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“The Dewart Lake Protective Association was founded in 1965”

Dewart Lake Officers

President:  Randy Yoder  215-0698
Vice Pres.:  Chip Wallstead  306-7249
Secretary:  Sue Lenz  708-334-8371

Treasurer:  Rebecca Tusing  658-3434
Newsletter:  Janet Roth  260-438-4221
Website:  Alex Barrett  658-4895

Lane Directors

Lanes 1, 2 & 25:  Alex Barrett  658-4895
Lanes 3 & 4:  Chuck Ranney  658-4663
Lane 5:  Roger Saxon  658-5563
Lane 6:  Ed Gooding  678-013
 &  Nick Mueller  696-1025
Lane 7 & 8:  Harley Chalk  529-0889
Lane 9, 10 & 11:  Sue Lenz  708-334-8371
Lane 12:  Jerry Jacquay 658-4865
Lanes 13:  Andy Brown  658-9746
CR 1000*:  Dave Smith  658-4594
Camp Logan:  Jeff Kelsheimer  457-2841
Lane 15:  Dennis Pressler  457-8608
Lane 16:  Peggy Arnett  574-457-5444
Lane 17:  Evon Foyle  658-3969
DeFreese Rd**:  Ralph Blust  658-9408
Lanes 18 A&B:  Jeff Drummond  528-0632
Lanes 18 C&D:  Betty Busch  658-4874
Lanes 19 & 20:  Nancy Warrick  214-7047
Lane 21:  Chuck Ranney  658-4663
Lane 22:  Don McAfee  658-4790
Lane 23:  Ann Robbins  513-237-6644
Lane 24:  Chip Wallstead  658-4183
All (574) Area Code unless otherwise stated.
* Between Lanes 12 & 13 

** Between Lanes 17 & 18





There have been some reported thefts on our lake recently. In some areas gas lines have been cut and the gas cans stolen. It has also been reported that gas is being siphoned off, and some residents have lost equipment which was removed from their boats. So please be aware and watch your property and that of your neighbors.

Another issue that has been brought to my attention is that there are ski boats coming too close to piers. The Indiana Boating Laws state, “No person shall operate any motorboat so as to approach or pass within two hundred (200) feet of the shoreline of any lake or channel thereof at a rate of speed greater than ten (10) miles per hour....”

Skiing after sunset is also prohibited by Indiana Law. The law states, “No person shall operate any boat during the period between sunset and sunrise at a rate of speed greater than ten (10) miles per hour.”


Invasive Plant Spotted on the Island

Purple Loosestrife has been spotted on the island. This is an invasive plant that needs to be eradicated. If you have this plant on your property, there are specific ways to kill it, and if not done properly, it can spread very rapidly.

Did you know....

That at one time Dewart Lake was known as Lingle Lake? Named for Thomas and Matlene Lingle who were the first owners of the land back in 1837.


New Directories

New directories are available. If you haven't received one, contact your lane director. If you see any incorrect information, please inform your lane director so that it can be corrected.

We hope you enjoy the new format for this Newsletter.  Feel free to open it in a browser and print from there or drop us a line at with suggestions or comments about this trial format. 

This is your newsletter. If there is anything newsworthy that you would like to have put in regarding residents on your lane, please contact: Janet Roth @ 260-438-4221 or

September 2017
Letter from the President

The summer lake activities have begun to taper off, evening temperatures have started to fall, and the water temperature has dropped. Changing of seasons...changes our activities. With fall just around the corner, comes campfires and hayrides.

I don't know what your favorite past-time activity is, but I would guess for many of you, as for myself, most of them revolve around family. There are a lot of things I enjoy doing, but the ones that make lasting memories are the ones that involve my family.

My wife and I are blessed to have our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren all living close enough that we are able to get together often. I know for some of you that is not as easy to accomplish and it's limited to once or twice a year. No matter your situation, no matter the travel distance it requires, let me challenge you to cherish those times and make them a priority. I can't count how many times I remember hearing my parents say, “where has the time gone?” Now I find myself repeating those same words as I watch time speed past me faster and faster every year.

We can't stop the hands of the clock, but we can work to make the most of the time we are given. As fall forces us to change our activities, allow it to be the starting point of change for how we love and value people. Thanks for a great summer.
Randy Yoder, President DLPA


in Remembrance

Condolences to the families of Andy Brown, Lane 13, and Doug Brown, Lane 15, on the death of their father, Robert Brown in July.

Golf Outing

Winners of the 11th annual Dewart Lake Golf Outing were:
1st place with 14 under par were B. Sizemore, A. Morrical,S.
Shugart & T. Schroeder ;
nd place with 7 under par were

J. Kozon, S. Bondo, M. Coffell & A.Coffell;
3rd place with 6
under par were D. Martin, D. Coverstone, R. Coverstone, & T. Coverstone.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held at Quaker Haven Activities Center on June 11th. Guest speaker was Mary Gross from Wisconsin, whose family has been on the lake since 1928.m Mary, who is a biologist and naturalist, gave an interesting presentation on bee keeping and the role of bees in pollination.

Chicken Bar B Q

Held on June 17th, the annual chicken bar b q was again a success. Chuck Ranney and crew did a great job again this year.



The 4th of July Flotilla was held on July 2nd with 7 boats participating this year. First place winner was the Miller/ Hanna/Boles boat; 2nd place winner was Trent Austin's boat;
3rd place winner was the Tim & Nina Kline family boat.

Congratulations and thank you all for your participation!


1967-2017: 50 Years on the Lake

Paul and Sue Wilkinson, Lane 23, purchased their present home in 1967. They had been married for two years at the time and had 6-month-old twins. Paul had changed jobs from Wabash to Syracuse Rubber, hired as a chemist, and needed a house. A secretary there knew of a house on Dewart Lake that was for sale. This particular one had been built in 1955 and had been vacant for two years. Charlie and Linda Greene were here, and Linda still lives two houses away from the Wilkinson's.

By 1971 four homes, including Harper's Beach Bar, had burned down. Because the Milford Fire Dept. was far enough away, the people living in this immediate area got their own fire hose which could be dropped in the lake for the water needed to extinguish! The hose was kept at the home currently occupied by the Kirkham's.


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Dewart Lake Protective Association 
P.O. Box 152 
Syracuse, IN 46567

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