Monday, November 30, 2009

Lake Thompson Annual Christmas Party

Mark your calendars for Dec.18, 2009 for our Annual Christmas Get Together. It will be held at Holiday Acres, where Cocktails will begin at 6:00 and dinner will be served at 7:00. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling:
Joan McEnroe 715-362-4602 or
Jean Kilbane 715-369-1875

Please call no later than Dec. 16th. The cost of the dinner will be $15.50 . Once again, I’d like to see us help out the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, this Holiday Season, so if you have some nonperishable items or monetary donations please bring them with you. Let’s see if we can make a sizable donation to help those who are having a difficult time getting through this tough economic period. If you have any questions about the Food Pantry I’m including their website so you can see what they need most.
http://www.rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org/food_drive.htm
And don’t forget to check our website www.lakethompsonassociation.blogspot.com . I posted some pictures of the picnic and a few other things, but I’m always looking for someone to help me out with more information. So if you have some news, photos, ideas, anything that’s post worthy, please let me know.
So pull out your Christmas Spirit, grab some cans or your checkbook, and join us for some Holiday Cheer. Looking forward to seeing you all there! And to the Snow Birds, Happy Holidays!
Kathy Furda nlight@charter.net

Monday, November 2, 2009

Excellent Article....

Jim Auchter just sent me this article about the Zebra Mussel infestation that was printed recently, in the Journal Sentinal. It's an excellent article about this terrible problem and how it starts from ocean-going vessels dumping their ballast water into the Great Lakes sytem. The kicker?? It's start off with an interview of a Lake Metonga vacationer who has cut their foot on this zebra mussel infested lake. And for those of you who don't know where Lake Metonga is, it's right in the next county, Crandon, WI. Give this article a read, particulary if you're interested in your property values, where your children or grandchildren are swimming, and if you DON"T think that Invasive Species are a problem way up here in the north. Just click on the link and it should get you right to the article.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/68119707.html

Thanks Jim for bringing it to my attention.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Picnic Pictures...

Mary Oerich was kind enough to send some extra photos that she took on the day of the picnic this summer.
Who ever said rain puts a damper on things? It didn't that day, we can have a good time indoors or out.


Luckily we had just enough time to get things grilled before it started raining too hard.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Dog Has Been Found....

Thanks to someone who spotted him and called the owner....before he had to go back to Schamburg. He sends his thanks and I'm glad the friendly folks of Lake Thompson could help out.

URGENT REQUEST

There was a German Short Hair Pointer by the name of Jasper, who got away from his owners this morning. (Sunday Oct. 25) His owner is Vince Marino of Schamburg IL. He was staying at a cabin at Breezy Point. The dog is liver and white, male, 7 months old, and has a green collar and orange walking harness and again answers to the name of Jasper. Please be on the lookout for this dog and if you have any info or have spotted him let me know. I have the owners number and can call him. Unfortunately the family has to go back to Schamburg this afternoon and there are some very unhappy children worrying about their dog. So if you're out walking keep your eye out. Thanks,

Kathy and The Marino's

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Winter's in the Air????






Yes this was our weather yesterday. It snowed all day long and stuck with a report of 2 ". And I was just gettting ready for Fall. Sept. was more like summer so one could only have hoped that Oct. would be Fall-like. Oh well it's the Northwoods!

Fall Photos Before the WInter Ones....

I thought I'd better get a couple Fall photos posted before I post the ones from yesterday.


Monday, August 31, 2009

More Picnic Pics...

The King of the Grill, Kim Zambon doing what he does best! Onlookers Kari Zambon, Joan Papadopaulis, (I hope I got the spelling right), Mary Rolling, Stephanie & Frosty Smith.
Even though there was rain, we still improvised, rather well too! You just have to find a willing body to do hold the umbrella upright.

Joan Papadopaulis and Stephanie Smith share some food and talk.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Picnic Pics

Even though we had to hold the picnic inside, due to a few showers, there was still fun to be had. The Coffee Shop at Holiday Acres is always the "in case of rain spot". The grilling was done outside in the courtyard right off the coffee shop. Sharing lake stories of the summer are Jim & Sue Aucther and Frosty Smith and Kari Zambon.


Mike Rolling gives Kim the "Grillmaster" a few pointers, as Kate and Jamie Zambon look on.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

In Case of Rain...

In case of rain the picnic will be held in the Coffee Shop at Holiday Acres, so don't let that keep you away!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

JUST A REMINDER......




LAKE THOMPSON ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC

This year’s annual summer picnic will take place at Holiday Acres Resort on Sunday, August 16th, 2009 at 12:30. Please bring your own meat and a dish to share with your neighbors. Beverages, Grill and Grill Master, will be provided. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a nice sunny day. Come and meet your neighbors and enjoy some delicious dishes. Don’t forget if you’ve shot some great lake photos this summer and would like to share them please send them my way. I’ll post them on our blog www.lakethompsonassociation.blogspot .com Or maybe you’ve caught that big fish and want to share the excitement, or know of some important lake news you’d care to post, let me know. I’m always looking for pertinent info to share. Please check out the site, become a follower, leave a comment, let me know you’re out there.
Kathy Furda Pres.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Last Photos...

Dan Knuth holds up the crutch that was found, hope nobody needed it too badly!
Frosty and Roscoe rescued the boys when their oar broke and they weren't making much progress getting back.

Loading up all the debris. Board member Dennis Wittig, allowed all the refuse to be taken to the dumpster at Pinewood for removal. That was a big help, thanks Dennis!

COMING BACK....

Here we are arriving back at the Landing with all our detritus.





Thursday, July 2, 2009

Way more C.O.O.L.

Getting ready to launch....
Launching......

and combing the beach.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More on a C.O.O.L. Day...

Mary Oelirich was kind enough to send me a whole CD of pictures she took at our clean up day, so I will be adding a few at a time for your viewing pleasure. Board member Dennis Wittig talks to Chuck Faber, a board member of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers, who came in support of the kids.
Dan Knuth and family talks with Julie Lenard. Sue Knuth and Stephanie Smith get ready for the launch.

Dan and his kids ready to go while Frosty and Chris Lenard look on.

Some of our hearty volunteers.....

The KIDS from C.O.O.L.

Staring on the right is Nate Kretlow, Simon Martinez, Kyle Lenard, Matt Kenote, Luke Lenard, Trevor Ringwellski ( I spelled it just like it sounded Trev) Chris Lenard and Julie Lenard.

My man Trev, with the ladder I found around the old Two Acres vicinity. Trev was in my group and what a funny sense of humor he had.


I wish I could have gotten a photo of all those who helped, but by the time this was taken we were down to just Frosty, Roscoe, and I. And we also made the front page of the North Star Journal with this one. There was a nice article about the boys and their work, and we had a mention!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Here's what we found...

A tractor tire and various aluminum cans and plastic bottles, bait contaners,

and old buoy, 2 more tires,
and old oar, a crutch, a usable squirt gun, a full bottle of Malibu Rum to name a few.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Day with the C.O.O.L. Kids......

...and here's how it started out, the gang has donned their gear and are ready to start. The leaders, Luke (in blue shorts) and Kyle (in green shorts) are ready to man the boats and walk the waters. You'll notice that some volunteers are suited up for the event. They did some diving and snorkeling in deeper waters so the rest of us didn't have to get too wet. Even though some of us got all the way wet anyway!

Making sure all gear works right and probably having a little fun too.



Frosty came by, with his boat, to help out as did Dan and Sue Knuth and their family. We had some others walk the area around where they lived as well, like the McEnroe kids from Norwood.

More Dinner Photos

Our new Treasurer, Mike Rolling assumes his post at the door along with Jean Kilbane, the one who really knows what's going on.


Joel Furda, Mary Oelirich, and Bob Rossi.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lake Thompson Annual Dinner Meeting

Last Friday night was the Lake Thompson Annual Dinner Meeting. First to arrive were the Kowalski's Gert Rossi and the Smith's. I'm sure Frosty would like me to remind you to get your story in by the July 1st deadline. I will be adding more photos
of the dinner and the results of the C.O.O.L. project in the coming days so stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BOATING SAFETY

Now that summer is finally here, we'd like to insure that everyones safety and enjoyment can be at full capacity. On the roads, in winter we need to remember to drive defensively. That goes for the Lake as well. In order for everyone to enjoy their time spent on the lake we need to be cognizant of our actions. As I use to tell my son when he was little, "every action usually has a reaction". When you're speeding down the length of the lake, wind in your hair,generally enjoying the fact that snow and cold are still months away, you need to be aware of how those actions might be affecting someone else. Are you using speeds appropriate to your conditions?
Are you too close to other watercraft or piers? Are you aware of the buoys in your vicinity and what they signify? As a little reminder I have posted some of Wisconsin's Boating Safety Laws below for you to review and practice. Also in the Links list you can click on Boating Laws and find the DNR'S site with all rules and regulations. Let's make sure everyone has a good time on the Lake. See you out there!

A SUMMER REMINDER....

WISCONSIN BOATING LAW BASICS DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Reckless & Negligent Operation:
No person shall operate any vessel or manipulate water skis or similar towed devices in a reckless or negligent manner. The failure to exercise the degree of care necessary to prevent endangering life, limb, or property may be considered reckless and negligent. Below are just a few of the prohibited methods of operation in Wisconsin.
Specifically, it is unlawful:
• To operate any boat beyond the safe carrying capacity of passengers or cargo or to equip a boat in excess of its safe power.
• To operate a boat within an area clearly marked in accordance with the law by buoys or some other distinguishing device as a bathing or swimming area or other restricted use area.
• To allow any person to ride or sit on the gunwales, tops of seats, backs or sides or on the decking over the bow on a motorboat while underway, unless such a person is inboard of guards or railings provided to prevent passengers from being lost overboard, except for when anchoring, mooring or casting off.
• To operate a motorboat repeatedly in a circuitous course within 200 feet around any other boat or around any person who is swimming.
• For any boat or water skier to operate or approach closer than 100 feet to any skin diver's flag or any swimmer unless the boat is part of the skin diving operation or is accompanying the swimmer.
• To operate any type of motorboat that is engaged in skiing, aquaplaning or similar activity within 100 feet of any occupied anchored boat, marked swimming area, or public boat landing.
• To operate any type of motorboat that is engaged in skiing, aquaplaning or similar activity and get within 100 feet of a personal watercraft or allow the tow rope to get within 100 feet of a personal watercraft.
Additional laws that apply to personal watercraft (PWC):
A personal watercraft is considered a motorboat and must follow the same laws and regulations as above. In addition there are other laws that apply to personal watercraft (PWC). Specifically , it is unlawful:
To operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise.
To participate in water skiing, aquaplaning, or similar tow sport activity unless the PWC is designed to seat three people.
To operate a PWC at greater than slow-no-wake speed anytime:
The PWC is within 100 feet of any other boat or PWC on any body of water.
The PWC is within 200 feet of the shoreline of any lake.
To operate a PWC within 100 feet of the following:
Another boat towing a skier or person engaged in a similar activity.
The tow rope of another motorboat towing a skier or person engaged in a similar activity.
THE LAKE THOMPSON ASSOCIATION WOULD LIKE TO INSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL ITS RESIDENTS AND GUESTS. PLEASE COMPLY WITH WISCONSIN’S BOATING LAWS. THE LAKE ASSOCIATION ALSO ASKS THAT YOU CONFINE JET SKI, WATER SKI, TUBING AND RELATED PLAY ACTIVITIES TO THE HOURS BETWEEN 10:00 AM AND 7:00 PM.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

HAVE YOU SEEN A LOST BOAT????

We've had a special request from John and Phyllis Krueger. They have a flat-bottomed skiff that's pointed at both ends and was last used on Opening Day of fishing. Today they noticed that it wasn't there and wondered if some high winds we had may have blown it across the lake somewhere. If you have an extra boat that's blown ashore that matches this description, perhaps you could give them a call at 369-2661, they would appreciate it. Thanks.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Excerpt and Photo from Lake Thompson Stories

Simply click on photo or writing to enlarge.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Where exactly is Feldman's Point?

52 Years and Counting

When I was 14 years old, my parents, Lester and Marguerite Schalk, purchased our cabin from Roy Feldman who at the time also owned all of the land at “Feldman’s Point”. It was the summer of 1957 and my dad had been looking for a place in the Northwoods that had an open wooded area with a cabin not too close to the lake. This place fit that description perfectly and my dad instantly fell in love with it. After seeing the inside of the cabin my parents talked with Roy and purchased the property.

The cabin is located just north of “Feldman’s Point” in the northwest corner of the bay. Roy built the cabin himself in 1956 with the same wood he cut to clear out an open area that starts in front of the cabin and continues all the way down to the lake. The interior of the cabin is the same wood Roy used from the land to build the cabin. He stained and oiled the wood to make each room appear a different color. When the cabin was purchased there was no inside plumbing and a hand pump was at the kitchen sink to get water from the well.

While Roy built another cabin just south of the one my parents bought, my parents let him stay in our cabin until his new cabin was finished in 1958. Roy lived in that new cabin until he passed away.

In the summer of 1958, my parents and I started vacationing at the cabin. We had no TV back then, and spent most of our evening’s playing cards, games, or reading while listening to the radio. We didn’t even have a telephone. What peaceful vacations we had back then.

When we were at the cabin, Roy would visit us and give us fresh vegetables from his garden. Many times he would come for supper and spend the evening with us. He had very interesting stories to tell about his life on Lake Thompson, and how he trapped animals and logged the land in the winter. We always enjoyed his company.

I also remember for many years the Boy Scouts would camp on the big island. We would hear them laughing and shouting as they had fun. And at night we could see the smoke from their campfires.

In 1964, my parents had a bathroom built and plumbing installed for running water. We also had our first telephone installed. We even had a TV up there, a 12 inch black and white one. It was better than nothing, back then.

In the mid 1980’s my parents gave the cabin to myself, my first husband and our two sons. We spent all of our summer vacations going up to the cabin on Lake Thompson. My sons would also bring friends along and they would have fun fishing and just being boys. In fact, all of us actually enjoyed fishing. We fished for Walleyes, Crappies, Perch, Bass, and Bluegills. Every once in awhile my sons, or husband, would get lucky and catch a nice big Northern. My sons and I also remember sitting down by the lake and seeing the seaplane take off, fly around the lake, and then return again. We have often wondered why the seaplane rides stopped. My son Brian remembers he would be fishing on the pier when Edgar, a very nice elderly gentleman from across the lake, would pull up to the pier in his boat and they would talk about which fish were biting, where they were, and what they were biting on. Soon after Edgar would leave, Brian would be out in the little 12 foot row boat looking for those fish. Sometimes he would find them and sometimes he didn’t.

My parents and first husband died in the late 80’s and early 90’s, so my sons and their friends would come up to the cabin with me. In 1992, I met my second husband, Herb. He was a great outdoors person and loved to fish and hunt. So, coming to the cabin with me was very special for him. He had children and grandchildren and they enjoyed spending time with us at the cabin. My son Brian and step-son Herby love to fish and spend most of their time on the lake when they are up there. In fact, every year they enter the Hodag Musky Challenge and have always fished it on Lake Thompson. Herby has even won the tournament once while fishing Lake Thompson. They usually will catch at least one musky, but sometimes struggle to catch more than that in the tournament. They also enjoy coming up for the bow hunting season, and Brian comes up for duck hunting too.

In 1996, Herb died, so again, I was coming up to the cabin with my sons and grandchildren. They love to go fishing, tubing on the lake, going for walks in the woods, and sitting around the campfire at night making S’mores. One year, when Halloween was close, we took the grandkids on a hayride at the Holiday Stables. Boy, did they have fun, and they even got frightened a couple of times.

My son Brian now owns the place because I wanted it to stay in the family. He is married and he and his wife, Lisa, are expecting their first child this fall, so another generation will have years of fun at Lake Thompson.

Over the 50 years I have seen many changes. Sadly, people I used to see and visit with on the lake have passed away. Pinewood Lodge, where we had many delicious dinners, is no longer a restaurant. We now have a larger screen color TV in our cabin, and the family members bring their cell phones, computers, and PSP’s amongst other electronic devices when on vacation. There are a lot more year round homes and traffic on the lake. It can be fun just sitting on the pier watching all the boaters, water skiers, and jet skiers but, my sons don’t particularly like them when they are trying to fish. Unfortunately, some of the water skiers and jet skiers don’t always respect the other boaters and fishermen on lake.

I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with family and friends at our cabin. The family cabin has changed names 4 times--------my parents (Schalk), my first husband (Kolacki), my second husband (Timm), and now my son with his wife and future child (Kolacki). So, there will be many years of continued memories being made at the cabin on Lake Thompson.

Memories written by Janet Timm

Thursday, May 14, 2009

BREEZY POINT RESORT

Here's an old picture of a cabin at Breezy Point Resort, an example for the upcoming book.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Another Story....

Memories of Lake Thompson Written in 1996 by Margaret Lacy Herbst


My memories of Lake Thompson date back to 1936 when I was six years old. (so obviously I am now 66) They started at Pinewood Lodge when my Mother and my Aunt took their girls to be at a place that was about halfway between where their boys were in camp at Minoqua and Antigo. Pinewood at that time was owned and run by Sam Johnson and was the #1 Resort in the area - or perhaps second to Blaesings?? It was truly a family resort with a main lodge and dining room where each family had their designated table for the length of their stay. At each mealtime, a large bell in front of the Lodge was rung to summon all to the dining room. We stayed in Cottage #5 which was the farthest East of all the Pinewood cottages. I can’t tell by the Association map who owns that now. I believe it was purchased just last summer or the summer before. There were two or three cottages to the West, up to where the Scott Best cottage is. Sam Johnson was a wonderful old Swede with a heavy accent. Pinewood had a building out over the Water at that time called “the Ship”. Half of it was a bar and seating area with slot machines and the other half tables, pinball machines and a pop and candy counter. Anytime a kid came in for pop and candy Sam’s famous line with a twinkle in his eye would be- “Do you want a Coca Cola or would you rather have a Shorty??”” (A Shorty being a short squatty bottle of Rhinelander beer), then he would chuckle. One needed to hear it in his heavy accent to appreciate it. My family came up the following year to vacation in Pinewood, then I believe the following three years we rented Mabel and Art Hanson’s cottage. (Mabel was Sam’s daughter). That place is now owned by Charles and Nancy Heydon. My parents by that time had fallen in love with the area and my Dad began making property search by ROWING around the shoreline. He was attracted to the property where our cottage now stands (4195 Birch Lane) by three very tall pine trees that stood up above all the rest on top of the hill. He pulled into shore and climbed the hill to find a perfect open spot for a building. ( My Dad hated to cut a live tree) . Upon inquiry he found that the lot belonged to Nelda Johnson, Sam’s youngest daughter. He had given a lot to each of his children. He also owned the adjacent property. It took some fast talking on my Father’s part to convince Nelda to sell the lot, but she finally did. He bought hers and the lots either side of it. In later years he bought one more lot to the East and two across the road to the North that were adjacent to the property his Sister owned. Dad bought the first lots in 1940 with the idea of SOMEDAY building a cottage up here. We spent our first summer in the “SOMEDAY” cottage in 1941 moving in on top of the carpenters. In thinking about going through 60 years of memories, I realize that this could gone on forever and could get repetitious with information that you already have. Perhaps it would be better - if you wish - for you to “pick my brain”?? I would be happy to visit with you anytime.I don’t know if anyone has mentioned in their memoirs that Lake Thompson had one drowning in the 1940’, and to my knowledge that has been the only drowning in this lake. It happened out in front of Pinewood and the man - Mr. DeQuaker, was from the Chicago area. I can remember my Sister picking up our phone, as we needed to in those days, before ““cranking” for the operator, to see if any of the 4 or 5 people on your line were using it - and hearing frantic voices calling in the emergency of Mr. DeQuaker’s drowning. Naturally, one of my fondest memories of Lake Thompson is having met the man I married when he and a friend were vacationing at Pinewood Lodge after being locked out of their hotel in Minoqua. That was in 1951, and we were married in the Fall of 1952,I have already gone on longer than I intended, so if, like I said, you would like to pick my brain, feel free to call.SincerelyMargaret Lacy Herbst

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A PREVIEW OF SOME STORIES FROM THE LAKE THOMPSON BOOK PROJECT....

I decided that it might be a good idea to entice those of you who hadn't sent in your memories, stories, or pictures of your time on Lake Thompson to do so. Frosty sent me a few pieces that he's already received so we could give you a preview. Enjoy and try to get him any info you have by the Annual Dinner Meeting on June 19th. The following piece is from Jim and Sue Auchter. I'll be adding more, so stay tuned.
4245 CIRCLE DRIVE

Having had our cottage on Lake Thompson for just 13 summers, our family is a relative newcomer. We purchased our vacation cottage from the estate of Raeburn Reardon, daughter of a Rhinelander druggist. It didn’t appear a gem from the outside, but the interior with its hardwood floors, ceramic baths, large fireplace and many built-ins charmed us. Upon clearing the knee-high grass, piles of wood and general clean-up, we even discovered cement stairs to the Lake!
With our four sons, we have always loved the “Up North” experience as we vacationed often in Vilas County. Now they enjoy Lake Thompson with their families. The announcement of our 1st grandchild was made by our oldest son John on a boat ride. We now have 7 grandchildren and they in turn have taken to Lake Thompson, learning to water ski, paddle a canoe, row a boat, skate on the ice, pick berries, hook worms, and of course fish. Our youngest son Mike caught his first legal musky on the lake; he was also the first from our family to catch a walleye on Lake Thompson that first year.
The islands have provided places for our family to picnic and fish the rocks. Our fire pit is the evening gathering place after long days of fun in the sun. Having split the wood from over a dozen mature trees, our sons love to see the fruit of those labors go up in smoke while roasting marshmallows for s’mores or roasting corn.
All our adult sons, John, Marty, Steve, Mike, and their families, contribute to making our lives on Lake Thompson so enjoyable. They bring their boats, their skills, their fabulous cooking, their improvements to the property, and most of all themselves. The holidays may find as many as 16 of us sleeping overnight. There’s lots of room! We love eating as many meals as possible outdoors—on the dock, on lawn chairs, and our 50+ year old picnic table.
Wildlife has been plentiful on our small property, from wayward owl babies, a lost porcupine, a scavenging mama bear and her babies to almost daily deer sightings.
We enjoy grouse hunting in the fall, watching the beautiful changing of colors, experiencing the Northern Lights, and even “closing up,” though we are a year-round home. The saying “If winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” keeps us looking forward to the next season.
JIM and SUE AUCHTERApril, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

IT'S OFFICIAL.....

So this weekend I witnessed 3 signs of Spring. The first was the arrival of the Dark eyed Juncos on Friday. For you non-birders, Dark Eyed Juncos are tiny little grey birds with white breasts. They arrive, from the south, usually in April ,on their way north and again in the Fall when they travel back to southern parts. They hang around for a few weeks and then continue on their journey. But when they do get here , you can be pretty well assured that Spring is imminent. Secondly, the ICE IS OUT!! Frosty sent me me the official time and it was April 13 at 2:32 pm. It sure seemed to take it's merry old time this year, in fact there is still a bit of it in the bay looking out from Circle Dr. And last but not least, as I was driving by the cemetery on N. Shore Dr. today, they were removing the stakes that mark the graves when it snows. Yes, for me that is the ultimate conformation that Spring is right around the corner....the confidence that it probably won't snow again. (Mind you , I did say probably)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Added Informative Link...

If you take a look to the right hand side of the page, you'll see I've added a new link C.O.O.L.

http://www.cleanouroneidalakes.edublogs.org/

Well it is pretty cool, but what it really stands for is Clean Our Oneida Lakes. And to get more information about what this inventive group of kids is doing you'll need to click on that link. I've managed to secure their services, in working together with our own volunteers, to take on this project. Again, click on the site to find out more about what exactly they do. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see what the younger generation is trying to accomplish. I'll have more information a little later when we have pinned down our dates, but in the mean time check it out and think about how you'd like to help this worthy cause.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Remember those days of summer??



New member Kaye Vance sent us a photo of the Musky she caught last summer. And as you can see it's a big one! Thanks Kaye for sharing. Maybe you can offer some tips for those fisherman out there who are still waiting to catch one that big!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

FROM THE DESK OF BOARD MEMBER DENNIS WITTIG...

As you may already know, Lake Thompson has it's first invasive species, the Rusty Crayfish. This species is more aggressive than the native species and can harm the native fish by eating their eggs and young. They can also displace native crayfish, hybridize with them, and graze on and eliminate aquatic plants.

On some lakes, with a large Rusty Crayfish population, people have stopped swimming, lest they step on one and get pinched. The natural predator of crayfish is Bass. On some lakes, the daily limit has been lowered to 1 per day, with a minimum of 18". On smaller lakes, the species has been controlled by trapping them.

If any lakefront owners are interested in helping the Bass control the Rusty Crayfish, a crayfish trap and fish parts for bait are what is needed. The fish parts must be from Lake Thompson only. The Crayfish Traps will be available at the Fishing Bait and Tackle Shop on North Faust Lake Road for about $9.

In order to identify the Rusty Crayfish from the native species, there is a supply of cards in the kiosk box at the Boat Landing. (You will probably see volunteers at the Boat Landing on the weekends for Aquatic Invasive Species control.) Or contact myself or one of the Board Members. You can always post a question on the website as well. This will also be discussed at the Annual Dinner Meeting in June.

Thanks,

Dennis

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lake Thompson Book

Would you like to participate in a book for Lake Thompson? Then here's your chance. Frosty Smith has started this endeavor and needs some help in accomplishing the final project. There are certainly some stories to tell and with your help we might all be able to enjoy a little history of the Lake. The following is some of the ideas that are possibilities for the book. Dig down deep in your memory banks and see if there is something you can share.


Hello fellow lake property owner,

My name is Charles "Frosty" Smith and I have lived on Lake Thompson for the better
part of 50+ years. Over those years I have seen many changes and also known of many things
that have happened on Lake Thompson. As the years go by many people have moved on or
passed away. I had thought about the people that have lived on Lake Thompson over the years
and they all have many interesting stories and will soon be lost.
I have heard and read about other lakes that have books and thought that it was time for
Lake Thompson to have a book too.
I know that each of you has a story about your time on Lake Thompson.
So here is what I would like from you. Only if you want to share your story.
••••
••

• Something about who you purchased your property from ?
When you purchased you property ?
Fun events, family gatherings, -and weddings?
Something about your family?
How things have changed over the years?
How you enjoy Lake Thompson summer and winter?
Names of parts of the lake? (West Bay, Feldman's Point, Do Do's rock, LUV rocks, Breezy
Point, etc.)
Fish Stories (the BIG one that got away)!
Do you remember the sea plane that would land on the lake and gave sea plane rides?
Do you know when the Lake Thompson Association was formed and who started it ?
What kind of bird hung above the bar at the old "Pinewood Lodge" ?
That there once was a cabin on the second island ?
How Lake Thompson got its name?
So if you would like to share your story with others. I would need what ever you want to provide,
a written story and if you want pictures will also be used. (pictures will be scanned and returned).
I have already received many stories and some pictures and have found them very interesting to
read. I know all of you will enjoy reading stories and happenings of Lake Thompson.
The dead-line will be April 1, 2009
I am hoping to have the book ready by the summer of 2009.
All profits from the sale will to go to the Lake Thompson Association.

Thank you

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