It is hard to believe that another year's Vegetation Survey is "in the bag". Initial numbers are that we had 64 volunteers, 26 of whom are seasoned and 38 newbies. It is always good to have some fresh blood (so to speak) to keep things interesting.
We started early in mid-August as John Franz developed and led a "Kayak Strike Team". We hope to grow this group next year. It is helpful to get up in the shallower areas where there is more plant diversity and wildlife viewing as well.
Wally Sayko was able to bring on some new folks through his outreach and arm twisting.
Judy Haney did a great job as the key coordinator getting equipment out and answering those important questions like; how do I get this *%#$* GPS to boot up on this tablet?
Jessica Baumann, NCSU extension associate, brought in her team to cover the upper end of the lake. Her guidance and "get er done" attitude kept us focused on our goal. Covering 350 miles of shoreline, with over 6000 rake tosses is no small matter. Can you say, "sore shoulder"?
The Lake Environment Committee met Wednesday November 16th to review this year's survey and developed plans for continuous improvement in 2023. Thanks to everyone's input.
This is the time of year to remind ourselves how fortunate we are. As an LGA member, you can be thankful that there is a great group of volunteers that care about the health and well-being of our lake, to take time and participate in this survey.
Thanks to all the volunteers for getting off the sidelines, getting into the game, and helping keep Lake Gaston a great place.
The Lake Gaston Association will again join The John 3:16 Center in their Annual Toy Collection Drive in support of their Christmas Outreach Program to provide gifts for approximately 500 local children, and the toy drive will run from November 5th through December 3, 2022.
Collection boxes have been placed in numerous businesses around the area:
Northern End of Lake Gaston...
Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer Office on Lizard Creek Road
Ace Hardware near Food Lion
Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Subway Restaurant (next to the Chamber)
Lake Gaston Outfitters
Lake Gaston Coffee
Jenny Cakes at the Lake
Littleton Town Hall
Daphne’s Coffee Shop
Littleton Food and Spirits
Our Toy Drive will conclude at the December 7th LGA monthly meeting at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church where we will present Jodie Dowhan, John 3:16 Board Chair, with the toys, books, games, etc. Toy collection boxes will also be available at the meeting between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Center asks that all gifts be new and unwrapped, and they do not distribute any toy weapons of any kind.
Gender-neutral gifts are always good: puzzles (under 500 pieces), books, board games, coloring books, baby toys, etc. They have had children registered from 1 month old to 16 years old. Every child gets a book, so appropriate books for different age levels (books that boys may enjoy are often hardest to find) will be appreciated. Balls, dolls (ethnically diverse), art supplies, craft/model kits, small handheld electronic games, toy cars and trucks, watches, or inexpensive jewelry for older children, etc. are also typical of the types of gifts given in the past.
If you would like to send a donation instead, please make checks payable to The John 3:16 Center, Memo: Christmas Outreach, and mail them to The John 3:16 Center, P.O. Box 1541, Littleton, NC 27850. These donations help with the cost of purchasing clothing and filling in gaps for appropriate toys and books as needed for the children served.
Your help in bringing a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning will be sincerely appreciated. For more information, call the LGA Office at (252) 586-6577, or The John 3:16 Center at (252) 586-1800.
There are also many volunteer opportunities available if you are interested in both our Littleton and Roanoke Rapids locations. Some of these include sorting, organizing, shopping, assisting with processing applications, assisting a parent in selecting items, and helping with the Christmas Party.
It's official - The LGA has a brand-new sign at the RWVFD! If you are in support of the LGA and you like our new sign - Feel free to "honk" as you pass by to let us know. And a "special thank you" to the RWVFD for allowing us to erect our new sign at their location - You guys’ rock!!
You will begin receiving your 2023 LGA Membership Renewals electronically via email between Monday, October 31st, 2022, and Friday, November 4th, 2022. For your added convenience, we now have (2) payment options you can choose from:
** New Payment Options **
Option #1: You now have the option to remit your annual membership dues using our online website. Simply go to: https://www.lgancva.com/choose-your-membership-option.html to use a personal credit card of your choice or your PayPal account; however, there will be a $3.00 convenience/processing fee added to all payments submitted online through our website.
Option #2: You still have the option to mail in a check to the Lake Gaston Association, P O Box 656, Henrico, NC 27842, and there is no additional charge to remit this type of payment for your membership renewal.
It is with deep regret that the Lake Community has lost a very important person. Bruce Johnson passed this past week. As many will recall Bruce was known as “The Plant Guy”.
He was instrumental in the success of the LGA volunteer group for the vegetation project and the annual full lake survey. He trained many of our volunteers on plant identification for the survey. And he surveyed in some years about 20% of the shoreline himself. It was not unusual to see his small SUV with Kayak on top around the lake to get in the water for something of interest. His value to the survey was felt in recent years when his health prevented his participation.
The Lake Gaston Weed Control Council offers our sincere sympathies for his wife and family. We appreciate his family allowing us the time he spent with us.
RIP The Plant Guy
On a personal note, I met Bruce the first time I participated in the June habitant repair project numerous years ago. To say he was cantankerous is an understatement. If you enjoyed Mutiny on the Bounty, you would enjoy working with Bruce. However, his interest and support of the LGA Lake Environment Committee projects and the betterment of Lake Gaston was unwavering. During our Annual Lake Cleanup Day, Bruce was in his kayak scouring the shoreline of Pea Hill Creek returning multiple times to the drop off area with his kayak full of carelessly discarded trash That is Bruce I will always remember and miss the most
He always sat in the front row at the LGA monthly meetings and before his health began to fail, was the first to stand up at the conclusion of the meeting to move the now empty chairs to the side wall.