Vol. #102 November/December 2007

President's Report, November 2007

The Board of Directors has approved and confirmed Art Politano as Treasurer of WLLA. Art has a background that includes running his own company and administering funds for charitable purposes at the college he attended.
We all owe Art a big "Thank YOU" for taking on this important job.

The Board is also deciding the dates for the General Membership Meetings. It is important that we afford all members the opportunity to attend these meetings when it is most convenient to them. Having these meetings on Sunday may not be the best choice. Many members, who only spend weekends at Walker Lake, are anxious to return home as early as possible. Moving these General Membership meetings to Saturday may present a more suitable choice. The attendance of the membership at these meetings is very important; therefore, deciding what these dates should be is a priority.  Please let us know your preference by contacting a board member or the office.

Generally, the Board of Directors meetings are open to the membership in an effort to be completely open in our deliberations. We must, however, ask that any member that wishes to address the Board ask that the issue be placed on the agenda three weeks before the Board meeting. At the General Membership meetings time is customarily set aside to hear member's comments and concerns. If issues from the membership are to be addressed by the Board at the meeting, then these issues must also be put on the agenda three weeks before. This will give us time to research and prepare to answer the issue with minimal time lost.

Bernie Reyes, President

A message from the WLLA office:

Just a friendly reminder from the WLLA office: It's that time of the year again. 2008 invoices will be in the mail in December. The invoice due dates are as follows:
  -2% discount if paid on or before Feb 15, 2008
  -Full amount is due on or before March 31, 2008
  -Finance charges will be assessed April 1, 2008
If you do not receive your invoice by the last week of December, please call the office immediately @ 296-7788. Please also keep in mind that if you have not paid your 2007 invoice, please do so immediately. Finance Charges are, and will continue to be, assessed quarterly @ 1.25% per month. WLLA offers payment plans and accepts Visa & MasterCard.

Thank you and enjoy your holiday. Best wishes for a happy and safe New Year.


Treasurers Report, November 2007

The Balance in the Wayne Bank Checking Account as of November 26, 2007 was $1,970.50.
The total in the reserve accounts at Smith Barney as of October 31, 2007 was $174,794.67.
We continue to have good results in receiving funds from delinquent accounts this year. This is attributed to the persistence of our Office Manager, Kellee.

We have taken $5000.00 from the membership reserves to meet current expenses.  We will make another transfer to Wayne Checking of approximately $7,000.00 to cover operating expenses until January 1st 2008. The reserves were increased early in the year to cover the expenses in the latter part of the year. All the reserve amounts used this year will be returned and allocated to the proper accounts as revenues begin to increase.
The invoicing for 2008 has begun in November.

In 2008 we will set up a separate reserve account for the tennis court. This is necessary because of the high cost to maintain and repair it.

Submitted by Bernie Reyes, (interim) Treasurer

Important Tips On Winter Driving

ALWAYS have snow or all-weather radial tires on your vehicle. Drive BELOW the posted speed limit, which is 15 mph throughout most of our Walker Lake Community. BE AWARE of plow trucks on the wrong side of the road - they ALWAYS have the right of way. Icy conditions are completely unpredictable. As the old saying goes, IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT !!!!. If you positively must go out, please be extremely cautious. Once you lose control of your vehicle on ice, it is too late. Also, be extremely aware of other drivers losing control of their vehicles. Always stay a safe distance behind the car in front of you so that you have time to react appropriately.  When giving way to another vehicle be aware of the gutters along side the road that may be covered with snow and not visible, so that your vehicle does not get stuck in the snow or ice. DON'T travel out in a blizzard. Your road may be passable, however the odds are the rest of the roads won't be open until the snow or sleet stops. DON'T expect the impossible. It's a good idea to carry bags of sand or kitty litter in your vehicle to create traction for your tires if you get stuck. Remember we are at 1430 feet ABOVE sea level. Our winter weather is colder and very often quite different than that of Milford, Port Jervis, or Middletown. The snow and ice last longer at this higher elevation. Please heed these winter driving tips for the safety of everyone.


Winter Fun On The Lake

Winter is here and, with it, the time for outdoor activities such as ice fishing, cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice hockey, ice golf, and ice sailing has arrived. When the ice freezes on Walker Lake, these activities begin. It is important to be safe at ALL times while playing on ice.

Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for remaining safe whilst having winter fun on our wonderful and frozen Walker Lake.

Know the Ice

  • Thick blue/black ice is stronger than milky white ice.
  • Four inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended level for people. It should be thicker for a group or equipment. Use an auger to test the thickness of ice before you go out on it.
  • Perimeter ice is weaker due to the shifting, expansion, and sunlight reflecting off the bottom. Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants, and docks. These structures can absorb heat from the sun, thus weakening the surrounding ice.
  • Single, unbroken pressure cracks in the ice are probably okay to cross, but stay away from areas where cracks meet or intersect.

Know How Weather Affects Ice

  • Although blustery days may feel cold to us, wind can actually weaken the surface ice.
  • Changing air temperatures and standing water on ice can weaken and crack it.

Play It Safe

  • Venturing out alone is not advisable. Take a friend along for safety's sake. You will also have more fun! Take a cell phone, walkie-talkie, or two-way radios with you in case of an emergency.
  • Wear a life jacket. If you fall through the ice, it can keep you afloat while help is on the way.
  • Take a rope or heavy cord with you in case of an emergency.
  • Carry ice awls to help with self-rescue.
  • Know How To React If You Witness An Accident

Call 911 immediately!

  • Immersion into cold water often disorients a victim; therefore, quick action of witnesses is crucial! DO NOT attempt to run to the ice's edge because chances are you will fall in as well.
  • If you must attempt a rescue, BE CAUTIOUS! Stand back from the weakened ice and toss a rope or heavy cord toward the victim or, extend a ladder or strong and long tree limb to the victim, while you are lying flat on the ice to spread out the weight.
  • Remember - Once the victim is on shore, the rescue is not over. Hypothermia poses as much risk as drowning. Keep the victim warm and get IMMEDIATE professional medical help.


Why yoga?
Yoga practice unites the mind, body and spirit.  Many believe that the mind and the body are one, and that if given the right tools and taken to the right environment, the body can find harmony and heal itself.
Yoga helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stressful environment.

Some of the benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased cardiovascular efficiency
  • Increased musculoskeletal flexibility
  • Increased joint range of motion
  • Increased breathing efficiency
  • Improved eye-hand coordination
  • Improved posture
  • Increased strength and resiliency
  • Improved balance
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved mood
  • Increased feeling of well-being

Join your neighbors at Walker Lake who have already signed up for yoga classes offered at the Read Clubhouse by yoga instructor Gregory Marino. Classes are still forming and are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm. The cost is $10 per class for a one-month plan or $12 per single class. Call the WLLA office at 296-7788 to register.

Letter to the Editor:

Who Is Shaping The Future Of Walker Lake?

Community meeting at Read Clubhouse
Sunday, December 16, 2007  2pm

The time has come for all residents of Walker Lake to take a stand and voice their opinions about the environmental and planning issues that will determine the quality of life and the future look of our community. A subcommittee of the Legal Committee of WLLA has formed to explore these issues and it became immediately apparent that there is a lot of interest around preservation and the changing needs of the community.  In an effort to foster dialogue and discussion, they and a group of concerned property owners invite you to be a part of the solution to the potentially serious environmental crisis looming before us.  We want to hear from you!

The Past
Many of us located here to live amidst the beauty of the lake's natural surroundings and the purity of its environment: clean air and water, unspoiled land.  We love dwelling amidst nature in four seasons, on mountains, with wildlife.  Some people fish in the lake or hunt nearby game land.  Some are artists who try to capture the local beauty or simply find inspiration in it.  We are hikers, bikers, kayakers, swimmers, sailors, gardeners, birdwatchers, and some of us just like to take a quiet nap in our hammocks on a warm summer day.  We come to Walker Lake to our weekend, vacation or retirement home.  Many simply want a pleasant, decent community in which to raise a family.

The Present and Future
Have you taken a walk or drive around the community in recent months?  You can't help but see that the attractions that make Walker Lake such a desirable place are suddenly threatened by development pressures that could destroy the qualities that made it attractive to begin with.  If we do not act in unison, sooner rather than later, we may find that Walker Lake has gone the way of many other desirable locations:  paradise to super-development to environmental devastation to long-term deterioration.  Yes, it could happen here!

As property owners, it is of vital importance that we continue to monitor and maintain the health of the lake, thereby sustaining and increasing the value of our land.  The same is true of the unseen waters that flow beneath our feet and literally nourish and sustain us.  Every home has its own well and its own septic system, squeezed, in many cases, onto one-third of an acre. When we project current development patterns within Walker Lake, the result is a density of housing that threatens our lake, our watershed, and our drinking water supply and will lead to the spoilage of all three.  It is clear that this kind of build-out is unsustainable.  The inevitable consequence, once this spoilage has occurred, will lead to ….

… the necessity of installing both public sewage and public water supply.  The cost of installing that kind of infrastructure would cost many tens of thousands of dollars per household!  Do you have that kind of disposable cash?  Over-development can also cause a subsequent increase in taxes.  More people, more services, higher taxes.  Aside from these tangible costs, imagine the costs of more intangible effects of environmental devastation and the resulting change of character a sewer/water project would have on our roadsides, our adjacent properties, our streams, and our lake; the wildlife that would disappear as the trees are cut down and the property is cleared.  Don't forget that one of America's mightiest and most threatened rivers is about a mile downstream from our dam!

We want to hear your ideas and brainstorm together about how we can assure that Walker Lake continues to be a place that we all want to live.  In as much as all of this development can be a bit disturbing, we feel that everyone should have the right to build here and enjoy this lovely community.  However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Some points to consider:

  • suspension of clear-cutting and establishment of reasonable standards of how much timber can be removed or must be replaced when clearing lots for building
  • review and enforcement of existing community building code regulations (e.g., maximum height of new house construction)
  • WLLA purchase and preservation of undeveloped lots as clean and green space
  • pursuit and development of state grant monies to establish and maintain green space/walking trails
  • quality of life issues (noise, traffic, road degradation, pollution, decrease in trees and wildlife) as a result of population growth
  • possible sponsorship of educational presentations by local environmental organizations like the Twin/Walker Lake Watershed Conservancy, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, etc.

Please join us on December 16th at 2 pm at the Clubhouse.  This effort is in its infancy and can only benefit from your involvement.

Your Neighbors,

Kim Boriin
Roseann Gargiulo
Kathy Kilmer
Keith LaPan
Jeffrey Seeds