Thursday, February 15, 2007
Community’s monthly breakfast Saturday
Happy St. Valentine’s Day to everyone! I hope everyone had a chance to see the beautiful Valentine decorations that Renee put up in the community center. Besides keeping up with all the work the corporation has for her and Jason, she gives her time to decorate and keep the community center clean. This year she decided to keep the Christmas tree up all year and decorate it according to the seasons or holidays. The tree was really gorgeous with big red ribbons and roses, and the tables were also beautiful. Thanks, Renee.
Maybe Renee will leave those beautiful decorations up for everyone to see at the Big Monthly Breakfast this Saturday February 17 from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. What could be better than a huge, hot breakfast with your friends and neighbors on a cold February morning? Two eggs cooked to order by your mayor, two sausages, two giant biscuits, white gravy, grits, coffee, juice, jellies and honey. Yum, Yum! Y’all come.
After the breakfast come join your neighbors in the corporation building for the monthly property owners meeting. This is your lake; everyone should be there.
The spaghetti dinner last Saturday night was very successful. The food was almost as wonderful as the company and we raised a few dollars also. We had a few “new folks” join us and we hope they will return for the “Big Monthly Breakfast” this Saturday. We sent a few plates to those who were sick. Thanks, volunteers, for all your hard work.
Several weeks ago when I first started writing these articles, I asked for your concerns and suggestions you may have for improvements of our lake. Every morning when I woke up and looked out on this beautiful lake, drove around our clean town, visited with new friends and neighbors I couldn’t imagine that it could get any better, but some of our neighbors had suggestions for improvements.
First, I would like to say that I received far more compliments than complaints, so let’s get the complaints out of the way first: the land beside the fire station, dogs running loose and a few houses in disarray. Knowing this town, the area beside the fire station will be landscaped this spring, hopefully. At the February town meeting the problems of dogs running loose was discussed at length. I will update on this serious problem very soon, but for now please call the town hall to report any loose dogs. The ERB is addressing the problem of unkempt houses and lots. They will continue to tour the community monthly and issue courtesy letters for those who are in violation of the Property Maintenance and Community Appearance Ordinance. If a property owner receives a courtesy letter and does not correct the violation within the time allowed by the town, they may be issued a summons to court and could be fined up to $500.
Let’s call the following suggestions, instead of concerns. Form a committee to research ways to improve the fishing. Some states have “overhauled” their lakes and the fishing improved immensely. Also, a “how to” fishing clinic would be quite helpful. Who could we get to teach it? If anyone is interested in forming a committee, email or call me and I will try to arrange a time that is convenient for those interested.
I received many “suggestions” concerning the guardhouse, landscaping and signs at the entrances on Highway 4. Residents stated that the guardhouse needed to be “painted” or “updated” and some wanted the landscaping to be “neater.” I was surprised at the number of residents who suggested that the two lake signs on Highway 4 were “outdated” and “old.” I was told that the signs were as old as the lake, so maybe it is time for us to consider replacing them in the near future. A few wanted us to make the swimming area “more attractive” to prospective homeowners interested in becoming part of our community. A “white fence with a gate adjoining the town hall would be nice.” One wanted to see a little landscaping at the Hoover Road entry where the trucks park and a few suggested an “attractive” fence to conceal the area behind the workshop would be nice. Several suggested “replacing” the old information sign at the community center with a new updated attractive sign, that “goes well with the buildings.” One wanted the boat ramp to be landscaped. I am sure all or most of these improvements will come in time, as the budget allows.
The Audubon Society on Highway 311 is fairly close to our lake and if you are a bird lover, you will be interested to know that the society is working to increase the blue bird population in the area. It has been suggested that Snow Lakers have a birdhouse-building day in the parking lot to build houses for these beautiful bright blue birds. Email or call me if you are interested.
With our lake being over fifty years old, it is to be expected that some of the boathouses and docks need some TLC; but I was surprised by the amount of interest that Snow Lakers have concerning the condition of some boathouses, docks and boats. I relayed these concerns to our property owners’ corporation. The lake will be lowered next January in order for property owners living lakeside to remove, repair or replace rotten or unsafe decking, etc. Be sure to plan well in advance of the lowering of the lake so you will have a chance to order lumber and secure help for repairs and a contractor if needed. You will have ample warning to prepare for the lowering.
Mayor Laurie Pierpont had the flu and Bob Roberson is not doing very well. Please pray for the sick, the elderly and our son Joseph Salling, who is a master-at-arms with our military. He was recently injured while on an oil platform in the Arabian Gulf and taken to Kuwait, where he will remain until he is strong enough for duty. Pray for all of our military young men and women who are in harm’s way every minute fighting for our country’s safety. And also pray for our enemies, that one day they may experience God and the sweetness of life as we do in our country.
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