Hello Clam Lake!
The weather this past week left us all wondering. We went from a high of 50 degrees (Wednesday night) to a low of 5 above (Thursday night). Wednesday night brought us thunderstorms and heavy rains with high winds. On Thursday morning our snow was all but gone, by the end of the day it was back. Unfortunately, between the warm temps and rain our snow totals have diminished considerably. Some lost power. Very unusual for this time of year!
CONGRATULATIONS go to out to Justin and Alana (Vecchie) Gerhardt of Quincy, Illinois on the birth of their twin boys Hayes and Eli. They are welcomed home by big brother Hudson (aged 6) and big sister Emerson (aged two). Proud grandparents are seasonal Clam Lakers Ron and Colae Vecchie.
ONGOING ELK HUNT (ELK ON A SHELF): Everyday, until Christmas Eve, the Clam Lake Junction is hiding a small holiday themed elk in it’s public spaces. If you are lucky enough to find him tell the person working at the counter and your name will be placed in a drawing for a $200 gift certificate. We wish all “elk hunters” good luck!
LENDING A HELPING HAND IN KENTUCKY: Nancy Ransom’s sister Trudy Potts heard the call for help on the news from Kentucky Governor Beshear and felt herself called to action. Trudy is a retired government worker from Madison who moved to our village last spring to help her sister Nancy and nephew Zac run Ransom’s Place. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans Trudy had herself transferred to that area so she could be amongst the volunteers helping with that disaster. Now, once again, upon hearing of the devastation caused by the deadly tornadoes that passed through several states she answered the call. Knowing Kentucky was the hardest hit she put in an email to that state in response to the call for help. This was quickly followed by a “when can you be here?” answer. Immediately Trudy packed up and drove down to Paducah, Kentucky passing through the destruction left by the storms as she went. She went through Mayfield, Kentucky which was especially hard hit proclaiming it to be “absolutely horrible”. She is staying in Paducah which is approximately 40 miles from Mayfield. Her first day “on the job” found her serving food to linemen as they worked tirelessly to repair power lines. On behalf of the village we would like to thank her for volunteering to help our countrymen in their time of need. Good job!
VISITOR FROM THE NORTH POLE: As promised, Santa took time out of his busy schedule to stop at Ransom’s Place this past Saturday to visit with the children and pass out goodies. We wish to extend a thank you to Pam and Dan Hudson for arranging his visit to our village. Following Santa’s visit the Ugly (and not so Ugly) Sweater party got underway. Thanks go out to Dawn Derks, Penny Titus, Pam Hudson and Zac Ransom for helming that part of the evening. Seems kids of all ages had a great time!
Until next week….Merry Christmas!!!!
Pictured is Marlie Reukema enjoying her visit with Santa. Also pictured is Erich Zwicker, Chuck Zwicker and Dawn (Zwicker) Derks in full holiday sweater mode.