2020 Fun in the Sun Flotilla Winners
There were ten entries in this year's flotilla, held on July 5th. The winning boat was a Netflix/COVID 19 entry by Trent Austin family and friends.
Second place was a pirate entry by Judy Morgan, Nick and Jan Georgeon, Mark and Pam Mummert, Terry and Sally Day and Charlie Burr.
Third place went to Devin Van Lue and Brooke Boles with the Dewart Lake Drying Rack entry.
Other entries included a pontoon boat with two eyes and a mask on the bow and masks hanging around the boat; a family dressed in red, white and blue and an inflatable eagle on the front; a boat filled with women and a flag saying “Saturdays Are For The Girls;” and ice cream shop decorated entry; a pontoon with numerous inflatables titled “Summer Fun!;” The Chaos Galore entry with patriotic streamers and a pirate flag; and a family entry with youngsters waiving American Flags, dancing and a banner wishing Dewart Lake residents a happy Fourth of July. There was an unofficial entry of three young men in a john boat with one standing in the Capt. Morgan pose.
The judges looked for decorations, enthusiasm and excitement of the participants all around the lake. Everyone did a great job. A big thank you to all participants.
Dewart Lake Fireworks Display
A big Thank You goes out to the great bunch of guys of Crowl's Homestead for the wonderful display of fireworks again this year. There were lots of boats out on the lake as well as people on shore to watch the spectacular event. Thanks again to the Crowl crew.
David Maxwell, Lane 17, passed away March 1 of this year.
Phyllis Apple, Lane 18, passed away in July.
Why You Can Walk on Water: The Magic of Water skiing
by Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams
If you have ever gone water skiing on Dewart Lake, you know what it feels like to nearly walk on water. Water skiers glide along behind a boat, gripping the handle with white knuckles and resisting the wind. While they are moving, water skiers seem to skim across the surface of a lake with ease. But what is it about water that makes this possible?
Water skiing is tied to Newton's Third Law of Motion, a fundamental principle of physics: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For example, when a baseball player hits a ball, an equal and opposite reaction occurs. The bat swings forward and exerts force on the ball, sending it soaring across the baseball diamond. But the ball also exerts force on the bat. This is especially obvious when a bat splinters as the ball hits it!
Similarly, when a water skier leans back and places his ski tips out of the water, he is exerting pressure on the water. As the boat picks up speed and pulls the skier forward, the water strikes upward as the skis push down. That is an equal and opposite reaction. As long as the upward force of the water is equal to the pressure of the skis, the skier will stay afloat.
Now you know! Next time you are on Dewart, you will understand the science behind water skiing. Equal and opposite reactions allow water skiers to feel like they are walking on water.
Future skiers are relying on us to keep the lakes clean. Taking steps to help protect the waterways (like properly disposing of waste and regularly cleaning any equipment used in the lakes) will help ensure that water skiing can be enjoyed for years to come. Want to know more about what you can do? Visit:
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The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with local organizations to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe and beautiful. To date, the Lilly Center has conducted scientific research on over 30 streams and 40 lakes. The Lilly Center is driven to create a legacy of stewardship by equipping community members, visitors and future generations with understanding and to enjoy the county's natural beauty. For more information, visit lakes.grace.edu