“This is my Granddaddy’s bench,” proclaimed Arthur Falk, Jr., when on Monday, August 19th, thirty friends raised their glasses to honor board member and environmentalist Arthur Falk.
It was a steamy summer afternoon, and with the beach as the setting, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Art Falk was responsible for reclaiming the swimming area, a place he worshipped for close to 46 years. The beach had been neglected, and he decided to do something about it. He was often seen in waders mucking out invasive species. He wanted people and families to enjoy the lake again.
Yummy oatmeal cookies, brownies, peanuts, and pretzels, as well as iced tea and lemonade, were provided by board president Caren Braymer. Braymer also offered the dedication, along with Art’s daughter Amelia.
Arthur is sorely missed in our community, but his legacy is procured in his bench by the beach.
On a personal note, I would like to thank Lisa from Gardner Management for taking me down to the beach in the golf cart, and to Caren Braymer for arranging that option.
Photos courtesy of Caren Braymer, Rochelle Habeck, and Lisa O’Brien.