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    Throwing In the Beach Towel

    I am writing this to you on the 18th of May. I feel compelled to do so because when I awoke this morning it was snowing! I don't know if it was just snowing at my house, meaning just this area, but I'm guessing it was snowing just about everywhere in this county. (We got an inch and a half, Albany got 2"!) I just looked at the calendar and I'm realizing that in just nine days it will be Memorial Day. Which to me is pretty much the unofficial starter of summer! I was even wearing a bathing suit a couple of days ago.

    Even as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking on with horror at my summer furniture completely covered with snow. And I can't even see the front deck as it is covered too. There are some diehard people walking on the road, but they are all wearing winter coats! I just can't figure out what is going on.

    Well, I’m finally getting back to writing this to you on June 11th. What a difference a month makes. Thankfully the snow didn’t stick and we are getting warm weather once again. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting in my bathing suit as I am writing this to you. I am still the only person on the beach, which is something I just don’t get. I realize all these beaches are private and I can’t believe that none of my neighbors take advantage of their beaches. On the far north and south of this stretch of beach, there are community beaches for those homes that are not directly on the lake, but their property has deeded beach rights. Even these beaches are often empty. But more often than not, I will see families on these beaches.

    I cannot imagine having the advantage of lake access and not using it. When Herman and I were living on the north side of the lake, it was almost impossible for me to get down to the lake. Even a fully able-bodied person would have a difficult time navigating the steep path down to the lake access. I actually had Herman carry me down there once, and that was the last I ever wanted to try it. He actually had to enlist the help of a neighbor to get me back up the hill. Not pleasant.

    So when I saw this particular lot for sale, I begged Herman to jump on it. Now, mind you, this lot was basically over-run with weeds and trees and looked like it was sunken in the center with standing water. I’m not one to be able to visualize, but in this instance I could only see great things. If you’d like to see for yourself, check out Tony Ermie’s website on Caroga Lake Times. Tony spent many summers here and has wonderful historic pictures of Sherman’s Amusement Park. Tony now lives in California, but I urge you to check out his website at www.carogatimes.com and especially some pictures Herman took at http://www.carogatimes.com/oldest/spira_1.htm which Tony kindly included.

    As for the weather, I am once again throwing in the towel and hoping for the best.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"