Thursday, November 8, 2007
Snow Lake News
Third annual Snow Lake Boat Parade set for November 24
The weather has been outstanding, and the reflections of the colored leaves on the lake are almost breathtaking. Living high up on the west side of the middle fork of the lake is well worth the effort of climbing the stairs. Every morning when we awake and view the lake where it joins the undeveloped forest and the ever-changing skies above, is like a gift from God, especially during this time of year.
Within the next few days take time to rejoice in the beauty that surrounds us. Take a drive around the lake every day or better yet, take a slow cruise in your boat, a very slow cruise.
Our fire chief sent me the following message and asked that I relay it to the citizens of Snow Lake: Our fire department is glad to announce that we have received a grant for some smoke detectors. The detectors have arrived. If you need a smoke detector, please call Chief Flake Farmer at 224-8008. The detectors will be professionally installed according to code by one of our volunteer firemen if needed.
The third annual Snow Lake Boat Parade will be held on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 24. No rain date as of now. Participants should decorate their boats (pontoon, paddle, fishing, canoe, etc.) and meet at the community center dock around 3:30 p.m. or just join in at any time.
By having it a little earlier than previous years, we hope it won’t be as cold. Bring a thermos of your favorite hot beverage and celebrate the holiday season with friends and neighbors.
Our holidays will be very special this year, for our son has returned safely after two tours in Iraq. Maybe some of you heard a little sampling of his happiness this past weekend when he caught a largemouth bass weighing over seven pounds while fishing with Hubby. The landing net was not in the boat, so Son had to “finesse” his catch in close, where he scooped up the largest bass he had ever caught. I heard this big 34-year-old man whooping and hollering as he ran from the lake and up the stairs into the living room leaving behind a slimy trail.
He proudly displayed his catch that was leaving a bloody mess on my new rug. For a few seconds instead of seeing a grown man, I once again saw a little boy who had stood before me many times showing his “big catch.” As it was thirty years ago, I forgot about the new carpet and joined our son as he looked for a scale. As he yelled out “seven pounds” I again saw a little boy weighing his “big catch” of seven ounces.
He agonized over fulfilling his dream of having his big bass join his dad’s trophy wall, but he made the sweet decision of releasing it back into the lake. He now has a new dream; that his two young sons will soon have the same thrill when they catch this fish again. This war-worn soldier could not have received a better welcome home gift. Thanks, Snow Lake.
Once again, last week we observed a person riding on the front of a pontoon boat, with their legs in the water. This is a very dangerous, life-threatening practice. As I have stated before, Hubby and I know one person who lost his leg, and another who lost an eye and was also severely scarred from head to toe when he fell into the water from the front of a boat.
Count Down: Only two months remain until the lake is lowered in January. You still have time to make your plans to remove, replace or build a new boat dock or boathouse.
Also, this is a good time to remove any old pontoon boats that are not being used and have become an eyesore on our beautiful lake. If you are not able to remove your boat from the water, please call the corporation office and they will make arrangements for someone to give you a hand.
Let’s take advantage of this time, which comes only once every five years, and remedy the increasing eyesores on the lake.
The Big Monthly Breakfast and the monthly Snow Lake Property Owners Corporation meeting will be held next Saturday, November 17. Pot Luck will also be held on the same weekend due to Thanksgiving. Keep Stanley Bezzo and Leslie Zarnstorff in your prayers, that they will soon be up and feeling better. firstname.lastname@example.org
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