IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE RLA!
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Spring is here, and it’s that time again…Membership dues. Thank you to all those who have already paid their 2020 dues to help preserve our beautiful lake community.
We had another great year in 2019 with no toxic algae blooms and several great projects like renewing our swim docks and placing beach anchors on the piers. There will again be many work projects around the lake this summer to keep us all engaged physically, but now is the time for financial support. The state has required our dam to be inspected in 2020, so we have hired an engineer to begin the process. We are beginning our second year of a three year contract with our lake maintenance provider, Pond and Lake Connection, and have been quite happy with their balancing of lake health and member recreation. Note that the late summer algae blooms were largely caused by the extreme lack of rainfall in August which allowed a buildup of nutrients.
We will be sending membership forms in the mail next month to those who haven’t joined yet, so save your association the cost of an envelope and a stamp and join online today (see link above).
Let's have another great year on the Lake!
Your RLA Board
Announcements Around The Lake
We live in a beautiful lake community full of fantastic neighbors who are fun to be around, but please remember during these crazy times to maintain social distancing in order to keep yourself & others as safe as possible. When the dust finally settles, & we're able to go back to some sense of normalcy (whatever that might look like), there will be plenty of opportunity to socialize to our hearts' content. So,when you're walking around the lake or on the trails, please wave, say hello, and keep 6 feet away!
Thanks to those who showed up for the fall cleanup on Oct. 12!
The annual RLA tag sale brought in more than $1,800! Thanks to Jeff Florio for organizing the event, & to those who volunteered their time and donated items to the sale.
The 5th annual Wataba Lake Fest was a tremendous success! Thanks to Roger Grannis for organizing the event, & to Kevin McCarthy for trekking all the way from Ohio to perform & run the sound. Here are some photos . . .
The annual RLA General membership Meeting was held on Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m., at the Ridgefield Recreation Center. Attending RLA members approved the 2019 budget unanimously. Mike Delaporte was elected to the RLA board, and Doug Carroll & David Sarath were elected to another term. Congrats! Thanks to Kristin Drobney for her hard work as a board member for the past few years.
Rainbow Lake resident & official RLA animator Chris Williams has graciously designed some very cool Rainbow Lake merchandize that is now available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the RLA. T-shirts, coffee mugs, car magnets & other groovy swag can be found HERE.
An important reminder to Rainbow Lake residents:
When raking or blowing leaves, please DO NOT dispose of your leaves in the lake.
Here is a link to some lake living tips that address this & other common lake problems:
Vendor Discounts are available for RLA members from local businesses.
For instance, we offer a special deal on heating oil from Standard Oil: for RLA members only, there is a 20 cent per gallon discount, as well as a 20% discount for service plans. Call Standard Oil at 800-822-3835 and ask to speak with either Debbie or Darryl.
If you have a business or know of one that might be interested in offering discounts to RLA members, please contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more deals please visit the "Vendors Discount" page.
Check out this video from the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station detailing how to make an artificial floating wetland.
LEFT: Janine Ranieri inserts plants into our own floating wetland.
RIGHT: Doug Carroll & John Keegan (hidden) row the wetland out into Rainbow Lake.
BELOW: A heron hangs out on the floating wetland.