lake scene - Lake Life Realty, LLC
on Wapogasset Bear Trap
VOL. 33 - No. 3
June 28, 2014
MAKE MEMORIES . . . JULY 4th 2014
LIGHT UP THE LAKE ... July 3rd
Where: Shore-to-Shore on WBT
Time: 9:45p.m. ... and not a minute before :)
FIREWORKS ... July 3rd
... note: raindate is July 5th
Where: Fireworks shot from Bible Camp beach
Time: immediately following Light-Up
WBT 5K RUN ... July 4th
Where: Deronda - Harvey Stower Seven Lakes
State Trail (County Rd. F near intersection CtyPP)
Time: Registration starts at 8:am
Run begins at 9:00
Fee: $5 for Run - $20 for Run + T-shirt (limited quantities so come early!)
July 4th ... TURTLE RACES ... KIDS’ RACES ... CAKE WALK
Where: Garfield Park
Time: 11:00 All Events FREE
Turtle Races - Small - Medium - Large
Kids’ Races - Ages 0 thru 12 yrs
Cake Walk - Ongoing ... until the cookies/cakes or
bars run out!
BOAT PARADE ... July 4th
Pre-Register by calling Karen Ohm 715-2685735 (see inside for details)
Time: Parade starts at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the North Bay of the YMCA
camp and travel North. Judging at Waterside.
SEE PAGE 5 for FULL DETAILS on all of the above EVENTS!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 2014
July 13 July 15
Bible Camp Beach Worship Service 9:20
Light Up & FIREWORKS Raindate 5th
WBT Runs/Turtle Race/Boat Parade
Bible Camp Beach Worship - 9:20
Trustee Meeting 8a. YMCA Camp
Bible Camp Beach Worship Service 9:20
FLOTILLA -6p - Garfield Park
Published by Lake Life Realty & Mort’s Marina, Amery, WI. 54001
Annual Meeting, 9a. YMCA Camp
FLOTILLA - 6p - Garfield Park
Kids Day at Mort’s Marina
Last “Boat-in” worship - 9:20
Trustee Meeting, 8a. YMCA Camp
Amery Fall Fesitval
33rd Year of Publication
Association:.................................Joe Ziglinski, Mike Seidl,
Sanitary District:.......................Dave Erspamer
... by Rick Bazille
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !!!
The Lake Scene is published by LAKE LIFE REALTY &
MORT’S MARINA for Lake Wapogasset and Bear Trap
residents. Seven issues will be delivered to your door by
Lake Association Trustees on weekends nearest the 15th
and 30th of each month starting Memorial Day weekend
and ending Labor Day weekend. Please submit all news
articles at least seven days before delivery date. Send
to Kathy Mortensen, 826 121st St., Amery, Wi. 54001
or call 715-268-6678 or 715-497-0200.
• LAKE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DUES
Membership notices were included with the Spring
Assn Letter. Show your support by sending $20
dues to: Wapogasset Bear Trap Association, Box
345, Amery, WI. 54001.
• THE LAKE SCENE SUMMER SCHEDULE:
The Lake Scene will be delivered to your door by Lake
Association trustees on June 28, July 19, Aug 2, &
Aug 30th. See ONLINE ... at www.lakewapogasset.
com - OR - pick up a copy at the Marina.
Recent Amery High School Graduates and new
Clean Boats/Clean Waters employees Broden
Schock and Michael Elbing prepare to hand out
freezer packs to anglers on June 14th. Our program participated in the DNR “Drain Campaign”,
encouraging anglers to drain live wells and place
their catch on ice before leaving the landing. Unfortunately, it was a rainy weekend with few anglers
on our lakes. We will combine this message with the
DNR sponsored “Boat Landing Blitz” promotion over
the 4th of July weekend.
• SUMMER HOURS: OPEN - Wed.-Sun. 11:00am
The Boat Landing Blitz encourages all boaters
to comply with the laws regarding the cleaning of
boats, trailers and equipment to slow the spread of
aquatic invasive species.
• HAPPY HOUR Wed/Thurs 5-6p - Fri: 3-6p
• FREE Domestic Beer 11:45p-Midnight
• Friday FISH Fry starts at 11:am
• Entertainment/Drink Specials - Friday & Saturday
Volunteers are still welcome for the 4th weekend.
Call Rick Bazille at (715)268-2916.
WA N D E R O O S
Open: WeTh: 4p - 9p
FrSaSu: 11a to close
DJ & Karaoke Fri. & Sat. Night
full menu on LakeWapogasset.com
nightly specials: 5-9p
Mon: 1/2# Burgers 1/2 price! - Tue: $1Tacos
Wed: BBQ Ribs /$2 Windsor Thur: French Dip • BBQ Wings
Fri: Fish or BBQRibs - Sat: Shrimp • Steak/Shrimp Sun: Chicken Dinner or Take Out Chicken
•Breakfast Bloody Bar - Sat/Sun • DAILY Happy Hour
•Live MUSIC in Summertime .. UW Outback Saloon
New Construction • Remodeling • Additions • Siding • Roofing • References • Insured
white spinner back around docks an swim rafts. As
the day goes on fish deeper with plastics, worms or
crayfish, especially off drop-offs and weed lines .
PHANTOM WORD SEARCH
HERE IT IS! THE FIRST OF THE YEAR! The first one in
the door with the correct solution to our puzzle gets a
FREE one-item candy counter shopping spree.
PHANTOMS SPLASH 3 2014
You mean that annoying itch in your left sock?
Can mosquitoes bite through socks? Just kidding
around. OK, phriends of phish, EVERYTHING is biting
now. Well just about everything. The Crappies are
tailing off which means that that instead of dropping your naked pink jig off your dock, you’ll have to
get in your boat and look a little deeper – and you
may have to tip your jig with a minnow. Or do like
Larry and Larry (Swartz and Berenbaum) do: Try a
tiny Mister Twister spinner with a red and white tube
jig. Keep moving ‘till you find ‘em.
WHAT ABOUT SUNNIES….?
The Sunnies and Blue Gills are on their spawning
beds about now in three feet of water or so. Use a
little leech or a worm under your bobber. Because
the water has been so clear, you may have to cast
so they don’t see you. You may want to stifle the
urge to yell at your brother-in-law for awhile, too.
Fish can hear, you know.
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After the spawn, the bigger Bass will often head for
deeper water. But at dusk or dawn, you might find
them feeding in the shallows. Try a chartreuse or
805B 115th St.
Repurposing your used Light Up The Lake Flares…
Create amazing red Lincoln Log-like structures in
your own home!
• Climbing hard to
• Turf friendly
• Wood chip delivery
• Brush Removal
• Pruning of deciduous,
conifers & shrubery
• Removal of dead or
• Cabling for structural
Commercial • Residential
New Richmond, WI
sponsored by the WBT Lake Association
You won’t want to miss a minute of the fun and festivities scheduled over the 4th of July weekend.
Here are all the details you need to know so you’re in the right place at the right time!
JULY 3rd ... LIGHT-UP-THE-LAKE
Your shore trustee should have a good supply of
flares available for purchase this weekend ... $2
each. Mort’s Marina will also have flares available
NOW ... or until they close at 7:00p.m. on the 3rd.
Plan to get your flares EARLY to be sure you’re
frontage is not left in the dark!
Raindate: July 5th
JULY 4th ... starting at 11am at Garfield Park
TURTLE RACES ...
Start training your
turtle NOW - then let it compete with others
in Small - Medium and Large categories!
Kids’ DASH ... for youngsters up to 12 yr
No need to register ... Five age groups: 0-2 years ...
3-5 years ... and 6-8 ... 9-10 ... 11-12.
CAKE WALK ...
What a way to start the weekend! Our jawdropping fireworks display is brought to you
through the efforts of the Sanitary District
and the Bible Camp with donations from
WBT residents, the Lake Association and others.
The fireworks will be shot off near the narrows at
the Bible Camp. USE CAUTION if you plan to boat to
that area ... make sure all your boat/pontoon lights
are working properly ... and please travel SLOWLY!
Raindate: July 5th
JULY 4th ...
WBT 5k RUN
REGISTRATION 8A - RUN 9A
Run to COMPETE ... or walk just for the FUN of it!
New location this year ... in Deronda - out and back
course toward Wanderoos on the Harvey Stower
Seven Lakes State Trail. Trophies to top 1st, 2nd
and 3rd - Male & Female in 10 age groups. Registration forms available NOW at the Marina.
The number of cookies,
cakes, bars will determine how long the cake walk
lasts. Bring them along, or Call Karen Ohm 715268-5735 for pick-up/delivery.
JULY 4th ... 3:00pm
THE BOAT PARADE
NOTICE ... PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED to
compete for prizes and trophies! Call Karen Ohm at
268-5735. An answering machine will be on if she is
unavailable. Leave message with the following:
• Family Name • Theme of your boat/pontoon/
whatever • Call-back phone number (important to
leave this phone contact number so Karen can give
you your registration number.
PARADE ROUTE: Gather just before 3:00 in the
North Bay of the YMCA Camp. You will be travelling
toward Waterside (judging area) then South along
Sunrise Beach. Be sure to post your entry number
on the FRONT ... RIGHT side of your boat. Trophies
and gift certificates to top place contestants.
Prompt Professional Service
ALL TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION
ALSO HANDYMAN SERVICE
call Mark Bidon ... “no job too small”
FREE ESTIMATES ... LICENSED ... INSURED
Healthcare Services & Everyday
Needs From People You Know
Amery’s Full-Service Pharmacy & Full-Line Drug Store
In the Heart of Downtown Amery
Specializing in Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Treats
Fresh Ground Espresso Drinks
and Gourmet Coffee
Downtown Amery - next to Chet’s
Open Daily Until 10:pm
present coupon for .50 off any item over $1
LAKE WAPOGASSET BEAR TRAP
... working for you
by Dave Erspamer
Warmest wishes to all as we approach the official beginning of Summer. Water temperatures are rising and
hopefully we can all look forward to many lazy days enjoying the lakes!
I’d like to update on the idea of weed harvesting on our lakes. Before I do that, however, I wanted to
remind you about the Fireworks. If you have not already contributed, we would once again appreciate your
consideration. The fireworks are scheduled for July 3 with an alternate day of July 5. The fireworks are
entirely self-funded with 100% of the contributions going toward the display. If you have already given, Thank
You! Also a big Thank You to the Wapo Bible Camp for allowing the use of the soccer field.
Updates on Weed Harvesting. We continue to move towards meeting the requirements of the DNR in order
to help with eligibility for a grant to partially fund a weed harvester. We’ve contracted with a service to
make a comprehensive map of the curly leaf locations. The contractor will identify locations that should
respond positively to harvesting, including looking at the quantity of the plant, the depth of the plant, and
whether harvesting at that location would harm the native plants already there. In addition, we met with
DNR officials to discuss the impact of harvesting in general. Our plan remains that we will apply for a grant
in 2015 to help with the cost of equipment. In addition, we are now looking at various choices for equipment
on the lake. The good news is that Steve Schieffer, local HS biology teacher, had a class out monitoring
the lakes from June 2-5. He reported that he had never seen Wapo so clear! As always, we will keep you
updated thru the Lake Scene, our website (WapoBear.com), and other mailings.
Sanitary Sewer. We all derive significant benefits from having the system. Unlike other lakes without a
sewer, we don’t have to worry about failing septic systems allowing waste into our lakes. I would like to
remind you, our employees are like silent sentinels, needing to work at all hours of the day, whatever the
weather and no matter if it’s a holiday or weekend. Their job is complicated by construction and excavating
which sometimes can damage the main lines. Our recent heavy rains resulted in partial flooding in some
locations. Our team is always working toward maintaining the service. You can help by making sure that
no one in your household flushes anything that can be caught in our pumps. That includes the following:
diapers, baby wipes, personal care wipes, mop heads, towels, large amounts of dog hair, or other products
that advertise they “are flushable”.
Best wishes to all as we look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend. Each year, I look forward to seeing
the sea of boats, silhouetted against the shore with the flares, and then the spectacular fireworks display.
If you are new to our lakes, you in for something special! Hope you all have a healthy and happy holiday
weekend and the rest of the summer!
Note: Send FIREWORKS donations to: WBT Sanitary District ... 777 So. Shore Drive - Amery WI. 54001
QUALITY TRADE LAKE CANVAS
• BOBCAT WORK
• RETAINING WALL
• BLACK DIRT
CUSTOM BOAT & LIFT COVERS
ALL CANVAS REPAIR
LAKE WAPOGASSET BEAR TRAP
... working for you
June 12 Trustee Meeting
FOURTH OF JULY ... SPECIAL HOURS
OPEN: June 30th through July 13th
Monday - Saturday: Open at 10a ... close at 7p
Sunday: Open at 11a ... close at 5p
Look for the FLAG
... when it’s flying, we’re OPEN
BEER TASTING at MORT’s
• Amery Fall Festival committee requested an annual donation from the Lake Assn. for 2014. Motion/second to approve increasing the donation to
$250 in 2014 - approved.
• Lake Improvement Committee Report: Mark Jacobson reported on behalf of Lee Rickard that Secchi Disc readings were taken the week of June 9th.
Both lakes were very clear this year; Wapogasset
was 14’ deep which was clearer than Bear Trap at
9’ deep. Another reading will occur next week and
Mark suggested the results of future readings are
printed in the Lake Scene.
• Clean Boats/Clean Waters: Rick Bazille reported
the WI DNR is sponsoring a drain campaign to eliminate fisherman from taking live fish from the lake by
draining live wells and putting fish on ice. Ice packs
will be given away by the DNR.
It was a rainy miserable day outdoors ... but turned
out to be a FUN ... and busy afternoon at Mort’s
Marina for the first Beer Tasting Event of the Summer! THANKS ... to the many people who stopped
by! Of the nine Wisconsin and Minnesota Specialty
Beers sampled, AMBERGEDDON was chosen as the
FAVORITE. Spotted Cow - Two Women - Farmers
Daughter were also favorites. Batch 19 was also
a top contender. Stop by over the 4th holiday and
take some home for your OWN beer tasting! ICE ...
and Frozen ICY drinks also available!
• Water Patrol: The water patrol in ON THE LAKE!
Jeff Hahn, who supervises the water patrol will
speak at the annual meeting on Aug 9.
• Spring Social: Dave Nelson reported 134 people
attended the spring social on Sat. June 7th.
• Membership: 365 members have paid their dues
... Goal is 500 members in 2014.
• Weed Harvester: Ready to apply for the permit
and submit the requiest for DNR grant.
The next Trustee Meeting is July 12 - 8a - YMCA
Wed. - Sat. 4-closing Sunday open at 10a.
On Pike Lake ... just one mile North of Amery on Hwy. 46 - 1/2 mi. West on Cty. Rd. H
• FRIDAY NITE FISH FRY
• SATURDAY NITE PRIME RIB
• SUNDAY BREAKFAST - BELGIAN WAFFLES
FEATURING AGED BLACK ANGUS STEAKS
MUSIC on the RIVER
July 18th 7:00p.m. Mighty Wheelhouse Band
with Niff Naffer from 5:30 - 7:00
FUN NIGH, Bazaar, Car Show & Cruise-In
BREW • WINE • FOOD
Outdoor Family MOVIE Night
Friday - July 11 - at Dusk
Feature Movie: Pitch Perfect
at Michael Park - behind DQ in Amery
BUY • Sell • TRADE
FOR SALE: 2600 lb aluminum vertical boat lift
with 21’ canopy, wheel kit (with rubber tires). Newer
stainless steel cables on the front and back. 9’
wide. On Bear Trap - $1800.00 715-222-0450.
FOR SALE: 1200lb Shoremaster Boat Lift. Cantilever, 84 inches wide. Was used to store 16 ft fishing boat with 40hp motor. $300. 714-268-2824.
FOUND: Swim Raft - Call 715-268-5735
Caramelized Onion Dip ... continued
Stir together onions, sour cream and chives in a
medium bowl. Stire in remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and
1/4 tsp. pepper. Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to
2 days. Serve with potato chips.
Note: light sour cream may be used.
SOO LINE PARK - Downtown Amery
SATURDAY - 9am to noon
MONDAY - 3p to 6p ...
Special Guest: Douville Bakery
CARAMELIZED ONION DIP
... Kelly Mortensen
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 medium-size yellow onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided
1 - 16 oz. container sour cream
2 Tbsp. chopped Fresh chives
... Melt buter in nonstick skillet over med-hi heat;
add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, 20min or
until browned and tender. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt
and 1/4 tsp. pepper. remove from heat and let stand
30 minutes. (continued next column)
Request for Recipes ...
If you’ve discovered a new recipe over the winter
months, please consider sharing it with fellow lake
residents. send to: [email protected]
... celebrating the joy of lake life
Kathy cell: 715.497.0200
Ryan cell: 612.875.7502
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