The last couple weeks

Hi all,
All is quiet on the lake, as long as you don’t listen for the wind. No snow here yet and the cold has not been as far below normal as other parts of the country.
An immature loon was spotted yesterday by both Cilla B. and Anna M. Best bet is that it is ours but it might also be the one from Silver Lake who has come here to mature a little before leaving. Since Goshen tends to run 4-5 degrees colder than we do and Silver Lake isn’t so open, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was frozen there already. I’ll try to get up there over the weekend and take a look. The latest I’ve known the chick to leave here was the end of the first week in December, so this is not unusual. The last adult should have left here a month ago.

The pictures are over the last 3 weeks. The first two are from the 2nd. Still plenty of leaves and color then.


Notice the whitecaps. It seems we have had more of that than usual this fall.


The 3rd.


By the 9th, this tree is starting to get thin and the golden brown is losing the gold part. It still looks nice to me.


These last two pictures are this morning. The leaves are gone and we had the first skim of ice.. As I write this at 8:30, little breeze has come up and the ice is gone already.


With temperatures in the teens, it’ll be back tonight. Normal temperatures after that should hopefully keep us open for a few weeks though. Enjoy, Mike


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Not done yet

Hi all,
We still have a little color here, you just have to look in the right place. This first shot is over Mountain View.


Just off the deck for the next three.


Gold leaves and whitecaps yesterday.


Nicer skies today.


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So nice here

Hi all,
First some old business. Does anyone recognize the paddle boat below? It is unique enough that it should be missed by someone and yet no one has come forward. John E. has taken it to their camp and it can be claimed there. 352-9392.


Sandy C. caught this nice salmon in Sucker Brook a few days ago. That is one more than I’ve caught, I’ll have to take a lesson next spring.


The next two picture are compliments of Gary M, taken at their house in Brandon last night.


The colors here are still great when the sun catches them right.


Today only got to 50 but when the sun was shining, it felt perfect.


I got these last two when the sun peeked through just after noon.
Too far out for decent pictures but I saw three adult loons feeding mid afternoon and late afternoon, an immature (our chick?) one passed by. Enjoy, Mike


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Big update, and thank you GMP

Hi to all,
It’s a long update, there has been a lot going on in our loon world.
The only sad news is that the boat came out on Saturday. The day was perfect and


I just happened into our chick just north of the island. It was feeding alone then but today I saw two way out in front of the camp. I could tell one was immature and hopefully our chick but I couldn’t tell of the other was adult or another young one. Either way, it’s good.


Coming up towards the access, you can see we still have a little color. If fact, the yellows and golds are still plentiful throughout the area but my timing has been bad for getting pictures.


If you look back at the note I sent on 10/11, you can refresh your memory on the story of the loons on Silver Lake and at Goshen Dam. Well, we had perfect weather yesterday morning and this is us at the upper parking area access to Silver Lake. We started by shifting the new raft and all Eric’s equipment from his 2WD to Sally’s 4WD for the trip down the hill.



I had to throw this picture in there just so you could see Sally’s license plate. Now you all can toot and wave when you see her.


Everything was then then loaded onto his


(80 or more lb. raft so the center of gravity would be ???)


and Allon and Marianne W’s canoe for the trip to the far end where it was placed close to this year’s suspected nesting site. In the middle, that’s Angela A. who came down from Craftsbury with Eric to help out. They offered me a ride but I said I needed the exercise and I walked. The chick and one adult are still there at Silver Lake and in spite of the fact that the chick has likely not seen a canoe or kayak before, the loons were not at all bothered by their presence.


Then, they did it all again at Goshen Dam with our even heavier raft. The water level is way down there because of work being done on the dam.


The bad news for the helpers was that Eric chose to place it as far from the access area as possible to limit human intrusion. That would be at the top of this picture so that meant that they


had to carry it almost as far as they canoed. That’s something close to 100 lbs. they are carrying across the muck.


It was a fairly long day for the local folks and a very long day for Eric and Angella so a very special thanks to Eric Hanson, Angela Apicelli (summer VCE helper with Eric but volunteer today), Marianne and Allon Wildgust, and Sally Bordon. If any one of you weren’t there, the job couldn’t have been done. Also thanks to GMP’s John Murphy, Owen Stolarcyk, and Beth Eliason for your support. We could not have done it without you either.
And I’ll finish with a much less tiring picture, taken this evening from the deck. For those of you away, it was 60’s today and we have snow forecast for Saturday. Mike


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Message from Chip Paison, LDFLA President

Dear Membership and Friends,

As the newly elected President of Lake Dunmore, Fern Lake Association Board of Trustees, I wanted to send a message to encourage you to:

  • Stay informed as to what the association is doing to serve you. Read the semi-annual newsletter and check the website for valuable information, news and events by linking to the community blog, watching for monthly updates from the President, and checking calendar of events – .
  • Make yourself heard.  Let me know what you want from your lake association – what’s working and what’s not. Drop me a note,, or call anytime – 802-236-2470.
  • Get involved in your community. Discuss and help solve the difficult issues surrounding our mission – to protect and enhance the natural vitality of Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake while preserving the recreational and lifestyle interests of the lake community. Help define what success looks like and how we get there!

We’re all united in our love of the lakes, and their restorative energy. Let’s continue to work together to preserve this gift, now and forever! Thank you for your support of the association.

Best Regards,

Chip Paison


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All from Ashley W.

All beautiful.

> Hi Mike, I’m enjoying the colors so much!

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Hi all,
We’ll have color for days to come but it will be hard to get better than right now.
The first two are looking across the lake from here.





The last two are on a walk around the neighborhood. The one below is the only one with the sun shining, I had to be fast to catch it peeking through the clouds. Enjoy, Mike



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