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The Water Carnival provided great joy, as well as relief from unusually warm temperatures.  Photo of the Water Balloon Toss by Dean Keiser.
     The CSA Office will close for the 2021 season at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20. Check the White Board for changes to the schedule of activities for the week of August 16-20.
     Donations of unopened, non-perishable food items can be donated to the local food bank by placing them on the kitchen table in the Assembly Building. Last date for donations is Friday, Aug. 20.
     The Church Service this Sunday, August 15 will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Meeting House, led by Rev. Jack Harnish. Adult Bible Class will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the South Room of the Meeting House. The following Sunday, August 22 will be the last service of the season.
     The recording of the service held on August 8 is available here.
No Water Aerobics Class this Tuesday, August 17. Class will be held on Thursday, August 19 from 3:30 -4:15 p.m. at Crystal Lake.
Everyone is invited to attend an Open Forum on Thursday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Building.  While there are no current topics for discussion, this is your opportunity to bring forth ideas and concerns to the Board of Trustees.
Great sportsmanship and flexibility were on display during the August Tennis Tournament, as many matches needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. Congratulations to all who participated. The winners are listed below:
60+ Women's Doubles: Beverley & Konnert
60+ Men's' Doubles: Marble & Gosnell
Adult Mixed Doubles: Lindner & Johnson
Men's Doubles: Murray & Barr
Women's Doubles: Watson & Siles
Men's Singles: Matt McCormick
Women's Singles: Jordan Maxton
16u Doubles: Johnson & Leete
16u Girls Singles: Avery Leete
16u Boys Singles: Tim Gramer
12u Doubles: Bingham & Bauernfeind
12u Girls Singles: Amelia Bingham
12u Boys Singles: Andrew Potter
If you have encountered more ticks than ever this season, you are not alone.  Find out what to do about them in this article by Alan Marble.
     As the summer season speeds to a close, the Crystal Lake & Watershed Association would like to remind cottage owners that it’s time to make sure their septic systems are in good shape. Malfunctioning systems can leak harmful substances into the groundwater and watershed, ultimately into Crystal Lake. Since much of this is a mystery to those of us raised with sewers, the CLWA suggests this user friendly information from the Environmental Protection Agency. “Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner”  is a simple reminder and “A Homeowners’ Guide to Septic Systems” is more complete. For those who rent their cottages or host visitors, these printable flyers will help inform your guests how to protect the system.
     Many of us use dehumidifiers in our cottages. About 2 million dehumidifiers made by New Widetech are being recalled in the U.S. because they can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards. The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowe's, Costco, Walmart, Menards and other retailers in the U.S. from February 2009 through August 2017. Full article here.
Can you help solve the mystery of the CSA horses? Open the article to learn more and find out how you can share information with the Archives.
     As many of us are in the process —or already have — closed the cottage for the season, we’d love to know what cottage closing (and opening!) traditions you do. Is it always making sure you grab a Dairy Maid as you roll out of town or when you open the cottage, you sing a silly song as you pull into the drive?
     Whatever fun, quirky traditions we’d love to compile and write a piece over the winter/spring. Share your ideas/stories via

Thank you to our Communications/Archives Intern Loren Weiss who did an outstanding job for us this summer. She has finished here and is on her way to college at Appalachian State University. Read her final Blog here.
Laura Pacchini taught this Art Workshop on the Crystal knoll on August 9th.
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