To paraphrase Mr. Reagan, “Williams Bay, cut down those weeds!” The weeds are an issue again, and in my world, it doesn’t take much to warrant graduation from slight inconvenience to full blown issue. I was driving by the lakefront yesterday, on my way back from picking Thomas up from summer camp at the Lake Geneva Youth Camp, when the weeds caught my eye. Now don’t get me wrong, I notice them every day, and the fact that my office is located about 200 yards from these overgrown view blockers makes it pretty difficult for me to ignore them. Since I had Thomas in the car with me, I thought it’d be interesting to see just how tall these weeds are right now. Take a look at the picture above. Thomas took that picture, which means the village has been successful in one of their goals- shielding 6 year olds from the aesthetic horror that is the most beautiful lake in the Midwest. That’s the poor kids view as he walks by the shore in Williams Bay. That’s what he’ll remember from his trip to the Bay. Weeds. “But dad, I thought you said there was a lake here?” “There is son, now just put on these gloves and grab this weed whip and we’ll find it.”
To add to the overtly ridiculous situation, the ever efficient Village workers cut down the weeds right in front of the park benches, benches that were at one time positioned so that passers by might be able to stop and rest for a spell, all the while taking in the magnificent view of Geneva Lake. Now, since the weeds that obscure the lake view from both the park and Geneva Street grow to around 8′ tall by mid summer, something has to be done to afford some small views from the previously good intentioned park benches, so they cut. It’s the most ridiculous display of absurdity imaginable, the concept that cutting a 20′ section of weeds down to 3′ is an acceptable aesthetic solution to the weeds that were planted on purpose in the first place.
Williams Bay, what the heck is wrong with you? Why on earth can’t you get with the program and realize that this lake is a prize to be appreciated, not a blight to be hidden? The idea that planting these weeds is some sort of conservationist movement doesn’t hold water with me, since we have a massive swamp to the North and East that does a fine job filtering water for our beautiful lake. Take a look at some old photos of the Williams Bay lakefront and you’ll see that weeds weren’t en vogue in the early 1900’s, and they’re certainly not en vogue today. Heck, even Algore wouldn’t allow these weeds at his house, and aside from his massive utility bills and his massive carbon footprint, we all know he puts the environment first. Right?
Anyway, weeds are only acceptable in fields, in Michigan, and in Ricky William’s medicine cabinet. I don’t want them in Williams Bay, and I particularly don’t want them purposefully blocking my view of my beautiful lake. Williams Bay, let’s see what we can do about fixing our image problem and get on to the business of wowing visitors with our natural beauty. It’s a far better idea to show off our assets than to keep them hidden under a veil of foliage.