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{Nautical & Nice News – Greater Bass Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District}

                   VOLUME 17, No. 1           Summer 2015




            CHAIRMAN…………………….….... Chuck Lindman

            SECRETARY……………………….…..Dick Horneck

            TREASURER………………….….…...Michelle Arlen

            LANGLADE CO. Rep…….…..….…Sam Hardin

            TOWN of UPHAM Rep….......... Pete Resch



Dick & Carol Horneck

608-698-8703 or 608-698-8704


               ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting of the Greater Bass Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 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.  The meetings are well run and stick to business; most likely completed within an hour.  Please try to attend.  The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:







Saturday, August 1st, 2015 - 3:00 P.M.

Upham Town Hall, Highway B, Summit Lake, WI


1.       Call to Order – Introduce Committee

2.       Acknowledgements

3.       Approve Minutes of 2014 Annual Meeting

4.       Treasurer’s Report

5.       2015-2016 Budget Approval with Tax Rate

6.       Water Quality Report

7.       Invasive Weed Report

8.       Election of new Commissioners

9.       Old Business

10.    New Business

11.    Adjourn




Many of us were happy to see a pair of Loons back on the lake early this Spring.  We heard nothing about a nesting location, but everyone was anxiously watching and hoping. At first the pair of loons were seen out together, and then more recently one at a time. That raised our hopes that one was out getting food and hopefully the mate taking care of eggs in a nest.  Things were pretty quiet for a while, and then several nights ago and the following morning there was intense calling.  Sure enough, on June 25th the pair was seen out swimming with two little new ones. We were privileged to see them for ourselves two days later.  It still “shakes me up” the first time you see Mom and Dad dive for food and leave those two tiny ones bobbing on the surface, but they are very watchful and go about their business to provide for their new family.

Once again we would remind all of us to keep a safe and respectful distance if you are lucky enough to see them out and about. In the past we have had incidents of some horrible actions against these beautiful creatures, along with some nasty attitudes when confronted about it.  We hope those things will stay in the past, and that this year’s Loon family will be shown the admiration and respect that these awesome creatures deserve!  Congratulations to the new parents, and we hope you continue to return to us!




Langlade county has recently obtained funding through Wisconsin’s Lake Protection Grant Program which is intended for shoreland restorations.  Through this grant, shoreland property owners who would like to voluntarily restore their shoreland property could be eligible in 2016 to receive up to 60% of the cost for the project.


Some of the benefits of restoring shoreland properties with native trees, shrubs, ferns, and wildflowers are the improvement of water quality, soil quality,  wildlife habitat, increased property values, increased privacy, and the reduction of noise pollution. Many restoration plans can be made to attract many differing species of songbirds, butterflies, and wildlife.


If you are interested in entering into a cost share program with Langlade County to help restore your shoreline, or have any questions pertaining to shoreline restoration, please contact Tyler Betry, Shoreland Protection Specialist at 715-627-6206 or by e-mail at 



In spite of requests for and interest in a new Greater Bass Lake Neighborhood Directory, the response and return of the new directory information form was very disappointing.  Less than half of our property owners returned their form, in spite of the fact that we stressed that ALL should return it, even if you had no changes. We also asked for e-mail addresses for this project, to be used to offer electronic distribution of the newsletter and the sending of any important information during the year. This list would not be published for any other use.


If you did not return a form, PLEASE DO SO before July 15th. We hope to have directories for you at the Annual Meeting.



As our busiest lake time of the year on the water gets underway, let’s take time to consider that our boating behavior affects our lake neighbors and their property.  First and foremost, we want everyone to be safe out on the lake, and with more watercraft than ever on our little lake, relatively speaking, the potential for accidents is greater than ever. Also, the probable damage to those properties in the narrows between our bays increases accordingly.

Many of us have heard that some of our Greater Bass Lake property owners have said “But we’ve been skiing and tubing in and out of those bays for years!”  That may be true, but because it is against the law to go through narrow passes like that at anything but slow, no-wake speeds, it just means that some have been breaking the law for a long time.  (Current law still holds that “It is illegal to operate a vessel within 100 feet of the shoreline, any dock, raft,  pier, or restricted area on any lake at greater than slow-no-wake speed.”) Please brush up on the rules about how close one is allowed to come to other watercraft as well. Copies of current boating regulations will again be available at the annual meeting at the Upham Town Hall, and we will try to place some at the Bass Lake Golf Couse clubhouse as well.  Take the time to read and review; share with family and visiting friends. 




In the summer of 2006 the Upham Town Board adopted an ordinance granting golfers permission to travel between their homes and the golf course on their golf carts, up to a distance of one mile, in accordance with Section 349.18(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  If traveling at dusk or after dark, golf carts must be equipped with headlights and taillights.  Only one passenger is allowed, unless the cart is equipped with a rear seat designed to carry two additional passengers.  The part of the ordinance that people often see abused or ignored is “ALL OPERATORS MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE”. 

It is obvious that the families allowing their children or grandchildren to be driving golf carts on public roads are seriously breaking the law.  Of great concern, besides the drivers often being way too young (and not licensed drivers) are the instances when people have seen carts loaded with children beyond capacity and standing on the back of the carts driving around, often with considerable speed.  Adult vehicle drivers have expressed concern around the lake and at Town of Upham board meetings, worried that there will be serious accidents and lives lost if this dangerous practice continues.  It may be hard to change and not allow the young people to do this, but it may make the difference in having them live to become adults.  

Now that Town of Upham roads are open for ATV’s and UTV’s to reach trails and other road routes, we also see more of them on the road.  Most have been riding responsibly at reasonable speeds, with helmets where required, and are appreciative of the opportunities to get around on these vehicles.  However, we also have seen and received reports of some young people abusing this.  All drivers must have taken an approved safety course, with those under 18 required to wear helmets.  Yet within the past week an ATV was seen on one of our town roads with five youngsters aboard, some standing, and no helmets – an accident waiting to happen!  Please consider the fact that if you see these dangerous behaviors on golf carts or ATV’s, you may be doing them a favor if you find it necessary to report them to the Sheriff’s Department (which they have asked us to do.) If you don’t know names, try to get the number on the vehicle or a good description of it.  We admit that this is not an easy topic to write about, but people have responded favorably to the reminders.  If it saves one life it will be well worth it.



The Arlens – for placing buoys and doing our water quality testing.  Also, Michelle is our current Lake District Treasurer and has offered AED (defibrillator) classes in the past.  Please call her if you are interested in learning or refreshing yourself on how to operate it.  It is very easy and will only work if the victim needs it.

Gail Kestly & Collection Crew, and Paul Payant for arranging for the fireworks.  FYI – The funds collected pay for the next year’s fireworks show, and determines how big it can be.  The show is now being shot electronically with cakes and shells on a barge, allowing for greater safety.

The Hornecks­ – for continuing to produce our newsletter they started in 1998, and working on a new directory. (Dick also serves as Lake District Secretary.) 

Chuck Lindman  - for stepping up to accept the appointment to serve as  Chairman of our Lake District.


Please DO NOT FEED the geese or ducks on the lake.  Not only are they messy in yards; disease can spread from their waste.

Please DO NOT LITTER  - Make an effort to see that no one in your car or golf cart or walking carelessly tosses litter onto our roads or yards. When on the water, bring back any trash to dispose of properly .  Pick up when you see something.



Please be sure to complete the enclosed Directory information form and mail it in or drop off promptly.  Thanks!