The LAA annual meeting for 2021 will be held on Tuesday, August 17th at 7 PM. It will once again be held in person at the Merrimac Public Library. There will be updates on what we have been up to since the last annual meeting, a talk about how to make our waterfronts better filters for the lake and an opportunity to talk about the problems and successes we are experiencing.
You will also be able to purchase LAA merchandise and pay your dues if not already paid. See you in August.
The new 2021 LAA T-Shirts are now here.
Get yours before they’re gone.
These beautiful new shirts come in two styles
“Navy Crew Neck”
“A More Fitted White V Neck”
“Where can I buy mine?” Glad you asked.
Right now there are lots of ways you can purchase these wonderful T-Shirts.
- Five Daughters Market on Rt 110 in Merrimac has them as well as many more Lake Attitash items you need. Don’t forget to check out their new coffee bar and daily hot sandwich specials when you’re there.
- Trendsetters in downtown Amesbury. They also have a line of LAA merchandise as well as those hard to find gifts you’ve been looking for. Stop in and check them out.
- On July 4th LAA volunteers will be cruising around the lake from 11 to 3 selling these new wonderful T-shirts, as well as other “LAA Merch” from a boat, What could make buying easier. Right to your door.
- As Always, you can go to the LAA Website and purchase any or all of the great LAA items for sale there. Please note the delivery or shipping fees to add if needed. Click here to be taken to the website now. https://lakeattitash.org/welcome-2/apparel/
Get your new T-shirts now and show off the new look for the summer. Lake Attitash thanks you for your support and commitment to help keep the lake clean and safe.
Dear friends and neighbors
April 22 is Earth Day!
LAA is launching a membership drive. Help protect your favorite piece of the earth and join or renew your membership.
Less than 100 of the 300 individuals and families who live around the lake pay dues each year.
LAA was formed in 1993 with the goal of improving and maintaining water quality in Lake Attitash. Many residents have noted that the water has been especially clear this past summer, however, that was not always the case. Our lake has seen an incredible improvement in its health in recent years. Over the past 28 years, LAA has worked tirelessly to win grants, analyze water quality, partner with local officials, manage invasive weeds, fight for policy changes, initiate programs to monitor boats at the boat ramp, coordinate a “Weed Watcher” program to identify and locate invasive plants, and promote the ‘Lake Smart’ education of lake residents. While surrounding lakes and watersheds were clogged with weeds and experienced cyanobacteria blooms and weeks of closure last summer, ours was clear and OPEN!
Who is LAA you ask? We are a group of your neighbors. We are volunteers spanning all backgrounds, who dedicate our skills and time to keep our lake and watershed healthy for all of our residents and for future generations. Without the work of this group of neighbors and friends, Lake Attitash would be choked with weeds like Meadowbrook and Tuxbury Ponds and frequently unsafe for swimming and boating because of harmful algae blooms.
So why do we keep asking you for money? It’s because our Association relies 100% on membership, merchandising, and annual donations to keep us going.
It costs $25,000 a year to maintain the quality of the water in Lake Attitash. Every dollar sent to LAA for membership offsets that amount. That means that the Association has to conduct a fundraising drive each and every year to make up the deficit. If everyone joined, the amount needed to be raised would be reduced to a more manageable number. That’s why we all need to join or renew our memberships now.
Don’t thank us. Become a member, and thank yourself!
To join or renew your membership, CLICK HERE
What else can you do?
Talk to your neighbors and ask them to support the Lake. If every one of the 300 lake households or friends of Lake Attitash sent in their dues every year we could raise over $13,000. That amount, along with donations and the money we make on merchandise and other efforts, could come close to covering our annual weed management expenses.
Just so you know where the money goes
- Invasive weed management ($26,000 for 2021)
- Website, e-mail hosting and support
- Insurance – Liability and Directors & Officers
- Permits and document filing – annual invasive weed management permits from Merrimac and Amesbury Conservation Commissions, raffle permit, tax filing
- Water quality testing (UNH)
- Legal fees – to assist with Amesbury Conservation Commission permits
- Zoom teleconference fee
- PO Box, stamps
- Amesbury Chamber of Commerce membership
Once again, to join or renew your membership, please CLICK HERE. It’s quick. It’s easy. And you’ll feel great by having made a difference.
Membership dues (Jan 1 – Dec 31)
Individual – $35
Family – $60
Senior (65+) – $20
Business – $100
Mission Accomplished! We did it! Thanks to you!
Since November 27, 2020 the LAA has raised $25,000, the amount needed to pay Solitude Lake Management Services for the 2021 invasive weed treatment!
100 people donated, nine people donating more than once. Individual donations ranged from $5 to $2,000. We received 3 corporate matches and one corporate donation.
Our thanks go to the corporations that match their employee’s donations to not-for-profit organizations: Johnson and Johnson, Allied Materials, and DTTC. Our thanks also go to a local company, Alternative Therapies Group, for their generous donation of $2,500!
We established the LAA as a charity on Facebook and used our Facebook page to reach more people. Three residents set up birthday fund raisers on Facebook (such a good idea!) and each one raised several hundred dollars. We raised close to $8,000 through Facebook donors.
We did have fun bringing you thank you gifts. They made the whole donation process much more fun and clearly more successful!! The koozies and the wine tumblers were a big hit.
We have done the necessary permitting work with Amesbury and Merrimac. We plan to use a newly permitted, more expensive herbicide in Back River because it is more effective against the variable milfoil that is becoming widespread there. Curlyleaf pondweed is widespread from the mouth of Back River along the northern shore and we will continue to use our usual annual treatment in those areas.
During 2021 we will be focusing on reaching more of the households around the lake, increasing memberships and awareness of the Lake Association, what we do and why we need to protect our lake.
We will continue to do the work that needs to be done to keep our lake safe, healthy and fun for all of us to play on!
The lake thanks you for being part of the team.
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood“ – Mister Rogers
Celebrate the importance of community and take a moment to appreciate and thank those neighbors who surround you!
We’ve spent a lot of time at home recently – quarantining and working and attending school remotely. Living where we do, we are fortunate to have the lake in our backyard and the community that it brings together. With community comes favors, big and small. We want to hear about your neighbor’s simple act of kindness and give you the opportunity to recognize them on National Neighbor Day!
Take the time to show your appreciation for your neighbors who have been there with you from the very beginning!
Here’s how to participate:
Let your neighbor know that their act of kindness was appreciated! Let us deliver a note of appreciation to your neighbor. Contribute (any amount!) to the Lake Attitash Association and as a thanks for supporting our community and keeping our lake healthy, the LAA team will deliver your custom note on Lake Attitash letterhead to your neighbor on your behalf or….pass a “thank you” anonymously! Feel free to submit one or as many as you’d like!
Some examples below:
- “Thanks for dropping off groceries for me!”
- “Social distance hangouts and cocktails on the dock was everything I needed. Thank you!”
- “Thanks for helping us take our dock out!”
- “Many thanks for letting me borrow the lawnmower!”
- “My amazing neighbor took me for a sunset cruise!”
Here’s How to Donate:
- To donate, please click on the following link. Donate Now – Pay It Forward
- If donating by credit card or Paypal, please use the “Reason for Donation” field and include your neighbors first and last name, address and a short note of thanks.
- If donating by check, please include your neighbors first and last name, address and a short note of thanks. Please mail it to Lake Attitash Association, PO Box 503, Amesbury, MA 01913.
|Fishing season is here, so please don’t carelessly discard fishing lines, hooks, and netting that wreak havoc on birds and other wildlife.
When a bird gets entangled in the fishing line, a painful struggle ensues. Birds suffer permanent damage to skin, feathers, muscles, nerves, and bones from the constricting line as they fight to escape.
Entangled birds are often entrapped and can’t find food or escape from predators. And for bird parents, this affects the survival of their reliant chicks.
If the bird is unable to free itself, this deadly entrapment leads to exhaustion, starvation, and dehydration, and requires human assistance.
Don’t Fish for Birds
The fishing line is meant to catch fish, not birds.
Thousands of birds are injured or killed each year when they become tangled in man-made materials, like fishing lines.
When a bird ingests a fishing hook, it can lodge into the side of the bird’s beak, mouth, esophagus, or stomach causing internal bleeding, regurgitation of food, tissue damage, and death.
If fishing hooks or sinkers are made from lead, they can cause severe toxicity in raptors called lead poisoning. So it’s important when you’re fishing to always properly dispose of unwanted fishing gear. And when out birding or hiking and see fishing line, please pick it up and put it in a trash receptacle that wildlife can’t get into.
For all the fishermen out there, a reminder that “Texas Rigged” hooks are far less likely to hook wildlife or get snagged on and break off pieces of weeds.with the emphasis on invasive weeds that propagate from broken pieces.
If you do find an injured bird, please go to the LAA home page and click on the button that says “Wildlife Rehab” for local rescue resources.
We thank you and the wildlife of Lake Attitash thanks you!
Lake Attitash Needs Your Help to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Weeds
New Weed Watchers Needed
For those who have seen the lake transition over the last 5+ years, you are hopefully seeing the progress that’s being made in controlling the weeds. Because there are no magic cures to completely and permanently kill off aggressive, invasive weeds such as Eurasion Milfoil, Variable Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed, this requires active engagement.
Annual funding is needed for treatment, but also volunteers are needed to proactively inspect for new growth of invasive weeds. Once they are identified, a plan can be put into place to address to get rid of them as quickly as possible before they have a chance to spread and take over our lake again as they did in years’ past.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need at least two new volunteers to help us inspect the lake, specifically in Back River area. Four volunteers would be ideal. After a one hour training session, this would just be about one hour per month to help us look for and mark any active growth.
We really need some new faces to help carry the torch. Many of our volunteers have moved away from the lake and we need new people to help back fill the vacant weed watcher positions.
You can make a difference. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can spare an hour a month to keep your lake healthy.
Art for Sale
Works of art created and donated by local artists
A group of local artists have donated a piece of their work to the Lake Attitash Association to be sold with all proceeds going directly to the association.
To see a larger version of the art and for information on sizes, prices and how to purchase, please go to the home page of this website and click on the “Art for Sale”.
Below you will find a small picture of the art being sold and the name of the local artist.
Lake Attitash Swan Family
Original watercolor by lake resident – Veronica Wolfe
Original watercolor by lake resident Lainie Senechal
Country Pond – October
Original oil painting by lake resident Mary Pyche
Aerial Photographs of Lake Attitash
Aerial Photographs by lake resident Ben Jackson
To see a larger version of the art and for information on sizes, prices and how to purchase, please go to the home page of this website and click on the “Art for Sale” button.
Please remember that all proceeds from these sales go directly to the protection and improvement of the lake, its environment, wildlife and recreational use.
Lake Attitash Clothing & Other Lake Goodies for Sale
and at Five Daughters / Grandy’s Market.
On this web site you can buy any and all of the current offerings being sold by the Lake Attitash Association. Below are pictures of the many items you will want.
Click Here to go on line to the “Association On Line Store“ and click your way to fabulous shopping.
Above is Current Women’s T-shirt, Periwinkle shirt with lettering on front
and fish graphic on back. Graphic is in variations of blue. 100%
Above: Current Men’s T-shirt dusty blue. 100% Cotton, medium weight shirt.
Sizes: Medium, Large, XL, XXL, XXXL $20.00
Above: Women’s Fleece Navy Blue (shows lighter in picture),
100% Polyester Limited Sizes: 2 Small $45.00
Women’s Fleece White. 100% Polyester Sizes Limited: 1 Small, 1 Medium, Two XL, $45.00
Men’s Fleece, Medium Gray. 100% Polyester: Limited sizes: 2 Medium, 1 Large, 2 XL 45.00
Women’s Fleece Black. 100% Polyester Sizes Limited: 2L , 2Xl, $45.00
Lake Attitash Cotton Embroidered Hats. All colors of hats embroidered with white lettering. One Size with adjustable head strap in back. Colors: 3 Nautical Red, 2 Navy, 3 Apple Green, 4 Teal, 4 Hot Pink, 2 Black, 1 Periwinkle. All colors shown in photo. $15.00
Above: Lake Attitash Pennant 12” x 20” Polyester $30.00
Metal painted on both sides with a ¼” diameter hole in each corner. 14”x 10” $20.00
All of the items above are available right now by Clicking Here to go to the “Association On Line Store“, then click your way to fabulous shopping.
By Email for “Blast from the Past” Items
Below are select legacy items are still available. Order by emailing your selection to email@example.com, including which items you would like to buy, your name and phone number. Someone will get right back to you to take your order.
Above: Women’s T-shirt, medium blue with 4 color fish on front and back, 100% cotton, medium weight, Slight V-neck. Women’s size only: two XL left in stock. $20.00 Men’s t-shirt with same graphic sold out.
Above: Women’s T-shirt with lake sunset graphic on front and back, 100% cotton $20.00
Only three Women’s size Medium available.
Above Women’s T-shirt, sea foam with swan graphic on front and back, Cotton and Lycra (stretchy). Sizes run large, somewhat deeper v-front. Women’s sizes only: one Large & ten XL, $20.00
Men’s T-shirt: Gray with fish logo, 100% cotton, No graphic on back,
(This is a really nice shirt.) Only three XXL in stock $20.00
Above: Women’s T-shirt: 100% Cotton, Slight V-neck, Only 1 size Large in stock. $20.00
Same larger graphic on back (not shown)
Remember, to order these classic items, email your selection to firstname.lastname@example.org, including what you would like to buy, your name and phone number. Someone will get right back to you to take your order.
At Grandy’s Market
The Lake Attitash Association is happy to have a featured retail display to offer as an outlet for LAA merchandise to the local and traveling community at Five Daughters/Grandy’s Market located next to 110 Liquors in Merrimac. Items include both men and women’s current t-shirts, women’s fleece in black and white and a full selection of Lake Attitash embroidered hats.