Hello Clam Lake!
Winter and then some were definitely “in the house” this past week. After our usual blast of cold weather the temps rose a bit and the snow started to fall and fall and fall. The storm started late Tuesday night and kept up all through Wednesday. At times, it was reported that the snow was coming down at 2 inches per hour. According to Jack McGregor, our local weatherman, by Thursday morning we had an accumulation of 17.3 inches of “fresh powder”. Then, as seems to be the order of the day, the temps began to plummet giving us highs in the negative. Plowing and shoveling and trying to stay warm were the order of the day. The winter sports enthusiasts are definitely doing the happy dance as are the local businesses.
CANCELLATION: Due to the uptick in covid cases in our area the officers of the Clam Lake Community Club have decided to cancel the scheduled January 13th meeting. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
ON THAT NOTE….The Clam Lake Community Club’s annual letter will be on it’s way soon. This letter details Clam Lake’s civic organization’s activities over the past year. We thank all those that continue to support the Club as we enter into our 85th year of serving our community. The Club’s founding purpose was listed as: conservation and public and social welfare. With the advent of the Clam Lake Community Scholarship in 2001, education was also added as one of it’s purposes. Over the years it has been involved in a variety of things including electric (1948) and telephone (1954) service being brought to Clam, a Fish Hatchery being built, highway improvements, a park being made, yearly picnics, Ham Dinners, Hog Roasts and 4th of July celebrations along with providing a place for gatherings of all sorts from celebrations of life to wedding receptions and everything in between. Membership remains at $10 for a single member or $25 for a family membership. Dues can be sent to: Clam Lake Community Club, Box 6, Clam Lake, WI 54517. All are welcome to join!!!
BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD – The Elk Country ATV Club will once again be hosting their annual Ice Fishing Contest on Upper Clam Lake on Saturday, January 15th. This popular event kicks off at 8:00 am and will run until 3:00 pm. At that time, the winners of the raffles will be announced along with the winner of the ATV. Just think! You could be the winner of a brand new ATV!!! As in past years, food and drink will be made available throughout the day. Time to gear up for some great fishing and a fun day out on the ice! See you there!! Camp Fire Island’s resident eagles will also be in attendance hoping for a stray snack.
MEAT RAFFLE: Following the Fishing Contest, a meat raffle sponsored by the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club, will be held at Ransom’s Place running from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. After catching some fish and winning some raffles it’ll be time to come and support this worthwhile Club, socialize a bit and win some delicious meat in the bargain. (All meats come from Rondeaus in Cable.) During this event, the Forest Riders will also be selling tickets for their 50/50 raffle. The drawing for that will be in March.
Looks like Clam Lake will be the place to be with something for everyone.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Harkening back to the days when snowmobiling was a relatively new sport one can see a 1966 Polaris Mustang 1300 sitting proudly in the Junction lot. Lyn Hartl purchased this relic of days gone by from a man, whom when questioned as to how fast it goes, replied “One and a half times the speed of smell.” Our guess is around 20 miles per hour. It has a one gallon gas tank and is looking pretty chipper considering it’s age and happy as it looks out at all this fresh snow! Fun!
Until next week…..Be well and take care of yourself and your neighbors.
Pictured is the 1966 Polaris Mustang sitting proud in the Junction lot.