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South Woodlands Fire

South Woodlands Fire

In the warmth of a 55 degree Wednesday afternoon, flames scorched a significant portion of a grassy area in South Woodlands.  Known as Ford's Field, it's where neighbors gather for an event each summer.  According to Columbia Township Fire Chief Scott Cota,...

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Clark Lake Fish Kills

Clark Lake Fish Kills

As spring approaches and ice on the lake recedes, an unsightly and unpleasant phenomenon can occur.  Fish kills of smaller scale have happened at Clark Lake before, and they could happen again.  The Michigan DNR proffers two reasons.   "Fish and...

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Update: Injury Accident Hyde and Jefferson Roads

Update: Injury Accident Hyde and Jefferson Roads

As reported earlier today on this website, two vehicles collided at the Hyde and Jefferson Roads intersection.  Columbia Township Police Chief Jay Niles reports a 2021 Dodge Ram truck driven by 33-year old Nicholas C. Rowley of Jackson was stopped on east bound...

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Injury Accident at Hyde and Jefferson

Injury Accident at Hyde and Jefferson

A collision at Hyde and Jefferson Roads this morning injured one person.  According to Columbia Township Police, the injury was non-life threatening and the individual was transported to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital.  Details as they become...

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Clark Lake Is Very Cold

Clark Lake Is Very Cold

Have you ever heard of Segal's law?   "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."  The same could be said about thermometers.  At one Eagle Point home this morning, the temperature was -11, -9 or -8. ...

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One Lane on Jefferson Road

One Lane on Jefferson Road

If you have driven on Jefferson Road near Clark Lake over the last few days, it's hard to miss the signs.  The Jackson County Department of Transportation explains there will be single lane closures on Jefferson between US127 and Hyde Roads beginning tomorrow...

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New Police Chief

New Police Chief

For the last 11 months, Sgt. Jay Niles has been acting Chief of Police for Columbia Township.  In this interim role, he took over after longtime Chief David Elwell resigned to run for Jackson County Sheriff. As a 19 year veteran of the force, Jay Niles was one of...

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A New View of Clark Lake Winter Fun

A New View of Clark Lake Winter Fun

Here's an exciting new view of Clark Lake's winter of 2021.  Included is video not seen before, plus some clips made famous previously.  Get ready to enjoy this fast-paced interweaving of Clark Lake events from the last couple months....

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Chimney Fire

Chimney Fire

Sally McCarthy says "I heard a loud woosh, like what you would hear in a wind tunnel."  Then debris started falling down the chimney into the fireplace.  Phil Schindler, who was also in the room, said he thought it was a chimney fire.  Sally says "I...

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Clark Lake Cup 2021

Clark Lake Cup 2021

Clark Lake was showing its winter side--cold but perfect for the Clark Lake Cup.  This is the third time West end (the Narrows or Eagle Point) and East end (Almeda Court) suited up for the annual hockey match.  The event got underway about 5:30 pm Saturday,...

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The Other Big Game

The Other Big Game

The "other big game" happens at Clark Lake Saturday, February 6th.  Clark Lake's west end takes on east end in the third annual hockey matchup, starting at 5:30 pm. Last year's game was hosted by the west end, and was played along the Eagle Point shore. ...

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Motocross on Ice

Motocross on Ice

"We're here to keep in practice for summer," said one of the Motocross participants.  Like a Zamboni at a hockey game, snow plows maintained a circular track to enable motorcycles to attain speeds of 40 mph or more.  The only way the vehicles can grab the...

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Clark Lake Dawn

Clark Lake Dawn

Today's Clark Lake dawn was preceded by the moon setting in the northwest sky, a few short minutes before.  The moonset, at 7:15 am, was striking.  It settled into the spot normally reserved for sunsets at the absolute peak of summer.  As you can see in...

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Sunny Saturday

Sunny Saturday

Clark Lake sparkled today.  The sun couldn't have been brighter, or the skies more blue.  And it brought people out on the ice on this winter day.  The low overnight was chilly at 15 degrees.  By mid afternoon, it reached 31.   The video...

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Ice Boat Thursday Fun

Ice Boat Thursday Fun

Three ice boats, based in Pierces Bay, are bringing energy to Clark Lake this season.  Michael McCarthy took his new boat on a maiden voyage Wednesday.  But conditions weren't favorable.  Not enough wind is a problem not only for sailors during the...

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Polar Plunge 2021

Polar Plunge 2021

It may not surprise you to learn that the Polar Plunge will not take place at Eagle Point this year.  Instead, this event, that supports Special Olympics, is "going virtual."   They are asking participants to register online, raise money, and do a cold...

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Wednesday Fun at Clark Lake

Wednesday Fun at Clark Lake

One of the great things about being at Clark Lake is taking advantage of moments, and this story is about that.  Over the season, you can see three ice boats take off across the ice from their home bases, close to each in Pierces Bay--BJ Lyons, Michael McCarthy...

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The IOOF Lodge Gets a New Owner

The IOOF Lodge Gets a New Owner

The concrete building on Vining Street has a fascinating history.  Thought to be a lodge hall for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a tour of the interior tends to confirm that. As you enter from the street, you find a large room with a stage at the south end...

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Crash at Hyde and Reed Roads

Crash at Hyde and Reed Roads

Columbia Township Police report a personal injury accident at the intersection of Hyde and Reed Roads on Monday, January 11th.  "Initial reports following the crash stated that one of the vehicles involved was transporting children and one of those children was...

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Consumers Energy Electric Rates Rise

Consumers Energy Electric Rates Rise

Flying under the radar of many, Consumers Energy's electric rates went up January 1st.  Quantity of electricity used is measured in kilowatt hours (kwh).  In that measure, residential cost rose 9%, or from 16.6 cents to 18.1 cents per kwh.  It doesn't...

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Clark Lake’s Unexplained

Clark Lake’s Unexplained

In one of the nooks and crannies of this website is a section devoted to stories dealing with the unexplained.  In their own words, Clark Lakers tell of a strange occurrence in their life, for which typical explanations don't apply.  Five of them relate...

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Eagle Point Road Lift Station Gets a Lift

Eagle Point Road Lift Station Gets a Lift

Work on the Eagle Point lift station has gone on for months.  The long term project included relining the vast sewage wet well and replacing corroded piping--a sometimes smelly and noisy operation.  Today, Consumers Energy crews were installing a gas line to...

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Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing

Tuesday's conditions were close to perfect.  Clark Lake's ice cover was smooth and very slippery.  A coating of previous precipitation had coated the surface, and beckoned anyone with an ice boat.  Phil Schindler took up the alluring invitation today....

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Big Change Ahead for Community Center

Big Change Ahead for Community Center

Two 501c3 non-profit organizations exist at Clark Lake.  One operates the Clark Lake Community Center.  The other is the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation.  Under the Foundation’s umbrella are the Spirit Trail, Run Clark Lake, Raft-O-Rama, Crab Races, and...

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