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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

February 26, 2014

 Greenwood Lake Mayor


By Jesse Dwyer


Frozen Water Lines

        This past week, our Water Operators Phil and his brother Walt have been extremely busy assisting residents with frozen water lines. According to many, this has been one of the coldest winters in years. There are two scenarios that we, as a municipality providing municipal water can see when dealing with extreme cold. First, a pipe can freeze on the distribution side – meaning, the side that feeds water to the “curb box”. The curb box then feeds water off of a main water supply line (Village Line) directly into your residence (service line). The other scenario, and the more common scenario, is the pipe freezes between the curb box and your home. This occurs because our main water lines are buried much deeper than the service lines that connect from our main to your home. A service line that is shallow enough to sit in the frost line (the depth at which frost penetrates the ground) would likely freeze if the proper measures are not taken. If you have identified that your service lines may be a bit shallow, if it runs a long distance from the curb box to your home, or your line was potentially placed over rock ledges under the ground, it may not be a bad idea to leave a trickle of water running to avoid freezing up. Do not leave the water running unless you have contacted a plumber or our water operators about the status of your lines. Water is charged by the gallon and you should not waste water unless you absolutely must. If your water line freezes, or if you have questions about the likelihood of your pipes freezing, contact a LOCAL plumber. We have the best plumbers and water operators around and they are sure to have all the answers you need.            

Rockland County Sportsman Show

        The Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce will once again have a booth at the Rockland County Sportsman Show. This event will showcase the outdoor nature that GWL has to offer. If you get a chance, come by the booth and show your support. Bring photos, stories and experiences that may be shared with people in search of a community that offers Adirondack and Catskill experiences only one hour from NYC.  Times are below.


  • Teen Center Open Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at Holy Rosary Church
  • Grievance Night for Home Owners, Feb., 27th from 4:00p.m. 7:00p.m. at Village Hall
  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 beginning March 6th at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Village Election Day, Tuesday March 18th at the Senior Center
  • Rockland County Sportsman Show at Rockland Community College. Thur, Feb 27th from 2:00p.m – 8:00p.m.; Fri., Feb. 28th from 1:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.; Sat., Mar. 1st from 9:30a.m. – 7:00p.m.; Sun., Mar. 2nd from 9:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
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