The lake got an early covering of ice this month and as we welcome the possibility of having a great winter season using our lake, we must be reminded of the hazards that go along with a frozen lake.
First, there has been a proliferation of “bubblers” around docks. These bubblers cause unsafe ice a distance from the docks which they are there to protect – many instances the unsafe ice is unseen.
Please use common sense when venturing out onto the ice. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return and carry basic ice safety equipment such as ice picks and a life jacket.
Keep this in mind – if you fall through the ice and need to be rescued, you not only put your life in danger, you put the lives of others in danger as well – either people around you or likely first responders. Make wise decisions regarding going out onto the ice.
On behalf of the Village Board and staff in the Village of Greenwood Lake, my family and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the Dec. 19 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.