I cannot believe that Labor Day is here already – the summer seems to have whizzed by in a blur. I hope that all had a safe and enjoyable summer. It was good to see participation in the various community activities this summer, which included the Lake Coalition Poker Run Fundraiser, 15th Annual Kids Fishing Derby, Hello Summer Community Get Together, Brad & Bonnie’s Community Celebration, Light Up the Night Lake Party, Monthly Association Meetings, Neighborhood Watch Meeting, and the Take Pride in your Community Clean-up Days. I’d like to thank everyone who donates their free time assisting the Association on various projects around the lake. A special thank you to those who participated in the August 11 Clean-Up Day. We managed to get a lot accomplished, the group worked on:

·         Adding fill to the roads where needed and smoothing it out

·         Cutting grass and foliage at the bridge and pavilion.

·         Weed whacking and clearing overgrown vines at Arden Park and Lake Pointe View.

·         Posting of “No Swimming” signs.

·         Cutting vegetation at some mailboxes and stop signs and applying weed killer.

All in all, a full day of work thanks to the following volunteers: Bobby Phillips, Dominic Frabotta, Ron Burr, Norman Brackins, Gary Gibson, Neschell Davis, Karl Schank, Don Karpuk, Andrew Klotzhuber, Nathanial Jock, Milton Hill, lunch was provided by Babette Sullivan, Charlene Hughes and Linda Davis. Thank you to Mike Urban and Bobby Phillips for the use of their equipment.

Your Board is committed to constantly looking for ways to make our community better. With that in mind we are hoping to have a Strategic Planning Session by end of the summer. We welcome any member who can offer us a suggestion on how we can improve our community.

We are looking forward to 2019 and are asking you to submit your proposal of what you would like to see accomplished and ideas on how to accomplish it. We welcome ideas that would enhance all our experiences in the Shay Lake community. One of the biggest problems we have been trying to tackle for several years is how to clean up the weeds and debris in the canal with our limited funds and resources. Come and be our community hero …. Help us figure this out.

Just a reminder that on Sept. 18 the Shay Lake Road Bridge is scheduled to be closed for replacement, alternative routes will be required.

 

    Garfield Hughes, III