Sep 18-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: September: Sep 18-10
Jam makings    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Plethora of berries    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Good enough to eat    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Boiling down the berries    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Warm jam plus berries    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Finished product    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:23 am:

Brenda Leigh was recently in the Sault Ste. Marie area and did some berry picking, as you can see in her second and third photos. She said this was a banner year for blueberries there and they were just coming to an end right about now. Blueberry picking is a job in itself, but you're only half done when the picking is over, then it's time to make some jam. Brenda chronicled the process from her kitchen for us here today, starting with the list of ingredients, then preparing the berries and a bit of rhubard by boiling them down. Next you pour the cooked fruit into jam jars and this is where Brenda likes to mix in a few fresh berries for a nice blueberry touch. Then finally you have your finished product, jars and jars of fresh homemade jam. Throw in a loaf of homemade bread and savor the U.P. flavors! :->

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:26 am:

What a delicious Pasty Cam this morning!

Don't forget to cast your vote of support today for Copper Harbor in the current Pepsi Challenge, which could help build a new home for an ambulance in the Harbor.

Donna (Donna) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:46 am:

Now if you could only make this a scratch and sniff! :D

I asked previously about local EMT's and an ambulance in the Harbor,and a lovely gent emailed me this:

POSTED: September 3, 2010Save | Print | Email

COPPER HARBOR - Officials with Mercy EMS are working to permanently relocate an ambulance to Copper Harbor but the issue they face is trying to find space.

For a short time, the ambulance can be parked at the fire department, but the long-term goal is to build a facility for the ambulance.

Michael Musiel, a paramedic with Mercy EMS who happens to live in Copper Harbor and a first responder with Grant Township, said they need a temperature-controlled, year-round facility to house an ambulance.

"We have a temporary arrangement with the fire department in Copper Harbor but it is actually displacing a piece of equipment," he said. "The long-term goal is to get a designated location for an ambulance."

So the Copper Harbor Improvement Association came up with the idea to enter a grant contest. Much like "click to vote" contests other local organizations have entered and won, CHIA opted to enter a contest where it has the chance to win $250,000, which they hope to put toward building a facility for the ambulance.

Staci Gibson, president of CHIA, said they recently entered and are in the running for the Pepsi Refresh Project, and now they need the public's help to win the grant.

"We're in the process of trying to get an ambulance up here," she said. "Syd Faasson is the vice president of CHIA and she brought the Pepsi grant to our attention."

Gibson encourages the public to visit the website and vote for Copper Harbor.

"If you have ever been to Copper Harbor, plan to visit, or care about someone who lives here, then please help us make the difference," she said.

To vote for Copper Harbor, visit and click on browse ideas and vote under the "Vote to Refresh America" section. At the top of the page, type Copper Harbor into the search bar and locate "Build ambulance garage in Copper Harbor," register once and vote again every day until Sept. 30.

Voting can also be accessed directly at

(And I still say, you need to do that shirt Charlie!)

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 09:33 am:

that's a lot of blueberries, and they appear to be wild ones.
Lots of picking time there.

By Diana P. (Diana) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:14 am:

Love the pics this morning, especially "plethora of berries"! Picking wild blueberries is one of my favorite things to do while on vacation in the UP, but usually the timing isn't right for the blueberries to be ripe. Don't know how to make jam, but I can bake blueberry pies! :)

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:15 am:

Oh my gosh, that looks so good!

By Donald Kilpela (Commodore) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 12:49 pm:

Thanks., Charlie, for pushing this Pepsi Challenge. I think that the Pasty People can pull this through if anyone can.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 01:24 pm:

I want to add my thanks to Commodore Don's for Charlie and all the other Pasty People who are helping to make our ambulance barn a reality. We certainly couldn't do it without you. Pasty People are the best!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 03:26 pm:

Beautifully photographed + looking tasteful.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 03:55 pm:

Oh my gosh, do those look good!!! I can just smell them!! Thanks for the scrumptious looking pictures!!!

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