Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association Newsletter

View the latest Winter 2010 issue of RIPPLES the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association's publication online at   The letter from the President Bob Martini is an important must read.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Annual Christmas Get Together...

Remember to click on post to enlarge. Hope to see you there in full Christmas Spirit!

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Damage

Well I'm happy to report that the power went back on for Circle Dr. residents about 4:00 pm on Thursday. Unfortunately, I took a little ride and there were some more trees down. My neighbor torwards the end of the road, Mr. Sammuelson , had one of his trees fall on his roof. He said to avoid damage to his newly sided house they had to have someone who owned a crane come and remove it. Hope all goes well there.Further down the road Skip Trunnel's place had a tree fal that subsequently took out two other trees on it's way down. Luckily though it wasn't near the house.

And at Northern Light Glass I had a window pop out and break on the screen porch. The temp inside was 43 degrees after being without power since sometime Tuesday. So I'm sure those residents were happy to see the WPS truck come. Kari Zambon reported that they had trees go through the roof of 3-4 cabins at Holiday Acres. Poor Kim will be busy I think. The power was also restored to the south side of the lake as I could see lights last night where there was only blackness.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Storm Damage

As I look out at the lake tonight it's mostly black, no lights, except for the ones on my end of the lake. Somehow we escaped the power outage that's plaguing pretty much the rest of the lake. Even though the large tree branch that you see in the pictures completely blocked our driveway, and fell within inches of the electrical pole, we escaped. Most of time we usually seem to be the first to go and the last to get back on, but this time we lucked out. Not to worry I''m sure our time will come again soon. And hopefully I'll be seeing all those lights I usually see in the next day or two. On the news tonight, they said Rhinelander still had 8400 customers without power and that it may take a few days to get power back to all their customers. So in the meantime if you do have power and have some photos you might want to share, send them my way and I'll post them. Otherwise, stay warm and be patient.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lake Thompson Annual Picnic August 2010

Gert Rossi stands over a a delectable spread of tasty dishes .

The guys take in the stunning look of Kim's wooden boat. It is quite impressive.

Everyone looks quite happy visiting with their neighbors, sharing refreshments, waiting for the grill to heat up.

L to R  Neighbors Patty Bast, Ed McEnroe, Jean Kilbane, and Gert Rossi

And our beloved Board member Bob Rossi looking only slightly befuddled :)
Thank you Mary Oelerich for the photos. Sorry it took me awhile to get them logged in here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hey, there are Walleye in the Lake Thompson!

Vern Storm snagged this nice walleye and I just happened to have my camera with me out in the boat so I could take a picture for him. He released this one after the photo, but said he had another for dinner!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The proceeds check from Frosty for the Lake Thompson Stories book. Thanks again Frosty. Photos courtesy of Mary Oelrich. Thank you Mary!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Requested Recipe from the Picnic.....

Roasted Chicken Salad with Basil

1 (21/2-3-pound) Rotisserie chicken
1 3/4 cups cooked green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 3/4 cups cooked corn (about 3 ears)
1 chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 pine nuts toasted
2 garlic cloves crushed
1/3 cup extra virgin olove oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Remove skin from chicken, discard. Remove meat from bones and chop. You should have about 4 cups of meat.
2. Toss chicken, beans, corn, bell pepper, basil and pine nuts in a large bowl.
3. Whisk garlic, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl; pour over salad, tossing gently. Serve 8


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Three interesting articles from the recent issue of Living on the Lake...

Just remember to click on the article and it will enlarge.


I forgot to put the link in for the Spring issue of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association. So sorry. Here it is    Just go to OCLRA Newsletter and click on it. Or navigate the site for lots of pertinent info.

Monday, August 9, 2010


So does this happen to all Fishermen??  Click the video to see what I mean.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Picnic

It was brought to my attention, that I forgot to mention that you need to supply your own plates & silverware for the picnic. See the past post on the picnic for more info.

Important Info on Purple Loosestrife...

From: Lawrence Eslinger

To: "Undisclosed-Recipient:;"

Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 8:51 AM

Subject: Fw: Summer's wet, warm weather fueling invasive plant growth

See the message below regarding the invasive, Purple Loosestrife, which threatens our critically-important wetlands and shoreline habitats. Purple Loosestrife is currently present in a number of areas in Oneida County, and it continues to advance.

Because this plant commonly grows in roadside ditches, local mowing crews should be informed on this species. One mature Purple Loosestrife plant can produce over a million seeds. Therefore, proper precautions should be taken when removing this stuff! Call me for more details.


Lawrence Eslinger

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

3375 Airport Road # 10

Rhinelander, WI 54501


----- Original Message -----

From: invasives

To: invasives

Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 8:21 AM

Subject: Summer's wet, warm weather fueling invasive plant growth

Summer’s wet, warm weather fueling invasive plant growth

Purple Loosestrife

Elizabeth J. Czarapata

MADISON - This summer’s early warm and wet weather is accelerating the germination, growth, and flowering of purple loosestrife, increasing the need for property owners and others to take steps now to prevent these young invaders from spreading to new wetlands.

“We need people to control loosestrife plants on their property and report it everywhere else,” says Brock Woods, who coordinates purple loosestrife control for the Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

“With the wet, warm summer we’re getting more purple loosestrife germination than in past years and in places where we haven’t seen it before. Additional flooding will continue to move this stuff around, causing real problems into the future if we can’t get rid of these first-year plants.”

These new plants can grow to 5 feet, flower, and drop thousands of new seeds in their first year. The seeds, which are very small, disperse easily to new sites, carried by floodwaters, runoff, wind and birds, as well as on hikers’ boots and clothes. They also remain viable in the soil for years.

Kelly Kearns, DNR invasive plant program manager, says that private property owners, who control 75 percent of wetlands statewide, natural resource biologists and other partners will want to act quickly to find and control new infestations.

“The clock is ticking…purple loosestrife started blooming up to three weeks early across the state. It’s easiest to identify them when they’re flowering, and you want to remove plants before they go to seed.”

People can pull young plants to control them or cut larger plants and treat the stumps with herbicide; both methods should be done before seeds drop, she says. When pulling younger plants, be sure to get the entire root and avoid excessively disturbing the soil.

Carefully dispose of purple loosestrife plants that have been pulled or cut in the garbage, first placing them in a bag to prevent the seeds from spreading. A new state law allows landfilling purple loosestrife and other restricted and prohibited plants, Kearns says.

Purple loosestrife has been a serious exotic invader of state wetlands for decades and can grow taller than almost all other herbaceous plants, spread prolifically, and quickly dominate large areas. It can displace native wetland plants, degrade wildlife habitat, displace rare plants and animals and choke waterways.

Biological control methods using special beetles that target purple loosestrife have been successful in more recent years in reducing many existing purple loosestrife plants, but new plants this year could have sidestepped biocontrol in May and June by germinating later, Woods says. Flooding in June and July may also have decimated some control beetle populations, reducing their effectiveness on all loosestrife, both now and in the future.

“Taking a few minutes now to control purple loosestrife on your property will help landowners protect wetlands now and in the future. So will alerting DNR to new purple loosestrife locations elsewhere,” he says.

Be on the lookout, report other invasive wetland plants as well

The warm, wet weather also can provide better germination of other invasive wetland plants as well, Kearns says. Flooding can increase the spread of nonnative phragmites, Japanese knotweed and many other invasives. Water can quickly carry phragmites seeds to new sites and give them more moist places to germinate, especially away from roadside ditches where the first local plants often appear.

Of particular concern are patches of Japanese knotweed growing along rivers and streams where flooding can quickly spread plants or fragments downstream to form new, nearly impenetrable patches that can line stream banks for hundreds of yards.

“Now’s the time to be looking out for other invasive plants that are just starting to spread or are not yet known in the state,” she says. “Many are starting to flower, making them easier to identify. And it’s very important that these species be reported and contained right away to prevent new weedy species from moving across the state.”

Information and photographs of invasive plants Sightings of infestations of invasive plants can be e-mailed to or called in to (608) 267-5066.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brock Woods (608) 221-6349; Kelly Kearns (608) 267-5066

[Editor’s note: Many of DNR’s biologists are in the field or setting up for State Fair. If you do not reach them right away, please leave a message with your name, number, and deadline. They will be checking their voice mail frequently and return your calls.]

Please let me know if you no longer wish to receive these email updates. Thank you.

Maureen Ferry

Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager

Florence County Land Conservation Department

P.O. Box 107

501 Lake Avenue

Florence, WI 54121

Phone: (715) 528-5940

Fax: (715) 528-5720

News from our AIS Coordinator...

----- Original Message -----

From: Lawrence Eslinger

To: "Undisclosed-Recipient:;"

Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:58 AM

Subject: Update on efforts to prevent Invasive Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan





Van Hollen’s Action Seeks Immediate


To Stop Carp

For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:

July 19, 2010 Bill Cosh 608/266-1221

MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice, on behalf of the State of Wisconsin has filed a Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois against the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Wisconsin joins Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to combat the threat.

“I am suing to protect the Great Lakes and to protect the Wisconsin jobs that depend on the health of the Great Lakes. The introduction of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan will irreversibly damage this important resource. The time for action is now,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

This complaint asks the federal district court to enter an injunction to use all available measures, consistent with the protection of public health and safety, to prevent the migration of big head and silver carp (Asian carp) through the Chicago Area Waterway System into Lake Michigan.

The complaint requests that the court order the Army Corps and the Reclamation District take the following actions: 1) block the passage of, capture, or kill big head or silver carp that may already be present in the Chicago Area Waterway System in areas north of the O'Brien Lock and Dam; 2) immediately install nets and other suitable temporary physical barriers to fish passage at strategic locations in the Calumet River; 3) immediately apply fish poison to all locations in the Chicago Area Waterway System where big head or silver carp have been observed or their eDNA have been detected; 4) temporarily close and cease operation of the locks at the O'Brien Lock and Dam and the Chicago River Controlling Works except as needed to protect public health and safety; 5) temporarily close the Sluice Gates at the O'Brien Lock and Dam, the Chicago controlling works, and the Wilmette Pumping Station except as needed to protect public health or safety; 6) immediately install grates or screens over the openings of certain gates; and 7) immediately install nets or other physical barriers to fish passage as needed in the Calumet River. Finally, but not least important, the complaint demands that the Corps expedite a feasibility study developing and evaluating options for the permanent physical separation of the Chicago Area Waterway System from Lake Michigan so as to prevent the transfer of Asian carp or other invasive species between the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes Basin.

On December, 16, 2009, the Wisconsin State Assembly adopted a resolution (2009 Assembly Resolution 16) pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 165.25(1m) that authorized Attorney General Van Hollen “to vigorously pursue every legal means available to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.” Today’s action, taken pursuant to that authority, is part of Attorney General Van Hollen’s continuing legal efforts to stop this invasive species from damaging the Great Lakes environment and Wisconsin’s economy.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Van Hollen, on behalf of the State of Wisconsin, collaborated with other Great Lakes states to move the United States Supreme Court to re-open a decades-old case that involved the Great Lakes and adjacent waterway systems. The states asked the United States Supreme Court to issue injunctive relief that would prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the request on April 26, 2010, but its order did not foreclose today’s action.

Since the Supreme Court’s denial, additional eDNA evidence suggests that the Asian carp are moving closer to Lake Michigan. The complaint filed today alleges that the defendants, through their inaction regarding protecting the lakes from the invasive Asian carp, are unreasonably interfering with a right common to the general public. In addition, the complaint requests judicial review of an unlawful agency action under the federal Administrative Procedure Act.

A copy of the complaint is available at:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lots of calls about the abundance of weeds.....

There have been several inquiries about the tangle of weeds that seems to be abundant this year. It's good that there have been some lake dwellers worried about the possibility that they might be of the invasive type. Here's what the DNR and our AIS Coordinator had to say about them.....

From The DNR and Lawrence Eslinger,  AIS Coordinator:

The nuisance weeds we're experiencing on the Northeast corner of our lake are Small Pond Weeds. They grow in 2-3 meters of water, are native and common i n Wisconsin lakes.

They are probably more prolific this year because of the warm water temperature and clarity of the water this Spring.

Glad to know that they aren't the dangerous ones, and glad that there are people keeping there eyes open and questioning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010



This year’s Annual Picnic will take place at Holiday Acres Resort on Sunday August 15, 2010 at 12:30. Please bring your own meat and a dish to share with your neighbors. Beverages, Grill, and Grill Master, will be provided. We’ll cross our fingers that the weather will cooperate, but in case of rain it will be held in the Coffee Shop at Holiday Acres.

We hope to see you there, in the meantime enjoy the photo below of the Snapping Turtle which I saw on Circle Dr. This guy was about as big as Home Plate!

Kathy Furda – Pres. Board Members

John Harwood – Vice Pres. Joan McEnroe Linda Krebsbach

Kari Zambon – Sec. Dennis Wittig Bob Rossi

Mike Rolling – Tres.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Celeb....

Frosty autographs one of the Lake Thompson Stories books for his sister at the Annual Dinner meeting.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Remember to make the document larger just click on it. Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


The book  LAKE THOMPSON HISTORY AND STORIES  compiled by Frosty Smith  will be the main topic of our Dinner Meeting this year. It will also be your first chance to to get your hands on a copy as they will be available for the first time at the Annual Dinner Meeting for a cost of $20.50. You can reserve a copy and pick it up at the Dinner by contacting Frosty Smith at 715-369-0520. Frosty has also generously donated the proceeds of the book, after costs, to the Lake Thompson Association. So reserve your copy now and pick it up at the meeting, where you'll have a chance to comment with your neighbors about how funny they looked back in 1952, or be amazed at the picture of N. Shore Dr. back in 1904.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Yes, the long awaited book about Lake Thompson will be availble at the Annual Dinner Meeting. Frosty will be selling them there first for $20.50 a copy, with two or more copies priced at $18.50 each. This will be your first chance to obtain a copy so make plans to attend the meeting. After the that date, the price will be $22.50 each with two or more copies at $20.00. The volume contains 196 pages with 77 pages of photos dating from 1904 to the present. I'll have more info later.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Yes, it is now official. The ice went out at 11:28 am on Monday March 29, 2010. SO this would mean that the Ice Out Contest is offically closed. I think Mother Nature does this just to make things difficult for me! Next year we'll have to rethink the deadline date since this has now happened twice within a few years. The weather has been unseasonably pleasant and the snow is pretty much gone except for where it was piled high.So time to think about reopening those places, raking the leaves, turning on the water, and all those other things you do to get ready for the season.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ice Out Flyer

Sorry this is late getting up here, I've been a little busy and really could have used an assistant. Is there anyone out there that would like to apply? I'm currently having trouble with my database so if you did not get a flyer in the mail please let me know. Right now my database seems to be ejecting people at will. So I'm probably going to have to start a new one on different software....not looking forward to that. If you know of anyone that also didn't get a flyer pleases tell them to contact me or check the website. Hopefully we can get this resolved soon. Remember to just click on the flyer to enlarge it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More on The World Ice Fishing Tournament with Photos

 Click on the following link to read an article from the Journal Sentinel as well as photos of the Fishing tourney.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

World Ice Fishing Event Right Here IN RHINELANDER


Check out all the info at this link. This is a pretty big deal for our little town. Click on USA Ice Team.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Qualifying Fishing Tournament on Lake Thompson

For all you fishermen out there check out this link to find out more about the qualifying tournament that was held on Lake Thompson last week.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just a Reminder.....

You can view the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association Newsletter, Ripples, by clicking on Oneida County Lakes & Rivers to the right, then clicking on their web page at the top, then scroll down and click on the blue box titled OCLR newsletters.

It has pertinent information on AIS and VHS concerns,stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers for Ice Anglers, a letter from the president, Bob Martini, and informational websites on more specific topics. The Lake Association is a member of this organization, which helps to protect and preserve the quality and riparian habitat of the inland waters of Oneida County. Check it out.

Meet Our New AIS Coordinator.....

Rememebr to just click on the image to enlarge.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pat Yourself on the Back.......

Lake Thompson residents, as this year we collected 90 pounds of food, and $250 in donations for The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. A special thanks to those snowbirds who couldn't attend the party , but dug deep in their pockets anyway, to help the cause. I think you all made the Lake proud. I will post the site on the right so if you would like to visit there and see what other opportunities there are you can do so. I'll also write a little more about the pantry in a later post. Thank you all for your kind donations.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Recent Northstar Journal Article.....

Just click on the article to enlarge it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas Party Photos

And a good time was had by all.....