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 on: May 04, 2016, 06:49:03 AM 
Started by scottmat28 - Last post by scottmat28
Spring - Fall weekly cottage rental - see our listing at www.vrbo.com/58266

 on: June 01, 2014, 03:06:36 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by srm
2014 Reminder
New online link...

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:13:15 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by Bonnie
Woo Hoo! Temps may hit 80 this week!
 Woo Hoo! Over 100 members have renewed membership so far!
 Woo Hoo! Putting pontoon in TODAY! Getting Spring Phosphorous test done also!
 Woo Hoo! Lake Directory going to print tomorrow!
 Woo Hoo! Get your membership in to receive the 2014 spectacular directory and support our local advertisers! All profit goes to the SPECTACULAR 4th of JULY FIREWORKS!!

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:12:22 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by Bonnie
Hi Everyone! We are getting ready to go to print on the 2014 Cottage Directory. They will be handed out door to door over Memorial Weekend for all members who have renewed by that weekend! Get your membership in to receive the Crystal Lake Association Cottage Directory!! Go to www. crystalonline.org to renew! Membership is $35 and contributions towards the fireworks are most welcomed!

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:11:07 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Attended the Michigan Inland Lakes/Michigan Lakes & Stream Conference this past week. It was a very informative conference and I did extensive training on plant identification. This year a complete plant mapping of the lake will be conducted with the assistance of Dr Jo Latimore, MSU Fisheries & Wildlife, on site to help for a full day to ensure we are on track with correct plant ID. Some invasives (eurasion milfoil) look very similar to native milfoil and if we have any questions as to what we are looking at, she will be there to answer. Would you like to volunteer to help us with this project, got some extra time?, let us know!

 In addition, we are excited to help MSU with eDNA samples from our lake. A two year grant at MSU has assisted in the development of a eDNA prototype where water samples will be tested for invasive DNA, such as golden mussels or starry stonewart. 15 invasive DNA's will be checked by this eDNA test to see if they exist in our lake! The best part, this is no cost to our cottage owners!

 The staff of MSU, DNR/DEQ and MLSA are to be commended on the quality of presentations, variety of topics and information available at this conference! Kuddo's to all!!

 on: February 03, 2014, 12:36:59 PM 
Started by sdingle - Last post by sdingle
Boat is excellent condition and is stored in Crystal, Mi.

 on: January 16, 2014, 07:07:09 AM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Attached is the listing of events and times for the upcoming Winter Festival Feb 8, 2014!  Come enjoy the wonder of winter at the lake!!

 on: January 12, 2014, 07:28:18 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
The Township is having problems with sewer grinder/lifts due to wet wipes!  The Township requests you not "Flush" any type of wet wipe even if they say they are disposable!  There seems to be fibers that do not dissolve and wrap up in the grinders.  Many other sewer districts are having the same problems and it has even been reported in the Grand Rapid city news.  So, let's avoid extra costs and just throw the wipes in the trash and not down the toilet!!  Thanks!!

 on: January 12, 2014, 07:22:53 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Come enjoy the Winter Festival Feb 8th at the Lake!  Horse Drawn carriage rides, dogsled rides, ice fishing derby, polar dip, sky lantern lift off, fireworks, and much more.  New this year will be a craft show at the Township hall!  See you there!

 on: August 11, 2013, 04:57:00 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by scottmat28
I just finished reading the summer newsletter.  The CLA does lots of good things for the lake, so I'm conflicted when I see things like the endorsement of the Michigan Waterfront Alliance.  As recommended, I did go to the MWA website to check them out.  While they also do some good things for water quality and protection, this organization is also an advocate for lakefront owners at the expense of backlot owners.  They, along with the closely aligned Michigan Lakes and Streams organization, were strong advocates and lobbyists for the grossly restrictive road-ends usage legislation that was enacted last year.  They are also strong advocates for further restrictions on road-end usage to limit or ban even daytime usage. 

So, while I like many things the our organization, the CLA, does, I have a very difficult time reconciling the fact that the CLA continues to complicitly support waterfront owners at the expense of backlot owners.  I pay membership fees to CLA for four properties, two of which have deeded lakefront and two of which are backlot properties.  Every year I ask myself why I am paying membership fees for the backlot properties to an organization that I don't feel advocates very well for those properties when it endorses other organizations whose goals include eliminating long-held and accepted lake usage rights of backlot owners. 

A quick perusal of the cottage directory would lead me to believe that about 1/2 of CLA members are backlot owners...I just don't get it.

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