Lake of the Pines: Those who make a difference |

Lake of the Pines: Those who make a difference

You can say what you will about baggy pants and bellybutton rings, but I appreciated the Bear River High School student who showed up at school every day last year dressed as a pirate.

I couldn’t control my ear-to-ear grin each time I saw him cross the parking lot with his textbooks in a treasure chest. I heard he came to school on Halloween in regular teenage attire, which makes him all the more legendary.

Although I’m not sure the father of the girl he may have taken to the prom would agree.

Another LOP area legend is Ed Vitrano, the LOP general manager for nearly 10 years. Ed was actively involved in the LOP community, and, like my high school pirate, was known to many. Ed was replaced by Bob Broyer, our most recent, but now past, general manager.

I first learned that Bob was no longer steering the LOP ship from an LOP Oracle e-mail sent by Derrald and Lauri Pick. An official LOP Association e-mail followed 20 minutes later, stating the board had voted to “end the working relationship.”

If you haven’t yet accessed the Pick-sponsored Web site,, you still can. It is 800 members strong, and is the official “unofficial” information source for association members. As Lauri puts it, the Web site fills the gap in services left by the association’s

This interactive communication vehicle is run and paid for by the Picks. Derrald and Lauri are retired and have implemented their many talents in engineering, telecommunications and administration to benefit the members of LOP. As Lauri told me, “she doesn’t know how to play,” and her consuming hobby is to report on LOP and present the populace with clear and meaningful information, unfiltered by the LOP administration.

Derrald and Lauri recently volunteered their services to digitize all of LOP’s architectural drawings and store them on just two disks. Derrald’s original state-of-the-art process is like no other in the world and has the capacity to save much-valued storage space.

Some other community members who have made a difference in the lives of LOP-area residents are the members of the Lionesses of Bear River. They are making plans for the second annual Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Higgins-Lions Community Center. Penny Lucas, herself a veteran, said last year’s event was a huge success.

“The amazing stories that the veterans told brought tears to my eyes,” said Penny. Last year, she wore a 1942 Red Cross uniform, which sparked many memories for the veterans.

A Purple Heart medal and an original telegram from a soldier killed in Okinawa have been donated to the group and will be on display at the luncheon. Donna Prince, former owner of the Red Wagon Restaurant, has promised to cook for the event, which is free to veterans of WWI, WWII and Korea. Penny said last year vets from WWI did not show.

For more information, call Penny Lucas at 268-7205, or to RSVP by Oct. 27, call Donna Prince at 268-0906.


Laura Lavelle lives at Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a message with the city editor at 477-4230.

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