Clark Lake Wine Tasting May 22nd

The 6th Annual Women’s Wine Tasting that benefits the Clark Lake Spirit Trail is scheduled for May 22nd 6:30-9 pm at The Beach Bar.  Kelly Petitto says “tickets are limited and go fast.”  The $25 ticket includes wine tasting, appetizers and prizes.  It will be a fun evening and a great way to celebrate the upcoming summer!  Tickets will be available by the end of this week. Contact Ann Swain or Kelly Petitto to get yours.

What’s New with the Clark Lake Spirit Trail

There might have been a time that if someone thought of running around the lake that he or she would sit down and rest until the thought passed. Not anymore!

Sheri Bush, Trish Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

Sheri Bush, Trish Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail is being used frequently and with passion. And today (Saturday) a number of individuals volunteered their time and effort to cleaning it up and putting a fresh face on it for the new season. Here are some of those who brought their efforts to bear on this project. You may know some of them: the Baker’s, Trish Boyers, Sheri Bush, John Karkheck, the Lajdziak’s, Danny Omo, and Ann Swain. Before today’s clean up, an “angel” or “angels” cleaned up the section of the Trail going through the County Park and the area around the monument to Tom Collins. The Trail committee has big thanks to everyone who came out today and to the “angel(s)” whose identity remains a mystery.

Sections of the Trail are being adopted by individuals and groups who will watch over their area and help out as needed. Here’s how the adoption process is going: S. Woodlands to Sandy Beach cut-thru, the Baker’s; Sherri Cameron, the magic forest; Dick Cochran, the area parallel to Hyde Road (former Cincinnati Northern Railroad bed); Kathy Hendges, Hyde Road; Don Fowler and the Lajdziak’s, Jefferson Road; and Oakwood to S. Woodlands cut-thru, a group working with Trish Boyers. The committee is looking for individuals or a group to adopt one or both gardens in the County Park at Ocean Beach and the one garden in the Township Park on Hyde Road.

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Danny Omo working on the Jefferson Road section of the Trail

Tucker Boyers continues work on the project to pave an area separate from traffic from Rita Drive to Grand Boulevard on the North Lake Road curve. Cars travel at 45 mph in that area, so having separate pavement for the Trail users will increase safety for both those on the Trail and drivers using North Lake.

Establishing the Clark Lake Spirit Trail has been a huge effort made possible only by contributions of both work and monetary donations from many. Because of its success, maintaining and improving the Trail remains an important objective by those who love Clark Lake and want to enhance the Clark Lake experience.

 

The 2014 Clark Lake Melt

Water is pooling in a typical spring fashion around the lake.  But there has been no evidence of unusually high water that could be expected after a winter with heavy snow and ice.

Water is pooling in a typical spring fashion around the lake. But there has been no evidence of unusually high water that could be expected after a winter with heavy snow and ice.

In spite of warmer weather, some snow and ice refuses to leave us.  This snow plows at Eagle Point left these mountains.  Click the photo to enlarge it and notice the black mountain behind the white mountain.

In spite of warmer weather, some snow and ice refuses to leave us. The snow plows at Eagle Point left these mountains. Click the photo to enlarge it and notice the black mountain behind the white mountain.

No report on their success

No report on their success

Given the nefarious nature of this winter’s weather, there was some expectation of continued chicanery from Mother Nature this spring. But this spring is significant for what’s been missing—no flooding, abnormally high lake water level, ice piling up damaging property like seawalls, nasty storms (so far) or a feared fish kill.

Cooler weather is in the forecast next week, but today (Saturday) was truly brought a genuine feeling of spring with a high around 73. Some docks have gone into the lake and several fishing boats have been spotted.

A WILX news report last night had a DNR spokesman telling of fish kills in some Michigan lakes. This happens when there is not enough oxygen in the water under the ice, and fish die during the winter. Once the thaw occurs, they wash up on the shore. So far there has been no evidence of this at Clark Lake.

Have something you’d like to report to this website? It’s easy. Email it to clarklakespirit@gmail.com.

 

The Kids Are Ready to Run

Fifth graders from Columbia Middle School are in training for the big day–Saturday, May 17th. It’s on that day at 10 am, that a group of Jr. Soul 2 Soul runners will run from the County Park at Ocean Beach and head towards the magic forest between Lakeview East and Jefferson Road. This 5k run has a mission—to teach the life-long benefits of goal setting and exercise.

The kids have been training after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 8th. They’ll continue to be coached by volunteers thru May 15th.

Each participant will be the proud wearer of a the Jr. Soul 2 Soul 5k Run t-shirt, and there are other goodies to be had.

For more information, please contact Sheri Bush. Website email: clarklakespirit@gmail.com.

 

Laurice LaZebnik’s New Book

Laurice LaZebnik on the lawn of her Kentucky Point home.

Laurice LaZebnik on the lawn of her Kentucky Point home. This photo was taken about a week ago–while the lake still had ice, but the weather warm and agreeable.

As mentioned on this website several days ago, Clark Lake’s Laurice LaZebnik’s new book is now in print.  “The Atomic Sailor” presents an engaging story about a person who spent quality time in this area.  In today’s MLive, you can get Brad Flory’s take on Laurie’s book.  Click here to read it.

Gone!

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The boat lift that froze in place near the township park appears to be in about the same location when ice overtook it

Clark Lake awoke this morning to open water, with only a few chunks of ice bobbing around the shoreline like ice cubes in a glass of lemonade on a summer afternoon.  The refreshing change brought out people who were taking in the lake’s advance into the spring season.

Another thought about the thaw comes from John Deming. He points out that after “extended winter conditions the possibility of a fish die-off increases.”  If you see evidence of this, would you please email this website at clarklakespirit@gmail.com?  Also a reminder to watch for glass bottles and other trash that was left on the ice and could be floating your way.

 

He Couldn’t Wait!

Mike Ligibel in the Sandy Beach area of Clark Lake

Mike Ligibel in the Sandy Beach area of Clark Lake

Mike Ligibel is pushing the envelope for spring to arrive. Nancy, his wife, took this photo on Saturday as Mike, using waders, explored the ice in front of his house in the Sandy Beach Road area.  He found the ice to be very slushy.  He said “it might hold you in some locations, but I sure wouldn’t trust it.”

The ice floe had moved towards Eagle Point by Monday (this) morning.  But by afternoon, it was back in the Sandy Beach area.

Meanwhile, regarding the way the ice is going out this season, John Calhoun comments “Gotta love that west wind!  I won’t be rebuilding the rock sea wall like last year!”

A  boat lift near the township park that was frozen in place and spent the winter in the lake, remains in the same place.  The ice could have carried it away, but did not.

Two intrepid Clark Lakers, Ann Clark and Katie Rensch (both have houses in the Eagle Point cove on the east end), appear to be first at getting their docks in the water this season.  Every year, it seems harder to be first in, especially if the lake is still frozen in front of your place!

Going…going…gone?

View of the east end of Clark Lake from Eagle Point

View of the east end of Clark Lake from Eagle Point

View of Clark Lake from the Eagle Point Marine, looking northwest

View of Clark Lake from the Eagle Point Marine, looking northwest

View of Clark Lake from the boat ramp at the Head of the Lake

View of Clark Lake from the boat ramp at the Head of the Lake

Not quite!  Today (Saturday) the areas of open water widened greatly. Check out these photos taken this afternoon. But note the picture taken from the Eagle Point shoreline in the direction of Kentucky Point.  So the “gone” part of the headline is yet to be seen.

This is one of the "not yet" sections of the lake.  View is from the Eagle Point shoreline looking towards Kentucky Point

This is one of the “not gone” sections of the lake. View is from the Eagle Point shoreline looking towards Kentucky Point

It’s Beginning to Happen

View of Clark Lake from the Eagle Point shoreline on the west side of the lake, looking northwest.

View of Clark Lake from the Eagle Point shoreline on the west side of the lake, looking northwest.

And today (Friday) provided strong evidence that this winter’s ice on Clark Lake is on the way out.  With sunshine and warmer temperatures over the last few days, several large areas of open water have appeared.  This afternoon’s high wind gave the ice a push and created ice floes.  In past seasons, these ice floes have sometimes piled up along some shorelines and threatened breakwaters.  There is a photo on this website of ice clogging the dam at Ocean Beach.  So far no problems like these have been observed this season.

Familiar wildlife continue to visit us.  These include ducks, wood ducks, sandhill cranes, Canadian geese and robins.

Clark Lake Author Writes Again

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Author Laurice LaZebnik with two best friends–Herbie and Zelda–in front of the Kentucky Point home that she shares with her husband, Bob.

Clark Lake author Laurice LaZebnik’s latest book has just been published, and the main character in the storyline has roots from this area.  The Atomic Sailor is based on the fascinating real life stories of Admiral James H. McLaughlin, who lived in Brooklyn for part of his life.  Laurice interviewed him extensively, most often over breakfast at the Brooklyn Big Boy.  What came out of these discussions is an engaging story in a book that you won’t want to put down.   Details to follow on this website.

Laurice LaZebnik has also written Strongheart, A Dog Who Was a Coward.  It is available for sale at Doyle’s on Hyde Road.