The Association has the lake water tested about every other year. Testing was just completed in 3 areas, the beach, the boat docks, and from a dock near the south end of the lake. We were well under the recommended recreational limit of 235 E. Coli MPN. The results were 7.5 at the beach, 1.0 at the boat docks, and 4.1 near the south end of the lake. Keep Swimming!
We had some rain but we also had a great time. The Fishing Derby was better than ever, thanks to Sarah and Joey Fryer. Melinda organized a great pancake breakfast and fish fry later that day. Since the 4th was on a Monday, there were fireworks all weekend. Here's some video and photos in no particular order. Hope you were able to make it. Please remember the sponsors who were kind enough to donate to the Fishing Derby.
Shottenkirk Chevrolet & Lonnie Foust Dollar General Bank of Monticello County Market Pizza Hut Ayers Oil Company Chiropractic Clinic (our own Dr. Weckbach) Lake of the Oaks Homeowners Association
Some much needed work was done at the beach today. The ditch around the beach was dug out and regraded. Sand that had eroded into the water was reclaimed as well and used to fill in some of the low spots. It will all be finished tomorrow. A big thank you goes to our Association President, Mark Bigelow for donating the use of his tractor. About 4 hours were put in today and it would have been much more if we didn't have the proper equipment. Thank you to Hume, Daryl, and Bob as well.
The Kids' Fishing Derby will be on July 2nd at 9 am. Go fill up on pancakes from 7 to 9 at the clubhouse, but be ready to throw the lines in at 9. Sara and Joey Fryer were kind enough to take on organizing the derby this year. They have a number of sponsors from local businesses and it will be a great time. Numbers in the past have ranged from 30 to 50 kids. Owners, get all the young ones in your family, along with your guests, geared up and find a nice spot on the dam.
I had to make the call and now is the time. I've been watching the weather by the hour and in order to get everything at the last minute, I would have to make that happen tonight. The rain forecast went back up to 40% for Saturday at 1 pm on. I don't know what we would do with 100 plus hot dog buns. We'll find another weekend and announce it in advance, and we'll do that soon. I hope to get down Sunday afternoon after Antonio's graduation ceremony. You can heckle me then.
The hot dog roast to open up the beach season is this Saturday at 1 pm. We're watching the weather forecast for the weekend. If it looks like we'll get wet, we may postpone it. Maria and I are coming to the lake just for that. Antonio graduates on Sunday and although I hate giving up a long holiday weekend, I think my absence would be noticed at his ceremony. :-) I'll post any updates.
Rick and Crystal have graciously organized the 4th of July Fishing Derby for the kids the last few years. It's a popular event and the kids love it. It usually starts at 9 am on the day of the festivities.
The lake is looking for someone to take that over. Expenses are covered for the prizes and there are plenty of people to help measure fish on the day of the event. You won't be tied into it year after year so why not volunteer to do it this year? You can email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact a member of the social committee.
Heard that some folks, when trying to type in lakeoftheoaks.net into their internet browser, were getting an "under construction" message.
Not sure what that's about. When typing www.lakeoftheoaks.net, the site comes up fine. So I spoke to the domain host today and I changed some DNS settings to hopefully fix that. Just to let you know that I don't put "under construction" messages up in place of the site.
Remember, I do this for free and you get what you pay for. :-)
Bob Bergman puts A LOT of time and effort into maintaining a current map of the lake property and who owns what. He provided me with an updated one last weekend and I posted it on the NEWS/INFORMATION page.
As of today, there are only 3 cabins/houses available for sale. We have new owners in the former Knapp house across from the Nobles. The Davis house also sold, it's at the southwest end of the lake. That leaves the beach house across from the beach, the Lucas cabins, and the Luna house. I heard there's one more unofficially for sale so I can't post anything on that one. Those are slim options for the coming Spring when we usually get some new owners at the lake. If anyone would like me to post something on the web site or the Facebook site, please send me a message.
I made some changes to the navigation bar up top. You can now get to the New/Information by clicking on it. It will not drop down into a menu any longer. Each page has it's own place on the navigation bar. It was a little confusing before and people would email or comment that they couldn't find the maps, etc. It should be much easier now.
I update the Facebook page frequently. In order to get the same info on the web page I have to make an entry at both locations. Time doesn't really allow that, sorry. So, for the documents and operations of the lake association, I put most of that content just on the website, for a place of reference. All of the recent social type posts go to Facebook.
It's good to know at least 2 or 3 people visit the website regularly. I received a couple of emails about the website being down. I took the opportunity to clean up old material and try to consolidate what I've got left. Weebly is a nice web editor but it has it's limits and as they put out new tools it takes some time to read up on them. I've got to do a little more homework and may take the site down again for a short period of time.
What gets repetitive is trying to put the same information on the website AND Facebook. There's a feature in here that is supposed to let me post something here and then it automatically posts it to a Facebook page as long as you have the relationship set up. So far I can only set up a relationship with my personal Facebook page and not the LOTO Facebook page. Once I accomplish that it will make posting so much easier. I know a few people (Sr. Pendejo) that don't do Facebook. I want to keep those folks up to date as well.
I'm going to keep working on it this week and we'll see what happens.
The Labor Day weekend events will take place on September 5th. There is a carry-in dinner starting at 5:00 pm at the clubhouse. Please bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Bill Davis will be preparing barbeque pork, always a favorite. A raffle will be held and you are invited to bring donations for the raffle as well.
Years ago when I was looking for a lake front cabin I stumbled across a realtor ad for Lake of the Oaks. There was nothing on the web about our lake.
Everything had to be learned by chasing people down and making phone calls. I couldn't believe that in the age of the Internet, information about the lake was left in the Stone Age. I decided to do something about that when I became an owner.
Always interested in technology, I enjoy providing information and updates to fellow owners and prospects. Please let me know if its working.