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No Country for Old Men?
By Chris Strong
Jerry Walloch, John Loebach, and I will
complete our terms in November. I won’t say
that we’re old men, but our last conversation
was about prostates.
All three of us are retiring; three new members
will be needed.
I’ve just learned of two landowners who might
volunteer. Both, incidentally, are women.
Our newest—and youngest--Board members,
Morgan Maddox, Jed and Pam Prater, and Ryan
Maricle, have brought us ideas about fish
stocking, beautification, and membership
recruitment, some of which are already
The moral: You don’t have to be an old man to
serve Wee-Ma-Tuk as a Board member. If you’re
someone with a couple of hours a month, some
energy, and some ideas, please consider
volunteering at November’s Fall General
Meeting. If we have more than three, we’ll hold
an election according to the By-Laws. If you
have questions, call or email one of us. Don’t be
surprised if one of us calls you.
And old men are welcome, too.
Fish News: A New Approach
By Morgan Maddox
Wee-Ma-Tuk Landowner’s Association, with the help of landowner Ryan Maddox, has teamed up with Nate Herman of Herman Brothers Lake and Land
Management this spring to survey, stock, and manage the lakes of Wee-Ma-Tuk. Nate is extremely excited to partner with us on the venture to make
our lakes as healthy and prosperous as ever. Herman Brothers is a very well-known outfitter who has been developing properties for generations.
They specialize in every phase of lake management, but most importantly in the longevity of the lakes.
Nate and Ryan began their venture in late April/early May by surveying 4 lakes of Wee-Ma-Tuk. The lakes were chosen based on population, which are
Traer, Marie, Wood, and the Big Lake. Once surveyed, Nate laid a plan for each lake detailing what fish need to stay, what fish need to go, and what fish
we will need to add to better emphasize the environment of each lake. Four lakes were selected this year due to budget estimates, but based on Nate’
s determinations and our budget there could be more lakes surveyed/stocked in the 2017 year. We plan to continue our relationship with the Herman
Brothers for many years to come in order to come to know all lakes of Wee-Ma-Tuk and to maintain their conditions. And please remember, the dues
we as Landowners pay help to maintain and improve our properties by giving us the opportunity to form relationships such as this!
Nate is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your lake’s health, fish stock, or any other general lake management
questions. He urges landowners to make smart decisions regarding their waters and to know that the smallest detour from a plan could set the
environment in the wrong direction. If you would like to contact Nate directly, please feel free to do so by emailing him at www.hblakemanagement.com
. You can also review the Herman Brothers and their services by visiting their website at, http://www.hbpondmanagement.com. Please keep an eye on
our Wee-Ma-Tuk Facebook page and www.weematuk.net for updated information from each lake survey and for the recommendations that Nate Herman
sets forth. His direction will make the lakes of Wee-Ma-Tuk thrive, and we couldn’t be happier to have him!
KENABECK REPAIRS - a tentative date has been set for
the 1st week of July to put a new culvert in on
Kenabeck. It will take 1-2 days to complete. Detour
signs will be up at Cheyenne and near the pool.
We've also been notified that the area round the repair
will be pumped next Tuesday June 19 and Wednesday
The Pelican Saga
One of our annual pelican visitors stayed behind.
Boaters in the big lake have probably seen him (if it's a
him--we can't tell). What we can tell is that he has a
crippled or dislocated wing. He can swim but not fly.
He hangs out near the reeds at the end of Ski Cove. Brad
Thompson of IDNR reported to us yesterday (6/19) that
the bird is apparently getting enough to eat, though not
by the conventional pelican group fishing scrum.
Board members and concerned landowners have been
corresponding about the poor guy for three or four
weeks. We've been in contact with rehabilitative
veterinary services at the University of Illinois, who will
take him in if we can get him there.
Brad is marshaling his forces to rescue the bird and
transport him to Champaign-Urbana. This is not a
hold-my-beer-and-I'll-grab-him situation. Either of those
four-foot wings can break your arm.
We haven't given the pelican a name for fear that he
won't make it, personalizing our loss--but our latest
information gives us reason for optimism.
Updates as available.
Gruesome Playground Injuries
...is a comedy/drama that follows the relationship of Kayleen and Doug through three decades. The story, told in a series
of time traveling vignettes which is set in a school nurse’s office, assorted hospital rooms, a funeral parlor and a mental
institution, is not your typical love story. The two childhood friends are drawn together to compare emotional scars and
physical calamities. They say love hurts and that’s what makes it worthwhile.
Baylor Carper portrays Kayleen and Justin Love is Doug. Baylor is a graduate of Canton High School where she was
featured in a number of shows including the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie and the female lead, Laurie, in
Oklahoma. Justin is a graduate of Astoria High School and Spoon River College. He played the leading male role in SRC's
production of Lonely, I'm Not as well as the central character in the college's production of Spokesong, or the Common
Wheel." Justin also served as the stage manager of Many Light's highly successful production of The Vagina Monologues
Production dates are Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a closing matinee on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.
m. All seats are reserved and tickets are $10 each. They can be ordered by calling the Many Lights box office at
309.357.9366. You can also order tickets by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and at our at our website http://www.
manylights.net./ Many Lights Theatre is located in the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 159 N. 2nd Avenue
in Canton. I hope that you will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to see this love story written in the scars and
continue to support our efforts to offer "plays that make a difference" in Central Illinois.
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