I must sadly report that one of our nearby outboard motor and boat repair shops will be closing for good at the end of the month. Mel’s Outdoor Power, which has been in operation since 1995 at the intersection of Highways B and CC in the Town of Round Lake, will close with the retirement of owner Mel Vanway.

Mel lost his wife a few years ago and was left working the shop by himself. Mel is an extremely hard worker but now is at the point of retirement. You can only do it for so long. Mel would like to find someone to take over the business but sometimes that’s easier to talk about than to do. Many of us are going to miss Mel because he is someone who is always willing to take five minutes to answer a question to help someone out. Mel, you will be missed. We wish you the best in your retirement.

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