August 2000

Past-E-Mail: August 2000
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By Chris, MN on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 09:58 pm:

Chuck & Connie,

I was at the MN State Fair last night and also enjoyed a pasty. Mmm! However, I'm still amazed at the number of amateurs out there who insist on having gravy on their pasty instead of ketchup!

By Chuck Hoyer on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 02:45 pm:

I would like to thank everyone that has stopped by our booth at the Minnesota State Fair and enjoyed a little tast of home. The response has been outstanding.
Chuck and Sandy Hoyer

By Tom Line in Wisconsin on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 02:24 pm:

Greetings Pasty Lovers!

We just returned from Hancock on vacation and enjoyed pasties at the Kaleva Cafe on Quincy Street. Then we made sure we also bought the Finnish nisu, Trenary Toast and several rings of Vollwerth's sausage.

It was good to see my relatives again...Gus and Lorna Linja in Lake Linden, Betty and Lawrence Julio of Ripley, and all the others. Also we enjoyed a worship service at The Salvation Army chapel in Hancock where Lieutenants Quentin and Mary Boyle are doing a great ministry.

We have about six pasties frozen in the freezer for later. Ummmm! God bless.

Folks can now order Vollwerth's on-line... and of course, you know where you can always order pasties

By Charles R. Tatman on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 12:06 pm:

Recieved 6 pasties as 40 anniversary gift from inlaws. They arrive still cold. We really looked forward to dinner since we hadn't had a pasty with rutabagas since our last visit to the copper country in about 1994. You can buy good pasties in Butte MT but no rutabagas.

You can request extra rutabaga, or no carrot, when you order from Pasty Central. Just specify in the "Special Instructions" of the order form.

By Connie, Minneapolis on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 10:08 am:

Hey..Got to the Fair last night in Minneapolis.Food Booths are over the top..Never seen soo many.. but Had to have a PASTY from Grandma's. Booth.. It was fabulous..! Thanks .
It was hot and delicious!
A great taste of home.

By Lucy Walman Hermanson, Texas on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 - 01:22 am:

This is the most awesome website. I discovered it a few months ago, then promptly forgot about it, as I didn't have much access to our computer at that time. (husband and two teenagers who live on the computer!) Now that we have more than one in the house and I've found your site again, I can hardly wait to visit often. The only problem makes me so homesick for the U.P.!!! Also, a great place to visit family - Hi, Aunt Ellen! I see you write quite often. I saw your e-mail mentioning the picture of July 31 with a note in memory of my mom and grandma. That was so neat. I miss them, too! Thanks to the editor for such a wonderful site for us misplaced yoopers! By the way, what or where or who is the picture from July 1st? The gal sitting down looks like my friend Jean from Calumet. Just curious!

By Roy -Tennessee on Monday, August 28, 2000 - 01:00 pm:

I am curious who the person is that ordered the pasties from Collierville, TN. Fellow Yupper, if you see this message, please send me an E mail at:

By Edna on Monday, August 28, 2000 - 01:56 am:

Hi, I remember an Alice Stopel when I went to Hancock High.........I graduated in 1960....did you marry John Zimmerman by any chance? My brother, Tom Line, who graduated in 1961, lives in the Milwaukee area you remember him, Alice? When did you graduate from HCH? My yearbooks were all lost in one of my many moves over the years. I wish I could get reprints of them. :(

By Sara, Phx,AZ on Saturday, August 26, 2000 - 03:04 pm:

To Charlie, all the great photographers, all at Pasty Central, the residents and staff at Stillwaters: a warm heartfelt THANK YOU!

I worked in the kitchen at Still Waters in the early 80's while I was in high school. So often these days our elders have to move into homes where they just quietly live out their last years. To imagine the pride and accomplishment the residents at Still Waters must have! They are living productive lives. They are working to take care of the home, and get to directly see the results when new things are able to be done.

I haven't been able to make it "home" for 3 years now. Miss the u.p and my family (the Hermansons in Laurium) terribly. Pasty Central has been my lifeline these days!

Thank you for feeding our souls as well as our bellies! You all have touched so many hearts and brought those fond memories to so many of us, all across this nation. All from a little "old folks" home tucked away in a little town in the Keweenaw Peninsula!
Kudos to all of you!

By Jeanie, Lower Michigan on Friday, August 25, 2000 - 06:39 am:

Still enjoying the connection(s) to the UP through Past-E-mail, Pasty-cam and Pasty-com. Checking in every day to see what is going on. I might not leave message very much but leaving this one now, Charlie you are doing a wonderful job..Hope that pasty count keeps going up fast.

By cpricco on Thursday, August 24, 2000 - 10:28 am:

Thanks for giving us this site.. I love it!.. As a resident of the U.P. but working in the Twin Cities I will definitely be at Grandmas Pasty Shop to feed my craveing.. How about a U.P. Reunion at the Fair for anyone in the Twin Cities?
Anybody interested.?
See you there.

By Dave, MI on Wednesday, August 23, 2000 - 09:34 am:

Is the Pasty Counter broken? Seems to be stuck on 52,026 for the last few days.

That's where the count stood when we suspended taking Internet orders to supply all the pasties for the Minnesota State Fair. The counter will take a big leap when we add all of those, and resume the Internet orders on Monday.

By Florida on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 - 08:36 am:

Cheddar John,
Cheese, that was a good one. Har, Har,Har.

By Alice in Milwaukee on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 - 01:25 am:

I signed my name as Alice in Milwaukee the beginning of August, but I am not the Alice two responses are inquiring about. I am Alice (Stopel) Zimmerman, originally from Hancock and I am the sister of Kathy from Lapeer that also has a message on this board.

By Ernie Kuusisto on Monday, August 21, 2000 - 11:32 pm:

To Alice in Milwaukee, some one asked if the last name is Lahti. Is Lahti a Maried name or a maiden name? The Lahti I know are from Rabbit Bay.
Ernie K

By CheddarJohn on Monday, August 21, 2000 - 05:39 pm:

To Florida:

The only food I EVER saw that could "hold a candle" was birthday cake! :)

By Florida on Monday, August 21, 2000 - 09:48 am:

Re Lisa and the Cornish pasties. My husband and I traveled to Europe some years ago and found that the pizza in Italy didn't hold a crust to that in the U.S.A. Also the lefse in Norway (in case any of you know what lefse is) didn't hold a candle to that made by my Mom at Christmas time). I guess it's all is what you are used to.


By lisa, ypsilanti on Sunday, August 20, 2000 - 05:29 pm:

Hi, everybody. I had two pasties in Wales, and they weren't as good as those in the Copper Country! The Cornish made have brought them here, but the Keweenawans (?) improved them!

By Charlie At Onekama,MI on Sunday, August 20, 2000 - 11:22 am:

Is anyone from Esky Class of 54 tuned into email? If so, give me a shout at:

Charlie Cloutier

By Jessica , MI on Saturday, August 19, 2000 - 10:51 pm:

hi! This is Jessica from the U.P. I work at a restaurant that sells pasties, and I am ashamed to admit that I know next to nothing about them. If anybody has the history, origins, or any fun facts about pasties, I would appreciate hearing back from you! Please e-mail me at

By Bonnie Erkkila Hartman, Florida on Saturday, August 19, 2000 - 09:22 pm:

Greetings from Gainesville, Florida

I just returned home from a wonderful visit to the Keweenaw. I'm curious who the person is from Gainesville who is ordering pasties. Fellow Gator, contact me at We could have a pasty party!

By Joan, Sterling, IL on Friday, August 18, 2000 - 10:01 pm:

My Mother, 2 sisters, and I just met for a week in Copper Harbor, after a 6 year absence. It's just as beautiful as ever, and was a wonderful place for a family reunion. We picked blueberries, enough thimbleberries for one jar of jam, went to Horseshoe Harbor where we had a hotdog roast on the beach, drove the road to where Gratiot River empties into the lake and hunted for Thomsonite, visited the Eagle Harbor Art fair, canoed in the harbor, visited with long time friends who live there in the summer, ate fabulous icecream cones, and ate our fill of pastys. The weather was nearly perfect for our entire stay, and it was a memorable week. What a beautiful place it is!!

By Nancy Nelson,Wi on Thursday, August 17, 2000 - 05:54 pm:

To Alice in Milwaukee--
Alice Lahti, is this by any chance you??
If it is, please send me a note at
I am former Nancy Hooker.

By KATHY, LAPEER,MI on Sunday, August 13, 2000 - 12:01 pm:


By Renee in IL on Saturday, August 12, 2000 - 11:24 pm:

Hello all! Last night (Friday) we got treated with a pretty intense display of the aurora. Unusual to see it this far South but it does happen on occasion. It was a double treat also as it was the peak of the annual meteor showers too! Never have seen an aurora pulse like this one tho; almost looked like a strobe. Almost no color to the aurora either but that may have been due to the very high light pollution in this area. Anyone up North have a similar sighting?
Best wishes to all!
Renee in IL

Yes! We had a terrific wall of light about 3:30 am that almost seemed artificial, like somebody's big spotlights from across the Lake over in Thunder Bay. Afraid the light levels proved to be too much of a challenge for the Pasty Cam

By Chris, MN on Friday, August 11, 2000 - 12:25 pm:

I've had Grandma's pasties at the MN State Fair for the last two years. Mmm!

By Grandma's Pasty Shop, Minnesota on Friday, August 11, 2000 - 08:42 am:

Grandma's Pasty Shop is proud to be a part of the Pasty Central Family. Sandy and Chuck Hoyer, the owners, are former Yoopers from Houghton and Hancock.

Visit us at the Minnesota State Fair August 24-September 4. We are located on the corner of Underwood and Dan Patch next to the Penny Arcade and across from the Visitor's Center.

We will be serving three different pasties -- beef, chicken and all veggie. Last year we developed a dessert pasty which is to die for. Curious? Check it out. Grandma's Pasty Shop will even have frozen pasties to take home.

Before this, we will be at Steele County Fair in Owatonna, Minnesota from August 15 to August 20 in front of the Four Seasons Building.

To reach us at the fairs call 612-747-6033 or 612-798-5501 any other time.

Sandy and Chuck

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Ginny on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 - 10:26 pm:

This message is for Virginia Pietila. The one who makes the pasties! I am also a Virginia Pietila. I grew up in Hancock but go by the name of Ginny. Cool, there are 2 of us!

By t.p., Garden City MI on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 - 10:08 pm:

Thank you for Pasty Cam. I love the scenic photos, and it is great to be able to check back and view prior month's pix. Two of my kids are MTU grads. One lives in Indiana, one in California. We all miss the beauty and quiet of Kewenaw.

By Roger Smith, CA on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 - 04:31 pm:

Hi... We're planning a U.P. reunion here in CA on August 19 and were planning to order pasties from you , only to find that you're shut down because of the Twin Cities Fair. Any chance we could get a dozen for August 19??? Thanks RS.

Emergency arrangements being handled by email. The order form should again be visible next week

By Renee in IL on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 02:17 am:

Great to see the pictures from Sunday from the Eagle Harbor lighthouse open house. I am an amateur radio operater and this past weekend on the radio was lighthouse/lightship weekend where ham radio operators set up operation from lighthouses across the US to help bring recognization to them. Too bad there wasn't one at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse. Would have been great talking to someone on ham radio at that location as I have actually been to that lighthouse. Well, maybe next time.....By the way, are any of you reading this UP amatuer radio operators? Just curious.....
Best wishes,

By Sara, AZ on Monday, August 7, 2000 - 07:35 pm:

to Lin in SE lower MI..
Yes, you can order the Trenary Toast off the web:) On's home page, click on Da Yoopers link. Not too expensive either. My bro-in-law here in Phx has been keeping a steady supply coming!

By Tricia, OH on Monday, August 7, 2000 - 09:05 am:

Excellent Pasties!
We had a Pasty Party over the weekend (about 20 of us), and all gave rave reviews about the pasties - tasted just like my mom makes. (She enjoyed them, too)
Have to thank you for the great memories it brought many of us. (especially those who haven't made it to the U.P. in a while)
Congratulations on the I.T. Summit. Keep up the great work!

By Liz Benson, Pocatello ID on Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 12:43 pm:

Listened to real time speech. Again, Congratulations on all the Hooper family initiative and implementation to create a successful, interesting, inovative web site. Continued success to Still Waters and its family of seniors.

By BWS- T.C. Michigan on Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 09:33 am:

Hi There! Thanks for a terrific web site! I visit it almost every day. What's with the link to the July contest winners? Every time I click it, my browser tells me that the page cannot be found. Is it me, my browser or you folks? Thanks again for a wonderful website.

Thanks for noticing the glitch BWS ! Of the 2,000+ pages here at Pasty Central, every now and then we do make a mistake.
Email us your name and address, and we'll send you a gift as our thank-you for your helpful observation.

The July Winners page is fixed now.

By Lisa, Ypsilanti, MI on Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 06:10 am:

Hi all,
I am posting from Wales! Hope to have a real Cornish pasty soon and will let you know my opinion. Can't beat the ones at Toni's, I'll bet!

By Lin, SE lower MI on Saturday, August 5, 2000 - 11:08 pm:

Hi Pasty cammers! Wondered if you could get a shot of those "Blue Notes" next time they are in your area. A couple of 'em are family. Also,would like to see if we could obtain Trenary toast on the web! Yummmm.

By lisat on Saturday, August 5, 2000 - 10:54 pm:

What a great sight, all cams included, I'm a native of Clumet myself, and have been away along time, it is great to see places I truly miss.
I was sorry to see some names on your in memory of... as i did recognize a few. my sympathies to there families. What a view.

By Liz, Livonia on Friday, August 4, 2000 - 09:49 am:

Heading out of the city TONIGHT for a two week stay at our place near Twin Lakes. I CAN'T WAIT!

By Paul on Friday, August 4, 2000 - 08:00 am:

Curious question....If I use as a email address can I set it up so my address is sent to it?

Yes, certain exchanges of email can be automated, including automatic forwarding of PASTY.COM mail to a web based account, and vice versa.

For those who may be new to Pasty Central, we are also a full service ISP for the Keweenaw Peninsula with members from Copper Harbor to Chassel to South Range - and all points in between. For more information about Dial Up membership, email us at

By Ellen, Florida on Thursday, August 3, 2000 - 11:18 pm:

Thank you for remembering my mother, Jennie Line, and my sister, Gladys Walman, with the beautiful photo of the water. They are both missed by so many. Thank you again, Ellen

By Scot on Thursday, August 3, 2000 - 01:06 am:

IS that a sewing machine and desk lamp on the bridge?? I've been away awhile, but.....

By Alice in Milwaukee on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 11:11 pm:

Interesting bridge cam pictures this evening, the bridge isn't the only thing we can see

By KATHY, MI on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 11:03 pm:


By KATHY -LAPEER,MI on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 05:51 pm:


By JIM ELLIS GEORGIA on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 04:27 pm:


By Florida on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 08:40 am:

Hi, Lisa,
Happy August. I have heard that it is raining cats and dogs in the lower peninsula. How has it been in the U.P. I remember many a rainy August. I guess that's why I rather like a rainy day. We used to play cards and do other things together. When it was sunny and beautiful we all went our way, playing with our friends, walking in the woods, etc. But when it was rainy it was sort of family time. Playing card or games with the sibs. Great times.

By Lisa, MI on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 08:26 am:

Cool! I am the first message of August.

Love this website.