Thursday, May 3, 2007
“Fire Wise and Clean Day” set for Saturday
What a beautiful week at the lake. The warm weekend brought many families out in their pontoons, and Saturday several boats were seen cruising late into the night; could it have been the Snow Lake Redneck Yacht Club out having some fun?
Speaking of the yacht club; members Jason and Renee had a mama duck lay her eggs on their pontoon boat last year. The eggs stayed on the boat when Jason and Renee went out on the lake, but there was one irate mama duck on the shore.
Have you seen our newest residents? Momma and daddy geese, which remain partners for life, have been out showing their new babies around the lake. Look out for the little ones when you go out boating.
While boating with hubby, we noticed for the first time, trash on the shorelines. Come on Snow Lakers, you know better than to litter your beautiful lake. During this time of year, Jason and Renee stay busy keeping our community tidy, so pitch in and retrieve any trash if you can, and for goodness sakes, please don’t litter. We also saw a boathouse destroyed by a fallen tree, but the pontoon inside looked as if it received little damage. I know this was upsetting to the owners of the property. This is a good time for everyone to check their insurance to make sure that we have sufficient coverage!
Don’t forget: “Fire Wise Day and clean up is this Saturday. Come to the community center at 8 a.m. to help clean up your community and to reserve the chipper for that day to cut up your small limbs. At noon, all workers will be treated to a catered lunch. Ah, what a great little town.
Countdown: Eight months until the lake is lowered to repair, replace or remove your boathouse or dock. Make plans early; don’t get caught with your “plans down”!
It’s grass-cutting time, so take pride in your property and keep your grass cut according to the town’s laws. If it gets dangerously high, you will be given a citation, and if it remains uncut, the town will do it for you at a very high cost.
The mosquitoes are back and the West Nile virus is expected to increase this year. Last year, this virus killed people in nearby communities.
Mosquitoes can breed in one teaspoon of water, so check your entire property immediately for items that can hold water, including jon boats, and turn them over. For the owners of boats; especially those that are uncovered, or docked on the gas lines, or on the west side; immediately turn your boat over, or cover it securely when not in use.
Last year, large amounts of water were found in every boat that was not covered or turned over, causing a life-threatening situation. This year warning letters will be issued, with hopes of possibly saving a life. Please do your part by preventing this deadly virus from spreading.
The committees for the miniature golf and July 4th fireworks are working hard, but they need your donations to make both of these family attractions a success. Send a check to the corporation office Box 38, Ashland, MS, or send a check made out to the corporation with your water bill and it will be forwarded to the corporation.
The town meeting for May will be held this Monday at 7 p.m. with Mayor Pierpont presiding. This is your town; you elected our mayor and aldermen, and every citizen of this town should attend the town’s meetings. Our mayor works nearly forty hours every week, without pay, and she needs our encouragement and support.
Snow Lake still has a major dog problem on the west side. The same dogs continue to run loose during the day and especially during the night. Owners have moved from our town leaving some vicious dogs chained or roaming our community. Other dogs are being let outside when the owner retires for the night, resulting in these dogs joining “packs”, howling, barking, scattering garbage and killing innocent animals. Call the office to report any loose dog and use caution when you see a stray dog, some are very vicious.
Skunks, generally active at night, are through breeding but are still to be reckoned with. If you should encounter a skunk, remember the three warning signs: they lower their heads, paw the ground, turn around and raise their tails and shoot! They are quite accurate within fifteen feet, and if you get hit in the face, you could be blinded temporarily. If they get you, rub tomato juice on the exposed body parts that got hit by their spray. Please, don’t go to the store to buy tomato juice before bathing and burning your clothing! If you encounter a skunk, run like crazy, of course, in the opposite direction, because maybe the skunk didn’t read this article and is uninformed enough to skip a step or two.
A full moon this week, so this is for you retired folks: Grab a sweater, a thermos of hot tea and take an unforgettable romantic moonlight cruise on the lake, you’re never too old. Oh, and don’t forget your sweetie. Interested in forming a “Moonlight Cruisers Club” this summer, that cruises with fifties music playing under a full moon? How fun would that be? Let’s show that Redneck Yacht club how to really have some fun. You must follow one rule to join; no fighting over the back seats. Contact me and we’ll all pick a time and place. barb.snowlake @yahoo.com
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