Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Governor Mary Fallin, her husband Wade Christensen and family returned to Grand Lake this weekend. The governor said she would like to reassure people that the lake is open and there are still a lot of activities to do in light of the recent outbreak of Blue Green Algae. “People can go swimming in the many pools in the area, fishing, hiking and visit local shops and restaurants,” said Fallin. “We love to have cook-outs with friends and family. We had a cook-out on the lake Fourth of July,” she said. The governor and family came to Grand Lake this weekend to relax and enjoy the home they recently purchased. She said they love the lake and are going to try to come as often as they can. “I have been coming to this lake for over 20 years. It’s beautiful here. The lake, the rolling hills and the trees, all of it.” she said.  Fallin and Christensen spent the weekend enjoying the lake and relaxing at several restaurants, yacht clubs and marinas. On Sunday, the group came to Grove to do a little shopping and eat lunch before heading back to the capital. Larry and Carla Steckline, owners of Royal Bay Restaurant and Marina and the Cherokee Queen invited the Governor in for a tour and extended them an invitation to return for a ride on Cherokee Queen and a meal at the restaurant. Fallin asked the Stecklines how the Blue Green Algae has affected their business. Steckline told her his Fourth of July business was down about 50 percent of normal and the Cherokee Queen is down about 20 percent. She discussed the hope that with a turn in the weather, a little rain and wind, the Blue Green Algae will start to dissipate. Although the algae outbreak hurt the Grand Lake economy, several members of the community would like to remind people, we still have two good months or more left of the season.