Thursday, March 1, 2007
Fourth of July celebration plans to be discussed
Mama Beck, our most revered 96-year-old resident, had a mild stroke last week. Grant checks in on her early every morning, but when he arrived last Tuesday, an ambulance was called and she was taken to the hospital in Ripley. Thanks Grant, it seems you are always doing for others.
This lady is so full of life, and the stories she can tell just warm your heart. At the last Blue Grass Festival, she was dancing on the patio; oh how cute she was, and at the Halloween party, she informed me that she wanted to play some games, so up she jumped and passed balloons as good as the best. She still cooks, and if you ask her what she cooks, she will quickly inform you that she cooks “anything I want to cook.” She has a big appetite and loves to go out to dinner, but will quickly refuse to join anyone if the “food is no good.”
When I arrived at the hospital to visit Mama Beck I realized that I did not know her real name, so I walked the halls knowing that her family would be close by. There they were, daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, at the side of their beloved Mama Beck. Hopefully, Ida Miller, known to every one as Mama Beck, will return home next week where her family and friends will lovingly care for her.
The town meeting will be held on Monday March 5 at 7 p.m. Everyone should attend their town meetings so you will be informed as to how our elected aldermen are managing our town; it is also another excuse to socialize with your friends.
We now have a website: www.snowlakems.com. Stephanie Moseley is in charge of this site and she welcomes your suggestions and especially any beautiful pictures of the lake or community area. Give her a call at 224-6817 if you have a picture you would like considered for the site.
The Environmental Review Board recently sent out several courtesy letters with copies of the ordinances of which homeowners were in noncompliance. This review board was formed to enforce the ordinance known as the “Town of Snow Lake Minimum Property Maintenance and Community Appearance Ordinance.” This ordinance was adopted to maintain our town as beautiful and clean today as it was when it was established years ago. Our town is beautiful and unique, and everyone should keep their property as clean and neat as the town does. If you received a letter and believe it to be in error, please call the town hall.
According to homeowners, trash cans are becoming more of a nuisance every year. Weekenders and some permanent homeowners put their garbage cans out on the weekends and garbage is not picked up until days later. Wild animals and roaming dogs get into these cans, leaving rotten garbage scattered. Then winds pick up whatever can be blown away and then you have an unsightly mess, roadside. Last week high winds and roaming animals left our town looking horrible. There were over 30 cans scattered beside the roadway on the west side alone, plus lots of garbage. Some weekenders leave garbage cans out for weeks between visits, blowing around our beautiful town. If you are a weekender consider bagging your trash and putting it in your trunk and taking it home. We put a green metal fence post in the ground and after securing the top of the plastic can, we put the side handle over the post. Snow Lakers, please let’s keep our town beautiful. If a weekender lives near you, put their can back off the road after pickup, and week-enders please put your trash in a well secured can or consider taking it home.
Speaking of dogs — this is the law. They must always be kept fenced in your yard at all times and on a lease when you walk them. Some of our citizens let their dogs roam all the time and some let theirs out every night. These dogs are forming packs at night, fighting other packs and scattering raw garbage from every garbage can they pass. Recently one citizen reported five dogs fighting in his yard over raw garbage that had been left for three days by a weekender. There have been too many incidents reported lately that could have left someone badly injured. When my daughter was young she was bitten by a chow and required plastic surgery on her face. Last year her mother-in-law, while jogging, was mauled by a chow and pit bull and almost lost her arm. A dog killed a lady in our neighborhood in Germantown while she was walking. In May of last year while visiting us at the lake, my son was walking two small dogs on a leash when a large dog, being walked by his owner without a leash, attacked the little dog leaving lacerations on its head. Last week while walking my grandbaby to the mailbox and cautiously on the lookout for the dog that attacked the little dogs last year, a black dog suddenly came out of a driveway and started growling and running toward us. He continued to run toward us and then lunged at us, growling with his teeth showing. By now, I guess you could say that I am afraid of stray dogs. Sadly, I cannot take my grandbabies outside or for a walk when they visit. Citizens have complained at the town meetings about these loose dogs. The town encourages anyone who sees a loose dog and knows the owner to come to the town hall and file a complaint. Please do what you can to possibly save a life.
For those of you who are interested in the town celebrating the Fourth of July as it has for many years, come to the meeting on March 6 at 7 p.m. At this meeting a decision will be made if we are going to have any type of celebration, including fireworks. We must have new volunteers if there is going to be a celebration. If you are a weekender or you will not be able to attend this meeting, but want to volunteer, contact me and I will enter your name as a volunteer.
Time will change earlier this year. On Saturday night, March 11, set your clocks ahead one hour. That gives us one more hour of sunlight to enjoy our beautiful lake.
Let’s not forget to pray for Mama Beck, others who are also sick, as well as our elderly friends. Pray for our young soldiers who are on the other side of this world, in harm’s way, fighting for our safety. Also pray for our enemies that one day they may come to know our God, so we can all live in a peaceful world.
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