Rules for Annual Meeting

It sounded like a sea plane but it was a fan boat treating for weeds June 29, and the pictures below (from the marina) illustrate the results.



An in-person quorum is needed at the Aug. 8 Twin Lakes Association annual meeting in order to conduct any meaningful business. The state does not allow for remote voting by the TLA community. In light of the pandemic, that may change and one order of business will be to amend TLA by-laws to allow for virtual voting if the state approves it. There are many other pressing topics that require a vote. Those include the election of new officers and changes to the indemnification language for board members. There also must be a vote on financial support for weed harvesting in West Twin. 
In keeping with state regulations, the annual meeting will be held outdoors at the American Society for the Deaf grounds on Isola Bella on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 10 am. All attendees will be required to wear a mask and adhere to guidelines for social distancing. A detailed agenda will be sent out a week before the meeting.  All dues-paying members will receive a draft of proposed bylaws and the slate of candidates. If there is rain, the meeting will be held the following day, Sunday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. As a precaution, we will be asking those attending the meeting for contact tracing information.
 We are currently scheduled to hold the 120th Annual Twin Lakes Day celebration on Isola Bella grounds beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. Rain date is the following day. Justin Meyer has once again worked diligently to arrange for a fun day. In light of the pandemic, we will make a final decision around Aug. 1 as to whether it is possible to hold the event safely. All participants would be asked for contact tracing information. While we all wish to enjoy Twin Lakes Day competition, we must be certain the event can be held in a manner that ensures the safety of all. Please stay tuned.

We need more photos both for the Twin Lakes Association photo contest and the new website under design. For the website we are looking for pictures from any year that are of high quality and illustrate lake life–from boating, tubing, and skiing to fishing, celebrations, natural beauty and wildlife. Please send only your very best photos of this type to Photos sent to this email will not be considered for the contest unless they are also posted on Instagram.

The photo contest has a nature theme and all entries must be from the past 12 months. This is an Instagram-based contest. You will need to open an Instagram account and follow @twinlakesassociation. You must post your photo to your Instagram account and tag #tlaphoto2020. All entries will appear on Instagram under that hashtag. We encourage you to post your best shots all summer. You can view entries at any time by searching the hashtag TLAphoto2020 on your Instagram account. Two $50 prizes will be awarded at the annual meeting. One is designated for photographers 16 and under. This contest is open to TLA members and their friends and family.

Bear #169 has been captured and euthanized, according to state officials. This is the bear pictured on a South Shore Road porch in a recent TLA newsletter and which the state deemed a “problem” after failed efforts to modify its behavior. The bear had been tagged after “quite a few conflicts in the area, including home entries,” officials said. The state rarely relocates bears because they have a strong homing instinct and often return to the area from which they originated, and if a bear has developed a pattern of conflict behavior there are no suitable release sites in the state, officials said. Bear #169 had been trapped, conditioned, and released twice. But its dangerous pattern persisted.

Following ambulance safety guidelines is more important than ever this year, given the heightened activity in the Twin Lakes area, due to the pandemic. Start by sharing the lake with a view to common courtesy. If an emergency arises, the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service is available around the clock in Salisbury, Lakeville, Taconic, Lime Rock, and Amesville.  Dial 911 for service. Here are some guidelines:
e sure your house number is visible from the road.
–Have medicine and medical history handy.
–Be prepared to offer the dispatcher as much information as possible about the nature of the emergency. (911 dispatchers work out of Torrington and are specially trained to assist callers. A dispatcher  recently talked a woman through delivery of a baby in Canaan.)
Be aware that Salisbury is a remote location and it might take 20 minutes or more for an ambulance to arrive. Ambulance headquarters are near the White Hart Inn. Personnel first must get there and then put on personal protective equipment. Under current protocols, this includes masks for everyone at the scene.
–Take basic steps to care for an injured person but avoid moving them unnecessarily. For example, cover them if they’re exposed to cold and encourage deep breaths to relieve anxiety.
Be aware of our surroundings, including the water and ground topography; and boating rules, which include a lifejacket for paddle boards and kayaks, and spotting for waterskiing and wakeboarding. These rules can be found on the TLA and Connecticut state websites.

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