Hello Everyone,
Cooler temperatures did not deter people from the WLA Ice Cream Social and Food Drive. Not only did everyone enjoy ice cream, games and good conversation, the WLA members contributed money and non perishable food items for the Franklin food pantry and soup kitchen. I received thank you notes from both the Interfaith Food Pantry and Bread and Roses Kitchen this week. The generosity of the WLA members contributed 256 pounds of non perishable food items and $200 in cash donations to these organizations. To quote the note from the Kitchen, “The Board, along with all its volunteers and especially the people we serve twice a week, are especially grateful for your support of our organization.” The Food Pantry wrote ” The Association’s effort to collect and deliver that quantity of food conveys a clear understanding of the hunger needs in this community, and we are grateful for your generosity and compassion!” I would also like to extend my thanks to everyone who contributed to our outreach for the City of Franklin. Special thanks also to ice cream scoopers, Marcia Feener, Bonnie Moore and Denise Steadman.
The summer season is coming to an end. Boats are slowly leaving the lake and docks are being removed. Leaves will soon be changing color and Webster Lake will be beautiful for another Fall season. A couple of reminders as you are closing up your cottages. The lake is typically drawn down the week of Columbus Day, so keep that in mind as you decide when to take your boats out of the water.  Also, if your septic system is in need of pumping, Rowell’s Services will be having Webster Lake Days on Friday, October 11th and Tuesday, October 15th. On these 2 days they offer a discount on the fee for pumping. When you call for an appointment, mention your cottage is on Webster Lake and you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate.
Thank you for the many beautiful photos of the lake submitted for the WLA calendar. We are working on creating the calendar and I will keep you posted when it is  available for sale.  Some photos were less than 1MB in size and therefore were not able to be used. Please be mindful of the size when submitting photos for next year. Remember we are looking for photos that capture the beauty of the lake year round, so keep those cameras handy if you are here this Fall or visit during the Winter. We hope to have the Fall Newsletter mailed out in mid October. If you are interested in writing an article for the newsletter, please let me know.
July and August provided perfect summer weather for us to enjoy the lake. The cooler temperatures may not entice you to be in the water, but it is still beautiful to sit on the dock and enjoy the scenery. I am thankful that we have not had any cyanobacteria outbreaks this season. We cannot always explain why they do or don’t occur, but we do know that too much nutrient loading can help stimulate outbreaks. Please continue to be vigilant about protecting and preserving our lake. We are trying to keep our lake healthy. It won’t happen on its own, thus I appreciate everyone being mindful of the steps they can take to keep Webster Lake the gem it is.
Happy Fall,

Val