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Saturday, June 30, 2012

New great-grandson with his grandma

Our family is truly blessed.

Is this our new sister Dad?

This is the new great grandaughter. Two brothers to watch over her.

4th of July facts...from Bonnie Marron


Fourth of July Cookouts (By the Numbers)
How are you going to celebrate the holiday? Odds are it will include a cookout. Read on:
More than 1 in 4 - The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation's estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
6.8 billion pounds - Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation's total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds). Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
6 - Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2009 and November 2010. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Over 1 in 3 - The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation's dry, edible beans in 2010. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 68 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2010. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Over 7 in 10 - Of the nation's head lettuce production in 2010 that came from California. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
7 in 10 - The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 71 percent of U.S. fresh market tomato production last year. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
2.5 Billion Pounds - Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (750 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included California, Georgia and Texas, each had an estimate of more than 600 million pounds. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
81 million - Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It's probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day. Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011

Friday, June 29, 2012

The week-end worry

This will be one of the hottest and driest 4th of July weekends I can remember. Public Safety will be patrolling as usual, ticketing those using illegal fireworks but some will still be out there lighting them. All it will take is some sparks landing on a tinder dry roof or some dry leaves and we could have serious problems with fires. Hopefully we all will be diligent and call in any violations we see. Everyone should have fun but not at the peril of other's property or lives. Our readers will not be the ones causing problems, it will be mainly the "kids" so all we can do is keep our eyes open. Everyone have a great week-end.  
Ken Dillenburg


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Now allowed in Illinois

I mentioned this a couple weeks ago. It is now allowed in Illinois. There was not time to pass some very important legislation at the end of the session in our state but this made it through. Kind of gives you a nice warm feeling, doesn't it!  Ken

Still gonna' happen

Monday evening was the planned meeting of the board to go over all the ECC rules to see which ones are overly intrusive, obsolete, or just plain silly. We plan to bring these up to date but as luck would have it I was in bad shape with my back and Don Parisi was also unable to attend so the meeting was cancelled on that date. The only member of the board that is on the ECC that could attend was Karl and even though Karl has a lot of good thoughts on the rules it is better to have the other two members from the board in attendance as well. The rescheduled date has not been announced at this point. This is a tough time of the year for meetings with vacations and such but it will happen. It is time to bring these documents up to date.
  Ken Dillenburg

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oak Tree dedication


OAK TREE DEDICATION
This tree will be dedicated to all volunteers.
WHERE?
OAK TREE PARK

WHEN?
12:30 PM-after the parade
SATURDAY June 30th. 2012

WHO?
ALL CANDLEWICKIANS

SPECIAL GUESTS
Any and all who have volunteered in any capacity at any time during the past 40 years.  Volunteers of the future will also be represented.
Board member, committee members, commission members, ballot counters,
Organization members, etc. 

ANY QUESTIONS?  CALL JUDY RIO

Sign up soon!

It is very important all kids know how to swim, especially living in a lake community. I learned as a child and I am glad Mom and Dad made sure I had lessons.  Ken
de sure I had lessons.   Ken

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

By the way,

I forgot to thank publicly the great CWL Public Safety folks as well as of course the rescue squad and police that showed up with my back problem. A fine group of caring people doing all possible to make my trip from the house to the vehicle, then to the hospital both times as comfortable as possible. It is appreciated.  Ken Dillenburg

More from last Tuesday’s board meeting



I don’t believe I have covered this in a prior post, if so forgive me. The board approved the bid from Rabine Paving to handle the complete hot crackfilling this year at Candlewick. There are a couple reasons we are going to go with them instead of using our maintenance crew as we do most years. When our crew does it we must rent the equipment to heat the material as it is placed plus although the guys try to clean out the cracks prior to filling they don’t have what is necessary to do a truly top notch job. Rabine does. I stated in the presentation regarding roads our new plan is to repair and maintain on a yearly basis. This is part of the maintain portion of the plan. If we do a superior job of crackfill we can maintain the decent parts of our roads for later replacement than would be necessary with our normal application.
The secondary part of the equation is the fact we will be using our maintenance to handle the vast majority of the shoulder reshaping and drainage control that has not been kept up on in the past. This is a huge undertaking, taking a lot of manpower and tying up a lot of the crew for an extended period. It is doubtful our crew can handle both jobs this year and still complete the normal projects they do on a daily basis. Rabine had some shouldering in their bid and that will be used in spots we indicate, undoubtedly the toughest areas since they have all the equipment needed for deep digs.
This summer is so hot and dry I doubt much shouldering will be done before fall when the soil softens and the new paving will not be too hot to be running heavy equipment on the edges, avoiding damage. All in due time.
Ken Dillenburg

Public Safety weekly report


Candlewick Lake Public Safety
 
WEEKLY REPORT
Week ending 6/24/2012

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to the 2500 of Candlewick Drive for a report of a male experiencing extreme back pain.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported.
Public Safety responded to the 700 block of Marquette for a female appearing incoherent.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.
Public Safety responded to the 200 block of Briarcliff for a subject having a seizure.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported.
Public Safety responded to the 500 block of Bounty for a report of a subject having trouble breathing.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported.

Suspicious Activity
Public Safety responded to the 300 block of Taladega for a report of a person thinking someone was within their residence.  Public Safety checked the residence and found nobody within the residence.
Public Safety responded to the 400 block of Pembroke for a report of a suspicious person riding a bicycle past vacant property.  Public Safety found the subject left the area prior to arrival.

Traffic Complaints
Public Safety responded to a call of a subject riding an ATV up and down the street.  Public Safety met and warned the subject who then put the ATV away for the evening.

Criminal Damage
Public Safety observed graffiti on the stop sign located at Heathcliff and Candlewick Dr.  Public Safety advised maintenance to ensure its removal.
Public Safety responded to the 1200 block of Candlewick Dr. for a report of mailboxes being knock over.  It was determined to have been a hit and run, the subjects were located and the Boone County Sheriff’s office was notified.


Citations issued 9
Warnings issued 14
 


We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Quick personal note

 I was taken by rescue squad Sunday and Monday mornings to Swedes in Rockford due to a severe back problem. Terriffic! Something new in my life. I didn't want anyone to think it was a heart problem as some have asked. It is probably the most painful experience of my life. I could neither walk nor ride in a car. No position gave relief. Currently I am told to make myself walk using a cane plus no sitting on chairs..... either walk, stand, or lie down. Of course I am in a chair typing now so so much for that. Thanks to those concerned. I also want to ask you to understand if my posts are a little sparse as the sciatic nerve, spasmed muscles, and numb leg repair. I guess getting older is not for me.
  Thanks again, and I will try to post as much as I can handle until I am again whole.    Ken

The 4th


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Random Sunday considerations

To the world, you may be just one person;
but to one person, you may be the world!

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the
things you have for which you would not take money.

If you bring macaroni and cheese to a covered dish supper,
don't expect to dine on lobster and filet mignon.

A coffee grinder on sale at a 90% discount is
not a great buy if you don't drink coffee.



(posted by Ken)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Purple garbage cans

The new company is dropping off the purple cans to everyone who has sent in their payment. The last word I heard is next week our current company will be dividing Candlewick into three segments, picking up the refuse then a truck coming behind to pick up the empty green containers. I am not sure if this will take two or three different days for them to finish. What ever you do don't take the green containers back into your garage as soon as they are emptied or the next truck can't pick them up. This will be a mess for the one pick-up week but changeovers are never real smooth. The first pick-up from Roscoe Disposal will be Friday, July 6th, since it is a holiday week, then back to normal schedule.
If I get other information I will post it. Obviously the company that lost the contract is not going to go out of their way to be helpful so hang in there. Soon it will be fine.   Ken

Candlewick shirts

I picked mine up yesterday and they are quality Hanes shirts. Did you get yours yet? These will be nice for our celebration on June 30. Limited quantities so don't wait.  Ken

Candlewick finances



We all know these are still pretty tough times for a lot of people. Through these situations management has been able to maintain services and still hold the line on dues for several years. I thought you might like to see the status of Candlewick’s (your) finances at the end of May this year. Our operating cash balance is $1,104,144.47. Operating investments equal $234,152.05. Road reserve investments are $822,284.11. Replacement reserves stand at $2,221,171.37.
This leaves us with a total funds balance of around $4,381,752.00  at the end of May.
Some points to consider. Although funds will continue coming in monthly from those who are on the payment schedule (many are) we must use the non-reserve balance for operating all departments through the fiscal year. There will also be further expenditures for the tennis court reconstruction, equipment purchases, our road project, and more incidentals from our reserves so the year will not end with all this cash on hand. That being said, we are in very good shape especially in the reserve aspect. We will probably burn through in the neighborhood of $800,000 in reserves this fiscal year and the operating budget is tight, although I am happy to report so far we are coming in under budget in operating.
Another nice item to report is we will be receiving around $23,000.00 from the good ole’ government in a tax refund from a carry-back filing so that will help. We will also be receiving more reserve cash as the year progresses and a sizable addition in the next fiscal year with less anticipated expenditures for the next year.
To make a long story short, we are in good shape currently and nothing I am posting here is “confidential” information. It is all available to anyone interested or attending meetings. I have mentioned a couple times before with the oddities of the rules for reserves there may be a dues increase next year if there are purchases we have to make such as more piers. That type purchase must be made from operating then as they wear out or need replacement that will come from reserves.
A little longer than I like to post but this is a deeper subject.
Ken Dillenburg

Friday, June 22, 2012

AQUA…..something good to report



Two representatives from AQUA attended Tuesday’s board meeting and spoke regarding their general plans for CWL service as well as introducing the new area manager (Joel Garrett). They are planning an open house in August and have started meeting with a group from Candlewick to handle issues and keep us up to date on plans. They seem to be attempting to establish a better rapport with us and I thanked them for their work on the manholes as we progress with the road project.

As their final comment they presented us with a check for $500.00 to add to our fireworks fundraiser. That will put us close to or over the $3,000.00 goal. It is most appreciated. I hope a new era of cooperation has begun. We will see the next time they file for a rate increase. Was it Ronald Reagan who made the statement “trust but verify”?
Ken Dillenburg

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sharing something personal with my friends

What are the odds? Today, the longest day of the year, I now have two new great-grandkids. The girl was born at 2:05 a.m. and a boy around 6 p.m. Everyone is healthy so what more could one ask?   Ken

New board policy for community input



I have mentioned before during the comments section of first half hour of the board meeting we have the same few naysayers with the same complaints at every meeting. In order to allow time for all attendees to speak rather than the time being all taken by the few we now limit the podium time to two minutes until all have had their chance to address the board. This seems to be working well, with some people speaking who have never had the opportunity. I am happy to report there was some very nice and informational new input. With the tightened format we will be adding three open forum meetings allowing five minutes for each speaker to address the board with suggestions, comments, and criticisms. Notes will be taken for the board and management to consider. There are some good ideas out there and we want to hear them. Dates for the special meetings will be published but the first one is July 25 from 7 to 9 P.M. in the rec center. The following meeting will be planned on a Saturday if possible.
Anyone addressing the board is now asked to come to the podium, state their name and address, then make their comments. The camera has also been repositioned so not only the board is being recorded as before but also the speaker will be in view. This way there is no question regarding who is speaking and what is said. We want community input but also accountability for unwarranted accusations and incorrect information.
Ken Dillenburg

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Candlewick shirts..very nice.

The CWL T-SHIRTS  just came in! You can pick them up at the Rec. center for just $10.00 each!
We have a limited number of shirts so first come first serve!

(Picture and information from Barb Appelhans)

Here's to the "Friends of Candlewick"



In case some of you don’t know who these folks are, it is some guys that have joined together to collect aluminum cans for use in conjunction with lake management for lake improvements. They do this on their own volunteer time simply to help our community. You all know where the can receptacles are by the boat launch and Highland Valley park.
A presentation was made by Jim Brefeld at Tuesday’s board meeting asking for permission to install two new fishing piers in a couple of the lakefront parks. Why? Simply to afford more fishing opportunities for those who have no boats and for kids to learn and enjoy fishing. What a fine group of guys to do this sort of thing. Of course the request was granted. No cost to Candlewick and a great benefit.
You guys are really appreciated.  
Ken Dillenburg

Notes from Tuesday evening's B.O.D. meeting


Unofficial Board Minutes June 19, 2012

Two representatives from Aqua attended the meeting and stated they wanted to improve communications with us.  They have made many changes with should improve this.  In August they will have an Open House to answer any questions we have.  They also gave a $500.00 donation for our fireworks display.

It was voted on to have a Candlewick Lake Dog Show on August 25, at 1:00.  Prizes will be awarded for various categories and a Best of Show picked.  The Lambright children are running the event.  You must live in Candlewick to participate and owners are responsible for their dogs.

Road Construction:  The construction is moving along and is ahead of schedule.

Recreation:  It was approved to purchase bubbles which are used for swimming lessons.  The guards are in place at the pool and swimming lessons scheduled.

AQUA ADHOC:  The group will stay organized for a short time until some final points are handled with Aqua.

Golf Course Committee:  They had their first meeting June 1 and had a couple of ideas for the course.

Resolution 12-R-25:  It was passed to keep Scott Pointner as legal counsel.

Town Hall Meetings:  It was approved to have 3 Town Hall Meetings a year which residents can attend to voice their concerns or ideas.  The first one will be July 25th at the Rec Center from 7-9 p.m.

Friends of Candlewick:  This is the volunteer group that collects the cans for re-cycling have generously decided to donate 2 fishing piers to Candlewick.

Ellen Steiskal.......Pride Secretary

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Final notice...I promise!



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH
LAST DAY DONATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED
 FOR THE
2012 CANDLEWICK LAKE FIREWORKS DISPLAY

To date $2,434.00 in donations has been received from 61 families, groups or individuals. We have JUST 2 DAYS to reach our goal of $3,000.00.

Please consider adding to Candlewick’s biggest event of the year by making a donation, particularly if you are hosting a party and this is part of your celebration. It’s an inexpensive form of entertainment.

Forms are available at the Administration Office, Recreation Center or can be downloaded from the CWL website (www.candlewick-lake.org). Please make all checks payable to Candlewick Lake Association.  

Names as indicated on the form, but not dollar amounts, of all those who donated will be displayed on a board in the Rec Center.

Please note that all CWL Independence festivities are scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Should you have any questions please contact Bonnie Marron, Events Commission Member, at either (815) 675-2030 or canoe@ameritech.net.

Thank you for your support of your community and the Events Commission!

It will be an interesting meeting



Tonight (Tuesday) the board meeting will start at 6:15 for a short special meeting to do with meeting conduct then at 6:30 the regular meeting will start with the open forum for comments from attendees.
7:00 will be the start of the meeting proper from the agenda and without going into all the details it will be an interesting meeting. There will be subjects covered that will be controversial and probably some dissension. Decorum will be maintained. It is going to be too hot to be outside so come into the multi-purpose room at the rec center for a different kind of heat.
We will have our normal synopsis here Wednesday then I will probably expand on some of the topics as the days pass depending upon board action. See you then.
Ken Dillenburg  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Excerpt from a CNN report. Scary, isn't it!

In the last half of 2011, U.S. agencies asked Google to remove 6,192 individual pieces of content from its search results, blog posts or archives of online videos, according to the report. That's up 718% compared with the 757 such items that U.S. agencies asked Google to remove in the six months prior.
(posted by Ken)

Public Safety weekly report


Candlewick Lake Public Safety
 
WEEKLY REPORT
 Week ending 06/17/2012

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Valhalla for a report of a subject having trouble breathing.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.

Public Safety responded to the 500 block of Bounty for a report of a subject having trouble breathing.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.

Public Safety responded to the 200 block of Taladega for a report of a possible overdose. Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.

Public Safety responded to the 1600 block of Candlewick Dr. for a report of a subject who had passed out.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.

Burglary to Motor Vehicle
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Lamplighter Loop for a report of a burglary to motor vehicle.  The matter remains under investigation.

Domestic Disputes
Public safety responded to the 100 block of Pembroke for a report of a domestic dispute.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded and handled the matter.


Damage to Property
Public Safety responded to the 200 block of Taladega for a report of a residence that had been egged by juveniles.  Public Safety checked the area and met with negative results.

Public Safety responded to the 1600 block of Candlewick Dr. for a report of a subject who had thrown a Molotov cocktail into the street.  Public Safety checked the area and nobody was around.

Public Safety responded to the 1400 block of Candlewick Dr. for a report of an unknown person who spray painted obscenities on the street.


Citations issued 5
Warnings issued 11
 


We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

The great white whale......Moby Dick

Bonnie Marron was kind enough to send me this picture snapped as prizes were being given out at the kid's fishing tournament. Kind of appropriate for this to show up over our lake at the time of a fishing contest, don't you think?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's all in the perception of tragedy

Just call him John. John and I have never met in person but we have "known" each other for a while through an online financial discussion group. John was painting the ceiling of a church when he fell, breaking his back and many bones. Staying alive was questionable. He is still very much an invalid but his spirit has brought him much further than was expected. He now after months can again type messages on his computer to the rest of us. What a positive attitude and what faith. His message deserves repeating. Please pray for John. John will not see this message but our prayers are with him.   Ken



I am experiencing joy beyond description

recently in a conversation with a skeptic to such a statement

I asked him if he can remember the first time he stood up
or
his first step

he scoffed and  "" said of course not ""

then  I kindly explained how I have just relived that type of miracle
and specifically..those  milestones


almost daily
lately
for me
since the accident
being able to once again do something that following the accident
I could not do
( that includes pretty much everything )
is comparible to...doing it for the first time

and each accomplishment
considering what my prognosis was just a few months ago
is a miracle

and that  I get to experience each
at the personal level
is a true blessing


==========

might I say
that having people I had never previously met
and better yet..some I have known for years
come to me and say I have inspired them..and explaining how
makes me feel
maybe... hopefully... I am fulfilling Gods plan  for me
+++++++++++++

and Ken , along with so many others

again  thank you much for you kind support

I will strive to continue

==============

John

About Dads on their day



I am sorry to say my Dad will never read this. He passed away about ten years ago and not being a very vocal person when on the subject of caring I don’t remember ever telling him I loved him. He would have understood. He, like myself, are not ones for hugging and relating feelings but those feelings are there all the same.
I am one of the lucky ones that always knew Dad would be there when he was needed. I never doubted that. There is a comfort knowing someone will always be at your side regardless of the circumstances.
Although he is gone he really is not. Often I remember things he told me or showed me. He taught me to hunt and fish. He taught me right from wrong. Dad was a good athlete and I was terrible. Not once did he make a derogatory comment when watching me feebly try to play a sport in which he excelled. If I tried that was all he asked. Things I did well he complimented but failures were ignored.
He had a way of making a point when correcting me that always remained. As a child I told him “Why wash my hands, they just get dirty again.” His response was “Why eat, you’ll just get hungry again.” As a teenager I decided it would be “cool” to smoke. I bought a pack of cigarettes and stuck them above the visor in my ’57 Chevy so anyone riding with me would be sure to see them (even though I really didn’t like smoking). Dad got into the car with me for some reason, saw the cigarette pack, and said “If you spend money on cigarettes, then if you need help Mom and I probably won’t be able to help you.” I didn’t need their financial help but the point was made.
Most of all he was a good, kind man to the end. I hope all of you who are fortunate enough to still have your Dad will appreciate all he does and maybe even let him know how much he means………as I wish I had. There are no second chances. With admittedly damp eyes I wish all Dads a Happy Father’s  Day.
Ken Dillenburg  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Couldn't agree more!


I didn't write this but it is my sentiment exactly. I heard one Illinois senator saying we can't afford the tests. In my mind we can't afford not to test. One positive test would cover the cost of hundreds of other tests as well as weed out those simply milking the system for all they can get. Help those truly needy? Of course, but we can't play the fool with our limited tax dollars as now seems to be the case.  Ken Dillenburg





Road test results and more

TSC, the Rockford company we hired to handle the quality control testing for our road work have been providing results as work progresses and to date the quality and compaction have been right on target, as we expected. Rabine has really thrown a lot of manpower at this project to allow the majority of the inconvenience to our residents to be over quickly. That is appreciated. They are actually ahead of schedule.
On a less positive note, someone spray painted a few derogatory words about Rabine's work on our new blacktop. We have a pretty good idea who committed this childish act but of course proving it is another matter. There will always be those who take joy in criticism and vandalism even when they are no longer at the age for such acts. You may also have an idea of the perpetrator(s).The words have been painted over. 
The road and shoulder work will continue with very minimal disruption to your lives. Your patience during this time was and is appreciated. 
Ken Dillenburg

Friday, June 15, 2012

Something for the golfers


You've gotta' check those bills

 A few days ago I received a statement from my insurance company detailing what charges they had paid for my heart tests at Swedes in Rockford. Beside each unpaid amount there was a code of some sort. When reading to the bottom explanation the code indicates those charges were in excess of medicare  allowable charges and I should not have to pay them. I saved the statement and sure enough, here came a bill from Swedes for hundreds of dollars indicating I am to pay the charges unpaid by my insurance company. I called them and they said there must be a mix-up and asked for a copy of the letter. I sent it to them. This is not the first time I have run into questionable charges that were eventually dropped. Once I was told they send the bill because some insurance companies pay and some do not. In other words just a shot in the dark. That time was not from Swedes.
Adding to this I received my credit card statement and there was a charge indicating I had purchased exactly the same dollar amount of gas from the same station twice the same day. HUH? Same story, I called them and they dropped the second charge. Do I think these people are thieves? Not at all, but mistakes are made and we all have to be vigilant and actually look at our bills to be sure they make sense.
I have another monthly bill hanging fire right now that I am waiting for them to catch. It is in my favor and sooner or later it will dawn on them. I will pay it but I want to see their explanation of how they miss-billed for months. It goes both ways.
Ken Dillenburg

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It’s not only Flag Day, it’s a Birthday!



June 14th is celebrated as Flag Day in the United States because this is the date in 1777 when the U.S. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the nation’s official flag. The first flag, as most know, was sewn by Betsy Ross of Philadelphia. It was the 15-star and 15-stripe flag which flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore to write the poem which was later turned into the “Star-Spangled Banner”.  15 stripes?? This is not a typo as the original plan was to add a star and a stripe when a new state entered the union. This was later amended to the 13 stripes to represent the 13 original colonies that became the first states. There have been 26 different versions of the U.S. flag as states have been added. Our current flag with 50 stars has been in existence since 1960. Fly your flag proudly and often.
Today is also the 237th birthday of the United States army which was formed by the Continental Congress to face the British soldiers in Boston, Massachusetts and predates the birth of the U.S. as a country. General George Washington was appointed the first commander-in-chief and took command of the army on July 3, 1775. Today approximately 1.5 million men and women proudly serve this county in over 150 countries worldwide. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Bonnie Marron

From the Lake Management meeting

It was mentioned during the lake management meeting we maintain eight swans on the lake. This year those swans have produced offspring of 17 little ones. If all were to survive we will end up with 25 swans at the end of the season. What is it....something in the water? Thank heaven humans aren't reproducing at that rate!    Ken Dillenburg

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

From the CWL Events Commission


FIREWORKS DONATIONS END DATE APPROACHING!

Wednesday, June 20th is the last day on which donations can be accepted for the 2012 Candlewick Lake 4th of July Fireworks Display. To date$2,132.00 in donations has been received from 56 families, groups or individuals. We have 7 days to reach our goal of $3,000.00 and only $868.00 left to collect. Please consider adding to Candlewick’s biggest event of the year by making a donation, particularly if you are hosting a party and this is part of your celebration. It’s an inexpensive form of entertainment.

Forms are available at the Administration Office, Recreation Center or can be downloaded from the CWL website (www.candlewick-lake.org). Please make all checks payable to Candlewick Lake Association.  Should you wish to mail in your donation, please send it to the Candlewick Lake Association office at 13400 Hwy. 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065-8814.

Names as indicated on the form, but not dollar amounts, of all those who donated will be displayed on a board in the Rec Center.

Please note that all CWL Independence festivities are scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Should you have any questions please contact Bonnie Marron, Events Commission Member, at either (815) 675-2030 or canoe@ameritech.net.

Thank you for your support of your community and the Events Committee!

Candlewick Anglers kind fishing derby Saturday!

*CWL* KID’S FISHING – 2012
SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH (Father’s Day)
Hosted by the Candlewick Anglers for the 2nd year.
Sponsored by the Events Commission
2012 Sponsors include : Friends of Candlewick Lake, Poplar Grove
Pro Hardware Proudly Carrying Bass Pro Shops Products,
Candlewick Lake Association, Dockside grill, and of course with all
the help from the many volunteers from the Lake Management
Commission.
REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8:30 a.m. Fishing will begin
immediately after sign in.
FISHING ENDS AT 10:30 a.m. Remember to return your
catch list to the sign-in table.
This is kids fishing only! No help from adults except to unhook
fish & bait hooks. A parent/guardian must be present at all times.
THIS YEAR WE HAVE ADDED A 4TH AGE GROUP.
3 – 6 yrs * 7 – 9 yrs * 10 – 13 yrs * 14 – 16 yrs.
(remember, age 16 requires a state fishing license & CWL photo ID)
Yes, we will again have refreshments while we total the catch.
Any questions, call Tom Pinkowski, 815-276-2406
Bring your smile, you WILL be required to wear one.
THINK GOOD WEATHER !!!!!

I get dumber every day!

I received the letter from Roscoe Disposal and sent them a check for $39.00 right away. DUHH, I am over 65 and should have sent $36.00. I am mentioning this in case others who are as senile as me might also forget.
The CWL e-blast is below.   Ken Dillenburg


Candlewick Lake’s New Garbage Service

The contract that Candlewick Lake has with Veolia will be ending June 30, 2012.  Effective July 1, 2012 the new refuse company servicing Candlewick will be Roscoe Disposal LLC. 

Roscoe Disposal LLC has started sending out introductory letters and invoices to all residents.  When Roscoe receives your payment of $39.00 for the period of July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, they will deliver your toter (refuse container).  The senior rate (for the primary owner, age 65 years and older) is $12.00 per month.

Roscoe Disposal will begin picking up garbage in Candlewick Lake on Friday, July 6, 2012 due to the 4th of July holiday.  The following week will start the regular Thursday schedule.

You will need to contact Roscoe Disposal at 815-623-2560 to receive a letter and invoice if you are an offsite owner and wish to have garbage pickup.