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North Lake Road Blocked

North Lake Road Blocked

As of 9 am Sunday, North Lake Road between Pleasant View and Kentucky Avenue is blocked.  A mighty oak split close to its base.  A massive part of the tree is hanging over the road, posing a potential hazard. Police Chief Jay Niles said "JDOT responded and...

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Feeling Like Fall

Feeling Like Fall

Once the most recent rain ceased, it left behind cooler fall weather.  No longer will simple summer wear suffice while out on the lake, as you can see in this photo taken this afternoon.  White caps and 54 degrees at 3 pm help tell the story.  Rain that...

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Jolt on Oakwood

Jolt on Oakwood

Photo courtesy of Columbia Township Police Oakwood residents got a jolt of sorts midday yesterday (Monday, Oct 11).  Columbia Township Police report a Modern Waste garbage truck struck a utility pole as the truck was exiting a private drive onto Oakwood. ...

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Dick Cochran Memorial Service

Dick Cochran Memorial Service

As previously reported, Richard Cochran of Clark Lake passed away on September 30th.  A memorial service will be held at Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road on Saturday, October 16th at 11 am. Following the service, the family will hold a reception at...

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Winged Visitor to Clark Lake

Winged Visitor to Clark Lake

A winged visitor to Clark Lake would not be unusual, considering visitants like ducks, geese, and swans.  Today was different.  The winged visitor was a seaplane that arrived about 2:30 pm and left about 20 minutes later.  Watch it initiate its takeoff...

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Community Center Leadership Group Assembles

Community Center Leadership Group Assembles

The new Community Center Leadership Group has assembled.  Meeting in the historic building, these volunteers have taken on the task of operating and improving the Community Center.  As previously reported, the former Community Center board asked the Clark...

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Traffic in Jackson

Traffic in Jackson

Traffic in Jackson is more congested than ever, heightened by construction.  Because Clark Lakers often venture into Jackson, here's an update on what to expect.  The following is directly from the Michigan Department of Transportation: The contractor...

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New at the Nest

New at the Nest

As promised, this website is keeping you up to date on the latest from the Eagle's Nest.  Some of what follows will have a familiar ring to long term Clark Lakers.  Good ideas have a way of reappearing.  So, what are they? Fish Friday features a new...

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Burning Leaves at Clark Lake

Burning Leaves at Clark Lake

Clark Lake is blessed with an abundance of trees.  They provide shade in the summer, color in the fall, and showcase the lake as only nature can.  A journey through the Spirit Trail's Magic Forest, or watching trees along the shoreline change color, tells...

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Richard Cochran • 1932 – 2021

Richard Cochran • 1932 – 2021

Richard Cochran, of Clark Lake, passed away Thursday, September 30th.  Ruth Ann, his wife of 65 years, died December 8, 2020.  Dick and Ruth Ann leave behind three children-- Robyn (Max) Steffen, Ronald (Angie) Cochran, and Robert (Trena) Cochran, in...

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The Stink Bug Returneth

The Stink Bug Returneth

The Stink Bug has returned to Clark Lake, or maybe it never went away.  This unpleasant creature has a revolting way about it.  Particularly if you're outside working and unbeknownst to you, one drops down your back under your shirt.  Your hand...

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Forty Days and Forty Nights

Forty Days and Forty Nights

The week's rain almost seemed like the Biblical forty days and forty nights.  That length of time seems to suggest hardship and trouble in the Bible.  The recent stretch of rain was unusual for Clark Lake.  Beth June was recording the stats.  The...

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Barry Marsh Appointed Township Supervisor

Barry Marsh Appointed Township Supervisor

The Columbia Township board appointed Barry Marsh as supervisor tonight.  Since 2008, that position was held by Bob Elrod, who passed away recently. Trustees reviewed these options at tonight's meeting: 1) to appoint an individual with a known interest in serving...

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Regatta 2021 Results

Regatta 2021 Results

Day 2 of the Clark Lake Yacht Club Fall Regatta arrived with more wind.  That increased speeds and reduced times.  The day also delivered a repeat of Saturday's abundance of sun.  Temperatures in the mid 70s made it all the more comfortable for...

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Regatta 2021 – Day 1

Regatta 2021 – Day 1

The winds weren't perfect, but otherwise the weather was excellent for day one of the Clark Lake Yacht Club Fall Regatta.  Thirteen boats competed in all three races.  Eight were in the Rebel class and five were Wayfarers.  Due to light winds, all three...

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Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

As previously reported, the Community Center Board asked the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation to assume ownership and operate this historic structure in the County Park.   The Foundation agreed to accept it, and the County has approved a new license with the...

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Ghost Raft on the Lake

Ghost Raft on the Lake

A ghost raft is floating down the lake (west to east).  At this writing, it has floated eerily past the Yacht Club, heading east.  Is it yours? Thanks to Fritz Wilger for the photo.   

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Spirit Trail and the Roads

Spirit Trail and the Roads

The question comes up, sometimes at precisely the wrong time, what side of the Trail should I be on?  Or, what side of the road? Turns out, the answer depends on your mode of transportation and where you are.  When on the Clark Lake Spirit Trail (off road),...

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September 11, 2021

September 11, 2021

It was twenty years ago today that four coordinated terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in America.  In this video, six Clark Lakers and the Columbia Township Fire Chief, tell how it affected them.  Ages and background of participants vary to...

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Robert Elrod

Robert Elrod

Columbia Township Supervisor Robert Elrod has died.  Bob Elrod was first elected supervisor in 2008.  Township Treasurer John Calhoun comments "Bob put the community above everything...we have lost a champion for our community."    A Township news...

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Regatta Returns

Regatta Returns

After the 2020 hiatus, a Clark Lake tradition returns.  The Clark Lake Yacht Club will hold its 60th annual Fall Regatta on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19.   The Club is welcoming five classes to the competition---Rebels, Interlakes,...

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Blake’s Store – Uncovering Clark Lake’s Past

Blake’s Store – Uncovering Clark Lake’s Past

Every so often, a piece of Clark Lake's past reveals itself.  This happens when a cottage is coming down to replaced by a new house.  Or it could happen during repairs.  While a crew worked on the house at Hyde and Oakwood, some of that past...

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Remembering Meredith and Fleet 58

Remembering Meredith and Fleet 58

Friends and family gathered at the Beach Bar to remember Meredith and John Szostek.  Here are some of the smiling faces of those who came to remember them.   At the event, Meredith's son, Gerald Burns, addressed the group....

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Visitor from Kalamazoo

Visitor from Kalamazoo

On Wednesday, August 25, Roger Lepley, AIA, left Kalamazoo and headed east on I-94 toward Clark Lake.  Why is this noteworthy?  Clark Lake has a connection with Roger, and it's visible every summer day.  Roger is president of Consort Corporation. ...

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Ford Field 2021

Ford Field 2021

Ford Field 2021 made up for the lost year.  Neighbors and friends gathered for the 8th Annual Ford Field party this evening in the South Woodlands.  As summer draws to a close, it's a last blast before the new season announces itself.   Ford Field...

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