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|Volume 25, Number 2||2013 April|
In this Issue
Days To Remember
Are You Expired?
If you have not renewed your membership in the last month, you are expired. The new gate combination is printed on the back of our new membership cards, and goes into effect May 1. The April picnic would be a good time to settle up. But if you cannot come to the lake to pay in person, you can mail a check to:
Everything Stays the Same
For the first time ever, we re-elected our entire board:
Also at the Annual Business Meeting, we voted to keep all fees the same as the last few years.
And our committee structure continues pretty much the same:
Both bylaw proposals passed, but as they simply bring us up to current practice, nothing has really changed there.
Greek Athletics Draws Strong Competition
Our 18th annual College Greek Athletic Meet attracted four college women in the female non-athlete division. Seven men competed as non-athletes, and four as athletes. For the first time ever, we had to use wrestling to break a three-way tie in the male non-athlete division. (The Greeks scored the events so a well- rounded competitor could come in second in every pentathlon sport and still have a shot at the victory wreath. In this case, he didn't make it.)
The last couple of years, some of our middle-aged members have shown up the
college students. Not this year. The clear winners were:
Six people camped overnight, and forty more arrived on Sunday. The younger people brought in a fine feast of Greek food afterward.
Our Birds Attract People
On the day before Easter, a soon-to-be-famous bird watcher visited our lake.
Brad McDonald of South Dakota is establishing the world record for number of bird
species seen while nude during one year. He had 403 when he came here, and left
with 407. These included the eastern towhee, which we have in abundance. You
can read about the project at nudebirder.com,
where he writes under the pen name, Olaf Danielson.
He and Paul saw 27 species of birds that day. The migrating blackpoll warblers
were the first Paul had ever seen. We added a kinglet, two species of herons,
and three of warblers to our list of birds seen at
The white-eyed vireos have arrived. They are our most abundant bird each summer. More often heard than seen, they make a little click before and after each whistled call.
Meanwhile, the director of a youth camp (we're not sure where) wrote to say that her daughter (we're not sure how old) had discovered our bird page, and they plan to use it as part of their camp program this summer.
Let's Beautify Our Lake Area May 4
National Nude Gardening Day is Saturday, May 4. We will gather at noon, and spend a couple of hours spiffing up the lake area. Projects include a downed tree blocking the trail to the highway, trimming back the woods trail to the sandy field, and more brush clearing north of the pavilion.
If you have them, bring brush snippers, perhaps a hedge trimmer or chainsaw, and definitely gloves. There will be plenty of jobs carrying off brush. The day is free for everyone who helps.
Be aware that we have a bigger project ahead of us: clearing new bicycle trails for our Trynudethon sometime between now and September. We can't do that now because of flooding on one short section of the route.
When we are able to later this summer, the plan is to first cut a short detour around a low spot on the triangle trail near the sandy field. Second, we want to create a whole new trail connecting the sandy field to the nature trail. (If we ever bought the place, that would need to become a road, anyway.) Part of that route is easy open woods. Paul and Bruce have been tracing an overgrown deer trail through the thick part. We will notify you when we can tackle this bigger project.
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