Friday evening, July 20th, we had a very near life-ending experience! We were out in our pontoon boat about 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of a beautiful sunset cruise. We noticed an inboard-outboard motor boat bearing down on us pulling a water skier. We thought that surely the driver of the boat would see us and change his course. However, it became evident that this was not to be the case. Luckily we had enough power in our motor to increase our speed and evade what could have been a horrible accident.
We followed the boat until it stopped to change water skiers. The driver and crew were most apologetic and said they were all watching the water skier, including the driver who was also videotaping the skier!! We wonder if the driver of the boat is aware that had the collision occurred and we had been killed he would now be in jail charged with negligent homicide.
We reported this incident to the Office of the Sheriff; he informed us that it is also against the law to pull water skiers within an hour of sunset. We urge all boat owners pulling water skiers to have a least two people in the boat in addition to the driver: one to watch constantly where the boat is going and one to watch the water skier.
Reading Ginny Carter Moll's story of the storm in '53 brought back vivid memories of that day for me. My mother, sister, and I were visiting the Garbisch gang and witnessed the 'tornado' from their living room window. Convinced that the storm which had lifted a wooden C-boat out of the water had also done great damage to our beloved wood, my family hurried home along Sunset Beach. Halfway there, we encountered a visibly shaken Ginny holding her two wide-eyed boys.
"Does this sort of thing happen often?" Ginny inquired. (-- Apparently, only every 50 years or so.)
To the Editor: We are thrilled with the latest Ten Mile Lake Association Directory for 2001; it is so easy to read (even without eye-glasses). The new Ten Mile Notebook binder is beautiful, user-friendly, and well thought out as to content. We applaud everyone involved in this endeavor for their ideas and long hours bringing this to fruition, and happily anticipate your future contributions. Keep up the very fine work!
The undersigned wish to thank Tom Cox for the countless hours and extraordinary effort he has spent working to resolve the problems and controversies caused by the high water level of Ten Mile Lake. The high water level has had serious effects on many lakeshore properties, and we would like to acknowledge his efforts on our behalf.