The first Star Lake Handbook was created and printed in 1995. John Sayles did most of the research and writing while Roy Djuvik created the map and lot data to identify who lived where. Peter Kress aided in the printing and the Handbook was distributed to Star Lake Protective Association members and others who expressed an interest. The cover letter that was distributed with the 1995 Handbook describes the original objectives of the Handbook: "to provide information about our lake; to promote understanding and tolerance for the varied uses and pleasures the lake provides each of us; and to encourage protection and wise use of the lake."
An increasing number of requests for a revised Handbook finally led to the second edition in 2004, reprinted in 2005. Roy, Peter and John spent countless hours originating and publishing the first Handbook and it is out of respect for their efforts that I have made my contributions. Much of the original text remains while other sections were edited and updated in the second edition. The map was improved and the lake owner directories were updated to reflect new owners. Color photos and charts were added and the fish stocking program was brought up-to-date. The fish spotters guide was completely revamped with color photos and descriptions of more fish found in Star Lake. Existing sections were expanded and a new section seeking harmony within the lake community was added. Desktop publishing software provided a professional look while condensing more information into a smaller package. In 2009, we ran out of copies of the Handbook and reprinting became necessary. Much of the information was outdated. A new cover was designed. Owner data and the fish stocking program were updated. Other minor edits and revisions were made to bring us to this 2009 edition.
I, too, have spent countless hours on this project over the past five or six years; but it was a labor of love devoted to the most wonderful lake in the world! I hope you enjoy the 2009 Star Lake Handbook in its revised but hopefully not final edition. Bo RitchingsOrdering Information:
You may order a printed copy of the 2009 Star Lake Handbook by sending a money order made payable to the "Star Lake Protective Association" to the address below.Handbooks cost $5.00 per copy for current members and $8.00 for non-members. Add the appropriate postage and handling from the chart below. Be sure to include your name and mailing address. Any questions, fill out a feedback form.
Send the money order to:
Star Lake Protective Association
P. O. Box 279
Star Lake, NY 13690
Updated Insert Available If you have an older copy of the 2nd edition Handbook, we printed extra copies of the middle sheet which contains the map on one side and the updated owner directories on the other. This updated page can be inserted into the middle of your older Handbook. These inserts are available to current members, one per member, free of charge. Others can purchase a copy of the insert for $2.00 per copy plus postage and handling. Currently, the first insert's postage, including the envelope will be $2.00. Each additional insert will add $.50 postage (example: 3 inserts would cost $3.00 to ship).
Copies of the Handbook and the insert can also be obtained locally at the same price, minus the postage and handling. Contact the SLPA secretary by filling out a feedback form, indicating when you will be here and what you would like to buy.Fair and Legal Use:
The SLPA is a non-profit organization and uses Handbook proceeds to help defray the costs of printing. Excess revenue from the sale of the Handbook, if any, is deposited in the treasury to help finance lake projects, activities and this web site.
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Specifically, you may read the Handbook and share this link with others. You may not sell this document and you may not print the file or reproduce the Handbook in any way for any reason.
Please play fair.
The 2005 Star Lake Handbook-2nd Edition The 2005 Star Lake Handbook is available in Adobe PDF format on-line. Click the picture or the link above and the Handbook should start to download. It may take a minute or two, depending on your connection speed. Just close the Acrobat window or press the "back" button in your browser to return here.
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