Sheila Stogsdill

Special to the Grove Sun

The all-clear signal that Grand Lake is clean has sent waves of water lovers - including a former governor - back to the lake.

Former Gov. George Nigh was on the water Saturday morning filming a commercial inviting people back to the lake.

"The commercial should be on the air shortly, and it will also be on the Internet," said Debbie Stevenson, a KGVE radio advertising saleswoman.

At the end of the commercial, Nigh asks everyone watching to join him and his friends on Grand Lake, and the camera pulls back to show a crowd of cheering people in the lake.

Dave and Debbie Wagenblatt, real estate agents on Monkey Island, are footing the bill for the commercial. Jimmy and Suzanne Bloyed of the production company Bloyed Creative in Tulsa offered a discount on the production costs to help Grand Lake, Dave Wagenblatt said.

"Debbie and I decided to commit and pay for it to be produced because immediate action was needed, and we are excited to give back to the Grand Lake community," he said.

Tens of thousands of tourists stayed home after a warning about toxic blue-green algae was issued by the Grand River Dam Authority and the state Department of Environmental Quality on July 1.

For more on this story look in the Tuesday print edition or e-edition of the Grove Sun.