Thursday, January 3, 2008
Snow Lake News
2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Snow Lake
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and as you counted your blessing you didn’t forget how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful lake community.
We welcomed 2008, which is the 50th anniversary of our lake, which was known over one hundred years ago as Snow Creek which ran beside a cypress swamp. In 1957, the stream and a mill known as Shone’s Mill were flooded when a dam was built for a new lake community to be known as Snow Lake Shores. Today twelve million gallons of clear spring water flow over our spillway daily and hopefully, it will continue forever.
Fifty years have passed and we are now a beautiful little lake community, which is enjoyed by all ages. We have a beach, playground, a park with a gazebo and walking trail, plus a community center for fellowship. Recently we added a tennis court and a miniature golf course.
We now share our lake with geese, ducks, great blue herons and a few beaver. Squirrel, deer, turkey, rabbits, chipmunks, armadillos, opossums, buzzards and a few skunks have welcomed us to their home, which we now share peacefully along side a beautiful forest.
Fifty years ago, small fishing cottages were being constructed around a new lake and today there are over three hundred homes in the community. Some are still little weekend cottages and some are much larger permanent dwellings.
A few decades after our lake was formed it was a “pretty good fishin” lake, this is, until the dam broke a few years ago. Members of the corporation are working to improve the sizes of our catches and hopefully we will have the joy of catching more and larger fish in the near future.
For 50 years our property owners corporation has remained very strong due to the past and present elected board members. On the board this year are; C.Y. Graves, president; Ed Koen, vice president; Buford Fuller, treasurer; Joe Salling, secretary; Francis (Hut) Hutcheson, Rocky Rodriguez, Scelette Blake and Jason Ross. These members work peacefully and harmoniously and they spend our dues wisely. Thanks to C.Y. Graves and his unlimited energy, deep devotion and expert management skills, our lake is chemically balanced and our shoreline is spotless, our buildings are well maintained and our grounds are well manicured.
In 1974 we established a volunteer fire department and purchased a fire truck for $23.19. Fast forward to 2008 and you will find a new fire house, two pumpers, one tanker, one brush truck and one fireboat, all manned by trained and devoted volunteers in our community.
In 1996 in order to receive grants for paved roads and a new water system, we received our charter and became a town with Eddie Koen appointed as mayor until our first election. Although our new town has suffered some ups and downs, our elected aldermen, Bill Bledsoe, Bobbie Lott, Billy Martin, Richard Roser and Francis Simpson are quite adequate and our mayor, Laurie Pierpoint is doing an outstanding job.
We now have a police chief and he spends most of his time, as most police do, riding around looking out for trouble; but thank the good Lord it’s hard to find trouble here and we hope he keeps it that way.
Without the dedication of many faithful volunteers, this community would not be as it is today. During these past 50 years many committees have been formed and today they continue to hold us all together. We’ll discuss that next week.
In 2007 we became the first “firewise community” in Mississippi. Surrounded by a national forest, we will now be a little safer due to the work of the faithful Mississippi State Forest Rangers that have helped us so much. We also installed a new emergency siren on the west side, in case of severe weather.
We worked together to keep the deadly West Nile Virus away from our town by turning boats over and emptying outdoor containers and hopefully, we are free of this virus.
We also got control of some dangerous dogs that were running loose in our community, but not before they killed other animals. Court was held for those who disregarded the leash law and hopefully we will now feel safer.
We added two new employees to our town, who are receiving accolades from our mayor. Welcome aboard Sherry Roberson and Billy Briggs. Let’s not forget Pat Boston and Jason and Renee Ross who are sincerely dedicated to our corporation.
We became a little faster paced community in 2007 after DSL was installed, plus we got our own paper rack at the east entrance. Wow.
This year we received the most wonderful present from a friend; a brand new green metal roof for our community center. Who this friend is, we will never know, but for sure, it is deeply appreciated. Last year friends donated the money to purchase the land on Highway 4 next to the entrance and this year a few friends donated the money that was needed to complete our new miniature golf course. We are a very blessed community.
This year we sadly said goodbye to some wonderful friends and neighbors that will be missed greatly. Mama Beck, Dewey Long and Mike Westmoreland will always be in our thoughts. A few of our friends and neighbors also lost their loved ones, including Pat Boston and her mom who just this week lost their brother and son, Jim Poe.
In 2007 we welcomed some mighty fine new neighbors to our little town that built new homes or moved in existing homes.
I am afraid I will leave someone out, so to all of our new neighbors, welcome home; you have chosen a wonderful community of loving and caring people.
Overall, in 2007 the tiny town of Snow Lake was blessed with a wonderful year and hopefully the good Lord will bless us with yet another wonderful year.
Happy New Year to everyone.
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