Three Board Candidates Bios

Rosemary Barry 

My husband, Doug, and I have owned our home in the Acres for 18 years. Since we retired as elementary school teachers we spend about 5 months a year here enjoying

our home. We have grown to love the beauty, amenities and people in the Acres. I served on the board for ten years, six as president. I left the board in 2017. I continue to be involved with the AAPOA newsletter, website and new owner information.   During my terms, we completely renovated one tennis court, installed a volleyball net, completed a pavilion at the lake and celebrated the 50 anniversary of AuSable Acres in 2013 with a great picnic and fireworks display. 

I am running for a one year term to fill the seat vacated by Rick Bremer. I believe I can be of assistance to Pete DeFina and the rest of the board as they continue to do the important work that the AAPOA does in enforcing our Covenants and Restrictions so the Acres continues to be the beautiful place that we all want it to be.


Tricia Koch

My husband, Allan Watnik, and I have lived in the Acres part-time for a little over two years. We love the quiet solitude of living in the woods. We have met the most wonderful, kind people and made so many new friends. We do have ties to our home in Fairport, New York, but know that we will be full-time in the Acres when the time is right. 

I have lived in upstate New York for more than forty years and was actively involved in my neighborhood association while living in Rochester. I began my career as a Medical Technologist but when I found myself doing science experiments with my Brownie and Girl Scout troupes I decided to switch careers and became a high school Chemistry teacher for the next 23 years. My two daughters continue to bring me great joy. One of my daughters just bought a vacation home in the Acres and her sister is mom to our two beautiful grand-daughters. I enjoy quilting and gardening. I love the beauty of the Adirondacks, hiking and kayaking. 

The Acres is such a special place and I want to “give back.” I feel my life’s experiences will help me represent you on the board. I look forward to meeting many more neighbors and learning more about the AuSable Acres in the years to come. Thank you for your consideration.

Ian Ellbogen

My name is Ian Ellbogen.  My wife and I live and work in Montreal and we have owned our cabin on River Road for the past 18 years.  We are here most weekends and for longer periods of time quite often.  Our main activates include skiing—both varieties—and hiking the many trails and high peaks in the Adirondacks.

I am friends with several current and past Board members and have participated in past trail maintenance days and other work activities.  I have agreed to run for one of the vacant positions this year and if elected will continue to work to keep AuSable Acres a great place to own a house.

New Information from NYS DPS Regarding FWWC Rate Increase Request

To: Residents of AuSable Acres

From:  Pete DeFina, President of AAPOA

Re:  Recent communication with the Department of Public Service

On May 7th I received a call from Mr. Michael Horan who works for the Department of Public Service (DPS), which is the state governmental agency that oversees water companies such as Forever Wild.  As you are hopefully aware the DPS is in the process of reviewing the Forever Wild Water Company’s (FWWC) request for a rate increase.

He stated that the DPS received 50 public comments regarding this rate increase request.  If you would like to review these comments you can access the DPS site using the following link:

He stated that many of those comments were concerned about the use of the $50 surcharge that has been a part of our quarterly water bill since 2009.  To address these specific comments the DPS prepared a document titled “Summary or Revenues and Expenditures for Forever Wild Water Company, Inc’s Escrow Account from 2009 to 2017.

That $50 surcharge portion of our quarterly water bills has to be accounted for separately and held in an escrow account to be used for infrastructure purposes.  This account and the expenditures made from this account is overseen and reviewed by the DPS.  Mr. Horan asked specifically if I would share this document with the residents of AuSable Acres.  And, accordingly, the 18 page document created by the DPS is attached to this posting. Click on the attachment below and then click on the page that is showing and the entire document will open for you.

Summary of Revenues and Expenses for Forever Wild Water Company, Inc.’s Escrow Account from 2009 to 2017




Help Protect our Turtles

Notice: Please be on the lookout.  We have turtles crossing the roads in the Acres.  We ask everyone to use extra caution and watch for turtles crossing our roads.  We know at least one location on Ridgetop, by the first house on the right coming from AuSable Drive, where turtles are frequently crossing the road.  


Also:  With the warmer weather and summer just around the corner hikers, bikers, and children will be out on our roads. Please be cautious and help keep our roads safe! 

Pete DeFina, AAPOA President