Putting aside for the moment our annual comments about summer being over and how we're preparing for winter, I think the big news at the lake is the announcement that both the Camp Blaisdell property and the Lovett property have new owners. I'm aware that at least one has already joined the BLPA, and I hope to be able to meet them as the new year progresses, and to welcome them into the association.
What a beautiful summer! The hot weather brought both good news and bad news - it was disappointing to have to endure the prolonged dry spell and the low lake level, but it was certainly welcoming to enjoy the long hot days and warm nights. And the fishing w as good, too.
It was certainly a successful year for the BLPA. The Fourth of July boat parade was larger than ever, the flares were great, the fireworks around the lake were spectacular, and the Dog House Weekend was a tremendous success. I'll add my voice to those who expressed their appreciation to all the volunteers and participants who made the weekends so enjoyable. And I can't pass up the chance to thank all the folks who spent hours at the beach on "Weed Watch" duty. That's a commitment that we all m ake - sometimes reluctantly - to prevent the introduction of invasive species into the lake, and it may well be the most important contribution we make to the association.
Now, about that winter. I hope everything's buttoned up and put away, and that you c an enjoy the snow and cold weather while we prepare for another great summer!
“Clean and Drain” : On January 1, 2017 House Bill (HB) 1589, the “Clean and Drain” bill , will be law. With this law, all boaters in New Hampshire will be required to clean all aquatic vegetation from the outside of their boat s and trailer s and to drain their boat s eve ry time they exi t a water body. It is also highly recommended to allow boats and trailers to dry for 5 full days. This helps prevent aquatic invasive plants and animals from “hitchhiking” from one waterbody to another.
Lake Lowering : The next lake lowering is currently scheduled for the fall of 2018. Please keep this in mind for any projects being considered.
Believe it or not, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has officially classified a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) as a vessel. Operators of SUPs are required to follow these laws:
All SUP operators 12 years of age and YOUNGER are required to wear a USCG-approved life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and carry a safety whistle. Flashlights are required for night use.
All SUP operators 13 years of age and OLDER are required to have a Type III adult USCG-approved life jacket or PFD either attached to the SUP or worn by the SUP operator and carry a safety whistle. Flashlights are required for night use. Tethering (wearing a leash connected to the SUP and operator) is deemed to be an alternate or replacement for having a PFD.
If you choose a tether, be sure it is long enough to prevent injury if you fall off the board! A short tether can break a leg or worse.