Thursday, May 10, 2007
Mayor donates work vehicle to town; moonlight cruise June 5
The Mississippi Forestry personnel, after choosing our town to become a “Firewise” Community, were here last Saturday for Firewise Day. They arrived with lots of gifts and brochures for our citizens, but only our town’s mayor, three members of the corporation, and a few volunteers greeted them. A wonderful barbecue lunch was served to the few faithful volunteers who helped in cleaning up our town.
The monthly town meeting was held Monday night in the community center that Renee had decorated with birdhouses on every table, and the tree with beautiful flowers. There is a new format at the meetings, with discussions being held prior to the meeting in order to have all aldermen present to help answer questions from townspeople. The mayor discussed the problem of dogs running loose in our community and litter on our roadside. Please don’t litter our beautiful community. It was reported that several permits for new construction or remodeling were recently issued. Chief Farmer suggested that house (911) numbers be posted on mailboxes in case of an emergency. Some mailboxes are grouped together, so be sure you have your address posted in front of your house. The town’s old tractor was sold to the highest bidder, by sealed bid.
Our town has just received a wonderful present. Our hard working mayor purchased a work vehicle for over $4,000 and donated it to our town. This little white truck will save our town lots of gas and is easily maneuvered for reading meters and other duties. Be sure and thank our mayor, who loves her town so dearly, for her contribution and hard work. When you are out and about, most likely you will see our mayor working alongside Michael. She climbed telephone poles for Bell South for many years; so when you see her clearing ditches, or even climbing a pole, don’t be surprised.
Beware: Letters from homeowners have been posted, complaining of services by contractors that were never completed and others have found unscrupulous individuals, claiming to be qualified and licensed contractors in our community.
When hiring a contractor, get referrals and go see his work. Ask several homeowners for names, or cruise the lake for newly constructed or remodeled projects. If asked for money up front, consider paying for all supplies and be there for delivery. Agree on a substantial amount of money to be held back so the job will be completed as agreed. When doing more than one job, some contractors in the area have been known to rob Peter, to pay Paul, plus himself. As a result, Peter’s work was never completed, and Paul was left way up the creek, way, way up the creek.
Mike Ramos caught a carp Monday that weighed approximately 60 pounds. Nita Eanes sent a great close-up picture of a giant catfish, and a small snake in the water. If you see a snake, leave it alone and they will slither away, while you are running in the opposite direction. If you should get bitten, kill the snake if possible, and take it to the emergency room with you, so it can be identified as to whether or not it was poisonous.
Beavers have been swimming in the lake and we tried to take some pictures of them, but it’s easier to take pictures of the damages they have done, than of the beavers. It is believed that they have once again stopped up one of the culverts, so don’t be shocked if you hear some loud blasts.
After the rain last week, I checked our yard and found several items that were holding water. A mosquito can lay eggs in water the size of a thimble and quickly spread the deadly West Nile Virus to your family. Protect your family and your neighbors by inspecting your lot after every rain, cover or turn your jon boat over, keep water running in your fish ponds, and for those on low-lying lots, please spray any boggy areas regularly.
Several Snow Lakers have called and are interested in going on a little moonlight cruise during the full moons of the summer. We will let the moon guide us over the beautiful lake, as we gaze into the heavens, and wish upon the stars. Hopefully, we can get enough pontoons with quiet electric motors so we can enjoy the music of the fifties as we “cruise.” Call me at 224-1009 or email me if you want to bring your pontoon, or if you want us to pick you up at your dock or the community dock, on Saturday June 5. We won’t be out late. Call me at 224-1009 or email me.
Scelette’s sister passed away last week from melanoma cancer. Pat Boston’s mother fell and broke her hip last week and Mama Beck had another minor stroke. Pray for these friends, and also for our soldiers who are across the globe fighting for our safety.
This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. If your mom is still with you, let her special day begin with a call from you. For those of you with wonderful children, don’t forget to let them know how happy you are being their mom.
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