Thursday, January 24, 2008
Snow Lake News
Plans underway for Valentine’s Day dinner February 14
The Big Monthly Breakfast was well attended this past Saturday. It was difficult to find a parking space; it was so crowded! I love to see our community responding to a function like this. We all chat and enjoy being with one another and have a great time. Of course, the food prepared by our volunteers was overflowing our plates and was sooooo delicious!
Discussions during the monthly Property Owner’s meeting consisted of: if anyone is interested in improving the miniature golf course with tasteful attractions (such as clown’s faces, loop-the-loops and the like) please feel free to do so at your expense, after contacting the corporation office with plans and getting approval.
President C.Y. Graves informed us that we now have approximately 160 permanent households at Snow Lake Shores. Weekenders and vacationers from the Memphis area account for about 69 households and 75 are from other cities in 21 states from California to Florida! This is amazing, but who wouldn’t love Snow Lake?
This past weekend Hubby was told that the local building suppliers were running low on treated lumber due to Snow Lake’s demand for lumber; but the building and repair of docks, seawalls and boathouses is going well around the lake. You can hear the gentle sound of hammers hammering, saws sawing and pile drivers driving (or piling, or whatever) evidencing much improvement happening this month. Those working with concrete were forced to stop due to the freezing temperatures, but their projects will be completed soon. Did you see the large areas of ice floating around the lake the last few days? This was a first for me. The board of directors for the lake reports that the 30th of January is the target date for our lake to start returning to its normal level, so get your dockside work done before the end of the first week in February. Many permits have been issued for dockside work and if you haven’t gotten your permit, please do so for your own safety. And, it’s the law.
A resident of Snow Lake for many years suggested that when we begin to use the lake again, to do so with caution. Logs and limbs on the banks have dried and some will float up to the surface or directly under, causing damage to your boat or motor.
The new boat ramp redesign is now underway, which should allow the newer and heavier pontoon and fishing boats to be launched without us or our vehicle floorboards getting wet. We appreciate the Corporation for getting this done.
Jason reported at the corporation meeting that a Valentine’s Day dinner will be held on Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person for a spaghetti dinner, including drink and dessert! Emily and other volunteers have always served Snow Lakers wonderful meals during these fun parties; so make plans with your sweetie to attend. It might not be a romantic candlelight dinner, but it sure will be fun, and you’ll leave with a happy heart and a smile on your face.
Beavers have done damage. One homeowner said he had 400 sq. ft. of new plantings destroyed during the last year, plus several residents have reported minor and severe damage to their property. Beavers continue to be a problem, so be on the lookout for them and report any damage to the corporation office in order for the town to keep up with their activity. If at all possible, protect your property with metal or screening to prohibit damage from these cute but annoying creatures.
I see that a few of our feathered friends have decided to stay here for the winter, instead of moving on with the other geese. Last year at this time, residents were reporting over one hundred geese on our lake, but I recently heard that the count was less than forty. Hopefully the count will remain small for the year.
Once again a few homeowners are allowing their dogs to run loose in our community. A judge warned a few homeowners that they would be fined if they disobeyed the town’s leash law again. Please do not allow your dog to run free. Reason being is that dogs are pack animals and when they gang up with other dogs even the gentle ones will become vicious and attack a human or someone’s pet on a leash and kill it. If you see dogs running free, please report it to Sherry at the town office and she will give you your options if you want to stop them from running loose in our town.
Last week, I reported that many years ago, a family and a fireman lost their lives in a fire due to the homeowner wiring his own home. This tragedy happened in another state where we were living at the time and I neglected to mention where. If I misled you into thinking that this occurred at Snow Lake instead of elsewhere, I am correcting that misconception now. I was, and am, merely attempting to make our citizens aware of what could happen. According to our fire chief this has never happened here, and we pray that it never does.
If you need a licensed electrician or a licensed home inspector for any kind of inspections, other than a building permit, call Pat at the corporation office. She has the names of Snow Lakers who are qualified in these areas.
Potluck will be held this Saturday, the 26th of January at 6:30 p.m. Bring something delicious; we’ll all be hungry! Did you know that 2008 is a leap year? Have a happy and healthy week and keep in touch with your neighbors during this cold weather. firstname.lastname@example.org
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