Year In Review 2019

Twenty nineteen brought in the usual snowy winter and rainy weather that wreaked havoc on our roads. The usual repairs were made. Dust suppressant was applied at all the entrances and the low spot at the Jacob Weber entrance was rectified. Ditches along that entrance were cleared as well. Dump_Truck-Excavator

After observing a number of solid black Woolly Bear Caterpillars, I checked to see what exactly that meant and according to the Almanac we’re in for a severe winter. emoji

garbage bagMany thanks to the people who helped out with clean up day.  Just because Sagamore is old doesn’t mean she has to look shabby.

Amended Rules and Regulations were mailed out in May to residents this year. They are also posted here on this site under “Rules and Regulations”. If you did not receive a copy, please contact

The gate project is underway. A new shed to house the electrics has been erected. Hopefully soon, it’ll be up and functioning. Further details will be posted when available.

faucet Sagamore resident Virginia Pfeiffer has been diligent at obtaining information on the announced Twin Lakes Utilities rate increase (again!). If you haven’t received updates or need more info, you can contact her at It seems that the PUC has put a hold on the increase until next year so they can further investigate the issue.

Virginia also wants all to know that if you are not on the email chain to please contact her at the email address above to be added.

boy fishing on lakeMany thank yous go out to the Davis family for hosting the Fishing Contest. This was followed by the Ice Cream social where the kids and anyone around were welcome to enjoy a cone or dish of ice cream and all the toppings! ice cream cone

picnic bench  Beach and Recreation purchased wooden picnic benches for both beaches this year. Old ones that were deteriorating were removed and recycled.

A big Thank You to Virginia Pfeiffer for planting the marigolds in the canoe garden at the Showboat Beach this year. Their blooms are fantastic!

showboat beach marigolds

Field Day this year was led by Meg DiMarzio (Erica has past the baton to her daughter to carry out this fun SEPOA tradition). Congratulations and great job to all!kidsWe want to thank the DiMarzio’s for keeping this activity a Sagamore tradition!

bbqThe Chief Griller and Cook this year at the Sagamore Day picnic was Jim Dekeles. It was a beautiful day for a BBQ and a nice relaxing time was enjoyed by those who attended. Thank you Jim for your grilling expertise!

Just a reminder: No dogs are allowed on the beaches in Sagamore Estates between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. according to and Regulations of the organization. Before 10 AM and after 6 PM we would love to see your dog at the beach as long as his/her messes are cleaned up. Also, their messes must be cleaned up off the roadways and the
driveways of your neighbors.

Also, feel free to use the dog park at the end of Teepee Rd. It’s a nice safe place to let your dog run. All we ask is that you clean up after Fido.

dog with ball

invasive species sign New signs, like this, have been posted at both beaches alerting and reminding boaters who take their boats (kayaks, rowboats, canoes, sailboats..etc) to other water sources to please be sure to wash their boats with a bleach solution before reintroducing them to the lake as to not contaminate Twin Lakes with invasive species that can be harmful to the lake.  Any invasive algae or plant life can be detrimental to the life of the lake, choking out any natural plants or wildlife. If you know anyone who does take their boat to another pond or lake or even the Delaware, please just kindly remind them to just give their boat a wash with some bleach solution to kill off any remnants from their trip. The lake will thank you.cropped-20180905_095929.jpg

Please note: Beaches will be locked on October 15th. Please be sure to have your boats removed if you wish to winter them at your house.

Porta Johns will be gone sometime the week of September 28th.

If you have access to Facebook but you are not following the Sagamore Estates page, it’s your best way to get updates and info on going ons around the community. “Like” and “Follow” to get notifications. And as stated above, add yourself to the email chain if you aren’t already on it.


Beach and Recreation questions, to obtain car badges (residents and lot owners only), boat stickers or general questions can be sent to

Billing questions or if you have a concern, a question, a view or comment you can contact

Be safe and hope the rest of 2019 is favorable for you.






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The New Dog Park

By Irene DeVitodog running

Many of you do not know about the small, but spiffy Dog Park SEPOA has set up for the local dog pupulation.  It is at the end of Teepee next to the tennis court. There are two rules:

  • Close the gate behind
  • Clean up after your dog

dog with ball

And the always unwritten rule to unto others as you would have them do to you.

At the meeting Saturday, Mr. Hogan asked if we could get rid of the prickly bushes inside the park. It sounds like a good idea so we will ask our landscapers to take care of that for us. We are also planning a bench for inside the park – it is being built now so it should be there shortly.  We hope that if you have a dog, we hope you will try this opportunity to let your dog run leash

I would like to use this forum to remind you that the laws of Pennsylvania apply to the dogs in Sagamore:  They must be licensed and and under your control at all times. They are not permitted to run free.

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Sagamore Times June 2018


In spite of the never ending rain this spring, the road projects are moving forward. Potholes and ditches have been largely addressed. The main project on TLD is coming soon. Any specific questions, contact Happy driving!


Please remember that ATV usage is limited to what is permitted under Pennsylvania law. We notice that some regular users are damaging the Showboat Beach parking lot. If the privilege is abused, the Board will consider changing or revoking all ATV use. This is not an ATV park, and use is limited to roads in Sagamore, not undeveloped lots.

We are all neighbors, please be considerate of yours.

 Beach and Recreationsummer sun

Despite the rain, some residents did come out for Clean Up Day. We want to thank Kevin Dowd for kindly taking all the debis and garbage to Shohola Township for disposal.

Here is a list of the coming events for spring/summer:

June 23:   11:00    Softball Game and Ice Cream Social to Celebrate the End of School

July 7:       9:00     Fishing Contest

August 4:              Sagamore Day Barbecue and Field Day

September 3:      Labor Day Barbecue

If anyone, men or women, would like to get a friendly game of softball going, let us know! Contact or Irene D at 570 296 8466 if interested.  Also, to celebrate the end of school for the kids, an ice cream social will correlate around the softball game at the ball field. Make your own sundae or cone and top it with whipped cream and a cherry (or two)!

Meg and Chris Evans will be hosting our Fishing Contest this year. More details to come.

We still need a volunteer for the Field Day. Please call Irene at 570 296 8466 if interested. The kids in the community really enjoy this activity! Erica DiMarzio has undertaken this for years and is now passing it on. She is happy to give any advice if needed.

The new Dog Park is up and running over by the tennis courts. There’s a new gate and this is a great place to let your dog or new puppy just run without letting them loose within the community. We just ask that you pick up after your fur baby!


Please note that effective this year, the financials will no longer be posted on Facebook or in the Newsletter (for privacy reasons). If anyone is interested in seeing the financials, you can contact or





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General Meeting 2018

First General Meeting for 2018 is being held on April 14th, 10am at the Milford Borough Hall, 111 W.. Catherine Street.

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Sagamore Times – July 2017

The Roads -Road Committee road

Much of the road work is complete that was discussed on our Facebook page and in our last newsletter.  We still are doing some ditching work in the low lying areas of the community, and Ottowa Trail, Pueblo, Hillview and Weber Road will soon have dust suppressant/binder put down.  We are pleased with the progress of the work so far.  If you note a significant road issue, please let one of the Board members know.


Board Happenings-SEPOA Board board

Since the last newsletter, two events have happened on the Board. First, Frank DeVito has retired from the Board after two years of service.  To replace Frank through 2018, the Board has appointed … drum roll, please …. His wife, Irene DeVito, whom most of you know to have served for nearly two decades on the Board, as its President and Treasurer.  We thank Frank for helping the Board through a rough time and in guiding us to less choppy waters.  We welcome Irene back with open arms, and note that she has already grabbed the bull by the horns and taken control of (or, more correctly, had the responsibility thrown at her for) the Beach and Recreation Committee.

Also, Joe Vencill recently resigned from the Board due to personal commitments.  We thank Joe for his time on the Board, as well, and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.

Finally, only one person – our current President, Tony Ciuffreda – was nominated for the elections in September.  Given that there is one candidate for three positions, the Board has decided to forego the formality of an election.  We may present a ballot question of some kind in one form or another.


TLPOA Presentation by Irene Blanchard


At the most recent SEPOA General Meeting held at the Pike County Public Library, TLPOA Board Members Barbara Whitney, President of TLPOA, and Kirk Mackey, TLPOA Board Member, were on hand to present a very informative discussion on the concerns about ticks and how to keep our beloved Twin Lakes clean and thriving for future generations.

Ticks are bad this year (I’ve been bit three times in a two month period and my husband was bit twice with 24 hours, as well as just spotting them crawling on shirts and other outdoor implements and opposed to last year which was zero) and Mrs. Whitney, who is a member of the Pike County Tick Borne Disease Task Force, explained that ticks carry more than just Lyme disease. There are many other pathogens that ticks carry and may different types of ticks.  Symptoms aren’t always immediate and precautions are recommended. Since we do live a heavily wooded area, it is hard to avoid particular tick-enriched areas. Avoid tall grass, brush and leaves (between the beaches path-be extra careful!). Repellents such as DEET (20% concentration is recommended-anything higher can be dangerous) or Deep Woods OFF help. If you’ve been in a tick prone area, check yourself and take a shower as soon as you can. If you’ve been bitten by a tick, you can either carefully remove it yourself with tweezers, save it, and have it tested as well as yourself for Lyme or other disease it may carry. Or go to any Emergency Care clinic and have it removed. Since ticks usually have to be attached for 24 hours before they can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, early removal will help reduce that risk. Using petroleum jelly, nail polish or a hot match is not recommended. Grasp the ticks as close to the skin as possible and gently pull the tick away.  Not pleasant but once it’s out it’s a relief! Mrs. Whitney was kind enough to let us have some signs that we can post in regards to preventing ticks and Lyme Disease. They have been posted at both Showboat and North Beach entrances. She also had some pamphlets and information for the taking on these issues. There is a support group that meets at the library every second Saturday from 10:30am-12:00. The task force meets at the Pike County administration building every 4th Thursday at 10am and is open to the public.

Keeping Twin Lakes Clean


We were all treated to a beautiful Power Point slide show of the big and little lakes in all their glory and beauty. Mr. Mackey and Mrs. Whitney, who are members of the Twin and Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy, explained to us the procedure of how they test the waters for bacterial and foreign matters that could adversely effect the lakes. The most major concerns are septic systems and fertilizers. Keeping your septic system pumped regularly (every 2-3 years for year rounders, 4-5 for part timers) and checking the tank to make sure it is not rotting or leaking will help keep contaminants from leeching into the lake. Using fertilizers that are biodegradable and ecofriendly will help keep phosphate levels down. Also, if you take any boat- rowboat, kayak, sailboat, etc…-and use it in another body of water (Delaware for example) please wash it off before putting it back into our lakes. Foreign matters from other waters can stick to your boat, deposit themselves in the water and grow and over time could end up hurting the lake or even killing it.

Mrs. Whitney and Mr. Mackey both suggested to those who rent to post or inform tenants of the importance of keeping the lake clear and clean. Mrs. Whitney has a flyer that your could leave at the home for renting tenants to refer to when renting their home.

It was also stated that if anyone would like volunteer with the Twin and Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy or you would like more information on any of these matters, you can contact Barbara Whitney at or Kirk Mackey at We thank them for taking time to inform us about precautions that can be taken to keep ourselves and the lake safe.



Even though the 4th of July is behind us, it is summer and fireworks are still quite prevalent.  As a reminder, per SEPOA Rules and Regulations, fireworks are not permitted at Sagamore:

“Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on common areas -including the lake, beaches, ballfield, basketball and tennis courts -in Sagamore Estates. Fireworks are permitted on one’s own private property only to the extent that such fireworks are legal within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Amendment: August 1, 2013).”

Effects of Fireworks on Twin Lakes

Our friends at TLPOA circulated some facts from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to make aware the impact fireworks may have on our lakes. Even though the fact sheet was a concern for New Hampshire’s lakes, it really does effect all lakes and any bodies of water. Just take a moment to read what the fallout from fireworks could do to Twin Lakes if not yourself.

Concerns of Health and Environmental Effects

There are growing concerns about the use of fireworks around New Hampshire’s lakes. As fun and enjoyable as fireworks can be, they may be causing more damage then you know. Aside from the obvious danger of operating controlled explosives, what you may not realize is the effects fire works have environmentally, economically and health wise.

Firework Ingredients and their Dangers

Fireworks are composed of many different elements, each contributing to the noise, color or propellant. While these ingredients combine to form a beautiful spectacle, many of them are very dangerous. Here’s a list of a few common firework ingredients, their use, and what makes them so dangerous.

Lead Nitrate/Dioxide/Chloride -oxidizer- Bioaccumulation; developmental danger for children and the unborn; may remain airborne for days; poisonous to plants and animals

Barium– glittering greens- Extremely poisonous, radioactive

Lithium– blazing reds- Slightly toxic

Rubidium– purple colors- Slightly radioactive; can replace calcium in body

Strontium– blazing reds- Can replace calcium in body; can be radioactive

Copper compounds– blues- Dioxin pollution

Aluminum– brilliant whites- Contact dermatitis

Ammonium Percolate– propellant- Can contaminate ground and surface waters; can disrupt thyroid functions

Cadmium– firework colors -Extremely toxic, carcinogenic; can bioaccumulate

Potassium Nitrate– in black powder- Toxic dusts, carcinogenic sulfur-coal compounds

Sulfur Dioxide– gaseous byproduct of sulfur combustion -Acid rain from sulfuric acid affects water sources, vegetation and causes property damage

The Effects Fireworks have on You and Nature

The fallout of these different chemicals can affect you both directly and indirectly. Once a firework explodes in the sky, it does many things. The gases from the rocket and the explosion are released into the atmosphere, where they are inhaled by humans and animals, and hurt the ozone layer. In addition to the gases, the debris and burning metals fall back to earth where they litter the area, contaminate aquatic ecosystems, and poison the wildlife, eventually working their way up the food chain.

How Phosphorus in Fireworks Impacts the Water

It has taken years to determine the dangers associated with the many ingredients in fireworks. Up until very recently, phosphorous (also found in fertilizers) was highly popular in fireworks until the realization of its associated problems to the environment. Although most manufacturers no longer incorporate more than trace amounts of phosphorus in fireworks, every little bit added to a lake can influence water quality. Phosphorus accelerates a process called eutrophication, which is the process that results in increased biomass, decreased lake clarity, decreased bottom oxygen, and increases the likelihood of cyanobacteria scums. Algal and cyanobacteria blooms caused by phosphorus introductions impact fisheries, drinking water supplies and impact the health of people who recreate in the waters as well as pets and any animal that drinks these waters.

The Final Impact

Altogether the damaging effect fireworks have is overwhelming. They impact water quality by affecting the odor and taste of drinking water. On the economic side, excessive algal and cyanobacteria growth due to phosphorus or contamination due to firework fallout increases water treatment costs, degrades fishing and boating activities, and impacts tourism and property values. The cost of damage done to property, the litter and the effect upon both wildlife and human life is incalculable. The Department of Environmental Services urges you to consider the effects of fireworks and perhaps find an alternative to a problem that is only growing with time.


Field Day 2017

Sagamore Day Picnic – White Elephant Event!picnic bench

This years Sagamore Day Picnic will be featuring a new fun event – a White Elephant/Chinese Auction! If you are attending the picnic and would like to participate in this just bring a wrapped item – new, old or gag – and let the fun begin! If you have never been to one it goes like this: The first person chooses an item but doesn’t unwrap it. The next person to go either chooses another item or can “steal” the one item already chosen from the first person. That first person picks again. The third person then can proceed to pick an unchosen item or “steal” from person one or two. When all items have been taken, then everyone can unwrap what they have ended up with. The more items, the more fun!

And remember, bring a hot or cold potluck dish, sweet or savory and BYOB. SEPOA will supplement with hot dogs and hamburgers and some drinks. Let’s hope there is lots of sunshine and a breeze!



Lost and Found

A ring was found on the North Beach sometime in June. If you lost a ring at that time, please contact and describe it.



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Update to Sagamore Day!!


************Sagamore Day, July 29th, 1pm*************

White Elephant/Chinese Auction!

Bring a new/used/gag item, wrapped. One person will go first and pick an item (they can not unwrap it), then the next person will go and they can either take another wrapped item or “steal” the first person’s item. That person then again has to pick an item. Then a third person goes and either picks or “steals”. At the end everyone unwraps their items to see what they’ve got. This can be a lot of fun!!! If you have any questions, send them to

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Sagamore Day 2017


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