Current & Past Newsletters
It has now been over a year since we last held a TLPOA membership meeting or social event including our annual Beach Party. And while our future event schedule remains clouded due to continued health department restrictions and guidelines, your TLPOA Board has decided to hold a virtual ZOOM gathering for our Spring membership meeting. This will allow the Board to review our ongoing projects and events with our membership and allow you as members to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. This meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 29th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this past year has certainly curtailed many of our TLPOA activities, membership meetings, and social events particularly. But I can assure you the following priorities continued through 2020 per our mission of maintaining the quality of our lakes: • Upgrade and continued operation of our East Twin Aeration System • Ongoing treatments of the Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) invasive species on West Twin • Water Clarity and water quality monitoring through the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) While an improving pandemic situation is expected this coming year, it remains questionable if we will be back to normal anytime soon. Your TLPOA Board views communication with our TLPOA membership as extremely important....
Tom Conquest will take over as the new president. Over the past few years or so, Tom has been the lead coordinating our EWM (Eurasian watermilfoil) management program. He also served as secretary. He’s done an outstandingf or our association and I’m excited to have him as our new president...
The November newsletter marks the issue when we begin requesting dues and donations for the coming year. Dues and recommended donations remain unchanged from last year. I hope we can count on your continued support and generosity. I would ask one additional thing from membership and that is if you are aware of someone new to our lakes, please help to welcome them to this great community and share the fact that we have an association that might be worth joining. We always have extra newsletters and if you let us know, I’ll be glad to mail them one...
I want to thank all of you for practicing safe physical distancing, for wearing masks in public places, and most of all, for respecting the wishes of those who have had to pull back from doing certain things in order to stay safe. Lewiston, Michigan and our beautiful lakes will continue to be that unbelievably special place where so many wonderful memories are created. On behalf of your Board of Directors, we thank you for your generosity and support. If you know someone new to the lake, consider introducing them to TLPOA and share this newsletter with them. The TLPOA Board has continued to meet via conference calls this summer and will continue to support those projects that help to keep our lakes healthy and safe for generations to come.
No one can predict with certainty how our lives will change after we get through these difficult times. All of us, without prejudice, have been reminded that the health and safety of our loved ones and all those we hold dear is, and should be, Priority Number One.
We know our lifestyles will have to adjust. Some call it “the new normal”, or “new abnormal”. The fact is: we are just beginning to learn what will likely change forever, or at least for the foreseeable future. Some will find many of the changes disheartening, to say the least. While that may all be true, one thing is for certain: we will continue to be blessed with many wonderful times the life on these two beautiful lakes provides.
I’d like to thank all of you that renewed your TLPOA memberships for 2020. With the suspension of requesting contributions to the EWM (Eurasian Water Milfoil) fund in 2020, there has been an increase in the number of folks choosing to become Lake Stewards. These additional dollars go into our General Fund and cover all our expenses except those for the Aeration and EWM Treatment Programs.
Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
This issue will include:
2020 membership dues structure.
an overview of the financial review conducted in October.
an update on our treatments of Eurasian Watermilfoil on West
An overview the recent upgrades to the aeration system on East
an update on a proposal to adopt a septic tank ordinance in Albert
plans regarding the retention pond in Lewiston.
recommended changes to the TLPOA by-laws.
I wanted to also thank Twin Lakes Marina for the fireworks show and remind everyone that donations from our members help fund this event. If you are interested, stop by the Twin Lakes Marina and make a donation for 2020.
The Fourth of July Boat Parades set records for the number of boats on both lakes.
The Beach Party was held on July 13. There was a good turnout for the event and many kids of various ages participated in the games.
Please enjoy the rest of your summer and most importantly, always think about the safety of your friends and family in all the wonderful lake activities that exist for us...
I would like to invite you to attend the upcoming Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 25 at the Lewiston Elementary School. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and donuts available at 8:30 a.m. This is our annual business meeting which usually lasts an hour or so.
We will also have a representative from Restorative Lake Sciences in attendance. RLS is the company that conducted last year’s water clarity study. We respect the fact that your time is important, and as such, we try to keep this meeting to one hour, so you can be out to enjoy the weekend. PLEASE JOIN US...
We’re midway through winter in Northern Michigan. This season is featuring record setting wind chill temperatures and more than two feet of snow on the ground. The snow is a blessing to so many, but not sure I can say the same about a minus 40 wind chill.
I want to thank all our members who renewed their TLPOA memberships for 2019. Your donations make protecting the health of our lakes possible. If you haven’t renewed your membership, or you are a new property owner, please consider joining the TLPOA. By the way, I keep being reminded to tell everyone, your donations are tax deductible...
This past month, we celebrated our nation’s 241st year since declaring our independence! We did so with our closest friends, with our families, with great food and drink, and all while enjoying bonfires and fireworks!
I hope you all agree, summer in Lewiston has been outstanding so far. The car show, beach party, boat parades, fireworks on the lakes have been as enjoyable as ever.
How fortunate we are to be in this beautiful place...
The days are getting longer and each day the shadows grow shorter. Many of our neighbors are enjoying warmer days somewhere far below the 45th parallel. While it may seem quiet here in Lewiston this time of year, the TLPOA Executive Board is not in hibernation, for sure. Last month, we welcomed the addition of our newest Board member, Jim Morphey. Jim and his wife Margie are newcomers on East Twin this past year. Jim is going to be an excellent addition to our Board.
There are three important issues the Board has been focusing on...
Hoping this newsletter finds everyone safe, healthy and happy. By now, the boats are winterized and the docks are sitting somewhere on shore settled in for the colder days that lie ahead.
As the calendar year 2017 draws to a close, our financial status is on solid ground. Thanks to your generosity, the same is true for the two restricted funds used exclusively for Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) treatment on West Twin and the Aeration Program on East Twin. Additionally, in September, we applied for and received a $2,000 grant from Montmorency County for our fight against EWM...
Having lived on the lake full time for the past seven years, I am now convinced there is something sinister occurring to the calendar. It’s like a Twilight Zone episode. The months in which we have our boats in the water fly by, while those months when the boats are in storage sort of drag on. Rod Serling may have lived in Ithaca New York, but it seems his ghost is camped out someplace on one of our lakes.
All kidding aside, our summers do fly by. We have to consciously remind ourselves to appreciate every moment as it occurs. Whether it’s that first cup of coffee sitting out on the deck watching the lake come to life, or that cocktail you enjoy around 5 pm on a Sunday afternoon as a busy weekend’s lake activities wind down...