Lock 30 Seasonal Family News
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All The News That’s Fit To Print—And Then Some
Dear Lock 30 Families, May 17th, 2010
Spring is bustin’ out all over Lock 30 Woodlands. The brightly-colored marigolds, pansies and a myriad of other flowers are in full bloom; down by the lake and along the creek the Jacob’s crown, anemones, trillium, bluebells and other wildflowers beckon visitors to Lock 30.
As you settle in for the season, you’ll notice some new faces among the Lock 30 seasonal work crew. Merrilyn and Jerry Beck(site 27) join us from Stuart, Florida where they were multi-manufacturers reps and public school teachers. Merrilyn was born in Shaker Heights, but spent some years in Alabama and North Carolina. This summer, she’s often carrying a camera when not at the front desk. Her husband, Jerry, is an Army veteran (Viet Nam) and native North Carolinian. He’s the guy to thank for the community garden and herb bed being framed near the gatehouse.
Barbara and David Dolezal, on site 2, are native Buckeyes who, as full-time RVers call “General Delivery USA” their address. Barbara is literally a “flower child” as she works with the plant life, including the vegetable garden at Lock 30. Her husband, OSU grad, David is a Navy vet (Korea). He’ll be assisting Barb this summer, writing our seasonal newsletter, website editing and helping at the front desk. If you missed Barb’s herb talk on Mothers Day weekend, you missed a wonderful koffee klatch. She promises to do a repeat performance.
We salute these two vets along with our resident veterans as we commemorate those who gave their lives for our country this Memorial Day.
Remember when we called Memorial Day “Decoration Day” and always displayed Old Glory at our homes? Here’s a bit of flag trivia for you. Which state doesn’t fly a rectangular banner? It’s our Ohio State “flag,” whose swallow-tailed design is technically a burgee. Whatever you call it, mark your calendar for June 14 Flag Day and while you’re circling dates on your calendar, here are some events you won’t want to miss:
Saturday May 22 Inaugural Wine Tasting, 2 to 4 PM in the pavilion (or clubhouse if weather dictates an indoor party). This will be an “artful happy hour” featuring wines from Mastropietro Winery of Berlin Center plus the hand-painted, glassware creations of artist Mary Anne Bromley. For more information, see www.mastropietrowinery.com and www.art4happyhour.com. This is our first wine-tasting. We’ll gauge the popularity of this event to determine if others will follow, so we hope you’ll join us.
Friday, June 18th marks the beginning of Fathers’ Day Weekend at Lock 30 Woodlands--Dad, it’s time to clean out the garage and gather the crew to shop at the 3rd annual campground-wide yard sale. This year we’re adding a used book sale by Bryan Wall with the Books. Be at the pavilion by 8AM Saturday morning--or call us in advance and we‘ll reserve a picnic table for your wares. This year we’ll be advertising the yard sale much more than we have in the past, so expect a crowd. This is an open gate day, too, so invite your friends and families.
Finally, if anyone has interest in helping us launch a “fishing derby” let us know. We’ve proposed it on our website, but not heard from you--yet!
Laminated car passes featuring your name and site number are ready to be picked up in your seasonal envelope at the front desk. These replace the window stickers, are far more visible and should be either displayed on the front dash or taped to the inside of your front window. If you need two--for a second vehicle--let us know.
Reminder: Site mowing and trimming services can be purchased ($25 per mow) by calling the gatehouse or emailing us. Or you can give us the OK to "stay ahead of the task" and bill accordingly each month, just as we bill for electric or firewood purchases.
Speaking of firewood, delivered trailer loads can be ordered at any time except for delivery on Memorial Day weekend. Just call us or email us with your request We'll likely have a "Huck Finn" Day in the fall in which you can saw and haul as much as you'd like to your site--at no charge--but that's always dependent on our hazard tree trimming schedule.
Here's a better way to get a guaranteed, free trailer load of firewood--a $20 value. Enter your site as the landscaped "site of the month". Beginning June 1, we'll be selecting the "best-dressed' maintained, seasonal site every month. You'll win a trailer load and with your permission, your “family” picture will be on the website--especially if you have a dog, of course.
Next week we'll be planting canna tubers. Cannas are the tall, red flowers we display in full sun at the pool. If you want a couple for home planting, ask us and we'll share our bounty. These are frost-sensitive, so cannot be planted safely until after the last frost. If you want lamium ground cover--good in the sun or shade, we can give you a start of that, too.
Staff news includes that Jim, Tracy, Tiffany, John ,Chad and Chris are all returning for the season. Added to the group are the Dolezal and Becks, work campers, introduced earlier, who will be staying here at night and “holding down the fort.” They’ll be night hosts and Blackjack caregivers in my absence.
As has been the custom for many years, you are free to call me at home or on my cell at any time--day or night-- should you have concerns, but all five of these “mature“ seniors are top-notch, so drop by sites 2 and 27 to meet our senior “crew.” We’ve stationed them throughout the park especially to monitor and to help with adherence to our 5 MPH speed limit and 10 PM quiet hours.
I’ll be around a few more weeks, then “commuting” back and forth from Colorado. Drop in and I’ll pour you a cup of coffee.
The “Ever Expanding” Crew at Lock 30 Woodlands