The Bear Lake Association Inc., which was formed to maintain and preserve Bear Lake and its watershed for the benefit of all Bear Lake users, held its annual membership meeting, picnic and several board of directors' meetings this summer.
Reelected to the board at the annual meeting was Sean Redden of Tonawanda and elected to it were new members: Sid Potmesil of Bear Lake and Tim Rommel of East Amherst. They join continuing board members, Cindy and Roger Britz of Bonita Springs, Fla., Drs. Anne and Bob Deming of Wilmington, Del., Jessie Green of Simi Valley, Calif., Chuck Haenel of Lakewood, Bernie Klaich of Orchard Park, Don Kobel of Lancaster, Dick Schulte of Amherst and Pat Syracuse of Williamsville.
Officers appointed by the board were Dr. Anne Deming, president; Roger Britz, first vice president; Sid Potmesil, second vice president; Jessie Green, corresponding secretary; Dr. Bob Deming, recording secretary; and Cindy Britz, treasurer. The association welcomed new members Jim and Dawn Murty of East Amherst, acknowledged the service of Deb Lanni and Stan Tabasco, both of Bear Lake, whose board terms had ended and thanked Kris Wittmeyer for collecting water samples for Health Department testing.
Newly appointed officers of the Bear Lake Association board are pictured above. Front row, from left, are Dr. Bob Deming, recording secretary; and Sid Potmesil, second vice president. Back row, from left, are Dr. Anne Deming, president; Jessie Green, corresponding secretary; and Cindy Britz, treasurer.
The association agreed to continue its weed control program which uses natural bio controls to contain the invasive Eurasian Water milfoil. Dr. Robert Johnson of Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists has helped the association with its program since 2010, augmenting the weevil population and analyzing the insect herbivores on weed samples each summer. The association will also continue its Health Department testing of lake water samples to assure the lake is safe for swimming, fishing and other recreational activities for all who use Bear Lake. The association expressed its gratitude for Chautauqua County bed tax grants and the towns of Pomfret and Stockton grants, which annually support the association's water quality efforts. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, facilitated a state grant which allowed the association to augment the lake's weevil population that has been largely responsible for the success of its weed control program. The association set the date for next summer's annual meeting and picnic for July 13, 2013, at the Deming cottage.