Thursday, July 3, 2008
Snow Lake News
Clean and ready for the holiday
How refreshing it is to see our neighbors laboring in this hot and humid weather for the love of their little town. Danny Rowe volunteered to paint the town and corporation building in honor of Mayor Pierpont. This was an awesome and labor-intense contribution to our town by Danny, who took time away from his quest for the giant crappie during his fishing months. We all owe our sincere thanks to Danny Rowe.
Jim Sons and his young son Jimmy also volunteered to clean the bathhouse. What better example can a father show his son than to give his time for his community? Thanks, Jim and Jimmy, and it looks great! Another devoted member of our community volunteered to paint the bathhouse and surrounding fence. Becky Bledsoe graciously gave her time to Snow Lake and we also give our thanks to Becky.
The area where Snow Lakers gather for fun and recreation is now clean and refreshing. A new metal roof donated by a “Snow Laker,” plus hours of hard work to beautify our community is the result of loving and caring people. How can one community be more proud of their neighbors? Who knows, maybe one day a fancy new, fast, lawnmower will appear and replace our slow-moving antique.
We are all cleaned up and ready to proudly celebrate July 4th with good friends, good food and good music starting at 6 p.m., followed by the boat parade which starts at 7 p.m. The much anticipated fireworks display, which will begin at 9 p.m. is the highlight of the evening and will be enjoyed by all. Snow Lakers are well known for their hospitality and once again we look forward to sharing this spectacular event with our surrounding communities. Thank you so much for the people and businesses who bought ads in our flyer so we could make this fireworks display possible.
This year we are also celebrating our 50th year as a lake community. In the mid-fifties, partners began damming up a creek and in 1958 they celebrated the grand opening of this lake with a fun-filled event including a “Purple People Eater” jumping out of a plane into the water and “frightening” several young ladies who ran around the area in “purple costumes.” I received a call last year from one of the “purple” ladies and I sincerely enjoyed listening to her wonderful memories of the events.
Walter Utley was one of the developers and when speaking with his son, he will quickly remind you that Snow Lake was his father’s favorite adventure and development. Mr. Utley and his partners dammed the creek and graded the land for a gravel road, which was the seed for a weekend fishing camp. How proud these developers would be to see the community as it stands today. We are now a town nestled beside a sparkling constant-level, spring-fed lake. We have added a community center, a new tennis court plus a miniature golf course, which were all built by volunteers. We now have well maintained paved roads, clean water and fire protection as well as emergency weather alarms. We have formed many organizations that care for and maintain our beautiful community such as: the Welcoming Committee, Environmental Review Board, Planning Committee, Community Center board, Ladies Auxiliary for the fire department, Landscape Society, July 4th Committee and the Variance Review Committee.
Beautiful homes small and large surround the lake, a nest of comfort for the owners and they cradle their desire to linger for a lifetime. Neighbors’ gatherings become lifetime memories and lifetime friendships. Wonderful memories must also be in the hearts of every past and present Snow Laker when they recall their celebrations on the lake with their families and friends. I recently received a call from our much-loved Kate Word who was one of the original owners at the lake. She proudly informed me that she was compiling a scrapbook of her personal years at the lake, as well as many of the past events that took place at Snow Lake during the last fifty years. Kate’s memories are unforgettable and she looked forward to sharing her book with us when completed, but sadly, she suffered a stroke a few months ago. Kate remains in our daily prayers for a complete recovery and the opportunity for her to share her memories with us.
In 1958, as the result of a man’s vision and dreams, a small flowing creek became a beautiful lake and a big celebration was held. Visions and dreams and celebrations have continued for fifty years and once again we gather to celebrate and add more wonderful Snow Lake memories. How proud we are of our beautiful community known as Snow Lake Shores, which is just down the road from the ordinary, but oh, so sweet. Happy Birthday Snow Lake. Happy Birthday America. firstname.lastname@example.org
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