Fellow Oquaga Lakers,
The 2012 season is
about to unfold. After a very mild winter, things at the lake are
beginning open up. Folks are returning to set up for the season.
Again this season we anticipate a quiet summer as no progress has been
announced for gas drilling in our NY area. As you know they are still
working in PA side of the border and we hope quietly.
BASE LINE TESTING
We still expect to
conduct a baseline test of the lake’s water quality whenever plans are
announced for gas drilling in NY. This project is being guided by
Mark M, our resident clean water guru.
THE CHESTNUT INN
There have been no
announcements on the future of the Chestnut Inn, but we have heard the
offering price has been lowered to deal with weak market conditions.
We can only hope that a buyer will step forward bring the Inn back to
its former prominence.
The adult opening
party will be held on Saturday, June 30 at Scott’s on the waterfront
starting at 1 pm.
Each property owner
of the Lake
may purchase, for $12.00 per ticket, up to two tickets to the party.
The tickets will cover the cost of the meal and two drinks for beer,
wine or soda. Guest tickets will be available for $22.00 per person.
Please make your reservations with Barbara M at 467-1897 by June
THE FOURTH OF JULY
This year the 4th
falls on Wednesday and therefore requires our Ring of Fire event to be
held on Wednesday evening. The lighting of the flares will be at 9:30
PM. Flares will be available from Koen and Annelie G (Yellow Bird) 48
Hanson Rd, as was last year flares will be $6.00 a piece or three for
$15.00. The flares will be by the garage on the 2nd, 3rd
and 4th only.
THE ELMER CROWLEY MEMORIAL
The Tenth Annual Elmer
Crowley Memorial Fishing Derby will be held on Wednesday, July 4nd
starting at 7AM with registration at the Old Fishing Master's dock.
That is the Koen G dock. The old master himself will be there to
judge the fish and award the prizes. Remember there are both adult
and child categories with world class prizes for the winners.
Please call the old fishing
master himself at 467-4969 if you have any questions.
ANNUAL FAMILY FIELD
DAY AND PICNIC
The annual Family
Day activities are scheduled for Saturday 4 August to start at 9 AM
with a family event, followed by a 10:00 start for the kids field
events and water events starting at
All events will be held at Scott’s. Larry T has again this year put
together a special day with trophies for the winners to be awarded at
the Family picnic. The picnic will begin at 6PM at “Lookout Cookout”.
necessary, so please call Larry for the morning events at 467-5198 and
Jim Bennett for the picnic at 467-5575.
LAUNCHING YOUR BOAT
Again this season
the folk’s at Scott’s have graciously allowed lake residents and
their guest access to the lake through their boat launch area. The
Scott’s have requested that we follow a few simple rules:
1. Please stop at
the lobby of the hotel to pick up the key to the launch and sign the
launch log book.
2. Bring your boat
and trailer to the launch by going along Playhouse Road and backing
into the launch.
3. The gate
must locked up when you finish launching your boat.
4. Exit the
launch area by driving by the farm house to the main road.
5. Please stay
off the grass on either side of the launch access.
6. Do not
leave your trailer in the launch area.
return the key to the lobby of the hotel.
Don’t forget to
place your orange stickers on your boat for identification. If you
need new stickers contact Barbara M at 467-1897 and she will assist
you. We will also have stickers available at the opening party.
We have had some
uninvited fishermen on the lake. Remember crossing private property
to access the lake is trespassing and against the law. We stock the
lake at our expense for the benefit of the lake residents, not for
poachers who fish illegally. Check for their boat stickers and ask
the violators to leave.
SEWER SYSTEM UPDATE
As you know, we have
serious issue in updating our sewer system and at the last Association
Annual Meeting the membership overwhelmingly approved the OLIA board’s
recommendations to repair the system. The Town of Sanford also
approved the Board’s plan as did the consulting engineering firm.
As a result the
sewer district has started the repair process and is making excellent
progress. As of May 3rd only 25 residents have not
received the electrical upgrade and the pump inspection. Each
resident has received all new wiring coming from the electrical box
over to the pump tank. New conduit was installed where needed. All
old components have been removed with only the breaker and the heater
remaining. A new water proof electrical box has been installed in
each tank to protect the new wiring.
Two new floats have
been installed while removing three floats from the old system,
simplifying the system dramatically (one float turns the pump on and
off, the other works the alarm system). Preventive maintenance was
performed during the winter season and six bad pumps were discovered
The county and the
town have located all the access man hole covers in the road way and a
project is started to install risers to bring them up to roadway
grade. When this is done, the inspection of the pipe system can be
accomplished by running cameras thru the 6” pipes to determine
has expressed our appreciation to the Sanford Town Board for their
strong support and for reacting to our needs to secure our district
The State of New
York has issued a contract for the repairs to the bridge on Oquaga
Lake Road going into town on the East side of the lake. The bridge was
scheduled to be closed all summer. The DOT has now informed us that
the project has been rescheduled next spring (March to June). Expect
to be detoured next Memorial Day.
The Friday night
tradition of gathering for a social hour of fun and frivolity
continues at Scott’s or River Run at 5pm until whenever. There will
be a message on Barbara’s answering machine (467-1897) with this
week’s venue. Come and join with your Lake friends and neighbors for
an hour or two of fun.
Enclosed with this
letter is the invoice for your
Association dues. Your prompt attention to this invoice will help to
control expenses and insure our financial security. Thank you in
advance for your continued support.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!
For the Board of