Saturday, July 10, 2021


 It was perfect timing!  As the launch time for the annual fireworks arrived so did heavy rain.  Evidently the commitment to do the fireworks continued no matter rain or shine.  There weren't any boats out to enjoy the show.  Many people watched from their cars on the beach or homes near the beach area.

Thursday, July 1, 2021


 The "Cicada session"  may be over but the damage will linger on for awhile.  The dead leaves on many oak trees was the result of the Cicada.  There is no actual damage to the trees ...just the ends of branches.

Friday, June 25, 2021


 A farewell celebration for Josh Hawley,  Conservancy Manager, was organized by the CSCD office workers for this evening.   A handsome crowd gathered at the beach shelter house to bid Josh good luck in his new job.   Pizza and drinks were served and Josh did offer his thoughts and thanks in a brief speech applauded by all.  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


 The social event of the summer is the annual fire department garage sale.  Now that the pandemic is over, it's time to get together and paw over everyone's castaways this Saturday, June 26th.  

Sunday, June 20, 2021


 Roughly 4.5 inches of rain all Friday night into Saturday morning taught us all the Mother Nature rules!  The creek that runs alongside Sweetwater Trail at the back gate was out of its banks floating logs and debris all along the road.  Some trees were leaning on the power lines.  Sweetwater Lake was on Red all weekend and Cordry was Yellow on Saturday and maybe Green on Sunday.  Trouble is that the watershed area that drains into Sweetwater is several times larger than the watershed that feeds Cordry.  And the add to the equation is the fact that the spillway tubes are basically equal size for either lake.  Sweetwater Lake just can't get rid of the water fast enough.  As of this writing, Sweetwater Level is still lapping many docks and over seawalls into yards.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021


 The girls at Cordry Sweetwater Sit & Sew have been working on a "cabin quilt" all spring. They are just about finished and quite proud of the end result.   They will be selling chances for $5 each or $20 for 5 chances.  Proceeds will benefit the Brown County Humane Society and the Cordry Sweetwater Lot Owners Association.  Watch for the official announcement on the CSLOA website and facebook pages.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


 Both lakes will be treated for Milfoil weeds today.  Treatment for Pond Weed comes later in the summer.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


 Local resident Josh Evans applies for permission to use Sweetwater Beach and the nature trails for training purposes.  The soldiers completed a 2.5 mile hike w/backpacks, then swam 100 yards in full military garb, then a final 2.5 mile hike in wet clothing/boots.


 Lots of remodeling and expansion of homes going on both lakes.  

Friday, May 21, 2021


 The beloved Cicada are arriving...get ready!


 The Flags are up on both dams.  Looks festive for the coming summer season.

Monday, May 17, 2021


 The collection of Martin Houses near the Sweetwater gas pumps are at capacity!  Keep eating those bug kids!


 The rain gods let loose of approximately 3.25 inches of rain early this morning resulting in flash flooding along Sweetwater Trail and the Salt Creek.  Sweetwater dam light is on red and Cordry dam light is on yellow.  Salt Creek below Sweetwater Lake is out of its banks.

Saturday, May 1, 2021


 It was a beautiful day at the lake!  A handsome crowd gathered for dedication of the Bob Wright Pavilion.  Bob and wife Anita have always been community minded.  Bob has served on various committees and local boards through the years.  He was instrumental with the development of Center Lake Park and other projects around the Conservancy.  Bob passed last fall and will be missed by all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


 Hard to believe we had snow flurries last night that disappointed everyone.  This morning the county was beautiful with the wet snow sticking to everything.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


 As so many towns and areas are doing,  the Conservancy recently purchased a new police "truck."  The truck has numerous advantages over the normal SUVs.  The truck has room in back for equipment like chain saws and other normal equipment we need/use in our country area.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


 The recent warm weather and plenty of rain this past weekend made the Redbuds pop!  They are beautiful.

Thursday, April 8, 2021


 I was digging and planting in the yard this week and dug up a live Cicada only about 4 inches deep.  News reports that the Cicada  (17 year locusts) are coming this season.  

Saturday, April 3, 2021


 Several loons have been spotted on both lakes in the past few days.  Too bad that they don't stay longer.

Friday, April 2, 2021


 The beautiful blooming Magnolia trees took a hit last night with 20 degree freezing temperatures.  The blooming season was sweet but short!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


 This home located on Duck Drive has the most beautiful hill full of daffodils each year.  The original owner planted the hill years ago.  Spring daffodils are in bloom everywhere in Brown County.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Took a boat ride today and notice numerous construction projects around Sweetwater.  Several new dock and step sites and the pictured new house going up on Grizzly Drive.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021


 A good portion of tonight's Conservancy Board Meeting was devoted to the threat of Zebra Muscles in our lakes.  Ted Adolay (board member) gave a talk about the zebra muscle threat, the enablers, and the possible tactics to insure our lakes stay clear or this invasive species.  A special board meeting and ecology commission meetings are scheduled for next week aimed at coming up with some rules and regulations concerning boats that come in and out at the launch ramps.  Several northern Indiana lakes and northern Indianapolis lakes are already infested with these muscles.

Sunday, March 14, 2021


 Time to enjoy the evening cruises!  Lots of new construction around on both lakes  to see.  

Sunday, March 7, 2021


Indiana is enjoying near perfect March weather.  Usually March brings mud, wind, and cold weather.  Sunshine and dry days in the 50's is super!  I personally got to go snow skiing in the morning today and water skiing in the afternoon on Sweetwater Lake.


Sunday, February 28, 2021


 The "deer reduction program" operated in the conservancy district for the fall of 2020 into 2021 produced 20 deer taken.  There is one year remaining in this program.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 It was just announced that Brown County State Park was put on the register of  National Historic Sites.  The park is the largest park in Indiana with 16,000 acres.  Prior to being put on the registry, Contracts were let for 2 sections of original steps and retaining walls were let.   These steps and wall were part of original work done by the WPA in the 1930's.   This project is a million dollar project.  Also being completed is a walkway and 2 steel frame bridges between the park and the town of Nashville.  Pedestrians will be able to walk from Nashville to the  Park.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


 The main bodies of  Cordry and Sweetwater Lakes finally skimmed over last night at the temperatures were around zero degrees.  A group of various species of birds hovered together to keep a "hole" open at Sweetwater beach.  Not included was Mr. Eagle having lunch on the ice further out on the lake.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 Two weeks ago, I was complaining that we don't have winter anymore!  I will now stop complaining.  Our road crew has been working 24 hour shifts and they deserve to be commended on an outstanding job.  We probably received appoximately 10 inches of fresh it's time to dig out.  My neighbor, Tony Carrico on Center Lake Road, was plowing out his driveway today.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


 A surprise 5 inch snow blanketed the area beginning about 4:00 yesterday.  By 5:30 the hills got super slick as the snow plows and workers couldn't keep up.   Church Hill and REMC Hill were all skating rinks on tilt!  This blue truck didn't make it up REMC Hill last night!

Sunday, January 31, 2021


 It's about time that we have winter!   More winter weather is forecast for this evening.  Continuous rain today melted a lot of yesterday's snow but the result was excess water a sludge.  The forecast for the next 36 hours is below freezing temperatures which will influence road conditions in the morning.  It may be a skating rink!  Jerry Cleefman is pictured clearing snow and water from his driveway in preparations for the next round of fun!

Saturday, January 30, 2021


 Not much evidence of the amount of work that went on all last night at the bottom of REMC hill between Prince's Lakes and Cordry Sweetwater Lakes.  There was a leak in the main line to Cordry Sweetwater Lakes.  The conservancy crew members worked 15 hours through the night to find and accomplish a repair only to be awarded the plowing of a fresh snow the came on Saturday night.   We owe big thanks to all who worked this weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2021


 Fresh snow last night makes the trails beautiful for a hike today.

Monday, January 25, 2021


Finally!  The lakes started skimming over a couple of days ago.  The main bodies of both lakes have some ice and many of the coves are skimmed over.  It used to be that at this time of year the lakes would completely freeze over and we would hike all the way around the lakes.  Not so in past few years.  

Sunday, January 17, 2021


 On my return home from  a couple of weeks in Florida, I was greeted by the beautiful scenes all around the county.  In Columbus, there was nary a flake of snow but as I approached home the country side began to take on the beauty of the fresh snow.  Those people in Florida are missing out on the beauty of winter!

Saturday, January 9, 2021


 Congratulations to Jay Nogan on his election to the board of directors for the Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District.  77 votes were cast in this election and the results were read at the annual meeting today.  The different commissions also gave their annual report.  Of note was a presentation about the zebra muscle infestation occurring in lakes to the north of us and the possible efforts to deal with this coming threat.