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Bears are not the problem, people are

Hi Y’all,

I hope that everybody had a happy and safe Fourth of July!

The Carrabelle fireworks were wonderful! Thank you to all who were involved in making it happen.

I heard a lot about how our fur babies are disturbed with the fireworks. There are a lot that aren’t afraid. Fireworks are a way of celebration which people get great pleasure from; they are fired off twice a year in our country. Stop and think how many children enjoy this tradition, how many humans enjoy the tradition. However, Sheriff A.J. Smith did state that it is illegal without a permit to set off anything that explodes or propels. Take responsibility for your animals to make them as comfortable as you can, you know it is coming, talk to your veterinarian about some calming medicine, go to the quietest room in the house, turn the music or television up, snuggle them in a blanket and cover their ears. I am bothered by my neighbor’s barking dog every time it is outside (every day), I am bothered by another neighbor’s barking dog (every day) when I walk down the street, when anybody walks down the street.

The Lanark Village Boat Club had a Fourth of July holiday lunch on Monday. I am sorry if you missed it. It is so good to get back to our social events where we meet our friends and make new friends. Thank you to all who are making this happen.

I am hoping that Lanark Village Association will soon start up again with the social events at Chillas Hall. We are normally inactive in the summer, but when the snowbirds start flying back in, we will start having more get-together events. I can’t wait for the covered dish Sundays, the dances and the parties to start up.

Please put your garbage where the bears cannot get to it. We had five occasions which we had to clean up somebody else’s garbage this past week, and that is just in my area. The bears are not the problem, the people are the problem.

Speaking of bears, I got to see a rare sight. A mama bear and her three cubs came walking across the Lanark golf course. She wasn’t in a hurry, just getting out to take a stroll with her babies to see what garbage the careless humans left out.

The Coffee Times at Chillas Hall are still going strong on Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. On Thursday, July 8, at 9:15 a.m., we will be treated to music by the Highway 98 Band. Also the representative of the Veterans Administration will be there to answer any of your questions. Coffee is free on Thursdays, compliments of the veterans representative.


The American Legion has their cheeseburger/hamburger night. They will be serving these wonderful burgers on Friday nights 5 to 7 p.m. If you want to call ahead, call 850-697-9998. The dining and bar areas are now open; the public is invited.

The American Legion has pizza on Sunday evening, also from 5 to 7 p.m. Call ahead (850) 697-9998 to order. or come in the dining room and bar are open. The pizza is $10 with your choice of toppings.

The Lanark Village Golf Club is always open for your fun, easy-going golfing needs. We are the only course on the bay, and you can come spend the day for only $5 per person, and anyone can join for only $50 a year. Also, we rent our sign out for special messages, such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc.

There is Trivia at the Crooked River Grill on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Many of our Lanark people enjoy this activity. Also, The Crooked River Grill at St. James Bay Golf Resort off Highway 98, east of Lanark Village, invites you to enjoy live music at their new outdoor pavilion on Saturdays at 6 p.m.

Love Lanark!

Please remember to send me an email or message me on Facebook if you have any questions.

Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at p.funderburk@yahoo.com

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