Island Life to Us

We were fortunate enough to purchase our cabin on Shelly Island in 1988 but had been boating on Lake Frederick for many, many years prior to that. Our daughter has been on the island since she was two weeks old.  We have spent every summer since enjoying our weekends out on the island.

We have forfeited many other vacation destinations over the years because this is where we feel our heart and soul belongs for the summer.  Our cabin is only ten minutes from home so all our necessities over the years have been purchased at our local stores and shops, therefore keeping our monies local instead at out of town locations.

Because cabins didn’t go up for sale very often, and it was usually by word of mouth, we felt very fortunate a few years ago to purchase the cabin next to us for our daughter.  She is now married with a family of her own and we feel we are so lucky to be able to spend weekends with them on the island.  We have met the most kind hearted people who are willing to literally “give their shirt of their back” to help anyone in our time of need.

There have been many activities over the years from playing cards and games, our children putting on plays, chili contests, Christmas in July parades and even end of the season “clean out the refrigerator” parties.  We also did a poker run which raised over $4,000 for the Township Fire Co.  We have also witnessed several weddings, graduation, retirement and reunion gatherings and even have had several celebrations of life.  But our best time is spending quality time relaxing with our family and friends, boating and swimming, sitting around campfires and especially watching the spectacular sunsets on the Susquehanna River.

We have weathered many storms over the years but out biggest blow came last year when we were told we were not in compliance and would have to remove or dismantle our cabins by the end of 2017.  Since then we have raised thousands of dollars to fight this injustice.  We had to switch spending each weekend from our family quality time to fundraising to “save the islands”.  We did this by holding bashes, a chili cook-off, corn hole tournament, selling chicken bbq’s, ice cream and merchandise to name just a few.

The fact remains that after generations of families putting all our blood, sweat and tears in to fixing up our cabins throughout the years Londonderry Township is now “FORCING” us to remove our places at our own expense after paying taxes all these years – which is totally absurd!!

Our LFHOA board and team have spent countless hours constructing an alternative compliance agreement that the landowners and FEMA agreed upon of which the Township reiterated at their meeting back in 2016 they would consider.  It is now beyond reason why they will not even entertain this well planned alternative agreement.

Below is a short video of our “river life”.  We want to continue this for our future generations.  We are going to do everything in our power to remain on these islands for generations to come!!

PLEASE STAND WITH US!!!  To learn more about our plight go to LFHOA.NET

PLEASE SHARE!! PLEASE SHARE!!We were fortunate enough to purchase our cabin on Shelly Island in 1988 but had been boating on Lake Frederick for many, many years prior to that. Our daughter has been on the island since she was two weeks old. We have spent practically every summer since enjoying our weekends out on the island. ​We have forfeited many other vacation destinations over the years because this is where we feel our heart and soul belongs for the summer. Our cabin is only ten minutes from home so all our necessities over the years have been purchased at our local stores and shops, therefore keeping our monies local instead at out of town locations. ​Because cabins didn’t go up for sale very often, and it usually by word of mouth, we felt very fortunate a few years ago to purchase the cabin next to us for our daughter. She is now married with a family of her own and we feel we are so lucky to be able to spend weekends with them on the island. We have met the most kind hearted people who are willing to literally “give their shirt of their back” to help anyone in our time of need. ​There have been many activities over the years from playing cards and games, our children putting on plays, chili contests, Christmas in July parades and even end of the season “clean out the refrigerator” parties. We also did a poker run which raised over $4,000 for the Township Fire Co. We have also witnessed several weddings, graduation, retirement and reunion gatherings and even have had several celebrations of life. But our best time is spending quality time relaxing with our family and friends, boating and swimming, sitting around campfires and especially watching the spectacular sunsets on the Susquehanna River. ​We have weathered many storms over the years but out biggest blow came last year when we were told we were not in compliance and would have to remove or dismantle our cabins by the end of 2017. Since then we have raised thousands of dollars to fight this injustice. We had to switch spending each weekend from our family quality time to fundraising to “save the islands”. We did this by holding bashes, a chili cook-off, corn hole tournament, selling chicken bbq’s, ice cream and merchandise to name just a few. ​The fact remains that after generations of families putting all our blood, sweat and tears in to fixing up our cabins throughout the years Londonderry Township is now “FORCING” us to remove our places at our own expense after paying taxes all these years – which is totally absurd. ​Our LFHOA board and team have spent countless hours constructing an alternative compliance agreement that the landowners and FEMA agreed upon of which the Township reiterated at their meeting back in 2016 they would consider. It is now beyond reason why they will not even entertain this well planned alternative agreement. ​Below is just a few pictures of our “river life”. We want to continue this for our future generations. We are going to do everything in our power to remain on these islands for generations to come. ​PLEASE STAND WITH US!!! To learn more about our plight go to LFHOA.NET#riverratsunited #londonderrytownship

Posted by Vicki Kuba on Saturday, August 19, 2017

One thought on “Island Life to Us”

  1. We have been on Shelley Island since 1990 & absolutely love it! Not only for friends & family but for ALL riverrats!! Hopefully we will be there for many years to come. Let’s all work together! Lot 159!!!❤️

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