Message from the President - Spring 2015

Hello members, property owners and friends of the lakes. It’s been a rather brutal winter from my perspective, coldest February on record! (Otherwise, according to NOAA, just an average season.) Great for those of us who love winter sports! As I write this message spring is on the way, although Lord Dunmore is continuing his watch for the ice-out. We received
1961 “entries” this year which is a lower number than last year.

The main concern that’s been on the mind of the association this winter is MILFOIL management. (The Dunmore Dip was initiated to help with funding for the Milfoil control program.) As has become the norm over the past 4 seasons, the program is taking another leap forward in efforts to combat the invasion. Please read the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) article for more updates and feel free to contact the trustees with questions. I’m very curious if the winter took any significant toll on this noxious weed. In any case, the battle continues!

Our other battle is COMMUNICATIONS – how to best stay connected to all of you! In addition to these newsletters, we posted monthly updates to the website during the off-season. We understand not everyone saw these updates so this newsletter contains some of the same information posted to the website over the winter. So, for those who check in at regularly, there will be some repeat news; for others, you’ll get a sense of what’s been going on in the off-season. In addition, by the time you receive this publication, you will have
received a survey request. This is intended to help the association better understand the communication desires of the membership. If you haven’t completed the survey, please do so. The more respondents, the better we can understand our members’ communications expectations. Additionally, the trustees have agreed to expand the use of our Facebook site to see if that helps the membership enhance the Lakes community with more sharing of interests neighbor to neighbor and address the multigenerational aspects of our member families.

In light of our efforts to involve our multigenerational community, we’ve also expanded the Social committee. This group has much exciting potential. I encourage you to closely monitor the calendar as I expect you’ll be surprised by what this team will introduce in the way of expanded community activities (see more in the article Of Things Social). The annual picnic tradition will be continued as Songadeewin has invited the association back for the end of season event. As usual, the annual meeting is the Monday after July 4th, this year July
6th, 7:00pm at Salisbury Congregational Church.

Thank you for reading! I’m looking forward to seeing you on the lake and hope you find many ways to engage in the wonderful community surrounding Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake.