November 1999

Past-E-Mail: November 1999
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By Justin I usta be a Yooper on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 - 04:33 pm:

how do I get a t-shirt? would be a great christmas gift. Thanks!

By Helen, Lucy, chris & Margaret on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 - 01:12 pm:

Hello to all those Skoviak Pastie eaters in White
Pine, from the Arizona Clan. Merry Christmas

By Phil Bayard, Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 - 02:42 am:

I saw where you have a Virginia Pietela who helps make the pasties.. I'm wondering if she is related to Herman P. Ruonavaara who came from Kemi, Finland.

By Paul S. from Illinois on Sunday, November 28, 1999 - 03:36 pm:

My parents grew up in Chassell. Family moved to Detroit in late 30's early 40's. I grew up on pasties and my siblings and myself still carry on the family tradition of making these delicious meals. I'm presently in Illinois. Still have family in the Chassell area and are planning a trip that way in the spring/summer. Enjoyed your site and will visit it again.

Paul Sauvola

Thanks for the note, Paul. Did you hear, the Chippewa Restaurant burned down last week in Chassell? The Chippewa was one of our early Pasty Central sponsors.

By D. Linna from Michigan on Sunday, November 28, 1999 - 01:27 pm:

I just visited your pasty com/cam site. I currently live in downstate but was born and raised in Bruce Crossing. I wasn't even aware that you have pictures on the site. I ordered pasties for my sister in San Jose a couple of years ago and she loved them. I will order more soon.

Anyhow......your site is very awesome.....thanks for providing "looks" that I always cherish.

Dan Linna
P.S. I would very much want to purchase at least one if not more of the calandars when they are available.

Thanks for the note, Dan! Stay tuned to the Pasty Cam and we'll have a link for requesting the Pasty Cam Millennium Calendar in December.

By John on Friday, November 26, 1999 - 04:53 pm:

Liked the picture of the sundial! Thanks!

BTW, how does one reset a sundial from Daylight Savings Time and back again?

First set the big hand ahead one hour, then set the little hand....
- - - ...whoops! No little hand !?!

Yooper timepiece

By Jan Medved on Thursday, November 25, 1999 - 09:44 am:

Just want to wish every one at Still Waters a
Happy Thanksgiving. Take care and God Bless.

Jeanie of Westland, MI on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 07:35 am:

I keep watching for snow. This is late for you in the UP to get it. Will do my Willie Lumplump (snow) dance. A Happy Thanksgiving to all at Still Waters.

By Jack Jarvey , Steger, Illinois on Sunday, November 21, 1999 - 09:14 pm:

Could the kind folks at Pasty Central post a list of the local hunters that bagged their bucks?

Great idea... However, right about now everybody here begins double shifts in order to get all the pasty orders filled during the holiday season. If you know of anybody in the area who would gather the information, please have them get in touch. And of course, anybody with a buck report of their own is welcome to post it here!

By John E Saari, Jackson, TN on Friday, November 19, 1999 - 04:32 pm:

Hiya Charlie Hopper,

A CHS classmate told me about this website and it is great! We were class of '51 and looking forward to the all-classes reunion 2000 in July.

I was born in Mohawk and we made the Mohawk gradeschool reunion in 1995! It was a big success in my humble opinion.

Best wishes,
John E Saari

Just so happens the CHS website was a Golden Pasty Award winner this month!

Thanks, John, for the nice portrait from the South...

Pasty Lovers

By Stan Kotajarvi on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - 10:43 pm:

Hi, Charlie!
My wife said that someone e-mailed me about my comment about the Natural Wall in Trap Rock Vally. Was that you? Someone deleted it before I had a chance to see it. If it was from you, please re-send it. Thanks.

By Jan on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - 05:55 pm:

I could not believe it when I found your site!!! I just bought a capon for Thanksgiving and was on the net searching out recipes. I'm originally from Michigan and, after being in California for twenty years, it was a surprise to even find a capon (we used to always eat them on the T-giving holiday in MI). Anyway, found your site and remembered the delicious pastys my dad used to get from an old friend of his! They were such a treat!!! One of these days I will order a bunch now that I know of your existence. I also enjoyed the pics. We used to camp up at Whitefish Bay. Boy - the memories your site brought back!! Thank you!!

By John on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - 04:29 pm:

How about some pics of National Lutheran Church? I've worshiped there on my trips to the UP and enjoy the church's beauty. Also, how about the Lutheran church in Larium where the Suomi Synod started? I believe the present congregation is the result of the merger of three separate congregations, as noted on the plaques on the outside wall.

By Ellen on Tuesday, November 16, 1999 - 08:38 pm:

Thank you Martha and Charlie for helping me get the "I love Pasties" tote bags that I wanted from the Gift Nook........they're great and I know my yooper sisters will love them. They are going to be Christmas gifts. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day........don't eat too much pasty! Again, I love your website, especially the photos and PastEmail. Thanks Again, Ellen

By Helen from the U.P. on Monday, November 15, 1999 - 07:12 am:

I am from Hancock and have to commend you on your most beautiful pasty cam pictures. I send them out all over the country to friends and relatives, and the new friends I have met on the internet from all over the U.S. cannot believe how beautiful our area is. Keep up the great work!

Thank you.

Helen Chamberlain

Cam shot
Click for Hancock, Michigan Forecast
Thank you, Helen, for spreading the news about Pasty Central, always with a nifty photo e-mail signature, which even shows the current temp in Hancock!
By Barbro & Pelle Mohlin, Sweden on Sunday, November 14, 1999 - 04:20 pm:

Five weeks ago we came back to Skåne (Skanee) in Sweden after a wonderful trip to the U.P. We visited our very good friends and relatives Nancy & Bob Larson in L´Anse for 16 days. It was wonderful autumn colours at that time and we really enjoyed travelling around UP. And when we went up to Copper Country we of course tasted those lovely pasties.
It was our first visit i UP and we are really longing to return to this friendly and nice part of US. We miss Nancy & Bob a lot. They and their family are really nice people and they have a lovely home at the shore of Lake Superior near Pequaming. We took a lot of pictures and I include four of them. One of Nancy & Bob outside their house, one from the shore at Eagle River, one sunset over Pequaming and one "close" picture of autumn.
And since we came back to Sweden we of course look at every day!
Hello from Barbro and Pelle Mohlin in Sweden.

By doug and julie on Sunday, November 14, 1999 - 01:57 pm:

Good luck Hunters

By bob---virginia on Sunday, November 14, 1999 - 11:03 am:

As a genuine born-in-Hancock (20) Yooper, my favorite pasties are the ones I make myself, but tony in Laurium comes in a close second.

Welcome aboard, Bob! If you liked Tony's when you were in Laurium, you will LOVE Pasty Central pasties. And ours are USDA approved, which authorizes us to ship them anywhere in the country. Why not try some for Thanksgiving?

By Beth on Friday, November 12, 1999 - 02:06 pm:

Dear Charlie,
I was so excited to find this site and order pasties online that I didn't pay too much attention to the delivery information on my order form. Can you please remind me of when I will receive my order if I placed it on 11/8. I live in Essex, VT 05452.

Thank you very much for your help. I'm sure I'll get better at this.


Every order receives an immediate request for confirmation by email. Also, when the pasties leave Calumet, you will receive a "Shipping Note" as a reminder to expect your shipment. Enjoy! And keep on ordering... Practice makes perfect :o)

By Becky, IN on Friday, November 12, 1999 - 01:40 pm:

Our pasties shipped on Tuesday and we received them yesterday. Thanks so much! They are the greatest! Even if only for a short while, we felt like we were once again home. Keep up the great work!

By John--editor of Lutheranism site on Thursday, November 11, 1999 - 10:18 am:

I disagree with Rich. makes fine pasties. But Fraki's in Calumet makes divine pasties!

For all the Lutherans in da UP (and used-to-be Yoopers and wanna-be Yoopers), don't forget to celebrate Martin Luther's birthday today (November 11). Since Luther was a devotee of culinary delights, I am sure he would have requested a pasty for his birthday meal. So raise a pasty in honor of the great Reformer!

By Rich on Wednesday, November 10, 1999 - 06:52 pm:

We are from the UK and have a pal called DEBS who lives in Plymouth - in Devon. Therefore she is a PASTY EXPERT. She has sampled the delights of a UK pasty for many years and always enjoys a good filling.
We prefer the traditional meat & veg.

From Pasty fans in the UK.
There is only one place to buy a proper pasty and that is in 'Lizard point' where they are ace.

By Linda Gillett on Tuesday, November 9, 1999 - 03:38 pm:

Yes a pitcher of the natural wall I forgot all about it do you know any of its history? I love your site keep up the good work!Linda (Bond) Gillett I grew up in Lake Linden

By Jeanne.Sanders on Tuesday, November 9, 1999 - 07:47 am:

Several years ago, my sister and I decided to make took us half the day....thank goodness I can just order them, pop them in the oven....set the table and enjoy! Jeanne Hoganson Sanders

By Erica, Maryland on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 07:05 pm:

I love the Nov. 8 pic of some of my "Gitche boys." Thanks so much! We love, especially the pasty cam! - add the link to Aug. 1998 pic. of the muddy crew!

Wild teens in the Keweenaw
Kevin (bottom row of bodies) and Greg appeared on the Cam a year ago last summer, after a heavy rain in Eagle River. The 11/8/99 shot with Mike Lothamer in the Pasty T-Shirt was taken in the Silverdome in Pontiac. These guys really get around :o)
By Toivo on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 05:57 pm:

Put me down as interested in dat dere color calender, eh. Da kids have already colored the B&W one we got, eh. Maybe select the two or tree best pix of each month and have your loyal browsers vote on da besta each munt.

Here's anudder idea. How's bout selecting say, like, da Houghton-Hancock bridge and a pitcher from each munt of dat bridge.

By Beth on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 01:47 pm:

On a day when I was feeling more than homesick for Marquette (where I grew up) and Houghton (where I went to university), I stumble upon this site!

Thanks much.

By Stan Kotajarvi on Monday, November 8, 1999 - 09:51 am:

Hi, Charlie!

I have really enjoyed seeing your photos of Copper Country sights I don't get to visit much anymore.
Have you taken any shots of the Natural Wall a short walk from Old Colony Rd. half way between Laurium and Trap Rock Vally? The first time I saw it was when I was in Cub Scouts in 1947 or 48, but I have been there several times since then. Maybe there are others who would like to see it.
Thanks for doing such a great job for those of us who are wallowing in nostagia.

By Jan Medved Wisconsin on Sunday, November 7, 1999 - 12:28 pm:

Charlie, read the message on makeing a calendar
sounds like a great idea to me, and it would be
hard to pick out pictures, they are all so great.
Would sure like to have a calendar. Hope it can
be done.

Jan Medved

By Bobbi in North Carolina on Sunday, November 7, 1999 - 11:37 am:

I grew up in Marquette and while visiting home this past year was told about this web site. Now I will be able to "cure" the homesick feeling with a hot pasty! After living in and around large metropolitan areas for the last 18 years, it's nice to be able remember the "simple" things in life. Thanks for the service - the pictures are great and I can't wait to get my calendar. I will enjoy my pasty while listening to "Da Yoopers."

By Roger Somero CA on Sunday, November 7, 1999 - 02:16 am:

Yes, do a calendar-great idea.

Is there anyone who would be interested in helping us choose pictures for such a project? Read on...

By Chris L, Missouri on Saturday, November 6, 1999 - 10:27 pm:

We love your pasties and your pictures! How about a color calendar for Y2000 with Pastycam shots each month? My favorite is the sea gulls one week last July.

Thanks for taking us to the U.P. every day

Superior shore
Thank you for the Thank you. Wonder if anyone else would like to see such a calendar?

By D&J on Thursday, November 4, 1999 - 06:52 pm:

Well here we are in Lake Linden and all we can say is we love it .

There is no other place like the U.P. to raise kids.When we told people where we were moving all they could say was how cold it will get during winter .

Our reply was the cold goes away in the summer in the U.P. but the weirdos stay in California all year long.

Well spoken, like a true Yooper.

By Marian on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 - 10:40 pm:

Hi again pasty folks,
you are getting lots of extra visitors, I am a knitter and Saturday morning I was up early and my routine is to get my email and then check the pasty cam and the Lake Superior cam in Eagle Harbor. I am on a knitlist and am trying to find the right shade of blue to knit up a sweater with a lighthouse knitted in (in texture, not different colors) and checked the Lake cam and the sunrise sky was the perfect color. I was holding up yarn samples to my screen. Anyway, I described my momentary nuttiness to my fellow knitters (there are over 2000 on the knitlist) and recommended your site and the Lake Cam. I got back rave reviews in reply. Lots of former yoopers out there. Betcha some of my fellow knitters order pasties. Everyone loves the site, maybe a few will venture up into the UP as a result.

We were wondering why the sudden flood of orders! That whirring sound you hear is the pasty counter :o)

By Giovanni on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 - 10:05 am:


What does a traditional Yooper Thanksgiving dinner consist of? I assume pasties are part of it--would they be made of turkey that day, or are the turkey pasties what's made from the leftover turkey the following day?

By Larry- Indiana on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 - 04:53 am:

Hi Charlie... my PastyCam seems to be "stuck" on October 31... Can you check things out at your end so I can again enjoy your daily escapes to the UP?

Thanks... Larry

We have never missed a day of updating the Pasty Cam since its inception. If you don't see current pictures, try hitting the "Reload" or "Refresh" icon. Another hint: If you hold the shift key while hitting reload, it forces all of the pictures to be downloaded again.

By Alice from Milwaukee on Tuesday, November 2, 1999 - 02:04 pm:

I enjoy the pasty cam pictures every day, especially when I recognized what I'm seeing because I've been there.

I miss the bridge cam picture. All I'm seeing is a blue rectangle. I hope the problem is fixed soon. I check out the bridge cam picture every day, it brings Hancock and my home town a bit closer.

We spent several days in Hancock last month and every time we went across the bridge we tried to figure out just where the bridge cam is located. We are wondering if it could be on the top of the D&N building??

With the colder weather here, I am waiting to see snow on the bridge.

Thanks for, it's a wonderful place to visit.

By Jan Medved on Monday, November 1, 1999 - 10:04 am:

Hi Charlie, Just stopped in this on the 1st of Nov. Caught a glimpse of the Oct. friends, what a touching rememberance. Look forward each day to pasty cam. Jan Medved

By Charlie in Calumet on Monday, November 1, 1999 - 01:29 am:

It is so neat to watch this page develop each month, to hear from old friends and meet new ones. If you have a picture you would like to include with your "Past-E-Mail" message, just email it separately to, and I'll be glad to insert it with your letter.

If you happen to be in Calumet this month, stop by Still Waters at the corner of Mine and Elm Street. Our building renovations are rapidly being completed. Thanks to all of our friends who help enable this non-profit Assisted Living home to serve the Keweenaw.

Have a good November,
Charlie Hopper

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