Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SIA Newsletter 12 31 2013 - Calendar Burning; Snowy Owl Pictures; High Tides; Township and Fire District Websites

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
Happy New Year!!
If you are in town tonight, you may want to see in the New Year at the annual Burning of the Calendars at midnight on the beach at Randolph Road.
All are welcome to bring their 2013 calendars.
Ed Tettemer explains, “A few minutes before the midnight gong, we wander out and start a small fire (either in a fire pit, if we're feeling formal, or in a metal Upper Township trash can) and toss in our calendars at 12. We dance around the fire a bit, laugh a little, toast our good fortunes, and shiver. Then we go back in and finish the pie.
“If folks wanna stop by the octagon an hour or so earlier, that's always fine, too. We'll have a small group with large smiles”.
Dress warmly!
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve seen a number of pictures of Strathmere’s snowy owl.
First to spot her (we think it’s a female; males are all white), was Ted Kingston, who took this shot on December 1.

Then, on December 4, Ken Weaver took these pictures on the beach between Whittier and Webster.

We did not see her for awhile, and then Ken took these shots on December 21, again just off Webster,


Then Bill Tierney saw her on his roof on Vincent and took these shots, also on December 21:

Looking at Bill...

On December 27, Greg Bennett saw her on the beach at Randolph and took these shots:

We hope you get to see her, too!
High tides on Bayview
The new moon occurs at 6:12 New Year’s morning. A 5.2 foot high tide is predicted at 7:21 am, another at 8:12 am Thursday morning, then a 5.1 foot tide at 9:03 on Friday.
We’ll probably have water in the street each morning, and if the wind comes from the northeast we could get quite a bit. Park accordingly!
Upper Township continues to improve their website to make it more useful. It includes videos of Township Committee meetings, trash collection info and much more.
It also hosts our Fire Commission Website, at a new URL address. If you’d like to see where your Fire District property tax money goes, the information is all there.
Check these sites out and save them!
Remember to follow and "like" the SIA (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere (the snowy owl pictures were there first)!
Again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at http://www.strathmere.net/, and her blog at http://strathmere.blogspot.com/.
You can also see the beach and ocean from the Octagon Webcam.
The Strathmere Improvement Association was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years.
Please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter or for SIA in general, or if you'd like us to change your e-mail address in our records.
You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at sia6@comcast.net or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.
Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

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