Jan 13, 2021 – TLPOA Winter 2021 Newsletter published. Available for download below.
Thanks to editor Clare Panno and all of the contributors. Send in your ideas for the next one. See newsletter for contact details!
January 20, 2021
January 7, 2021
Lake resident Priscilla Luckow has completed a years-long research project into the history of Truesdale Lake.
The story of the lake has many twists and turns. Priscilla has also included historic photographs and scans from the original sales documents for the TLPOA and TEA predecessor corporations.
Set aside a few minutes and read up on the lake’s history.
January 6, 2021
Some Lake Stewardship Resolutions:
Happy 2021 to all!
Thanks to Janet Andersen and others for these timely resolutions, add yours below in the comments.
The original 1927 TLPOA Logo and headline from the house sales brochures is featured in the merchandise for this limited-time pop-up store which features shirts, sweats, hats, and other custom printed items featuring the logo.
If you are interested in the designs visit the link below:
Pop-Up Store link — https://stranpop.com/tlpoa/
“From now until January 4th, the store will be open for orders. Once the sale period is over, orders will be processed and shipped by mid-January for month end delivery.
All are welcome to purchase merchandise so feel free to send the link to anyone you think might be interested in purchasing items!”
The TLPOA has started publishing its newsletter again. The editor is resident Clare Panno. She wrote articles and received contributions from lake residents and TLPOA board members for the most recent newsletter from Fall 2020.
The TLPOA newsletter was mailed out to all TLPOA members and is available for download here.
If you have an idea or story for the next newsletter please reach out to Clare at email@example.com.
In addition we have posted a scanned archive of newsletters from 1980 – 2008 at the site here.
With the recent drop in temperature and seeing little to no activity on the lake, we decided to begin the lake drawdown next week.
Depending on the amount of rain we might encounter, the water level should drop quickly over the following 2 weeks. This will allow the exposed mud on the lake bed to compact and help minimize next years weed growth in the shallow parts of the lake
For those with waterfront homes – this is a great time to take advantage of the lower water level to make any repairs, clean up your shore line and remove any fallen trees from the water.
If you have not seen a drawdown or want to refresh your memory, check this kayak-level view of the drawdown and the secrets it exposed in 2019. (Photos by Rob Cummings, Sept 2019)
Signs have been placed on either side of the dam indicating where fishing will not be permitted during the drawdown.
There is no fishing permitted from the bridge and between the signs posted on Indian Lane.
TLPOA Lake Management Team – John Gusmano, Ray Morse and Lara Gorton
Website note: There is absolutely NO FISHING allowed in the stream from the north side of the dam and bridge. It is private property. Signs have been placed. Numerous cleanups have been done in the past six months of fishing line and hooks in that stream and the bushes and trees that surround it. Several water birds have been trapped by the crisscrossing discarded fishing line. At least one Great Blue Heron was killed by discarded fishing line.
Fall 2020 Membership Meeting Nov 2nd @ ZOOM Virtual (meeting info available via email, send us a note if you did not get it)
The TEA Annual Fall Membership Meeting is planned for Monday, Nov 2, 2020 via Zoom. If we have your email address, you have gotten the link via email. Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Contact Rob Cummings to RSVP for the meeting via email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and Zoom Meeting Link.
Some helpful links for lake residents new and old:
President: Michael Jackson, Vice President: Wendy Daniels, Treasurer: Ruth Vellensky, Recording Secretary: Howard Citron, Corresponding Secretary: Rob Cummings, Sergeant at Arms: Debbie Fink.
TEA Board Members
Lisa Capobianco (Beach Chairperson), Glenn Capobianco, Harron Appleman, Melissa Scarlatto, Tom Houlihan, Ira Sanchick, Kathleen Ward Gallagher, Carol Gamez, Mike Vellensky, Kay Jex.
TEA Board – Are you interested in joining?
If you are interested in serving as a TEA officer or board member, please email us at email@example.com.
We are always looking for new ideas and energy to work with our outstanding TEA board members. A BIG Thank you goes out to current board members for your time and service.
Summer 2020 was a great year for the beach. We started with a socially distanced beach cleanup the week before Labor Day and went all the way through the extended summer with great weather and mostly good water quality.
Lifeguards were on duty over the weekends and many residents took advantage of our beach as an outdoor haven during the pandemic summer when many other outdoor areas were restricted or crowded.
Lake Drawdown Project
We plan to draw down the lake again for the 2020-21 winter. That process will start around mid-October/early November and end in February 2021.
Last year we drew the water down THREE feet below spillway level. This year the aim is FOUR feet below spillway. So more lake bottom will be exposed.
Drawdown is explained and will be documented on the lake website here:
Geese Management Program
The Joint Lake Management Committee has organized resident volunteers starting in the early spring to manage the resident Canada goose population on Truesdale Lake. The program is run in cooperation with the US National Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS).
We obtain a permit each year to take a census and oil eggs to control and limit the resident geese population. More information is available here: truesdalelake.com/goose
Nextdoor Lake Website
There is a useful community website at truesdalelake.nextdoor.com where neighbors can discuss lake issues and post other items such as for sale items, local events, questions, and other neighborhood bulletins.
New Beach Boat Rack Built Spring 2020
In the spring of 2020 volunteers got together to build a 6-shelf boat rack for TEA member rental. Seasonal rental is $100/shelf. The shelves can accommodate 2 kayaks or 2 paddle boards, a canoe, a sunfish, or a rowboat. Lower shelves are reserved for heavier boats like sunfish and rowboats.
The existing rack is full and returning TEA renters have right of first refusal for next season.
We have had some interest in building a SECOND rack. We do have room for one more rack. We will do this if we have FOUR of the six spots committed before building it. We have two TEA members who are committed so far. Price will be $100/season for each shelf. More information: http://truesdalelake.com/tea/
If you see anything that needs updating or replacement at the beach or boat launch property, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting dates for 2021:
The TEA Spring Membership Meeting will be Monday, April 5th, 2021 location TBD. The board meeting to plan for the membership meeting will be Mon. March 1st, 2021.
The TEA Fall Membership Meeting will be Monday, November 1st, 2021 at location TBD. The board meeting to plan for the membership meeting will be Mon. Oct 4th, 2021.
TEA Map and Other TEA Resources Online
Map available at the website here: http://www.truesdalelake.com/tea
For residents new to the lake, download the TEA Welcome and Information Packet from this location as well.
*If you are interested in helping volunteering for the board or a specific activity, please email email@example.com
Truesdale Estates Association PO Box 363 South Salem, NY 10590 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 6, 2020
Comments Off on History: TLPOA Newsletter Archive Gallery
Imaged TLPOA Newsletters from 1980 – 2008. Not a complete archive but there are a lot of them!
Towards the end of the Newsletter archive are scans of the original Truesdale Lake sales brochure. The trees were a lot shorter and fewer in number back in the 1930s!
Enjoy dipping your toe in the history of the lake!
If you have any old newsletters or photos, please let us know at email@example.com and we can scan and post them.
View newsletter gallery in photo album here: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-2hwX7n/
Pond & Lake Connection was out on the lake this morning treating phragmites which are an invasive species of reed that grows along the shoreline. The herbicide used was Clearcast. There are no water usage restrictions.
Phragmites proliferate quickly and grow into the lakebed causing marshy outgrowth and reducing shoreline access. They are particularly bad in the south end of the lake around the TEA beach area where Pond & Lake is concentrating their efforts. Phragmites treatment was also made in selected other spots around the lake. In addition, spot treatments of cutrine for algae control were also made.
Read more about phragmites here: http://nyis.info/invasive_species/common-reed/
Thanks – TLPOA Lake Management Team
As a part of our continuing lake management plan, we will be drawing down the lake level again this fall to help control weed growth in the spring.
Pond & Lake Connection will begin installing the siphons at the dam on Thursday, Sept 17 in preparation for lowering the water level in mid to late October to allow time to enjoy the lake for a few more weeks.
The weir boards at the spillway will not be removed as they are used to support the siphon pipes so the water level will not be affected until the draw down begins.
A notice will be sent to the lake community before the draw down begins to alert riparian homeowners to secure or remove floating docks and boats.
-TLPOA Lake Management – John Gusmano, Ray Morse and Lara Gorton