Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

The weather this past week continued to be on the cooler side with dry conditions settling in for most of the week. In the forest, it doesn’t take long for things to dry and fire danger to set in so those few raindrops we saw on Saturday were most welcome. From the sound of things, the temps are going to be on the rise next week.

BUSY TIMES: The village appears to be in full gear for the summer with plenty of vacationers out and about. It remains to be seen whether the high gas prices will impact our summer tourist season. So far, everything seems to be business as usual. Speaking of gas prices – I had a chance to speak with an owner of an EV that was charging her vehicle at the Clam Lake Junction. The charge, which would last for 230 miles would cost her around $10. She told me that some of the larger chain charging stations cost her only around $5 for a full charge – sometimes being as low as $2. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL: Once again, St. George’s Chapel is “open for business” for the summer season. Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 6:00 pm in our historic “Chapel in the Woods” made from the forest that surrounds it. St. George was built in 1948 in memory of George Zillig, a son taken too soon. Over the years, it has held it’s position as a summer mission chapel serving the spiritual needs of locals and tourists alike. Come pray with us and take a step back in time to a simpler era in our log cabin chapel. (As a side note: In 1950 Mass was celebrated at St George’s on Sunday morning at 6:00 am – a 12 hour difference from today’s service.)

MEETING RECAP: On Thursday, June 9th, the Clam Lake Community Club held their monthly meeting. After discussions on the park re-landcaping project, which is set to begin soon, and various other things the attendees settled in to sample an array of delicious Pot Luck dishes. Then came time for Master Bingo Caller Ace Griffaw to “call the shots”. It was verified that Ace received his Bingo certification after studying at the Bingo Academy in Mellen followed by his graduate work which was done in Glidden. Even with all of that, B7 was able to avoid capture until the last game. In accordance with the numbers, Lynne was able to be the happy recipient of a math lesson held by Kim Filter and Ace. And finally, Joan Griffaw donned the “Winner’s Circle” mantle when she took home the much coveted “Fill Your Card” prize. Congrats to her and all the winners!

WFWA MEMBERSHIP MEETING REMINDER: The West Fork Waterway Association will be holding their annual membership meeting at the Clam Lake Community Club on Saturday, June 18th beginning at 10:00 am. As it celebrates it’s 10th year in operation the organization is hoping to reach out to other members for more participation since 3 of the board members have held their positions since it’s inception in 2012. A possible topic of discussion could be the sun-setting of the WFWA. If you care about the dam and waterway, this is the meeting to attend. The public are welcome and encouraged to attend!!! Hope to see you there.

SAVE THE DATE REMINDER: Ashland County will be holding their 27th annual Cleansweeps Program on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Northwood Technical College in the south parking lot at 2100 Beaser Ave from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Toxic and hazardous products will be accepted as will medications and prescription drugs. They will trade you “Drugs for Donuts”. Sounds good!

HISTORY MOMENT: Similar to the Glidden Enterprise of today, the Enterprise of 1950 also had a “Days of Yore” section labeled “Looking Back”. This is an entry put in the June 16th, 1950 edition of the Glidden Enterprise in the “Looking Back” section. It noted that on: “June 24th 1910 Howard Scotford was at Duluth Tuesday – pleasure bent.” This colloquialism of the time would have meant the trip was an enjoyable experience. (As a side note: Howard Scotford was Clam Lake’s founder and owner and proprietor of Clam Lake’s first resort on Camp Fire Island. He was also our first Post Master.)

ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME: Saturday saw Clam Lake playing host to a group of Rock N’ Roll icons. Motoring in for the day were such legends as Madonna, Prince, Gene Simmons and a host of others. This fun loving group, that we fondly refer to as “The Costume People”, arrive every year from Mosinee, WI to entertain us with their themed costumes. After visiting in Clam Lake they board their ATVs to travel around the area to visit various establishments. We thank them for bringing a smile to our faces. ROCK ON DUDES!!!!!!

Until next week…..Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads out there!

Pictured left to right are: Clam Lake Visitors – Angus Young of AC/DC, Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, Devo, Slash and Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses, Cher, Prince, Madonna and Gene Simmons of KISS.