May 2000

Past-E-Mail: May 2000
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W. John Waara Austin, Texas on Wednesday, May 31, 2000 - 09:41 am:

They say you never know what you've got till it's gone. I've been living in Austin, Texas for almost fourteen years now, (and below the bridge for a few years before that, and hadn't been back home to the UP for quite some time. When I got off the plane in Houghton and drove to my parents in Chassell, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the Copper Country and also by the realization of how much I had missed it. When I graduated from Baraga High in '79 I headed south as soon as possible. While I don't miss the winters or the blackflies, I do miss the cool summer nights and the solitude available right outside your back door.

You're Pasatycam brings back many memories for me. Thank you.

By Jim Nicholas on Tuesday, May 30, 2000 - 07:05 pm:

Hey There; Like the new look. Keep up the good work. Jim

By Anonymous on Monday, May 29, 2000 - 09:40 am:


Just a few thoughts remembering the past MEMORIAL DAYS, when I was a kid growing up in Swedetown. Every Memorial Day, along with my grandmother and mom, we would walk through the woods back of Swedetown to the cemetary. There we would see the flags placed on the graves of those who had served in the armed services form the area. It was quite an impressive sight for a little kid.During the second world war, one young man from Swedetown was killed, that is one to many for a community of that size. Now that so many years have passed, I don't see the that happening. At that time it seemed that the whole area turned out for that occasion. It is a time of honoring those who served in the armed forces of every war that was fought.Also, a time to honor the familys that kept the home fires burning so to speak, for they to fought the wars. Now, people take the day, and make it into one long weekend of fun. What has to be remembered is that HISTORY FORGOTTEN WILL REPEAT ITSELF, GOD willing that will never happen again, but the young have to study and learn from their history. Well, enough of that, again I wish you a HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.

By Margaret-Michigan on Sunday, May 28, 2000 - 09:37 am:

Thanks again for the beautiful pictures of all the things familiar to me from my childhood and so many things and places I've never seen. I have a lot of favorites, but my most rescent is of the barn reflecting in the water. It is breathtaking. See you this summer!

By Melissa Mahan, Michigan on Sunday, May 28, 2000 - 04:00 am:

Hi Mr. Hopper. I was hoping that you might be able to put a picture of the happy couple (Becky and Bryan) on the pasty cam someday. I'm dying to see what he looks like, and Becky's been keeping me updated with all the news about her and him, I'm just so curious! So, if there's time, do you think that you could do this? Thanks.

By Dawn Brumm Marmor on Friday, May 26, 2000 - 07:08 pm:

Hi, Charlie!
Tuesday's shot was pretty close to home (5/23) - just around the corner from it, to be exact. The firehall pictured is at the end of Rockhouse Road (one time Barn Street), 1/2 block from where my folks lived until last fall. I spent a lot of time haunting around the old mine buildings. My grandpa who used to work for the railroad (not in the U.P.) explained all about the round house and how the track turned around before it was removed by one of the businesses operating in the old roundhouse. You're making me homesick! Keep up the wonderful work.

By Marian on Friday, May 26, 2000 - 12:01 pm:

I'm glad to see that dogs are welcome visitors, my collies, Rosie and Tess, who are senior citizens themselves, (but don't tell them that) have been visitors at senior homes many times, even when we were out at the collie nat'l last year in Massachusetts, we popped in on a local facility and the dogs love it. Next time we're up your way, we'll stop in for a visit. You don't even have to give them cookies, they just love the attention.

By Becky, Calumet, MI on Thursday, May 25, 2000 - 01:33 pm:

Hey, Sara T from Phoenix, the blackflies are temporary. We don't have to stay in all summer to avoid cooking to death. Maybe you'd better come home. (OK, so maybe we have to dig ourselves out the rest of the year, but it's a fair trade. You don't get seasons.)

By Patti of Tennessee on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 - 10:32 pm:

Whose barn was that featured in last week's pasty-cam shots?

By Cheesehead John on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 - 02:24 am:

One has to enjoy this environmentally-friendly site--pasties made with REAL ingredients, and a web site made from "Recycled Internet!" I expect everyone who's into the Green movement to visit and order pasties (Al Gore, put your money where your mouth is!).

By JoAnne / Palatine,IL on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 09:00 pm:

Stopping by to check on the progress of the lift bridge. We plan to visit the area in late June and most of July. We tow a travel trailer so we wonder what stage the repairs will be in at that time. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Love this site. Keep up the good work.

You'll be glad to know that they plan to stop working on the bridge the first week in June and then start again in September. All four lanes of the bridge should be open for the summer. Come on up! Be sure to wave at the Bridge Cam on your way through!

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 07:43 pm:

Thanks so much for my daily dose of the Keewenaw!
I have told two people this week about your wonderful web site!
I also put the Red Barn on my computer as wallpaper, then came the beautiful Lady Slippers!
I guess I'll have to put them on alternately!
The Northern Lights were awesome! We were lucky to see them one year from the top of Brockway Mt.

By JB from Michigan State U. on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 03:19 pm:

Recently Charlie Hopper of spoke to the Social Science Alumni Association of Michigan State University. If you want to learn how the Web can benefit your organization and the people of a rural community, and at the same time hear a wonderful story told well, Charlie should be at the top of your speakers list.

Thanks again, Charlie!

By Lisa Lehtola on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 02:00 pm:

Hi, I love the picture of the Northern lights. I hardly ever see them though. This website is an awesome place. Especially the bridge cam. Pretty cool. Keep up the good work!! -Lisa

By Londa from Michigan on Sunday, May 21, 2000 - 05:20 pm:

I saw Charlie Hopper speak to the MSU Social Science Alumni. What an encouraging story with the birth of and saving the home for the elderly. Not only that, but your site is so innovative, I'm going to use some design ideas on a project I'm now working on. Thanks.

By Sara T, Phx, AZ on Sunday, May 21, 2000 - 01:58 am:

The barn picture is awesome. It would also make a great puzzle?? Makes me awful lonesome, the messages about the blackflies help the feeling go away!

By carole krueger on Friday, May 19, 2000 - 07:06 pm:

The May 17th picture of the Red barn at sunset is one the best that I have seen in a long time. I have it as my wallpaper on my computer at home and work.

A blown up version of the actual picture would make a great fundraising item.


By Dave Chmielewski, MN on Friday, May 19, 2000 - 11:34 am:

Was the May 17th photo that Daryl Laitila posted on the Pasty Cam from the Keewenaw Waterway Resort (out by Schmidt's Corner). I used to live out there when I went to school at tech, and the barn and pond look suspiciously like one that Bruce Barna owns out at the resort.

Thanks for the fun site, its nice to get a little daily dose of the UP from Minnesota.

Dave Chmielewski

By Jean a troll on Thursday, May 18, 2000 - 06:04 pm:

Thanks Daryl Laitila great picture I am using it as my wallpaper on my computer.

By Gar Sleep on Thursday, May 18, 2000 - 02:11 pm:


Could you e-mail a map of interesting locations for motor trips this summer?

Our Mr. Pastie Home Bakery is located at the foot of the Poconos, in Pen Argyl, PA, town of Cornish heritage.

Grandfather Thomas Sleep, a Cornish slate splitter in the Slate Belt of Northampton County during my childhood, arrived in America from Delabole, Cornwall, in late 1800's.


Gar Sleep
"Mr. Pastie"

By Jack--Colorado on Wednesday, May 17, 2000 - 01:33 pm:

My Dad was born in Calumet in 1894. My Grandparents are buried in the Calumet cemetery.
Can I Apply to be an Honorary Yooper?
Great website---Super Pasties.---I have my pasty
t-shirt. Keep up the good work.

By KATHY IN LAPEER on Wednesday, May 17, 2000 - 11:53 am:


By Nancy--WI on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 - 05:55 pm:

Been checkin' da pasty cam for two years now--Anyone from the Houghton class of '60 still alive, or did you all move so far away that e-mail can't get to the UP????

By Yooper Jack, Montana on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 - 07:00 am:

The fame of U.P. pasties is spreading all across the country. One former resident of the Iron Mountain area has a thriving business in Idaho's panhandle known as the Pasty Depot. Pasty lovers should stop by whenever you're in Couer D'Alene.

The Pasty Depot
Tell 'em you saw it at Pasty Central :o)
shayne laitila on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 - 01:59 am:

As a misplaced yooper for 10 years, I am coming home for good some time in the next year. Basically i am looking for somewhere to to run an internet business. I need about 800-1000 square of commercial space to buy,lease or rent in the houghton/hancock/keweenaw area. It must be able to support T-1 or greater internet service. Something with an apartment or 2 above would be ideal. If you may have anything along these lines email me. Thank you:)

Thanks for the note, Shayne. Pasty Central happens to be a full service Internet Provider in this area, and we would be glad to work with you setting up these kinds of business resources. We also feature web hosting and high-speed dial-in accounts. You are welcome to contact us toll-free if you are out of the area: 1-877-727-8911. The local number is 337-5979.

By steve ristola,MN. on Monday, May 15, 2000 - 07:05 pm:

Just returned from another glorious 3 day weekend in God's country with stops in Ontonagon,Negaunee and Big Bay...A great time as usual and the best part was the snow flurries Sunday morning at my friend's cabin near the dead river basin north of Negaunee...Can hardly wait until memorial day for a return trip to the Ontonagon area...along with the rest of the is still the best website on the net...keep up the great work....

By Charlie Cloutier - Onekama, MI on Sunday, May 14, 2000 - 09:09 am:

I'm still looking for a "Yooper Packer Backer" baseball cap. Please....
Charlie Cloutier - Esky Class of 54.
9207 Woodland Drive
Onekama, MI 49675-9745
231 889 0863

Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can help.

By Anonymous on Friday, May 12, 2000 - 12:41 am:

where are all the pasty makers..what a good site.whats going on with the calumet high reunion?

By Brenda Leigh - Da U.P. of MI on Thursday, May 11, 2000 - 10:26 am:

What an awesome site to happen across. The pictures are great. Even when you are fortunate enough to live in this wonderful area the pictures are still greatly appreciated. Compliments to all the photographers.

By Anonymous on Tuesday, May 9, 2000 - 11:47 pm:

there is nothing you can do about the black flies except to spray yourself or stay indoors.thats one of the good things about living in mich.the winters are getting better.

By Renee in IL on Tuesday, May 9, 2000 - 04:41 pm:

OK, how bad are the black flies in the UP? I have only been there after they are gone. Are they all over in the towns and such? Or are they only out in the woods and countryside? Just wondering how to best deal with them when we do move up there. More concerned about dealing with them then dealing with the UP winters. :-)
Best wishes,
Renee in IL

By Cheesehead John on Tuesday, May 9, 2000 - 02:30 pm:

Great photo of the synagogue in Hancock! Must have been a few of the Jewish faith in the area--a synagogue can only form if there are ten or more families. Can you get some closer shots in the future? Generally there is Hebrew script and I'd like to practice my Hebrew skills.

By Paul Roberts, NC on Tuesday, May 9, 2000 - 06:45 am:

Less then two months and I'll be living in Yooper land! I can't wait to come back to MI!!! I can just hear the snow, ice, and the waves of Lake Superior calling out my name! I am SO pumped!


By Renee in IL on Saturday, May 6, 2000 - 11:28 pm:

Thanks so very much for the great aurora picture and beautiful animation of it!! That will hold me for awhile until the time I can get up there again and hopefully get to see one live.
Best wishes,
Renee in IL

By Joy Popke Fl. on Saturday, May 6, 2000 - 04:23 pm:

Hi It has been a pleasure all this winter to be able to go to pasty cam and see all the pictures of the U.P.We will be leaving next week to go back north for the summer. We stay until after the womens retreat at Gitchee Gummee and then we head back down. your site makes everything so close that it takes away the homesickness. As long as i can see the picture I can enjoy my self in the sun. Thanks Again for the Good work.

By Tim Harrison, Plymouth,UK on Saturday, May 6, 2000 - 03:24 pm:

I stumbled upon your fascinating site (looking at the bridge cam). As a resident of the true pasty country ie Devon/Cornwall border in England, I was wondering where yours originate from? Did someone emigrate with the recipe? Or did someone visit us and secretly spirit away our wonderful oggies, as we call them ? Anyway keep up the good work, it's nice to see something I love being made thousands of miles away. :>)

By Paul R., S.C. on Friday, May 5, 2000 - 11:57 pm:

Where is the road in Thursday's Pasty Cam, and where does it lead?

By Toivo in da U.P. on Friday, May 5, 2000 - 11:56 pm:

Boo Hoo !!! Black flies returned to the Keweenaw today.

Toivo :o(

By Connie Pizzitola on Thursday, May 4, 2000 - 04:34 pm:

Veronica L. of Colorado: If you want to send email to other yoopers in Colorado, please send your email address to Us yoopers in Colorado gotta stick together!

By Connie Pizzitola, Colo. on Thursday, May 4, 2000 - 04:29 pm:

To Jim Ellis: check out for Josephine. there are 4 listed, all deceased unfortunately, but check it out anyways and see what you think. Also, Yahoo has a really good people search available. If you use Yahoo, click the people search option near the top of the page. I hope this helps!

By Renee on Thursday, May 4, 2000 - 03:01 am:

One of the events I most like to see is the Northern Lights; an aurora. I have seen a few in my lifetime but look forward to someday moving up to the UP and hopefully getting to see them more often. The pasty cam doesn't happen to have a picture of one to post on the website does it? If so, I sure would love to see it on there!
Best wishes,
Renee in IL

Click to see annimation
Back in March of 99 the Pasty Cam captured this sight, and you can click the picture to see it "almost live" :o)
By AEA, Texas on Wednesday, May 3, 2000 - 05:29 pm:

I always enjoy the pictures you display of Camp Gitchee Gummee. I attended there as a teenager and have a lot of good memories of spending time there. Does Camp Gitchee Gummee have a website? IF anyone knows e-mail me and let me know. My e-mail is

Camp director Mel Jones is considereding whether to do a Gitche Gummee site. You might want to email him with your thoughts for such a page:

By jim ellis on Wednesday, May 3, 2000 - 04:19 pm:


By Cheesehead John on Tuesday, May 2, 2000 - 10:05 am:

Cori at the sem:

This is Cheesehead John. Nope, not ordained. Just didn't finish seminary. Help out pastor with preachin' and communion and Bible studies. The good Lord will always find a way for you to use the gifts and talents He gave you.

By Chuck Cloutier - Onekama, MI on Tuesday, May 2, 2000 - 06:19 am:

Some Help Please,
While I was visiting the UP, I saw a cap that read "Yooper Packer Backer." I asked the guy wearing it where he got it and it was a gift, so he didn't know where. Can anyone give me some direction as to where I can get one of these? Please email, call or write:
Chuck Cloutier
9207 Woodland Drive
Onekama, MI 49675-9745
231 889 0863

I sure would appreciate any help.

By Renee on Tuesday, May 2, 2000 - 12:48 am:

Thanks to all who wrote to me and suggested different magazines. Lake Superior magazine was the one mentioned most and I am going to look into it. In fact, as soon as I am done looking around here I am going to go check out their website.
Hope everyone is having a great day!

By Renee on Tuesday, May 2, 2000 - 12:45 am:

To Lori in WI.
Yes, we know the winters up there can be very long and rough but it would be worth it! After all, I have survived tons of Chicago winters. I know, not as long and hard as the ones up there but we are talking Chicago here.......ick, sorry, but I am not a city person at all!! :-)What I am more concerned with is how the black flies are up there in the summer? I hear some areas it's pretty bad. Is it like that all over? Or just more near the woods and such?
Best wishes,

By Lori, WI on Monday, May 1, 2000 - 03:57 pm:

To Renee in Illinois - You say you plan to retire to the UP after a visit last summer, make sure you visit in the winter too, so you know what you're in for!!

By Maggie Morgan on Monday, May 1, 2000 - 03:25 pm:

To Renee in Illinois - Good for you and your husband, being so impressed with Da U.P.! I married a Yooper who moved to Missouri 30 years ago. He expects to retire this summer, and we are moving to the UP then, too.
A magazine that you might enjoy - although it is not just about the U.P. - is Lake Superior Magazine. We've subscribed for several years and also buy his folks a subscription for Christmas. It covers the whole area around the lake, including the Canadian side. We think it's a wonderful publication. You can learn more at
Good luck with your future in the U.P.! Maggie

By Bill Penprase on Monday, May 1, 2000 - 09:28 am:

There are more pictures of the Keweenaw taken by the Landsat satellite that orbits at a heighth of about 515 miles at( Michigan Tech can tell you how to purchase these.

As seen on the PASTY CAM

By Veronica L., Colorado on Monday, May 1, 2000 - 06:56 am:

Thanks for all the work that all of you do with the web sight and making the pasties. It`s nice to be able to have a little bit of home just a mouse click way.

Thanks again, Veronica