Open Forum for week of June 19

Screen shot 2014-06-18 at 9.57.25 AMEDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake, or by e-mail to [email protected] Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed with the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Deadline is noon Monday. The newspaper reserves the right to edit letters and assure that rules of libel and good taste are not violated.

Trail Plan Suggestion

I applaud the Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan for Forest Lake, and I encourage those advocating this plan to push past the oncoming criticism from the usual naysayers.

The article in the Times noted that maintenance of our outdoor resources has been lacking. Ah, yes, I would say that’s a fair assessment of the Hardwood Creek Trail.

The trail has deteriorated over the past several years, and may or may not be OK for walkers and runners, but for bicyclists it’s somewhere between dicey and flat-out treacherous. Potholes, uneven surfaces, and 1- to 2-inch cracks are the norm, and can quickly produce an unpleasant result. On the flip side, biking the trail (which I now avoid) certainly promotes a heightened mental awareness to reduce the likelihood of a visit to urgent care.

As a role model, how about the Gateway Trail between Pine Point County Park north of Stillwater down to St. Paul? It’s just about perfect and often teeming with bicyclists who know a good trail when they ride it.

Hopefully proper maintenance of Hardwood Creek Trail is a key feature of the plan.

Michael Harwell
Forest Lake

Proud to be a Lion

I am a proud member of the Forest Lake Lions. Last week we reviewed our budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Our group donated over $30,000 to local and national charities, children’s groups and individuals needing a hand.

We could not have made those donations without the great citizens of the area purchasing hamburgers from our concession wagon or pulltabs from our gambling site at Old Log Cabin, the hard work of our Lion members or assistance from local youth groups such as the Scouts, Ranger Drumline or LEOs.

The Lions have donated to the senior all-night party at the high school. We have given out four scholarships and donated to the Community Scholarship Foundation, as well.

We have purchased eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. We are serving meals during Safety Camp this week. We have cooked dinners for residents of Ronald McDonald House. We will be doing our annual blood drive July 14 at the American Legion hall.

The American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Liver Foundation and the Be The Match program have all benefited this year. We assisted a young lady with funds to purchase a Diabetic Alert Dog. The list goes on.

Our group is small, with less than 40 members. I invite others to join us in keeping up with our motto, “We Serve.” Our next meeting is July 17 at Willowbrook Church. Contact me at 651-982-0627 to learn more about becoming a member of the largest service organization in the world.

Nancy Immel
Forest Lake

Many Thanks

A huge thank you to the local businesses and patrons who supported our annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

Through this event we are able to help those with developmental disabilities in our local community. Without your support and generosity, this would not be successful.

Thank you!

Tony Angelo
Knights of Columbus Fr. Gibbons Council 3657
Forest Lake