Newsletter – February 2010

     Your Board of Directors consists of five officers and four members at large. As you know, volunteers fill these positions. You may not know that there is currently a vacancy to fill – member at large. Please volunteer yourself or a willing neighbor. When shared by a full board, the commitment is not too demanding. Obviously it would be easier to just pass the responsibility off to anyone else, but there really is no good alternative. Please volunteer by going to or call the board at 353-LAKE.

     Your Board of Directors wants to notify everyone ice fishing on the Crestlake ponds is prohibited. The Crestlake Rules and Regulations already state that ice skating is not allowed. This was done to prevent the possibility of someone falling through thin ice and possibly drowning. We certainly do not want children observing ice fishing and then attempting to go on the ice with a bad result.
     Your Board of Directors is in the process of updating the Rules and Regulations to reflect the ban on ice fishing and will install new signs when the rules are complete.

     The Crestlake Neighborhood Watch committee has developed an activity plan for 2010. Neighborhood Watch will work in cooperation with the Crestlake Homeowners’ Association Social Committee to sponsor a variety of activities throughout the year. The tentative plan includes working with the CHOA Social Committee on an Easter Egg hunt (April), a spring neighborhood gardening contest (May), a neighborhood get-together (including a fishing derby for kids, a bike safety rodeo and cookout) in June, an information table at the Village Festival (August), a child safety event in September, participation in the Halloween activities, a Christmas decoration contest and a Crestlake Christmas party. A program specifically directed toward the needs of the senior citizens in our community is also being planned.
     As you can see, this is a very ambitious activity plan. We certainly could use your help in this endeavor. If you could help us with any of these activities, please contact Ginny Bolan at or 469-5454. She will put you in contact with the people facilitating the activity in which you are interested. If you have worked on these or similar programs in Crestlake or elsewhere, we would really benefit from your experience.
     Please remember that if you would like child care to be provided during Neighborhood Watch meetings, this service needs to be requested at least 24 hours in advance, sooner if possible. This service is contingent upon the availability of a person to supervise the children, so please contact Michele Guido (469-2679) as soon as you can so she will have time to make arrangements.
     Neighborhood Watch has registered with Flower Power Fundraising ( Flower Power is an online mail order garden plant supplier. If you are planning to purchase flowers, fruit or vegetable plants for your spring garden, please consider purchasing through Flower Power. Crestlake Neighborhood Watch will receive 50% of the purchase price to assist with the cost of our planned activities. The postage is only $5 for each address receiving an order no matter the size of the order and all of the plants have an 100% guarantee.

     All solicitors must register with the Village office. Each solicitor receives their own card. If they do not have a Peddler’s Card from the Village, they are NOT registered. The card will have a Village signature and the Village Seal imprinted on the card.
     Village residents have been having trouble with solicitors being rude, appearing after dark and being disrespectful. If you have any problems, call the Village office if it is during the work day (469-7371) or if after work hours, call the non-emergency number for the County (333-8911).

     Newsletters sent via email are the primary method of communicating with Crestlake property owners. However, only about half of Crestlake families have signed up to receive these newsletters. Please remind your neighbors to visit and sign up to receive additional announcements like this via email. Newsletters and meeting reminders will be emailed regularly.