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First Annual Cornhole Tournament on the Lake

Pawtuckaway Lake is a year-round paradise, and we want to take advantage of that this winter. We have planned an exciting event to take place on the snow and ice in late January. Cold temperatures are helping to create a solid base for this afternoon of games and family fun. Who can resist a crisp winter outing in paradise?
You can register now for our Cornhole Tournament and give new meaning to the slogan “See you on the lake”!
And take note: No football games are scheduled, so there is no excuse to miss out on the fun!

PLIA Volunteers – Defenders of the Lake

On Sunday, September 26, the PLIA celebrated the accomplishments of its volunteers at a cookout held at the Pawtuckaway State Park Pavilion. We are grateful to Park officials for making the Pavilion available for this event – a beautiful setting, a beautiful day, with beautiful people! Last year, COVID concerns prevented us from holding this annual celebration. That made us doubly lucky that we could gather once again in person to thank the folks who actually bring the PLIA’s mission to life.

As the saying goes, volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless! For the PLIA, the important job of keeping the lake healthy and safe would be impossible without our tireless, and yes – enthusiastic – volunteers. Below are some of the things they do:

  • Educate boaters about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread, thenperform courtesy boat and trailer inspections
  • Search the lake all season for evidence of invasives like purple loosestrife, phragmites, variable milfoil, and Chinese mystery snails
  • Mark plants that are located and remove them; with Chinese mystery snails, extract them immediately
  • Take water samples from the lake and tributaries for analysis in the State’s DES labs
  • Pick up trash along a local roadside strip three times a year
  • Monitor lake islands to prevent fires and keep them free of litter throughout the season
  • Collaborate with government and conservation agencies to promote these efforts
  • Inform the public about best practices for maintaining a healthy lake for recreational use and the benefit of wildlife

Anyone can be a volunteer, in whatever capacity and however your schedule permits! If you would like to join this merry band, please contact our President Steve Soreff at soreffs15@aol.com; 603 895-6120 (H) or 603 568-3202(C). We hope to post photos of you at the cookout next year. And meanwhile, see you on the lake!

 

Membership Online is Easy and Convenient

OOPS! DID YOU FORGET TO RENEW YOUR PLIA MEMBERSHIP?
NEW TO THE LAKE?
WANT TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN THE PLIA ONLINE?
IT’S EASY!
You don’t need to cut a coupon, write a check, or use snail mail.
The PLIA wants to make it as convenient as possible for folks who love Pawtuckaway Lake and support our organization to become or remain members.
Just go to Membership on our website and click on the DONATE icon that will take you to our payment site. You can choose the “friends and family” option with your PayPal account or use a credit card if you prefer.
We thank you, Pawtuckaway Lake thanks you!

Fall Drawdown is Announced

Boating season always seems too short, but it is time to start thinking about the lowering of the lake this fall!

According to C. Wayne Ives, P.G., Hydrogeologist, NH Department of Environmental Services, the Dam Bureau has sent out the planned drawdown dates on its website and as a press release: https://www.des.nh.gov/news-and-media/state-announces-its-2021-fall-drawdown-lakes.

As usual, the Pawtuckaway Lake drawdown is scheduled to begin on Columbus Day, October 11.

The fall drawdown plan is still to release 70 percent of the water from Drowns Dam and 30 percent from Dolloff over the

Alewife release over Dolloff dam

fall and winter. Releasing water mainly from Drowns is part of the plan for exporting more phosphorus from the lake, especially during mid to late November into early December when phosphorus spikes have occurred at Drowns in the past. However, over a short period, we will still be letting the alewives out first by starting the drawdown from Dolloff before that period of higher phosphorus occurs. This is because the alewives will go over the dam at Dolloff (in photo above), but do not go under the Drowns gate. Dolloff needs to be opened by itself because when both dams are open, the alewives are more attracted to the larger flows at Drowns, but they can’t get out there. So to accomplish both goals of exporting phosphorus and alewives, we will again start releasing from Dolloff for the alewives, then, after a week or so, will open both dams at the 70/30 flow rates for the phosphorus export.

Drowns dam

Wayne is still trying to get the Drowns gate replaced with one that would pass alewives. Then there would be no need to start the drawdown at Dolloff.

So, make your plans now for end-of-summer boating and get ready for taking your boat out this fall!

And meanwhile, see you on the lake!

There is Still Time to Sign Up for Paddle Poker!

Fundraiser for the Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association. Proceeds all go towards efforts to keep Pawtuckaway Lake clean and free of invasive species and to educate the public about lake ecology and safe recreation.

Saturday August 28, 2021  2:00 to 5:00 pm

Rain date: Sunday August 29 – only in the event of thunder and lightning

Entry Fee: $25 per person. Play an additional hand for $20.

Raffle tickets: 3 for $10. Need not be present to win.

Prizes: top 3 hands ($150, $100, $50) and lowest hand ($50)

Perks for participants include:

  • Refreshments at every stop.
  • Drinks and refreshments at the after-party.
  • Discount coupon at Mountain Road Trading Post.
  • One raffle ticket.

 

Bring cash!

There are at-event opportunities to spend money on raffle tickets and ways to improve your poker hand.

Event description

At 2:00 pm paddlers start arriving at any of the five card-pickup stations on Pawtuckaway Lake. Over the next two hours, paddlers make their way to all five stations, picking up a playing card at each station. Refreshments will be served at each station.

After a paddler has picked up all five cards they paddle to the house of Barb and Less Thompson for the after-party where drinks and more refreshments will be provided. Poker hands will be compared and prizes awarded.

Eligibility

Paddlers using any type of human-propelled boat are eligible.

Don’t want to paddle?

For an extra fee of $10 ($35 total) you can participate via our limousine service. A pontoon boat will chauffeur you from your location on Pawtuckaway Lake to participate in the event and take you home afterwards. Contact Barb Thompson at barb.thompson@comcast.net or 707-888-5103 to arrange your pickup location.

Want to improve your chances of winning?

For $20 more you can play 2 hands.

Before poker hands are compared, participants will have an opportunity to buy an extra card for $10 to improve their hands.

At the after-party there will also be a raffle. Every entrant gets 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are available for 3 for $10.

Raffle Prizes

Every paddler gets 1 raffle ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for 3 for $10. Need not be present to win. Raffle tickets can be placed in the 3 following categories:

  • Group #1: Mountain Road Trading Post merchandise: 2 gift boxes (worth $125 each) from our sponsor.
  • Group #2: Susan Medeiros’s framed artwork – 2 original framed prints from Pawtuckaway Lake’s premier resident wildlife photographer.
  • Group #3: 2 Bruins tickets to a weekday game from RolleyHolers Bagels of Exeter, gift basket of fresh produce and baked goods, $50 Mountain Road Trading Post gift certificate, and $5 Beach Plum gift certificates.

Thanks to our sponsor: Mountain Road Trading Post, Pawtuckaway’s go-to place for new and used kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, outdoor accessories, wildlife photography, and gifts.

Keep your scorecard for discounts at Mountain Road Trading Post!

  • 10% off Old Town Predator 13 kayaks (expires 9/30/21)
  • Off-season kayak rigging service (30% off, 3 hour minimum, expires 9/30/21)
  • Pontoon pull and transport (local) $200 for prepaid commitment by Sept 30 ($250 after)
  • Early bird access (8/27 to 9/3) to end-of-season clearance sale (9/4 to 9/12)
  • Buy one gift box, get second one and third one free (box only, not merchandise in it, $25 minimum, must be purchased on the same visit).
  • 10% off YakPower accessories (expires 9/30/21)
  • 20% off all Thermacell products (keep mosquitoes away)

How to Enter

  • PayPal: Sign in to PayPal, choose send money to friends & family, and send registration fee to members.PLIA@gmail.com. In the notes section, add Poker Paddle and your email address so we can send you the details and map.
  • Venmo: send money to @barb-thompson-1 Include your email address in the notes section.
  • Mail a check made out to PLIA to: Barb Thompson, 38 Lamprey Drive, Nottingham, NH 03290 and include your email address

Checks must be postmarked by August 21, and PayPal and Venmo entries received, by August 26th.

Route map for 2021 Pawtuckaway Paddle Poker

Paddle Poker Benefit Tournament

SECOND ANNUAL PADDLE POKER BENEFIT TOURNAMENT

FOR THE PAWTUCKAWAY LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (PLIA)

LAKE HOSTING ●  BOAT INSPECTIONS ●  ERADICATION OF INVASIVE  MILFOIL ●  WATER TESTING

Gather your neighbors and friends for a FUNdraiser for the PLIA.

Only available to the first 100 entries, so register now!

Event is sponsored by the Mountain Road Trading Post – A big thank you to MRTP!

Date:  Saturday, August 28, 2-5pm

(Rain date of Sunday, only in the event of thunder and lightning)

Location: On the lake! Course map to be provided upon receipt of entry fee

Entry fee: $25 per paddler

 Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard eligible

New for 2021!

  • Pontoon Limo option ($35) for those who want to ride in style rather than paddle! Contact Barb Thompson at thompson@comcast.net or 707-888-5103.
  • Paddle Poker PLUS membership: Not a PLIA member yet? Add $10 or more to your registration fee to become a member
  • Want an extra poker hand? Only $20 for the second hand

Details: Participants will visit 5 locations on the lake (a combination of docks and boats) to pick up a playing card and enjoy a drink/snack. Once all 5 playing cards have been collected and recorded on your scorecard, you’ll proceed to the final location for the after-party and prizes for the top 3 hands ($150, $100, $50) and the lowest hand ($50).

Your entry fee includes one raffle ticket for amazing prizes such as framed original wildlife prints, basket of fresh produce and baked goods, Mountain Road Trading Post gift certificate & merchandise, Bruins tickets and more. Extra raffle tickets: 3 for $10. Keep your scorecard and use it for generous specials at the Mountain Road Trading Post.  See Page 2 for details

To Enter:

  • PayPal: Sign in to PayPal, choose send money to friends & family, and send registration fee to members.PLIA@gmail.com. In the notes section, add Poker Paddle and your email address so we can send you the details and map.
  • Venmo: @barb-thompson-1   Include your email address in the notes section
  • Mail a check made out to PLIA to: Barb Thompson, 38 Lamprey Drive, Nottingham, NH 03290 and include your email address

Checks must be postmarked, and PayPal and Venmo entries received, by August 21st

Raffle Prizes

Raffle tickets 3 for $10 ● Need not be present to win

Raffle tickets can be placed in the 3 following categories:

Group #1:  Mountain Road Trading Post Merchandise:  2 Gift boxes (worth $125 each) from our Sponsor and local purveyor of new and used kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, outdoor accessories, wildlife photography and gifts

Group #2:  Susan Medeiros Framed Artwork – 2 original framed prints from our resident wildlife photographer

Group #3:  2 Bruins tickets to a weekday game from RolleyHolers Bagels of Exeter, gift basket of fresh produce and baked goods, $50 MRTP gift certificate, and $5 Beach Plum gift certificates

 

Keep Your Scorecard for These Valuable Discounts at the Trading Post!

10% off Old Town Predator 13 kayaks (expires 9/30/21)

Off-season kayak rigging service (30% off, 3 hour minimum, expires 9/30/21)

Pontoon Pull and Transport (local) $200 for Prepaid Commitment by Sept 30 ($250 after)

Early Bird Access (8/27 to 9/3) to End of Season Clearance Sale (9/4 to 9/12) – Must Present Coupon / Select Categories

Buy One Gift Box, Get Second One and Third One Free (box only, not merchandise in it, $25 minimum, must be purchased on the same visit).

10% off YakPower accessories (expires 9/30/21)

20% off all Thermacell products (keep mosquitoes away)

It’s Almost Time for The Boat Parade!

July 4, 2021

Get out your decorations, your flags, your banners, and your star-spangled outfits! Every year the PLIA sponsors a boat parade around the lake on the Fourth of July. Boats and watercraft of all kinds are welcome, festooned with decorations or not. Now that we are turning a corner and coming gradually out of quarantine, you can celebrate our nation’s birthday in style. Remember the theme of some of last year’s boats?

Help us to send Corona away forever and wave a final, hopeful farewell!We will gather as usual at the north end of the lake hear Twin Islands at 10:00 AM. From there, at 10:30 AM, John Decker’s boat will lead the parade in its clockwise progress around the lake ending at the State Park beach.
Decorate your boat—and yourselves!—however your fancy takes you.

Some folks like to get frisky with each other, but PLEASE, NO WATER BALLOONS!
So, what’s wrong with water balloons?

  1. Water balloons can cause injuries and they hurt
  2. Water balloons are harmful to wildlife
  3. Water balloons do not degrade and they pollute the lake

For these reasons, even if you personally love a good water balloon fight, please resist the temptation at least until after the boat parade, and keep it on land. Super soakers are the perfect alternative, but only with others similarly equipped. Not everyone welcomes the spray!

Have fun and see you on the lake!

 

PawPrints in Color

Every year, the PLIA produces two versions of its newsletter; one in print to mail out and the other an electronic edition to share online. The print version – in black and white – has been mailed, so here we present the e-version – in color.
We hope you will click here to access this informative and interesting newsletter, to review what the PLIA has been up to and see what it has in store! And as always, See you on the lake!

Annual Weed Watcher Training

By Zoom Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:30 PM

From our Weed Watcher Co-Captain Steve Soreff:

The Annual Weed Watcher Training is both a refresher course for veteran Weed Watchers and a training for new members – Welcome!  First, of all, thank you for being a Weed Watcher. You are protecting and preserving our lake. Member Therese Thompson, our area invasive species expert, will conduct the training.  Material covered can be found in her slideshow here: . You may want to review it before the training or even print it out for future reference. It will cover the basics of what to look for, how to survey your area of the lake, and what to do if you find something.

This year is the 14th year of the of the rejuvenated Weed Watchers. To celebrate over a decade of Weed Watching and in memory of one of its pioneers, Lee Bartlett, there are now new Weed Watcher tee shirts for all volunteers who have been active during the 2020 season and for new members at no charge.  Lee is the one with a crutch in the group wearing the old tee shirts. What spirit!

And to the left is a picture of what the new tee shirts will look like. They are eye-catching and elegant.

 

Several points should be mentioned:

  • Remember, attendance at the training counts as part of your monthly reported hours.
  • If you are a new Weed Watcher please, register with Steve Soreff at soreffs15@aol.com or call him at 603 895-6120.
  • You will be added to the Weed Watcher email list and assigned an area of the lake to survey.

You can join the training via Zoom by emailing Steve Soreff to get the link, ID,  and passcode for the training. All are welcome!

Again, thank you for being a Weed Watcher!