Paddock Lake names new weed harvester for lake district pioneer Tom Arnison

From left, Nancy Arnison, Lynn Arnison-Kaliski, Alice Arnison, Len Kaliski and Jeanne Kaliski.

From left, Nancy Arnison, Lynn Arnison-Kaliski, Alice Arnison, Len Kaliski and Jeanne Kaliski.

Paddock Lake has named its new aquatic weed harvester for Tom Arnison, the driving force behind the creation of the Paddock Lake Rehabilitation District in 1986.

Arnison died in 2013.

The new harvester, to be known as the P.S. (Paddle Ship) Arnison, was dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday night at the Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach. Arnison’s wife, Alice, and his daughters Nancy and Lynn were in attendance (son Thomas was out of the country). About 25 people in all attended.

The new harvester replaces a machine that was 15 years old. It cost $221,000, including a trailer and a conveyor for off loading the aquatic weeds. About $92,000 of that was from grants; the rest came from Lake District funds set aside for the purchase over the last 15 years. The result is that the new machine is paid for, without a need to take out a loan, said village President Terry Burns.

This is the village’s third weed harvester. It features hydraulic over electric controls that should make the craft much easier for the operator to maneuver. Its cutting swath is 9 feet wide and it can cut to a depth of 5 feet 6 inches deep. It can cut a half acre in about 60 minutes and can hold 12,500 pounds of weeds.

Here is some video of Burns talking about the harvester at the ceremony:

Here is video of Arnison’s daughters Nancy and Lynn along with granddaughter Jeanne performing the traditional breaking of a bottle of champagne over the boat:

Here is some video of the weed harvester in action followed by some more photos:

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