Thursday, January 25, 2007
Bill and Becky Bledsoe celebrate 30th anniversary
I expected to see penguins waddling around the lake last week during that cold spell; but instead, our feathered friends, the geese, were still here instead of flying south for the winter. One resident said he had counted over a hundred geese in one gaggle last month. Did you know that geese could live to be twenty-four years old and attain a weight of twenty-five pounds? Our neighbors who have flat lots consider them quite a nuisance because of the goose droppings. Some residents say to keep geese off your property you must put a string across your lot at the level of their chest; they will not cross the line. Let us know if this works.
Have you had the opportunity to see the show that the little coots put on? These tiny, diving ducks bobble all over the lake and it’s amazing how fast and far they can go when they take a dive. Has anyone seen our old friends, the graceful great blue herons, or have they gone south? They often show up at our house uninvited for dinner when they find the top to the live box off, but they are very considerate and leave us a few feathers in exchange. Maybe it would give us old retired folks something to do if we had a contest to name them and the winner would receive a free breakfast for two.
The unwelcome weather and sickness kept a few of our neighbors away from the “Big Monthly Breakfast’ but we still had a great turnout and we hope more folks will join us next month. Peggy was working, as usual, to serve everyone, even with a cast on her foot. A few months ago, Sue Graves was working with the aid of a cane after an accident. What devoted volunteers! Emily, Hut, Sue Graves, and Laurie were there as always, and our youngest volunteer, Lisa, is a welcome addition to our volunteer group.
The Property Owner’s Corporation board of directors, at their regular monthly meeting following breakfast last Saturday, elected Scelette Blake as a new board member. She replaces Laurie Pierpoint who resigned after becoming our new mayor. Scelette has always been a very active member of our community and will be an asset to the board.
We have an outstanding corporation board of directors. They understand their priority of staying focused on the lake and work together in such harmony that solutions to complex problems become simple. As Snow Lake residents we have voted to seat board members who work with kindness and respect for their fellow property owners, resulting in a very productive board. Keep up the good work!
Jason recently finished building a rental pier for the corporation on the west side of the lake that will accommodate two pontoon boats. He also installed the new signs and locks at the boat ramp to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the lake. The town hall and corporation building needs a little repair and new paint. Jason will be working on this project during “good weather” days.
After touring our community and talking to our president, C.Y. Graves, Robert Thornton of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, informed the corporation members that 47 states have firewise communities and that the Forest Commission has chosen Snow Lake to be the model firewise community in Mississippi. These programs are only offered to property owners associations.
The homeowner’s board of directors will form a committee to oversee this project.
Thornton addressed many of his concerns, but the #1 most important one, other than our community being surrounded by a national forest, was the lack of lot and address numbers posted in front of each resident so that fire and emergency personnel will arrive as quickly as possible and possibly save a life.
The town and corporation will always work together in case of an emergency in our community. If we encounter snow or an ice storm that leaves us without power, the fire station will be open for those who are without heat and also the community center can be opened if necessary.
John and Elizabeth Ross’s son-in-law lost his mother in an automobile wreck and his father was badly injured. Al and Bobbie Lott have both been a little under the weather, Al is having trouble with his leg and Bobbie is getting over the flu. Peggy McCrady broke her foot and the boot she has to wear is giving her more trouble than her foot. Ed McCulley and Joy Priest are still recovering from surgery. Exel Dishion is recovering from a bad fall and Glen Nelson is still ill. Take time to send them a little card; it’s like receiving a big hug by mail. Bill and Becky Bledsoe have just celebrated their 30th anniversary by escaping to a romantic location.
To all Snow Lake members; How about joining your neighbors at our fabulous monthly potluck dinner this Saturday, the 27th, at 6.30 p.m.?
Pray for our young men and women who are far from home and fighting to protect our freedom and us.
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