Thursday, July 26, 2007
Miniature golf course is coming along
Stanley Bezzo had a big birthday party last week. Jim and Kay Sons and also Andy Anderson and Beverly Kimbrough are in the process of moving into their newly purchased homes. We also have two new homes on the east side under construction. Welcome to the lake, folks.
The Big Monthly Breakfast was held this past Saturday and more new faces were seen than ever before. Snow Lake’s friend, Mayor Bill Stone of Ashland, joined us all for breakfast and we wished him well in the senate race. Bill has always taken the time to help this community, especially when we became a new town.
The corporation’s board of directors held their monthly meeting last Saturday. President Graves reported that the geese are still a problem, but the board will continue to address this problem. Graves also reported that a decision would be made in the near future regarding next year’s July 4th celebration.
The miniature golf course is coming along nicely, but we are still short on funds. I grounded Hubby after he became ill while working on the course and later I heard of another man who was also not able to work, but instead he donated the cost of hiring a worker for one day. What a great idea! Did you hear that Snow Lakers? Send your check to the corporation office so we can get this project completed for everyone to enjoy this fall. Mayor Pierpont and Hut stained the new pavillion at the golf site.
The landscaping committee is meeting this week to discuss ways to update our community, especially the guardhouse area. Our town is already beautiful but the weeds are younger than the committee members and it’s a tough and hot battle out there.
It has been reported that trespassers have been seen on the lake recently. If you see any non-members on the lake or anyone putting a boat into the water from any area other than the boat launch, call the corporation office and they will be escorted from the lake.
Living in harmony with wildlife is getting too close for comfort. Our feathered friends are cute but they are becoming a nuisance. Have you seen the grass, or should I say lack of grass at the spillway and other areas? I was told that there are now over 150 geese and they are responsible for tearing up these areas.
I did some research on how to remove geese from lakes, but there were very few success stories. The sites I visited on the computer suggested that it is best to start our battle in the spring before eggs have been laid. It seems the most successful methods involve frightening or hazing. Noise making devices such as loud music on speakers, pyrotechnics and “cracker shells” fired from a 12 gauge shotgun work very well, but might not be welcomed by your neighbors. Thick landscaping 30” to 36” high next to the water will work, that is, if the plants have time to mature before the geese eat them. Geese hate to walk over large rocks, but if I carried large rocks down my steep lot, geese would soon be walking over my dead body. Re-Jex-it, which can be purchased at a co-op, is the only registered product to spray on lawns to prevent geese and it has to be sprayed on areas very carefully. And how long will it last after a rain? Double rows of wire or mesh netting have been successful. Big eyes painted on mylar balloons or strips of mylar waving in the wind are said to work very well. It seems that using a combination of these and starting in the spring have had the best results in other lake areas.
Suggestion?: Surround the lake with big-eyed, painted mylar balloons attached to bright orange plastic fencing placed on top of large rocks. Play loud music all day, shoot off fireworks at night, and shoot a 12 gauge shotgun filled with cracker shells when they come for a visit. Or, we could capture and neuter the males at a cost of only $100 per goose!
Pray for our soldiers and also for those new Hummers to be delivered quickly. Support America’s wounded heroes, by sending some get well cards to the most seriously wounded at Walter Reed Hospital.
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