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in the Special Forces.

At the end of the day, the group had raised $4,000 but hopes to boost the final figure to $5,000.

Because of the event’s success, The Cedars Resort intends to do this on a yearly basis.

But besides contributing to charitable causes, The Cedars is also looking forward to another successful summer season. Last year, the hot weather beckoned a large number of swimmers to its beach to cool off, and many of them expressed a desire for ice cream. So, with a listening ear and a desire to please their customers, The Cedars teamed up with Cedar Crest ice cream. This year, Ray plans to install a sliding window to connect the restaurant to its deck. That way, swimmers can run up to the window and order one of many delicious flavors without having to leave the sunny outdoors.

Sandwich selections increase

In addition, some asked for more variety in the sandwich department, and the restaurant has some exciting selections planned, sandwiches that include vegetarian and gluten-free choices. The list they’ve drawn together is as follows:

Cedars Sweet Chili Chicken Sandwich Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Garbage Burger—everything but the kitchen sink

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich—BBQ or Teriyaki

Pizza Burger

Ice Burger—burger on iceberg lettuce with no bun

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich Grouper Sandwich on Hoagie Grilled Salmon with Slaw on Hoagie

Of course, that will be in addition to their gourmet dinner entrees at night created by French Chef Yves Parapel, mouth-watering dishes like peppercorn encrusted rib eye drenched with a creamy cognac sauce; shrimp sautéed and smothered in a sea of garlic butter, white wine, shallots and cream; blackened salmon drizzled with a sweet chili glaze; and fettuccini with shrimp, scallops and crawfish draped in creamy white wine sauce with garlic, shallots, spinach and cherry tomatoes. And that’s just a sample of what he has in store.

In addition to sandwiches, ice cream and gourmet fare, the resort also hosts weddings with its beautiful lakeside backdrop.

This year, Red Star Express will be practicing on the band deck on Wednesdays during the summer months, providing live music for customers who choose to dine on the deck. Other bands also will make an appearance as well.

The Cedars Resort began with Ray and Debbie’s desire to restore the beach, a legacy long cherished by cottage owners and locals. Because it was a sum815 mer spot long enjoyed by Debbie and her children, the couple’s vision was to have a swimming area for everyone, rich or poor.

When the neighbors asked for a restaurant and bar, the Brickners, who had never been in the restaurant business before, obliged with a beautiful building and a wall of windows with a breathtaking view of the lake. In addition to the inside restaurant, customers also enjoy the outside deck and Tiki Bar with a view of the lake. The restaurant will celebrate five years of being in business on May 17.

In the past, the restaurant has seen events like an ice hockey tournament, a Christmas tree burning party, a recliner race on the ice, and a fishing tournament. Now, they add their Radar Run to the annual schedule.

“Last weekend was the first time we did this,” said Tammy. “But because of the turnout and the community support that we received, we are going to do it every year.”

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