HARVEYS LAKE — If you have ever wondered why Harveys Lake borough does not have an apostrophe in its name, then Saturday was for you.
That was just one of the fun facts lovers of the popular lake could learn at the Harveys Lake Recreational Committee’s annual Lake Fest celebration at Sandy Beach.
The event brought current and former residents out to get reacquainted with each other and the lake.
Maggie and Art Marky were typical of the people at the celebration. The couple, who have been married for 42 years, met at the lake. And although they now live in New Jersey, they still own property at the lake and try to get back as much as possible.
“When we first met, Art always wanted to go down to the Jersey shore,” she said. “Then he fell in love with the lake.”
The event started with a dance Friday night with more than 500 people in attendance, according to event chairperson Mike Rush.
Saturday provided a host of fun activities, which included an “anything that floats” race and culminated in a parade, complete with a host of fire trucks and local officials.
Jennifer Schoettley, who owns a cottage on the lake, said the event had an old-time feel, with attendees taking time to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time outdoors.
Madeline Rose Schoettley, 10, seemed to agree, saying that a boat ride with her father was her favorite part of the day.
Her father, John Schoettley, said he enjoyed the picnic atmosphere of the event.
Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company President Frank Lutinski, who oversees the “kids day” part of the event, said the department put together a variety of games and activities guaranteed to keep the younger generation busy.
State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, said she helped organize the event in 2006, but she credits others with the hard work necessary to keep the it growing every year.
“Every year we issue post cards with a special seal with artwork by local artists,” she said.
Attendees were also quick to take opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the borough that was incorporated in 1968. (Before then it was part of Lake Township).
The lack of an apostrophe?
Postal worker Kim Shepherd said that was a decision made by the post office because its equipment at the time was unable to read apostrophes.
Brian Orbin, 18, who has a key interest in the borough’s history, was decked out in a colorful clown costume, as he doled out bits of history.
Orbin said he can often be seen in costume making his way around the lake and greeting visitors and residents.
“I like to put smiles on people’s faces as much as I like to learn about Harveys Lake history,” he said.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the recreational committee, providing monies necessary for activities throughout the year. It raised more than $3,000 last year.
In addition to raising money, though, Rush said the annual event raises the spirits of attendees and highlights amenities available at the lake.
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