President’s Letter

President’s Letter, as of September 12, 2015

I hope everyone has had a great summer at the lake.  Truly a Minnesota tradition.  The weather has been beautiful and we seem to be lucky enough in the rain category to keep the lawn green and gardens watered without any bad storms as of yet.  The lake does not appear to be as green or weedy as in previous years, maybe the treatments have helped along with the weather.  Soon it will be the time to take the boats and docks out and get the snowmobiles and ice fishing houses ready for winter.  Hopefully we will have snow again this winter and the ice will freeze early so we can all have fun and enjoy a Minnesota winter season.
For all you snowbirds, you will be heading for places warmer for the winter and miss out on the beauty of the change of seasons.
By the time you receive this CROSSINGS we will have released our Wishing Lanterns on Labor Day Weekend.  Even though we were not able to have this event as a fund raiser, residents who took it upon themselves, released a lantern or two to celebrate the end of another great summer on the lake.  Thanks to Mary Kay for her effort in this event.
All the usual activities were able to be held again this year.  We had our Senior Outing at Lakeside and the root beer floats went over very well.  Calliope, a women’s chorus, entertained the seniors again this year.  If you get a chance to hear them in concert it
will be worth the experience.
Freedom Fest was a great fun event.  Thanks to the members who helped out at our booth.  Lots of burgers and hot dogs were served and we made about $700.00 for the Scholarship Program.  Eleven boats and pontoon participated in the Boat Parade and all who participated had a good time and the residents on shore were out in force to wave us on.  The winner was the Delroy Schafer family, they had won last year also and they have two tickets to the Dinner Dance waiting for them.
Thanks to all the many members who worked the CLA Pine County Fair Booth for the Association.  The weather was great and our booth was very busy handing out brochures on water quality issues, shore land restoration, boating and
fishing guides, and a host of other areas of interest to the residents who live in this area.  The drawing was won by Nick Goulet, the wooden bird house, Megan and Luke Laing, the yard darts and bird house, and Bill Casby’s Grandson, the smore basket.   We were able to sell a few hats and weed rakes and display our water quality work.
During the Fair we also participated in the Fair Parade.  Thanks go to Dave and Barb Videen and Lois and Ron Levin for all their hard work in cleaning up and decorating
Levin’s pontoon, taking out and putting the pontoon back in the lake and driving our parade entry and to Diane Wilbert for helping hand out candy to all the little kiddies along the parade route.  We are also grateful to our Scholarship winner for riding
in our Pontoon for the Parade.
The Annual Golf Outing with the Pokegama Lake Association had 50 golfers this year and the day was perfect.  Everyone who golfed went home with a prize and a good time was had by all.
Your Water Quality Team has done some testing again this summer.  The testing started late because of the late ice out and the delays in putting out docks and pontoons.  So far we have tested in late June and hope to go out one more time this summer. Jerry Trent will have data for you to see at the Membership Meeting on the 19th.  We have had to pay for this testing out of our CLA funds again this year as there was no grant money available but we felt this testing was vital in our efforts to document changes in our waterways and identify problem areas.  As always we are attempting to find solutions and help for any problems we encounter.  We have been very encouraged by work done by Soil and Water to get some projects started on the North end of  Cross Lake.  Jerry Trent is working with engineers to come up with a plan to help in this effort.
Don’t forget our Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 19th at the American Legion in Pine City at 9:00 a.m.  This is an important meeting where we vote on the officers and directors for next year and we need a quorum in order to do this voting.
Come and have a roll, coffee, and juice and see what we have done this year, what we want to do next year and vote on the candidates of your choice.
Also in September on the 26th  is our Annual Dinner/Dance/Silent Auction at the American Legion in Pine City starting at an earlier hour of 5:00 p.m., by the request of all us old people who like to get to bed early.  The theme this year is back to the 60’s and 70’s.  We are going to try a new activity this year at the Dinner Dance, a pie auction.  We are looking at all you good cooks out there to donate a pie for this event in support of our scholarship program so come and support area youth.
Thanks to all the members who contribute with their time, support, and money to Water Quality and our great Social Events.
Without you there would be no Association.
Judy Yorston, President,
The Cross Lake Association of Pine County

Judy Yorston, President,

The Cross Lake Association of Pine County