Catherine Bartholow (the Eckhardt's daughter) wrote recently to let me know of her father's passing. I've included the link for his obituary :
"Steve and I visited with my parents on the 24th, and although very weak, Dad was witty, sharp, and dignified, and content."
We send our sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
A message from Tom Welch.
One thing we can do to maintain the health of our lake is to remind all of your guests to make certain that all boating equipment is free of weeds, mud, and all water is drained from their boats and live wells, before entering our lake, and when leaving.
Tom Welch is in charge of our Clean Boats/Clean Waters boat inspection program and now has ten volunteers watching our public boat landing to educate and remind boaters to keep their equipment free of weeds, and to drain all water from boats and live wells. Over the Fourth of July, our volunteers put in twenty six hours and checked in fifty three boats. So far this year year our Clean Boats Volunteers have put in 87 hours and inspected many, many boats.
We want boaters to know that we are watching when they come to use our lake and hope they will get in the habit of cleaning their boats and trailers and there will be less weed transfer from one lake to another. This could be the best investment you can make in the future health of our lake and our property values. A recent study concluded that property values decreased an average of seventeen percent when a lake becomes infected with invasive plants and Zebra mussels. Zebra mussels have recently been found in northern Wisconsin lakes.
We still do not have adequate coverage for watching our boat landing, so if you have even an hour a week to volunteer, please call Tom Welch, at (715) 362-6384, for information, or with any questions.