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The Distinguished Old Retired Men's After Noon Tea (DORMANT) Club met at the Hy-Vee Market Grille located in Plattsmouth Ne. for breakfast and cards on Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

The following 22 members are listed below in alphabetical order.

Barrett, Bill
Carter, Jerry
Croasdale, Rick
Cronick, Bob
Doolittle, Randy
Drey, Rich
Fries, Tyrone
Johnson, Bill
Jones, Pat
Kenan, LeRoy
Koester, Norm
Kral, Rich
Lamoureux, Phil
Larsen, Ed
McGee, Marion
O'Brien, Dan
Pfeiffer, Mike
Plybon, Wayne
Russell, Ron
Smith, Mike
Swedlund, Larry
Whitmer, DeWayne

The club normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for celebrated dining. We meet at the Hy-Vee Market Grille in Plattsmouth. The next meeting scheduled for 25 December, 2018 is cancelled due to the Christmas holiday. Check website, news section, for a rescheduled date if any.

There are 51 active and 27 inactive members in the DORMANT club. Membership is not limited to Murray/Beaver Lake; we have members from Union, Plattsmouth, and Bellevue as well so please spread the word.

Members who have not attended for 24 consecutive months are still members, but will be moved to the inactive list in January each year.

New applicants can call Rick Croasdale at 402-781-4606 for information, send an email at, or just show up at the meeting. The dues is $1 per lifetime to help pay for get well cards etc.

Rick Croasdale
Chairman, Secretary, Coordinator, Treasurer, Social Director, Member, and Gofer.

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a segment of US Highway 75 (US 75) has been selected to receive a competitive $20 million federal grant to assist in the funding of the project. The grant is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

According to the preliminary plan briefed several years ago, the project could have started in the fall of 2018 if funds were available, but scheduled to start in 2020 and be complete in 2023 sometime. The projected cost was $43,140,000, but that may have changed since then.

For reference, the project is titled S-75-2(1072); C.N.21209.

You can find more info at these links. Just copy them into your browser.


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The Recycle trailer at Beaver Lake is no longer be available due to expense and abuse.

Please recycle through your personal trash hauling people if available.

We extend thanks to the BP Station owners for their generosity in allowing us to keep the trailer on their property over the years!


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Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

It is with deep sadness that I report a fatality on our waters here on Beaver Lake today. From witness reports a gentleman launched his boat, and it drifted away, while he was parking his vehicle. The gentleman decided to swim after his watercraft, and apparently got in trouble. There is no other, factual information to provide at this time.

We don’t ever want to lose any members to a boating accident. We stress boating with a buddy, and to always wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives.

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of the victim.

Dale D. Long
President – Beaver Lake Association

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Please view this short "Silent Invaders" Zebra Mussels 2013 and this more comprehensive Silent Invaders Episode 2: Zebra & Quagga Mussels to learn more.

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Now that it's finally getting warm enough to enjoy our lake, we need to increase our awareness about Zebra Mussels and other invasive species preventing them from contaminating our lake.

They are in the Missouri River so if you have taken your boat to the river, or to any lake, be sure to sanitize it before bringing it into Beaver Lake.

Other reported lakes around the area which have been known to have Zebra Mussels are the Base Lake at Offutt, Lake Zorinsky, lakes in Minnesota, and a few zebra mussels have even turned up in Iowa's Great Lakes according to Mike Hawkins of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, but that doesn't mean an infestation is imminent there. Reports are that the Base Lake in Nebraska still has them, but they have been eradicated from Zorinsky at the great effort of draining their lake.

Constuction barges used to build and/or repair our seawalls are especially susceptible to transporting the mussels to please check with your contractor and warn him/her to be sure to sanitize his/her barge before bringing it into our lake and doing your project.

Please go to the other news articles down on the list which provide sites to find further information.

Also, please ensure your boat live wells and bilges are clean to help prevent the spread of Asian Clams, another invasive species which plagues Nebraska lakes.

Take care and have a great, Zebra Mussel free season.


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From time to time, we all find ourselves in an urgent situation where there is no one around who can help. Our Neighbors Helpers was organized several years ago by Dianna Bodnar and several other caring members of Beaver Lake to be there for you as a last resort.

For example:

Suppose you have an illness that prevents you from mowing your lawn to avoid a fine, or removing the snow from your driveway so you can get to the doctor, or even picking up groceries if you can't drive and nobody is available, please contact us and we can help you out.

Also, if you have an important doctor's appointment that you must keep and your ride has cancelled on you--we can take you.

There are many reasons why you may need assistance like this so please don't hesitate to ask by contacting either Paula or me at,, or 402-620-2624 so we can arrange assistance for you.

Unfortunately we are not set up or equipped for a permanent/continual and non-urgent or profession type service which can be done by a local business or your family such as lawn service, plumbing, electrical, or landscaping etc. nor can we guarantee we can fulfill every request since it depends on our capabilities, timing, and availability of our volunteers. We will, however, make every effort to respond and fulfill your request when called upon.

If you would like to be included on our volunteer list and help your neighbors, please contact us at the email/phone above and bless you for doing so.

Paula and Rick Croasdale

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The Ladies Auxiliary has updated their phone directory of Beaver Lake Members who approved their names and numbers to be included.

If you live at the lake, the Ladies Auxiliary already delivered one to your home.

If you want extra copies, they are available at the office for small fee.


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Thank you, everyone, for doing your part to keep Beaver Lake free of zebra mussels.

There is no known safe, permanent, and cost-effective means of eradicating the zebra mussel once it enters a river or lake. That makes prevention vital.

BLA officials cannot monitor every boat launch. We need every member to continue to help prevent contamination of our lake by taking personal responsibility in these ways:

* Keep your own craft clear of zebra mussels.
* If you see a concern, speak immediately to the person involved. (Repeating gossip after the alleged incident to third parties is not useful ̶ and vague suspicious cannot be investigated.)
* Report problems to the office along with facts and details.

The Board continues to monitor research and news, and we will let you know about any new information.

Please watch for a more thorough article about this important issue in your Winter newsletter.

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Golf Car, ATV, & UTV Licensing

In accordance with the Covenants established herein for Beaver Lake Association, the use of Beaver Lake roads shall be restricted to licensed motor vehicles and licensed operators. Golf cars, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Vehicles (UTVs), herein referred to as GAUs, shall be considered to be licensed when a member is issued and displays a current BLA GAU registration sticker on their GAU. To obtain a registration sticker for a GAU, a member in good standing must comply with the following regulations:

1. Registered owner shall provide proof of vehicle liability insurance (carried with vehicle).
2. Operator, minimum of 16-years old, shall have a valid state driver's license.
3. Vehicle shall have functioning headlight and taillight plus rear-view mirror.
4. Vehicles with gas engines shall have functional muffler in good working condition that reasonably abates engine noise.
5. Helmet use required on ATVs and UTVs without a roll bar.
6. Three-wheeled ATVs and UTVs are not allowed.
7. GAUs are not allowed on access areas or community lots except on paved or gravel parking surfaces.
8. Registered owners lot number shall be conspicuously displayed using three-inch numbers affixed to the license plate on the rear of the vehicle and shall remain readily visible. Lot numbers shall also be visibly displayed on both sides of the vehicle. License plates will be purchased at the Beaver Lake Association office.
9. Once a sticker is obtained it must be displayed at all times next to the lot numbers on the license plate on the rear of the vehicle. Stickering and violation rules as for boats shall apply.
10. State, county, and BLA driving rules of the road shall apply.
11. Members found in violation of rules shall be subject to liquidated damages the same as state-licensed vehicles and operators according to the BLA Handbook and/or state law.
12. BLA license (sticker) renewal shall be obtained annually by a member in good standing. Renewal can be accomplished by mail or in person. If renewing by mail, send current proof of insurance, name and lot number along with a $30 fee to the Beaver Lake office and a new sticker will be mailed. Vehicle license stickers are due January 1 of each year.

For your initial sticker, you must contact Sgt. Remus at 402-235-2243 to schedule a licensing of your GAU. Please make sure that you have proof of liability insurance and your lot #s on both sides of the GAU prior to setting an appointment. Bring $30 and a 3rd set of lot #s to put on the license plate. All rules pertaining to the use of GAUs as well as the fine schedule can be found in the Beaver Lake handbook (Section VI) on the Beaver Lake Website (

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We need your help!

Cass County is currently in the process of updating and revising the 1994 Solid Waste Plan. The end plan will seek to provide recommendations to the County and Communities to mitigate disposal costs and increase economic benefits and opportunities through better utilizing wasted resources.

We recognize that no plan will achieve its stated goals without the support of the communities involved and so we would appreciate if you could take a couple of moments to answer the questions on the link below. Answers can be given anonymously, or you may fill in your details at the end of the survey if you would like to be kept updated with the progress. Survey questions can be found here:

(Copy and paste into your browser:)

Thank you so much for your help!

Danielle Easdale
Project Manager
Cass County
Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Program

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Beaver Lake Association now offers members a way to receive timely email notifications about important matters such as wake restrictions.

Opt in to our notifications list and be ready to receive official announcements in your email.

It's easy! Subscribe using the Email Signup link found with the Administration links at the left side of the page.

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Flags will be raised for safety reasons at two (2) locations:
Boat ramp
Lot #14 end of Rock Creek Road

The flags are as follows:
Yellow color No Wake
Red color Lake is Closed

This article is described in the Beaver Lake News/Winter 2016 edition page 8.

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Attention Property Owners Who Lease and Lessees:

If you are leasing a property at Beaver Lake this season, youre required to come to the BLA office with your lease before stickering your vessel(s). Your current lease needs to be on file at the office every year prior to visiting the boat ramp and stickering your vessel.

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Request a Clubhouse or Pavilion Rental via the BLA Website!

Click on the CALENDAR link on the left hand side of the Beaver Lake Association Website.

At the bottom of the Calendar Page, Click ADD EVENT

A new window will pop up. Please fill out the following:

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: Enter your email address so we can contact you with questions and/or confirmation.

TITLE: Enter your First & Last Name, Your Lot#, and either Clubhouse or Pavilion Rental

**Pavilion 1 is on the west & furthest from the Clubhouse, Pavilion 2 is in the middle, & Pavilion 3 is closest to the Clubhouse.

DESCRIPTION: Enter the type of event you are hosting.
**I.E. Birthday, Baby Shower, Wedding Reception, Family Reunion, etc.

(Background Color & Location: Please ignore these)

DATE: Click on the calendar square just to the right of the date & pick which date you are requesting.

TIME: Enter the time of your event.
**When you rent the Clubhouse or a Pavilion, you have it for the whole day, but security needs to know what time a majority of your guests will be there.

CATEGORY: Click the scroll bar on the right to pick Clubhouse, Pavilion 1, Pavilion 2, or Pavilion 3.

Ignore the last three options, and then click SAVE at the bottom of the page.

An email will be sent to the Beaver Lake Association Office to review and approve or deny the event.

Please allow 3 business days before a return email will be sent to the address listed in the request.

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Want to know all there is to know about the fish in Beaver Lake?

Check out the new FISH page under the Community Link on the left hand side of Homepage!

A special thanks to our resident master fisherman, Russ Parmer, for all the content and pictures on the new page!

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The link below provides on-line training for invasive species, including the Zebra mussels. You'll have to cut (ctrl C) the link from below and paste (ctrl V) into your browser to get to the site. Sorry, confict between our site and UNL.

We really need to be aware of these pests and the harm they could do to a great lake like ours so please reserve a few moments to take the course and then follow the instuctions needed to help keep our lake free of them.
Also, the other links provided in the news article lower on the list provides further information as to the problems these critters would cause if we become infested.



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If you have a request to submit, there is a form in the handbook, along with instructions for request processing.

It is also a link on the website under contacts so you can download it.


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The long awaited Beaver Lake contour maps are now available.

You can purchase a 2'X3' laminated copy for the low price of $10.

Maps are available at the BLA office, Beaver Lake Marina, and Beaver Lake Liquor.

They will also be available for sale at the Fishing Club meetings on the first Thursday of the month or you may contact Dan O'Brien at 235-3371.


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Below are links to various Zebra Mussel documents and information including the report from the Base Lake cleanup.

These critters can take over the lake and destroy all habitat for fish, plants, and the eco system in general. We cannot afford to do what the Base Lake did, nor is it even possible.

We must be sure to clean our boats with 140F degree water or above before we launch a boat in Beaver Lake if it has been in other bodys of water. Live wells, water intakes of outboard and inboard motors, the bilge, etc. must be throroughly washed. Just use common sense and help protect our beautiful lake from these invasive animals.

Here are the links.

From Virginia
Boat Cleaning
YouTube Video
Missouri River Info
Base Lake Briefing
Executive Summary
Zebra Mussel Report


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Premier Aerial Photography has taken some beautiful aerial panaromic photographs of the lake and a link to their site was placed in the "photos" section of our website. This site has been recently been updated for your picture viewing convenience.

Click the "photos" link on the left side of the home page and select the "Beaver Lake-Aeral Photos, Panaromanic" link to visit their site.

You will see a window with a panaromanic picture of the lake as well as several icons at the top of the window. This window is actually a player and takes some time to load the pictures available so be patient.

You can also click on the small 3 by 3 button icon at the top of the viewer to see all pictures in thumbnail format.

The site includes buttons to contact the photographer and place an order.

Thanks and enjoy.


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I'm sure we've all see all the dying pine trees around the State, but there is a prevention step you can take providing your pine tree hasn't shown any symptoms yet. The disease is probably Pine Wilt and the following article has information about it.

You really need to cut down the dead pines and haul them away to prevent spreading of the disease. Don't use them for firewood.

Here is the article.

Pine Wilt Information


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08-28-2009 - OAK TREE PROBLEMS?
I'm sure you've noticed some of the Oak trees around the area are browning and dropping their leaves early this year as they have from time to time in the past. Seems worse this year and it can't be for lack of rain. The universities in Nebraska and Iowa are researching the problem, but so far have not released their results. Here's what I know about it so far.

It could be urban stress, Oak Wilt, Anthracnose, or a mutation of a fungus called Tubakia--or something else.

Stress on Oak trees plays an important role in slow death. If you built a home around an Oak tree, it could take from 8 to 10 years so for the stress to show up. They just don't adapt to construction, fill dirt, or tampering too well--they grow too slow. Heavy machinery driving around the tree or any fill dirt can cause root damage and the tree to go into a slow, irreversable decline. Some don't care which is strange, but there is a treatment for urban stress called Cambistat. It's a liquid that you put around the base of the tree flair and it slows the growth of the canopy for 3 years which allows the roots to catch up and heal somewhat. Also, drilling a lot of holes around the tree's drip area and filling them with compost will help losen the soil and provide space for the roots to grow. I drilled about 1400, 2" wide holes and used the growth slowing solution two years ago, but so far, no luck.

Oak Wilt is a problem in the area, but Burr Oaks are somewhat resistant. They can be treated with a fungicide called Alamo after you determine you have wilt, but it requires a macro infusion into the tree flair and is costly. Red and other types of oaks are much more susceptible to Oak Wilt and have poor results once oak wilt is diagnosed. Only a sample sent to the labs at the University of Nebraska can tell what you have for sure. The Extension Office can also help.

Anthracnose is a fungus that isn't too dangerous to the trees and can be treated by spraying in the spring; however, anything that causes the leaves to drop early takes energy from the tree so it may not come back as strong next year.

Tubakia is a fungus that, from what I'm told, is becoming a problem in Nebraska and Iowa. Tubakia normally feeds on dead leaves etc. but seems to have mutated and is now attacking live Burr oaks. This weakens the tree and will eventually kill it. There is no cure as of yet, but the universities are looking into it and I'll report the findings when/if I get them. There is a spray for the regular Tubakia but must be done in the spring. Call your tree surgeon.

Anyway, please do a computer search for Oak Wilt, Tubakia, etc. and find a good tree surgeon to see what can be done for your problem. You may find the people in Minnesota that I've talked with and spent a lot of money with over the years.

Rick Croasdale

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Pay your BLA bills automatically with the Automatic Withdraw program.

We now have the capability to do automatic withdraw from your checking account to make payments. If you are interested please fill out the form below and attach with a voided check. If you have any questions please contact Beaver Lake Association Office: 235-2241 our business hours are 8:00am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Debit Authorization

I (we) hereby authorize Beaver Lake Assoc., hereinafter called COMPANY, to initiate debit entries to my (our) account indicated below and the financial institution named below, hereinafter called FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, to debit the same to such account for (Application). I (we) acknowledge that the origination of ACH transactions to my (our) account must comply with the provisions of U.S. law.

(Financial Institution Name) (Branch)

(Address) (City/State) (Zip)

______________ ______________Type of Acct:____Checking___Savings
(Routing Number) (Account Number)

This authority is to remain in full force and effect until COMPANY has received written notification from me (or either of us) of its termination in such time and manner as to afford COMPANY and FINANCIAL INSTITUTION a reasonable opportunity to act on it.

________________________ ________________________
Print individual Name) (Signature)

#_____________ ________________________
(Lot Number) (Date)


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