The first ice over of Silver Lake this season didn’t happen until January 2016. The picture was sent via the website from a lake resident. She captured the beauty of this winter season. So spectacular!
What a difference a day makes. Geese are now flying onto a frozen sheet of ice on this day of January 5th, 2016. This is the first time this year the lake has ice. Warmer weather predicted but it won’t be long before those ice fishermen will be here and the geese gone!
*** Friendly Reminder*** With all the leaves falling from the trees and blowing on the ground at this time of the year, the SLA asks to please help to do your part by picking up the leaves so they do not end up in the lake. Anything we can do to help the water quality of Silver Lake is appreciated and this is a very simple task anyone can do. We thank you in advance for your help with this matter.
The membership of the SLA should keep a lookout for our winter newsletter being mailed to you sometime in late January 2016. If you do not receive yours please contact the SLA or your Tract Director to update your address. This issue of the winter newsletter will have a form so the whole family, together, can join other lake residents that will sign a pledge to help keep Silver Lake clean and safe.
Mark Emmerson – President of SLA
The SLA attended the FOLA meeting in October finding the information interesting and useful. The Moderator was Don Cook (wife Elaine – Past SLA President) that were SLA Board members for 10 years in the 1990s. The minutes were taken and distributed by Recording Secretary Lorraine Strum, (Secretary of SLA for 10 years in the 1990s). Their dedication to Water Quality is appreciated by all of us. The link attached with this post are the minutes of this meeting.
In an earlier post we congratulated the Rando Family and the Vrooman Family for being this year’s HOD Award Co-winners. Here are the pictures of the beautiful landscapes on their properties and the criteria they followed to help preserve Silver Lake.
From curb appeal to lake side appeal and everything in between, the judges look for how the property owners on their own (no contracted work is allowed), have gardens which have soil holding capabilities and use environmental practices, (using fertilizers with “0” phosphorous, as an example).
The Rando Family have owned this property since 1976. They do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on the lawn or plants. Watering and mulch to retain the moisture works best. Lots of TLC goes into taking care of the over 40 different bulbs, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The garden has constant color from early spring to fall.
The Vrooman Family have owned this property since 1998. The 1/2 acre property has old growth trees and many soil retaining perennials. They have added plantings over the years for a wider variety of plant species. They now have over 60 different trees, shrubs, and perennials. The annuals are planted in pots and window boxes. A goal of their plantings is to keep their landscape as close to nature as possible. They use phosphate free fertilizer once a year on the lawn and does not apply within 50 feet of the lake shore. No chemical pesticides are used.
Both families buy plants from local shops to keep plantings native to this area.
Rando Family Landscapes
Chapters of the SLA history are now posted on this website under the tab “SLA History”. Enjoy reading these chapters as you learn how dedicated the volunteers of this lake community were throughout the years (1961 – present). If anyone would have a story to share about the history of the SLA, please write in under the “comments form” page.
The 2014 FX Browne Report for Silver Lake is now displayed on the Water Quality page of our website. For your convenience we have divided the report 3 ways; 1) The Report Summary; 2) The Presentation Delivered to the Commissioning Municipality; 3) and the Complete 2014 FX Browne Report. If anyone should have any questions regarding this report, contact us through the “Contact Form” associated with this website.