Along the Lakeshore: Watching the ice chunks; loons on the lake

The ice in Bentley Cove was gone by 5:49 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Friday morning, ice sheets from the south repopulated the cove with ice that was re-crystallized into vertical crystals and any resemblance to the solid white ice was gone. The strong south wind continued to drive the mushy stuff towards the village and the ice finally vacated the north end on Sunday morning.

My granddaughter Victoria cast her fishing lure off the floating dock when the ice was even with the front edge. By the time she made her second cast, the ice was gone and noisy crystals were heaped up on the shore.

The Mid-Lakes dock was sort of tipped up and the planking was scattered about. This happened during the thunderstorm Wednesday evening when we had winds west to east. The Mid-Llakes crew got right on the job and everything looks ready for business. These observations were made as I drove by and my conclusion may just be wishful thinking

I spoke to folks with docks in the Amerman Road area, about halfway down Skaneateles Lake on the west side. They took hard poundings when the strong southeast wind blew brick-shaped pieces and large slabs 6-to-10- inches thick northward and piled them up on the top of the docks. The grinding of these brick-shaped pieces on the sides of the dock cut many of the vertical pieces right off. I was asked if I knew of any way to drive spikes into the stringers in the deep water we will have in June and July. I would think there must be a pneumatic appliance of some sort which will do the job. I guess you need to drive 20 penny nails to hold the 2-by-8-inch planks on. There are construction screws available that seem to drive through 2-inch material and into whatever structure you have. This could perhaps be done at an angle with a mega-sized battery drill and a long extension bit. I personally would not recommend using a drill on the power line even with the safety of a working ground fault interrupter device. These repairs might have to wait for low water in the fall.

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