New Tool for Lily Pad Removal

John using lily pad rake in the lake

ALCC member Tracy Emmanuel used one of his many talents to tackle the proliferation of lily pads in our lake by fabricating an excellent tool for their removal.  Tracy showed the tool to those attending the annual meeting and the 10 rakes he brought along were quickly spoken for.  Although the real winner is the lake’s ecosystem, sale of the tool ($100.00) will benefit the ALCC after reimbursing Tracy for his costs ($40.00).

Tracy explained that the best time to get after the lily pads is when you see the shoots coming up in April and May as the weather warms.  With the rake and it’s “V” shaped blade, your forward-and-back motion at the base of the plants cuts them off when they’re small.  Should you want to remove the plants when they’re on the surface and blooming, it is more difficult and messier because of the weight of the plant debris and less ability to see–you’ll need good biceps for it, but it can be done.  If you’ll do this reliably a couple or three times, they’ll not come back for a few years.  The rake also has an extension handle so you’ll not have to wade into the deeper water.

This is a very sharp tool and one that should only be handled with care and be carefully used only by a responsible, attentive adult.  Do not use when other people are in the water nearby.

If you are interested, the rakes are $100.00 prepaid.  Print out the order form/release form and send your check to the ALCC address on the form. Click here for the ORDER FORM.

From the ALCC Treasurer

As of 3/31/2014, the ALCC has approximately $4,800 in cash and equivalents.  If the club continues to further collect membership dues as anticipated, it is expected that the club will satisfy budgeted 2014 expenditures.

2014 Spring Report – ALCC Communications

We’ve come a long, long way in the eighteen months, with the consistent objective of getting accurate, timely information out to the community.  The board has spent countless hours creating and improving a package of tools to do just that.  First, under Marcia Hardy’s leadership, the ALCC website was created.  While it is still evolving, it is a wealth of information and we do our best to keep it current.

Then came LakeLink, the fun, easy to read, short, every-few-weeks newsletter that now goes out to 291 emails.  Our guesstimate is that we need a couple hundred more to be reaching everyone.  If you are not yet receiving it, you may sign up on the front page of this website.

Using the same email list, LakeALERT was created as, from time to time, we have safety or emergency information that needs to go out asap. In 2014 we used it once for notifications of tree trimming by Tanner, and once to prepare everyone for travel delays due to Springtime road work.

We now have a true Ames Lake Community Facebook page, a private page that can only be seen and be a part of if you are vetted as an ALCC member.  Lissette Johnson has recently taken over it’s organization–and other social media–and she is on fire with enthusiasm.  If you are an ALCC member and want to be on our Facebook page, send Lisette a note to

In the future, we plan to build a Twitter account, too.   LakeALERT and Twitter combined are terrific ways to reach out in times of emergency.  Twitter will be a slower build, but we love the idea of it and how it can serve everyone.

Lastly, the board just added a universal telephone number, 206-358-2959 (at not charge to the membership. Love that!) If you have a polite message or question about an activity or group, your message will be read and sent to the proper person to get back to you.  Very cool.

The chart below shows how our information flows in graphic form.

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Spring Cleaning for our Roads

Join us Sunday, April 27th at 9 a.m. at the beach for coffee and bagels before heading off with your claw-grabber and sack to prowl a small section of our roads.  Won’t take any longer than a stroll around the lake, making it an easy way to contribute.  Questions?  Call 206-337-9561  

Ames Lake Area Roadwork – Spring 2014


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Beginning March 20, King County will be doing roadwork to enhance our area’s road safety.  The desire is to reduce the number of run-off collisions (cars running off the side of the road) as well as center-line collisions in our Ames Lake area.

From March (20-21) to April (7-10), roadwork will be between the hours of 8:30 – 4:30 pm, avoiding the peak driving hours and school bus runs.  The county will have flaggers and mechanisms to assist drivers in moving up and down Ames Lake road during the roadwork dates.

Below is the work being conducted:

MARCH 20-21-

  • Guardrail reflectors SR202 up to NE 63rd Way
  • Enhanced pavement markings between Union Hill Rd. and the bridge
  • Raised pavement markers and wider edge lines and double center lines

APRIL 7-10

  • Adding chevrons on the curves up Ames Lake Road
  • Adding a Radar Speed Sign (located 200′ north of house #4102 on Ames Lake Rd.)  This will advise south bound traffic to slow down, will post the advisory speed, and will give the speed that the car is traveling.  The county has already begun laying the electrical work for our new Radar Speed Sign (last week in Feb.)
  • Adding additional Advisory Placards (signs) for sharp curves
  • Adding radius wraps (painted edge signs) at Quail Creek Drive, NE Union Hill Rd., and W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd.