The Acres Gets Ready for Summer

Last Saturday, May 20th, Bill and Lynne Johnson, Charlie and Elyse Roller, Bob & Lou Moriarty and Kate and Zach Zientko participated in the roadside cleanup which was organized by board members Joe DeMarco and Loyd Brewer.  Thanks to our members who have adopted roads throughout the Acres, the cleanup crew focused on side roads.  Gerry and Michelle Loughren and Fran Shumway cleaned AuSable Dr. from one end to the other before the scheduled cleanup.

I want to thank all those who have adopted roads and who participated in the cleanup. Since all of us have a stake in keeping the Acres beautiful, it is wonderful to have so many helpers.

The bathrooms are now open and the water fountain has been turned on for the summer.  The tennis court net is up and we have a new volunteer, Jim Jacobs, who will take care of the court. Thanks, Jim.

Paul Longenderfer and the trail committee had a work day early in May. They have plenty to do and will have another day in October.  Thanks to all the hard workers who keep the trails in such great shape. It is an endless project.

I look forward to seeing you on July 1st at the meeting and at the picnic.

Rosemary Barry, AAPOA President

AAPOA Members and Board Clean Up Roads and Lake Area

Last Saturday, August 20, 12 AAPOA members, including 6 board members, cleaned up the litter again. This time, though, thanks to our Adopt-A-Road volunteers who do many of our roads regularly, the task was not as bad as it has been on other occasions.  Ron & Pat Levine, Frank Krueger, Rosemary & Doug Barry, Lou Moriarty, Phil Dooley, Loyd Brewer, Rick and Connie Bremer, and Pete & Kathy DeFina cleaned up Cross St., Sawmill Rd., AuSable Drive and the lake area. We didn’t have to do all of AuSable Drive because Fran Shumway cleaned from the lake to AuSable Forks the day before. Thanks Fran.  As you drive on our roads, take a peek at how nice they look. If only they would stay that way! Our next cleanup will be in May. Hope to see more of you at that one!

Rosemary Barry, AAPOA President

Few, but diligent, hard workers for Roadside Cleanup

On Saturday, May 21, there were just six people to clean the main roads in the Acres.  Elyse and Charlie Roller, Joe DeMarco, Pat and Ron Levine and Pam Brewer did all they could to clean AuSable Drive of winter’s accumulated litter.  It really is too bad that so few people showed up. It is, of course, also too bad that there are so many people who throw litter. While our Adopt A Road has had success attracting volunteers, it has been mostly for the less travelled roads, the lake area and silver trail.  Most of Sawmill Dr. has been adopted as well. We need some people to adopt sections of AuSable Drive and regularly pick up the litter. We will have another roadside cleanup on Saturday, August 20, 2016. If we cannot get enough help, it will be something the board will no longer schedule and conduct.  With so many people here, we should be able to get 20-30 people to give an hour or two of their time twice a year. The board can’t do it all. Please consider adopting a section of AuSable Drive, especially from the lake to AuSable Forks.  If you are willing, simply send me an email at president@ausableacres.org and it will be yours. Thank you.

Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA

Response to Roadside Cleanup

I received this email after the posts about the Roadside Cleanup. I got the sender’s permission to pass it on to you. Here it is:

Just wanted to say ” Thank You ” to all of those who helped with the clean up! We live in New Jersey and are not up there for a lot of the things that go on. But once we retire things will be different. It is so sad that people throw out their garbage on the side of the road! It it that hard to take it back home and throw it out? Or go and put in a trash can at a business if you can’t stand it in your car! People in the area should be vigilant about getting plate #’s of people doing this from their car. I have no problem doing this myself. Someone did this at my home and I waited till they left their car and picked up their trash and put it on their hood with a note that if I saw this again I would report them (I had their plate #). They never did it again. I am interested in seeing the next newsletter what ideas you have to help solve this. Again, thank you to all those who helped. Kathleen C.

Also, several more people volunteered to Adopt A Road so we are off to a good start. If anyone wishes to adopt the picnic area to keep it clean and/or remove fallen branches, that can be done, too.  Just let me know. It is clear that there is a lot to do to keep the Acres looking lovely and the more helpers we have the easier and more successful we will be. Thanks.

See you at the picnic tomorrow. Don’t forget your chairs.

Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA

Roadside Cleanup: Good News/Bad News

On Saturday, August 29th, 13 AAPOA members met at Lake Eaton to perform our semi-annual cleanup. The good news is that there were thirteen members who came out on a beautiful Saturday morning for this task. They were: Ray Longinetti, Rick Bremer, Bill and Lynne Johnson, Mignon and Martin Tyler, Laurie George, Greg and Nancy MacDonald, Loyd Brewer, Doug and Rosemary Barry, and chairperson Joe DeMarco.  Thanks to their hard work, AuSable Drive, Sawmill Rd and Cross St. were all thoroughly cleaned.  For a few hours everything looked lovely.

Now the bad news. By Sunday morning there was already trash along the side of the roads and it was worse on Monday morning.  You get the picture. I simply don’t understand how people can throw trash from a car in such a beautiful area (or any area, actually.)  My next post is going to explain a new program that the AAPOA has begun to try to get a handle of this.

Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA