Thursday, June 28, 2007
Moonlight cruise set for Friday
As we gather with our families this week to celebrate the birth of our country, take a moment with your loved ones to give thanks for all our freedoms and privileges. Many, many countries of our world are terrorized by dictators who have no regard for life or liberties other than those on their own agenda. Talk to your young children or grandchildren about this great country and pray openly with them for our soldiers who are at war and desperately need our prayers for strength. Ask the Lord to protect them as they protect us, and to also be with their families.
Renea had the community center all decked out in festive July 4th decorations for the potluck dinner. We had a full house with several new visitors and new homeowners joining us in sharing a great variety of delicious food. Usually, there are lots of leftovers that are sent home to the elderly or the sick, but not last week; every bowl went back home empty. Morris won the raffle and donated the money to our miniature golf course. Thanks Renea and Morris for your time and donation.
At this month’s potluck dinner, Emily suggested that in the future, we say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag before the blessing. This wonderful suggestion could not have come at a more appropriate time than the birthday of our country. Emily, I hope you also make the same suggestion at the next town meeting. What better tribute could a town give a citizen than to agree to her suggestion to renew its faith in our country by saying the pledge to the flag?
In reality, was it our generation that began to let our forebears down, starting with eliminating God and prayers? For what; so our ancestors who fought so valiantly for the freedoms that we have inherited and enjoy, fought for in vain? Personally, I feel terribly guilty, for I know it was not my parents’ generation that allowed this to happen.
Everyone is invited to the moonlight cruise this Friday night. Join us as the moon and the stars guide us around the lake while we play the great music of the fifties. If you have a pontoon boat, collect your friends and neighbors and be at the dock at 8 p.m. Even if you don’t have a boat, also be at the dock at 8 and you will be welcomed aboard many boats. The more couples in a boat the more fun.
The much-anticipated boat parade will be held early Saturday evening before the fireworks. Decorate your fishing boat, pontoon boat or anything that floats, as elaborate or as simple as you choose and join in the parade. It also starts at the community center dock at 7 p.m. If it is a success this year, once again there will be judges and trophies next year. For you homeowners on the lake: show your support by going outside when the parade passes your house.
Fireworks, courtesy of volunteers at Snow Lake and Chief Flake Farmer of Ashland Discount Outlet, will fill the air over the lake Saturday June 30, beginning at 9 p.m. According to many Benton County residents, this much anticipated event is the highlight of their summer. Take time to look at the fireworks insert advertisers in this paper and support the local businesses that made these fireworks available.
The miniature golf course is coming along, but slowly, due to the lack of volunteers. Besides Jason, who is an employee of the corporation and Scelette who is the chairwoman of the committee, C.Y. and Joe were the only volunteers who showed up to work on the forms. Come on Snow Lakers, these men are in their seventies and desperately need some help.
This week I received a few suggestions for combating the outbreak of the West Nile Virus in our community. Weekenders, are complaining that their garbage cans and tops are not being replaced properly after trash pickup, resulting in some cans and tops holding stagnant water for weeks. If you are a full-timer, take just a minute to place your neighbor’s top back on, or return their cans to a safe place.
Our mayor is still working diligently on our roads by grading the shoulders to prevent water damage. Preventive maintenance is a must if we expect our roads to be safe and last a long time.
This coming Monday night, July 2, our town will hold the monthly town meeting at 7 p.m. Make your plans to attend this important meeting, after all, this is your town.
Boating is fun, but unfortunately sometimes it can result in accidents and cause great harm or even death. Recently several families have been allowing children as well as adults to sit on the bow of their pontoon boats and dangle their feet in the water. This is very dangerous! If someone fell into the water the only place they can go is between the pontoons and into the turning prop. It would be impossible for the driver of the boat to cut the motor in time to prevent serious injury or death. Hubby has a friend who lost his leg in such an accident and another who lost his eye and was seriously slashed all over his face and body. Pass this along to your neighbors.
Don’t forget to join in and decorate your boat, yard, boathouse and dock for the July 4th holiday, if only with a flag at the road and on your boat dock.
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