What to Doo about Pet Waste

By David Ernes – Lake Management Committee

You have heard many statements linking manure from farm animals, and manure spread on agricultural fields to increasing phosphorous in our lakes and streams. But are you aware that waste from our pets can also be a source for nutrients as well as disease-causing bacteria and parasites that can get into our lake? In some articles, dog waste is cited as the third or fourth largest contributor of bacterial contamination in urban watersheds. Some estimates have an average dog generating a half to three-quarters of a pound of waste per day, or 270 pounds per year. Studies also indicate that 60% (or less) of pet owners pick up their pet’s waste. The EPA has indicated that 2-3 days of waste from just 100 dogs could generate enough pollution (nitrogen, phosphorous and bacteria such as E. Coli) to close a beach, and can affect the watershed for 20 miles.

In researching this article, I found some other interesting facts. Unlike manure from cows, who eat a grass-based diet, dogs are fed a protein-based diet, which results in a highly acidic waste that will kill the grass if not picked up. It is also estimated that dog waste can take up to one year to completely breakdown. The natural ecosystem can only process and absorb the waste from two average dogs per square mile. If the ecosystem cannot absorb the waste fast enough, the bacteria and nutrients will be carried by rain into the watershed, and ultimately any body of water nearby (like our lake).

What can you do? Pick up your pet’s waste. Even if the ground is snow covered, once thawed, the waste will still contribute to the problem. This is important not only on your yard but also in public areas (including RA lots), and on the street, where it can leach into the ditches along the roadways and end up in the lake. Remember, an unimproved lot is not an invitation for pet owners to skip the cleanup process. Once collected, most web sites recommend three options for disposal – flush down the toilet, bury in the yard, or dispose of in the trash. A “green” option often mentioned is composting. However, typical composting does not result in enough heat to totally destroy all harmful agents (bacteria, parasites) in the waste, so use caution. If the pet waste does end up in compost, it is recommended the compost not be applied to plants that will be eaten or are intended to be brought in to the home for decoration.

So if we “doo” the right thing, we can help reduce another controllable source of pollution to our lake. But don’t forget, a barking dog is a good deterrent for the Canadian geese that are also part of the problem.  Several articles have been written on this issue.

BE LAKE RESPONSIBLE

2018 Early Bird Drawing #6

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #6 for 2018 and recipient of $250 is David Hughes (Lot #117)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $200!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full. More Information.

In Memoriam: Cherie Sbrocco

Cherie and her husband Ken were very involved Members of the Association for many year. We are saddened to hear of Cherie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family members.

Obituary:

Cherie Sbrocco, 83 of Willoughby Hills, OH passed away February 6, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD.She married the late Kenneth Sbrocco in 1957 and is survived by their three children and spouses, Tracy Sbrocco (Michele Carter) of Maryland, Terry Munday (Wade) of Georgia, and Scott Sbrocco (Carol) of New Jersey; six grandchildren (Geena, Melissa, Cherie, Evan, Reese, Simone).She was preceded in death by her sister, Brenda Jankowski.

Cherie worked in real estate for the firms of Coldwell Banker and Dolores C. Knowlton until retiring in 1999. She loved her CAVs, sewing, cards, reading, camping, swimming, and boating. Her beautiful smile, loud laugh, and common sense will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rock Creek Public Library, 2988 High St., Rock Creek, OH 44084 or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at ovarian.org.
Funeral Services 2:00 pm Friday February 16 at the DiCicco and Sons Funeral Home, 5975 Mayfield Rd. Mayfield Hts. OH 44124, where the family will receive friends 11:00 am until time of service. Online guest book and condolences www.diciccoandsonsfh.com

Published in www.News-Herald.com on Feb. 12, 2018

Winter Movie on Saturday, February 17th

On Saturday, February 17th, we will be showing a Winter movie at the Clubhouse. Come escape the winter blues with some popcorn, hot chocolate, snacks, and FUN!

Weather depending, we may have some winter activities outdoors.

It all starts at 1pm! See you then!

2018 Early Bird Drawing #5

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #5 for 2018 and recipient of $300 is Tim Majkrzak (Lot #1449)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $250!

In Memoriam: James Griffin

We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Jim Griffin. Mr. Griffin and his family are longtime members. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

2018 Early Bird Drawing #4

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #4 for 2018 and recipient of $350 is John Ball (Lot #1743)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $300!

President’s Comments – Jan 2018

Presidents Comments
Board of Directors Meeting
January 4, 2018
By Tom Sopko

Due to bad weather, the January meeting was cancelled.

Let’s begin the New Year by reviewing the Status of your Association.

There are a new set of Membership Rules which eliminates the Guest Status and with this elimination, it is expected to make access to amenities easier.

Besides making access to the amenities easier, the Board is also in a pilot program to allow the use of Membership Card pictures on electronic devises like a smartphone. These legible pictures will be considered the equivalent to the original Membership Card. Members need to remember that they are responsible for taking and saving the Membership Card pictures, which must be legible.

Your Association is Financially Solvent.

The budget has been balanced for the past year 2016-2017.

$50,000 has been put into a Reserve Fund. What are Reserves? Reserves: “an amount adequate to repair and replace major capital items in the normal course of operations without the necessity of special assessments.” In addition, $10,000 from the 2018 budget is targeted to the Reserve Fund.

$25,000 has been put against the principal of the Office Loan. The Board will consider an additional amount to pay down the Office Loan based upon a cash flow study.

Dues and Assessments have not increased since 2011.
The Office was built with no increase in dues/assessments to the members. The Board demonstrated and published that it was cheaper to buy than rent a new Office. The Board committed to paying down the loan ASAP. The Board voted to apply $25,000 toward the principal to pay down quicker.

Dredging has been done at no additional cost to the Members, and no additional increase in dues or assessments.

Major Management Positions changes in the Association:

For Officers: we have a new Treasurer, Jack McMillin.

For Village Liaison, a Standing Committee, Shawn Morris is now the representative.

For the Amenities Committee, a Standing Committee, the committee is now active with Pat Swartz as Chairperson.

As always, I hope you are convinced we are managing your money and your Association in a prudent manner.

The Board is looking forward to working with the new management of the Village Council.

The Association and the Board of Directors wish every Member a Happy New Year. Here’s looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018 for all of us.

2018 Early Bird Drawing #3

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #3 for 2018 and recipient of $400 is Angelo Privitera (Lot #1050)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $350. The sooner your Dues & Assessments are paid in full, the more drawings you will be eligible for!

2018 Polar Bear Plunge – March 10th


The Roaming Shores Polar Bear Plunge is still the only Polar Bear Plunge in the county! This year’s Polar Bear Plunge event will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Roaming Shores Clubhouse/Main Beach. The actual plunge will begin at 3pm.

The Polar Bear Plunge will include brave students from Jefferson, Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley Schools, as well as wild and crazy local area residents. Last year’s Polar Bear Plunge raised $7,211.00 with 94 Jumpers. We need your help to make this year’s event even more successful.

This year, the money we raise will be used to benefit the Jeff Meddock Memorial Scholarship, Jefferson Area Local Schools Academic Boosters, Grand Valley Schools student programs in memory of Emily Plickert, and the Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa event.

Grand Valley Schools strives to improve student programs in the memory of Emily Plickert, a beloved cheerleader, classmate and friend to all.

Jeff Meddock was a resident of Roaming Shores and the beloved principal of Pymatuning Valley High School. He died unexpectedly and the money we raise helps to continue his pursuit to educate.

Both Jeff and Emily were very proud active members of The Polar Bear Club.

The Jefferson Academic Boosters strives to reward students for academic success. Also, a portion of the money we raise is also used to host the Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa event.

If you are interested in taking the Plunge, a minimum of $55 must be raised. There is no age limit (minors will need parental consent). Each courageous person that takes that icy Plunge will get a t-shirt as a thank you for participating.

There will be a DJ and a 50/50 raffle! We’ll be serving hot dogs, chili, popcorn, chips and soda. Additional merchandise will be available for sale. You can purchase items before and/or after the plunge. First come, first serve.

For plunge participation forms and information, please visit or contact:

Facebook: Joey ThePolarBear
Joeythepolarbear@yahoo.com
Gayle Zirkle, President
440-228-7850

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