Vernon EDAC Survey
May 25, 2023
Attention HLCC COMMUNITY: The Vernon Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) has distributed a survey for the purpose of collecting information to better understand what the residents of Vernon Township think about future economic development. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to the township directly. Please take a moment to let Vernon’s Economic Development Advisory Committee know your thoughts by completing the survey found at this link: CLICK HERE to access the survey. Note: this survey is ONLY being shared electronically; if your neighborhood/street has its own Facebook Group or list serve, please do reshare it there or send this link via email so we can reach our entire community. Thank you.
Carp Removal – Main Lake
May 16, 2023
You may have noticed some commotion this past weekend in the shallow portions of some coves on the Main Lake. The fish thrashing on the surface of the water are carp engaging in their spawning ritual. The Fishing and Ecology Committees have been monitoring water temperatures and observing the lake for this event. We have been planning our first-ever carp population assessment to determine whether carp have been overcrowding this lake. An overabundance of carp can be detrimental to other fish species and the quality of water in our lake. Carp compete for some of the same resources that other fish need to thrive. In addition, carp are bottom feeders and can stir up nutrients that have settled on the lake bottom, which can promote algae blooms. Carp will be removed from the lake to assess their size and numbers. The removal operation is planned for this Thursday and Friday, May 18th and 19th. A crew from SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Wildlife Department will arrive on Thursday with their electroshocking boat. The crew will work Thursday afternoon and evening, as...
Aquatic Plant Harvesting – Lake 4
May 12, 2023
This is the very beginning of a new era of lake water quality management in Highland Lakes. The Ecology Committee Aquatic Plant Life Team, led by Bob Reffelt, has proposed that the club begin using more weed harvesting rather than relying on chemical management of weeds. Early in May the Club had a site visit with a weed harvesting vendor to see what can be done at Highland Lakes using this technique. During the site visit, we observed that Lake 4 was already approximately 20% covered by weeds breaching the surface. The vendor offered to begin harvesting the weeds last weekend and the club has contracted with them to do this. A very timely and decisive decision! In brief, weed harvesting is cutting weeds up to 5 feet in depth and removing the cuttings from the water. Some of the plant is left behind so that the plant can continue to provide oxygen into the water and absorb nutrients that can cause algae blooms. To use the vendors' analogy, it is like mowing the lawn for the lake. Like mowing...
Annual Community Yard Sale -Donations/Volunteer
May 11, 2023
Donation Drop-Off: Friday, July 14, 2023, 8 AM – 5:00 PMYard Sale: Saturday, July 15, 2023, 8 AM – 2:00 PM Drop Off Location: Highland Lakes Club House 2240 Lakeside Drive West Highland Lakes NJ 07422 We are NOT ACCEPTING the following items:Books & Magazines – Look for our Book Sale in the fallClothesArtificial FlowersBaby items (cribs, high chairs, car seats)Stuffed animalsCandlesElectronics (landline phones, computers, VCR’s, answering machines, TV’s, dehumidifiers)PianosExercise equipmentHoliday items and decorationsLuggage without wheels FURNITURE: we will accept wood furniture in Very Good Condition i.e. dressers, table & chairs, outdoor furniture, side tables, and bookcases. Due to past difficulty in disposing of unsold furniture, any Large scale furniture such as wall units, china cabinets, etc. MUST BE APPROVED before you bring it down to the donation center. Submit a photo and/or measurements to GWFSale@hlcc.org. WE DO NOT ACCEPT UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE (couches, loveseats, etc.). However, we WILL post photos of donated furniture that is available to be picked up at YOUR home nearby. Submit photos/details to GWFSale@hlcc.org. TOOLS: All battery-operated tools MUST include live batteries so we can demonstrate...
Welcome to the NEW Website!
May 1, 2023
WELCOME to the Club’s new website. Take a look around! While aesthetically a lot has changed, there a few key points we’d like to make sure you are aware of: The top navigation hosts links for quick access to TOPS, News & Updates [the blog], and the Newsette. The main menu has a link to the Calendar, where entries will have the details of special events. Forms for youth summer activities, swim team & swim lessons will be on their respective pages. [they’re being updated and will be available soon]. All member privy documents will only be available in the TOPS Owners Portal. There is a fun ticker at the top of the site that will highlight special announcements, events and other important info [i.e. annual yard sale, badges are ready, workshop meeting, etc.]. If you experience any issues or have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to email@example.com. The Highland Lakes Website over the years. February 1999 March 2005 December 2011