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Lakengren’s Annual Bluesfest

The Lakengren Lodge was rocking on February 22 with The Growlers and The Josh Garrett Band playing to a full house!  It was Lakengren’s Annual Winter Bluesfest brought to you by Andrew Gaydosh & Associates. “We are so lucky to be able to get such incredible musicians playing here at Lakengren.” said Andrew Gaydosh. The local favorite The Growlers are really taking off in popularity and getting booked all over, including a recent gig in Florida. The Josh Garrett Band fortunately always finds room to squeeze us in between their other gigs.

The Lakengren A&E Committee was there raffling off gift baskets and selling split the pot tickets. All proceeds from the night went to a new fund dedicated to fixing up the Lodge. Big Dawgz was open and providing great food throughout the night. Andrew said he was glad to see everyone shaking off those winter blues,  “We have such an incredible community and it was so great to see everyone out enjoying the party.” A big thank you to all the sponsors who make this event possible every year! Andrew Gaydosh & Associates, Lakengren A&E Committee, Rob & Lisa Wagner, and Performance Title. For more information on this event and future events please join the Lake Lakengren Community Group on Facebook.

Lakengren Promoted at the Cincinnati Boat Show

Lakengren real estate expert, Andrew Gaydosh once again attended the 2019 Cincinnati Boat Show Jan 18-27. Andrew set up a booth to promote Lake Lakengren and our community.

“With the national attention Lakengren received from HGTV’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt, more and more people are interested in the community and lake lifestyle Lakengren has to offer. And there is no better place to promote our awesome community than at the boat show with more than 30,000 people in attendance. The more people we can attract to Lakengren the more property values will increase.” said Andrew.

And promote it he did. Andrew said the turnout was fantastic and he was able to connect with lots of people who were familiar with Lakengren and answer their questions and introduce Lakengren to thousands more. Many of you may recall receiving a postcard in the mail inviting you to an After Hours VIP Party. Andrew invited everyone in the community to an event on Saturday, January 26 at Red Roost Tavern in the Hyatt right across the street from the Duke Convention Center where the show was held.  “It was great to see so many Lakengren friends stop by the show and say hello and it was even better hanging out with them for a drink after the event.” Andrew is already planning a bigger and better show for 2020. For more information on this event and future events please join the Lake Lakengren Community Group on Facebook.

Veterans Dinner at Lakengren

The Ohio Stars Quilters hosted the annual Veterans Dinner last night. There were 76 Veterans, spouses, and guests in attendance. The Quilt of Valor recipients were Keith Young and Donald Jones. Our guest speaker was Todd Appledorn. Cub Scout Pack 78 were so special posting the colors and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. A special thank you to Colin Spaeth for singing the National Anthem. I would like to give a great big THANK YOU to Big Dawgz for their generosity in covering the cost of the meal..for everyone!!! We appreciate your help and coming in on your day off to do this. We are grateful to have you as part of our community.

 

See more pictures here!

 

Post by Ginger Adams

 

Trunk or Treat at The Farmer’s Market

On October 28, people gathered at the Farmer’s Market for a Trunk or Treat event! It was a fantastic time with amazing trunk designs and fabulous costumes! Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

 

Have you been BOO-ed!?

Halloween cheer is spreading through the neighborhood! If you get a Boo Basket, enjoy your treat! Then please refill the basket and pass along to a neighbor who hasn’t been Boo-ed yet. You can fill it up with anything – candy, toys, an adult beverage or two, anything you think your neighbors will enjoy! The possibilities are endless! Feel free to reuse the basket, and make sure you include the instructions that came with your basket so your neighbors will know how to pass it along too! So have some fun and surprise a neighbor with a Halloween treat!

We want to share in the fun! Please post your Boo Basket pictures on the Lake Lakengren Community Group Facebook page!

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Andrew Gaydosh Gets Answers To Some Hot Topics

Part 3 of Andrew Gaydosh’s interview with Lakengren Board President Jimmy Gambrell is now available! Here are the hot topics that Andrew gets asked about all the time. If you missed parts 1 & 2, check them out to get to know Jimmy better and hear about the current focus areas for the board.

Watch Part 3 now!

Andrew put Jimmy in the hot seat to get some updates and answers to questions. First topic of the day was the pool. Currently the pool is well underway. While it is early in the project, it is tracking under budget for now and on time. Recently there was a meeting to discuss what could be done for the bathhouse renovation. Construction is moving along well and we are on track for the new pool to be open for Memorial Day 2019.

Next on the agenda was Slow Down September. One of the biggest complaints this year has been about speeding. We have a sheriff’s deputy that patrols Lakengren 40 hours a week. However, there are over 26 miles of road and that is a lot to cover. So during the month of September we decided to add some signs and help people focus on driving the speed limit.

Speaking of patrols in Lakengren, let’s talk security. There have been a lot of changes to the security team this year. The board has encouraged the security team to not only enforce the rules but educate the residents on the rules. Many people don’t realize they are breaking a rule so by educating them they can correct the action. Tip for everyone – if security stops you to educate you on a rule, a simple “thanks I won’t do that again” will go a long way to not getting a citation.

Finally, there has been a lot of talk about the reserve study that was done earlier this year. The board is using that as a tool for planning for the future. It enables the board to plan and budget for maintenance and improvements need to keep the community nice. We know we are underfunded and the board it looking for ways to increase revenue. What is great about the reserve study is it provides a business plan for the board. As board members change over we can pass along the reserve study and the new board can pick up and continue where the last board left off.

Read full transcript here.

New Pool at Lakengren Making Progress

Lakengren is building a brand new pool and updating the clubhouse. On track to open for 2019’s Memorial Day weekend, currently the pool is a construction zone. So far it has been dug out with a deep end and zero entry, and the supporting structure is now being installed. There have been several delays due to rain but that is to be expected and is well planned for in the overall schedule.

According to Board Member Randy Blaich, who also provided all the pictures, the concrete footers should hopefully be poured next week. Check back often for more pictures and progress updates!

Lake Lakengren gets national attention on HGTV

HGTV’s hit show Lakefront Bargain Hunt recently featured Lake Lakengren in one of the episodes. The show took us on the journey with Grant and Krista Hemple as they searched for a waterfront vacation home with the help of Andrew Gaydosh, Lakengren resident and realtor.

The 30 minute episode was filmed last September over the course of four days. During the episode, Andrew showed Grant and Krista three homes, including the one they ended up purchasing and now enjoy with their families.

You can watch the episode here using password:  thelake

Meet Lakengren Board President Jimmy Gambrell

Andrew Gaydosh recently sat down with Lakengren Board President Jimmy Gambrell. In this three part series, you’ll get to know Jimmy better, hear about the top items facing the board today, and finally get answers to some of the questions Andrew gets asked most often.

Check out Part 1 and get to know Jimmy!

Meet Jimmy Gambrell. Jimmy lives in Lakengren with his wife, Mindy, and two kids, Paisley, 4, and Tucker, 2. He is also our current LPOA Board President. Jimmy decided to run for the Board of Trustees after attending some board meetings and feeling as though the younger generation wasn’t well represented on the board. He has now been on the board for 6 years which is the max number of years for someone to be on the board without taking a break. So at the end of this year, he will have to come off the board for at least a year.

Jimmy grew up in the area and attended Preble Shawnee schools. He knows the area well and will tell you that the best thing about Lakengren is the amazing people that live here. He says that he has been fortunate to get to know so many new people through his position on the board.

Outside of his role on the board, the one thing he would most like to see change in Lakengren is an increase in volunteers. He referenced how in 2018 we have been able to achieve so much through volunteer help: the dragons were saved, and currently, a group of volunteers are fixing up the playground equipment throughout Lakengren. Jimmy said “all it takes is one person who is willing to step up and lead the charge.”

Read full transcript here.