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Fishing Derby set for Feb. 6
A mild winter, with no ice on the lakes until after Christmas, has led the Clover Bares Snowmobile Club to form a Plan B on its annual Fishing Derby.
If the ice is too thin to support vehicles, the Fishing Derby headquarters will move to the former Rustic Resort property on Pine Lake. It is normally set up under a tent in front of Mickster's on Grass Lake.
The date will be Saturday, Feb. 6, with fishing prizes awarded in the adult and children's categories. Weigh-in for fish will be from noon to 4 p.m.
Raffle tickets are available at area establishments costing $5 for three tickets. Prizes are $500, $250, $100, $75 and $50.
Food and beverages will be available all day.
The Clover Bares maintain a network of snowmobile trails in Belle Plaine and adjoining towns. The club is a part of a countywide snowmobile trail system.
Directory available to 2016 CLPA members
By Dennis Thornton
Finding a neighbor, particularly one who is a part-time resident of Cloverleaf Lakes, isn't always an easy task. We offer a solution, the updated Cloverleaf Lakes Area Directory.
The 20-page Directory, last updated in 2011, has lake and home addresses of residents, plus phone numbers and email addresses where available.
It also includes valuable information about our lakes and Belle Plaine government, boating and fishing rules, and a list of 2015 members and donors. Also included is a page of addresses and phone numbers of area businesses.
The more than 115 residents who have paid their $25 dues and additional donations have already received their copies. You can get a copy simply by clipping the coupon on page 7 and sending it in with a check for $25 in membership dues for 2016.
The Directory represents many hours of work, particularly by Carol Wegner and Pam Bruecker, to locate and double-check the listings. There are many changes of ownership and home addresses around the lakes each year. I did the layout and the excellent print job was done by Christensen Printing in Shawano, which also prints this newsletter.
* Our annual fund-raising letter has produced excellent results. The 115-plus 2016 memberships have raised about $2,800 in dues. And donations have totaled more than $11,000 as of mid-January. We thank everyone who has sent in a check!
The lake association faces a year of heavy spending to combat our aquatic invasive species. Although we have not yet received the recommendations of our consultant, Onterra, it appears that a very expensive chemical treatment will be needed this spring to kill the rapidly spreading Eurasian Water Milfoil. The CLPA's share of 2015 expenses in hiring divers to pull up milfoil in Round and Pine Lakes totaled $10,000.
The hybrid milfoil that has taken over much of Grass and Pine Lakes has formed an immunity to the usual chemical and will need a new (and did I say expensive?) blend of chemicals. The DNR grant and town will cover part of the expense but our treasury will no doubt take a big hit.
* We had some very important visitors on a wonderfully mild day in early October. The state head of the Healthy Lakes program, Pamela Toshner, and others from the DNR and UW-Extension toured the nine shoreland native plant sites via pontoon boat.
Cloverleaf Lakes were among a handful of lakes in the new state program, which provides grants to encourage native plants on shoreland as well as "fish sticks" to improve fish habitat.
A film crew was along as Lisa Reas pointed out the planting sites. Craig Ford from the Belle Plaine Sportsman's Club explained the first "fish sticks" sites near Gibson Island.
The Healthy Lakes program plans to feature Cloverleaf Lakes in a video as well as an article in the Lake Tides publication.
ONE FOR BOTH SITES:
Two elections coming up this spring
A primary election will be necessary in the Clintonville School District on Feb. 16 to trim the field of five candidates to four for the two seats. Running are incumbent Dirk Weber, Mark Zachow, Samantha Ozment, Larry Czarnecki and Lori Popp. Judith Magee did not seek re-election. A race for state Supreme Court is also on the ballot in February.
District 17 supervisor Bonnie Olson of Belle Plaine will be challenged by Allan Kuhn of Shawano in an April 5 Shawano County Board race. In the other district that includes Belle Plaine, John Ainsworth is unopposed.
Rich Belongia will challenge incumbents Diane Hoffman, Derek Johnson and Bruce Milavitz for three Shawano School Board seats. There will be 12 Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot for the presidential primary election.
Feb. 16: Primary election
April 5: Spring election, presidential primary election
Polls open from 7 a.m.
to 8 p.m. at Belle Plaine Community Center,
N3002 State Highway 22
Feb. 6: Clover Bares Fishing Derby, on Cloverleaf Lakes or former Rustic Resort site, all day
Feb. 8: CLPA board, 9 a.m., Community Center
Feb. 8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m., Community Center
March 14: CLPA board, 9 a.m., Community Center
March 14: Town Board, 7:30 p.m., Community Center
April 5: Spring election, Community Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m..
April 11: CLPA board, 9 a.m., Community Center
April 11: Town Board, 7:30 p.m., Community Center
Second Tuesdays: Belle Plaine Sportsman's Club, 6 p.m., Butch's Archery