The purpose of the DLIA shall be:
(A) To stimulate the interest that is common to all property owners on Deering Lake;
(B) To disseminate information regarding and/or of interest to the Association;
(C) To be the official representative of matters concerning Deering Lake with regards to the Town of Deering, the County of Hillsborough and the State of New Hampshire that will affect the members of this Association.
Greetings , DLIA members and friends!
I hope this finds you all well, and that you had a good holiday season. As the mid-point of winter approaches, (Happy Ground Hog Day!), it’s time to start thinking about the coming spring and summer.
I cannot wait to be back at the Lake. Many folks have been there ice fishing, skating, hiking, snowmobiling, and otherwise getting out on the ice-covered lake recently. It is certainly a serene spot, in any season.
The first sign of spring will be ICE OUT, usually in March, and I’m happy to say that we have a new Ice Out volunteer. Jennifer Battistello has offered to keep an eye out for us. Thank you, Jenn!
In the past we have held an ICE OUT Contest. If you would like to participate, please send me your guess as to the date of the ice out. The prize is a quart of maple syrup. Email your best guess to email@example.com by February 28th. Closest guess wins!
News from the Lake:
• As usual, the state removed boards at the dam in the Fall, lowering the water level, but then DES started putting them back again. The reason was something to do with the drought we had this past summer. Rainfall was very low May through August, and we had very warm temperatures as well. After bringing the water level up quite a bit, they began to remove boards again. Long story short, you may want to check your docks, if they might be in the water. Ice can cause damage or movement.
Also, there is a new structure on the dam, a small shed, presumably something to do with flood control equipment.
• Some eagles have been spotted near Deering Lake. We saw them hunting over the lake last summer, too. It’s a quite a thrill to see them, but the Loons will not be happy. Speaking of loons, the Loon Preservation Committee reported for 2020 that there were 216 nesting pairs in NH, with 156 chicks surviving until August. The average survival rate of chicks for NH is .49 chicks per pair, which means on average, most pairs only manage to raise one chick every other year. We are very blessed to have better results here in Deering!
• We also have a report from the NH Lakes folks on the past season. Due to COVID-19, there were far more recreational boaters on all NH lakes. 600 Lake Hosts checked over 130,000 boats, finding 120 suspicious plants. Since 30% of those boats were coming from, or going to, waterbodies with known invasive species, and only 50% of owners practiced Clean, Drain and Dry, we are grateful to the Lake Hosts for helping us keep our lake clean.
News from Lake Folks:
• We had hoped to have another winter potluck supper this month, but with COVID we just did not feel it was safe to gather. Here’s hoping for next year!!
• Your LakeSmart team was recognized with a Spirit of New Hampshire Award for volunteerism on December 9. They were nominated by the NH Lakes coordinators. Congratulations, team!
News from the DLIA:
• We were very gratified by the response to the survey that was sent out in the fall. Results showed a high level of involvement and interest in preserving the pristine quality of Deering Lake. Many of you are already volunteering your time and more are willing to help out. We will make a full presentation of the results this summer, but here are a couple interesting takeaways: over 40% of respondents had been visiting the lake for over 30 years; there are some year-round residents, but the vast majority of us are evenly divided among full time summer residents, part time year-round, or part time in warm weather; the most popular activities were swimming, kayaking or canoeing, motor boating and fishing. Most felt the meetings should be in person if possible, or perhaps both online and in person.
• We hope to have regular meetings this summer, but there is no way, right now, to know if that will be safe. Hopefully, at least by September we can be together again. Many have told me that they wish we did not meet on July 4 weekend, and I concur. It’s a busy family time for many of us. To that end, we propose to hold meetings on Memorial and Labor Day weekends, and move the July meeting and possible Pot Luck to July 10th. Stay tuned for how and where!
• Lastly, please feel free to send in your 2021 dues at any time. We still have expenses, even if we are not meeting in person. Primarily the expenses are donations to organizations that help support clean lakes and healthy wildlife.
Checks can be mailed to DLIA, PO Box 691, Hillsborough, NH 03244
I hope to see all of you around the lake in the spring. Until then, please be safe!
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PO Box 691
Deering, NH 03244
Deering, New Hampshire 03244, United States
P.O. Box 691, Hillsboro, NH