Wintering at Lake Bluff

Jessica and I are spending the winter season at Lake Bluff as the most recent tenants of Charles' cottage. There is a good snow base and we're hoping it sticks around through the next few days of warmer weather so that we can look forward to good ski conditions!

We have really been enjoying the wood stove over the past few months, burning a combination of Lake Bluff hardwood from the Labor Day Storm of 1998 (stored in the Burgess metal garage, split this season using Simonet's maul) and local Apple wood purchased at Mac Stringer located on Rt. 104 in Ontario (near the Tops Plaza) for $50 / face cord.

Autumn Art

Becker's Boathouse on Halloween afternoon, 31 Oct 2007.

New Bathhouse at Sodus Point

The new bathhouse at the Sodus Point Beach Park is up. This is the first I've seen of it in a photo from home. It also appears that some beach clean-up has been performed based on the existing driftwood pile!

Wayne County's Ailing Tourism

A Wayne County Star article explores the lack of Tourist-based income in the area today:
  • "Visitors to Wayne County find it pretty and relaxing, but they aren’t particularly impressed with the quality of the places to stay, and navigating around the region can be tricky."
  • "Many visitors to Wayne County are actually staying in lodging in Monroe County because they can’t find the types of accommodations they want here."
  • " the way to go to attract Baby-Boomers and Generation-Xers with money to spend...Sodus Point and Pultneyville could be boosted into magnets for more tourism." [read full article]
Interviewees in the article as well as the $56,000 study paid for by both Wayne and Cayuga Counties both state that people want to spend much more money in the scenic landscapes of the southern shores of Lake Ontario--and that opportunity simply doesn't exist.

Do we live in an area where residents are less concerned with money and community improvement and are more in the mindset of preserving their own private sanctuary?

Resident Becker

Who will be the first of the Becker Clan to to make a post on the blog?

I want to encourage all to post anything and everything about the Bluff, our families, or perhaps even the world at large. I'm hoping that this site can serve as a social lubricant to the Lake Bluff Community.

Photos and weather updates would be outstanding! (Charlotte)

NYSDEC vs. Mute Swans

Last year, the nesting mute swans closest to Lake Bluff were "harvested"--a rude termination of local wildlife. Will there be a Round 2? The following is from a recent Wayne County Star article, in which appear a few of my photos:

Robert Jarvis looked across Sodus Bay from the deck at the Bay Bridge Sport Shop Friday on Ridge Road and counted five pairs of mute swans. “They’re nesting and getting ready to have their babies,” said Jarvis, who works at the shop and has seen as many as 40 mute swans in the past few weeks when the ice started melting on the bay. The birds, beautiful and elegant, created a controversy last year. [continue article]

Einen Schwanen

It was certainly nice to see your Sodus Bay swan photos in the Wayne County Star!

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