I hope everyone enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving, and has plans well underway for the biggest Holiday season of the year. This is the time to make plans to visit with friends and family, and get those annual Christmas lists dusted off and cards in the mail.
It is also the time to prepare for ‘Ole Man Winter’. Whether you head south to warmer climes or prepare for winter here, there are a few chores need doing. Cars, boats and RV’s all need to be prepared for winter freezes. The passes are already getting snow and people have been stranded, so please don’t leave home ”without your American Express Card and your tire chains”. There is an early season snow on the mountain slopes, and it is just waiting for us to marvel at its beauty or to enjoy it up close and personal.
If you haven’t already noticed, we just barely got the new septic system installed and a temporary patch in place in the parking lot before this early and heavy rainy season arrived. Captain Mike Knight did a superb job of pushing, adjusting, and supervising what turned out to be a very tough project. Unfortunately, the rains have shown us all the areas that have settled more than planned, and they have also kept us from doing much about them. Mike has the contractor scheduled to re-do the paving patches as soon as we get some dry weather. Meanwhile, plans are “in the works” to do a complete pavement makeover of the South parking lot, but we will need budget dollars and good weather before any major changes will be seen. Meanwhile, Ice Skating anyone?
Railway Chairman, Captain Steve Brett and a dedicated and hard working crew of volunteers have the Railway car scoured of rust and looking like new, and it is back on the rails with new or refurbished wheels all around. New catwalks are being fabricated in the work shed at press time. Alas, the support gates are still awaiting the hot dip process to galvanize them. Expect the gates in another “tweeks”. Sometime after the Railway is back in business, but before the rainy season, the Railway Cover will be added. Plan ahead for the January 15th Railway Signup. You will be able to work on your boat anytime, rain or shine, and save the good weather for cruising
Our Fire Marshall, Captain Jim Markham, reports that Fox Fire Prevention, Inc. has completed a major renovation and testing of the Fire Manifold and the Fire Mains on the floats, and we now meet National Fire Code standards. New fire hoses on the docks are being ordered, and Jim is developing a schedule for live training in the use of the fire hoses. Watch for the schedule to be posted.
Renovation plans for the Park area to construct a sheltered cover for the picnic tables have been processed through the Kitsap Planning Department, and are nearing the permit stage. Look for some good news coming out right after the first of the year.
Come on out and join your fellow Club Members in celebrating at the many Social functions scheduled for the Holiday Season. May the coming year, 2007, be filled with many blessings for you and yours. As one who will be serving your Holiday Dinner at the BYC Christmas Party on December 10th, I remain as always,
Your Humble Servant,