Some of you who have been to Birchwood Lodge through the years, may have seen a tall, strapping,  Scandinavian  guy checking on things around the building.  That  guy is Clark Erickson, Maintenance Chief at the Birchwood Lodge, known to owners and guests alike as a person who can handle almost any problem that arises here, whether it is a heating/air conditioning concern, overflowing toilets, snowplowing,  electrical problems, etc.  He has even helped guests who have encountered a variety of car problems.   Clark will always lend a helping hand.  In his off hours, he is heavily engaged in athletic activities, from coaching youth baseball and basketball,  fund raising for the sports complex in Sister Bay, and recently as Manager of the Sister Bay Bays,  Door County Baseball League Champions 0f 2011.  Clark is an unassuming kind of guy, but like most athletes and coaches, he’ll give it his all to play and coach to the best of his abilities.   The Sister Bay Bays were not expected to win the league championship this year in the final play-off championship game against the the first place team for the regular season, the Egg Harbor Indians.   Up until this year, the Bays not been in a play-off championship game for seventeen years.   Clark said, “All of the hard work by the team members paid off and we held on to win the game after blowing a big lead.  That game took a few years off my life.”    One member of Clark’s team was unable to play in that game due to a severe eye injury that occurred during a game  in the regular season.  Typical of Clark, he helped organize a community fund raiser to raise money to help his player pay off some medical expenses.   It was a huge success and a very grateful young man thanked Clark especially for spearheading the event.  We’re proud of Clark and we congratulate him on winning the championship.  Next time you’re up here and you happen to see Clark in the building, give him a “high five”.