Thanks to your continued membership support, your TLPOA organization remains financially healthy, allowing us to proceed with several new initiatives for 2024. Among these is a more comprehensive water quality testing project on both East and West Twin. The new data produced from this project in conjunction with the data we continue to receive from the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) will provide us valuable insight on the current health of our lakes and help obtain grant funding from the State of Michigan if any corrective actions to improve our lakes are warranted.
In addition to the ongoing Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) management on West Twin and aeration on East Twin, your TLPOA Board is working on several new initiatives. Among them:
Are you aware that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks both East and West Twin Lakes every other year with over 60,000 fingerling walleye? We were recently notified that the DNR plans to include both East and West Twin Lakes as two of seven Michigan inland lakes involved in a multi-year walleye monitoring program starting this season. This program involves collecting fish population and water quality data to help the DNR better manage its fish stocking programs. As a bonus to the TLPOA, the DNR will be sharing their collected data with us to further supplement all the water quality data we already collect.
During these winter months, your TLPOA Board of Directors continues to meet virtually with a focus on the following:
A new TLPOA initiative this upcoming year will focus on improving the quality of water entering our lakes via runoff from the Lewiston storm sewer system through a retention pond which has not been improved since its original construction in the 1940s. This rather involved effort is being planned through partnerships between local government and other non-profit agencies. The effort will also search for grant funding that can better leverage our existing TLPOA funds.
Please note we now have a new e-mail address dedicated to the TLPOA:
You should be aware that your TLPOA Board has been following several local issues that could potentially affect the health of our lakes and our members’ lakefront properties. Among them:
If warranted, your TLPOA Board will take a formal position we believe to be in the best interest of our membership and communicate this position through proper channels.
Whether you are just getting your cabin opened for the season, or if you keep it going all year long or are a permanent resident, we hope you will attend our annual TLPOA May Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lewiston Elementary School.
Our May membership meeting is structured to inform you what your TLPOA Board of Directors has been doing this past off-season and provide you any updates on the long-term projects in place to help protect our beautiful lakes. This meeting also provides you, our membership, an opportunity to ask questions and state your opinions and/or concerns regarding issues related to our Twin Lakes.
As a result of our TLPOA membership drive this past summer, many new East and West Twin lakefront owners were identified. So, if you are viewing this newsletter for the first time, we say welcome and ask that you seriously consider becoming TLPOA members if you have not already done so. And for our current and past TLPOA members, we sincerely thank you for your longstanding support.
Your TLPOA Board believes that all property owners on our beautiful lakes should be TLPOA members to help protect the significant investments we all have for enjoying a lakefront experience. As such we conducted a membership campaign this past summer in an attempt to increase our membership. I am happy to report that we successfully recruited 66 new TLPOA members, 21 of which joined at the Lake Steward level. Many thanks go out to Tom & Bonnie Page who have led this successful membership drive.
One of the new projects we are working on involves the reduction of excess phosphorous into our lakes. I would encourage you to read the article in this newsletter detailing the considerations your TLPOA Board is making regarding this project.
This has certainly been an unusual year for our lake association. Not having met as a membership since August 2019, we met virtually this past May to give our membership an update on the various TLPOA projects and to address questions and concerns. If you missed the live event, you can still view the presentation material at this website. TLPOA membership remains strong but has dropped somewhat over the past couple years. As a result, we are planning a membership campaign to reach the many new residents on our lakes. You can do your part by making any new neighbors aware of our organization and pointing them to this TLPOA website.
It has now been over a year since we last held a TLPOA membership meeting or social event including our annual Beach Party. And while our future event schedule remains clouded due to continued health department restrictions and guidelines, your TLPOA Board has decided to hold a virtual ZOOM gathering for our Spring membership meeting. This will allow the Board to review our ongoing projects and events with our membership and allow you as members to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. This meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 29th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this past year has certainly curtailed many of our TLPOA activities, membership meetings, and social events particularly. But I can assure you the following priorities continued through 2020 per our mission of maintaining the quality of our lakes:
While an improving pandemic situation is expected this coming year, it remains questionable if we will be back to normal anytime soon. Your TLPOA Board views communication with our TLPOA membership as extremely important...
Tom Conquest will take over as the new president. Over the past few years or so, Tom has been the lead coordinating our EWM (Eurasian watermilfoil) management program. He also served as secretary. He’s done an outstanding or our association and I’m excited to have him as our new president.
The November newsletter marks the issue when we begin requesting dues and donations for the coming year. Dues and recommended donations remain unchanged from last year. I hope we can count on your continued support and generosity. I would ask one additional thing from membership and that is if you are aware of someone new to our lakes, please help to welcome them to this great community and share the fact that we have an association that might be worth joining. We always have extra newsletters and if you let us know, I’ll be glad to mail them one.
I want to thank all of you for practicing safe physical distancing, for wearing masks in public places, and most of all, for respecting the wishes of those who have had to pull back from doing certain things in order to stay safe. Lewiston, Michigan and our beautiful lakes will continue to be that unbelievably special place where so many wonderful memories are created. On behalf of your Board of Directors, we thank you for your generosity and support. If you know someone new to the lake, consider introducing them to TLPOA and share this newsletter with them. The TLPOA Board has continued to meet via conference calls this summer and will continue to support those projects that help to keep our lakes healthy and safe for generations to come.
No one can predict with certainty how our lives will change after we get through these difficult times. All of us, without prejudice, have been reminded that the health and safety of our loved ones and all those we hold dear is, and should be, Priority Number One.
We know our lifestyles will have to adjust. Some call it “the new normal”, or “new abnormal”. The fact is: we are just beginning to learn what will likely change forever, or at least for the foreseeable future. Some will find many of the changes disheartening, to say the least. While that may all be true, one thing is for certain: we will continue to be blessed with many wonderful times the life on these two beautiful lakes provides.