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BASS LAKE RIPPLES Volume 15 Summer 2013

LAKE DISTRICT OFFICERS

CHAIRMAN………………………...……..Roger Sell SECRETARY……………………………Dick Horneck TREASURER………………….……..Michelle Arlen LANGLADE CO. Rep…….….……Eugene Kamps BASS LAKE RIPPLES CO-EDITORS Dick & Carol Horneck 715-275-4359 or 608-698-8704 ************************************* ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Greater Bass Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Upham Town Hall at 3:00 P.M. This is your Lake District and your opportunity to be a part of how it is governed. Please try to attend if you can be in the area. The meetings are well run and stick to business and will not take that much of your afternoon. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: GREATER BASS LAKE PROTECTION & REHABILITATION DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING Saturday, August 3, 2013 – 3:00 P.M. Upham Town Hall, Highway B, Summit Lake, WI 1. Call to Order – Introduce Committee 2. Approve Minutes of 2012 Annual Meeting 3. Water Quality Report 4. Summit Lake Water Flow Issue & Forest Road Culvert Update 5. Treasurer’s Report and 2013-2014 Budget Approval with Proposed Tax Decrease 6. Election of new Commissioner 7. New Business 8. Adjourn WATER LEVELS There is a good deal of rejoicing in this area of the North Woods as our lakes have reached a wonderful level for all to enjoy. We all know these conditions vary from year to year in natural cycles, but we feel blessed. Regarding the "unnatural" forces that sometimes affect us, the following is a summary update: In February of 2010, Bradley Munger petitioned the DNR asking for a permit to place material on the bed of the East Branch of the Eau Claire River (the outlet from Summit Lake). The DNR held a public hearing on this matter, and the permit request was denied. The DNR’s denial was appealed. This resulted in a three day hearing where an Administrative Law Judge (A L J) called many expert and lay witnesses and reviewed nearly 100 exhibits related to the permit request and subsequent denial by the DNR. The A L J upheld the DNR’s decision to deny the permit request. Following this decision, Bradley Munger and the Summit Lake Association brought legal action against the DNR. Their position was that the DNR was wrong in denying the permit request. This action was later dismissed by the Courts. In addition to the legal action, Bradley Munger and the Summit Lake Association also petitioned the Langlade County Circuit Court to review the action and decision by the A L J where he upheld the DNR’s original denial of the permit request. On May 23, 2013, the Honorable Fred W. Kawalski affirmed the decision of the A L J. Judge Kawalski’s decision provides a detailed summary of the facts and findings related to this matter, and is available on the District’s web site. It appears that this issue, which has been dragging on for over 3 years, may finally be resolved. There has been a considerable amount of money and human resources contributed by the Bass Lake District and the Lake Association of Deepwoods, Waterpower, and Kettle Lakes (DWK Lake Association) to protect the natural flow of water and win these court battles. We need your continued commitment for future success. INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION – JULY 4TH Yes, we are back to the tradition of celebrating the 4th of July right on July 4th! The parade begins at 4:00 p.m., with boats lining up in the southern end of the lake. The Fireworks Show starts near dusk, with many people going out in their boats to watch near the usual Island shoot area. Others watch from shore. *NOTE- This year much of the show is being shot from 2 flatbed pontoons; if you are watching from a boat, keep plenty of distance between you and the flatbed pontoons near the island. However you choose to view this special evening, it is an amazing experience to enjoy. Paul Payant reports that this year’s show may be a bit shorter, but more colorful. If bad weather intervenes, rain date has been set for Friday, July 5th. Give generously when collectors call! CHANGE IN COMMISSIONER

Chairman Roger Sell appointed Dick Horneck to fill Jim Tripp’s unexpired term as Secretary, following Jim’s resignation. This position is scheduled to be filled by election at the annual meeting in August. Pete Resch, as the newly elected Town Chairman, is the Town of Upham Representative to our Lake Board. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! On behalf of all of us in the Greater Bass Lake P & R District we would like to thank the following: Roger Sell, Jim Tripp (and now Dick Horneck), and Michelle Arlen, our lake officers who meet and communicate throughout the year to plan for the best operation/organization of lake business, Larry Krause, for his diligent work with the difficult situation involving our water levels/changes, Our fellow lake lovers in the DWK Lake Association, who have worked hard with us in difficult times, Bob Arlen and helpers for doing our water samples for testing and placing and removing buoys seasonally, Gail Kestly and collectors who collect and record donations for the annual fireworks extravaganza, Paul Payant and crew (Pat McNeil, Scot Erickson, Todd Langseth, & Glenn Krivoshein) who have worked so hard to plan, assemble, and shoot the beautiful fireworks show, Dick and Carol Horneck, who, with this issue, reach 15 years of writing and distributing our Bass Lake Ripples and also produce our Bass Lake Neighborhood Directory, And to all good neighbors who are courteous to others on our lake and the roads around it, THANK YOU! WHO HAS SEEN THE LOONS? What a great surprise to learn we seem to have 2 families of loons on the lake this year. Now one has been spotted with a new little chick, and the other family has 2 babies! They are such beautiful creatures. Please use caution if you are lucky enough to spot the families out on the water; give them the space and peace they need to survive the season on our busy lake. COUNTRY CLUB OFFER Our lake association has received notice of a special offer to our area lake association members. You will receive 20% off regular rate for golf and cart (not valid with other specials, and subject to availability). You can sign up for other e-mail specials by replying to: generalmanager@basslakecc.com . Stop at pro shop or call (715) 623-6196 for questions or information on the summer Junior or Teen golf programs. ISLAND USE In spite of the downed trees on the island from the great wind of summer 2011, people enjoy the generosity of the Porters, who continue to share their island with their Bass Lake neighbors. The camping area is clear, and a newer dock is in place. The hoped for winter clearing of more downed trees did not materialize. The goal now is to at least be able to enjoy the walking trails on the island, but trees and brush make that difficult. How about a "Trail clearing work day"? Please give Ray and Dorothy Porter a call at (715) 623-0978 if you would be willing to help with sawing, moving brush, raking, etc.? If you visit and use the island, please treat the area respectfully, leaving it as clean or better than when you came, and remember you are their guests. WEBSITE Remember to check our website when you are looking for current information about the lake happenings. Go to "townofupham.org" and when you get to the home page you’ll see the option to click on Greater Bass Lake. Chairman Roger Sell posts lake news there for us. Check under "Notices" for the latest updates. REMINDERS: Next Town Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 2nd - 7:00 P.M. (Town meetings are the first Tuesday of the month. Show your support for the new Town Board by attending.) LAKE DISTRICT MEETING – Sat. Aug. 3r *************************************

ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Greater Bass Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Upham Town Hall at 3:00 P.M. This is your Lake District and your opportunity to be a part of how it is governed. Please try to attend if you can be in the area. The meetings are well run and stick to business and will not take that much of your afternoon. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

GREATER BASS LAKE PROTECTION & REHABILITATION DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING Saturday, August 11, 2012 – 3:00 P.M. Upham Town Hall, Highway B, Summit Lake, WI 1. Call to Order – Introduce Committee 2. Approve Minutes of 2011 Annual Meeting 3. Water Quality Report 4. Summit Lake Water Flow Issue & Forest Road Culvert Update 5. Treasurer’s Report and 2012-2013 Budget Approval with Proposed Tax Decrease 6. Election of new Commissioner 7. New Business 8. Adjourn

{ NAUTICAL & NICE NEWS } Greater Bass Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District WATER LEVELS Our area has been fortunate to receive generous amounts of rain this summer¸ more than 5 inches in June, and nearly 6 inches so far in July. We are lucky to see so much green in the area, when some parts of our state have farmers losing crops and homeowners with brown lawns. These conditions cycle out of our control, and our best advice is to enjoy what we have each day, including the nicer lake levels with which we are currently blessed.

NO BABY LOONS? That’s what many of us feared this year as we saw two Loons often swimming together, and no sign of a nest or baby. Some residents had reported a possible nesting site in the southernmost bay, but later it was not seen again, and there was speculation the heavy rains and higher water level might have resulted in a loss of the nest. At any rate, there was much joy later in June when, after a night of loud calling by the Loons, the pair was seen with a baby. Sometimes it was seen riding on the back of one, and sometimes swimming between Mom and Dad. Then came the scary times when we would spot them out fishing and both would dive, leaving the baby loon alone on the surface for a short time. We again ask that when you are out enjoying the lake on a boat or personal watercraft, please keep a reasonable distance away from the Loons so they can successfully raise this new young one. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy these magnificent birds on our lake.

SPEAKING OF BIRDS Some lake residents have reported problems with the geese that are spending time in the area this year. When visiting near homes, they left numerous deposits on lawns that were very unpleasant to deal with. If you see people near you feeding them, try to discourage it; many of you may remember some years back when we had problems with people getting swimmers’ itch from our lake water. It was said to possibly be linked to people feeding ducks and or geese that left large areas of shore very messy that season. It is better for many reasons to have our wildlife take care of their own food needs.

FOUR-LEGGED CRITTERS For those of you with smaller pets, be aware that foxes and wolves have at various times been spotted in the area. Be watchful when you are out with your animals, hopefully walking with a leash as required by Langlade County. For those of you with dogs, whatever size, please be mindful of neighbors and try to control barking, or bring dogs in as necessary to keep from disturbing your neighbors. Sound carries more around a lake; please keep that in mind and try to be considerate of others. Being considerate also means not leaving pet waste out in roadway areas where others may walk.

FIREWORKS…………WHEN? There was some uncertainty earlier in the season as to when our 4th of July Parade and Fireworks would take place. First we heard it would be the weekend before, and then on Independence Day as usual, with provisions for a rain date. It was finally set for July 4th, and we enjoyed a nice boat parade, however the high winds in the late evening caused problems with sparks starting fires on the island and the program was halted after several test shots. The Friday rain date was then called into play, with a beautiful show that was cut short before the Finale when severe weather threatened our area. Current plans are to save the Finale for next year. The date for our 2013 Independence Day Celebration will be announced as soon as the new crew meets and makes plans. Watch for news of it in the Spring Ripples or on our Website. Our thanks once again to Paul Payant and his crew for preparing the area with the added challenge of trees downed by a past storm, and then having to handle the product and set up several times – not an easy task. Paul is interested in passing on this job to a new crew, and they are looking for more volunteers. He is willing to help train and oversee the changeover. If you are interested in helping, please call Paul Payant at (715) 627-7120. Our collectors tried to reach all of you, but they are not always able to come back as many times as it may take to reach someone home at each place. Thanks to those of you who again gave generously, including some who mailed or dropped off contributions after you read the message left at your home. It is nice to see that kind of follow through. We hope more will rise to the occasion and send a check after you read this newsletter. We don’t want next year’s show to suffer after everyone worked so hard to bring you another great display this season. Thanks to Gail Kestly and the collection team for their efforts. If you would still like to contribute please send your check to Gail Kestly, W10766 Bass Lake Road, Deerbrook, WI 54424. Thank you!

DEFIBRILLATOR CLASS The next CPR/Defibrillator class will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00 A.M. at the Bass Lake Clubhouse. If you want to attend, please call Michelle Arlen at (715) 216-1004 by Sunday, August 12th to register. This class is free for Bass Lake residents. ISLAND USE In spite of the downed trees on the island mentioned earlier, many people continue to enjoy the generosity of the Porters, who continue to share their island with their Bass Lake neighbors. Once again we would just remind you to treat the area respectfully, leaving it as clean or better than when you came, and remember you are their guests. We all hope to be invited back each year, and we encourage you to be responsible guests so that can happen.

WEBSITE Your Commissioners would like to remind you to check our website when you are looking for current information about the lake happenings. Go to "townof upham.org" and when you get to the home page you’ll see the option to click on Greater Bass Lake. We share this website with our Town of Upham, and Chairman Roger Sell posts lake news there for us as appropriate, or as he says, "All the news that’s fit to print".

REMINDERS: Next Town Board Meeting: Tuesday, August 7th - 7:00 P.M. (Town meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. in the Upham Town Hall) LAKE DISTRICT MEETING – Saturday, August 11th, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. in the Upham Town Hall HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY REST OF THE SUMMER!