Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

From all accounts, the businesses had a great “start of summer” Memorial Day weekend! Great to see everyone again and we welcome all to enjoy our forest and all that it has to offer!

BEAR REMINDER – Once again, I wish to extend a reminder regarding hummingbird feeders. There have been several reports of black bear “night time marauders” whom are taking down and destroying hummingbird feeders or any other type of bird feeder they can get a hold of. This will continue until they have more natural food available. Your best bet? Bring in those feeders at night!

MEETING REMINDERS – The Clam Lake Community Club will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 13th beginning at 5:00 pm. After the meeting there will be a Pot Luck followed by some Clam Lake Style Bingo led by Master Bingo Caller Ace Griffaw. Time to come out and meet with friends and neighbors to learn about what’s going on in the village. Hope to see you there!

BOOK CLUB – Monday June 10th there will be the second meeting of the newly formed Clam Lake Book Club. This will take place at the Elkhorn running from 4:30 till 5:30. The book being discussed will be “The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” written by renown author James McBride. They invite all to join them for some “lively discussion, camaraderie, tasty food and inspiriing libation.” Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Elkhorn before, during and after the meeting. This group is spearheaded by Lisa Peifer and Bonnie Booth.

ST. GEORGE CHAPEL – With the advent of the summer season our beloved St. George Chapel is once again “open for business”. Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 6:00 pm at our historic “Chapel in the Pines” built from the forest that surrounds it. With it’s log cabin construction accompanied by half log pews, entering it is truly a step back in time to a simpler era. When you hear the old bell ring out across the lake you know it is almost time for service to begin. We welcome all to come pray with us!

THANK YOU – We wish to extend a thank you to Lyn and Wendy Hartl, owners of the Clam Lake Junction and Chippewa Outpost, for hosting this past week’s Memorial Day dinner for the veterans. With the Outpost closed and the loss of Ralph Cornell, Lyn explained that he wished to continue this time honored tradition in Ralph’s memory. The custom of serving the veterans a chicken dinner after the conclusion of their service in Clam Lake was begun about 50 years ago by Ray and Evy Swaggerty who owned the Chippewa Tavern at that time. Upon purchasing the Chippewa from them in 1981, Ralph and Cheri Cornell continued the tradition. This year’s event was held at the Clam Lake Community Center and was well attended. Thank you to all that participated!

HISTORY MOMENT – Taken from a June 1955 edition of the Glidden Enterprise from their “Looking Back” section. This would be akin to today’s “Days of Yore” column. This particular bit of information was from June of 1935. “Two new CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps will be located in the Clam Lake area. The camps will be staffed with experienced men and a few recruits.” It doesn’t specify where these camps would be but, Clam Lake had three CCC Camps in its immediate vicinity. They were Camp Clam Lake, Camp Beaver and Camp Ghost Creek – most begun in 1933. (As a side note : The CCC (1933-1942) were referred to as “Roosevelt’s Army of the Forest” and they were! They rebuilt the forest that had been decimated during the logging era of the 1800’s.)

Until next week…..

Pictured is the logo for the Clam Lake Book Club done by Lisa Peifer.