Jul 15-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: July: Jul 15-03
Hancock wall work    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Daryl Laitila
Quite a crew    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Daryl Laitila

Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 07:34 am:

An enthusiastic crew of volunteers from Warren, Michigan tackled the repainting job at the entrance to Hancock. The youth group from the Church of the Nazarene enjoyed (endured?) a muggy 80°+ afternoon to help spruce up the city. Daryl Laitila caught the action with a short slide show in the guest gallery.

To get a perspective of this location, in this Skypixs shot we featured back in June, the wall is at the left end of the Lift Bridge approach.

photo by Rick Anderson

By Sarah, stuck in Ohio on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 07:56 am:

I can't wait to see the wall in August! Thanks for the slide show and pictures!

By Missing the Upper Pen. on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:44 am:

Cool, nice site...

I heard some stories awhile back about a couple of guys named Eino and Toivo or Tovio and Eino.

Does anyone got any good stories to share about these 2 fella's?


By Bill, stuck in MN on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:45 am:

I'll be up there Aug. 16 to drop my daughter off at MTU. Will be nice to see the repainted wall in person!

By Stan--stuck in the mitten on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 10:28 am:

As having Finnish ancestry, I do not object to Eino-Toivo jokes--if fact, I think they are very funny. But with today's hypersensitivity (political correctness), I would be wary of posting such stories on a public internet site. You never know who might be offended. Remember how common Polish jokes were about 10-20 years ago?

By Gary, Westland on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 11:11 am:

Stuck Stan, Lighten up ............

By Alice, Ventura, cA on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 11:13 am:

Great slide show from Daryl. Good to see the wall, and the terrific volunteers who made it all possible. Bet they had a lot of fun at the same time.

I remember visiting my mom and dad in Houghton a few years back and seeing all the flowers planted along the downtown areas and out toward MTU. She told me that her neighbor belonged to the group that did that as community service. Isn't it wonderful what people do for their communities? It is nice when we can show these generous gifts for a change.

By Rich, SW Mich. on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 02:01 pm:

To - Alice, Ventura, cA:
I've been to your neck of the woods before. Cool oceanside city! I was on my way up to Pismo Beach a couple years ago, which is also a nice place to visit. I agree with Alice's comments about the nifty slideshow and community service.

By Dave, Dearborn, MI. on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 02:29 pm:

Is there a shot of the completed wall?

By Al, Ca. on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 03:32 pm:

Terrific job on the wall. Question to the locals: "why did a group from down state have to travel up there to spruce up the place?" Is there no community pride in the Copper Country?

By pikkuleipa on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 07:32 pm:

Trolls will think up any excuse to get to the Keweenaw. Painting the wall is a good one, wish I'd thought of it!

By Patt, Howell, MI on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:16 pm:

Al, Ca. What a nasty comment to make.

By Steve the flying troll on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 08:33 pm:

Church groups travel every summer to do community service. Two years ago a group of 50 kids visited Claremont N.H. and stayed a week at the local high school, did lots of work for old and retired folks and managed to have a great time doing it. As a long time activist in an inner city animal shelter, I will always remember the words of a long gone friend. She said that community service was the rent we paid to live on the planet. I liked that lady a lot.

By DJB-MI on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 09:10 pm:


By Connie - Colorado on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 09:19 pm:

Stan of the mitten:

You can get monthly stories of Eino and Toivo in a publication which is printed every month by the Porcupine Press. Check out this link:


you can have it mailed to you, hopefully you have plenty of time to read! Sorry for the spam.

By Alice, Ventura, CA on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 09:29 pm:

Hi Rich SW Michigan. Next time you are in my neck of the woods, give a yell!

And to Al, CA I had initially thought the same thing, but then realized that church groups go on these trips for lots of reasons, and sometimes just the excuse for the trip and camaraderie, as well as the community service. Maybe the Hancock kids will go to Warren to return the favor. But I think Pikkuleipa actually hit the nail on the head! Certainly a good excuse to get to the UP!

By Ken from da UP on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 12:50 am:

We wondered why also, but 'any excuse to come UP here is a good one.' I hope there is a group from da UP that can go and do some volunteer work, too. It does sound like fun! My Mom used to take us kids to that little park at the top of the steps to the right of this shot. Wow, that was 'way back in 1948, we lived in Houghton at the time. Can you remember any of that, Kaija? Had to walk across the old swing bridge.

By Becky, Tamarck City on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 01:56 am:

To Al and Stan-- relax, all is well and doesn't need to be criticized. Jobs done well are jobs well done. And, a sense of humor is always apreciated, or should be- Have a good day

By Russ E., St. Clair county MI on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 02:10 am:

Hey "Ken from da UP". Not only did we climb those steps many times when I was a kid in 1948, we lived right at the top of them! Just to the left across Cooper street, the corner house,(316?) It's long gone now. Many times we walked down them and ran around over to the A & P store. Several times walked across the old swing bridge. My mom told us of how she got stuck on the middle swing part once and had to wait way out there until the ship passed thru!

By Eino Notaffended & Toivo Itsalright on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:29 pm:


When I mentioned Eino and Toivo stories I never said "jokes"...I was just looking for some funny "stories"...not ethnic jokes. holly crap!

I have seen so much environmentalist, politics etc being posted I thought maybe some humorous stories from the UP would lighten things up. Was I wrong or what!? (just look at some of the postings above).

Connie from Colorado - A big thank you for the Porky press web site. The Eino and Tovio "stories" are great and humerous, reminds me of the fantastic stories "real yoopers" told years ago...they had a flare for telling "stories" not "jokes" and were/are not afraid to shed humor in a "politically correct" obsessed world.

Thanks to all for telling the others "to chill" the comments postings are starting to take a politically correct, environmentalist edge and seems to be a sounding board for change. I don't like that here at the "P-Cam"...I get enough of that each day via the mass media.

Did I ever tell yah about the time Eino and Toivo went to...

By Emma, Warren Mi. on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 01:26 am:

TO "Al, Ca."

i was one of those teens to paint the wall...your comment about why didnt people from Houghton-Hancock paint the wall themselves...i dont know...but maybe seeing us paint it gave them inspiration and pride in their city to help out somewhere else in Houghton-Hancock...
i hope so anyway...:)

By k, fl on Thursday, January 1, 2004 - 10:19 pm:

shouldn't people from the UP have painted this??

By florida on Thursday, January 1, 2004 - 10:24 pm:

that would have been a great project for the calumet HS student senate...come on abe voelker!! you can do it

By Ryan Dygert on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 10:27 am:

I am doing a school project About Eino and Toivo. I was Wondering who made them up and What they story behind them? If anyone can help please email at s_uper_m_an_89@hotmail.com

By Chris Terronez, CA on Sunday, May 23, 2004 - 09:50 pm:

We at Valley Aircrafts, Tulare, CA recieved copies of UPmag with a shipment from Eagle Fuel Cells. We had a good laugh at the jokes and stories in the mag.

By geoff88, michigan on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 11:34 am:

Ill tell Abe Voelker to do so ok.

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