Lions prowl Bear Den at Wasserman Park

Beware! If you’re passing the Bear Den at Wasserman Park, you may hear a Lion roar, "We serve!"

The Merrimack Lions have taken on a new service project. After having Matt Casparius, of the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department, speak at a club meeting and tell about the renewal project going on at Wasserman Park, the Lions adopted Bear Den cabin.

Casparius came at the request of the club, which has monthly speakers, usually community personalities, to help keep us in touch with Merrimack.

The adoption of Bear Den is a "just right" undertaking for the club. We can use our skills, time and money from community fundraising to help make repairs and buy some needed supplies for the cabin.

Starting in October, we removed, rebuilt and rescreened the 14 screens in the cabin. This endeavor allowed many of us to use our varied abilities as we pulled the old screens and staples, then sanded, reinforced and repainted the frames before applying new screens.

Two lovely fall afternoons were all we Lions needed to complete this first task for Bear Den. Future tasks include rebuilding some of the shutters, replacing some floor and bathroom fixtures, and painting.

Our goal is that Bear Den be all updated well before the campers come back for the summer. It is great to know that our efforts will give them a cleaner, safer more pleasant place to enjoy their camp activities.

The Lions of Merrimack are always on the lookout for ways to serve our community. Our Scarecrows for Diabetes each fall create community spirit. Roadside cleanup twice a year keeps northern Daniel Webster Highway looking spiffy. The annual Fishing Derby at the Mid-Winter Carnival provides a new and exciting experience for lots of kids. And our yearly Christmas party for the Merrimack Friars involves our high school Leos and lots of fun for a deserving group of adults.

Merrimack Lions are always looking for others in town who love to serve. If you’d like to join or visit at one of our meetings, please call our membership chairperson, Tricia Hanson, at 424-6884. If you’d like to talk to our programs chairperson about speaking or suggesting a community service, call Frank DiChiara at 424-3381.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 p.m. at The Common Man.