Thursday, January 10, 2008
Snow Lake News
Snow Lake community celebrates 50 years
Happy New Year, Snow Lakers! I hope that you all had a great year and a wonderful New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is my anniversary and Hubby and I chose to celebrate this day by attending the Vesper Service at our sweet little Methodist church in Ashland, followed by a wonderful meal and fellowship at the church. We could not have made a better choice.
Last week I wrote that over one hundred years ago our community was a cypress swamp with springs, and how it was developed in 1958. This week we will look back to see what has held this community together as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Snow Lake. After Hubby and I moved here we often wondered who maintained this community and we quickly realized that the beauty of Snow Lake is the direct result of the residential volunteers of the past as well as the present.
The Property Owners president and board of directors, as well as the mayor and aldermen are all volunteers who are elected by homeowners. The first committee of volunteers consisted of a few residents who gathered and formed a Community Club a few years after the lake opened. Their vision was to build a community center where all members could gather for fellowship. Several years later with Bud Koen as the community center’s president, these volunteers began work on the building that is now the heart of our town. This beautiful community center is where we gather for our town meetings, potluck, monthly breakfast and other events where we have an excuse to visit with each other. The volunteers of yesterday would be proud that it is still maintained beautifully by today’s volunteers, including Bud’s son, Ed.
Residents also formed a volunteer fire department and purchased a fire truck for $23.17. Today, your friends and neighbors volunteer their time training in how to save our lives if necessary. After the fire truck was purchased, a few ladies gathered together and formed the Ladies Auxiliary, where they now volunteer their time raising money to support our fire department. As the result of their dedication and hard work, we now have a well-supplied firehouse for our protection, as well as emergency supplies for residents in case of severe weather.
The town’s planning committee also consists of volunteers and it has become a very important committee recently, due to the increase in new construction and remodeling. These volunteers meet regularly to plan the future of our town as to rules, regulations and by helping safeguard our residents against unscrupulous contractors by mandating certain requirements for building specifications. They then remit these suggestions to our mayor and aldermen for their consideration. If the suggestions are approved, it then becomes “law” in the town of Snow Lake Shores.
The ERB board was formed to enforce Snow Lake’s Minimum Property Maintenance And Community Appearance Ordinance. This ordinance was adopted by our town’s aldermen to secure our health and safety, conserve the value of our land and buildings, prevent and remove nuisances and see that all properties are kept clean and in good order. Many believe that this committee is extremely important, due to the fact that the overall appearance of Snow Lake is judged by “home shoppers” looking for a place to settle.
Last, but not forgotten, is the Landscape Committee. Most members have been on this committee for many years and these volunteers do backbreaking jobs maintaining our landscaping in hot weather.
As we look back fifty years, the visions of Snow Lakes’ developers have been realized, but only from the help of caring and dedicated members of our community. These volunteers have given so much of their time, over the past fifty years, building and holding this community together, that without their devotion it would not be as it is today. Snow Lake volunteers have brought us forward to today, but the continuing beauty of our community depends on the volunteers of tomorrow. To all Snow Lakers; your community needs you if its future is to be as bright as it’s past. The door is always open; come on in for a little work and a lot of fun.
Last week when I mentioned the Property Owners board of directors, I neglected to mention the name of Richard Flake, an esteemed member of the board. Sorry Richard.
C.Y. Graves, our corporation’s president, stated that the lake is expected to be at the target depth by mid-January. By no surprise the Mid-South temperature has gone from ten to seventy degrees within one week; hopefully we will have fair weather so that everyone can have the opportunity to repair/replace their water projects, such as docks, piers, boathouses and bulkheads. Let’s strive to get our shoreline as beautiful as it was fifty years ago. If you have any questions or problems call the corporation office at 224-6671 so that Pat, C.Y. or other board members can help you.
Sadly, we lost a beloved member of our community recently. Exel Dishion passed away last week and he will be greatly missed. We offer our deepest sympathy to his loving family. firstname.lastname@example.org
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