woman she idolized with the truth of who she really was.

Alternating between generations and intertwining the stories of Claire and her mother, Underwater Secrets teaches that sometimes the key to loving ourselves involves learning to love the people around us, quirks and all. 

Ties to Suncook Lake
Author EJ Hanagan grew up spending her summer months on Suncook Lake at her grandparent’s camp. When she was eleven, her grandparents sold the camp, but a few years after that, her father purchased land on lower Suncook Lake and had his summer home built, where EJ and her family spend their summer days.
EJ would like to donate a portion of the June, July and August, Underwater Secrets proceeds to NH LAKES. 

To get your copy of Underwater Secrets, click here.
Looking for a good book for your kids or
Kids will love The Mansion: An Old Winnipesaukee Mystery and NH LAKES thanks author Andy Opel for recognizing NH LAKES in the acknowledgements!

About the Book
From the award-winning author/illustrator team who created The Witches and The Weirs ...comes the latest Winnipesaukee adventure—and this time it’s a mystery!

Join Jack, Franny and J.J. as they learn about how the lake used to be and Grammy tells them a spooky story about when she was a little girl.

To purchase your copy of The Mansion, or any of the books in the Winnipesaukee Adventure Series, click here.
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