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
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
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
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.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
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
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
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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
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
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 snow.....now 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
Monday, January 25, 2021
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.