Newsletter #71 June-July 2002


Mailboxes:

We're getting new mailboxes. The Shohola post office will be deciding the best location. These boxes are strictly for new homeowners. OR, if you have private post boxes on a stand you can elect to go with a new one.


Fishing Derby:

We will have the fishing derby in July instead of June as more kids will be on vacation then.


Clubhouse:

Fran Orth, chairperson of the clubhouse, announced that the outside ceiling by the garage doors will be vinyl-covered. The committee is asking for volunteers to paint the trim of the clubhouse. Please call her at 296-5528. Also, we could use volunteers to help maintain the clubhouse gardens.


Roads:

We are looking for a volunteer to be road committee chairperson. If you are interested call Jack Rauch  (296-2605). The potholes in the roads will be filled in the upcoming weeks. A large tree that fell across Seminole Road has been removed by Don Wall.

IMPORTANT: Our roads should be safe for everyone to walk on and enjoy; we have been deluged with speeding drivers of both cars and ATVs. Remember: the maximum speed limit is 25 mph. Deer and rabbits (and small children) don't know speed limits and they can pop out onto the road at any time causing you to lose control. ATVs are prohibited on all township roads (Maple, Lee, Parker Glen & Twin Lakes Roads). If you are caught riding on them you will be issued a fine of up to $1200 and confiscation of your ATV.


Beach:

Last year we had a bad incident with intruders on our beach (in excess of 50 individuals). Many neighbors called the state police; the intruders were apprehended and there was a penalty of $300 per person for trespassing on our beach. We are alerting all homeowners to call the state police (296-6451) or (hopefully a quicker response) the Communications Center (296-7700). Recently it came to our attention that a “rumble’ on our beach was imminent but thanks to the vigilance of several homeowners the state police again were summoned, the beach was patrolled for several nights and the problem was prevented.

A reminder: as has been the case in the past we will NOT have lifeguards on either of our beaches so please swim at your own risk. Children should not be left unattended at the beach at any time. No pets are permitted on our beaches at any time. Please remember to have your badges with you when using beaches or basketball/tennis court. We are experiencing increased usage of the court--a signup sheet is there and should be used (one hour limit at a time) so that all may have access.


High-Speed Internet:

Several members have questioned why we don't have access to high-speed internet connection. We've been made aware that this could be a reality if more people would call Blue Ridge Cable or Verizon and request it. By the way, member Jeffrey Seeds has volunteered to develop a website for WLLA – thanks, Jeff!


Fire:

A great big thanks to our Fire Department and our dedicated Volunteers for putting out the blaze on Onandaga & Birch the end of April. The electrical connection box on top of the corner pole exploded and set fire to the entire section from Onandaga to Cree right up to the Schmidel's house.


Crime Watch:

While we, your neighbors, are giving of our time and effort in an attempt to protect your property, you are the ones that can provide the most effective deterrent. We always need volunteers. Call Joe Ott (296-2915) or Paul Strope (296-5457).


Trash:

How about on your daily walks taking along (like the Waltses and Mayses) a garbage bag to pick up trash as you walk? Good exercise AND it helps spruce up the area!!


Rules And Regulations:

Mary Iverson, our committee chairperson, sent out a survey to all 350 homeowners and 57% returned the forms. Thank you for the great response!


Walker Lake Women's Club:

The ladies meet on Mondays and Thursdays at the clubhouse to socialize and work on crafts to be sold at various functions to benefit the firehouse. It's a great way to meet your neighbors. All are welcome. Interested? Call Lois Rauch (296-2605).


Past Due Assessments:

Assessments are due and after June 31st interest will start accruing at the rate of 1.25% a month. Past due assessment accounts will be pursued with liens and court action and. as a last resort, credit bureau action. Also, without being paid up, beach and boat passes will not be available.


Lake:

The state of Pa. requires that we put added riprap on the dam. Our lake chemistries are excellent (checked monthly by Dave Kirk) but unfortunately, because of such good readings, the state won't give us a permit to addle goose eggs in the nest.  We have 17 volunteers for the Lake Conservancy and they will be doing testing of lake waters and surrounding streams. Please be AWARE and use phospate-free soaps & detergents (available locally at Pegala store in Shohola—see page 14 in WLLA directory).

Twin & Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy

100 Walker Lake, Shohola, PA  18458

President´s Report

Our general meeting was held on Sunday June 9 at the Walker Lake Clubhouse.

The first item to notice is our new logo.  It appears on all our correspondence.  It is a map of our watershed.  Look closely and you can see the area that drains into Twin Lakes, Little Walker Lake and Walker Lake.  This area spills into Twin Lakes Creek and Walker Creek and eventually empties into the Delaware River. Our monitors report that our lakes are full and clean.  We aim to keep them that way.  Your cooperation is vital.  Remember that we not only play on our lakes and streams but also drink the water in the aquifer below.  Thus, any harmful material that goes onto or into your property will reappear in the water supply, streams and lakes.  At the present time, our water is fine but can we keep it that way? Our monitoring program is going well.  Training is completed and we begin monitoring with the first of four summer dates.  Look for our monitors at the survey sites wearing our new white hats embroidered with our conservancy script. We have formed liaisons with our neighbors. We are consulting with Shohola, Milford, Delaware Highlands, and Dwarfskill conservancies.  We often hear about zoning changes, changes in Township, County, State and Federal Law that will affect our mission.  Our members are often called on for their expertise and attendance at these vital meetings.  All of Pike County is involved with its citizens forming watershed conservancies. We would like to thank you for your excellent show of interest.  We all realize that our health and property values are at stake.  We have nearly 125 contributing members, some of who are already contributing for our second year.  We take the time to thank our members by sending a letter affirming their membership and/or contribution and reminding them that their contribution is tax deductible. 

Have we missed you?  We have sent out brochures and newsletters.  If you have not received any information, please call the clubhouse so Linda Ott can put your address into our folder. Again, thanks to everyone who has joined and volunteered in our endeavor.


Our condolences:

Bob Hachtman passed away at age 79 on May 9th; condolences to his wife, Grace, who runs our annual July penny social.


2002 Social Events Schedule:

June 22nd -Annual Pot Luck Dinner Dance – beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please prepare your favorite dish (enough to share with 10 people). $5.00 per couple to offset the expense of the DJ.  Children are free. Please contact the office (570-296-7788) or Dottie Meyer (570-296-7759).

July 13th -Penny Social – details to follow

August 24th -Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m.

September 21st - 150th Anniversary of Shohola & Community Day (10 am-7 pm). Tented tables for displays from interested communities. You may sell your own crafts ($$ are yours) Le Gorille restaurant will sell food; (you can sell your own food, i.e. perogies etc.) At 7pm a string band will perform and there will be square dancing. Marianne Yeaw (570-559-7670) is chairing and will accept ideas and info booths for any

Community.

October 26th - Halloween Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m. 


Board Meetings:                              

Sunday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m.          

Saturday, August 10th at 10:00 a.m.           

Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m.  

Saturday, October 12th at 10:00 a.m.         

Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m.


Big thanks to our tireless board members for all the work they do. They are:

Linda Cioppa, Ralph Cioppa, Barbara DiMaio, Frank Dubowski, Steve Ficken, Dick Frantz, Kay Gold, Mary Iverson, Charlie Kieselmann, Dave Kirk, Dottie Meyer, Fran Orth, Joe Ott, Jack Rauch, Bill Schellhase, Jack Schmidel, Paul Strope, Richard Tritschler and Dave Vandeventer.


Finance Committee Meetings are held prior to Board Meetings at 9:00 a.m.  They meet each month January through December.

Lake Committee Meetings are held prior to Board Meetings at 9:00 a.m. in the WLLA Conference Room.


If you want something to be included in the next newsletter please notify Bill Mays, newsletter editor (296-2134 or e-mail billmays88@earthlink.net). E-mail is preferable as the information can be easily cut and pasted.

The next general meetings are at 2 p.m. July 14th & Sept. 8th at the clubhouse. Please be there to help us help YOU.