If you have question or can answer questions posted in last message, please contact Karen Rockow at 802 352 4236 or karen

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Picnic – Auction

This year’s auction was a great crowdpleaser. We’re still waiting for some payments and counting the take, but right now, it looks as though we took in around $3650 for the milfoil program. I’d like to thank all the volunteers who made this year’s auction a success:

Lorraine Abramson
Marion and Brian Bauer
Sharon and Dennis Borchardt
Carol Campell
Jan Dilworth
Stephanie Foley
Kathy Mackey
Sue and Peter Mackey
Nancy Malcolm
Duncan Rollason
Dede Snyder
Deb & Brian Pray

and all the other folks who pitched in to arrange items, solicit them, bid on them, and help out at the desk. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. And, of course, we wish to thank all those businesses and folks who contributed goods and services to make the auction such a success. We’ll have a full listing of them in the Fall newsletter and hope you’ll patronize the donors.

Next year, some changes are in store. We’re hoping for bigger and better and an earlier start seeking donations. For one thing, I’m hoping that my telephone and broadband, by the grace of Fairpoint, won’t be out for a month; we’ll start soliciting earlier, we’ll announce a deadline for donations, and I’ll be working out of my new house instead of a camper.

  • Because we were rushing to get items out on the tables, some of the bid sheets were handwritten on white forms. In the rush, we unfortunately don’t seem to have kept a list of many of those items and some of the sheets appear to be missing. If you took one home with you or left before paying, please let us know.
  • We have a few gift certificates that weren’t claimed. Who won the Vt. Sun membership and the Maple Landmark bin of kindling? Please contact me to pay (if you haven’t already) and get the gift certificates.
  • If you donated or bought the lamp made from a fire hose nozzle, please contact me immediately. I have the lamp, we don’t have the bid sheet, and we have an offer for it.
  • Beth Wahlig: you also won the Daisy Turner CD. Please arrange to pick it up.
  • Pat Crippen (sp?): please come pick up the bird feeder and birdseed you won.

I can be reached at 802/352-4236 or karen. Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer to work on next year’s auction

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LDFLA Picnic Auction

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Loons, and picnic reminder

Hi All,
Don’t forget the LDFLA picnic this Sunday. It’s at Songa as in the past but the time has changed to 4:00 PM.
Picture credits go to Kathy D. today. I’ve been busy with fall chores an haven’t been able to get out there.
Great blues look eerie to me, Kathy got two great shots.



I did get up to Silver Lake a couple mornings ago and was worried for a while because I saw nothing but a seagull. It’s the first time I’ve seen no adults. After I hiked around the lake, the chick finally came out of of hiding on the east shore. I didn’t get a decent picture but it was enough for an ID

Kathy got to see a chase, intruders testing the strength of the mating pair in hope of a takeover.

If you haven’t seen it already, you can go to and look at a video.



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Banbury Beach

NOTE: August 24, 2015.

The beach at Branbury State Park is now open per recommendation of the Vermont Department of Health. Park visitors may resume all normal activities. We will continue to monitor swim water and will post updates to our swimming page.

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Hi all,
We had a sunset tonight that was just wonderful. There were only a couple other boats out there to enjoy it so I thought I’d send a couple shots along.



The chick with one adult were going west to east as we started home, no other traffic by then.


A last look as we turned towards the dock. Enjoy, Mike


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Too long

Hi all,
It has been too long between updates but no news is good news. Our family here on Dunmore is okay and this should be the last busy weekend. Sherry K. reported seeing 6 loons on a ride around the lake about a week ago, that included our chick and a sub-adult.
I haven’t seen the chick at Silver Lake in over a week but I haven’t made it to the south end. There have been loons either flying in or out, tremoloing as they go, every time I’ve walked up there.
Warren K. reported a single adult at Goshen yesterday, reports alternate between one and two.

I’ve gotten a few good pictures in the last week. These first two go back to the 16th and 17th.



This is a couple hours ago, shortly after a couple kayakers got between the adult and chick. The loons made it down to our place today and I heard tremoloing every time a kayak or speed boat came anywhere close. The chick is just out of the picture.


On high alert. I couldn’t decide which picture to send so I sent them both.


Our chick is looking more mature every day. If it hadn’t been with the adult I would have guessed it was the sub-adult we’ve seen around the lake. Enjoy, Mike


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