2018-07-11 / Community View

Otter Lake celebrates ‘Let Freedom Ring’



Vassar’s Joe Cartner tempts the local blue gill and bass with a hot dog bait off the handicapped accessible dock at the Otter Lake Village Campground. Cartner said Otter Lake Days is “always a good time,” and he caught and released a 10-inch bass. 
Photos by Phil Foley Vassar’s Joe Cartner tempts the local blue gill and bass with a hot dog bait off the handicapped accessible dock at the Otter Lake Village Campground. Cartner said Otter Lake Days is “always a good time,” and he caught and released a 10-inch bass. Photos by Phil Foley

Joe Keys of Otisville flashes a smile as he gets ready to enjoy Otter Lake’s ‘Let Freedom Ring’ celebration on Saturday. Joe Keys of Otisville flashes a smile as he gets ready to enjoy Otter Lake’s ‘Let Freedom Ring’ celebration on Saturday.

Kia Oliver, 3, chomps down on a sucker and waives a flag as the Otter Lake parade passed by on Saturday. Kia Oliver, 3, chomps down on a sucker and waives a flag as the Otter Lake parade passed by on Saturday.

Joan Skias, who moved to Otter Lake from Reading, Pa., in 1981 was Otter Lake’s Honored Citizen for 2018. Along with being the village clerk for 30 years, she has worked with the COOL Committee, Lionesses and United Way. Married for 48 years, she and husband, Chris, have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Joan Skias, who moved to Otter Lake from Reading, Pa., in 1981 was Otter Lake’s Honored Citizen for 2018. Along with being the village clerk for 30 years, she has worked with the COOL Committee, Lionesses and United Way. Married for 48 years, she and husband, Chris, have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As Otter Lake Fire Dept. Lt. Robert Varner watches from a safe distance as D.J. Suthr takes a swing at a beat up old Jeep Saturday making it a little more beat up. Suthr came up from Jacksonville, Fla. to visit his grandmother and have fun in Otter Lake. As Otter Lake Fire Dept. Lt. Robert Varner watches from a safe distance as D.J. Suthr takes a swing at a beat up old Jeep Saturday making it a little more beat up. Suthr came up from Jacksonville, Fla. to visit his grandmother and have fun in Otter Lake.

The crowd gathers at the corner of Detroit Street and Genesee Avenue Saturday for the Otter Lake Days parade. The crowd gathers at the corner of Detroit Street and Genesee Avenue Saturday for the Otter Lake Days parade.

“The fireworks are amazing,” said Paula McLaughlin. She said her family has been coming to Otter Lake Days every year since they moved to Columbiaville. “It’s just fun,” she said, while sipping a beverage at Otter Lake’s lakeside village park. “The fireworks are amazing,” said Paula McLaughlin. She said her family has been coming to Otter Lake Days every year since they moved to Columbiaville. “It’s just fun,” she said, while sipping a beverage at Otter Lake’s lakeside village park.

Asst. Chief Jim Ford flips a burger at Otter Lake Days. He said they were on track to sell 780 hot dogs and 350 hamburgers. The Otter Lake Days fund raising allows his department to pay for everything from special equipment to Shop with a Hero. Asst. Chief Jim Ford flips a burger at Otter Lake Days. He said they were on track to sell 780 hot dogs and 350 hamburgers. The Otter Lake Days fund raising allows his department to pay for everything from special equipment to Shop with a Hero.

Otter Lake Fire Dept. Firefighter Barry Narran prepares an order of chili-cheese fries at the department’s concession pavilion at the water’s edge. Otter Lake Fire Dept. Firefighter Barry Narran prepares an order of chili-cheese fries at the department’s concession pavilion at the water’s edge.

Columbiaville’s Brooklin Clark shows off the cat face she got come Millington’s Kim Thomas. Brooklin came to Otter Lake Days with her parents Matt and Lorri. Her dad is a Columbiaville firefighter. Columbiaville’s Brooklin Clark shows off the cat face she got come Millington’s Kim Thomas. Brooklin came to Otter Lake Days with her parents Matt and Lorri. Her dad is a Columbiaville firefighter.

Sisters Nona and Barb Jones take a break between running the turtle and frog races at Otter Lake Days. Sisters Nona and Barb Jones take a break between running the turtle and frog races at Otter Lake Days.

Clarkston’s Emily Patnaude gives her bullfrog a kiss for luck just before the Otter Lake Days frog race Saturday. It worked, since even though the frog veered off into the parking lot at the end, it still won the race giving Emily her second firstplace medal of the day. Her painted turtle turned out to be the fastest as well. Clarkston’s Emily Patnaude gives her bullfrog a kiss for luck just before the Otter Lake Days frog race Saturday. It worked, since even though the frog veered off into the parking lot at the end, it still won the race giving Emily her second firstplace medal of the day. Her painted turtle turned out to be the fastest as well.

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