The View From the Lake

Charlie and Marianne Schuler

LKN Magazine definitely wants you to know these two folks: Charlie and Marianne Schuler and not just because they are the publisher’s parents. You will likely see them delivering LKN Magazines around the lake community, especially the Denver area.

Marianne and Charlie are pretty interesting people. Why, you may ask? They are active doers, no matter what it is they are engaged in at the time. They both had long – over 30 year – professional careers in the Bell System; and they have both been retired for over 30 years. How is that for balance?

By retired, we don’t mean lying about. They lived on a beautiful 42’ sailboat for four years and all together sailed her over 9 years. Between the three sailboats that they owned; they logged over 20,000 miles. When they were spending more time on shore, they started a Power Squadron chapter to build community among boaters and to support new boaters. They built the Power Squadron into a very active chapter with many proud members.

At the same time, they were very active in their church community and rarely said “no” to a need for a church volunteer or leader. Charlie loves to teach and did that for years as a Sunday School teacher. Marianne loves to do anything that nurtures people, especially children. They also managed to fit in other hobbies, like golf for Charlie and gardening for Marianne.

They moved here almost two years ago from Little River, SC, which is just north of Myrtle Beach, after spending 31 fruitful years there. They love the area and especially Lake Norman. They are members of the Freedom Boat Club, which is perfect for their boating needs. They now live in a 55 and over community, which gives them the activities they love to do. Also, they found a church that meets their desire for a spiritual community.

As they have aged past 80, they found new priorities, physically, mentally, and financially. Proximity of family became most important to them. For the Schulers, being near their daughter and favorite son-in-law has been a real blessing.

Charlie and Marianne don’t want to brag, but their daughter is Keela, publisher of LKN Magazine. Before she launched LKN, she started Forsyth Woman and other magazines 17 years ago. Her daughter and the Schuler’s granddaughter, Brooke, is now publisher of the Forsyth Magazines. Keela “retired” and moved to Lake Norman permanently. Of course, Keela, being Keela, saw the need for a LKN community magazine and what you are reading is her response to that need. You will see her picture and monthly comments on the publisher’s page.

You will be seeing the Schulers around a lot as they help with deliveries of LKN. Make sure to introduce yourself to them, so that they can learn as much about you, as you now know about them.


Clay Stutts is originally from Mooresville and worked as a plant operator at Marshall Steam Station for 32 years. He attended Sherrills Ford School and Bandys High School, class of 1957. Clay knows Lake Norman better than most as he lived through the progression of Lake Norman’s development from start to finish. He grew up on the Catawba River, saw the lake get developed and finished while still living on the water. He loved the quiet nature of Lake Norman which he admits is rapidly changing to a more robust, active community. His favorite local business is The General Store, and after 83 years of living in the area, he’s had plenty of time to confirm this opinion! In his free time, Clay enjoys reading, gardening and mowing as well as spending time with his family which includes two daughters and five grandchildren.


Anne McGraw & Larisa Kamp are the owners of LKN Local, an apparel and gift company dedicated to providing high quality products centered around the lake they love! They were both born in Baltimore, MD; Anne went to Virginia Tech as well as the University of Baltimore and Larisa studied at the University of Maryland and NYU. In addition to co-owning LKN Local, Anne also works at Davidson Day School in the Learning and Enrichment Center, and Larisa is an accomplished artist and former art teachers who volunteers regularly at Feed NC. They first met as schoolteachers in Baltimore. Their favorite local businesses are Sweet Grace and Ace Hardware. They love Lake Norman because they feel like newcomers are welcomed from day 1. “It’s a wonderful place to raise a family, too,” they said. They added that the best part of living in the Lake Norman area is “…the people that we’ve met and our beautiful lake! Life is best when shared with people you love in a relaxing and gorgeous place.” In their spare time, they enjoy boating and taking trips together with their families.


Jeff Mylton is the Charlotte Market President for HomeTrust Bank. He was born in Miami and attended Florida International University. His wife, Lynn, is the owner of Spooky Marketing. He has two children and three grandchildren. “Lake Norman is the ideal place,” said Jeff. “We love the small town feel with a sense of community that comes with it. We love being in close proximity to so many amenities. Spending time with family and friends enjoying watersports, hiking/biking a trail, live music, food trucks, local beer and wine are just a few of the many things we enjoy. Each lake town has its own personality with lots of entertaining things to do, great places to dine and beautiful waterfront views. While living here is a vacation in itself, the fact that we’re only four hours from the beach and two hours from a mountain getaway is a great perk. Being in close proximity to the center of downtown Charlotte, with all the sports and cultural options is also a plus.”


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