Pavilion Raising

Below are some photos from the raising of the Pavilion on Wednesday June 17, 2020.

The preliminary estimated cost for the Pavilion is $20,000.  Should you wish to contribute to this educational structure, you can mail your check to:


PO Box 372

Wayland, NY 14572

Your contribution may allow you to take a deduction on your taxes since LLWIA is an IRC Section 591(c)(3) nonprofit organization




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Silent Auction

All LLWIA gatherings are in question this year, so the decision has been made to display Silent Auction items on this website. Bids may be made by contacting Alice Publow, at 585-213-4011 or email Private viewing can also be arranged. The auction end date has not yet been determined yet.

Chapel Box 

 Opening bid:  $50,  Buy Now:  $200,  Current Bid:  $0

Chapel Box is heart shaped bamboo
2 ¾” high, 4” wide, 4 ¾” length
Hand painted with LL Chapel on top surface
Ringed with cottages


Pine Box

Opening bid:     Buy now:   Current bid:

Pine Box
3” high, 4 ½” wide, 6” long
Top is photo frame
Sides painted with cottages


Grape box

Opening bid:  $100,  Buy Now:  $400,  Current Bid:  $100

Vintage ‘rustic’ grape harvest box
Refurbished and urethane sealed throughout
9’’ high, 14 ½” wide, 28” long
Sides decorated with painted LL cottages

Round Box

Opening bid:  $80,  Buy Now:  $320,  Current Bid:  $100

Inlaid Walnut, sealed with urethane
8 ½’ round
Cottages painted around the top lip

Sewing Box

Opening bid:  $150,  Buy Now:  $600,  Current Bid:  $150

Vintage sewing box, circa 1955
9” cylinder with opening top, 12”high
Decorated with cloudy sky & LL cottages
Gold painted trim
LL scenes on side panels

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Baron Winds – Wind Turbine Project

The NYS Siting Board determined that 650 ft turbines were merely a “technical improvement” towering over us.  If they are allowed to set this precedence, we will all lose.  

Chad Zigenfus’ attorney has finished his legal review of the activities that led to the law amendment in 2019 allowing 650 ft turbines for which the 2020 board is working to repeal.  Even if the town board of Cohocton repeals the law amendment, it does not effect the NYS Siting Board decision on May 6th to grant the developers amendment to implement 650 ft turbines.  This is because the law in effect at the time of the decision allowed 650 ft.  The town board repeal would only prevent future projects from implementing anything larger than 500 ft.

There is only one path to success, and that goes through Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Cohocton.  Only a court dismissal of the law amendment allowing 650 ft can be used to force the NYS Siting Board to change their decision Based on Baron Winds claims of the project only being financially viable if they move to the larger turbines.

Chad’s attorney has identified not one, not two but 6 primary claim areas that each one alone is sufficient to overturn the law amendment in court.  He is preparing a summary of points of merit to share with those that would be interested to collaborate on a court action.  Of these claims, 2 have a statute of limitations of 6 years and 4 have SOL of 4 months, however because of NYS Pause actions it moves the filing date out to late June latest.  The first level a legal action would go through would be Steuben County and then if necessary to Appellate Level in Rochester.  The Appellate Level includes a panel of 5 judges which has been proven to be more impartial than the single Judge at Steuben County Level.

Please help Chad Zigenfus by supporting his Go Fund Me.  All amounts are helpful.

The simulated photos below show (I believe) what the original 500 foot tall (approved) wind turbines would look like from the west shore of Loon Lake.   

Baron Winds Locations





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Root Systems – Recommended Plantings

Root Systems – Carolyn Case

             We knew we had a lake wall issue when we bought our cottage, but the muskrats invading the bank made clear that this was going to be a significant project.  At first, we thought it would be as simple as finding a contractor, getting the permits, and forking over a lot of money. Any reader who has dealt with the army corps of engineers is probably chuckling at my naivete. Well, I did receive an education through the process, and I am very grateful. I learned quite a bit about how to protect my property, my new lake wall, and how to prevent algae blooms, and I learned native plants would be my number one asset.

First, about lake wall repair, the county is quick to process any permit that incorporates native plants in a rip- rap wall. The benefit of the native plants is that they keep the soil and shoreline in place by having roots upwards of fifteen feet deep and are superb water filters. In my stone lake wall, I will plant fox sedge and willows where the roots will stretch to the lake and help hold everything in place and draw out excess nutrients and pollutants that harm the lake.  The plants also shade the rocks and prevent them from heating up and raising the lake temperature. A warmer lake aids the toxic algae blooms. Also, plants in the rocks deter the geese because they fear hidden predators.

On my point and property, I will be planting different native pre-planned gardens designed to flower throughout the season. Flowers such as Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans grow easily and are excellent pollinators. For my lawn, I will use Buffalo grass. This short green grass is a no-mow native lawn grass that has roots eight feet deep. These hungry roots help take out the nitrogen that the Canadian geese so readily supply. The buffalo grass only grows four to six inches and loves the Wayland climate, making it an excellent lawn grass. As you kayak around our point, I hope you will follow my progress.

For more information check,,, or email Alice Publow at

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Lake History according to Clyde Shults

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Pavilion – Many Parts!

The Loon Lake Preserve qualifies for a tax exemption based on it being used for an educational facility.  To further that goal, a pavilion (see sketch below) is being built on the property to shelter teachers and students when they visit and to house information about the wetland, plants and animals on the property.

While Rob Hughes designed the pavilion for free and he and his students will erect it for free, the LLWIA will have to pay for the concrete pad (shown below with Mike Landino and crew), the lumber and the roof.  The preliminary estimated cost for all of this is $20,000.

If you would like to make a specific contribution for the construction of the pavilion, send your check to LLWIA, PO Box 372, Wayland, NY 14572 and mark it “for Pavilion”.

Your contribution may allow you to take a deduction on your taxes since LLWIA is an IRC Section 591(c)(3) nonprofit organization


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Fireworks: 7/4/19

7/4/19 fireworks photos courtesy of Art Rothfuss.  Thanks Art, they are beautiful!

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Sailing on Loon Lake

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Loon Lake Notification System

The Loon Lake Association is establishing an e-mail account specifically to be used for lake safety purposes (e.g. Algae bloom warnings).  The list will not be used for commercial purposes (e.g. yard sales, rentals, solicitations, etc.).

If you would like to participate in this notification activity, please e-mail your name and cottage address to

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The Godzilla Weed!

Why is Knotweed a problem?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that was introduced into the U.S. from Eastern Asia as an ornamental on estates in the late 1800’s.

Knotweed forms impenetrable strands which choke out and displace entire ecosystems. Knotweed features broad leaves with pointed tips and flat or heart-shaped bases, and large, hollow stems which give it a resemblance to bamboo. An extensive network of coarse, root-like structures called rhizomes allow knotweed to out-compete native plants, even choking out deep-rooted willow trees.

Knotweed can produce seeds, but it is rare for the seeds to germinate.  The most common method of spreading is by means of stem sections or rhizomes.  Even a small stem section can root and spread the plant.

How do you get rid of nasty knotweed?

  • The best way to remove knotweed is by excavating the entire rhizome system (root structure).  This means going as deep as the rhizomes exist.  However, even a small missed rhizome can cause regeneration of the infestation.  Rhizome networks can extend 65 feet laterally and up to 25 feet deep and are capable of growing through concrete, making this plant a serious threat to infrastructure, especially roads and building foundations.
  • Frequent mowing.  However, this carries the risk of spreading the plant through fragments.  Any mowed knotweed should be dried out on site first and then burned.  (Knotweed is classified as a “controlled waste” and cannot be disposed of by adding to household waste under Environmental Protection Act 1990.)
  • Herbicide treatments.  In fact, one can hire a company to come in and inject the plants (Alice Publow has the details on this).
  • Use heavy tarps to smother the plants.  This involves covering the knotweed area with tarps in the Spring.  Periodically, the plants will rise up under the tarps and will need to be trampled down.  The LLWIA is trying this approach on an area of knotweed at the Preserve.  However, we have been told by one group that has tried this, that even using this method for three years might not be enough to eradicate the plant.

Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants.  It has been nicknamed the Godzilla weed”.  It has wreaked havoc on even more landscapes than that of the fictional monster!

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