Beware the Bear in AuSable Acres

There have been several sightings of a large bear tearing into bird feeders in the AuSable Drive and Elm St. area. If you haven’t seen one yet and you have a bird feeder, you probably will.  It would be a good idea to take your feeders down! You have been advised!

Rosemary Barry, AAPOA President

Lake Eaton Gets Rid of Dead Wood!

On Friday, June 17, a group of AAPOA members worked for most of the day to clear out dead trees and remove brush that was interfering with the growth of other trees. The end result is that the lake area really looks lovely and our members and guests will be able to enjoy it during the picnic on 7/2 and beyond. Vern Gonyea, Loyd Brewer, Frank Krueger, Kevin McDonough, Ian Ellbogen, Kathy and Pete DeFina made up the work crew. Thank you all from the rest of us. This was very hard work and is greatly appreciated. Work crews, both on and off the trails, could always use more help. If you wish to volunteer, please send me an email and we will add you to our list.  See you on July 2nd.

You have to have the proper tools.

You have to have the proper tools.

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Wonderful Offer for the Pavilion

I am so happy to tell you that the Johanson family has offered to match any pavilion donations that come to the AAPOA in order for us to complete the pavilion. As you know from my last post, we need about $5000 to complete the work.  The Johansons will match donations up to $2500. This is very generous of them. Please consider sending an additional donation to the AAPOA. We appreciate anything you can give. We are so close to completing this beautiful project that our members will enjoy for many year. Thanks for your support and a big thank you to Eric and John Johanson.

Taken on 5/13.

Taken on 5/13. 

Rosemary Barry, AAPOA President

AAPOA Pavilion update

As you know, construction began on our beautiful pavilion in early April. It is nearing completion as I write to you.  We collected $23,669 from members’ generous donations. To date we have $568.00 left. The money was spent on materials and labor, both of which we got at reduced costs. Loyd Brewer and Phil Dooley reduced their labor rate considerably and donated some materials, too. We got discounts on the wood whenever we could. The board knows how to stretch a dollar.

There are a few things left to do. They include installing electricity (pole, cables, switches, lights, etc.), complete the siding, enclose the ceiling, make tables and purchase a gas grill.  Many of these things will be accomplished by the July 2nd picnic.  The electric may take a little longer. We really could use between $4500 – $5500 to complete the project without using our funds that are budgeted for the rest of our expenses.  If anyone would be willing to contribute to the pavilion, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please send a check to AAPOA, Box 8, AuSable Forks, NY 12912 and enclose a note stating that it is for the pavilion.

Taken on 5/13.

Taken on 5/13.

We know our members will enjoy the pavilion for many years to come. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by when you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks in advance for your continued generosity.

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@37.60.251.185 and it will be yours. Thank you.

Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA