Friday night in Bear Lake, Michigan

The Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department would like to extend a BIG thank you to the generous people from Bear Lake United Methodist Church who hosted “An Evening With Friends” last night.

A wonderful selection of cakes, coffee, cheeses and punch were spread out for those who came to hear about the upcoming effort to fund a new fire engine for Bear Lake Township Fire Department. Members of FOBLTFD were on hand to explain about the upcoming August 6 Special Election.

IMG_0197Bear Lake Fire Chief Sean Adams and members of the volunteer fire staff brought three vehicles up to the Church parking lot so people could see for themselves the comparison between the respective ages of the current fleet.

#171 – 35 years old. Current pumps do not drive directly from the engine (as #171 does). It is no longer possible to find parts for many of the repairs necessary for this vehicle.

All the people who gave up their Friday evening to make this event happen display the kind of community spirit that makes Bear Lake a special place to live.

Thank you one and all!


Friday June 28 – An Evening With Friends

Bear Lake Township, Michigan, Fire And Rescue DepartmentAn Evening With Friends

The Bear Lake Methodist Church (corner of Main and Smith) will be hosting a social evening on Friday June 28 from 5.30 – 9.30 PM on behalf of the Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department.

While enjoying delicious cakes, desserts, coffee and soft drinks, the community can hear about current efforts to upgrade our fleet of aging fire and rescue vehicles and just how busy our home town Fire Department has become – over 222 runs in 2012!

Fire Chief Sean Adams will bring the fire trucks and Rescue vehicle up to the Church so you can see and hear about what your home town fire department does first hand.

Following the social time, attendees can move to the Sanctuary to watch a free showing of the movie “Backdraft”
As noted during the recent World Book Night event which featured Population 485, an autobiography by Mike Perry – our Bear Lake Township Fire and EMS people really do ‘meet their neighbors one siren at a time’!

Township Supervisor asks for help to curb littering

In the most recent Bear Lake Bulletin, Bear Lake Township Supervisor Vern “Corkey” Best asked for your help to stop the illegal dumping and general misuse of the Township recycling service.

The recycling area, next to the Township Hall in Downtown Bear Lake, is operated on an honors system. A wide variety of items are accepted but people are asked to do some simple things to keep this are clean and tidy. There is a large display board which lists what goes where and what NOT to put in the bins.

If you put garbage in with recycling it effectively negates the whole load which then goes straight to the landfill!

The practice of dumping piles of garbage outside the dumpsters has to stop. It’s then up to good hearted folks to clean it up after you!

Following are 2 images from just recently. The person who did this was seen and the information turned over to local law enforcement for prosecution. Please, if you see this happening, take the registration number and call the Township at (231) 864-3620 and leave a message for the Clerk or Supervisor.

It is worth noting – that ALL of this mess was sorted by a responsible resident, the garbage bagged, and ALL this cardboard was flattened and there was ample space in the recycling bin for all of it.

This was just plain laziness and disregard for common courtesy.



Here is a list of the MANY items that can be recycled and a request to do so responsibly please.


Upcoming Friends of Bear Lake Township Fire Department Events

©JupiterImagesNext Meeting: Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. 

We’ve been given permission to use the school library that evening so we will hold the meeting there.  The main topic of the meeting will be:
Determining the “get out the vote” canvassing route plan.

If you’ve been waiting to get involved – now is when we need you!

And a reminder that the Bear Lake United Methodist Church will be hosting “An Evening With Friends” on Friday June 28 – delicious desserts, coffee and soft drinks – and an opportunity to see the current fire vehicles and hear about the 20 year replacement plan. There will also be a free showing of the movie Backdraft.