Hi Everyone,
Here we are again ready to celebrate another summer at Webster Lake!! For those of you who will be returning for the first time this weekend, welcome back! Let’s hope the weather cooperates and we will all be able to enjoy a good and safe holiday weekend. As more and more boats are returning to the lake, remember to refresh yourselves on the safe boating laws of NH. Click on this link https://www.boat-ed.com/newhampshire/handbook/ for a copy of the NH Boating License Handbook.
 I hope you received the latest WLA Spring newsletter and found some enjoyable and educational articles. If you or someone you know is a member of the WLA and didn’t receive a copy of the newsletter, please let me know so that I can update our database information. You can also read the newsletters on our WLA website at http://www.websterlakenh.com. Many of you have already sent in your dues and most generous donations! Thank you very much! Remember to fill out your membership form and mail with a check or go to the WLA website and pay your dues via PayPal. Your dues and donations help us continue to fulfill our mission of preserving and protecting Webster Lake. This is also the way we keep our database current. Your contributions are very much appreciated!
Krystal Alpers from Recreation and Parks has placed two new geese deterrents at both Lagace and Griffin Beach. They are small black cylinders that emit a light that interrupts the sleep pattern of the geese and sends them off to another place.  They will be moved around every 10 days or so. Upon first reports they seem to be doing their job. I know some property owners have mentioned they have a problem on their private beach areas. I have included the link for you to check out these deterrents if interested. https://www.geeseproblemsolved.com/
The Loon Preservation Center has placed a floating loon nesting raft in what I call “Loon Cove”, but is also known as Dyer Cove. This is part of an effort by the Loon Center to help increase the loon population on lakes that have not had a lot of success. It may take a couple years before the raft is accepted by the loons, but patience may lead to many chicks being born and surviving in future years. Please respect this area and if you should see signs or a barrier go up around this raft, it will mean that it is being used and it is very important to stay away from it during this time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Starting this weekend, we will have a Lake Host monitoring the boat launch each weekend through Labor Day. Sarah McLaughlin will be returning for her second summer here as a Lake Host. She will be joined by Carley Latorre, a senior at Plymouth State studying Environmental Science and Policy. She has done a lot of research on aquatic invasive species. We are happy to have two Lake Hosts this summer who will split the time. There may be occasions where they are not available and it would be great to have some WLA members volunteer to be a Lake Host. If this is of interest to you please contact me or Debbie Steadman. If you happen to be at the launch this summer, please stop and say hello and thank our Lake Hosts for the work they do in keeping our lake free from invasive species.
Lastly, Bill Smart, a long time resident of Webster Lake and WLA member, passed away a couple weeks ago. Bill loved life at the lake especially the fishing. Our sincere sympathy to his family.
Enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend and take a few moments to remember, honor, and thank those service men and women who are serving and have served our country. Happy Memorial Day!
Val