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Because Life is Better at the Lake

New company's motto 'Let us worry about it' promotes laid-back lake lifestyle

Weekender Watch is a providing a new service for lake home owners in East Texas to allow maximum enjoyment of resort property ownership by taking the “worry” out of it.

The company’s motto is “Let us worry about it,” and Weekender Watch’s representatives are confident their services can do exactly that for the busy resort property owner who just wants to get away from it all when visiting the lake.

Weekender Watch owner Chris Kirkes will immediately begin offering services to most of the lakes east of I-45 in Texas, including Cedar Creek Lake, Lake Palestine, Lake Fork, Lake Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend Lake and Lake Bob Sandlin. The company will be expanding into the Houston market next.

Kirkes said his own experience with lake home ownership prompted him to launch the new company. A former medical sales representative and manager for 20 years, he spent his work week traveling from one side of the country to the other. He and his family retreated to their lake house on weekends and holidays to relax, but chores cut deeply into his pleasure time. Sometimes, he interrupted family time at his city residence just to drive to the lake home to check on the property and maintain it.

“I wish this type of service had been around back then,” Kirkes said. “I don’t how many times I drove to our lake house on Saturday morning just to mow the yard and make sure the property was in good shape. Not only was it time consuming, it was expensive. And with gas being well over $3 per gallon, it would be worse today.”

Weekender Watch offers property check plans, which include a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly inspection of the lake house, checking for vandalism, storm damage, thefts or just to make sure everything looks normal.

The company also offers concierge services, such as lawn care, grocery shopping and stocking, house cleaning, boat fueling and technicians’ meetings. Kirkes is devoting all of his work time to launching the new company, a business venture that he hopes will allow him to devote more time to family life himself.

“We offer a long list of services, but the technicians’ meetings and grocery stocking services probably are our two best offerings,” Kirkes said. “Why should you take off from work and drive to the lake just to let the cable guy in so he can spend 20 minutes working? Or how nice is it to arrive at the lake house of Friday night and have the refrigerator and pantry stocked with the items you requested? Those are just a couple of things we can do to make your lake life enjoyable.”

For information call Chris Kirkes at 903-530-6439, email [email protected] or visit

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GOOD. Water lightly stained; 71 degrees; 0.52 feet high. Largemouth bass are good working topwaters, flipping jigs, frogs, and chatter baits near points, timber, and rocky shorelines. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, docks, bridge columns, and timber. Hybrid stripers are good on live bait, A-rigs, and swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs, swimbaits, and jigging spoons on main lake humps and ridges. Catfish are good on punch bait and live bait.

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