Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

Our weather has been very nice for the most part. We had a day of much needed rain but, that soon let up with just about perfect summer days heading in. I am sure all the visitors to our forest are happy as they go out upon the lakes and explore the woods we call home. Just remember fire danger is high and to take care. As Smokie would say, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: On Sunday, July 25th Dodo Dumanch, our Post Master for 50 years, will be laid to rest at the Clam Lake Cemetery at 12:00 noon. All are welcome to attend. This is a time to share remembrance, respect and memories of one whom gave so much of herself to our community for so many years. Father Dean Buttrick will preside.

ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL: Mass is celebrated every Saturday evening at St. George’s Chapel in our historic “Chapel in the Woods”. Come pray with us and take a step back in time to a simpler era in our log cabin chapel built in 1948 in memory of a son taken too soon. Being a summer mission church, our slogan has always been “No Vacation From God’s Service!” See you there!

HISTORY MOMENT: The summer season in Clam Lake has traditionally been the time when Picnics, Ham Dinners, Hog Roasts and the like have been celebrated in our village. In the early days these events were held on Camp Fire Island and were usually held in July. These early events included swimming and boat races, water jousting and chicken dinners. This is taken from a July edition of the Glidden Enterprise dated 1940: “CLAM LAKE READY FOR ANNUAL PICNIC – The Clam Lake annual picnic will take place next Saturday afternoon and evening, and the people of that little hamlet have hopes for a larger attendance than in other years. They have always prepared an excellent program of amusements and entertainment, and this year have gone a little further in this than usual. The Glidden school band will furnish the music during the afternoon, and will present a program of martial and classical music under the direction of Mr. Altenburg. There will be water sports, tug-of-war, dancing and a display of fireworks. Refreshments and lunches will be available. The general public is invited and no doubt many Glidden people will visit their neighboring village.”

JUNCTION UPDATES: The past couple of weeks have seen the Clam Lake Junction going through some changes. Crews have been working hard to install a diesel fuel tank and an electric charging station for electric vehicles. If you live in the village, it’s been hard not to notice the work going on as the entire fuel area has been torn up to make way for progress. Thankfully, they only had one day where there were no gas pumps operational at all. Other than that there was always at least one pump available for use. I’m sure it will be a comfort to all those owning diesel vehicles not to have to drive to another town to obtain fuel. Although electric vehicles are few and far between in the north woods Lyn Hartl said he is planning for the future. And, due to the availability of a charging station in the area, we may see that change. Always good to be one step ahead of the game, isn’t it? We thank him for adding these new features and improvements to our village. And he wishes to thank all those that shop at the Clam Lake Junction for their patience and understanding during this time of renovation.

Until next week….

Pictured is the Clam Lake Junction during it’s rennovations. Photo courtesy of Gary Bartholomew.