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Mayor’s Column

December 3, 2013

Greenwood Lake Mayor


By Jesse Dwyer


Urging Caution on Frozen Lake

      I would like to urge caution to anyone who decides to venture out on the lake when it freezes. We all enjoy a great opportunity to utilize an enormous frozen lake for ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and other winter recreation activities, however, we must all be smart when considering what to do, where to do it and most importantly, when to do it. Going out on thin or unsafe ice could possibly be an irrevocable mistake which could potentially take your life, and also the lives of first responders who are tasked with the responsibility of rescuing anyone who goes through the ice.   Just because you see people out on the ice, possibly ice fishing, does not mean that the ice is safe. You must take your own measures wherever you will be entering the ice to determine if the part where you will be entering the lake is safe enough for whatever activity you will be enjoying. I will not state what thickness of ice is safe for use for liability reasons, but I urge all readers and ice users to do research and identify what constitutes “safe ice”. The Village Board does not encourage anyone to go on the ice in the winter, however, we will not restrict the choice of someone going out on the ice at THEIR OWN RISK. Enjoy, be safe, and most importantly, be smart when venturing out on the ice. 


  • Greenwood Lake Historical Society on Thur., Dec. 5 Will be meeting at the Continental Restaurant at 7:30p.m.
  • Greenwood Lake Gives Back on Sat., Dec 7 – A Food Pantry Fundraiser at Murphy’s Tavern from 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. There will be live music, free food and drink specials. The cost of admission is any food/ toiletries item or a tax deductible monetary donation to the food pantry. ALL proceeds will go to the GWL Food Pantry. 
  • Tree Lighting Schedule on Sun., Dec. 8:   

      Pictures with Santa at the EpiscopalianChurch on Waterstone Rd. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

      Holiday Music on Waterstone Rd. from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

      Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Caroling Hayrides On Windermere Ave.Sponsored by the G.L. Garden Center on Sat. Dec. 14  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Girl Scout Troop 400 Santa Breakfast Sat., Dec 14 from 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. at the American Legion. Adults $6, Kids ages 4-11 $5, 3 and under are free. 
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