Vol. #90. December 2005

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.
PLEASE NOTE: DON WALL IS OUR SNOWPLOWING CONTRACTOR. HE SHOULD NOT BE CONTACTED TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY TOWING SERVICES!!!

Joe Ott, Road Committee Chair

SOCIAL EVENTS…

HOLIDAY BAZAAR  &  FLEA MARKET
The Holiday Bazaar and Flea Market was a great success!
Being put together in such a short period of time, it wouldn't have been so successful without all the help that I received in pricing the items, moving tables, setting up the sale items, working in the kitchen and meeting and greeting our neighbors. It was a start for more bazaars and a way for people living here to meet their neighbors and socialize and, at the same, time get a bargain! Plus we made money to be put back into the community. Twelve Door Prizes were given out and two 50-50 prizes of $27.00 were won by Bill Barnes and Tammy Bohlke, who donated her money back to
WLLA. Free refreshments were served.
My thanks to: Phil and Mike Orth, Pegge Dodge, Linda and Frank Dubowski, Grace Hatchman, Paul and Norma Palladino, Jack and Lois Rauch, Linda Ott, Bernie and Barb DiMaio, Joann Gilliland, Dottie Meyer, Kathy Kilmer, Jean Lykes, Irene Monahan and Tennille I and to our vendors: Tammy Bohlke, Irene and George Buhler, Margaret H.  Vicki Schrader, Joann Gilliland, Pegge Dodge, Linda Dubowski, and Barb. DiMaio. My special thanks to all who attended and to all of the bakers of the delicious cakes and cookies, etc.  If I forgot anyone please accept my apology. I am looking forward to having more Bazaars. Please give me your input or any suggestions.
Thanks,
Fran Orth, Director and Organizer of Event

GYPSY MOTH SUPPRESSION PROGRAM
At the July 2005 General Meeting of the WLLA owners, the owners present unanimously approved aerial spraying for the suppression of Gypsy moths. The Board passed a motion at its November meeting to assess owners for spraying the Walker Lake Landowners' Association area. Hinkel Estates, which does not want to be included in the spraying action, will not be assessed. The cost will be $25 per property this year. The County will do the spraying and they have already billed the Association for next spring's spraying. Additional assessments will follow next year, as we will probably have to spray both in 2006 and 2007.
The application of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) spray will be done by air in May and/or June of 2006. Bt spraying normally provides foliage protection adequate to reduce tree stress and related mortality.  The caterpillars devour oak tree leaves and will ingest the Bt and its accompanying toxic protein. This will kill the caterpillars and disrupt the Gypsy Moth life cycle. The bacillus and protein are harmless to humans, pets and other vegetation.  
Ralph Cioppa, Director

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING…

Walker Lake is a small natural lake, which was enlarged by construction of a dam in 1953. The lake is fed by springs and by a small creek, which starts at Little Walker Lake and enters Walker Lake at the south end of the lake.
The overflow of the dam spillway goes into Walker Lake Creek, which enters Twin Lakes Creek and thence goes into the Delaware River.
At normal water level the lake is 1.1 miles long and has an area of 113 acres and contains 100 million gallons of water. The shoreline is approximately 3 miles long. The lake bottom is owned by Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association. The water in the lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and any change, which will affect the composition or level of the water, must be approved by the Department of Environmental Protection and by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. The dam is owned by WLLA. The Department of Environmental Protection issues rules and regulations for the operations and maintenance of the dam. It requires annual inspections by a professional engineer and makes recommendations for needed repair. It has the power, if it is dissatisfied with compliance, to drain the lake.
The Commonwealth requires licenses for fishing and for all motor driven boats. The Fish Commission regulations govern seasons, limits, etc., and these regulations are enforced by the game warden.
The water in the lake is tested on a regular basis to assure compliance with safety regulations for swimming. About every 4-5 years with Commonwealth approval, the water is lowered some 4 to 6 feet in the fall for the controlling of weeds, which have their roots in the lake bottom. Algae are not affected by this. The level may also be lowered for dam repair.
The cost of dam repairs and lake maintenance is born by the Association's assessments against all persons having deeded lake rights, both members and non-members of the association, whether or not they use those rights.
Norma Palladino, Historian

Happy Holidays !