End of an Era: As many of you know our very special Bodil passed away
suddenly on February 12th at Oroville Hospital. Bodil
leaves us after 39 years of dedicated service and profound commitment
to Lake Madrone and its residents. Her depth of knowledge, physical
strength and endurance, and ability to adapt to very difficult
situations still amazes us all!
We will gather to remember Bodil at a
cocktail party on Saturday, May 27th, at 4pm, at the Ski
Beach area. You are encouraged to bring a hors d’oeuvre to share
and drink of your choice so that we can toast Bodil and share
endearing memories of our time with her, as well as some of our
unique interactions with Bodil. This is to be a celebration of a life
“well lived” and toasts to a person with incredible determination
and strength of character.
The community work day on
Sunday May 28th has been renamed in honor of Bodil: It is
now titled the “Bodil Memorial Community Work Day”
and will be extended from a half day event to an entire day in the
effort to complete some special projects which will honor her memory
and help our community recover from a very rough winter season.
Corner” in this newsletter for further information about
Memorial Day Activities
Saturday, May 27th,
9:30am, LMWD Board Meeting at the Ski Beach.
Saturday, May 27th,
4pm at the Ski Beach Area: Tribute to Bodil cocktail party,
toasts and sharing memories. Please bring a hors d’oeuvre
to share and drink of your choice for toasts to Bodil. You will be
encouraged to share any fond or funny memories of times you shared
Sunday, May 28, 9am-4 pm,
the Bodil Memorial Community Work Day. Hotdog
luncheon will be provided for work volunteers following the work
The length of our work day has
been extended to honor Bodil and in an attempt to complete many
outstanding projects. A list of these projects and the name of the
team leader for each project is being compiled.
Independence Day Weekend
Saturday, July 1st,
Activities: breakfast, parade and games, horseshoes, BBQ and dance.
Patsy Oxford (“P-Ox”) has graciously volunteered to be our dance
DJ for a second time! She did a fantastic job last year and we are
lucky to have her volunteer again. Patsy will be collecting your
music requests prior the July activities!
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, September 2nd,
Potluck dinner and dance with DJ “P-Ox”!
BITS FROM THE BOARD:
LMWD Officers for 2017:
President, Jess Vickery; Vice-Chair, Tim Beers; Secretary, Mike
Sanford; Treasurer, Tim Casillas. Dennis Nay has resigned from the
Board and is temporarily filling the maintenance position due to
Bodil’s passing. The Board has begun to assess the type of
position and job description for a future maintenance technician and
will use the next few months to bring ideas into focus while
completing several very large projects. Dennis Nay is coordinating
four large projects at the lake and communicating via email with
Board members on a daily basis informing them of the status on each
project. He is also helping to identify what the District’s needs
might be as we move forward following Bodil’s passing.
ROUGH WINTER AT THE LAKE:Hillside slump: A
significant hillside “slip out” has occurred on Lakeside Way on
the south side of the Lake. This occurred during the first of the
season’s heavy saturating rains. Repairs began 3/13/17 and are
well on the way to completion. Until repairs are completed, access
to Lake Madrone properties around the lake is through gate #2.
Trees downed: 12 large
trees have fallen under wet and very windy conditions. The majority
of trees lost are ponderosa pine. Justin Rowles of Rowles Logging is
taking the trees for us: the removal process began 3/9/17. He will
return two weeks later to take the remaining fallen trees.
Broken water lines at
Lakeside Way: 2 large pine trees fell on Lakeside Way near the
intersection of Apple Hill Circle. The roots of one tree lifted and
fractured a significant district 4” water line. The line has been
repaired and the line thoroughly flushed.
A second large 6”
water line was broken during tree removal on Apple Hill Circle.
Residents were without running water over night. The line was
repaired, flushed, and water delivery to homes was achieved by noon
the following day.
removal: Channel cleanouts on Berry Creek and Galen Creek
will be extensive this year due to the large amount of sediment
washed down during heavy winter rains. The Board is working this
into the overall sediment removal plan. Excavation in Galen Creek is
taking place now; however water flows are too high to work on Berry
Creek at this time.
“Muck Removal” is a
suction-type of silt removal technique the Board is planning to
utilize in areas where previously used excavating equipment could not
reach. This process will begin in April.
Replacement of Water Tanks.
The two aging redwood water tanks at our well site on Star Road are
in the process of being replaced with two steel tanks. This project
will be completed by late spring and does not affect water delivery
to cabins/homes. The steel tanks have been manufactured and the
company is waiting for a break in the wet weather for demolition of
the old tanks and placement of the two new 15 thousand gallon steel
Grant Status for Repairs to Dam
Outlet Pipe: Lake Madrone Water District was awarded the
grant funds to reimburse expenses incurred in 2015 during the
mandatory repair of the outlet pipe. The Board has not yet received
the funds from the government.
Speed Limit Change: The
speed limit on all Lake Madrone roads has been reduced to 10mph
as a result of residents’ input. New signage will be posted soon.
Security Gates: Gates #2
and #3 have had some operational issues this winter. Gate #2 will be
serviced soon to correct the problem of “partial” opening. Gate
#3 is being evaluated for replacement by the Board. Gate #3 has
served us well for many years but is worn out, however, the District
has many expenses this year so its operation will be monitored and
the item left on the Board agenda for further consideration.
Chipper Program: The free
chipper service will be at Lake Madrone area this spring and is
available to you by calling Ron Sanford at 589-1034 to schedule, or
you can call the Butte County Fire Safe Council at 877-0984. Make
your calls as soon as possible to insure that you can take advantage
of this free service.
Your brush needs to
be stacked with the butt-end facing toward the road in a pile no
higher than 4 feet tall. The pile must be accessible via vehicle and
the chips will be blown back onto your property or chipped into a
pile that you may deal with as you choose. There may be a
second chipper visit to Lake Madrone before the summer fire season.
No Bear Club: Ron
Sanford is our local “Garbage Guru”. If you would like to
participate in this local service you can contact him at:
(530)589-1034. The combination to the garbage club bin was change in
Dal Darracq: It is with
sadness that I report the passing of Dal Darracq this winter. The
Darracq family has had a cabin on Berry Creek for many, many years.
Mr. Darracq loved Lake Madrone very much. He particularly enjoyed
walking around the lake with his wife and family, socializing at
community events, and spending time at his cabin appreciating the
beauty and sound of Berry Creek. Those of us lucky enough to know Dal
will miss his gentle smile, sense of humor, and warm greeting; he
will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.
Bodil Krueger (Keech):
Bodil was born in Denmark and is survived by a sister living in
Bodil worked and
lived at Lake Madrone for 39 years. She started as an apprentice
working with Fred Danz who was the previous Grounds Keeper. Bodil
developed her role over the years to include management of the entire
water system; all grounds maintenance, as well as coordinator of
services needed from vendors outside the lake perimeter. Many of
these vendors have expressed sadness and surprise at her passing and
offered high praise for Bodil’s performance over the years they had
contact with her. Bodil’s physical strength and endurance and her
unique ability to solve problems have always amazed our residents!
She often worked from early morning until dark, 7 days a week unless
she took a break to go to the Farmer’s Market in Chico or Oroville.
The word “vacation” was not in her vocabulary however there were
a few trips to San Francisco to visit family and friends. Bodil
could use every kind of yard maintenance equipment, including chain
saws, and knew exactly the correct valve size, pipe fitting or
coupling needed to solve a water line problem!
each and every residence and would notify the owner if she noted a
problem: She was often part the solution!
Bodil’s love for
Lake Madrone was profound as we could see in her commitment to caring
for the lake and its residents for so many years. Her passing is a
great loss to our community and she will surely be missed for many
years to come.
Next LMWD Board
Meeting: Saturday, March 25th,
9:30am, 2017, at 380 Lakeside Way.
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