Thursday, December 6, 2007
Snow Lake News
Lake will be lowered for repairs, new boat ramp
Just one week after Old Tom, down to skin and bones, was put out the back door, did Old Santa came a’knocking at the front door. He reminded me that while I keep striving for simplicity in gift giving, that will remain impossible due to my large family, so Santa had to give this lazy shopper a little shove out the door.
How do you shop these days after all the warnings? Do you go online and possibly have your identity stolen, or do you go to the malls and possibly lose your belongings or your life? I remember the simplicity of the sixties, when everyone drove to downtown Memphis and was greeted by parking attendants. From South Main St. to North Main, ladies would walk dressed in a coat, hat, gloves, tight skirt, matching shoes and bag, and of course, a girdle.
After instructing the courteous salespeople to wrap it, tag it, charge it and deliver it, you then finished your day with a little sandwich in a tea room or on a stool at the Krystal.
Don’t want to lose my life, but if I had to wear those high heels shopping again, might as well shoot me in the toe. Times have changed, so I’ll join the other shoppers dressed in stretch velour, tennis shoes (haven’t seen matching shoes and bags in twenty years) and a small stretch knee brace, that is about the same size of my girdle fifty years ago. No need in worrying about losing my identity; don’t believe anyone would want to be me anyway.
The December town meeting was held Monday night with Mayor Pierpont presiding. Very little business was discussed besides the usual budget and town business. The mayor reported that the town purchased a new copying machine and also that our police chief would be attending a mandatory class for police chiefs in Jackson this month. All town meetings will be held at 7 p.m. every month in the future.
There have been a few residents who were misinformed about the trash and water increase. According to the minutes of the October 2007 town meeting, the aldermen voted for an increase which became effective in November. The trash increase was necessary due in part to an increase levied by our trash collector. The water increase was due to the high cost of gasoline and other necessary elements of running a town. And, as a reminder: a lien can be put on your property for not paying this bill. All cities have had an increase lately, and thankfully, our town taxes have not been raised.
Final Countdown: This time next month the lake will slowly be lowered by five feet, giving us the opportunity to repair, remove or build boat docks, piers and boathouses. The boat ramp will be redesigned to enable the newer pontoon boats to enter the lake more easily. Our lake is 50 years old and many of the old structures as well as old boats and pontoons have become an eyesore on the lake and they need to be removed or replaced. If you are unable to remove your old boats and need help, call the corporation office and some of your neighbors will be glad to assist you. Have your supplies and contractor ready, for the lake is only lowered for a couple of weeks every five years. Next week I will report more information on the lowering from our corporation president, C.Y. Graves.
As a reminder: If you are planning on doing any construction on your property, you must get a permit before any work starts. This permit is for the protection of us all. An honest professional contractor, who does good work, will insist on getting a permit, for his protection as well as yours. Lately, there have been some very unscrupulous contractors who have done substandard work in our community. As a result, residents have had to pay double to redo their work properly. A licensed electrician and home inspector who lives in our community has seen some life threatening mistakes (or just plain ineptness) left by some contractors. The cost of a permit pays for a licensed inspector to properly check the work of your contractor.
December Pot Luck will be held on the 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Ham will be furnished, so bring a dish that goes well with ham. Everyone is looking forward to Jim and Kay Sons putting on a skit for us after our meal. Thanksgiving Potluck was so big we put on nametags so some of us old timers could remember names easier.
Also on December 15 the Big Monthly Breakfast will be served, followed by the monthly corporation meeting. If you have some questions regarding the lowering of the lake, this is the meeting to attend.
If you know of any family in our community who needs some assistance for the holidays, please call Emily Koen and their neighbors of Snow Lake will see that they have a wonderful Christmas meal.
Don’t forget to call Santa (John Ross) at 224-3570 if you have small children who would love for Santa to visit them in a fire truck with a little gift on Christmas Eve. Call John and give him the age and sex of your children, plus your address.
Pearl Harbor Day is Friday. Remember our soldiers who lost their lives on this date. Pray for our young soldiers who are in the war of today that they will be safe from harm and return home soon. If you have not sent a soldier in Iraq a Christmas gift, just address a Christmas card to “American Soldier, Iraq” and I am sure one lonely kid will receive it.
C.Y. and Sue Graves have been under the weather. Martha Ann Byrd is healing nicely from a broken leg. Stanley Bezzo has moved from our town but continue to keep him in your prayers as well as Leslie Zarnstorff.
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