Hello Clam Lake!
My column starts out on a sad note upon hearing of the passing of Frank Rauter. Frank was a resident of Clam for several years following his retirement. We express our heart felt condolences to his family. He will be missed! There will be a Celebration of Life for Frank at Ransom’s Place on Friday, May 17th starting at 6:00 pm. Come and raise a glass to Frank!
I also would like to express sympathy to the Frank (Skip) Kempf family of Glidden from the village of Clam Lake. Skip was teacher, bus driver, friend and much more to so many of us. He was the catalyst behind the Glidden Area Historical Society and its new museum of which Clam Lake is a part. When I approached him about Clam Lake being involved he was all for it. I am privileged to have known and worked with him. He will be sorely missed.
Onward to the news:
This week proved to be a mixed bag of weather. The beginning of the week held promise, but, by Thursday morning we awoke to a landscape of white – again. It was so nice to see the last of the snow piles melt – then Mother Nature said, “Wait a minute, I’m not quite done here!” Hopefully, this is the last of it. Keep fingers crossed…
Jack McGregor, our local weatherman, stated that this latest snowfall brings us to 92.7 inches of snow for the year. That’s enough. We’re good.
Reports from the businesses say that the Fishing Season opener was a busy one. Good news after the quiet of spring.
Monday, May 6th, saw a flurry of activity at Clam Lake’s St.George’s Chapel as volunteers from Clam Lake, Glidden and Spider Lake arrived to clean the Chapel for the summer season. Thank you to everyone that participated. It was a great day! A special thank-you to Tom Dezotell whom maintains the grounds each and every summer.
St. George’s will re-open this year for the summer with Masses beginning on Saturday, May 25th at 4:00 pm. If you wish to worship God as it was in a simpler era, our historic “Chapel In the Woods” is the place to be.
The Clam Lake Community Club held their monthly get together on May 9th. What an assortment of good food and conversation! Was great to catch up with everyone. Discussions were held on having members of the Great Divide Ambulance team come out and demonstrate the use of the defibrillator housed in the Post Office. I will keep you updated as to when it will happen.
I have a pair of swans that have decided to spend the summer with me. I am happy to share my world with them as long as they know when to be quiet and go to bed. One evening they were honking well after dark. When I turned off the lights for the night they seemed to get the message. Lights out guys! #Rowdy Neighbors
Remember if you have news to share don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Till next week…..
Pictured are the “Crew” at St. George’s: l to r – Lynne Rice, Kate Fleury, Georgie Fanella, Pat Dudley, Kathy Arias, Marianne Reinders, Ben Reischel and Mary Pankratz. Not pictured are our Spider Lake helpers: Jo Mazik (whom has agreed to be our new organist) Joan Ackermann and Donna Nickel.