Friday, August 26, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's that time of year. The run off from the rains got us again.

Our beach is closed until further notice.

Next week's road work. Effected areas in blue

Spoke with Maintenance

Our skimmer was taken back to the factory Monday to have the heavy duty conveyor belt installed. There have been problems with the lighter belt on other machines so we are far from alone. 
It was on the lake Wednesday and the report is it runs a lot smoother, just a stronger system. Let's hope this actually takes care of the problem and the constant down time comes to an end.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Common sense for a change!

A judge struck a blow for common sense and against the Obama administration.
A federal judge sitting in Fort Worth, Texas, blocked the Obama administration’s mandate requiring public schools to allow students to use restroom and locker facilities that conform to whatever sex they identify with — whether or not it’s the sex of their birth.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Sunday in favor of Texas and 12 other states that argued that the mandate threatened the privacy and safety of students and usurped local control, according to Bloomberg Politics.
However, O’Connor based his decision on the administration’s failure to follow federal rule-making procedures.
“This case presents the difficult issue of balancing the protection of students’ rights and that of personal privacy when using school bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other intimate facilities, while ensuring that no student is unnecessarily marginalized while attending school,” O’Connor wrote in his decision. “The resolution of this difficult policy issue is not, however, the subject of this order.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Sunday consideration

Especially apropos when thinking of the AQUA open house last week at their treatment plant.  Ken

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

Friday, August 19, 2016

For those of you

who actually have had some staining from the iron in your water recently, we used to go to a cabin in Northern Wisconsin that had water with so much iron it was actually red. The stool had to be cleaned constantly due to staining and a product that worked shockingly well was called "THE WORKS." It took the stain right off.
Do remember this was from porcelain. Be sure to read the label for other surfaces.

Glad I am not trying to sell my home

I walked in for an eye exam today and they asked my address. The next question.... what about your water out there? The tub full looked yellow. What are you going to do????
Be sure to thank those who called the media when you have problems selling your home. The impression is now out there and it will stick. Our water is back to normal and most had no water problems at all, but that isn't the story.

Wit and Wisdom from the Witts!

I heard every one !! 
I Was Home-Schooled
Most of our generation of 60+ years wereHOME SCHOOLED in many ways----  
My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL  DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
My father taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why   ."
My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"
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My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
My father taught me HUMOR.
 "When that lawn mower
cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand
25.My father taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The skimmer... what is it now!!!!

 A new belt was recently installed and it is already starting to shred so it is being taken to the manufacturer to install a heavy duty belt. A couple of our guys will watch it being installed to be sure we are making no installation errors. Until this is accomplished we will have only spraying as the alternative as we have had in past years.
If we put enough new parts on this thing we should have a brand new machine! Irritating, but we all want this thing to continue the job it has been doing and this is what it takes. 

Dale Mediema humor... or is it humor?

: The Doctor We All Want

 Love this Doctor!  

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? 

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one. 

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 

A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad? 

 : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach. 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me? 

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around! 

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? 

A: Hey! 'Round' is shape! 

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. 

And remember: 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans... 
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

Eat and drink what you like.  Speaking English is apparently what kills you. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I have to compliment you

I was so proud of the attendees of Tuesday's Board meeting. The night before at the AQUA open house we looked like a bunch of nutcases with the poor behavior. Our board meeting was exactly the opposite. The media got to see us as we really are, a community with disagreements that can be expressed civilly and without disruption. I want to personally thank all of you who attended and those who chose to speak. You represented us well. Not what the media wanted to see but who we really are.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Board meeting notes... August 16, 2016

Open forum for property owners featured Rich DeVries extolling the positives of living in Candlewick. Tara Carter wuld like chikd care during meetings so more can come. Bruce Buck feels we need a better communication system for alerts.

The AQUA update and P.O. input... Joel (from Aqua) gave a timeline of events causing and remediating the pump failure, switch, and iron in the water. The main pump is now back online so things should get back to normal. I hope most readers made it to the meeting because there was a lot of back and forth between the board, AQUA representitives, and property owners during the open Q&A period. It is impossible to document most of that here but you can watch it online through the Candlewick site when posted if you wish.

Finance Commission reports bad debt write offs in the amount of $59.74. Accounting adjustments total $369.52.
Our standing at the end of July is Operating Cash of $1,738,476.75, Operating Investments of $330,870.17, Reserve Investments $3,614,281.26. Total Investments $3,945,151.33 and Total Cash of $5,683,628.08.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $34,059.58 and over revenue budget $42,268.66, meaning we are to the goodby $76,328.24 fiscal year to date. Now let's see if the media reports our solid financial status or if as I expect they only want to publish anything negative they can find about Candlewick.

Public Safety welcomes Mark Zellman as a new member. Bev Gaddis has decided to step down from the commission. Neighborhood watch has had no activity for years and it was voted to remove it from the monthly agenda. E-blasts and the Candlewick Facebook page have replaced the watch effectively.

Lake Management asks that $1,500 be removed from fish stocking and added to operating capital to fund a 16 foot extension to the fishing dock under the willow tree. Granted. Lake water clarity is at seven feet at the last reading. The fish shocking report was reviewed and to sum it up we have a fine fishery.

Events reports the Community Picnic will be August 28th with boat rides, volleyball, bocci ball, and bags to play plus a D.J. The Boone County Shopper will have an ad for our September garage sales. There will be no craft/vendor event this year. October fifteenth the Chili Cook-off is planned with a D.J., Dandy Donuts supplying the food.

The Rec Commission mentions Yoga has five attendees, Aqua Zumba six, Swin lessons twenty, Summer Camp five to eleven, Karate nine to twelve, Pickleball two to nine, Aquacise about twenty five. Bunco had twenty six people. Bocce Ball is not performing. The pool inspector says the pool looks the best it has in years. New benches are being installed in parks as a yearly as needed project. Tetherball is installed and is popular.

The Outpost planning is moving ahead with the selected architect working on the specifics for bidding.

Savannah Oaks reports there have been problems with the solenoids sticking, causing over and under watering. They are being replaced and although this is not an expensive undertaking it is time consuming. Fungicides are being sprayed weekly and there have been no disease issues. The course is in good shape.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse reports the youth tournament was a big success. The Vino Van Gogh also went over well with 28 painters. Consideration is being given to hosting another this year. Pub Trivia is still going strong. A D.J. Will be at the clubhouse August 27th at 8 p.m. September 3 will feature a Night Golf event as well as Pub Trivia.
Savannah Oaks is closing the gap with last year's numbers. Year over year is now only showing a negative $819.00. Hopefully that will be overcome by the next report.

The Golf Commission indicates they would like to see $30,000 per year budgeted to start paving the golf paths in sections yearly. A possible driving range is being discussed. King of the Course is planned for October 8th. They would like to have budgeted a roll out awning for the patio, a large tent for events, and $3,000 to purchase two driving range cages.

Communications asked the board to allow Google Maps access in
Candlewick to map the streets. Granted. &&&&&& All three ad slots for the Northwest Herald ad have been sold.

The Roads commission reports mid September will feature the micro-seal on selected roads. This will involve short term closings to facilitate set up of the surfacing material.

A resolution was passed awarding a contract to Bel Rock to handle the 2 inch paving overlay from the speed hump below the dam to the Rec Center.

During our last board meeting two mowing contractors asked if we could be more specific in the rules regarding mowing expectations. Your board had the first reading of a new more inclusive set of mowing rules so there will hopefully be no misunderstandings.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The AQUA meeting

We had a short Finance Commission meeting Monday night so I was able to make it to the AQUA meeting as it started. There was a strong turnout. A presentation was made detailing plans to drill another 2000 foot well that will be hooked up to the filtering unit (which is huge) so if we were to have another incident taking the main pump offline the water quality will remain as it was with the other pump operating.
 The presentation deteriorated to a lot of people yelling questions that many of us could not hear. At 6:30 I left, seeing not much more would be accomplished. At least I know more now about the new back-up plans, their testing procedure, and the like. I wish the crowd would have been quieter so I could have heard more but it is what it is.
 Unfortunately Channel 17 was there to document the unruly crowd.
Despite promises of European Union member states to take in 160,000 refugees, a new report shows that they've accepted a fraction, 6,000, while the United States has embraced 8,000 of a planned 10,000 this year.
As President Obama, backed by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has ramped up accepting refugees fleeing Syria and other war-torn nations, the EU has put the brakes on hard, apparently bowing to public outrage.
In the U.S., some governors and other politicians have warned against moving fast to bring in the refugees, concerned that poor vetting could let in terrorists.

After officials moved to stem the huge influx if immigrants, Europe had led the way in making promises to accept the additional refugees in camps in Italy and Greece. But a new report in France found that Paris had accepted just 1,300 of the 30,000 it promised to take from Greece and Italy by 2017.

Weekly Public Safety Report, a slow week and that is a good thing!

The Sheriff is absolutely right!

The Sheriff is absolutely right!

Back on line!

AQUA has us back on the main pump and all tests have passed. The system is being flushed at this time so all should be back to normal quickly.