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Sally and B.J. Lyons

Sally and B.J. Lyons

Sally Dandar and B.J. Lyons were introduced to each other while still in the arms of their mothers. This introduction took place between the Ligibel and Lyons’ cottages, located side-by-side on Eagle Point Road facing the west end of the lake. Through the years, the families always remarked, even joked, “wouldn’t it be something if Sally and B.J. would someday marry?” This truly is the story of the boy marrying the girl next door.

On a perfect summer day this July, Sally and B.J. exchanged vows in front of 300 people on Eagle Point.  Read the full story found under Historical Perspectives.

New Treat for the Trail

Mike Bulgini has brought his gardening skills to bear adjacent to a major pass-through on our Trail.   Next time you’re going from Sandy Beach to South Woodland, or vice-versa, check it out. There are two sections of the garden; a small section at the bottom of the hill near South Woodland and a larger section at the top of the hill.
The plot belongs to Dave Hill; and Mike, who is in a master gardening course at MSU, has been beautifying this part of the yard.

New Electrical Substation at the West End

By 2014 many Clark Lakers will tap into electricity from a new Consumers Energy substation. Consumers is in the midst of construction of this new substation at the west end of the lake adjacent to Lions Park at the end of Vining Street. Aptly named “West Clark Lake Substation” by Consumers, it will take some of the burden off of substations currently supply Clark Lake from Cement City and Brooklyn.

View of work at substation southwest of Vining Street

View of work at substation southwest of Vining Street

Consumers predicts increased reliability under the theory that the farther you are from a substation, the greater the possibility of an outage. The new substation will serve 1059 Consumer customers. In the beginning it will not operate at full capacity leaving room for future growth.

Clark Lakes Fun at New Heights

B.J. Lyons rises above it all!

B.J. Lyons rises above it all!

It might seem like Clark Lake just had a James Bond moment.  Did the master spy catapult from his Aston-Martin and then erupt with a splash from the deep off Eagle Point?  Not really.  But reality was much more fun than watching any movie, 007 or not.

A few intrepid Clark Lakes types took to the air on a Jet Lev.  It’s 28-pounds of equipment strapped to your back which is hooked up to a modified jet ski.  The jet ski generates thrust via a stream of water delivered at 1200 gallons per minute to the backpack.  That propels the wearer to a height of 35 to 40 feet above the water.  It also allows other types of maneuvers.  According to B.J. Lyons, who has experience as a professional airplane pilot, controlling the device is not unlike the fundamentals of piloting an aircraft.  Only different, of course.  This experience was totally new, even to a seasoned pilot.  Says B.J. it was “kinda scary, but a total thrill.”

Roger Lyons, B.J.’s father, brought the Jet Lev and its crew to Clark Lake for the demonstration.  “It was another first for Clark Lake and well worth the $300 price tag for each 30-minute ride,” points out Roger.

Other Clark Lakers who took the ride included Danny Omo, Jerry Shaughnessy, Kevin Fink, John Collins, Gary Shultz, Connor Ford, Bruce Lyons, and Bill Searles and daughter, Elan.  If you’re thinking about a new toy, there is good news.  Once costing about $200,000, the units now go for about $70,000.  Jet Lev can be found on the web at http://www.jetlev.com/#!/page_performance.  The Jet Lev visit to Clark Lake took place on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at Eagle Point.