The Lakengren Lodge was rocking on February 7 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 always a hit and 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. Big Dawgz was open and provided great food throughout the night, including Andrew’s egg and cheese sandwiches he was giving away toward the end of 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, Erica Howard with Prime Lending, and PC Title. For more information on this event and future events please join the Lake Lakengren Community Group on Facebook.
Lakengren real estate expert, Andrew Gaydosh, attended the Cincinnati Boat Show again this year to promote Lake Lakengren and our community.
“Lakengren is still getting national attention from HGTV’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt. We have more and more people interested in the community and lake lifestyle Lakengren has to offer. More than 30,000 people attend the boat show every year making it the best place to promote our awesome community. With ever increasing interest in Lakengren, property values continue to rise.” said Andrew.
Andrew said the turnout this year was fantastic and he was able to connect with lots of people who were familiar with Lakengren and introduce Lakengren to thousands more. Andrew also invited everyone in the community to a Happy Hour Meet & Greet on Saturday, January 18 at Americano Burger Bar around the corner from the Duke Convention Center where the boat 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 2021. For more information on this event and future events please join the Lake Lakengren Community Group on Facebook.
1st Annual Light Up Lakengren Christmas Lights Competition!
This December Lakengren residents went all out in decorating their homes for Christmas for the 1st Annual Light Up Lakengren Competition.
Andrew Gaydosh & Associates in partnership with the Lakengren Christmas Lights Committee sponsored a neighborhood Christmas lights competition. There was amazing participation with 26 houses nominated by the owners or neighbors!
Winners were announced at a party at the Lodge on Tuesday, December 17. A Big Dawgz pizza buffet was provided courtesy of Andrew Gaydosh & Associates. People came dressed in their best ugly sweaters and holiday cocktails were brought to share. It was great seeing everyone come out to celebrate!
Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!
1st Place – Rachel Sawesky at 174 Fiord Dr
2nd Place – Cher Weaver at 780 Lakengren Dr
3rd Place – Darrell Shryer at 52 Lakengren Dr
Andrew Gaydosh said, “We look forward to making this an annual event and can’t wait to Light Up Lakengren again next year!”
Saturday, June 22 – Lakengren’s A&E Committee hosted the Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Hammer Lake. With fishing poles in hand, kids, parents, and grandparents all came out despite the rainy weather conditions to catch fish.
Kids, all 14 years old and younger, were divided into 3 age groups in which to compete. First, second, and third place winners were awarded for each age group. The A&E Committee provided bait for the day and prize fishing poles for the winners!
The community had a fantastic time with everyone saying it was a great event and that they can’t wait until next year!
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.
Post by Ginger Adams
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!!
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.
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.