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WINTER 2018-19 - ICE SAFETY

As ice skating season quickly approaches, please review the following with your family to ensure safety:

Flags

In Fayson Lakes when the ice is safe for skating, a flag will be flown on each lake. The flag is white with a solid red circle. Skating is permitted ONLY AFTER the ice has been tested and the flag is flying.

A volunteer who has been approved by the Fayson Lakes Board of Trustees is responsible for checking the ice for safe skating. The ice is deemed safe at 4 inches of thickness.

It is important to note that just because one lake has a flag flying to indicate safe skating, it does not automatically mean that the other lakes are safe. Please make sure to check for a flag on each of the lakes before skating.

Flag Locations

  • East Lake: Intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
  • South Lake: South Lake boat launch where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
  • West Lake: Main Beach

Ice Safety Equipment

Ice safety equipment includes ring buoys and safety lines. This equipment can be found at the following locations:

  • East Lake
    • Flagpole at the intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
    • Boat Launch area at the intersection of Lakeside Trail and Twin Lakes Drive
  • South Lake
    • Near the flagpole at the South Lake boat launch area where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
    • On shore at the end of Edgemere Terrace
  • West Lake
    • Near the flagpole on Main Beach
    • On the back of Kellner's house at 15 Waters Edge

Doggie Pond

Skating on Doggie Pond is NEVER allowed

Night Skating

Skating at night is NOT permitted unless an approved program has been planned and is supervised by adult members of FLA.

Ice Fishing

Use same precautions as for ice skating or walking on ice. Ice fishing should not be done in areas used for skating. Holes dug into the ice should be clearly marked.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is strictly prohibited on any lake at any time.

Open Water

The red ball flag may still be flown for a lake when limited areas of open water (inlets and overflow areas such as the dam culverts) exist. IMPORTANT: DO NOT WALK OR SKATE WITHIN 30 FEET OF OPEN WATER. When possible, red paint, wooden markers or other similar items will delineate such areas.

Rescue

  • If someone falls through the ice, do NOT attempt a close-contact rescue.
  • Use a close-by rowboat to get closer to the person or slide a ring buoy, pole, or ladder to the person.
  • Instruct the person to hang on to the device and slowly wiggle out of the water onto the solid ice.
  • Upon rescue, the person must immediately be taken indoors and treated for cold exposure because of loss of body heat.
  • Call for an ambulance.

Badges

Anyone skating, ice fishing, or walking on the ice is required to wear a current FLA member or guest badge.

East Lake Halloween Event

IMPORTANT - Please Send in Your Proxy Cards

Beach Badges Are Now Available

START SPREADING THE NEWS - Upload your pictures for the Labor Day Slideshow

Lifeguard Course

FLA NEEDS YOU...To Help Prepare the Labor Day Slideshow

The FLA Paver Fundraiser Has Been Extended

BEACH BAND JAM is Back!

TO ALL MEMBERS: Please Volunteer for Beach Patrol

The Annual Memorial Day Picnic will be on Sunday, May 27th

THE FLA BOARD WANTS YOU...TO CONSIDER BECOMING A TRUSTEE

A Big THANK YOU to All Volunteers for Pool Project

FLA VOLUNTEERS ROCK
Fayson Volunteers Rock (Picture Doesn't Include All Volunteers)

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the opening of the swim lanes possible this summer.

Many of the lake members came out every day to help, gave an hour or several hours to make the swim lanes a reality for the Fayson Gators Swim Team - it was a true team effort! The commitment by many will have an impact for generations to come - thank you so much!

To celebrate all the work of the volunteers to complete the project, the Fayson Lakes Women's Club will be sponsoring a "Volunteer and Family" BBQ. If interested in donating to the BBQ, please email Jennifer Tanis at tanisfive@gmail.com or drop off your donation to 12 Birchwood Trail.

Important Reminder For Dog Owners

Please be reminded that Association by-laws state: "All pets or animals will be restricted from beaches and recreational areas."

The members of the Board are committed to upholding this general rule in our by-laws. Dogs are not permitted on either Main Beach or Sabey's Beach even when the beach is closed. If you are walking your dogs through either beach area, they should be on leash and kept off the sand. There are boat launch areas on all three of our lakes where dogs can enter the water to swim, and we have acres of wooded property for them to enjoy. We fully encourage you to utilize these areas to exercise your dogs.

As not everyone is a dog lover, we ask that you be considerate of others when walking your dog. All dogs should be on leash when walking through our streets. Please do not allow your dog access to private property or gardens. DOG WASTE MUST BE PICKED UP AND BROUGHT HOME WITH YOU - please do not deposit dog waste in someone else's garbage can or in the beach dumpsters, which are closed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Attention All Boat Owners - Winterize Your Boat

All boats must be removed from the water by December 1st. If you are storing a boat on FLA property, please make sure that it is turned bottom-up, securely locked, and clearly marked with your current year boat decals. The Board reserves the right to remove boats located on FLA property that do not display current year boat decals. Please contact Paul Tanis, Trustee in charge of boats, (201) 951-0788, ptanis143@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Fayson Lakes Board of Trustees

Summer 2018 Lifeguard Application Posted

Winterfest Date Set

Labor Day Weekend Schedule Posted

Board Trustee Positions Open

Beach Patrol

Beach Reminders

Fayson Lakes Women's Club Sweatshirt Sale

2017 Dues Reminder

Help Wanted For Summer

Board of Health Notice

There is very important healthcare information available that can save people time & money. Please see the below websites which can be very helpful information:
  • www.turnthetownsteal.org - This website provides a quarterly newsletter with valuable information on ovarian cancer. These can also be obtained form the Board of Health in the Municipal Building in town.
  • www.healthcare.gov - This website provides a wealth of knowledge for obtaining healthcare for adults and children and includes information on preventative care and immunization vaccines.
  • www.peqtwp.org (click on Departments & Offices and then click on Health Department) - There are 2 links (Health Department Newsletter and Public Health TV) on the page which can be useful.

Fishing Reminder

Please remember that fishing on Fayson Lakes is for members only and you must wear a current Fayson Lakes Association badge while fishing. Additionally, Fayson Lakes fishing policy is "Catch and Release." Please abide by these rules. Thank you.

The Guardian Strip and You

The Guardian Strip is the 20-25 foot strip of land bordering all three of our lakes. It was designed to allow all members access to the shoreline from a common area, such as the beach. With just a few exceptions, all lakefront properties in Fayson Lakes have a guardian strip. The Fayson Lakes Association has legal possession of and control over the guardian strips.
  • No docks, retaining walls, or personal beaches are allowed on the guardian strip.
  • Boats may be moored or tied to the guardian strip with the permission of the property owner adjacent to the strip.
  • The guardian strip should not be blocked off by debris or fences.
  • Leaves and tree debris should be removed and not blown into the lake or stored on the guardian strip.
  • All requests to make changes to the guardian strip, including tree removal, must be submitted to the Board of Trustees.
  • There are rules about the use of pesticides and/or fertilizers which are especially important to follow if you are a lakefront owner.

Please contact Jim Jacobus, Trustee in charge of the Guardian Strip, jfjacobus4@gmail.com, (C) 973-214-7761, if you have any questions.

Wood Harvest

Our Association has a policy of allowing members to "harvest" wood from dead or fallen trees located on Association property during the autumn months. Board approval is required for the cutting of a standing tree. If you are interested in cutting down a standing tree, you must request permission from the Board in the spring or summer when it is obvious that the tree has been damaged beyond recovery. If the tree is determined to be dead, it will be tagged; and you may cut it down during that year's fall harvest. No trees may be cut down on the Guardian Strip without approval from the Board.

Association members (wearing current badges) may:

  • Collect the equivalent of one cord of ground wood, i.e., fallen limbs and branches.
  • Operate chain saws to cut ground wood to a transportable size.
  • Challenge anyone in the process of cutting a standing tree (even if that person is wearing a current membership badge).

Note that the Association has no authority over trees located on member properties; however, town regulations may apply.

NO HUNTING

There is absolutely NO HUNTING PERMITTED ON FAYSON LAKES PROPERTY ANYWHERE. This INCLUDES the woods back behind Sabey's Beach; people walk & hike back there.

FLA Communications Update

Email Blasts

In an effort to communicate with our community, the Fayson Lakes Association Board of Trustees periodically sends out email blasts to communicate, remind our members of important events and share information. If you are not on the email distribution list and would like to be included, please provide your email address to: Cathy Luisi, FLA Office Manager at flaoffice@optonline.net. If anyone would like information included in an email blast, complete info (ie: write-ups or flyers) should be provided to the Fax/Email/Website Trustee, Ellen Zechmeister (973) 534-7064 zechellen24@yahoo.com, in order for it to be included in the next scheduled email blast. The schedule is as follows:

  • Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) - Email blasts will go out every week as needed. Please submit any info to the Fax/Email/Website Trustee in order to have it included.
  • Off Season (Labor Day through end of February) - Email blasts will go out once a month or as needed. Please submit any info in a timely manner in order to have it included.
  • March/April/May - Email blasts will go out approximately every 2 weeks as needed. Again, please submit any info to the appropriate trustee in order to have it included in the email.

Please note, the FLA Board of Trustees, at its discretion, may periodically send additional email blasts to communicate "need to know quickly" information.

The Fax is BACK - Get Ready for the Next Issue of the Digital Fayson Fax!

Please consider sharing your stories, memories, and news of all kinds with your neighbors and friends by submitting photos and/or write-ups to the Fayson Fax. Simply email text documents and/or photos as attachments, along with your name and a caption, to c.fayson.fax@gmail.com, and we will do our best to include your feature in an upcoming issue. Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 20th.

Topics needed include, but are not limited to:

  • Meet Your Neighbor
  • These are Our Kids
  • Creature Feature (pets/local wildlife)
  • Fayson Athlete(s)

We also have writers who would love to interview you (in person or via phone/email) and help you tell your story! If interested, contact c.fayson.fax@gmail.com (by Saturday, December 1st).

Did you miss the first two issues of the digital Fayson Fax? Check your junk mail! Be sure to add announcements@faysonlakes.org to your contacts so you don't miss our Winter issue coming in January.

The second edition of new digital Fayson Fax magazine was published in October. You should have received your copy in an email sent October 15th with a subject line of FAYSON FAX: Digital Magazine for the Residents of Fayson Lakes (October 2018). If you have not had an opportunity to read the newsletter, please check it out.

In an effort to keep our membership informed, to encourage community involvement, and to create a space where we can "meet" our neighbors and share stories, the Board of Trustees has decided to continue the publication of this digital newsletter with the hope that all members who have access to email will read it and consider contributing to its content. The Board does have plans to provide printed copies of the newsletter to those members who would like to pick up a copy at the Clubhouse. And if a member who does not use email is housebound, a printed copy can be mailed to them.

As you all know, our Fayson Fax magazine was suspended last October. We were hopeful that a new Area Director, working for the same publisher, would take over our magazine, but that did not happen. You may also know that one of our members, Carla Pastore, had been working as Associate Publisher for our magazine. Carla has offered to work with the Board to produce a new Fayson Fax newsletter.

Due to the exorbitant costs of printing and mailing, and the difficulty of getting someone to sell advertising to help defray these costs, the Board has decided to try out a digital newsletter format that will be delivered to your email address. Should the first issue be successful and well-received, future issues will be published 4 times each year (the same as was done prior to 2009 when N2 Publishing took over).

The Board and Carla have set an ambitious goal of getting the first issue published by early July. Members are encouraged to submit informational articles or human-interest stories for inclusion in our newsletter. Please email these types of stories directly to Carla as attachments to c.fayson.fax@gmail.com no later than Monday, June 18th.

If there are any "Young Entrepreneurs" out there who would like to advertise services such as babysitting, lawn mowing, pet-sitting, etc., please send their name, phone number, email address, and service(s) offered to Carla at c.fayson.fax@gmail.com to be featured in the Fayson Fax.

Classified advertising is free for Fayson Lakes residents, too. If you want your ad to appear in the July issue, please email Carla at c.fayson.fax@gmail.com.

Please remember, all submissions for the inaugural issue of the Fayson Fax newsletter must be received by Monday, June 18th.

There are a few members who do not use email and therefore would not be able to receive a digital newsletter. Arrangements will be made to snail mail a copy of our newsletter to these members.

As was always the case, our Fayson Fax is only as good as the usefulness and enjoyment of its content; please consider being a contributor. In addition, if there is a member of any age who would like to work with Carla as a volunteer to help solicit (or write) articles and/or take pictures for our newsletter, please contact her directly at c.fayson.fax@gmail.com.

The Fayson Fax has been suspended until further notice. Therefore, when you fill out the form to pay your dues make sure to write your email down so the Association has it.

Another excellent source of community communication is the monthly Fayson Fax. The Fax is delivered to Fayson Lakes residents usually in the middle-of-each-month. The due date for each Fax is the second-to-last-day of the month (approximately 1 1/2 months prior to the distribution). For example, the due date for the June Fax (which is delivered mid-June) is April 29th. The due date for the July Fax (which is delivered mid-July) is May 30th, and so on. There are special dates that will apply at the end of the year due to a holiday schedule. These dates will be posted on the website when they are available.

Additionally, any information submitted for inclusion in the Fax should be publication ready. The information should not require editing by the trustee or The Fax personnel. Acceptable file formats are:

  • Word documents
  • PDF files
  • JPEG files
  • PNG files

Other News

Tribute to Ken Allerman - FLA Beach Director in the 50's & 60's

Ken Allerman Memorial

Ken was a wonderful husband, father, friend, mentor, teacher and coach. But when summer arrived in Fayson Lakes during the early 1950's and 1960's - Ken was our fearless leader - The Beach Director.

Ken encouraged and inspired strong teams of volunteers that made programs work at the beach. The volunteers became an integral as "Timers" to develop the popular the Sunday Swim Races. He further developed and enlarged the swimming program. The Swim Club continued to grow in number, and competitive meets with other lake communities were held on Wednesday evenings at each lake community. Fayson Lakes began to host AAU swim meets as well. Ken initiated what he called "the Mother's Hour," providing swim lessons for the adult who never had the opportunity to learn to swim as a child.

Monday evenings brought the much anticipated "Monday Night at the Movies" on the handball court. It was complete with the sale of penny candy and an ice-cold 10 cent soda. An outstanding Arts and Crafts program was initiated, under the volunteer leadership of Mrs. DeAngeles. An annual Water Ballet was initiated with influence by many volunteers, resulting in elaborate set design, choreography and announcing. Ken lead a very active, Activity Day each week. He would lead a group of children on brown bag lunch and bike tours through the valley; boat picnics to the island. And can you imagine - taking a group of children by bus to the old Yankee Stadium to see the greats such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra - what a thrill! Then there were trips to Fairy Tale Forest and Wild West City which was complete with a ride in a stage coach being held up by "robbers." A camp area was cleared behind Sabey's Beach and dedicated to Ken as "Camp Allerman." Labor Day Weekend was a culmination of all the events of summer. It began with "decorations" by teenagers on the high dive; potato-sack races, spoon race, water balloon toss, etc. for all age groups - including our parents; one can't forget the Baby Parade; finally - trophies - for fishing derby, sailing club, swim races.

Perhaps you will have a better understanding of the man, Ken Allerman, by the following comments which were made by those children of the 50's and 60's who learned that Ken had gone to join the angels in January 2014.

Many have commented on how fortunate we were to have grown up in Fayson Lakes and Ken Allerman was the heart and soul of it all. He had an influence on many during their childhood years. Ken was an exceptional man who leaves a great legacy.

Ken instilled courage and bravery by getting generations of kids to leap off the high dive.

  • Ken taught us rules for respect and developed our creative side by admiring our lanyards made in Arts and Crafts.
  • Ken taught us responsibility by making us relinquish our badges in order to borrow kick boards, beach balls, and the highly coveted knock hockey boards.
  • Ken taught us to laugh at our parents in the egg toss.
  • Ken taught us to be safe in the water or else his highly trained life guards would come charging.
  • Ken taught us to be serious by joining hands as a group to search the water for a missing person, which we never really understood as kids, but do as adults.
  • Ken taught us we were individuals by calling us by name and knowing where our Mom was sitting with the Shady Ladies.
  • Ken nourished our inner diva by bringing Broadway-worthy water ballet to the pool area.
  • Ken taught us to save our pennies and them blow them all at the Penny Carnival.
  • Ken taught us that children have their place - starring in the Baby Parade.
  • Ken taught us humor by never, ever, even once, catching the culprits of the end-of-summer high dive "transformations" - the pranks of legends.

The one thing remembered most about Mr. Allerman was his smile. A smile can't be carved in stone, not his anyway. You earned a smile from him by just showing up, being ready to jump in.

So how best to honor the legacy of Ken Allerman? Do what Ken did - make life a beach, smile, jump in, and don't forget your badge!

The flagpole on main beach was rededicated in Ken Allerman's memory on August 1, 2015.