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There are all kinds of blogs on the internet; this is mine. I’m Bart, and I live in the Grand Lake area of Oklahoma. It is just about the greatest place in the country. At least, that’s my opinion. I want other people to feel the same way, so I’ll be writing all about the great things that happen around here and about my daily life. A Grand Chronicle, if you will. Clever titles are just one of the things I plan to offer my readers. I hope you like this blog and thank you for reading.

There is a lot to say about this beautiful rural area and the lifestyle you can enjoy all around. You no doubt have seen the many episodes of the Pioneer Woman from nearby Pawhuska. I want you to know about my home as much as she has exposed hers. I thank her for opening the world to eastern Oklahoma and its warm and friendly people. We live simply and cleanly, depending a lot upon the land and its resources. As such, I am respectful of nature and the need to conserve energy.

I show this in many ways. I am judicious with gas, use local produce, sort my garbage and watch water wastage. How to do that? It is simple. Get yourself a tankless water heater for one thing—it is the greatest thing ever. When I started to become conscious of the environment and the need to go green, I researched ways to improve my life on line. I found that the first thing one can do is to invest in a new water heater and get rid of the old obsolete tank. No one needs to store hot water any more for an entire day before your evening shower. Stop wracking up big energy bills month after month.

I am proud that I save money on utilities but most of all that I am doing something good for the planet. I think about it every time I run the bath water at the perfect temperature. The digital system that comes with the new appliance can be set perfectly to your needs—not too hot or too cold. Ah! The marvels of modern technology. They certainly have revolutionized ranching and farming in Oklahoma and now every citizen can enjoy the fruits of the new industrial design. I am so into this new system that I expect you all to take heed and jump on the bandwagon.

You may not know all the benefits of a tankless water heating system, and they are many. First of all, it fits into the smallest places in the house or garage. It is easy to install and practically operates automatically once programmed. You won’t be seeing the plumber, bless his heart, and will notice a big change in your utility bills. Wherever you live, join the crowd that is embracing the tankless appliance and feel better about yourself.

Everything you need to know about grand lake fishing

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Grand Lake is one of Colorado’s largest lakes which follows its natural body. This is a lake which is known for being a beautiful place to fish. All you have to do is cast your line and wait to catch a trout or a salmon. But there are still certain things which is important to keep in mind when it comes to Grand Lake Fishing.

Get a fishing license

Most people are not aware that fishing in Grand lake requires a fishing license. All you have to do is get an online license for one day, five day or annual fishing license through by calling them. Also make sure that you are getting frequent stamp which can use a second rod, helpline and tip-up for a better experience.

Understand the Grand Lake and Colorado fishing regulations

Colorado water is open all year round, which requires you to follow certain regulations. Make sure that you are using the bag limit, which will allow one to catch different types of fish. There are rules for fish bait, rules for fishing methods, rules around transportation for fishing.

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Gather all the necessary equipment

If you do not have a boat or a rod, make sure that you get the right fishing boat on Grand Lake. You need to find the right boat and rentals which can allow you to travel on the lake. There are also places where you can get the right selection of fishing equipment, bait, tackle and others. If you are planning to spend the day on the lake, make sure that you have a cooler filled with drinks and snakes.

Enjoy a day on the lake

Now that you have your license and are brushed up on your regulations and have gathered all the equipment as it is time for you to start fishing. Grand Lake offers world-class fishing in its gold medal waters which can allow one to find some fishes like the salmon, rainbow, brook, German Brown and Cutthroat Trout. If you do not want to fish, you can comfortably relax on the boat. It is a close majestic Rocky Mountain National Park which gives you an opportunity to hike as well.

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Make the most out of the place

Grand Lake is one of the most beautiful places to spend you day. All it takes is a glimpse to fall in love with the place. It is important that when you are in the place, you make the most out of it. Try to catch everything from mountain views, breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of entertainment in Grand Lake and the surrounding area is just serene. This is a place where you will find beauty all year round.

Troubled Souls Say YES to Brighter Tomorrows

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Troubled Souls Say YES to Brighter Tomorrows

They believe the children are the future. Sometimes intervention can set a kid on the right path. There’s always a risk that the efforts will be fruitless yet there’s a larger risk if one stands by and does nothing. The Youth Encouragement System (YES) of Delaware County is doing something. And they’re also making a difference.

 

The system doesn’t always work. Nonviolent juveniles become wrapped up in the gears like an inadvertent necktie. The objective is to expedite the process and provide guidance. This heals the wound before it becomes a scar on the skin of society.

“There’s quick accountability that takes place here,” said Judge Barry Denney who assisted in getting the program off of the ground.

There are 47 counties and communities in the state that participate in the Graduated Sanctions concept of which YES was derived. Most are supported by grants and the hard work of volunteers. Once referred by the DA’s Office, the young offenders are reviewed by a committee made up of area leaders. The result can lead to a number of options including counseling, curfews and jail tours. The whole idea is that the youth never return to a courtroom again.

“The program has about a 10% recidivism rate. It’s like other things. Most of the success stories you don’t hear about, but the failures you do,” said David Durossette of the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Many of the values of the past are difficult to find. Those involved with YES believe it’s time they return. With the court system often being the only alternative, efforts are made to point the young people in the right direction. It’s a small portion of a larger whole.

“The real objective is to change their actions and the way they do things,” said Lavele Frantz as he spoke to the Rotary Club of Grove.

 

Parents are involved with each step as a Service Plan is developed. If the child meets the requirements of the plan, the law is no longer a part of the equation. While YES works from an annual budget of about $16,000, donations are always welcome. There’s also a place for any caring volunteers as well. After all, a community that remains involved, is a stronger community.

“I hope there are a number of you that are sitting out there saying ‘How can I help?’.” Said Frantz.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Free Boating Course

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Free Boating Course

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, established in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety, will present a free boating safety course in Grove beginning next week.

Auxiliarists, numbering almost 33,000 nationwide, assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth.

Grand Lake Flotilla 16-03 will present the public education course … “Boating Safely” at the Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College campus in Grove, Oklahoma. Class dates will be 2/18 – 20 – 25 – 27, from 1800 (6:00 pm) – 2100 (9:00 pm). Most insurance companies will offer at least a 10% discount on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete this course.The course will include the following: Introduction to Boating; Boating Laws; Personal Safety Equipment; Safe Boat Handling; Navigation; Boating Problems; Trailering, Storing, and protecting your boat; PWC operation; water-skiing, and recreational boating.

The course is free except for a nominal charge of $25.00 for manuals and materialsU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting Set in GroveThe United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 16-03, meeting will be held on 22 February 2003 at, Raggedy’s Restaurant – (Annie’s Galleria), 414 East 3rd Street (Across the street from the Grove Post Office), Grove, OK. Social Hour -1700 (5:00 PM) – Dinner -1800 (6:00 PM).The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an organization of un-paid volunteers who donate their time and possibly their facilities (boats, aircraft and radios) to assist and augment the U.S. Coast Guard in some of their non-military, non-law enforcement activities.

The principle Coast Guard missions in which Auxiliarists participate are “Recreational Boating Safety” and recruiting assistance, mainly through the “Academy Introduction Mission.” However, as more Auxiliarists are trained, the “Marine Safety and Environmental Protection” mission will become increasingly important.

The public is invited to attend the meetings and learn more about what the Coast Guard can provide the local area in education and civic involvement. For more information please call Dave Rieden at 918-787-5478.

The Chronicle History

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The Chronicle History

The Chronicle of Grand Lake was founded in early 1988 to provide both local area news and recreational-based activities which are the backbone of the Grand Lake economy. The original founders were Lynda & Rusty Fleming and Art & Oleta Corley. The first edition of The Chronicle rolled off the presses on Saint Paddy’s Day, March 17, 1988. In addition to these four principles, the original staff also included Helen Page, who was responsible for ad production, and Teresa Morrow Willcutt, who was the original sales representative for the entire publication.

 

The mission statement contained on the front page of that first issue was authored by Art Corley, and is still embraced today. The Chronicle was envisioned to be a “Grand Times” publication, which intentionally left the reporting of hard core news to the television and radio entities and the more traditional publications. If there’s a cause to be championed, we’re up to the task; but car wrecks, murders, and rapes have never been our publishing specialty.

The Corleys elected to retire after the initial year of publication. They relocated to Claremore, Oklahoma where they still reside today. The Fleming family became the sole stockholders of The Chronicle, a Sub-Chapter S corporation in the State of Oklahoma.

Since that meager beginning, The Chronicle has steadily grown with the recreational-based economy of Grand Lake. The operation now has 15 employees who bring you our publication 51 weeks of the year. Our staff, with photos and brief biographies are featured on this site.
In September of 1999, an additional office was established in Grove, Oklahoma for the convenience of readers and advertisers alike. This was a continuing step to facilitate our publication’s goal of serving all of Grand Lake.

The Chronicle distribution can be described as far and wide. In addition to covering the Grand Lake area from bank-to-bank, our publication can be found in Vinita, Tulsa, Claremore, Jenks, Owasso and Miami. Outside our state boundaries, the publication is distributed in Joplin, Missouri. and Baxter Springs and Pittsburgh, Kansas.

We’re proud to claim the title “lake paper….that just happens to be nearby some lake side communities….Not a community paper which just happens to be near a lake.” Grand Lake is our passion and promotion of that lake, along with its people and activities, is our game. As our publisher likes to say,

New Set of Charts for Grand Lake Are the First Ever Published in Detailed “Nautical” Style

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New Set of Charts for Grand Lake Are the First Ever Published in Detailed “Nautical” Style

A new set of navigational charts for Grand Lake published this month are the most detailed ever made, and show for the first time clear and newly-surveyed information on the location of the lake’s hidden hazards to boats and major recent changes.

The Grand Chartbook is the first set of real “charts” ever done for Grand, as opposed to folding “maps”. It was produced with the help of the Lake Patrol, who were anxious to get information out about Grand’s unmarked underwater dangers.

 

“The Lake Patrol knows of many hazards that wreck boats year after year, because they aren’t shown on any of the existing maps,” says Captain Tom Braunlich, one of the team that produced the new survey. “The Grand Chartbook shows them accurately for the first time, and because we made it in detailed nautical style boaters find it easier to use.”

“These charts provide an unsurpassed level of navigational information,” says Dave Neel, Flotilla Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Grand, which assisted in the project.

Surprising Changes in Grand Lake Are Shown in Detail

The first bottom survey of the lake in over 20 years shows major changes in Grand Lake’s north end. Folding maps of the lake, which reportedly are based on information from the early 1980s, show a deep channel in the shallow north end of the lake running from Twin Bridges to the Elk River.

However, in reality, the silting of the north end is so extensive that the old 15-foot deep channel is now blocked near Campbell Point, where the depth is too shallow even for the Lake Patrol’s boats to pass at normal lake levels. At higher lake levels there is danger from the many “snags” (underwater tree stumps) that accumulate here, as shown on the charts.

 

“There are even entire mile-long islands

 

up there with big trees on them which aren’t on any existing maps,” says Braunlich. “The chartbook shows all these changes in detail; a ‘must’ for any boater venturing north of Sailboat Bridge.”

Overhead Photography Used

The Grand Chartbook divides the lake into 12 sections with a detailed chart for each, published in thick spiral-bound format with water-resistant coating. Overhead pictures with each chart section show hazardous or key areas and help boaters understand the lake more clearly and navigate much more efficiently.

 

“I like it because you can hold the charts in one hand and drive the boat with the other,” says on Grand boater.

The Grand Chartbook is available at most marina “ship store”locations and selected retailers around the Grand Lake of the Cherokees.

Ungrounding Your Boat

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Ungrounding Your Boat

Ungrounding Your Boat

For many years I would contact the area boat dealers after the boat show to ask about how many boats they had sold. Every year, every dealer always gave me the same story. They had sold more boats than the previous year and boat sales were fantastic. After a while I quit asking because the answer was always the same.

I assume they sold lots of boats again this year judging by what they had told me in the past, if they were telling the truth. If I had asked after this year’s Big Boat Show they would probably have told me that it was another record year with unbelievable sales. I hope so. These guys need to keep their jobs so they can live around the lake.

 

If this is true, there will be a large number of stupid boaters on the lake this year as many of the new boat owners couldn’t spell boat before they bought one. Now that they have one they’ll be whizzing around the lake this summer like flies around a cow pie. We need to be careful when they’re on the lake.

The most common mistake made by these new boat owners, especially if they bought a cruiser, is to run aground in shallow water. They seem to believe that wherever there is water then it must be deep enough for their boat.

Most boats, except for the Zena redneck vessels, have a depth finder. If you look at it once in a while you can save yourself from getting stuck in shallow water. Also, watch the geography of the shore and you can judge the water depth.

Stay Calm

Do not try to blast your way through to deeper water unless you want to destroy your hull. Don’t hammer the throttle into reverse, either. Stop, put the engine in idle, open a cold beer and assess the situation. If you act like your not concerned and have the situation under control everyone else on board will not realize that you are an idiot. This may have to be an Oscar Award winning performance on your part.

Lighten Up

If possible, reduce the weight on board. Dump any and all water you’re carrying and run the bilge pumps. Do not empty your holding tank and foul the lake. Also, do not throw your beer overboard. You will probably need the beer later as payment if you need the assistance of the Zena-Woodard Hollow Rescue Team.