CCC Camp 53/POW Camp Tour, 9/8/18

On Sat, Sept 8, OONA sponsored a guided tour of the former site of the CCC Camp 53/POW Camp in Hamlin.  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the US for unemployed, unmarried young men ages 17-28.  On Sat, Sept 8, Bill and Joanne Camann sponsored a guided tour of the former site of the CCC Camp 53/POW Camp in Hamlin.

This camp was used first by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) young men and then by German prisoners of war. The CCC boys lived here while they worked for $1/day building Hamlin Beach State Park from 1935 to 1941. German POWs lived here from 1944 to 1946 while they worked on area farms and in area canning factories for 85 cents a day.

Ed Evans and only a few others started more than ten years ago voluntarily spending many long days and their own equipment in clearing the site.  In addition to that Ed has been a main force in searching and developing and sharing the history of those camps and their occupants.

Approximately 20 OONA members and guests enjoyed this fascinating tour by Ed Evans.


Summer Solstice Party 2018

Several OONs attended the annual Summer Solstice Party to usher in the long awaited Summer on Thursday, June 21st at the Black North Inn’s Sunset Room (most appropriate for our themed celebration!). Guests were encouraged to dress in creative summer attire with awards going to Sue Zeppetella for Best Dressed Female and Frank Lauta for Best Dressed Male. Also, appropriately named entertainer, Judd Sunshine, (yes, that’s his real name!) did a fantastic job entertaining the guests with songs about sunshine and summer, including a sing-along featuring Frank Lauta and Mary Ann Tillman at the mic. The backdrop was perfect as we watched the weekly sailboat race participants cruise out and back into the harbor while we were being serenaded by Mr. Sunshine, himself!

Special thanks to Alana at the Black North Inn for helping me put on this fun & fabulous event, including selecting a perfectly themed buffet, providing excellent service and donating the “best dressed” prizes and other surprises!

Each guest went home with a packet of sunflower seeds to “plant some sunshine today!”

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Annual Plant Exchange

The annual plant exchange was held on Saturday, June 2 at the Orleans County Marine Park. Thank you to Sylvia Goodstine and Mary Ann Tillman for coordinating! The concept is to expand your garden by bringing a plant from your’s and take other’s home to plant. Sylvia always brings a variety of plants from hers to share.

This year, plants from former neighbor, Sandy Hare were provided to the “exchange” in her memory. New owners of Mrs. Hare’s lakehouse were kind enough to donate the plants from a garden she tended for many years before her death in 2017. Landscaper Jeff Osborne, with assistance from Lynne Menz, meticulously dug up over several hundred plants and bulbs to preserve and have a new life in OONA neighbors’ gardens.  Irises, daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths will be spread throughout the OONA neighborhood in Sandy’s honor.