Continuing Water Antics

Lake Safety Committee
Bruce C. Bower

 Well folks, it’s getting near the end of H2O terror and I wasn’t at the Lake enough to give much to you for this month. As soon as I got settled, it didn’t take long to hear the neighbors telling me about seeing a black and white X2 wake-boat doing donuts, multiple times over multiple occasions, even in traffic. I didn’t see the pilot in action till Sunday. The boat traffic was light, but it’s still our lake, not his to do whatever he wants to do. This X2 was pulling a tube with relatively young children. There were several adults in the craft and they were enjoying seeing the youngsters trying to stay on the tube while Captain X2 made very tight donuts with a WAKE-BOAT. The kids were screaming their delight, and obviously the adults enjoyed watching the kids struggle to say on the tube.

 So who is getting the most joy from this dangerous stunting? Is it the kids who are oblivious to the potential dangers or the parents who are obviously not thinking rationally? Does anyone ever think that a line may snap and allow the tube to go who-knows-where (they were not out in the middle)? Could a run-away tube hit something on shore? Could a snapped line with the forces created by the tight turns whip lash the kids and do God only knows what to a child? The what-ifs can go on, but the point is, who are the adults here?

 My hope is that your neighbors know who Mr. X2 is. Maybe one of them can tell you what I wrote, because I’m sure you don’t have time to consume such drivel. This is a private lake community, but it’s not YOUR private lake. How about trying to follow some sensible rules?

 And I will end with….. we need uniformed police on the lake, with the ability to enforce state laws, ticket offenders and therefore be able to publish a police blotter of offenders who endanger everyone in this Community. Life is good, what are you thinking and why are the rest of us putting up with this crap? As always, if you want to comment, disagree or possibly agree, call me.

Think Safety,    Bower out            216.906.2301

Algal Toxins and Pets

By D.Ernes – Lake Management Committee

Some of you may have seen the recent articles in the paper and on the news about pets (mainly dogs) dying after exposure to algae in lakes and ponds. I want to relay some information I have found on this issue.

First, the articles are talking about exposure to toxins that can be released from cyanobacteria [CB], which most people refer to as blue-green algae. As an organism, CB has been around as long as water has been on earth. It is present in a great many lakes in Ohio including ours. But why is this an issue with dogs?

Unlike us, dogs cannot read beach warning signs, or e-blasts and have no issues drinking water that has green swirls in it. The EPA website says “When in doubt, keep pets out”. Additionally, dogs (and other animals as well) may be more susceptible to the toxins that may be present. The most common toxin, microcystin, can cause liver damage that can be fatal in dogs. Here are some things that you should know.

1. This is not something new. There have been reports of animal deaths related to ingestion of lake water as early as 1878. It has become very visible in our 24/7 news environment.

2. Symptoms of exposure include: diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, weakness, seizures and breathing difficulties to name a few. If you notice these symptoms, take your pet immediately to the vet. Exposure can be fatal after a few hours to several days depending on the size of the pet and the quantity ingested. There is no cure, but treatments have been shown to be successful.

3. The Veterinary Merck Manual indicates that the greatest effect is from ingestion of a concentrated bloom. The amount of water ingested that can be fatal can vary from a few ounces to several gallons. For those of you with a health background, it states that the toxins have a steep dose-response curve where as much as 90% of a lethal dose can be ingested without measurable effect.

I have been unable to find any references regarding exposure limits for pets to toxins like there are for humans. So, if you see that there is a bloom on the surface of the water (often seen in the early hours of the day), keep your pet away from it. If they go in, don’t panic. Just get them out, rinse them off and keep an eye out for symptoms. If you send them outside, make sure they drink clean water before they go out, so that they are not thirsty. Have clean water available to them when they are outside so they are not tempted to drink from the lake. Take care of our furry friends and …

BE LAKE (And PET) RESPONSIBLE

Got Weeds?

By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

Last month’s “Love the Lake” article discussed that, while aquatic vegetation (“weeds”) can be burdensome and unsightly at times, it’s important to understand their importance to our lake’s ecology.  Weeds help to control or reduce the algae in the water and provide a smorgasbord of baitfish for the fish. 

Our RRA Maintenance crew works hard to cut the weeds in our lake’s channels.  However, there are times when you need to clear the weeds from your dock area so you and your guests can swim, or when they interfere with your watercraft.  You wonder what you should do about them.  There are several tools available that may make the job easier.  Consider the following:

  • Weed cutters:these are designed to cut the weeds near the water bottom so they may be raked or gathered.
  • Weed rakes:these are designed to pull loose or growing weeds toward you so they may be removed.
  • For those of us pressed for time or not up the physical task, there are several contractors in the area who would be happy to do the job.

It is important to gather and remove weeds cut from the lake so as not to contribute additional nutrients (decomposing weeds) into the lake.  Also, uncollected cuttings may root elsewhere and compound your weed problem.  Collected weeds can go into your compost bin or be disposed of at the Village compost site.

An Internet search using key words such as “lake weed rakes” or “lake weed cutters” will yield many different tools at various price levels, but most will cost from about $70 to $200.  Your Lake Management Committee has no specific product recommendations, but you can check out the following YouTube videos to get an idea of the different types of products and how to use them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-B2YFXrB-M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6ZvFXVbjiA

Weeds are something we have to put up with for the short time they become a problem so we may enjoy our beautiful, chemical-free lake.  With no weeds, harmful algae could become dominant and that is a condition very hard to reverse. 

Love the lake and be lake responsible.

STARS Taco Night – Aug 17th

Join the STARS Club for their 1st Taco Night! This event will be held Saturday, August 17th at 6pm  in the Clubhouse. Entry will be $10 and will include 3 tacos, tea/lemonade, and sides. Individual tacos after that will be $2/each. Please BYOB

Proceeds will benefit the STARS Club which organizes several events in the Shores each year including the Annual Fireworks Display.

Looking for teams for 1st Annual Rib Cookoff

Who can make the best ribs in the Shores? Get your family and friends together! On Saturday, September 14th @ 6pm, the STARS Club will host a Rib Cookoff.

This event will be limited to 4 teams. The winning team will win a portion of the proceeds from the event and will be added to this awesome plaque that was donated to the Club by John & Mary Lou Watt!

The Club will supply the ribs to the teams.

There will be an entry fee for the cooking teams and those participating to eat.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Barb at 440-645-7365. As this event will be limited to 4 teams, be sure to let us know ASAP!

Teams are set! Come hungry!

More Information and Rules

Bryozoans or Frog Eggs?!

by R.D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

Several residents have asked me “What were those strange, jelly-like, blobs stuck to my dock this summer that look sort of like frog eggs?”  They are actually aquatic animals known as bryozones, a name that literally means “moss animal”.  Bryozoans are fairly common in lakes and streams and form colonies of gelatinous mass attached to submerged tree branches, docks, pilings, etc.  Each colony, sometimes growing to the size of a soccer ball, is made of many individual creatures called “zooids” which are microscopic creatures with a mouth, digestive tract, muscles, and nerve centers. 

Freshwater bryozoans are harmless, though they occasionally clog water pipes and sewage treatment equipment.  Bryozoans eat microscopic organisms and are eaten by several larger aquatic predators, including fish and insects.  Snails graze on them, too. Like mussels and other filter feeders, bryozoans gradually cleanse the water as they feed. The good news is that their presence usually indicates good water quality.

Bryozoans are filter feeders, sucking algae, bacteria (both good and bad), and decaying organic material out of the water, which benefits water quality.  The bryozoans that are so visible in summer will disappear as fall progresses.  At that point, they produce survival pods that contain a single zooid.  Zooids in the pods can survive long periods of dormancy, including drying out and freezing.  They start reproducing new colonies if and when the conditions are right.

They’re weird, and not the prettiest of things, but do these bryozoans mean any harm?  The simple answer is no.  Bryozoans are beneficially removing unwanted organisms from the water, so elimination of them would likely be detrimental to the aquatic environment.  I generally leave the colony to do its thing.  However, if you just can’t stand to look at it or if they frighten your guests when showing off our lake, manual removal is probably the best solution. 

The good news is that if these guys thrive in our lake, it’s a good indication that we have a healthy, organic lake environment.  For more information about bryozoans see http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bryozoans-moss-animals.  Love the Lake!

Maybe It Is Time To Change the Name of the Lake!

Lake Safety Committee
By: Bruce C. Bower

Since I was not at the Lake for the day of the fireworks, I chose not to write my yearly column titled From My Deck, but this different style of article leading up to the 6th and a little thereafter.

I looked up the sunset times for this short time period, it was 9:00 PM on 7/3 declining to 8:52 PM on 7/19. This means it is dark and there is a NO-WAKE speed, per State law, on our Lake. So here is some of what I saw:

7/3    3 power boats going full speed at 9:15 PM and then a Jetski at 9:20 PM moving fast.

7/4    a pontoon with NO lights, going the wrong direction, near shore, on the west side of lake.

7/5    a jetski going the wrong direction pulling a skier at 9:10 PM.

          a jetski moving fast at 9:15PM.

7/6   a jetski with 3 young men went between my neighbor’s boat and them and the shore,

           going the WRONG way. This was reported to me by the neighbors.

7/13  a 2 person ski pulling a tube, with 2 on the ski.

          It was reported that at around 11:30 PM, a power boat made several passes up and down

          the Lake. Neighbors hollered at the boat with no effect.

7/14  a 2 person ski pulling a tube with 2 on the ski.

7/19  now the sunset time is 8:52 PM.

Power boat and a pontoon going full speed heading south at 8:58 PM.

A pontoon just pulling the kids out of the water, off the tube, with only the dock lights on.

He then takes off with only the white stern light on.

A pontoon with only dock lights, wake speed at 9:11 PM.

A pontoon, no lights heading for Plum Creek at 9:15 PM.

A pontoon, all lights plus dock lights, going north at 9:15 PM.

Understand, folks these antics on 7/19 took an elapsed time of 17 minutes, and this is only what I saw happening right in front of me. What was happening on the rest of the Lake is left up to your imagination. Ok now we come to 7/20, the Lake is at “flood stage” which means NO WAKE. It’s on the internet and the signals are set on beach one and two and at the Marina. And as I have said in the past, for the slower to understand people, is that when you step up into the boat, instead of stepping down, is when the water is HIGH! At 6:45PM a pontoon came flying down the Lake, where there were several other toons just cruising at no wake speed. I could hear all the boaters screaming at this miscreant to “slow down, it’s No Wake”, it didn’t matter. When he got in front of my place, I hollered several times thru my bull-horn and promptly got the one finger salute. What a great, kind, and caring neighbor, I am so blessed and so is the entire community.

Gil, on the Patrol Boat, did a fantastic job of stopping the ridiculous, inconsiderate, self- centered, blah blah blah boaters who just don’t care. These are my words, not Gil’s. He did wonders to control the entire lake by himself, without causing a wake himself. We all owe Gil a huge thanks for trying to protect our seawalls, docks and boats from the damage caused by the Cretans who just don’t give a crap and can’t follow common sense rules when at flood stage! I therefore suggest that in difficult times, for those of us who follow the rules for the safety and protection of the members of our community and their property, we should change the name of our Lake to LAKE FEAR.

When I left the Shores on 7/21 at 2:00 PM, there was hardly any boat traffic and everyone appeared to be behaving. There were skis out, but even when they are trying, they still make a wake. In my opinion they should not be on the water, a wake is a wake. Here are some more opinions: the flood gate should be opened early, before everything really gets bad, there should be more warning devices on shore, and investigate the possibility of a sound warning every half hour or so. I also think there should be a formal protocol designed and agreed to by all, as to when and who opens the water gate. The high water situation appears to be happening more often and when the water is higher than your seawall, you’re going to take on damage when there are waves. Everyone probably has suggestions. Don’t keep it to yourself let the Village and the Association know your thoughts and opinions. Go to the meetings, write in, call, and get active.

 As always call me with your criticisms and suggestions.   216.906.2301

Bower out.                     

RomeRock Association Employee Appreciation Day

Submitted by: RomeRock Board of Directors

As residents of Roaming Shores, we enjoy a beautiful lake community with great neighbors and awesome resources which we sometimes take for granted.  We are also very fortunate that we have some really amazing Association Employees as well.  These people take care of our community as if it were their own.  They work hard, listen to our complaints, fix our problems, and smile brightly even on those toughest of days.  Dan Mullins provides great leadership to a great team!!

Most times they are lucky if they hear a thank you and get a smile back!  I know that when I joined the Association Board last year I had no idea of all the things they did and handle without blinking an eye.

Yes they do get paid, but it is never enough!!!  While we can’t afford big raises for them, we can raise their spirits by letting them know how much we appreciate what they do and how they do it.

Employee Appreciation Day is set for Friday, August 2nd.  We are also going to be like Macy’s Department Store Sales and have Thank you Day continue on Saturday, August 3rd.  If you get a chance, stop by the office and tell them thanks, give them a call and tell them thanks, send a card and tell them thanks or simply an email to… and tell them thanks.  The Board is going to serve lunch for all employees on Friday, August 2nd.  They do like desserts, so if you want to drop off some great cookies or chocolates, they won’t be turned away!!!!

Seriously, your board of directors personally want all of you to know that our Association employees are the very best!  They are hard workers, good people, sincerely care about you and what they do and they do all they possible can to give us a good days effort in return for the paycheck we provide.  I hope all of you are able to join me in letting them know their efforts and their commitment to Roaming Shores is much appreciated.

THANK YOU ROME ROCK ASSOCIATION EMPLOYEES!!!  YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Keep Geese Moving

By Geoff Westerfield –Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor, ODNR Division of Wildlife

I hope you are enjoying your summer goose free.  If so, your Lake Management Committee has done a great job limiting the harmful effects of goose droppings this year.  If not, now is the time when adult geese are spreading their new wings and the goslings are taking their first flights and it is a perfect time to return back to heavy harassment with the geese.

Geese are currently going through a “shift” looking for the spot where they are going to spend their time until the Fall so now is the time to be vigilant in chasing the geese off the property.  As I am sure you have heard me say before, the key to being goose free is doing the right techniques right at the right time of the year.  Below I provide a refresher of these techniques for this time of the year:

1)  Never stop short of the geese leaving the property.  Doing so can actually be detrimental to your program allowing the geese to feel like they “won the battle” by still being allowed to use your property even though they were harassed making it increasingly harder to harass them.

2)  If there is water on the property, always chase the geese away from the water.  Water to geese is safety and you want to remove any places where they feel safe in order to be effective.

3)  Look for places to chase geese where they can feel trapped such as thick shrubbery, fences, corners of buildings, walls, etc.  Making them feel trapped will give them a much more effective feeling of vulnerability which will help tremendously in keeping them from coming back to your property.

4)  While any bangers, screamers, lights, decoys, sprays, motion sprinklers, etc. should have been sitting on the shelf not being used over the last few months, now is the time to pull those back out and again begin using them.

5)  The two times to focus harassment efforts is at sunrise and sunset when the geese are going to/from feeding areas.

6)  Stay consistent with your harassment.  You don’t want to send mixed signals to the geese.  The goal is to make them understand loud and clear they are not welcome on your property.

7)  Once you get the geese flying, stick around for a few minutes to see if they are doing a big loop and coming back.  If they do this you should be yelling at them as they are coming back waving your hands to keep them in the air.  If there is a pond they are going to land on, throwing some rocks or sticks to make splashes on the water works great to keep them from landing on the water.

Following these tips will ensure you get rid of the geese quickly to allow you the rest of the summer goose free till the next “shift” on September 1st.  

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