Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

August 7, 2020
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Mid-Season Sunfish Fleet #27 Race Update

Week 5 Recap

Latest race last Sunday saw some gusty wind conditions with lead changes and a brand new racer!

Season Race #9 finish order:
1-Skip
2-Jonathan
3-Rob
4-Ira
5-Elizabeth

Season Race #10 finish order:
1-Rob
2-Skip
3-Jonathan
4-Ira
5-Elizabeth

Season standings are here: http://truesdalelake.com/boats/race-standings/

Skip is keeping ahold of the overall lead for total points and has taken over the per race average lead. Jonathan is #2 overall in race average and is in the hunt for first overall. Rob, Kevin, Ira, Paul, Eric, and new racer Elizabeth round out the 8 active sailors so far in 2020.

Only the best 10 races count towards season scoring. Once we start dropping races next week things will get more interesting. This is especially true if the later races have more sailors which makes the races have point potential and higher stakes.

All sailors are welcome! Beginners get a 2 minute head start. Course direction and length is determined on Sunday by wind conditions and prevailing direction. 90% of the time the wind is out of the North but that can vary even during the races.

Need a boat? Let us know.. we may have one available. Email lake@truesdalelake.com.

August 7, 2020
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Moonlight Regatta – Saturday, September 5th

Come out on the lake during the evening of the (mostly) full moon Saturday September 5, 2020.

Plan to be underway by 7:15 (prep your boats during daylight hours) and arrive mid-lake by 8pm. All ages welcome!

Light up your boats creatively — but not too brightly. Glow sticks, LEDs, lanterns with dimming control, etc.

Hang out as long as you’d like and have a socially distant event.

Meet new neighbors and reacquaint with old ones.

Save the higher powered lights to help you get back to your launch area afterwards. Please refrain from shining bright lights while gathered.

Once people have adjusted to night vision you’d be amazed how well you can see by full moonlight.

Weather dependent — we will still go out with cloud cover but steady rain cancels. Hoping for the same great weather we had for the August event!

Ideas, questions, feedback? Let us all know…

See event and updates on Nextdoor Truesdale and Lake Truesdale Instagram

Image: from timeanddate.com – sunrise and sunset times for early september. Plus “nautical twilight” and the other twilights…

More August Moonlight Regatta photos are here.

August 4, 2020
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Lake Treatment Set for August 5, 2020 – Algae Treatment

Video: Pond and Lake Connection Fanboat in July 2020.

A Truesdale Lake algae treatment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5.

Pond and Lake Connection will treat the lake with Se-Clear for algae on Wednesday, August 5 (http://www.sepro.com/aquatics/seclear).

They will not apply any herbicide so there are no water usage or irrigation restrictions.

Treatment will be focusing on the coves and shallower areas but they expect to treat broadly where needed.

It may take a few days to see the effects of the treatment and treated algae may collect in the coves depending on wind and currents.

As the weather and the lake temperature gets warmer, the conditions are ideal for algae growth.

Algae clumps on the surface of the lake are actually beneficial to the health of the ecosystem. They absorb phosphorus and oxygenate the water. While the floating algae is a nuisance, it helps to prevent a more serious (blue green) algae accumulation in the water column depleting oxygen in the water which can cause harm to the fish and wildlife.

As with weeds, we want to manage the growth of beneficial algae to avoid a more significant problem and maintain a healthy environment for all of us to enjoy our lake.

Lara Gorton, Lake Management Chair

August 3, 2020
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Local Artist Spotlight: Reflecting on Reflections Virtual Show

Image: Click image for link to Lewisboro Library instagram page

On Tuesday August 4th at 7 p.m., join long-time Lake Truesdale resident, professional artist, and photographer Jeff Vreeland as he presents “Reflecting on Reflections… a diverse collection of photographs using solely the power of clear refracted surfaces to represent the increasing complexity of our emerging contemporary culture.”

For more info and registration, check out the Lewisboro Library website at https://lewisborolibrary.org.

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July 23, 2020
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TEA Current Officers and Board Members 2019-2020; Call for New Board Members and Officer Nominations for 2021-2022 term

The Truesdale Estates Association is comprised of members and officers from the TEA deeded lake rights area. (See map at link or in full post for details.)

Board members serve two year terms and have no term limits.

Officers have two year terms and cannot serve back-to-back terms in the same office. Officers can serve as officers in a different role than the one previously held. (i.e. no one can be President, Treasurer, VP, etc. for more than 2 years at a time).

The Truesdale Estates Association bylaws are here. They outline the roles and responsibilities of officers and board members.

Current Officers and Board Members for 2019-2020 term are:

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July 22, 2020
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Proposed Cell Tower Locations near Lake Truesdale

These proposals are of interest to many in the neighborhood around Lake Truesdale.

Homeland Towers, the cell tower construction and leasing company, has proposed two locations for a future cell tower in the South Salem hamlet near Truesdale Lake.

  1. The first proposed location is at the Recycling Center behind the Town House and adjacent to the Highway Garage just off of Lake Shore Drive
  2. The second proposed location is at the Salt Dome site just off of Spring Street and close to Route 35.

All documents shown below were part of the agenda packets for the 6/22/2020 Town Board meeting and can be found here:

Maps are below for both locations.

Image: Location and sight lines for proposed Salt Dome location of Cell Tower monopole
Image: Location and sight lines for proposed Recycling Center location of Cell Tower monopole

The maps also show (in blue) where the proposed towers could be seen from.

The Recycling Center location clearly has much more visual impact throughout the lake neighborhood than the Salt Dome location.

Homeland Towers contracted with Saratoga Associates to perform a Visual Resource Assessment of the two locations including photos and mockups of what the towers would look like from various spots in the neighborhood.

Click the link above or below to download the original full visual assessment document. I have excerpted selected pages above and below in this post that best show the lake neighborhood views and impact.

Image: Existing view from TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive (no tower)
Image: view with overlay of monopole tower at Salt Dome property from TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive (monopole just visible to the left of the pine tree on right side)
Image: view with overlay of monopine tower at Salt Dome property from TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive (monopine just visible to the left of the pine tree on right side)
Image: view with overlay of monopole tower at Recycling Center property from TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive
Image: view with overlay of monopine tower at Recycling Center property from TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive
Animated GIF showing the two proposed locations simulated view from the TEA Beach on Truesdale Lake Drive

Proposed location schematics and property maps are in two separate documents linked below as downloads.

Download the complete documents here or see selected images below the download links.

Image: Salt Dome property with tower location shown.
Image: Recycling Center property with tower location shown.
Image: monopole tower diagram showing antenna arrays.

For context here is a map showing the locations of the two closest cell towers currently installed and the two proposed tower locations near Truesdale Lake neighborhood.

Topographic map showing existing cell tower locations and the locations of the two proposed cell towers.

The conclusion at the end of the Saratoga Associates visual study letter reads as follows:

Conclusion – In our professional opinion, locating the tower at the DPW [recycling center] site will result in a greater visual impact on local residences; particularly within the hamlet of South Salem hamlet. Whereas construction of the tower at the Salt Dome Site would have little to no visual impact on residences and recreational use of Truesdale Lake, a tower sited at the DPW Site would be directly visible from a large portion of the lake. Based on viewshed analysis and photo simulation the tower would be less visible in its currently proposed Salt Dome Site than the alternative DPW Site.

June 17, 2020 Letter to Town Board of Lewisboro from Saratoga Associates
https://www.lewisborogov.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/supervisor_and_town_board/meeting/11070/ny155_south_salem_saratoga_letter_lewisboro_tb_6-17-2020_0.pdf

Please let me know at lake@truesdalelake.com if there are any inaccuracies or updates. Thanks.


Sources for documents and images are from:

July 16, 2020
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Lake Treatment Set for July 16, 2020 – Algae Treatment

Photo: Pond and Lake Connection fan boat July 1, 2020 treating with SeClear.

Pond and Lake Connection will treat the lake with Se-Clear for algae on Thursday, July 16 (www.sepro.com/aquatics/seclear). They will not apply any herbicide so there are no water usage or irrigation restrictions.

(See January 2020 notice of treatment sent to all Truesdale households via US Mail and via email if we have your email address. If we don’t have your email address contact us at lake@truesdalelake.com to let us know.)

Treatment will be focusing on the coves and shallower areas but they expect to treat broadly where needed. It may take a few days to see the effects of the treatment and treated algae may collect in the coves depending on wind and currents.

Our lake is in great shape for this time of year and it’s nice to see all the swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders out enjoying the gorgeous conditions.

Thanks – Lara.

July 15, 2020
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TLPOA Governing Board Nominations July 2020

TLPOA Governing Board Nominations July 2020

Note: this went out via email to the TLPOA email list. Posting here for reference and wider access.

The following slate of Truesdale Lake Property Owners Association (TLPOA) Governing Board nominations are proposed by the TLPOA Nominating Committee consisting of Lara Gorton, Melissa Goble, and Bob Persichette as stipulated by the TLPOA bylaws Article VII Section 4.

Full bylaws can be found on the Truesdale Lake website at the following link http://truesdalelake.com/associations/tlpoa/tlpoa-bylaws/

Nominees were selected from TLPOA members who volunteered to join the board. They were interviewed by the current board members and the Nominating Committee where roles were discussed and agreed upon by all parties.

You must be a member in good standing in TLPOA to be nominated for the board and to register your vote. If you are not sure of your status, please contact Ted Bloch at tednbloch@gmail.com.

Voting for the Governing Board can be done via proxy at the following link https://forms.gle/H1CyxaCjAoWSG8kD6. It may be difficult to vote via the virtual meeting so please send a proxy to ensure your vote is counted. If you have already voted and want to change your vote, we will register your most recent vote.

TLPOA Officer Nominations

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July 13, 2020
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Truesdale Moonlight Regatta

Come out on the lake during the evening of the (mostly) full moon Saturday August 1.

Plan to be underway by 8:30 (prep your boats during daylight hours) and arrive mid-lake by 9pm. All ages welcome!

Light up your boats creatively — but not too brightly. Glow sticks, LEDs, lanterns with dimming control, etc.

Hang out as long as you’d like and have a socially distant event.

Meet new neighbors and reacquaint with old ones.

Save the higher powered lights to help you get back to your launch area afterwards. Please refrain from shining bright lights while gathered.

Once people have adjusted to night vision you’d be amazed how well you can see by full moonlight.

Ideas, questions, feedback? Let us all know…

See event on Nextdoor Truesdale and Lake Truesdale Instagram

June 30, 2020
by rob
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Lake Treatment July 1

Photo: Pond & Lake Connection fanboat on Lake Truesdale.

Pond & Lake Connection will be treating the lake for algae on Wednesday, July 1 as a preventative measure ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend.

The lake is looking very clear for this time of year with a nearly 4 foot clarity reading. The weather has been good for lake health so far this year but as the water warms up, there is a risk of algae blooms both in the water column and floating on the surface. It is recommended to treat ahead of any indication of algae growth.

Therefore, we plan a light treatment of SeClear on Wednesday. SeClear is a copper sulfate based algaecide and has been used at the lake with good results for the past few years. 

There are no swimming or water usage restrictions. See the website for further information https://www.sepro.com/aquatics/seclear

We continue to minimize the use of chemicals in the lake and strive for a more natural and balanced ecosystem. The lake draw down last winter has shown great success at reducing weed growth around the shoreline and seems to have helped keep the lake healthy this spring. 

Enjoy our beautiful lake and your 4th of July holiday!

Thanks,

– Lara Gorton TLPOA Lake Management Chair