LMWD Board of
Directors: Jess Vickory President; Roger
Hodges, Vice-President; Tim Beers, Secretary; Roger Williams,
Treasurer; and Michael Camodeca as board member.
New Lake Madrone
Maintenance Supervisor: Mr. Geoff Rennie
is the new Maintenance Supervisor for Lake Madrone as of January 2nd,
2018. Geoff’s wife, Donna, has been a vacation resident at the
lake for many years. Geoff and Donna have been living in the Auburn
area for several years prior to moving to Lake Madrone. They are both
very happy about relocating to Lake Madrone.
Geoff has many skills
that qualify him to care for the Lake water system and landscape
needs of our community. He leaves Recology, (of Auburn), after 29
successful years of employment with that company.
has an extensive history as an elementary school teacher prior to
this move to Lake Madrone.
very fortunate to have two such capable and willing new residents
working for the district and joining our community. Geoff and Donna
are both energetic and enthusiastic individuals who have many fun
ideas for community activities which they would like to share with
We would all like to
offer a big “thank you” to DennisNay for his
willingness to act as temporary maintenance person last February when
Bodil passed away. The winter of 2017 was very rough for the
grounds, roads, and water system at our lake. Dennis successfully
met these challenges with patience, persistence, and the help of
several local contractors and property owners who pitched in to help
SCHEDULE for 2018
Activities Saturday, May 26th,
9:30am, LMWD Board Meeting
at the Ski Beach.
Sunday, May 27,
9am-12 pm, Community Work Day.
Hotdog luncheon will be provided for work volunteers following the
Weekend Saturday, July
7th, Activities: breakfast, parade and
games, horseshoes, BBQ and dance.
Patsy Oxford has graciously again volunteered to be our
dance DJ! She has done a fantastic job in the past and we are lucky
to have her do this for us again. Patsy will be looking forward to
collecting your music requests prior the July activities!
Labor Day weekend Saturday, September
1st, Potluck dinner and dance.
Patsy as our DJ too!
Polar Bear Plunge Tuesday, January 1st,
at 12 noon at Ski Beach; bring your own refreshment. Bonfire will
BITS FROM THE BOARD
Board President, Jess Vickory, has worked throughout the winter
months in communication with FEMA. It appears that we are very close
to being awarded the money desperately need for sediment removal.
Jess has also kept in touch with Clean Harbors, which is the
contractor the Board selected for our project. The goal is to begin
work as early as March 1st
if all details can be worked out. The main goal is to have the work
completed before June1st so that the Lake can be used by residents.
Clean Harbors will need to be in the Lake for at least 2 weeks once
the operation is started.
remain patient with the equipment and work process.
Grant Status for
Repairs to Dam Outlet Pipe. Lake Madrone
Water District was awarded grant funds to reimburse our expenses
incurred in 2015 during the mandatory repair of the outlet pipe. The
Board has received a promise of “delivery of funds” in the very
last fall: Channel cleanouts on Berry
Creek and Galen Creek took place last fall. Trucking removal of the
sand piles on the lawn (near the white bridge) will be delay until
the lawn dries out enough for trucks to drive on it without sinking.
Please be patient with the mess.
The Raymond Family has generously donated and installed a “book
exchange box” at the base of their driveway. This is called a
“Lending Library” and allows neighbors to exchanged books freely
and recycle book they have already read. Enjoy! Thanks Raymond
No Bear (Garbage)
Club: Donna Rennie is our new “Garbage
Guru”. She has relieved Ron Sanford of the accounting and
secretarial aspects of the job.
Thanks to Ron for creating this wonderful service which has helped
our community remain beautiful and free of strewn trash due to bear
has already solved a minor garbage-related problem by ordering small
red/green magnets for the bins! These magnets attach to the metal
ring on the lid of each bin: “Green” means there is room left in
the bin for your use; if the magnet is red then the bin is “full’.
If you are the last to add to the bin and the bin is “full”,
then please flip the magnet to the “red” side and attach to the
mental ring, indicating that there is no more room in that particular
bin. If you would like to participate in the No Bear Club please
contact Donna at: (530) 589-1597.
The recent goal of this committee was to introduce more color in our
local foliage. Four new trees have been planted by the members of
this committee. Two of the trees are Sierra Redwoods; one tree is a
Red Oak, while the fourth tree is a Scarlet Maple. Three blue star
Ceanothus plants and two native Fuchsias’ were also planted at the
area immediately above the History Wall.
We are sad to report that this gregarious and friendly neighbor
passed away suddenly last fall, at the age of 57 years. Garth was a
long time resident of Oroville and Lake Madrone, with deep family
history in the area. He was very successful in his field of
construction and frequently volunteered for work projects which
benefited our community. He would often refuse reimbursement for his
time and materials when working for our community. Garth’s broad
smile and wonderful laugh will be deeply missed by his many friends,
family members, and Lake Madrone family.
Beers: It is with deep regret that we
share the news of the passing of our friend and neighbor, on December
11, 2017. Mike and his family have spent many years at Lake Madrone.
Mike and his brothers were a profound part of our childhood summers
and teen years at the Lake, since the 1950’s! Mike developed many
close and lasting relationships over his lifetime being raised in
Gridley and then moving to Carmichael during his college and adult
years. His residence most recently was in Oroville. Mike was always
a gentle spirit, with a kind heart, and a loyal friend to many: He
will be missed.
The Beers Family is
hosting a “Celebration of Life” gathering at Ski Beach, 11:30am,
Saturday, June 2nd,
2018. This memorial will include horseshoes and a barbeque. If you
are planning to attend please contact Tim Beers at (916) 704-0839.
It is very helpful to have a headcount prior to this type of
It is with great sadness that we
share the passing of Florence Muccigrosso Fowler, a long time member
of our Lake Madrone community. Florence’s father, Steve
Toland, built their cabin at the end of Cedar Path in 1932. She and
her identical twin, Frances, spent most of their lives at their
beloved lake; hiking to the falls, horseback riding, swimming morning
and night or in the snow, and even ice skating on frozen waters.
They brought husbands to "Tolanda" and spent summers there
with their children. Florence's children, Suzann, Michael, Stephanie
and Kathleen (who passed away in May, 2017) continue to maintain
"Tolanda". Her grandchildren, Todd and Thomas have the
Owczarzak cabin, and Teresa has the log cabin where Grama Florence
spent her later years on the deck telling stories of the "old
days.” Florence would have celebrated her 100th birthday on April
Next LMWD Meeting:
Saturday, March 24th,
9:30am, 2018. Location: Hodges residence (Hunt Cabin), 6 Path In the
Woods, which is the circle at the top of Cedar Path.
Lake Madrone Bark:
Kathy Burlington-Nay, (530) 570-1299.
of the Lake Madrone Bark: To receive the Bark
directly to your email please contact Teresa Singleton at:
No Bear Garbage
Club: Donna Rennie: (530) 589-1597.
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