Urgent: Protect Lake Buel! You must scrub anything you put into Lake Buel before it enters the water. More info here.
The annual Labor Day weekend Lake Buel Fireworks display is set for this upcoming Saturday (Sept 3)! Get ready for what is always a beautiful display once the sun sets sufficiently and the sky darkens.
Frank Ashen, a Monterey resident and former member of the Lake Buel District Board, recently passed away. He was an active contributor and supporter of the District, and will be missed by many.
This site’s FAQ has proudly stated that the length of the Lake at its longest stretch is “almost two miles.” It is with regret that we have updated that with a less impressionistic number. The Lake at its longest is in face 1.24 miles. Our source? The mighty Google Maps.
Google Maps has a feature that lets you stretch a line from any two points, and it tells you the length of the line. A line from 45 NE Cove Road to the very other end of the Lake is something like the longest straight line that doesn’t touch land. Google’s report of 1.25 miles is consistent with the Garmin watch worn by our swims-the-Lake-the-long-way nephew.
Those who are distressed that the length of their morning row or swim has now been seriously downgraded may want to switch to metric: Lake Buel is slightly more than 2km long.
As in years past, Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend brings the annual Lake Buel Fireworks show! Set to begin once it is sufficiently dark, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular fireworks launched from the lake shore. Heavy rain however would force postponement and the rain date is the next day, Sunday.
You’ve been getting to this site by going to LakeBuel.org. Now you can also get here by going to LakeBuel.com. Same site, just one more way to get here.
The LakeBuel.com site became available, so we scooped it up and set it up so that going there automatically takes you to our .org address.
Note that it doesn’t matter how you capitalize these or whether you prepend the www. E.g., http://www.laKEbuEL.com should work just fine for those who want to keep an even “KEEL,” wwW.lAKEbuel.com will work for those who want to leave something in their “WAKE,” and LAkeBuEL.org should work for those who like to “LABEL” everything.
Just a reminder the annual meeting will be held May 23rd at 10:00 AM in the UCC Meeting House in Monterey on Main Road (across from the Monterey General Store). Participation by district proprietors is requested as no business may be conducted without a quorum. You may provide a proxy if you can not attend in person as outlined in the meeting materials mail to you.
Please bring your meeting packet with you to the meeting.
With quiet fanfare, Sprint announced last month that their customers using newer cell phones (iPhone 5c and up, and certain Android phones) would be able to use their phones for WiFi calling. What this means is that if you are a Sprint customer in a Wi-Fi zone, you can initiate and receive calls EVEN IF THERE IS NO SPRINT SIGNAL!!! Designed primarily to address dead zones in buildings and basements, for us Lake Buel residents it suddenly means additional cell service along Lake Buel provided you have WiFi in your home.
I tested it out yesterday and it worked well. For the telecom geeks out there, my home internet is via an AT&T mobile MiFi unit tapping into the new Monterey cell tower along route 23. AT&T runs on the GSM mobile technology; Sprint and Verizon run on the competing CDMA technology. So the call I made on an ‘incompatible’ CDMA Sprint iPhone 6 went out through an AT&T GSM tower! Pretty cool (for some people at least!)
Verizon doesn’t not currently allow WiFi calling, and has indicated no immediate plans to offer it. If you’re a Sprint customer though, full details on how to enable it are available on the Sprint site. Also of note is WiFi calls do not count against any minute caps on the Sprint plans.