Greetings From The New President

Hello, my name is Danya Vander Lugt. My family and I have had the pleasure of living year-round on beautiful Hess Lake for five years now. As a Michigander I have learned to appreciate every season, but fall is my favorite time of year, especially on Hess Lake. I love watching the lake quietly reflect the changing color of the trees, taking a lazy afternoon boat ride with my two dogs and witnessing the magnificent harvest moon rise over the lake. I know we all have cherished memories of time spent with family and friends on the lake and feel protective about what goes on in our community.

As we welcome new residents, I think it is important to clarify any confusion residents may have about the difference between the Hess Lake Improvement Association (HLIA) and the Hess Lake Board (HLB). The HLIA is a volunteer, leadership team that promotes community well being and plans social events for Hess Lake residents. Unlike the HLB, we have no mandate to make decisions regarding water testing, property taxes, septic issues, etc.

With so many potential changes coming to our area, I know that there are understandably a few “hot topics” that can spark rumors and lead to frustration. The purpose of the HLIA is to listen to the concerns and ideas of our residents and vote on the best way to move forward. We all need to be willing to work together on productive solutions as we continue to make our lake a fun and safe place for the enjoyment of all.

The HLIA begins each season with The Family Memorial Day Walk for Veterans and Carp Round Up in May, The Hess Lake Yard Sales in June, The Ring of Fire and Boat Parade in July, and The HLIA Members Picnic in August. These events are sponsored by the HLIA and the membership dues help to make it happen. Not only do you receive a sign, membership card and newsletter twice a year, but you become an informed resident of the Hess Lake community by becoming a member.

As we bid farewell to summer, I would like to encourage you to join us in some of these events and to attend the meetings we hold on the second Monday of the month in April through October at 6:30pm in the Brooks Township Hall. Your participation in the HLIA will help us continue to promote camaraderie and a shared vision of constant improvement for Hess Lake’s residents and neighbors!

See you on the lake,



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Memorial Day Weekend Walk to honor Vets

May 27, 2017
Please read the fall newsletter for options for donations. contact Katie Lipner and Betty Bosowski if questions.

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Next HLIA Annual Member Meeting

Next meeting June 17, 2017 at Brooks Twp. Hall 10 am

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Note from President

The 2016 year will kick off with the first HLIA meeting April 11, 2016 at 6:30, Brooks Twp. Hall. Anyone who has an agenda item or would like to be on the agenda, please contact Ben Lester, President.
The officers for the 2016 year are as follows:
President: Ben Lester
Vice President: Darlene Bond
Secretary/newsletter:Diane French
Treasurer: Ramona Deters
All meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30.
Please help to keep our lake clear of trash by making it a habit to pick up trash when out walking along the road.
The 2016 calendar of events will be posted after the April 11 meeting. The newsletter will be out the beginning of May with the dues envelop enclosed. Please plan to pay your dues early.
Submitted by Diane French for Ben Lester.

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President’s Note

Please review this note that came from the DNR on the goose round up situation….

Thank you for contacting the DNR Wildlife Division with your question regarding goose relocation. On June 6, 2015, DNR confirmed cases of HPAI, subtype H5N2, in three free-ranging goslings from Sterling Heights in Macomb County. On June 15, 2015, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation that one additional gosling and one sub-adult goose (both from Macomb County) has also tested positive for HPAI.

As of June 16, 2015 goose round up and relocation has been suspended statewide. Lake Associations or others who were issued a goose round up permit were notified that goose round up and relocation activities have been suspended statewide, with the exception of approved situations where there are elevated health and safety concerns.

Updates and information regarding Avian Influenza in Michigan can be found online by visiting and clicking on Avian Influenza.

Thank you for your interest in Michigan’s wildlife. Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns.

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Annual Meeting

Please attend June 13 Brooks Twp Hall

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Garage Sale June 2 and 3, 2017, Boaters Safety June 3

Please share

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May HLIA meeting

Please note our next HLIA meeting is May 11 not May 12. Usual time – 6:30 and always at Brooks Twp Hall. Everyone welcome.

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Next HLIA Leadership Meeting

Please be reminded that the next meeting is May 12, 6:30 at the Brooks Twp Hall. Lake Residents are all welcome.

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President’s Notes

I want to remind everyone the Spring Newsletter is coming out around May 1. The dues envelope will be included so please get your dues sent in soon. We have our calendar of events included and hope many will decide to participate. The Cat Fish Fry is especially fun and I hope more will attend this year. Cat fish is great especially when cooked by Terry Roelofs and his crew.
We also are looking for a couple more respresentatives for our HLIA Leadership group so if interested, please let me or your zone rep know.
The garage sales and boaters safety are the first week in June so please look at your newsletter for details.
The best way to be informed is to attend the June HLIA meeting, June 13, 10 AM at the Brooks Twp. Hall. There seem to be many questions posted on Face Book and I think you could get answers at the June meeting for most of them.
It looks like we will have a fun summer at Hess Lake this year!

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