December, 2017

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It's December at Birch Lake, ready or not!

Thanks to east side neighbor Nina Frurip for this photo that Gavin Francis, owner of Prime Property Care, shot from her room while he was cleaning gutters!

Commodore's Comments
Jolly – Joy – Jostle – Jingle. Tis the season ... let us mingle! Don’t forget the “Christmas Crawl,” which will be held Sunday, December 17 beginning at 4 pm for appetizers at the home of Holly and Scott Troeger. The crawl will proceed to Linda and Jim Yoshizawa’s for dinner and wrap-up at Carla and Ed Chester’s for dessert. This is a delightful way to catch up with neighbors before the snowbird effect happens and everyone scatters to warmer climates. The last I heard, there was still a call-out for a space to ring in the New Year (but that could certainly have changed). I’ll leave it to the grapevine to spread any news of a celebration. Regardless where you celebrate, please stay safe.

I want to ensure everyone knows about the activity that has recently taken place regarding the installation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) around the lake. The BLYC Board voted and passed a motion to install the devices/machines at six locations around the lake. While we hope we don’t have the need to use the defibrillators on anyone in our community, having them at our disposal will hopefully bring peace of mind that quick action can be taken to assist someone suffering a heart attack. Watch for future informational communications from the committee.

I’d like to take this opportunity to bestow my best wishes on all of the Birch Lake community. So here’s to hoping that each one of us has a spectacular holiday season. One filled with loads of laughter and giggles, wrapped up with much joy, and blanketed in acts of kindness. I hope you enjoy the last month of 2017, and that you are looking forward to all that 2018 has to bring.

Cheers, ~Commodore Karen

Christmas Crawl is Dec. 17
Mark your calendars!  This year the annual Birch Lek Christmas Crawl will be held on Sunday, December 17. The crawl will begin at 4 pm with tasty appetizers at the home of Holly and Scott Troeger (63696 Birch Rd.) After about 45 minutes, (allowing a 15 minute period for the move) we will move on to the home of Linda and Jim Yoshizawa (around 5 pm at 63646 Birch Rd.) where we will enjoy delicious entrées and side dishes.  Once again after another 45 minute period, we will move to the home of Carla and Ed Chester (around 6 pm at 63614 Birch Rd.).  There we will dine on yummy desserts, with the party ending somewhere around 7 pm. We usually BYOB, but coffee, water, and soft drinks will be available. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and visit with Birch Lake neighbors and friends before the busy holidays. Give your neighbor a call and let them know all are welcome. Hope to see you there.

Star Stuff from Stu
A full moon happened at the same instant worldwide on December 3, 2017 at 15:47 UTC. It was 2017’s first, last and only supermoon. In other words, this full moon was near perigee, or the closest point of the moon in orbit for this month. Your eye probably didn’t detect a difference in size between the December 3 supermoon and any ordinary full moon (although experienced observers say they can detect a size difference). But the supermoon is substantially brighter than an ordinary full moon.

Like every full moon, this one was opposite the sun from Earth. It rose in the east as the sun set in the west, ascended to its highest point in the sky in the middle of the night, and set in the west around dawn.

The December 2017 supermoon was the first of three full-moon supermoons in succession. The two full moons in January 2018, on January 2 and 31, also count as supermoons.

Some people will call the full moon on January 31 a Blue Moon because it’ll be the second of two full moons in one calendar month.

An older definition says a Blue Moon is the third of four full moons in a single season. Someday, you might see an actual blue-colored moon. The term once in a blue moon used to mean something rare. Now that the rules for naming Blue Moons include several different possibilities, Blue Moons are pretty common!

In Memory, Janet Barr
On November 10, 2017, former Birch Lake South-sider, Janet Barr, lost her seventeen month battle with brain cancer and passed away in Hospice in Jupiter, Florida. Janet was born on June 12, 1957 and was the youngest of John and Mary Barr's four children they raised in Highland, Indiana. Janet was a good student and was a junior/senior varsity cheerleader through her school years at Highland High School. After high school, Janet attended and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington.

After college, Janet lived and worked in Chicago and it was there that she met Dan Reynolds, who already owned a small cottage on the south side. One thing led to another and they married and moved to a new home they built on the south side where they worked together in the insurance field.

If you knew Janet back in her time at Birch Lake you will remember her as a beautiful, smart and fun-loving young woman who was liked (and loved) by everyone she encountered. She made a multitude of friends and she loved them and her family very much.

Things change and after a divorce, Janet moved to Florida and started a new life in her oceanfront condo in Juno Beach, Florida in the early 2000's. She had always played a little golf, but in Florida she immersed herself in it. Through golf, Janet made a whole new group of good friends. It was Janet and four of her friends who created "Chip and Sip", a ladies golf league at Abacoa G.C. in Jupiter which now hosts more than 200 lady golfers.

Janet met Joe Moore, a Delaware businessman after moving to Juno Beach and in April, 2013 they were married on the beach outside her condo. They were a happy couple that had much in common and loved playing golf together. They shared time between Florida and Delaware.

Janet was taken from us far too soon. She is loved and will be missed by a multitude of people. There will be a "Celebration of Life" in her memory in the Springtime.

Barker Kids of the Month
We would like to introduce the newest Birch Laker Cameron James Susay son of Ryan and Jennifer Susay and the first grandson of proud grandparents of Dave and Ruth Susay of the east side. Born September 26 at 8 lbs 4 oz, 20-1/2 in. Cameron was born three weeks early.

2018 BLYC Dues, Contributions & Donations
$____ - BLYC Member Dues ($30 / year)
$____ - BLYC Associate Member Dues ($10 / year)
$____ - Homeowners’ Assoc. ($10 / year)
$____ - Sailing Fees ($15 / year)
$____ - Building Improvement Fund
$____ - Fireworks Fund
$____ - Water Quality Program
$____ - Milfoil/Loosestrife Eradication
$____ - Safety Committee
$____ - Other non-party related expenses
$____ - BLYC Roof Fund
$____ - Misc.
Total contribution:
Include your name and address and checks payable to:
BLYC, c/o Deb Spratt at 18100 Farmington Hills Drive, South Bend, IN 46637

Lake Temperatures

Thanks to Steve Quinlan (west side) for the lake temps throughout the year ... These are the final charts for the season ... they were recorded on Nov. 3, 2017.

Tentative 2018
Birch Lake Calendar

May 19 - Spring Dinner
June 30 - House Walk
July 7 - Fireworks
July 20 - Ladies Golf
July 27 - Men’s Golf
October 10 - Soup Challenge

Dates and times subject to change.
More info as available.
Watch for updates!

BLYC Classified Ads
For Sale: 2001 Hurricane Fundeck GS188, 5L Mercruiser, 187 hours, mint condition $10,500.00 Bob Waddle 269-365-7696

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BLYC Contacts

2016-17 BLYC Officers

Karen Curtis Miller, Commodore (E)
Angela Bergan, Vice Commodore (E)
Deb Spratt, Treasurer (N)
Mike Sheffieck, Secretary (W)
Pat McGann, Fleet Captain (N)

16-17 BLYC Directors
Greg Bolin (W)
Ed Chester (E)
Harold Cranmer (W)
Terry Dugan (S)
Celia Fallon (E)
Chas Grundy (E)
Patty Luecht (E)
Sarah Petty (N)
Claudia Phipps (N)
Vickie Rogers (C)
Rick Russwurm (N)
Scott Troeger (E)
PJ Vandewalle (E)
Phil Vitale (E)
Sandy Vitale (E)
Bob Waddle (E)
Sue Williams (S)

non-director attendees
Jim Bolinger BLYC Homeowners’ Association Chairman (E) 476-9737(E)

Paul Fallon, BLYC Water Quality Committee
Chairman (E) 476-1467


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Barker Funnies

Just one more ...

Thanks to Jennifer Ball (east side) who sent in this photo of husband John with one of the "Lucky Ducks" from the summer's Corn and Sausage roast ... The Balls retrieved the duck after it washed up on their shoreline on Nov. 18 ... and asked if they get to claim a free dinner for next year's C&S roast.

Sailing stuff
from Mr. Bob

America's Cup to feature Monohulls again ... click here to see the concept

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a true test of man and machine. Yachts start on Dec. 26, Sydney time, then sail down the Australian coast, cross unprotected water in Bass Straights, to finish at Hobart, Tasmania. Check out this video teaser (1:40)