Thursday, July 12, 2007
Fireworks extravaganza well attended; Ladies Auxiliary plans sale August 4
Intended for last week:
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY WEEK!
Once again, Chief Flake Farmer provided us with a great fireworks display celebrating the birth of our country. Thanks, Flake; your efforts are very much appreciated by our citizens and those who stopped to watch the show.
The “happening” which occurred last Saturday night, was attended by most Snow Lakers, permanents as well as week-enders. Cars were lined up on Highway 4 and the community center area had many, many people “ooooing and ahhhhing”, watching the display and most certainly enjoying the fireworks extravaganza!
Thanks to Becky and her fireworks committee for their hard work in bringing this event to our community. Without these volunteers, Chief Farmer would not have had the wherewithal to present his pyrotechnic capabilities for the enjoyment of all who attended this event.
Yes, there was a boat parade presented by fewer residents than last year; but remember, this event was originally cancelled and hurriedly put together at the last minute. Accolades to those who participated!
The winds from the storms that came through our community during this past week damaged a few boathouses, and also caused several trees to fall, resulting in damaged automobiles and property. Hope you had good insurance, folks. Everyone should review their insurance coverage to make sure that you are properly insured against such catastrophes. Don’t get caught by surprise with a claim that you thought was covered, and it wasn’t! It just takes a minute to review your coverage with your agent.
The monthly town meeting was held this Monday night with Mayor Pierpont presiding. The town’s auditors were in attendance and gave their annual report, which will be published in the paper as required by law. Our mayor reported that our maintenance engineer, Billy Briggs, while working at home, cut his foot but he is recovering nicely. Billy will still be able to spray for mosquitoes this week. Also, Mike Westmoreland was diagnosed with cancer and we will all pray for his restful recovery.
Also at the meeting, the mayor reported that a few speeders have been observed in the community and strongly suggested that homeowners call town hall to report any vehicles they observe speeding.
Police Chief Farmer gave his monthly report and as usual, our beautiful community was peaceful for the month. Due to a recent incident Chief Farmer recommended that all boat owners chain their motors to their boats, and when leaving the lake remove their tackle boxes. As a small community, we must all take notice as to who is on the lake. If you see a stranger where he shouldn’t be, stop him and ask who he is, who he is visiting (if visiting, he should have a visitor’s pass), and if he is intruding, ask him to please leave. We are proud of our community and wish to maintain its privacy. After all, we are the ones who pay to keep it safe for our townspeople through our annual assessments.
The Ladies Auxiliary will hold a rummage sale on August 4 at Ashland Discount Outlet on Highway 4, starting at 8 a.m. Residents who want to donate items can drop them off at Ashland Discount Center during business hours. Snow Lakers, support this sale, the money collected goes to our fire department.
Thanks to Don Jeanes for his tireless efforts to assist the town of Snow Lake and for just being a friend to us all. Don is running for re-election this year as third district supervisor. Support him; he supports us. Also our friend, Bill Stone is running for senator. Bill has been a good friend to Snow Lake and a contributing factor in helping our newly formed town. Good luck guys.
Counting Down: Six months until the lake is lowered for us to build, repair or replace our boathouses and docks. If you need work done on your property, make your plans and contact a reputable contractor early to ensure that your job is completed during the few weeks that the lake is lowered in January.
The big monthly breakfast and corporation meeting this month will be held on July 21 and pot luck will be on July 28. Be there Snow Lakers.
This week’s news:
Well, all of the festivities surrounding the Fourth of July are now passed and a wonderful time was had by all. Several citizens have expressed interest in bringing back the festival, in addition to the fireworks. The thought is to start late in the day with only a couple of bands and possibly we can have a vendor or two come in with a small selection of food and cold drinks. What do you all think? Would anyone else like to express an opinion, or be willing to accept some responsibility in assisting in the planning for the next Fourth of July? E-mail me at the address at the end of this article if you have any ideas for next year. Your suggestions will be more than welcome.
How ’bout this weather? Hot, hot, hot. Short downpours which go straight into the sand, so our water bills are starting to show this mini-drought. Some of us are smart enough to have a watering system using a pump and water from the lake. I understand you can build a decent sprinkling system for less than five hundred dollars on a fairly flat lot. Those of us who have “tall lots” have to have a two-stage system to boost the water up to the road. This costs a good bit more; but in the long run, probably cheaper than using city water. Hubby and I were out this week looking for the best solution for our steep lot.
I grounded Hubby until the weather cools. He is taking meds and under a doctor’s care the last two weeks, leaving C.Y. as the only volunteer working on the miniature golf course. I vote to stop the construction until cool weather arrives or until we have more than two men who can help. How terrible if someone became disabled during the dog days of summer while working on a miniature golf course in the extreme heat and humidity.
Those of you who have been doing your part to keep the lake clear of debris, thank you! Also, you homeowners who have been cleaning up your back yards (some say the yards lakeside are the front yards) thank you, also. You don’t know how much better your yards are looking from the lakeside. After all, when people ride the lake, they haven’t got a lot to look at but your yards, boathouses and docks. Regarding boathouses and docks; keep them safe and attractive. There is plenty of good professional help available nearby to accomplish this if you need it. More improvements can be made when the lake is lowered in January.
We are all proud of our wonderful lake community and our rising property values. Don’t be the rotten apple in this wonderful barrel of good apples by letting your property fall to ruin. It takes so little time to keep it maintained. If you will notice, the improvements to Highway 72 out of Collierville are coming right along. Piperton is exploding into a large community and Mt. Pleasant has several new subdivisions under construction and people are coming our way! Before you know it, there will be more people around here than you can imagine.
Now for some sad news. Did you know that roadside bombs killed 70 percent of the 3,500 soldiers killed in this war? Did you know that most of these deaths, plus the thousands of permanently disabled soldiers, could have been prevented if the government had supplied our boys with properly armor-plated Hummers? And, did you know that this administration still refuses to supply our boys with the newly improved, safer Hummers as needed? If you or I put a kid in a truck knowing he only had a 30 percent chance of arriving alive, and this kid died, we would spend our life in jail. Please contact your Congressman immediately. Call your family, friends, and neighbors and pray, pray, pray for those new Hummers.
Have a wonderful week. Till next week, barb.snowlake @yahoo.com.
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