Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Michigan Boaters Safety Handbook

If you are a new boater or someone like me who studied these laws and rules over 20 years ago, please take some time to read over the Michigan Boaters Safety Handbook.  It's a great, free resource.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rainbow Connection
Walk for Kids Can Drive

For the past three years my brother and I have raised money for an organization called the Rainbow Connection. This year we will be walking at the Detroit zoo in the 10th annual Rainbow Connection Walk for Kids. This is a great organization. They grant kids wishes that have life threatening illnesses.

Two years ago my brother (Kyle) was diagnosed with Cancer. He was granted a wish last year and chose to go to Disney World. Kyle is doing great now. He grew back all his hair and is planning to donate to Wigs for Kids.

This year we have high expectations. Last year Team KB raised enough money to grant a wish. This year we hope to grant another wish.

This Friday August 31st, we will be going around the neighborhood collecting cans. If you have any cans or bottles you would like to donate please leave them in a bag on your porch. Thank you for supporting the Rainbow Connection!!!!

Jacob & Kyle Brown (599 Island Drive if you would prefer to drop them off)

Kyle in 2011

Kyle in 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Waterford Lanes welcomes the Cedar Island Bowling League!

Your league meeting is coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 5th @7pm
Your league bowling will begin Sept. 14th 2012!

For anyone who knows four new people who want to join this league, bring them with you to the meeting or the first night of bowling and we will pay your last week's bowling fee and I will buy you a drink. It's my way of saying thank you for spreading the word about all the fun we have here. I hope you all can make it to the meeting, remember to bring your bowling ball free practice that night! If you have any questions please feel free to call me at any time.

Thank you,
Dawn Longacre
Waterford Lanes

This league will bowl every other Friday night starting September 14th 2012.
Bowling dates are as follows.

  • Sept 14th & 28th
  • Oct 12th & 26th
  • Nov 9th & 23th
  • Dec 7th
  • Jan 4th & 18th
  • Feb 1st & 15th
  • March 1st, 15th & 29th
  • April 12th & 26th
  • May 10th

Any questions feel free to call me at 248-431-1000!
Your bowling president, Howard G.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

July 18, 2012 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:12 P.M. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in our community park, however due to weather conditions; it was moved to Dave Weber’s home.


Maureen Thomas – President, Dave Weber – Treasurer, Sherry Woodbeck, Matt Brown, Larry Adams and Laura LaRosa

Treasurer’s Report:

See attached Financial Statement. Under “Operating Expenses” sub-category “Other Park Expenses” please note this expense was the cost incurred to remove the dead tree at the subdivision entrance. 120 of approximately 145 homes have paid their 2012 dues. If you have not paid your dues yet, please send a check for $50 payable to “CIHA” to Dave Weber 10033 Cedar Shores.

The Fireworks accounting is not yet finalized. It will be provided in a few weeks. A big “Thank You” to junior CIHA members Madeline, Elli & Liam Leonard; Cameron, Jason & Joel Slicker; Alissa & Sara Marchese and Courtney Luck who held a Lemonade Stand to raise funds for the Fireworks.

Change in Board Members/Officers:

Craig Leonard resigned as Vice President. Denise Adams was appointed Vice President and thus resigned as Board Secretary. Sherry Woodbeck agreed to act as Board Secretary until the Annual Election. Please consider running for the Secretary position at the Annual Meeting in October.

Park Clean Up:

There were very few volunteers this year. A discussion on possibly changing from a Saturday to another weekday was considered. A HUGE thank you goes out to Jeremy Macbeth and his father, John, Linda Tolman and Maureen Thomas who worked on the park, entrance and Ranveen & Coledale cul de sacs and Ken & Cheri Schell who cleaned up the Burgess cul de sac.

No Solicitation Sign:

We are communicating with the township attorney on the status of the promised solicitation ordinance. The ordinance will likely not be adopted until after the elections, but it will state that solicitation is prohibited in a subdivision that has posted a no solicitation sign.

Garage Sale:

From all reports this went well. Let us know how to improve traffic to your sale and we’ll file the suggestions away for the next one. Denise & Larry Adams made some amazing directional signage and we thank them very much! Ads were placed in the printed version of the Spinal Column two weeks out and the week of the sale, as well as online announcements on White Lake Patch & Craigslist. Both online versions had color photos of our subdivision sign and directions on how to get here. Thank you to Sherry Woodbeck for creating and placing the ads.

Vandalism, Missing Items & Related Issues:

We are not sure if we are just better connected now with e-mail alerts or if there is an increase in vandalism & missing items (or both). We are asking you to report all issues to the WLPD. In order to have regular patrols in our neighborhood, we need you to call and let WLPD know of any incidents. Plate number and vehicle description are helpful. For boat issues, MC Numbers and watercraft descriptions are critical. If you see cars in the public launch after hours, please call the WLPD as well. The launch is closed from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Fireworks On The Lake & Unofficially, In The Park:

Fireworks on the lake FANTASTIC! Fireworks in the park, not so much. First, the fun and amazing annual official firework show. This event takes a lot of time, effort, money and cooperation to make it look effortless. A sparkly thank you to Maureen Thomas for her hard work and time spent on this event.

As far as the unofficial fireworks in the park - this is the first year fireworks that left the ground were legal to use in Michigan. In addition to state and local limitations, please be aware that FIREWORKS MAY NOT BE LAUNCHED FROM ANY OF THE CIHA COMMON AREAS INCLUDING THE PARK. Whoever launched fireworks in the park this year did so without approval and left a big mess for others to clean up. If you see anyone with fireworks in the park, please call the WLPD immediately. Also PLEASE be respectful of your neighbors and their property and mindful of the dangers posed by gas on boats and the extremely DRY grass this year. We have had many members complain about fireworks well after midnight, burn holes and firework debris on their boats and fireworks launched in dangerous areas.

Illegal Mooring:

We seem to have fewer boats illegally anchored on the lake this year. We suspect it is due to the new state law and the increase in activity by other associations on the lake.

Public Access Update:

The DNR has agreed to provide summer rangers at the boat launch Memorial Day – Labor Day on weekends and holidays if we set up a special assessment district to pay for it. A copy of the DNR proposal and the SAD cost structure will be emailed across the lake soon for an informal survey before the SAD petitions are issued. We also are investigating the cost to have the Oakland County Sheriff Marine Patrol on our lake periodically.

Bushes On Burgess & Oxbow Lake Rd:

They have been trimmed (slightly). This continues to be a concern for us. WLPD’s Chief Harris (248 698 4400) does not think there is a site obstruction at that corner. Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC Phone: 877-858-4804) does not think there is a site obstruction at that corner. Everyone who lives in Cedar Shores knows there is a site obstruction at that corner! The property owners have refused to trim the bushes to an appropriate height. The bushes are in the RCOC right of way so the RCOC has the right to trim or remove them. Please call the RCOC and let them know you want something done!

Item voted on: Illumination of Cedar Shores Sign:

DTE will run an overhead line from the pole at Burgess Drive & Oxbow Lake Rd (where the bushes are) across the road to the pole near 396 Burgess and drop the line down to the ground free of charge. Sherry Woodbeck has worked with WLT to have an address assigned to the entrance sign and is working with DTE to get the free work started. DTE will also provide a meter at no charge and funds are available in our budget to pay for the light and installation materials. George & Judy Paulson’s son Scott has agreed to do the electrical work to connect the light to the meter for free. We hope to have another volunteer make the stanchion to hold the meter.

The meter will be placed behind the entrance sign at the request of the owner of that lot. The distance from the utility pole to the back of the sign is 73 feet. To run the underground line from the pole to the back of the sign, DTE is charging $10.00 a foot. This project was approved contingent on raising the $730 needed to cover this cost.

We have started an “LIGHT UP THE SIGN - ADOPT A FOOT” campaign to pay for this cost – each $10 donation will pay for one foot of underground service. Please help us light up the sign. Checks payable to CIHA should be sent to Sherry Woodbeck at 10052 Cedar Shores. Not only will it be a safety improvement, your pizza delivery may just get here faster when they can see the sign! You may elect to purchase as many feet as you want. We’ll not turn you away. You may also choose to remain anonymous or be included on the list of donors and publicly thanked at the lighting ceremony. Contact Sherry Woodbeck at sherrywoodbeck@gmail.com or (248) 431-6546 (cellular).

Meeting adjourned 9:04 P.M.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Goose Nest Relocation

We have a permit from the DNR/USDA for Goose Nest Relocation. 

If you have a goose nest on your property and would like to have it removed, please email me this week.  Timing is important to ensure the geese do not lay more eggs or come back next year.  About 1,000 nests have been permanently removed so far.

April 2012 Newsletter

Please Pay Your Dues
Don’t forget the park is closed DUSK to DAWN


President:  Maureen Thomas
Phone:  248-698-0965
Vice President:  Craig Leonard
Phone: 248-321-9969
Treasurer:  Dave Weber
Phone: 248-698-7797
Secretary:  Denise Adams
Phone: 248-698-1229


March 27, 2012 @ 7:00pm @ Maureen’s house

Members present: Maureen Thomas, Craig Leonard, Denise Adams, Renee Brodie, Barb Marowski, Sherry Woodbeck, Judy Paulson, and Sue Tonkovich


Linda Tolman hired again to do landscaping.  Lawn Stars (Dan LaFontaine) hired again to do lawn and mulch.  No other bids received. Tru Green bought Masters Green. Hired again to do two weed and feeds. We did not bid that out this year.


Scheduled for April 28th. If you’d like to help with the clean-up, contact Craig Leonard or email us.


We are trying to establish a special assessment district for our lake to pay for the DNR to have summer rangers stationed at the public access on weekends and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day beginning in 2013.  An email survey will be sent out soon with more details. We estimate the cost to be approximately $25 in the first year and $13 per year after that (this is per home on the lake) which would be collected by the Township in your tax bill.


2012 Budget approved as presented. Only 62 homes have paid dues as of the end of March. Please mail your dues and fireworks contribution (payable to “CIHA”) to Dave Weber @ 10033 Cedar Shores.


We have a permit for Goose Nest Removal.  If you see any nests, please send an e-mail.


Board meetings are open to the entire association and are held quarterly.  Dates will be published in the newsletter and/or reminders posted on the park sign.  We welcome your attendance and are interested in your opinions.  If you have an item to add to the agenda, please contact a board member a few days prior to the meeting.


MAY 17,18 AND 19 2012

If you plan to participate please send us an email so we can add your address to the map.  If you have any special or unique items to sell, let us know so we can list them in our ads.  Denise Adams will be organizing this event.



Keep your dog on a leash when outdoors. It's the law in Michigan. When you look at your dog you see the beloved family pet that would never hurt anyone. But kids walking to the bus stop or a friend's house and folks walking or jogging through the subdivision for exercise see an unleashed, barking animal racing at them ready to attack.  And don't forget to take the pooper scooper when you walk your dogs or take them to the park.


White Lake Township is working on a NO SOLICITION ORDINANCE.  We have advised the Township Supervisor and Township Lawyer that we believe the ordinance should state where an Association has posted a “No Solicitation” sign that no solicitation is permitted in that subdivision.  We will follow up on this and report back when we know more.


We continue to receive complaints that the folks cannot see when turning left out of the subdivision due to the hedge at Cliff and Janice Carne’s home at 245 Oxbow Rd.  We have spoken with the Carnes and written them letters asking them to trim the hedge lower.  We have complained to the Oakland County Road Commission (the hedge is within the right of way so they can remove or trim it) but they have done nothing. We have complained to the Township and they indicate it is a road commission issue.  The Police Chief came out here last November and said he did not think the hedge was too tall.  We marked the height of the hedge on the utility pole so that when it grows taller this spring we can ask the Police Chief to come back out and take a second look.

To complain, please contact the OCRC at: dcsmail@rcoc.org or 877-858-4804.


We obtained an application for the DTE/DNR tree planting grant program.  The application will take some time and effort to complete and we will need to obtain approval from Oakland County to plant trees in the cul de sac islands.  We plan to apply in December and hope to be awarded a matching grant of up to $3000.00 for tree planting in 2013.


We are investigating whether we can run an electric line at the entrance to light up the sign at night.

Respectfully Submitted,
Denise W. Adams, 
April 16, 2012