Welcome to Tales

In this section read fictional or non-fictional short stories about Clark Lake or written by Clark Lake writers.  Enjoy!
Clark Lake Changing Lives

Clark Lake Changing Lives

By Rick Belcher As someone who writes regularly about Clark Lake, I was asked by the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce to tell about the lake in a publication called the Resorter.  The Resorter was included in a recent issue of the Exponent, and is available now as...
April 1st, 2015

April 1st, 2015

April 1st posts on this website always garner a lot of attention, and none more than the first one on April 1, 2015.  This story went viral with 70,000 pageviews in a 24 hour period, and achieved international status.  By the time a viewer came upon the last few...
So Sad

So Sad

Jill Bentley is in handcuffs.  How could this be?  Clark Lake is in shock. Local police explain what action must take place when there is violation: “it must be pursued,” even if it accuses a person whom you never would expect to be in such a situation.  Of course,...
Clark Lake’s Other Count

Clark Lake’s Other Count

Every summer from long ago, a team launches early on July 4th morning to count Clark Lake’s boats.  The purpose? To take a census specific to this lake.  Early on, it detected the explosive growth of a kind of craft that originated right here.  Rafts...
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

When it comes to docks at Clark Lake, no two are exactly the same.  Even manufactured docks have their differences. For years, cottagers developed their dock systems based on their own understanding of engineering principles, or “it worked last year…why...
Unidentified Object Lands near Clark Lake

Unidentified Object Lands near Clark Lake

Time and time again, credible people see objects in the sky, and even land, yet governmental authorities dismiss those sightings.  Worse yet, individuals who come forward with their evidence become the target of derision.  In laying out the details of this...
Freak Freeze at Clark Lake

Freak Freeze at Clark Lake

Just when we thought winter had left us behind, Clark Lake froze over again.  “This is truly a freak event” said meteorologist Justin Kraze.  “We don’t usually see situations like this.”  The freak freeze was significant enough that on this first day of...
The 1973 Summer of Fun

The 1973 Summer of Fun

by Rick Belcher My brother, like many of us, has an intense spiritual connection with Clark Lake.  Buzz is also a born salesman.  When David P. Belcher II enters the room, his charisma fills it with no problem.  I know where he gets it.  When it...
Should Radio DJs Get Hazardous Duty Pay?

Should Radio DJs Get Hazardous Duty Pay?

by Rick Belcher Steve Kelly might say “yes”.  Rewind 28 years ago when he was the morning show DJ on WIOG.  This station had massive ratings in Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and Flint.  The reasons for its dominance included excellent DJs, the best top 40...
Boyfriends

Boyfriends

by Laurice LaZebnik Looking back at the list of 19 liaisons I’ve had over my lifetime I realized I’ve made some not-so-great choices. I wondered what it was that attracted me to some males and not others. Was there sort of magnet inside my head that pulled me towards...
Ever Fly a Bomber over Clark Lake?

Ever Fly a Bomber over Clark Lake?

by Laurice LaZebnik I turned my head to see who had tapped me on the shoulder. “Would you or Bob like a ride in that B-17 parked outside the Richmond Brothers hangar?” It was my old friend and fellow pilot who had orchestrated landing a restored B-17 bomber on the new...