Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!


POST OFFICE UPDATE – EFFECTIVE JUNE 12th: From Postmaster Connie Schloer – Clam Lake now has a UPS drop box located on the sidewalk in front of the Post Office. This box is for the convenience of our customers so there will no longer be delays in receiving UPS/USPS Surepost packages due to our limited office hours. You will still receive any UPS package at your residence that are not USPS Surepost. Customers can also utilize this service for any packages you are sending that already have the postage paid label on them. These packages need to be brought into the Post Office during our normal business hours. Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 and we will put them in the locked UPS box. Any questions please feel free to call our office at 715-794-2367 and Connie or Tina will be happy to help. (As a side note: This is a secure box that is bolted in.)

ST. GEORGE – Once again, our historic “Chapel in the Pines” is open for the season. Running from Memorial Day through Labor Day Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 6:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and take a step back in time to a simpler era in our log cabin chapel that has served the spiritual needs of locals and summer visitors since 1948. Come pray with us!

WFWA MEETING: Saturday, June 17th the West Fork Waterway Association will be holding their annual Membership Meeting at 10:00 am. In lieu of the loss of the Clam Lake Community Center, the meeting will be held at the Clam Lake Forest Riders Clubhouse (groomer shed) off of Straetz Road which is located down Parker Road. The WFWA Inc. is an association of concerned people for the preservation and protection of the historic West Fork Waterway and wildlife area for recreation and public enjoyment of its scenic beauty today and in the future. The WFWA is on the west fork of the Chippewa River and includes the area from the Day Lake Dam to the Highway 77 Dam. It assists the Town of Gordon in funding expenses related to the maintenance of the Highway 77 Dam. All members and the public are encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN – CLEANSWEEPS: Lissa Radke, the Community Development Educator of Ashland County would like to invite everyone to Ashland County’s 28th annual Cleansweeps hazardous materials collection on Tuesday, June 20th running from 2 to 6 pm at the Northwoods Technical College’s south parking lot on 2100 Beaser Avenue. This is open to households, farms, organizations and small businesses. Bring in your unused prescriptions or over-the-counter medications and we’ll trade you a free “Donut for Drugs!” Ashland police officers will help distribute donuts at the “Medications” collection table. We have thank-you gifts this year for all participants who keep our communities environment safe from toxic chemicals and products by using Cleansweeps. Choose from either a new Pilot pen manufactured out of 86% recycled plastic soda bottles, or a packet of native plant seeds for your garden. Lissa hopes to see you there!

HISTORY MOMENT: Much as the Glidden Enterprise has a section called “Days of Yore” recounting events going on during past decades so had earlier versions of the Enterprise. These columns were entitled “Looking Back”. Here is one taken from a June edition of the Enterprise from 1951 looking back on June of 1911. “Misses Hazel Taylor (later Scotforrd), Angelica Mohr, Sarah Hart, and Barbara and Elizabeth Straetz and Messers Scotford (Howard), Carey, Deringer, Hart and Tefenbacker returned from a pleasant weeks outing at Camp Fire Island Resort (in Clam Lake).” Camp Fire Island Resort was a favorite haunt of the young people of the day with them coming out via horse and wagon for some fishing and fun. In subsequent years it was a place where Community meetings and picnics would be held. One year after this, in 1912, Hazel Taylor would become the wife of Howard Scotford with them running the resort together. Hazel was well known for her cooking and social skills providing delicious meals and entertainments for the travelers. Camp Fire Island Resort would be Clam Lake’s first resort. It ran until 1937.

Until next week…

Pictured is a similar outing on Camp Fire Island circa 1911. The people in the photo are l to r – Hazel Taylor (later Scotford), C. Mohr Jr., Barbara Straetz, Joseph Fries Jr., Kate Wolf (later Hart) and Matt Hart Sr. Looks like they are having fun! (Photo courtesy of Barb Kempf)