I will “overseed” my lawn rather than spread fertilizer or pesticides. I’ll tell my lawn service – or myself – to cut my grass high and leave the clippings on the lawn. If I think fertilizer is needed, I’ll use phosphate-free fertilizer since it’s the law. I will also tell my lawn care company that it is illegal in Westchester County to use phosphate based fertilizer unless extensive testing has been done on the soil – and even then only on a limited basis and never within 20 feet of the lake.
This year I’ll make sure no oil or gas from my mower or car spills on the ground or into the lake.
If I take coolers, sand toys, or other beach or boat items to another waterbody, I’ll make sure that they are free of weeds and shells before bringing them back here so I don’t transport invasive plants and animals.
If I visit the association beaches and boat launch properties, I will leave them in better condition than when I arrived. That includes putting all beach toys away and removing trash.
If I fish on the lake, I will clean up my fishing tackle, monofilament, and any hooks that get snared. I will not fish in areas where fishing is prohibited (all beaches and the dam/spillway near the siphons). I will not leave fishing equipment, debris, or garbage around or in the lake. It does not disappear and it kills birds, turtles, and other wildlife.
I will make sure my Truesdale Lake boat sticker is still affixed to all of my boats. If any have come off I will replace them. If I have new or unregistered boats I will register them and get a sticker. This applies for boats stored on private lakefronts as well as the boat launch properties.
I will join and volunteer with my lake association and make my voice heard and my energy felt during this coming year.
I will try out sailing in the Truesdale Sunfish Fleet #27 this spring and summer. (Sunfish are available to borrow from lake residents if you’d like to give it a try – contact us ahead of the Sunday races and we can figure it out.)
Happy 2021 to all!
Thanks to Janet Andersen and others for these timely resolutions, add yours below in the comments.
December 18, 2020
by rob Comments Off on Truesdale Lake Pop-Up Store Open thru Jan 4
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:
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2020
by rob Comments Off on November 2nd – TEA Fall 2020 Membership Meeting
NOTE: Current TEA Board & Officers Terms will end Dec. 31, 2020 — let us know if you are interested in an officer spot next term. See contact info at the bottom of this newsletter.
Current TEA Board & Officers 2019-2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What’s Going On
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
September 13, 2020
by rob Comments Off on Skip Secures Summer Sailing Sweep
Just one day prior to this race, Skip completed the Sunfish Fleet #27 summer series with not only the series championship but also perfect attendance at all 20 summer series races.
Coming in a strong second was Jonathan Rodgers who tipped his cap to Skip. “He had the start figured out most weeks and just wouldn’t give up his lead once he got it.”
Third overall was Fleet Commodore Ira Sanchick who had a slow season start but finished strong. Ira overtook Rob Cummings in the last week to secure the bronze. Rob’s was convinced there were turtles under his boat slowing him down just enough for Ira to get by. Next year Rob plans to befriend the reptiles of the lake and convince them to take his side. Rob shared the perfect attendance award with Skip for 2020.
Veteran Truesdale sailor Paul Dennis was fifth overall in the Sunrise sail. Rookie sailor Eric Novak came up sixth in the season, earning the “most improved” award which comes with a painting of him sail on the lake. With his new boat and “Mojito” sail he will be ready to get even better next year.
Kevin Hobson represented Ohio State in the red and white sail. New sailors Elizabeth and Paul Amerling had a good introduction to sailing on the lake, with Elizabeth taking second overall in her third race ever. Veteran sailor Bob Branizza recovered from injury to join the fleet late in the season and had some good showings.
The fleet will continue to sail on Sundays in the Fall as long as the weather is good and there is interest. These races are standalone events for fun and good competition. All are invited.
If you have never sailed and/or raced, this is a great time to come out in a non-competitive format to learn some tips and techniques. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
See you on the lake!
Presidents Cup 2020 Race Results (Labor Day Monday)