JULY / AUGUST 2000 NEWSLETTER Plan to attend the WEST LAKE 3rd ANNUAL PICNIC Saturday, August 5…3:00 to 7:00 PM LET'S PARTY! Yes, that's right!! The Behm's, Guichelaar's & VanderMay's are going to host a third annual West Lake Picnic. We have had great turn-outs the past two years and everyone had a great time. So, MARK YOUR CALENDARS OR PUT THIS NOTICE ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR! Certainly, you do not want to miss this fun event of fellowship and a chance to meet your lake neighbors…Play volleyball and bocce ball--Win a door prize! KIDS ARE WELCOME. Hot dogs, buns & the appropriate "fixins" will be provided, along with tableware. BRING: Lawn chairs, a snack to share (chips, dip, salsa, cheese/crackers, shrimp, pickled herring, caviar, whatever) and your own beverages (pop, juice, water, beer)…The "dogs" will be served at 5:00. Come by water and beach your boat at one of the first three houses in the channel (Guichelaar, VanderMay, Behm). If you come by land, park on Barberry or Melody and walk through at 706, 716 or 734 Barberry. Food, portapotty (a real "Hilton" this year) & miscellaneous expenses will be paid by the WEST LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION. For more information, call: Harley & Mary Ellen Behm Phil & Alyce Guichelaar Bill & Joyce VanderMay Chuck & Becky Williams Rain date - None SEE YOU THERE! (2) ANNUAL MEETING: We had an exceptional turn-out for our Annual Meeting this past May. It was very refreshing to the Board to see everyone's support and enthusiasm! It is good to know that our work for you is appreciated. Special thanks to Ed Waterhouse and Juanita Everett for their many years of service on the Board--It was a pleasure to be associated and work with such fine representatives that are truly dedicated to the WLIA. I know that they will continue to "help us out" as needed. Please welcome our newest Directors who joined the Board: Tim Bennett & Thom Phillips! Again, we had twice as many nominees as needed to fill the Board's vacancies--Thanks to those candidates who showed interest in joining the Board but were not successful. Enthusiasm is contagious…Please share with your neighbors the importance of the Association-- Have them join us so we can continue to be a strong, unified group, interested in improving the quality of West Lake living. TOTE BAGS: As an added bonus this year, WLIA Tote Bags (WLIA logo on one-side, sunset on the other) will be given to our 2000 WLIA members! (One Tote bag per membership). A board member will be around in the next week or so, to touch base with you and provide members with a tote bag who joined without receiving one at the Annual Meeting. The Tote Bags will be available at the West Lake Picnic on Saturday, August 5th. Additional Tote Bags will be available for purchase at a minimal charge of $8.00 each. LAKE QUALITY REPORT: At the Annual Meeting the "plan" for this year was to have a spot-treatment in early June for the exotic weeds and then to follow-up with a Sonar treatment in late fall. However, our "Lake Doctors" recommended that we forego the spring spot-treatment since they felt it would affect our ability to obtain a fall Sonar permit. They were out twice on our lake in late May and early June and determined that with the minimal exotic weed growth we were experiencing, it was not worth the "gamble" of foregoing a very important fall Sonar treatment. We are just now starting to see Eurasian Milfoil approaching the surface in some areas. However, we are hopeful that they will not hinder your enjoyment of the lake. As they say, the "pain will be worth the gain"…Why? With a fall Sonar treatment, we will be able to apply at a higher concentration level than if we utilized Sonar in the spring. Also, the Sonar will continue to work during the winter and will not allow weed growth via the sunlight through the ice. Overall, we will be able to attain a "higher quality" treatment with a fall application. Next year we will reap the benefits…No exotic weed growth means that we will not have to have any applications next spring. This in turn means we will not experience the two-week fishing "lull" that we sometimes experience with a spring treatment during this "prime" fishing period. Secondly, we will not have the dead exotic weeds washing up on our shorelines and we will minimize the sediment pollution caused from the dead weeds decomposing to the lake bottom. For 2001, we are hopeful to follow-up with yet another fall Sonar treatment to completely eradicate our Eurasian milfoil and Curly-Leaf exotic weed problems. Therefore, we do not expect to make any treatments whatsoever in 2002. Completely eradicate these nuisance weeds? Yes, Sonar will accomplish this. But, Sugar-loaf drain, Austin drain, boaters (on props, in bilges), etc. re-introduce these exotics back into West lake. WEST LAKER ADS: Need someone to take out your dock this Fall? (Average cost is $75.00). Please make an appointment now -- All docks will be removed the 1st weekend in November only! Sorry, no more late November or December removals. Are you in need of a new dock, need an additional dock section or in need of dock repair? Call Chuck at 329-2544. If you would like to place an “ad”, have something to submit, or have a request for our newsletter and are a member of the Association, please contact any Director. (3) JOIN US: Attached you will find the 2000 YTD members who joined the WLIA. The first sentence of the Association’s bylaws states: “An organization to preserve and protect the beauty of West Lake, through conservation and water quality control and to protect land value of property owners”. Therefore it makes sense for all of us to join—Plus, receive your 2000 WLIA Tote-bag! Our goal this year is to obtain a 90% membership ratio—One of our Association Representatives will be calling on all riparians this year…even long standing supporters. We want to touch base with all of our neighbors! the trouble of calling on you in person and send in the form! Please talk to your neighbors about joining the association. For together we are a strong unified group and our strength is solely dependent on your support…THANKS TO ALL 2000 MEMBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THIS 'N' THAT: GOOSE DROPPINGS: When you clean up your dock or lawn from the "dirty critters", please do not dump the droppings in the lake! The feces are high in bacteria and phosphorous--Remember, every bit helps! LAWN WATERING: We are very fortunate that we have had a very "wet" spring/summer to maintain the lake level we had in early spring. Yes, it is still low, but it has not dropped like it usually does in the summer months. However, with the lake level still being low, we still have experienced several calls concerning the high utilization of lake water for sprinkler systems. Did you know that watering your lawn once, or worse yet, twice a day, is bad for your grass? The grass never "wants" to develop a solid root system making it susceptible to disease and will need that much more water to keep it green. The professionals recommend watering your lawn no more than once (with a good soaking) every three days (based on need). Furthermore, the best time to water is early afternoon when the water will relieve the grass from the hot sun. Water is a valuable resource and should be used accordingly. The overall lake level will probably not be affected from any individual lake sprinkling system. But overall, high usage will affect the lake's level. Therefore, we all should conserve water use whenever we can--It just makes sense to do so! WELCOME PACKET: Thanks to a lot of hard work by Janet Spencer, new riparians continued to be welcomed to our lake with a small care package. The packet includes information on WLIA and numerous "goodies" from our neighborly businesses. The WLIA extends a special thanks to: Polderman's, Movie Stars, H&B, Sherman TV, Fishing Memories, West Lake Drugs, Daanes, Old Kent, L&J Hobbies, Erbelli's Pizza, Nickels Bakery, Professional Hair Care and Quinn's Gifts for their contributions to the WLIA packet. It is great to be associated with such good neighboring businesses! NOTE: If a new neighbor moves in next to you, please call Janet at 324-0099 to help her out. WEST LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION 2000 MEMBERSHIP AS OF JULY 16TH VANDERMAY JACK & BETTY LANG GUSTAVE & BEVERLY STUUT DAVID & MARYETTE WATERHOUSE EDWARD & H M MURPHY GARNET & VELMA CAPORAL MARYLOUISE RUDGE VIRGINIA L STASIW CHRISTINE D DEHAAN GREGORY A & G E WOLF BRUCE & CAROL HOBBS GEORGE W & J LINCOLN ROBERT C & R M STILLMAN LAWRENCE & MARY VANDYKE MARVIN & JELENE CUTLER WAYNE K FORRESTER ALAN & MARY TER BERG WAYNE L & J UFKES ROBERT & DOROTHY MEYLE MELVIN LLOYD & M VANNESS TIMM E & JANE KAMINSKI LINDA A CLAPP RAYMOND J & E S MEYLE DAVID & GERI CEKOLA DOLORES (DEE) THOMPSON BRAD & SUSAN NELSON NORMAN & CAROL PATERNOSTER JIM & ANNICE CAMP BILL & SANDY MARKS WILLIAM J WYLIE JACKIE HARRISON CHARLES D NELSON / CHARLES / JAMES WEESSIES DAVENPORT BARBARA & NANCY HARRIS JUDITH M HUNT FRED W DOORNBOS RAY & VIRGINIA WHEATLEY TOM & THERESA EMANUEL JANE M HALL ANDREW L & EVELYN BRENNER BOYD & LAURA ROBERTSON KEITH & ARDITH JONES GERALD & SHARON SPENCER DOUG & JANET GARTHE DONALD & MARGARET ZEHNER PAT & TOM HARTGERINK JAY & RUTH VANWALBECK CRAIG & PATTI HARVEY DAVID D & G L VANDERMAY MARY & RANDY GRANCHI MIKE & DENISE WOODS THOMAS R & S K TEMPLE DON & JEAN KROPF ROB & JEAN SIMONTON JULIA E KLINGELE JEROME & DOROTHY WAHL BILL & ELAINE CROSS HEDDY & THOMAS HERTIG JAMES & LORRAINE DOW DONALD M & HILDA SCOTT TOM & GAY POCHYLA GERALD & INEZ BARKHOLZ CHARLES & DIANE MORRISON CONSTANCE A & MARSHBURN MICHAEL & JANET CHRISTOPHER J PHILLIPS THOM & LANE SALMINEN EARL & JOYCE LINN DAVID & KAROLYN BEEBE LORRAINE FLYNN MARGRETE HANCHAR ALEXANDER REMYNSE BOB & LEE GETTLE LOWELL & MARY BETH CLANCY MICHEAL C & J A KAEMPF CLAUDIO R ENSFIELD ROBERT C & KAY BEUKER STEVEN K & P S DEHAAN JONATHAN J ATKIN DOUGLAS C & C M TAYLOR DAN & BETH JACKEL JONATHAN P GROSSER GERALD R & NELLIE KIKER KAREN M LAPORTE LAWRENCE & JUDITH BENNETT TIM & BETSY LAPOINTE JUDY PELC RONALD & DIANE STICKLAND TIMOTHY R WARNER CAROL ELDRED GRANT & JANET VANDERHORST TOM & JANIE ELDRED GRANT & JANET BROCKIE WILLIAM W WILLIAMS CHUCK & BECKY ZULL JOHN & ARLENE EVERETT JUANITA & DICK MALZ DONALD & DIANE YOUNGBERG RENAE & JOYCE SMITH NUYEN ERIC & SANDY OSBORNE CHARLES L & M A DUNCAN ROBT E & JOAN BOGATSCHOW HELEN L SMITH ORVILLE & LINDA BLOSTEIN PAUL A JARIWALA SHARAD & ADELFA BOTTENFIELD HUBERT & MARY HUGHSON BOB & BEV BARTON MICHAEL F & A COLBURN JOHN T & N A TAYLOR KYLE & JOY FOSS ENOS & TERESA COONFER DEBRA L BEHM HARLEY D & M E COLWELL RALPH & PAT GUICHELAAR PHILIP & ALICE 2000 WLIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President Chuck Williams Vice-President Mike Granchi Secretary Phil Guichelaar Treasurer Diane Barkholz Directors Tim Bennett Ralph Colwell Thom Phillips Janet Spencer Bill Watson Tom Wheatley Tom Zehner Please feel free to contact any one of us with any of your questions / concerns, etc.
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