Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Governor Mary Fallin, in a phone interview today, said she spent the Fourth of July weekend at Grand Lake and had some advice for those who live at the lake and those who are wondering if they should visit. “Come on down to the lake. We went on the lake to watch the fireworks. My husband, friends and family members were out for a little while,” she said. “You just need to be smart. Heed the warnings put out by GRDA and DEQ. Just don’t jump into stagnant or green areas. Be cautious,” she added. The governor said she was told by DEQ and GRDA that the algae would just have to run its course. “Hopefully we will get some wind and some rain and the lake can get back to normal,” she said. Governor Fallin also added that there are a lot of other things to do around the lake. “You can go fishing, golfing and to the public and community pools. You can have cook outs with friends and go to the nearby creeks such as Elk River.”  There are public pools in Grove, Vinita and Miami. There are also many private pools around the lake at housing developments and marinas. “I understand the pool at Arrowhead was crowded the whole weekend,” she said. “Miami has the largest municipal pool in the state,” added Alex Glerzewski, one of her assistants. Fallin also discussed the importance Grand Lake has on the economy of the state. “I understand it has the third largest population in the state over this weekend. It is an important economic entity. It is vibrant and provides a wonderful quality to our state,” she said. She also stated the importance of the community to the small business market such as the restaurants, shops, marinas, hotels, and bed and breakfasts. “We spent some time in Grove. We went to some of the shops and ate at one of the restaurants. There are a lot of things to do,” she said. Fallin said she and her husband bought a home at the lake and spent part of the weekend moving in. “I love the lake. It’s a wonderful place. I’ve been going there for many years and always dreamed of having a little place. We found the right place and are thrilled to own a house there now,” she said.