Mar 01-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: March: Mar 01-07
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Photo by George Beveridge

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:29 am:

Now before you jump to conclusions and think that someone is trying to run over this partridge in the tire tracks, that's not the case at all. This shot was sent in to me by George Beveridge and he said that this feathered friend of his hangs around their cordwood home. He even rides along with George when he's plowing snow, sitting right on the tailgate of the truck. I suppose he knows that after the work is done, he'll get a treat to eat!

Seeing that picture, reminded me of the day I was walking down our country dirt road and heard something running behind me. I turned around quickly and there was a partridge running after me, so I started running. After a few steps, reasoning set in, and I thought, "Why on earth am I running from a partridge?" At that, I stopped and shooed it away. I bet it had a nest close to the edge of the road and was protecting it from me!

Today is a special day here at Pasty Central. It's the 10th anniversary of the Daily Pasty Cam. That's a lot of pictures, even more words and innumerable friends we've made over the years! Thank you for inviting us into your homes each day! Here's to another ten years. Cheers!!

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to find out more about my nephew's illness: Kevin's Story. Thank you!
Richard Johnson (Dick_fl) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:33 am:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam!

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:37 am:

Happy B'Day PC! May you enjoy many more!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:44 am:

Happay Anniversary, Pasty Cam! And many, many more!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:46 am:

Happy Birthday, Pasty Cam and many, many more! You are a big
part of so many Yoopers', ex-Yoopers'(Yoopers in exile), and
Yooper Wannabes' lives. Thank you.

Several years ago my husband "gave" me this site as a birthday
present . He discovered it before I did. It's been "Home" on my
computer ever since.

By Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:48 am:

Happy 10th Anniversary, Pasty Cam!! Thank you so much for this wonderful site!

By Janet Boatman (Janetnwohio) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:52 am:

Happy Anniversary Pasty Cam and thank you for your great site that starts each day for me.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:52 am:

Congratulations. Looking forward to the next ten years.

By S Milford (Grannymim) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:54 am:

A great big THANK YOU to MARY DREW for the enjoyment she brings daily to so many, near and far, with the Pasty Cam!!
Shirley from Memphis, TN

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:09 am:

Happy Anniversary, pasty!!! I've got so many of these pictures for backgrounds it's not funny. And Mary's descriptions of them every day are great too. She makes them so enjoyable.

Mary, it's hilarious to picture you running down the road to get away from a partridge. I laughed out loud at that one.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:30 am:

Any other interesting stories about how you found Pasty Cam? I learned about it at the drive-thru window of my neighborhood McDonald's from Linda, who is now a good friend.

By CAL, Oshkosh WI (Cal) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:45 am:

I think that everyone who visits daily, but rarely comments (like me) should all take a minute or two to add a comment today! C'mon everyone, you can do it!

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:47 am:

Happy Anniversary Pasty!!!

By Andrew Sewell (Asewell) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:50 am:

Nice Ruffed Grouse! It's been too long since I've seen one.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:00 am:

You know, I can't remember how I found PastyCam. Probably I was searching for scenes from MI and stumbled across it! Didn't realize I was finding gold! :)

The first Ruffed Grouse I saw in GA was displaying in the middle of a highway in the northeast GA mountains. Later we heard them drumming when we were camping.

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:08 am:

Congratulations! I too visit this site first thing in the morning. Always brings enjoyment. I first learned of this site from an article several years back that appeared in Newsweek and about your wonderful pasty makers! Have been hooked ever since. (Do you have pear trees too?)

By Martha Kirk (Misschiefie) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:13 am:

Happy Anniversary, Pasty Cam! I heard about you on a radio program and we are just about to the time I started visiting with the pictures on the "What's Up" page. A long time and a lot of pleasure! Thank you!

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:14 am:

Happy Anniversary Pasty Cam!! I think I found the site from the alumnac website for what was originally just UP schools. I'm glad I found you!! I look forward to visiting whenever I am at my computer.

By Dave R. (Shutterbug) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:16 am:

Happy anniversary to everyone at You bring knowledge and joy to your "fan club" every day.

By Melanie Mushrush (Melanie) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:17 am:

Thank you so much for this site. I found it a couple of years ago. It brings back a lot of memories for me. I intend to continue enjoying everything about this site for A LONG time to come.

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:18 am:

CONGRATS PASTY! Nothing finer on the World Wide Web!

By Scott D. (Pooch) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:20 am:

Happy Anniversary Pasty Cam. This is just a great web site for all of us transplanted Yoopers (and Yooper wannabes) to stay in touch with God's Country. Thanks again for the great site!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:23 am:

Happy 10th Anniversary! Been here for 9 yrs now. My husband discovered this site while surfing sites involving the Keweenaw. Looking for snowmobile info no doubt!

By Ray Laakaniemi (Rlaakan) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:34 am:

I first heard of the site when it was given an award by The Morning Friendly, the Free Press. Never miss a day. Thank you each and every one! And many more!

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:37 am:

ahhh look ma DINNER ;-)

By Kim Johnson (Kimmer0218) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:42 am:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam. You are a fabulous part of my day...whenever I need a fix of "home". I'm a Yooper tranplant to where the trolls live.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:44 am:

I discovered Pasty by looking at the MI Tech web site to see snow statues being built. there's a link there called "lift bridge" which brings you to Pasty.


By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:55 am:

Wow, my simple question inspired a lot of responses! The other topic that inspires so much conversation is . . . food!

By Dr. Nat (Drnat) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:07 am:

Congratulations on ten fantastic years. Here's to many more decades of beautiful photos and friendship!

By Kathy P. (Katiaire) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:10 am:

Congratulations Pasty Cam. It is reassuring in this world of constant change to be able to know one can find a moment of serenity here. The day isn't complete without at least one visit to my favorite site. Thank you...and may you enjoy many more anniversaries.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:14 am:

Happy 10th anniversary. I enjoy this site so much!Look forward to it each day. Thank you all for bringing it and The UP into our homes.

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:20 am:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam. My best link to the Copper Country. My grandchildren love the CC. They have their favorite beaches, etc. So much fun to show them where I grew up and hung out.

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:44 am:

Thanks for so many years of great pictures and interesting info. Like many folks, I appreciate my daily tranquil visit in an otherwise nutty world. You are doing a ton of good for a lot of people. Thanks again.

By Mary A. Heide (Mheide42) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 11:08 am:

Happy Birthday I loved the story today of you running from the Partidge. I loved the Picture from 1959 - 1960 of the "new" bridge being build and the "old " bridge still up. Mary Heide from Chicago, Actually Naperville, IL

By Pauline (Yooperinpa) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 11:22 am:

Happy Anniversary Pasty Cam! This was the best thing I stumbled upon to keep up with all that goes on in the UP. Love the pictures and stories that goes with them. Hope to have you around another 10 years.

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 11:50 am:

That partridge is having a fine dinner. We put up a new BIRD feeder at out house this weekend. Soon afterwards, the squirrels discovered it. It is in between two posts and they were scared to make the leap out onto the feeder, but finally one did it, hit it and fell off. He did knock a little food off the tray for a reward though. Soon, he tried again. This time he hit it, grabbed on for dear life and hung upside down for about 5 seconds. Then, the string holding it up BROKE and the whole thing crashed to the ground spilling about 2 pounds of seeds and nuts EVERYWHERE --- WHAT A REWARD !!! THe next day our deck was COVERED with tracks galore everywhere. Man, they had a feast. I just hung the feeder back up with a stronger string out further. We'll see if Mr. squirrel can jump this far !!!

By paul (Pungvait) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 11:51 am:

Thanks, pasty-people for all the neat stuff you've aired in the past - keep up the good work, eh!

By George J. Plautz Jr. (Slovenechild) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:05 pm:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam! And many more to come.

By Musicteacher (Musicteacher) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:09 pm:

Ten years! How did that happen while I haven't aged at
all! haha!

Someday it would be fun to have EVERYONE list the
town they live in. I think we would all be surprised at
how far and wide this site extends. As for me, I started
because Still Waters was my neighbor here in Calumet.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:10 pm:

Congratulations to Pasty Cam! Sure do enjoy the pictures we see everyday and your comments Mary.
Nice to hear from all of you each day.

By Alison P (Ricelakealison) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:17 pm:

Congratulations on ten years of serving us a daily dose of a magical place!!

OK, Cal, I did mine!

By Edward & Dolores Fulcher (Eddee) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:17 pm:

ed&d ee in cols,oh

Happy Anniversary Pasty !!!

But ten years is nothing , Sunday We will be celebrateing 50 Years since I went to the UP and brought back my Bride. Thanks Pasty for giveingher a place she can go every day and stay connected to her real Home>>>

By FJL (Langoman) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:22 pm:

Ten years...... Been looking in daily for almost nine. A part of life for a lot of people posting from home, (some from their work place). Thanks to all who make this site possible. Brings back a ton of memmories.....

By Dave Van Dyk (Daveincolumbus) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:30 pm:

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May there be many more to come! I love this site; it gives me a connection to the ol' hometown (Ripley) and tons of beautiful wallpaper! ;-) Keep up the good work!

By Carol Ann Peltier (Peltierca) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:31 pm:

My grandfather had a partridge that would ride around the farm with him on the 4-wheeler in Osceola. It was the oddest thing but he loved it.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:36 pm:

Congratulations on ten years of bringing us great pictures and discussions on Upper Peninsula life. I would bet there are no other sites comparable to this in the whole of U.S.A.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:37 pm:

Congrats to the Pasty Cam and the wonderful people behind the scenes who bring us a daily dose of life in the U.P. through pictures!!! Wow, has it been 10 years already; how have you put up with all us crazies everyday??? ;-)

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 12:50 pm:

Congrats to Pasty Cam, looking forward to many years to come!

GOT U.P.? I NEED IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:03 pm:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam. I watched this site a while before posting. The Copper Country is my favorite place on earth, and I found it while doing one of my web searches for stuff in the area. Keep up the good work Mary, I always enjoy it.

By Bob Ellis (Bobellis) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:08 pm:

Congrats to Pasty Cam on being here for us for the last 10 years. I am living in Iowa now but I almost moved to Menominee Mich back in the seventies. Moved to Marinette Wis instead so I missed being a yooper by about 3 miles! Now I check this site every day to see what I missed.

By Connie, Eagle River Alaska (Connie8792) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:29 pm:

Wow, 10 years already?! I just want to say thank you for all of your hard work keeping the site up and running. It's a great place to come when I'm missing 'home'.

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:32 pm:

Happy 10th Anniversary Pasty Cam!!

You are the bright spot of my day each morning when I check
what's going on. A huge thank you to Charlie, Mary, Daryl, and all
the others whose names I can't think of right now.

P.S. Marsha, of course food is the 2nd major topic. After all, it is
PASTY cam :o)

By Brad Codere (Bcodere) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:33 pm:

Happy Anniversary!! Great site and great people! I visit everyday from the faraway land of.....Lake Linden. Heck, when I'm in my classroom I'm only a couple hundred feet away from Mary! Have a great one everybody! Now if that Gilles guy in Florida would just post a short message because I know he reads this! C'mon Mark, let's hear from you! Listen to your cousin! :)

By lz (Llamamama) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 03:00 pm:

Happy Anniversary!!! I enjoy my "dose of the UP" with prospects of new places to visit and old fond memories. Thanks.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 03:22 pm:

Many, many thanks to all of you who run, Dean, Charlie, and all of you who work so hard to make it what it is. I, for one, do not take the time to thank you all enough for all that you do for us! I love both forums, the beautiful pictures, Mary's comments, and all of the wonderful information and support that is shared among all. I love to keep on learning from all of you.

You provide a welcome window on Copper Country & the UP world. And, it is a welcome escape from the news of the day, especially when the outside news is not good. I have loved the Keweenaw since my husband & I made our first visit up there in 1980. My oldest son goes to Mich. Tech now, and my youngest son wants to (as much as a 9th grader plans).

I check MTU's web cams almost every day, at least once a day. I am pretty sure that I found from MTU's link to's Lift Bridge. I then explored the Lift Bridge link to see what all is here, and it is a whole lot.

Many, many thanks to all. I wish you all many, many happy returns!

By Donald R. Elzinga (Donagain) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 03:36 pm:

HAPPY bIRTHDAY from Beaufort, SC We'll be home in three weeks for Spring!

By clinton drake (Clint) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 03:41 pm:


By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 04:18 pm:

Happy Anniversary. Just think, An enterprize in in a field unheard of 15 years ago, and now it is a leader among web sites, worldwide. What an asset to the Copper Country.Your team deserves a lot of credit

By Tracy Kallio (Tkallio) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 04:49 pm:

Happy Anniversary!! I just love Pasty Cam, it brings me back home.
Most of the pictures of the day end up on my background at work. I get some great comments and questions from coworkers regarding the pictures, of which I am proud to say are pictures from the U.P. on

Thank you very much for Pasty Cam.

By Frederic W. Koski (Fred) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 05:17 pm:

Congrats on a decade of sharing the U.P. with the world. Thank you to all the photographers here for sharing all the great pics!

By Cotton (Cotton) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 05:24 pm:

Happy anniversary to you, the Pasty team. You've brought people from all over the world together by having your website. And we all have one thing in common, we LOVE the UP. And especially the Copper Country. Thank you for all of the hard work you've done & continue to do. One of the first things I do to start my day is visit with you. I even visit you when I'm gone on a vacation, you're addictive!! Good job well done Mary, Charlie, Dean & the rest of the gang.

P.S. I'm from Gwinn, Michigan & I was born in Michigan & have been a YOOPER all of my life.

By NKR (Nkr) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 05:31 pm:


By john mich (Johnofmi) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:07 pm:

Happy 10th Anniversary Pasty Cam. For traditional gifts this is your Tin or Aluminum anniversary. Sorry, but you don't get Copper gifts until your 22nd anniversary.

By Jim Nicholas (Jimn) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:32 pm:


By Glenn Hendrickson (Geeroy) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 06:45 pm:

Okay, CAL, good idea. Happy Anniversary Pasty Cam!
Like a first cup of coffee in the morning, can't hardly be without it. Have been a steady daily reader for the past three years since I came back, have learned alot and re-learned too, mainly as an observer, maybe will try and get my two cents in more often in the next ten years!!
Snowin and blowin in Calumet.

By Gloptmike (Gloptmike) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:08 pm:

Congradulations Charlie and the Pasty Cam team. You put the CHS Class of 1958 on the internet during our 40th Class Reunion. Hopefully you'll be able capture our 50th Class Reunion next year. Here is a link to the CHS Class of 1958 Reunion picture that appeared on the Pasty Cam.

By Heikki (Heikki) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:16 pm:

Pasty Central has nearly been a daily stop for me on the information superhighway. It's the closest I can get to my beloved U.P. without actually being there, so on this special day with consideration given to today's photo......"Happy Bird-Day to you, Happy Bird-Day to you, Happy Bird-Day dear PC, Happy Bird-Day to you!" (I bin savin' dat one up all day.):-)

By Mary Geshel (Maryll) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 07:33 pm:

Congrats to Pasty .com for a wonderful site. My nephew from Canton, Mi. told me about this about six years ago and I have been reading it every day and enjoying it so much. Thanks to all of you who are working so hard to keep all of us happy.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 08:45 pm:

Congrats to on ten years of bring the UP to lose of us who live elsewhere. Thanks for all you do.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:49 pm:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTY CAM!!! Thanks for wonderful website you provide for us.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:18 pm:

Happy Birthday Liz, you share it with Pasty!

Deb and Mr. Deb

By John W (Jwahtola) on Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 10:24 pm:

Happy Birthday Pasty Central. We check you out everyday like clock work.

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, March 2, 2007 - 05:29 am:

Thanks for all the birthday greetings, which I'm catching up on this morning.

I don't mean to rain on the parade but Mary's birthday count was off by one year. If you noticed my note last Sunday, I said:

"We hope to have the 'new and improved' Gallery hitting on all cylinders in time for the start of the 10th year of the Daily Pasty Cam, which arrives in a few days on March 1."
The "start of the 10th year" means that it is 9 years old. (Indeed, it started on March 1, 1998.) At the end of the 10th year (in 2008) it will be 10 years old. Think about it: when you were born, you started your first year, you were not yet 1. The day you turned 1 you started your second year. The day you turned 9 you started your 10th year, and so on.

On the other hand, there is another anniversary coming on May 31 - itself started on that day in 1996. That means this year it will be 11 years old...

...and start its 12th year (?feeling a little dizzy)

Mary says: Actually I was using my Uncle Gene's method of determining your age, which went like this, using Pasty Cam's age as the example:
Wednesday, Feb. 28th, Pasty Cam was 8. On March 1st, Pasty Cam's birthday, it turned 9. On March 2nd, the day after it's birthday, Pasty Cam turns 10, because it's into its 10th year then. So I was only off by a day if figure it that way! :->

kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, March 2, 2007 - 06:49 am:

That's ok. I won't mind saying Happy Birthday again next year!

By Danbury (Danbury) on Friday, March 2, 2007 - 11:21 am:

And the years after that ... :)))

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