Silvas Love To Entertain On Their Deck

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Wild turkeys forage for food after the most recent snow storm in Christopher Creek.

Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Well the holiday season appears to be in full swing. The toy drive at the Creekside Restaurant has been a great success. Cindy says she has received a bunch of donations.

Know your neighbors

As part of my “better get to know your neighbor series” I am pleased to tell everyone about Lynne Silva. Lynne and her husband Chris are both originally from Boston. They’ve been visiting Christopher Creek since the mid ’90s and would stay at the Christopher Creek Lodge or Creekside.

In 2004, a longtime friend told them about a couple of cabins for sale, so they came up and ended up buying a cabin which they continue to enjoy. Lynne says they would’ve waited years if that’s what it took to get a place up here.

Both she and her husband are in real estate sales.

One of Lynne’s favorite hobbies is sending out cards and gifts through “send out cards,” which is another business she enjoys.

Her favorite thing about Christopher Creek is sharing dinner and wine on their deck with friends.

I am happy to say that I have been included as one of the many friends that has enjoyed dinner and having a good time out on their deck.

A memorable time for Lynne is just last year in July when we had that big flash flood and a telephone pole ended up in her back yard!

Fuel reduction

There is a grant agreement in the Forest Lakes area for residents to reduce and remove fuels and mitigate fire potential. This grant is available from Aug. 1, through Dec. 31, 2011. Reimbursement of 90 percent of invoice, not to exceed $800, is available. Previous grant recipients may apply for additional tree thinning, however, at a reduced reimbursement of up to 50 percent, not to exceed $400. For more information contact Grant Manager Al Mager for additional information at (928) 535-5689.

I remember last year that Christopher Creek had a similar grant program available. I am not sure if there is something still available, but I do know that I personally took advantage of it that year and was very happy for the help. Any assistance we can get to help keep Christopher Creek as safe as possible and help people in this tough economy I know is always appreciated.

If anybody knows if there is some sort of grant still available or if there is something we can do to get it back if it is gone, please e-mail me the information.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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