February 2016 Newsletter

Candlewood Isle Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Candlewood Isle Tax District

February 5, 2016


In This Issue:



·        Dinner and a Movie Night Resumes in March

·        Book Club Reading “The Light Between Oceans”

·        Late Lake Drawdown Explained

·        Remembering Marie Hock






Adult Recreation





ook Club:   The book for February is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. From Amazon:  “The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is ‘irresistible, seductive, with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page’ (O, The Oprah Magazine).  After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.” Book Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the room next to the CI Post office. We will all host, so please BYOB and something to share (hors d'oeuvre or dessert).  RSVP to suhieaimee@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All are welcome!


Dinner and a Movie Night will resume March 19.

Vinyasa Yoga:  Lengthen and strengthen with Vinyasa yoga. Normal schedule is Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays (by RSVP) at 7 p.m. Bring a mat and water. Feel great! Spectacular view! More info: Susan Brand at 203-300-6747 $15.00.

Photography contest:  The deadline has been extended until May of 2016.  Additional information will be in a spring newsletter.



Updates from the Board

  • The next board meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Trading Post.  Board meetings are the third Sunday at 10 a.m. If you would like to submit items for the regular monthly meeting agenda, please do so at least one week prior to the meeting.  Submissions may be made by email to: clerk@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News from the Candlewood Eye



Remembering Marie Hock


Marie A. Hock, 80, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Jan 21. She and her husband, Bela, and two daughters, Veronica and Kathleen, came to the Isle in 1977.  Kathleen said her mom enjoyed coming home from work at Banta Direct Marketing in Danbury and relaxing here. “She appreciated her neighbors’ care and kindness to her,” Kathleen said, “We thank Valerie Lupo and for giving Marie such comfort during her final days, and we send special thanks to the Isle security guards especially Ray Williams and his son Kevin; to Liam and John Glynn and Michael and Sandra Ferreira.”  Kathleen said her mom also loved walking on the Isle up Fox Run and looking at the beautiful view from the top.”  Joan Alper described Marie as “a lovely lady” and a true cat lover.  Kathleen added, “My mom would feed every stray cat on the Isle.  If a person was in the cat food aisle at the grocery store, mom would strike up a conversation with them.” 



Joan remembered she first met Marie when she saw Marie’s daughter looking at a book about cats at a New Milford tag sale. Joan asked the woman if she knew anyone who wanted a cat, and Marie called her later that day. 


Marie was born in Yonkers, NY.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kathleen and Thomas. She loved celebrating her Irish heritage, dancing, singing, crossword puzzles and reading. Contributions in Marie's memory may be made to The United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 1825 K St., NW, Washington, DC 2006, or to your local animal shelter.




Late Drawdown of Lake Explained


FirstLight Power Resources, the owner and operator of the Rocky River Hydroelectric Power Station in New Milford, issued the following statement regarding the biennial shallow drawdown of Candlewood Lake:


"The shallow drawdown of Candlewood Lake was recently delayed by a mechanical malfunction of one the pumps used to refill the lake at the Rocky River Power Station.  FirstLight delayed the drawdown to ensure that the repairs made to the pump were successful. The second pump used for refilling the lake has been out for major rework.  Had the lake been drawn down without the availability of at least one pump the possibility existed that we would be unable to refill Candlewood Lake in time for the recreational season. FirstLight successfully completed the necessary repairs on Saturday January 16 and immediately began drawing the lake level downward.  The approximate timetable for Candlewood Lake to reach the shallow drawdown level of 424' is within the next three weeks or so, depending upon the weather and additional energy market dispatch factors as determined by ISO New England."


Keep CITD office updated:  It is important to keep the Candlewood Isle Tax District Office up to date on your current contact information.  If you have had a change/addition of your email address or any other contact information, please make sure to update Karen Hanley via:  office@candlewoodisle.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 746-0220.

Newsletters now monthly.  Next issue: Friday March 4. Submission deadline:  Tuesday, March 1.  Call Aimée Suhie at 746-5155, or e-mail suhieaimee@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit items for the newsletter or to be included on the e-mail lists. You can also see the newsletter at our fantastic Website www.candlewoodisle.com.