Hello Clam Lake!
Our weather continues to be on the mild side. What a switch from last year when about this time the polar vortex was bearing down on us. We even had glimpses of the elusive sun over the weekend with above freezing temperatures. Nice! I, for one, can handle it!
The weekends continue to be very busy for the local businesses as the snowmoibilers zoom in and out. Once again we express our thanks to Randy (Gandhi) Sersch and Richard Reukema for the hours they spend grooming the Ashland County trails. The snowmobilers stopping at the Junction have all good things to say. Great job guys!
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Clam Lake Community Club will be holding their monthly Meeting/ Pot Luck/ Bingo on Thursday February 13th beginning at five. Come for the Pot Luck, stay for the fun! Hope to see you there.
MEAT RAFFLE: The Clam Lake Forest Riders will be holding a meat raffle at Ransom’s Place on Saturday February 8th from 3 to 5. Remember all meats come from the Sixth Street Market in Ashland. Come on out to support a good cause, have a chance at winning some delicious meat and have some fun in the process!
REMINDER: The Clam Lake Community Club annual letters have gone out. We thank everyone for their continued support of Clam Lake’s only civic organization as we enter our 83rd year of operation. Dues remain at $10 for a single membership or $25 for a family membership. All dues can be sent to: Clam Lake Community Club, Box 6, Clam Lake, WI 54517.
NEW COUNCIL MEMBER: Tom Dezotell has agreed to be a representative of Clam Lake and St. George’s Chapel by joining the MPB Parish Council of Glidden. We wish to thank Tom for his service to our community and for always making sure that the grounds of St. George’s are in tip top condition. I also wish to thank all those that helped our little mission chapel have a great season. We look forward to another in 2020. As they say, “it takes a village”.
Tuesday I had a chance to catch up with Maggie Heino, who for the past 34 years has been our official “bear lady”. I hadn’t seen Maggie for a few years so it was great to catch up a bit. She and her helper were parked near my house in the “bearmobile” setting coordinates for a bear den they are planning to visit in the near future. February has always been the month when they and their volunteers go out to take stock of the collared bears that are part of the Wisconsin Black Bear Research Project. This project was started in 1978 by Dr. Ray Anderson. Maggie apprenticed under him, eventually becoming field coordinator for black bear research throughout Wisconsin. Even though she is now 72 and suffered a stroke two years ago causing her to walk with a cane, she is still devoted to “her” bears. We reminisced about the “good ole’ days” when she and her helpers would stay at the Clam Lake Junction where I worked. An especially fond memory was of her bringing in a young bear cub, that had been abandoned by it’s mother, to spend the night in the Motel. What an exciting time for the people staying there as they each got to hold and learn about a bear cub. Being from cities, many had never seen anything like that before and were thrilled! An experience they would never forget. Maggie, even though having been up all night with the baby, was more than gracious with all of them. Great memories!
Until next week…..keep ‘er movin’….
Pictured is Maggie Heino with Room 3’s Special Guest.