*Lake de-watering will begin Monday morning, July 28: Please remove all water craft from the water edge and beaches by then.
Kudos to the many volunteers, who chopped, cooked, served meals, catered, hauled, sliced, collected, cheered, sweat and in general gave so much of themselves to make the July 5th celebration so fantastic. There are too many great and giving folks to name, but each one of you helped to make it a holiday weekend to remember. Thanks to all of the generous folks for tips which helped raise $1200 for the day of July 5th!!! What a wonderful community we have!
A Toast: Many of you were not present at the July 5th early morning breakfast “gin fizz” toast given by Mike Dahl in honor of our good friends Lynn and Jim Jackson. Jim and Lynn have been the chief Cookout hosts and laborers for many years. Jim is in ill health and Lynn has been at his side through a very tough illness, which is ongoing. They “were” and “are” greatly missed by their close friends and the Lake Madrone Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue to face this challenge.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND Dinner/Dance (Saturday, August 30th at Ski Beach.)
6:30pm-7:45pm Community Potluck
The Lake will be empty during our Labor Day celebration and it will be difficult to anticipate attendance at our BBQ dinner activity. THEREFORE WE ARE CHANGING THE DINNER PLAN TOA COMMUNITY POTLUCK (without burgers and hotdogs). Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert that will serve the number of people from your family attending the meal. In this way we will have enough food for everyone. Paper plates, plastic ware, napkins, salt and pepper and cups will be provided. Water will be available so please bring any additional beverages your family may prefer. There will be NOCOST; however, a tip basket will be available to help with the cost of the DJ.
8pm-11pm:Dance with DJ Lenny.
Berry Creek Berry Festival: Saturday, August 9th 10am-4pm, Berry Creek, at the Grange.
The Berry Festival is a large community fund-raising event for Berry Creek. You will experience an entire day of entertainment, craft booths, pie sales and also ice cream and pie by the plate. There are sales of jams and jellies, homemade food goods and quilts and many other items for purchase which are also locally made. Shade and misters are provided in order to keep us all cool. Don’t miss this colorful gathering!!
BITS FROM THE BOARD:
Pipe Repair at the Dam: Our water outlet pipe going through the dam has deteriorated over many years. The State of California Department of Dam Safety is requiring that we fix the leaking pipe this year! The Board has been working for 2 years to collect the required environmental reports, engineering and now finally obtained a contractor to get the project done late this summer. The project will require the lake to be lowered, Monday, July 28th to allow work at the base of the dam.
· Please remove all watercraft from the lakeside and beaches and return them to you property by Sunday afternoon, July 27th. Winter rains will eventually refill the lake. (Work on the inlet cleaning and grooming of the beaches may take place at the same time or shortly after the pipe repair, depending on available funds). Watercrafts chained to trees at the beaches are in the way of the work and are subject to vandalism.
Drought and Water Conservation: The ongoing drought is affecting Lake Madrone ground water to some extent. Ground water levels in wells which are monitored monthly are slowly dropping. This is a “trend” not a “disaster” however, we are all being asked to REDUCE our water use as much as possible and minimize yard watering. Please repair any leaking water lines or faucets ASAP. Please voluntarily conserve water wherever you can. The State is asking the LMWD to demonstrate a 20% reduction in water usage this year.
Fire Prevention: Extreme fire conditions exist in the forest at this time. Atcommunity members’ request the LMWD Board voted to close the Ski Beach firepit for campfires until fire season is over.
Please do any yard work early in the morning to avoid creating sparks which could ignite a fire.
Do you have a plan if you were asked to evacuate? For information on how to prepare for an event of a forest fire please contact Dennis Nay at 864-7927 or visit the Berry Creek Fire Safe Council web site at www.Berry CreekCA.org.
Landscaping Committee. The History Wall project at Ski Beach is nearing completion. Contact Robert Rogers in if you want to purchase a brick and have it engraved for the wall. There are only 8 bricks left for purchase. Phone (530) 589-3031.
Photos to Share: Lake Madrone has a number of talented photographers, and a few of us who get a lucky shot once in a while. If you would like to share any photos on the Lake Madrone Bark please email the pictures to Teresa Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate you for sharing your talents!
Address Book and Phone Directory: Teresa Singleton and Nancy Beers have volunteered to compile a “Lake Madrone Neighbors” address/email/phone directory for individuals who would like to share information so they can keep in touch throughout the year. Participation is strictly voluntary and will be used for Lake Madrone residents only. Contact Teresa at her email address, email@example.com.