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Happy New Year Lake Lackawanna,

What a year 2020 was.  No need to rehash details and what we are still going through, but in my opinion, all of us in this community are fortunate.  Yes, we all have some unfortunate things to deal with, but while so many people were on lockdown, we were still fortunate enough to have the ability to escape a little bit from everyday reality by enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

Whether you spent a random day floating on the water, took a hike or quad ride through the woods, or simply sat in your yard and gazed over the glistening water, our community’s amenities allowed us some reprieve that most people just didn’t have access to.  For this, I am very thankful and don’t’ take what we have for granted.

I personally witnessed countless instances of community members lending each other a hand, volunteering for tasks around the community, or simply throwing up a gesture of hello as they pass each other on the street.  Seeing these acts, make me smile.

When I see a group of young teenagers riding their bikes around the neighborhood and take the time to stop at my driveway to say hi to my 5 and 7-year-old children playing outside, I know I am in the right place.  To know that my family is part of this community and that my kids will grow up and be influenced by such a positive environment, can’t beat it.

Everyone’s vision of a great community is probably a little different.  But if you are lucky enough to be part of a great one, you are fortunate.  While we are very fortunate to be part of this community, we still always need to strive to be good neighbors and teat one another with respect.  Treating each other with respect can come in many simple variations.

If you walk your dog around the neighborhood, clean up after it.

If you have a motorized boat, respect our 35 mph speed limit, don’t zigzag in the middle of the lake when people are swimming, and follow our designated counterclockwise direction.

If you pull tubers or skiers on your boat, make sure you have a spotter, your flag is raised, and drive in a manner that is safe for everyone around you.

If someone visits you at your house and accidently drives on your neighbor’s grass with their tire, don’t ignore it, go fix the incident.

If you don’t see eye to eye with your neighbor, don’t do stupid things to annoy each other.  Communicate appropriately about your differences and come to an agreement that makes sense.  A little communication can go a long way.  Life’s too short to be a bad neighbor.

If you see a candy wrapper laying on the ground while you’re walking around the neighborhood, just pick it up.  No one’s going to know you picked it up, but you know it’s the right thing to do. 

If you bring guests to the beach, please don’t abuse this privilege by bringing the same guests many times throughout the summer.  After a few times, ask your guest to join as an outside member, so they are contributing to our community and not just using it.

When using any of the community amenities, try to remember to wear your Lake Lackawanna badge and sign in at the beach.  This will prevent awkward conversations of the lifeguard or someone else asking if you are a member.

If you encounter a non-member using our amenities in some fashion, don’t address them in an abrasive manner.  If they are nice, talk to that person about our community and see if they would like to become a member.

If you don’t understand how something works within the community, don’t sit back and complain about how things should be done.  Take the time to get involved, ask questions at a board meeting, and invest some time to make a positive difference.

There’s a lot that goes into keeping a community like ours a great place to live.  Whether it’s the thousands of hours of volunteer time, being a paid member, donating materials, or lending a machine to get things done, it is all needed and appreciated.  But he most important part of our community is the people who live here.  The people in our neighborhood make us a great community, and we all need to appreciate this.

I look forward to seeing everyone around the community in 2021 and look forward to enjoying everything our community offers.  I hope you do the same.

If you need anything, as always, feel free to reach out to me.


Shawn Steffens

Your Community President

609-577-6857 cell

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