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We have recently received information from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that at certain times between now and April 2016, they will be doing controlled burns in Huntsville State Park.  During this period, you may see smoke in the neighborhood or on nearby roads.  They are asking that you be cautious, reduce your speed, and use your low-beam headlights when smoke is present.  This is a normal prescribed burn that actually reduces the risk of a wildfire by eliminating the available fuels such as dead trees, leaf litter and other flammable vegetation on the landscape.  Additional information of how to be prepared can also be found at http://www.firewise.org or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ray Black, Manager of Huntsville State Park,  at 936-295-5644 ext. 30.

Elkins Lake Recreation Corp. will also be burning our tree disposal area on January 18th.  As with the above, this is a very controlled burn.  Blowers are used to keep the timber hot and to burn with a limited amount of smoke.  If you have questions on this day or are concerned of the area involved, please contact the Administration office at 295-8181.

Rusty Denner, GM


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Over the next couple of weeks, a lot will be going on at the Club.  If you haven’t already signed up, the Open House will be tonight starting at 6pm.  Calling for a reservation does not necessarily reserve you a seating assignment, but it will definitely help to make sure we have the correct amount of food.  It is a ‘come and go’ type of event so even if you just want to stop in and see your neighbors for a few minutes, please join us.  Prior to and during the event, the Pro Shop will also be having their Annual Christmas Sale.  This will start at 5pm and go until eight also.  It’s a perfect time to use what you may have left on the credit book.

This Saturday is Breakfast with Santa.  As always, the reservations are increasing but Santa always has room for a couple of more.  Please contact the office to make a reservation.

The following Sunday is our Christmas Brunch.  We figured that by now, you have completely digested your Thanksgiving turkey and it is time to eat again.  See you at the Club!

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The Elkins Lake Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of the current General Manager, Mrs. Stacy Dennis.

Stacy has been the General Manager at Elkins Lake for the past eight years during which time she has done an outstanding job in managing the activities of the Elkins Lake Recreation Corporation. During this time, the club has undergone a number of positive changes, the most significant being the completion of the new club house.

Stacy has accepted a position with the Texas Golf Association in Dallas, Texas. The Board expressed regret in accepting the resignation, but wished her great success in this new chapter in her life and career. Stacy will continue in her role as the General Manager until December 23, 2014. The board has taken the initial steps in the search for a new General Manager.

A reception to recognize Stacy’s accomplishments here at Elkins Lake and wish her well in her new career will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse at 6:00 PM. All residents are encouraged to drop by and wish Stacy and Kyle well in this new aspect of their lives.

Jerry Allen

President, Elkins Lake Board of Directors

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Many of us observed smoky conditions this afternoon (Monday, September 22) and were concerned about a fire in the area.  According to the Texas Forest Service, the smoke is the result of a planned controlled burn in Trinity County.  There are no reports of fires in our area.  For detail or more information about the burn plan, please contact the Texas Forest Service (936) 295-5688.

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Over the weekend, we observed that a large number of small fish have died in the area near the dam at Elkins Lake.  In order to determine the cause of this event, our Lakes Committee consulted with a biologist with Lone Star Lake Management.  His determination is that the fish died as a result of the lake “turning over” in that area.

Turnover occurs when deeper water develops layers of differing temperatures over time.  The upper layer is made up of warmer water and plenty of oxygen.  The lower layer is cooler and has much less oxygen.  From time to time, due to changes in outside temperature or even wind and wave action, the cooler, oxygen-depleted water will mix with the warmer water in the upper layer, thereby decreasing the oxygen available in the upper layer.  When this occurs, the larger fish are able to move into areas with more oxygen, but the smaller fish cannot, and many die as a result.

The Lakes Committee confirms that the impact has been limited to small fish, and in the area near the dam.  Unfortunately, this is a naturally occurring event that happens from time to time, but does not suggest any problem, contamination, or long-term concern for our lakes.

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Earlier today (July 3), a water main was broken near a construction site on Camellia Lake.  Here is some information regarding the situation that has been provided by the City of Huntsville and Entergy.

  • The break occurred at a fire hydrant.  A valve adjacent to the hydrant was closed to isolate the problem.  However, after refilling the hole, water began leaking again, indicating a break in the main line.  Water service will be interrupted in the 1800 block of Camellia Drive until a repair may be completed.
  • As a result of the erosion from the broken line, an electrical transformer was damaged and has been removed.  Entergy anticipates that only one home will be without power during the repair.  The affected property owner has been notified.  If you happen to live in the area, this might be a great opportunity to be a “good neighbor” to those impacted.
  • The water break also caused some erosion under a portion of Camellia Drive.  To be safe, a portion of one lane will be closed.  Vehicles will still have access through the area, but with only one lane.  During this time, please be careful and patient as you travel through the area.
  • Repair crews will be working as quickly as possible to repair the area.  You can assist by staying clear of the area as it is already fairly crowded.

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As a relative newcomer to Elkins Lake and a rookie member of Ramona Denson’s House Committee, my eyes have been opened to some facts that I wonder if everyone else knows about.  First and foremost, we all know when we get our low maintenance bills each month that we are the beneficiaries of years of conservative fiscal management that make us the envy of all others.  Lucille and I belonged to a club up North that cost four times as much and had so many members that the first tee was a battleground and dinner for two was 150 bucks.

When the USGA Course Consulting Service recently came to evaluate our courses, they asked how big our maintenance corps was.  When they heard the number, they wondered if that was for each nine!  So, I guess that makes the popular idea that our guys are leaning on their rakes the opposite of correct, doesn’t it?

And how about the Hills irrigation that was on time and paid for out of current expenses?  Similar upgrades for the pools, tennis courts, and the lakes are planned or underway – all within the current budget.  Think what America could be like if only our Board were running it!  But, by the grace of God, this is our little world and we need to be thankful for it.  Let’s never forget to give honor to all those who work hard every day to make us so privileged.

But, it is an unwritten law that dues payment confers the automatic right to complain.  Stacy and the management team want your input and will react to it.  Just remember…you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Anyway, here’s my complaint.  There is a general concept abroad in the land that our food services are a big loser and our restaurant is a vast wasteland and the reason we don’t have white tablecloths is we don’t want people going snow blind.

Here are some facts and figures that have opened my eyes, and I hope will change that attitude.  In a set of clubs with comparable revenue, we are in the top 20% in number of plates served per year.  We are in the bottom 3% of prices charged.  So you might say, “No wonder you’re losing money!”  But, the business model of Elkins Lake provides subsidies for every sector.  That’s what our maintenance fees are for.  Similar amounts are allocated for the pools, the tennis courts, the lakes, and yes, Virginia, for the restaurant.  Oh, and did I forget the seven-figure subsidy for, guess what?  The golf course, of course!

Now, let’s go back to what subsidized meals means to your household budget.  In this day of rising food prices, and if you value your time and effort, you can hardly beat our prices by eating at home!  And, as a 1/1800th owner of the club, you’re buying the food from yourself!

Start with Chef Tina’s delicious food…what’s your favorite?  Then add the priceless intangibles, the inviting surroundings, the panoramic view, the soft music, friends nearby, and ya gotta love no dishes to do!  But, since we are blessed without the monthly minimum that many others have, all this is your option.  If you elect to eat elsewhere, be assured the rest of us will gratefully enjoy your portion of the subsidy…

For the good of Elkins Lake,  Loren Burns

p.s.  The same scenario pertains to our golf shop.  They fit me for my clubs, gave me a better price than down I-45, and the buck stops here.  And…my handicap is down!  So what’s not to like?

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