Come to our annual picnic on Sunday, August 4!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 4 at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

We’ll vote for new officers (Vice President, Treasurer, and three at-large directors), talk about  our new Fish Count Forms, and anything else lake-related that you’d like to discuss. Questions? Concerns? This is a great time to bring them up!

Please feel free to bring family members and houseguests. Our menu will include brats, burgers, and beverages; if you would like to bring a dish to pass, please feel free to do so, and bring your lawn chairs if you have them. If you haven’t already paid your membership dues, you can pay them at the picnic, and if you would like to participate in the 50/50 raffle, don’t forget to bring some cash! And we’ll have our beautiful LOFA membership signs on sale for $25 each.

Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 28 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always needed, so please help out if you can.

Come on out! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors around the lake. Hope to see you there.

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Acoustic bat monitoring on May 29th

Bat survey May, 2019Our first bat survey of 2019 revealed at least 3 species of bats thriving around our lake as of May 29, including Little Brown Bats, which are threatened statewide by white-nose syndrome. The surveys are done each year as part of the Wisconsin Bat Program and coordinated locally by the North Lakeland Discovery Center. This is fewer species than last year, but our first survey was conducted a little earlier in the year and along a slightly different route than in previous years; we have two more surveys scheduled for this season, weather permitting. The next survey should be in mid-July and the map will be posted a few weeks later, so stay tuned! Maps from our previous attempts and more information can be seen here and here

Turtle crossings and meeting minutes

Please remember to report your turtle sightings to the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program! Let’s help them make life better for our little hard-shelled buddies.  Here is the link to do so.  This page also links to information about natural history, species identification, how to protect turtle nests, and much more.

And, completely unrelated, here are the minutes from the LOFA Board’s May 26 meeting at Beaver’s.

Conservation on Tap and the spring LOFA board meeting

Here is the schedule for this year’s Conservation on Tap programs, sponsored by the Iron County Land and Waters Conservation Department, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, and hosted by The Pines restaurant. These are always interesting programs!

And, the spring meeting of the Lake of the Falls board of trustees will be this Sunday, May 26, at 10:00 am at Beaver’s Resort. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

Broadband Update

Below is an excerpt from the Spider Lake newsletter regarding local broadband.

 

BROADBAND:  Norm McKindles offers this update:

Gogebic Range.Net, along with the support of Gogebic Range Broadband Committee (serving Iron (WI) and Gogebic (MI) counties) has been awarded grants through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission which will pay for the installation of three additional internet towers in the Mercer area.   The owner of Gogebic Range.Net has indicated that the Spider Lake and Fisher Lake towers to be the first to go up followed by one near Lake of the Falls.  Once in place the towers will able to deliver 25 Mbps of internet speed to the affected areas.  Stay tuned for more information.
CenturyLink has expanded its internet capabilities in the Mercer area by installing additional buried fiber and upgrading equipment to boost internet speeds and provide service to some areas which have not had service in the past.  Currently the faster service is partially activated but not yet available to all customers.  Recently CenturyLink representatives indicated that the faster service should be available to all customers by early summer at speeds somewhere between 10 and 20 Mbps depending on location.  For more information on availability and pricing contact CenturyLink customer service.

Norm sits on the Broadband committee for Iron County.

Jack