Welcome guest, you have 3 views left. | Register | Sign In
 Readers' Choice
 Movie times
 Property Transfers
 Restaurant reviews
action:article | category:NEWS13 | adString:NEWS13 | zoneID:7

Home » News » Avenues

NH homes for sale

Search MLS

Courtesy of

Multi Family
Mobile Home

Towns & cities:
Low:   $
High:   $

Locate open houses

Search By MLS #



Click to place free online ad for items valued under $500.


September 03. 2013 8:02PM

Sunrise Lake

Middleton residents want to keep Sunrise Lake beautiful for all

About 50 Middleton residents met in the Old Town Hall to discuss issues and potential solutions during the first Sunrise Lake Summit Saturday. Resident John Mullen, right, organized the meeting to address dangers of invasive, exotic aquatic plants – like milfoil – along with public access and dealing with geese and ducks on the lake. Local volunteers already keeping an eye on milfoil, wildlife and fast-moving boats. (John Quinn/Union Leader)

MIDDLETON — Like most waterways in the state, Sunrise Lake has a special place in the hearts of residents who live around, swim on and ride along its welcoming waves.

To keep the water clean, clear and safe, about 50 residents — both seasonal and full-time — and local officials spent two hours talking about issues at the first Sunrise Lake Summit on Saturday.

John Mullen, a former selectman and state representative who lives along Shore Drive, said the threat of milfoil taking over the lake was the biggest reason for calling the meeting.

“We all utilize the lake and the lake is a resource to the town,” Mullen said, adding most people agree Sunrise Lake is in good shape.

Mullen, who also serves as invasive species coordinator for the Conservation Commission, said he helped restart the “weed watcher” program, made up of residents who used boats, canoes and kayaks to scour the lake for invasive plants.

“This year, we had quite an infestation (of milfoil) come back,” Mullen said, adding residents at town meeting appropriated funds to help fight the spread of the invasive, exotic aquatic plant.

Mullen said the state used herbicide to treat about 20 acres of the 247-acre lake in June. He added divers pulled 410 gallons of wilted milfoil from the lake’s bottom the following month.

Last week, Mullen and an intern from the state Department of Environmental Services used global positioning systems to pinpoint areas – especially in the coves and near stream outlets — where milfoil is spreading. Divers will return to those areas later this month to focus on the trouble spots, according to Mullen.

As the town owns the beach and public boat launch along Route 153, residents agreed an unlocked chain or gate and updated signs could serve as a mechanism to remind boaters to remove plants from their trailers and watercraft before using the lake.

Some residents felt it would be better to be inclusive – and ask for help – rather than seeming restrictive and turn people off altogether. Others felt it was appropriate to start asking boaters – like beach goers – to ask for a free permit to help track usage, which is done in some other communities.

Mullen said residents and members of the lake associations must also do their part to encourage their relatives, friends and neighbors to keep an eye out for milfoil before enjoying the lake.

“We want to be friendly neighbors, but we want to protect the lake,” Mullen said, adding “the water belongs to everybody.”

As for the ducks and Canada geese which nest and swim around the lake, Mullen also said residents should remind their neighbors not to feed the birds as their droppings can affect water quality.

Selectman John Hotchkiss, who also serves as a commissioner with the Sunrise Lake Village District, said lake officials must adjust to a change in law which prevents the state’s dam bureau from maintaining private structures – like the dam on Sunrise Lake.

Hotchkiss said the state replaced one of the “breakaway” boards on the dam and officials will have to replace rotting planks when they are removed for the season.

He said the district can either use volunteers to monitor the dam or hire a company. He added the state will honor the existing contract and monitor the dam through 2014 while continuing to inspect it twice a year into the future.

Throughout the meeting, Mullen stressed how information and action is essential to protect the lake.

“New Hampshire DES has a plethora of information for those who have access to that,” Mullen said, referring residents to http://des.nh.gov.

Real Estate

The former Storage Pros facility on Londonderry Road still has its old owner's sign out front.

Londonderry's Storage Pros facility sold to larger company

Greg Barrett of Kas-Bar Realty stands in front of the Chandler House at 147 Walnut St. in Manchester. If not sold by Nov. 30, it will be demolished.

Cheap historic mansion in Manchester for sale, must be moved or be destroyed

Seacoast real estate market is strong

Tracks, river would border home project in Manchester's North End

This 310,000-square-foot mill building at 34 Franklin St. is being eyed for redevelopment in Nashua.

Abandoned Nashua Corporation mill building may be renovated into 175 downtown apartments

Home & Garden

Light filters through the stained glass windows of the front parlor at 147 Walnut St. in Manchester. The house made the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's annual Seven to Save list.

Seven to Save list puts spotlight on the few, the proud, the endangered


The NH Preservation Alliance announced its annual list of seven properties that need help including historic buildings, an arts center and Civil War flags.

Beans are popular among seed savers. When their pods are yellow and dry and the beans rattle inside, it's time to collect and dry them.

Saving seed: At harvest time, you'll have more than memories of a great garden


After a spring and summer of carefully tending the garden, you may think as the leaves fall that your work is done. But in fact, that's actually the perfect time to get a jump start on next year's...

Susan Dromey Heeter's Down to Earth: A harvest of lessons for kids – and, maybe, candidates


Relishing the last of the garden's bounty

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), shown here growing on a dying sugar maple at Distant Hill Gardens. It is one of the easiest edible mushrooms to identify, and often grows in large numbers, making collection easy.

Foraging for mushrooms has a growing following


For most people, foraging means sifting through sketchy leftovers and eating around the fuzzy parts of fruit in search of a midnight snack while standing in the stark light of the fridge. But for a...

Lilac photo winners announced


The Governor's Lilac & Wildflower Commission has announced the winners of the 19th annual Lilac Photo Contest.