March, Many Weathers
Fogs in February mean frost in May

On March 14th Daylight Savings Time Begins.

Beware the ides of March, on the 15th.

Around March 19th chipmunks emerge from hibernation.

March 21st Pocahontas buried in Gravesend, England, 1617.

March 22nd Wamponoag chief Massasoit signed peace treaty with Pilgrims in 1621.

Palm Sunday is on the 28th.

The Full Worm Moon rises the 29th.

First Day of Passover on the 30th.

The 4th Annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza.

The wine was flowing, cheese trays were abundant, and about 120 people attended this year's event. Kim Curry, event Chairperson, with the assistance of her husband Tim, and fellow board member Teri Holland made this year another great success, thank you Kim, Tim, and Teri. In addition, thank you to All About Wine and several of their suppliers for offering such excellent samples for the tasting. The Springfield Motor Boat Club once again did an outstanding job of helping make this event another great one. Over 60 guests were seated after the tasting and treated to an appetizing dinner to top off a great evening. Thanks to all that attended for the continued support of your SLSIA. This year's success will most likely mean that this event will continue for years to come.

Lake Springfield Clean Up Day
Larry & Loretta Michaud will be chairing our annual Lake Springfield Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 1. We meet at The Springfield Motor Boat Club at 9 a.m. for coffee and a bit of energy before receiving our assigned cleanup areas and heading out with gloves and garbage bags in hand. In a year where much of the funding from our city government is being cut and many jobs are being cut, please try to find time to assist in this worthy cause to help beautify Lake Springfield. This event has been ongoing for many years and assists Lake Services in getting a head start on cleaning up any garbage that has accumulated over the winter months. Many participate by cleaning up their own lanes but the parks and other open areas are in need too. You do not have to be a leaseholder to participate so invite out a friend or two or five and get involved, and get some fresh air and exercise to boot. Thanks in advance for your help! For more information call Larry & Loretta at 529-3886.

CWLP-IDNR Youth Boating Clinics Scheduled
In cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), City Water, Light, and Power will offer two Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics this spring. The one day courses will be held on Saturday, March 27, and Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the utility's Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive.

The free classes are open to anyone 12 years or older but are especially geared to teens. Everyone who successfully completes the class will receive a boating Safety Certificate from IDNR, which is required for those aged 12 through 17 who wish to pilot motorized watercraft solo on Illinois waterways. Course content includes: basic boat knowledge, equipment, navigation, safety on and in the water, emergency measures, and skippers duties.

Although the Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics are free, persons wishing to attend must pre-register by calling 757-8600, ext. 1203. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and each participant should bring a sack lunch and drink.

The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics originated as a memorial to Melissa Kwedar, a Springfield teen who was killed in a 1982 boating accident. For that reason, there is special emphasis on the safe boating habits of youth.

Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association Sherel Nutt Memorial Scholarship Increase To $1200.00 For 2010.
The Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association (homeowners on Lake Springfield) offers two $1,000.00 Sherel Nutt Scholarships for graduating seniors going on to college in the fall. Due to some additional funding in 2010 the SLSIA board of directors is very pleased to announce a $200.00 increase for the scholarship. During these hard economic times and with the cost of higher education we hope to make a difference for two students wanting to continue their education.

All seniors attending public or private schools in the Springfield, Chatham or Rochester School Districts (schools that border Lake Springfield) are eligible to apply for these cash awards. The only requirement to awarding these scholarship funds is that students must continue their education this fall ­ be it a public or private community college, 4 year college or university.

Grades, extra curricular activities/community service, two letters of recommendation and a written essay on "What Lake Springfield has meant to you" are the key elements of the application. A senior does not have to live on Lake Springfield to apply.

Applications are available at each high school in the Springfield, Chatham, and Rochester School Districts, from Association Board members, clubs on Lake Springfield or through the Association's web site www.lakespringfield.org.

An April 16, 2010, deadline has been established for receipt of applications. The Association has established a committee to review the applications and will announce the winners of the scholarships in early May, before high school graduation. The scholarships are named after a long time serving board member who believed in the preservation of Lake Springfield, volunteering for community service, achievement and the future of our youth.

Lincoln Memorial Garden Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts
The memorial garden's annual pancake and sausage breakfasts will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 20-21 and 27-28. A silent auction will be held in the gift shop. The menu includes pancakes, pork sausage and maple syrup made from the garden's maple trees.

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Reservations are required. Call 529-1111.

Calling All Artists and Art Enthusiasts
Lincoln Memorial Garden's first "Art in the Garden" summer fund-raiser was such a success last year that they're doing it again. They're issuing a Call for Artists to submit nature-inspired work for an all-day public event at the not-for-profit Garden by the lake.

When: "Art in the Garden will be held on Saturday June 26. A rain date has been set for June 27.

What: Artists may submit original works reflecting the spirit of the Garden for a juried exhibition and/or spend the day of the event creating original art outdoors, en plein air, along the Garden's trails and lanes. "Art in the Garden" will be open to artists of all ages and media, except video, including but not limited to drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, fabric and ceramics. The Garden also has created a new category for "green" artwork and is encouraging artists to repurpose materials for their work.

Artwork accepted for the juried exhibition or created en plein air will become the property of Lincoln Memorial Garden and will be auctioned off to raise funds for the maintenance of the Garden's 110 acres of woodland and prairie. However, all artists who participate in the event will be offered other dates to sell their works in the Garden's Nature Center.

Juried Show: Submissions to a two-person jury will be accepted at the Garden Between May 1 and May 14. Those accepted will be displayed in the community during the month of June.

En plein air: Artists will need to preregister with the Garden by June 15. This activity will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Garden on the day of the event. The public will be invited to watch artists at work.

A public reception, including silent and public art auctions, will be held in the Nature Center from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be no admission charge for the reception.

Valuable assistance with the Garden initiative came from members of the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society and the Sangamon Watercolor Society.

Entry forms and the rules of the event will be available on the Garden's website at www.lgmc.org.

For more information, contact Jim Matheis, executive director of the Garden, at 217-529-1111 (email lmg2301@comcast.net).

JLS Kitchen Tour
The Junior League of Springfield is looking for lake homeowners willing to have their homes on its kitchen tour, to be held Sunday, May 2nd from 12-4. The TOUR is a long-standing community event which raises money for JLS to distribute back to the local community. Designers will be available to help willing homeowners maximize the impact of their kitchens.

If you are (or might be) interested in being on the Kitchen Tour, or would like to get more info about the event or suggest a potential home, please contact Suzanne Borland, 24 Long Bay, at 529-5334 or jimandsuzanne@msn.com. Thanks for your help.

Video Of Snow Geese On Lake Springfield
Everyone has been talking about the migration of the tens of thousands snow geese on Lake Springfield this year. Visit our web site www.lakespringfield.org to see some great pictures, click on an awesome video, and learn more about the behavior of the birds that so recently carpeted the lake. The video can be seen at http://www.humzoo.com/video/player/?vid=1503

Nuisance Canadian Geese
If there are resident Canadian Geese that bother you, Steve Frank Environmental/Runoff manager for CWLP has sent me some information on a product you can use to rid your lot of the geese. This is a water safe product that CWLP was informed about at the Annual Lake Managers Conference. The web site is www.FlightControl.com.

One gallon treats 43,560 square feet and the cost runs $25-$30 per 5,000 square feet of coverage.

Resident Eagles
Our resident eagles have been seen at last years nesting site on Midland Island. Hopefully, they had a nice vacation, and will successfully raise another family here at the lake. Many of their friends and relatives have been seen below Spaulding Dam in recent weeks, and there is a pair that may be preparing to nest over at Lake Sangchris. Numbers of the birds have been down along the Illinois River, but they seem to like Sangamon and Christian Counties.

Membership Applications
The success of our association is based on membership participation. We appreciate you being a paid member and supporting your association. Applications have been coming in and the board thanks you for responding so well to the changes we made in the dues collection process. This will enable us to process the applications and produce a directory for you. Those of you that have ordered address signs can expect to receive them earlier as well. An extra thanks too all of you that have made an extra contribution to our legal defense, safety, and general funds.

The 2010 Membership Directory is now in the process of being compiled. Please be sure to send in a membership application with your $20.00 dues fee to become a paid member. If you have misplaced your application, one can be downloaded from our web site www.lakespringfield.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Tom Hiler, President at 529-4129 or e-mail slsiapres@gmail.com. Thanks for your continued support and participation in SLSIA.

CWLP has expressed their appreciation for the fact that 354 property signs have been ordered by lease holders. 306 are individual orders. The remaining are duplicates as some folks have added signs to the front and sides of their property in addition to the lake side. Please remember that is it vital to have your address posted on the lake side in order to guide assistance from the water to your property in case of an emergency. Emergencies can be a number of things such as a boating accident or a heart attack or even a fire. If you are interested in ordering a sign, please enclose a check for $25.00 made out to the Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association, P.O. Box 4132, Springfield, IL 62708. Please include a note with your address (example: 50 Oak Lane) and your telephone number. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by emergency workers as well as your neighbors. After all, by completing this simple task, it could save a life.

Community Health Corner
By Memorial Medical Center

Free Family Health History Tool

Let's see, I think Aunt Sadie cancer, but I don't know what kind of cancer she had. Uncle John had a heart attack when he was in his 50s ­ or was it a stroke? Did grandpa have diabetes? And I think my dad had high cholesterol, or maybe it was high blood pressure . . . I don't remember which.

Ever have difficulty filling out your family health history at the doctor's office? It can be confusing to keep straight all the stories you may have heard, and even more difficult to know about things your family may have never openly discussed.

As knowledge increases about the role of genetics in disease processes, finding out as much as you can about your family health history may be important not only to you but for your children and future generations. Sometimes a family pattern of susceptibility to a disease isn't noticeable until you begin to track and write it all down. One way to do this is through a free online tool provided by the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"My Family Health Portrait" (www.familyhistory.hhs.gov) provides a place for you to record health information about your blood relatives, creating a customized family tree for your personal use. You can print out copies to share with your family. You may also take copies to your doctors to help them provide more informed care to you. A family history can identify areas of increased risk and help you be aware of the possible need for screenings for cancer, heart disease or other conditions. It may also make you more alert to early warning signs for certain illnesses.

The Web site is convenient fairly easy to navigate and it typically takes only 15-20 minutes to fill it out to fill out your history. If you have a large family, it may take a bit longer. If you need to update your records, you can do that. For privacy, you download your family information to your own computer. It is not stored online at the Web site. Privacy suggestions are provided if you want to share your information with family members.

If you have never compiled your family health history, start by filling out what you know. Then sit down and have some important conversations with your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or siblings to complete the missing pieces. You might be surprised by what you learn. And your relatives may well want to use what you discover as a starting point to create their own healthy history record.

For more information go online to www.familyhistory.hhs.gov.

"Hunger Relief"
This tax season you can Support Hunger Relief on Your State Tax Form. A new Tax Check-off Program will help feed the hungry throughout Illinois.

By checking off "Hunger Relief" listed in Schedule G and entering your contribution amount on Line i, your donation will benefit Feeding Illinois (www.feedingillinois.org), a coalition of the eight Feeding America food banks covering the entire state of Illinois. To remain on the tax form each year, total donations from residents must reach at least $100,000. There is no limit to the amount an individual can donate.

The tax check-off enables Illinois residents to have a direct impact in fighting hunger.
Items for sale
If you want to advertise to sell a boat, a lift, or something to use around the lake; send Tom Hiler an e-mail at slsiapres@gmail.com

2000 Crownline 192BR, 19 ft, Mercruiser 4.3 liter engine, Blue and Opal, Trailer and Cover, Low hours, Good condition, $10,000. Dale and Cathy Becker home # 529-5715

For sale: 16' Wenonah Adirondack Canoe (RoyaleXÑ68lbs.)
Asking $800.00. Please call Mary at 217 370-1952

David & Teri Neff are moving out of state and will sell their lake home at 33 Oak Lane: 4bed/3bath, office, 3 fireplaces, Galva Lift boatdock, 420 ft. shoreline, 1.42 acres featured in Master Gardener Garden Walk, Chatham Schools with easy access to I 55, panoramic views, all appliances stay, including Jenn-air stove and like new Pakel-Fisher washer and dryer. The guest bedroom in the lower level has its own private patio and large sitting area which could be used as an in-law suite. For more information contact David or Teri Neff (217) 585-6749.

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Paul Williams of Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty.

Thank you to all of our great sponsors, Donna's House of Type and Interactive Data Technology; Paul Williams of Coldwell Banker/Devonshire Realty; Jim Fulgenzi of Remax; Don O'Connor of Connor Company; Becky Hendricks of The Real Estate Group; Jeff Smith, JLS Marine, Inc. specializing in Hewitt Lifts and EZ Dock PWC Lifts and Docks; Justin Tintori, Tintori Powerwashing Inc.; Don Smith's Lawn Service and a great band with music for all occasions; Terry Taylor of The Boat Dock offering Bayliner, Tracker, Nitro, Sun Tracker, Mercury and Crownline Boat, Lake Springfield Marina & Sunsetter's Waterfront Bar & Grill, The Prop Sock, B & R Construction, Touchless Boat Covers of Central Illinois and to our newest sponsor the Villa Maria Meeting and Retreat Center.

Paul Williams of Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty is a full time full service real estate broker. He was referred to our sponsorship opportunity by fellow lake homeowner Dr. David Leiber. Paul attended WIU and has over 30 years marketing experience, and customer satisfaction in central Illinois. He has been married to Dawn for 34 years and has one child and one grandchild. Activities include home restoration, redecorating, boating, muscle cars, gardening and cooking. Paul specializes in residential real estate only. He says he is looking for nice people who want to buy or sell a home on Lake Springfield, Rochester, Chatham, Sherman, Springfield and surrounding areas. Paul can be reached by phoning 725-2429 or his office at 547-6655. Visit www.cbdevonshire.com/paulwilliams for more information.

Gus Pflugmacher of Salt N' Pepper Band, 3 Tenors Orchestra, Pflugmacher & Sergent Income Tax & Accounting Service: Gus has been a Lake Springfield resident since 1973. He over 50 years experience in the music business and can accommodate all occasions.

Don O'Connor, Connor Company was established in Springfield in 1983. Connor Co. is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating and air conditioning products. Our new facility is located at 1400 South 9th Street in Springfield and features an extraordinary plumbing showroom that is open to the public Monday through Friday. We welcome all lake residents to stop in and see what we consider the best showroom between St. Louis and Chicago. Please visit us on the web at www.connorco.com or give Don a call at 544-9612.

Jim Fulgenzi, Remax is a 17 year veteran realtor who specializes in one of a kind homes in exclusive areas. Visit Jim's website at jim@yourhome101.com or call him direct at 341-5393 or at his office at 787-7215.

Becky Hendricks, Realtor for The Real Estate Group is an association member and a lake home owner. Becky has been serving her customers successfully with both listing homes as well as finding just the right home that your family is looking for many years. Becky is well known and respected throughout our community and will work very hard for you and your family. For all your real estate needs, please call Becky at 787-7000 and visit her website at www.beckyhendricks.com.

The Villa Maria Conference and Retreat Center on Lake Springfield opened as an educational facility in the 1950s to aid in the formation of priests. While the school has been closed for over 20 years, its educational mission continues on today. The Villa Maria has evolved into a conference and retreat center. Its tranquil and reflective atmosphere makes it an excellent choice for business meetings, training sessions, and conferences. There are two large conference rooms fully equipped with audio/visual systems and breakout rooms. In addition, overnight accommodations are available. The Villa Maria has its own kitchen staff to prepare delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Our location and facilities make us the perfect choice for your next retreat or meeting. The Villa Maria is also the perfect venue for family celebrations, graduation parties, birthday parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, reunions (class & family), employee dinners, seminars, youth group event and parish picnics. Call Mary Ann (217-529-2213), villa@dio.org, to schedule a tour.

The Lake Springfield Marina and Sunsetter's Waterfront Bar & Grill! The marina is the only local boat dealer located on the water as well as the only dealer offering 7 day/week service during the summer months. The marina is proud to offer Lake Springfield homeowners priority service, lake calls and no-cost account charges for fuel, food and accessories while on the lake. With the highest service designations in the area, the marina is uniquely qualified to assist you with your watercraft needs while representing only the best names in the business - like Yamaha, SeaDoo, Mercury and Starcraft. Visit www.lakespringfieldmarina.com or phone the Marina at 483-3625.

The PropSock allows you to change props in a secure working environment and prevents your parts and tools from falling into the water. Great for all recreational boating, fishing, water skiing, sightseeing . . . When you purchase The PropSock, you support the services provided by Goodwill Industries, Springfield www.thepropsock.com.

Donna's House of Type and Interactive Data Technologies is a creative studio specializing in typesetting, print and web design. They have 18 years of experience developing and managing commercial websites and over 40 years of experience in the print design and typesetting industry. Donna is the mastermind behind our beautiful and informative website.

Since 1989, JLS Marine, Inc.
, has grown its business by providing superior service to Lake Springfield residents and lake homeowners throughout the Midwest. The offer sales, service and installation of boat lifts, boat docks and PWC lifts. Services include removal of old docks & lifts, re-foam floating docks, complete installation of new docks and boat lifts and insurance work. JLS Marine offers custom design boat dock and lift solutions to fit all types of lakefront properties from very shallow to very deep water. They sell top of the line Hewitt and EZ Dock PWC Lifts both leaders in boat dock and lift manufacturing. Visit www.jlsmarine.com or call Jeff at 341-1730.

Tintori Powerwashing Inc.-Justin Tintori, a fellow lake resident has been in business since 2003 offering residential and commercial cleaning services. Spring into action and get your boat house cleaned for summer. Justin with Tintori Powerwashing can access your boat house from the water. Justin Tintori specializes in concrete and wood cleaning, staining and sealing. Justin says he looks forward to serving the needs of Lake Springfield residents. Don't delay call today. 217-638-9274.

Don Smith's Lawn Mowing Service and a great band with music for all occasions. He offers reasonable rates and is insured. Don is a fellow lake resident for 20 years and has good references and new equipment. Call Don at 494-7627 or email him at r.hanselman@comcast.net.

Terry Taylor of The Boat Dock Port of Springfield offering Bayliner, Tracker, Nitro, Sun Tracker, Mercury and Crownline Boats. They are a full service marine with service and sales and also used boats are available. Visit their website at www.theboatdock.com or call Terry at 793-7300.

B & R Construction, Inc. is a marine construction business. B & R specialize in building permanent boatdocks, seawalls, and they are also a dealer for floating docks. B & R's Ross Kirkendoll states, "we want to become a sponsor of your website because we are dedicated to helping our customers improve their lakefront properties." Visit bandrconstr.com or phone them for information at 217/972-8800.

Bob Fox (112 South Fox Mill Lane) is now the exclusive dealer of The Touchless Boat Cover for Central Illinois. It is The World's Fastest and Easiest Automatic Boat Cover and Protection System. Nothing matches the thrill of boating, and nothing spoils your fun like the hassle of struggling to cover your boat with a bulky, old-fashion boat cover. It is fully automated system operates independently of your boat lift system. Simply push a button and the cover smoothly lowers over your boat or personal watercraft to offer maximum protection and convenience. Not only is The Touchless Boat Cover convenient and attractive, but it also provides superior protection for your boat or personal watercraft by helping prevent mildew, eliminating sun damage to your boat's interior and exterior, and securing it from exposure to animals and debris. Recent installations can be seen and 108 and 112 South Fox Mill Lane and 29 S. Hazel Dell. See more details on the manufactures web site at http://www.touchlesscover.com/. Call Bob at 652-8440 for additional information and a demo.

Budget Woes
Furlough days and layoffs mean there will be fewer people on the job around the lake this year. It remains to be seen how this will affect lake patrols, debris removal (from water and land), distress tows, road repair, tree trimming, or mowing of common areas to name a few services that come to mind. A list of phone numbers is provided to assist you obtain the service you may require. Do not hesitate to make the necessary calls.

Springfield Police Officers Assigned to Lake Duty

John Shea 341-5280 john.shea@cwlp.com
Don Bivens 741-0988 don.bivens@cwlp.com

CWLP Phone #'s
Lake patrols, buoys - Bob Sayre, 757-8660
Tree limb pickup Lake Services - Mike Fuchs, 786-4077
Lake Lease - Doug England, 757-8660 ext.1027
Runoff, Erosion - Steve Frank, 757-8660 ext.1026
Rip Rap/Sewers - Dan Brill, 757-8600 ext. 1024
Potholes/Culverts - Terry Fairclough, 757-8600 ext.1021
Lake Manager - Michelle Nicol, 757-8600 ext.1025
Digging in the Yard - Julie, 1-800-892-0123
Susart - Jim at 529-5191
Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center- Jim Matheis, Executive Director, 529-1111
March 20-21 & 27-28 Pancake, sausage breakfast with pure maple syrup.
Henson Robinson Zoo - Talon Thorton, Director, 753-6217
The Muni (753-3519) www.themuni.org


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