2nd Annual Christmas Caroling Evening!

Please join your friends and neighbors as we spread Holiday Cheer for an evening of Christmas Caroling.

Saturday, December 21st.
Meet at John and Nancy Greko’s
5206 Gallagher at 6 pm

Greko’s will supply song books and jingle bells.
Bring a flash light and your voice.
Carolers are welcome back to the Greko’s for Cookies and Cocoa and “Reindeer Games.”
If you would like to add to the cookie selection, please bring them at 6 for later.
Fire will be lit both inside and out.
Dress accordingly.

Strawberry Point Bluffs HOA Updates

Bluffs lawsuit update

The Bluffs lawsuit that started last fall concerning an unapproved garage structure that was under construction was decided by the Court last month in favor of the HOA. That structure will not be built, the construction materials will be removed or permanently covered, and no building will occur without first getting approval from the HOA.  Your HOA board filed the lawsuit to uphold our building and use restrictions. Per our building and use restrictions any building (home, garage, shed) must be approved by the HOA board in addition to getting any required permits or approvals from the township and county before construction starts. 

Bluffs HOA dues update

The option to pay dues early and save offered earlier this year was a big success. Thanks to all of you that took advantage of this! It brought in the needed funds to be able to take care of our financial obligations. With the early payment option now over please know we will send out a dues payment notice by early March (as we usually do) to the homeowners that didn’t choose to pay early. Also, a reminder for any homeowner that plans to be gone the month of March that you can always mail in your dues payment without an invoice to our PO Box 612, Hamburg MI 48139.

Fall Clean-up at the Park – November 2nd @ 11:00am

The JAC will be hosting a Fall Clean-up at our park access to prepare the park for this winter. Items we are hoping to accomplish are as follows:

  1. Dock removal
  2. Picnic table stacking
  3. Moving park assets to the Porta-potty enclosure
  4. Leaf and stick removal

If you have pontoon boat in a slip or a boat/kayak/float-able on the boat rack please remove it asap. This year it is especially important to remove your belongings because a new seawall is in the works to be installed. During construction the shoreline needs to be fully accessable and the boat rack will be moved. Everything on it must be removed before shoreline repair can happen. This is what is currently on the rack.

Thank you!

Areas of Hamburg and Green Oak townships will participate in aerial spraying for mosquitoes

Areas of Hamburg and Green Oak townships will participate in aerial spraying for mosquitoes after a horse was found to have Eastern equine encephalitis.

“In collaboration with (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), it was determined that an aerial spray of the impacted area will lower the mosquito population and reduce the public health risk of contracting Eastern equine encephalitis in both humans and animals,” the Livingston County Health Department said in a news release.

Follow the link below to read more.
https://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/community/livingston-county/2019/09/30/eee-eastern-equine-encephalitis-hamburg-green-oak-township-spray-mosquitoes/3824726002/

New Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Confirmed in SW Michigan

The State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), has issued a press release on September 17, reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as four additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in humans in Southwest Michigan.

The new cases expand the geographic area affected by human EEE cases to include Barry, Cass and Van Buren counties, along with previously identified cases in Kalamazoo and Berrien counties. Two of these additional cases, in Cass and Van Buren counties, were fatal, as was one earlier case in Kalamazoo County.

According to the MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy “Michigan is currently experiencing its worst Eastern Equine Encephalitis outbreak in more than a decade. The ongoing cases reported in humans and animals and the severity of this disease illustrate the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

The MDHHS recommends that Michigan residents stay healthy by following these steps to avoid mosquito bites:

  1. Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  2. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
  3. Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  4. Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
  5. Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

For more information, all employees are encouraged to review the original MDHSS press release linked here.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/17/eastern-equine-encephalitis-michigan-eee-deaths/2355770001/

https://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-76711_77442—,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–505643–,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79608_85016-241967–,00.html

 

Chili Cookoff & Cornhole Tournament Success!

Saturday’s Chili Cook Off and Cornhole Tournament were a huge success! The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful. Scott Treat was awarded the “Golden Ladle” for his White Chicken Chili. Many new faces at the park again. The JAC wants to give a special shoutout to Steve Scheuring for organizing the Cornhole Tournament which awarded the Committee several hundred dollars in donations for the Park. THANKS STEVE!

Chili Cookoff & Cornhole Tournament – Saturday, September 14th 2019 @ 11:00am

The JAC’s Picnics in the Park will be hosting a Chili Cook Off on Saturday the 14th starting at 11:00am. This will be in conjunction with the Cornhole Tournament.
Bring your favorite Chili to be judged by all in attendance.
Prize is GLORY.  The JAC will provide hot dogs and fixins’, plates, bowls and utensils.  If you don’t want to bring Chili, your favorite dish to share will work also.  BYOB and beverages.
Rain date for both, Sunday the 15th.

Pontoon Removal Notice

It’s that time of year again where we begin the process of scheduling the removal, winterization and shrink wrapping our boats. Members of the community have reported that the earliest availability for these services is already pushing into mid October. If you have not already began this process, please do so asap!

It is extremely important this year that Pontoon slip owners at the park remove their boats and poles by October 31st. A new seawall installation contract is almost complete and cannot move forward until all Pontoons and poles are removed.

We look forward to the installation of the long overdue seawall and need cooperation from all the slip owners if we wish to keep this project on track for completion by next year.

Thank You!