February 2017 NEWSLETTER (mailed to 46382 Zip Code area)
Union Mills Conservation Club Community Letter
February 7, 2017
Enjoying the weather? Think Spring! Only a month away
and we will be able to be out and about. Although the winter
has been mild, cabin fever sets in.
At our first meeting of the year, we made some positive changes
in a few things and are anxious for the weather to break and we can
"git 'er done". We first and foremost, want to thank anyone
who have had memorials dedicated to the Unity Foundation or directly
to the Conservation Club. Those donations help out in the
winter, as well, as electric and waste costs are always there and
rentals do lessen in the winter. If a donation is for something
specific, please note it and we will try to accommodate.
New officers for the club are: President: Chuck Eaton;
Vice: Aaron Cleek; Secretary: Rick Sanderson and Treasurer: Diane
Cleek. Board members will be: Amanda Cleek, Bob Eaton, Jim
Glasgow, Keith Swanson and Dennis Yagelski. Meetings continue
on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:PM
The wildlife pictures at the Clubhouse, which are greatly admired,
have become a permanent fixture due to the generosity of a club
member. They are outstanding prints and enhance the building.
The new groundskeeper at the park will be Adam Seymour.
Thanks to Dave Scarborough for his past 5 years of service.
Stacy Grage will continue to operate the weed cutter. Winter
storm damage and vandalism has been repaired and the security
cameras are being monitored. A sign will be posted showing a
reward for any person witnessing destruction of park property.
The new softball diamond is outstanding and ready for Spring play.
Rentals are being taken for any
buildings or areas by Michelle Williamson (see the
Rentals page for details).
Thanks Darla for all of your effort.
We are having a COMMUNITY CALL OUT! This will give
you a chance to talk to the festival committee about your
wants and concerns of the festival. Do you have an idea that
you would like to see added to the fest? get rid of something? have
a different approach for? want to help out? vendors or music? We
need more input. Cash outlays are a concern. Keep in
mind that space is a problem but maybe you can figure that out too.
Please attend and voice your feelings on FEBRUARY 22, 7PM.
Change the date? Not an option. We cannot control the
weather and it is always on the fourth weekend of the month. Not on
Labor Day weekend or when other festivals are starting.
Festival dates are August 25, 26 and 27.
FIREWORKS! We do believe they are a draw but the revenue is down.
That l/2 hour of ohs! and ahs! cost $3,000. We me asking local
businesses -local and surrounding- to help us out. You will
still see jars around for cash donations and thank you.
Pennies add up...
Another source of income is our old faithful CORN BREAD AND BEAN
& HAM SUPPER! Since 1934, people have come to the clubhouse
for a visit and to enjoy the simple dinner. The cost this year
is $7.00 and includes dessert. Circle MARCH 27 for your
date to dinner. We have chili as well and carry outs.
Membership time: $10 family and $25 business. $100 buys
you a life time membership and a 25% discount on an annual rental.
Membership form is on the back of this letter; checks may be mailed
or bring your payment to the supper.
We appreciate all of you and hope to see you February 22, March
27 and at the 31st Festival!
Officers and board members...Chuck Eaton, President
New ball field November 29, 2016
Union Mills Sidewalk Additions and ADA Upgrades
Click on the following picture to download and open
the 3.14MB Union
Mills_SidewalkProject.pdf in a new window to make the text
readable. The PDF was obtained from a (the?) LaPorte County Planner
on June 30, 2015 following a presentation at the UMiCC club house at the monthly meeting.
These improvements will make the park more accessible and the
sidewalks will all be built within the current road right-of-way
Here is an example of not so recent park damage performed
by unknown vandals. The memorial bench has been broken apart
as shown and the concrete seat cracked. Consequently,
repairing the bench is not trivial. Very sad... (The
picture was taken June 30, 2015.)
The 2014 Mill Pond Festival was hit by heavy rains late Saturday
The Mill Pond Festival was held on Friday August 22
at 6PM through Sunday August 25 at 4:30PM. On Saturday, a storm shut down
much of the festival for the entire evening including the fire works
display. However, the bands played as scheduled in the well
protected shelter. Sunday was a typical beautiful day in Union
Mills as shown below.
Pond Stocked with Fish
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, fish were added to the pond.
Details are unknown at the moment. At the last monthly
meeting stocking the pond was discussed along with the difficulties
in finding a supplier with fish to sell.
Dennis, the current club president, talks with the
On January 10, 2014 the flooded clubhouse was discovered with
three inches of water covering the floor and soaking into the walls.
Due to the extreme winter weather, a pipe in the exterior southern
wall of the kitchen had frozen and burst then flooded the clubhouse.
Restoration work began shortly after the emergency
cleanup. As of February 25, 2014, much repair work has been
completed by volunteers and a contractor is well on their way to
replacing the flooring. The club house will be back in shape
for the March 24th Bean & Ham supper.
The old tile has been stripped off the floor and the
concrete base leveled by filling in the low spots and grinding down some
Much of the club's "stuff" has been moved to the pole barn
to get it out of the way. ALL of the (tile) flooring is being
The new flooring has already been laid in the kitchen
and some new kitchen cabinetry is in place already. The floor is
poured into place with plastic chips imbedded in the clear epoxy.
The storage room also has the new flooring in place.
Volunteers are installing bump railings to protect the walls.