Fish Stocking

The fish stocking program continues by popular demand and shortly we will receive 3000 Channel Catfish in the 6-8” range.  We are working on several ideas to get grant funds to stock Walleye for Gizzard Shad control.  This will save the association many thousands of dollars required for Walleye stocking.  We will discuss this in detail at the June meeting.

 

Fish & Royer Lakes Scholarship

Scholarship Applications for 2015 Fish/Royer Lake Scholarship are now available from Nancy Block 1785 S 445 E LaGrange, IN 46761 (e-mail)

The $250 scholarship is given annually to a Lake Association member current in their dues or a family member who is pursuing an education beyond high school included are college studies or trade schools, such as Ivy Tech or cosmetology, for example. The application form is simple and requires 200 words. Answer the question ” What can the Fish/Royer Lake Association do to keep the endangered Monarch Butterfly.” This must be sent in and post marked By August 15, 2015.

Maple Syrup Days March 21 & 22

Maple Wood Nature Center

and LaGrange County Nature Preserve

 

Maple Syrup Days is coming up!

March 21-22 we celebrate the maple sugar harvest.

We are also scheduling schools for Maple Syrup Making and tours of the syrup operation. Contact us for details on school tours, lagrangecountyparks@yahoo.com.

maple syrup days march 21-22 2015

Northern hardwood forest, wooded swamp, and wet prairie. There are miles of hiking trails. Excellent habitat for wildflowers, birds, and trees. Maple syrup season is celebrated the third weekend of March with Maple Syrup Days.
For more information call (260) 463-4022.

Amenities: picnic, hiking, wetlands, interpretive center

Hours: Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00pm (closed Sundays in July)

Location: 4550E 100S LaGrange, IN. Download directions to Maple Wood

GPS: N41 37.578 W085 20.264

Farmers Market summary

Our Farmer’s Market went very well. We became W.I.C. and Senior certified. The Parkview Hospital partnered with us to help people make better choices in their lives. More fresh organic food went out to the low income families. Local people came out to support their Farmer’s Market.

Thanks to all that supported our local Farmers Market. See you all in 2015.

Nancy Block

Pier Installation

Should you know of anyone who needs their pier put in this year we know a wonderful young man. He has the time now as his business will pick up in June and does a great job. He has already put in several here on our side. Would appreciate it if you pass the info around.

Thanks
Jennifer Walker

Contact:
Chad Olds

Scholarship

Applications for the 2014 Fish/Royer Lake Scholarship are now available from TJ Hemlinger, 2270 South 460 East Lagrange IN 46761 (tjhemlinger@gmail.com).

The $250 scholarship is given annually to a Lake Association member current in his or her dues or a family member who is pursuing an education beyond high school. Included are college studies or trade schools, such as Ivy Tech or cosmetology, for example. The application form is simple and requires a short, one-paragraph answer to the question, “What should the purpose of a lake association be?”
The deadline for applications to be received is May 1, 2014. The Association has budgeted $250 for the scholarship, but last year’s winner received $446.67 due to individual donations by Association members.

Water Quality

In the fall newsletter I discussed the extensive water quality testing and watershed management plan development for the Pigeon River Watershed, which includes our lakes.  We continue to design and install best management practices for our agricultural neighbors.  These practices will continue to reduce the excessive nutrient and bacterial loading that occurs at our inlets on both lakes.  At this point we have identified all the sites that need remediation and the landowners are cooperating with our efforts.  Nearly all of the intended best management practices, designed to reduce runoff, will be installed by next fall.  If you have any questions concerning the project, please give me a call at 260-350-1943, or drop me an email at darrington@hughes.net.