Dec 24-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: December: Dec 24-03
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Photo by Donn de Yampert

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:42 am:

All the cookies are baked, the gifts are wrapped, the tree is trimmed, and the Keweenaw is aglow with lights. It's the time of the season, when everything is ready, waiting for you to relax and enjoy all the preparations you've been busy with for weeks. Donn de Yampert gives us a fitting U.P. holiday display for the eve of Christmas.

By Margaret, Amarillo, TX on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:51 am:

We don't have the snow cover, but everyone has their lights up and deer out on the lawn. We try as hard as we can to look like Christmas here in Texas, but we either have sunshine or blizzard. You gotta take what you get. Merry Yule all.

By Taka on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:55 am:

I have posted a picture that I took along with the Downtown Houghton photo used on the next year Pasty Calendar. Please click the link below, and check out the photos.

Donn, Great photo as usual. Merry Christmas!

By KLS, AZ on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:56 am:

Beautiful picture. Merry Christmas, love and peace to all, especially our men and women in the armed services in the Middle East and all over the globe.

By Pete Wi. on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:04 am:

Just checked the Tech web cams and it sure looks like the Copper Country will have a white Christmas.
I wanna come back up for good. Maybe next year.

By Yooperzz in Indiana on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:19 am:

As usual another great photo. May God bless our troops during this Holiday Season and may this next year bring peace to all. Looks like we will have a white Christmas here in Northern Indiana, as we are expecting up to 10" inches today. There is nothing worse than a Christmas without snow.
Jim Jacka

By Sherry in N FL on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 11:33 am:

Merry Christmas and Peace to all. Here in N FL temps about 60 but tomorrow morning should have a low of 35. For me great holdiay weather. Love to see the snow but do not want to live in it anymore. Plan on a walk on the beach tommorow afternoon with the grandkids.
Thanks to all for the wonderful pics

By Missin the UP from NJ esp. at Christmas on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 12:17 pm:

What a beautiful UP Christmas Card. Thanks Donn
It's raining very heavily here! No white Christmas for us. I send a prayer that the folks who got flooded out a little while ago are NOT flooded again tonight, Christmas Eve!
I would like to also send a prayer of thanks and wishes for a safe holiday season to our troops overseas.
Then I wanted to wish a Merry Christmas and thank everyone at for such a warm and welcoming site. I bet this site spreads more good than even you guys can ever know.
And warm wishes to all the photographers and folks who sign on to say hi. I can still laugh so hard at some of the exchanges under past pictures in the archives! I read and think, that's where I grew up and I feel such a sense of pride.

By Debbie, Durand, Il. on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 12:53 pm:

Greetings from northern Il. We don't have snow cover and they are predicting 50 degrees by Sat. Kids will be able to try out their new bikes and rollerblades right away! Anyway, bless all of you wonderful people. Happy holidays! Hope Joulupukki is good to you (I hope I spelled it correctly)!

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:21 pm:

Merry christmas from the west coast.
No snow here in the valley, just rain and a dampness that gets right into your bones. Nothing that a hot buttered rum and a cozy fire can't chase away. I do miss those white Christmas's tho!
Thank's again for another year of great photos,and Pasty's. That helps chase away the homesickness.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

By Bruce J. Penn Sanford, FL on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:22 pm:

May the love joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all, and God bless those who are serving our nation in this time of need.

By Jim, Lower Mi. on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:29 pm:


By Jean, Abilene Texas' on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:36 pm:

We are 63 degrees with partly cloudy skies here in Abilene, Texas....not exactly Cchristmas weather but we are warm and therefore not running the heater all that much. Merry Christmas to all... h

By Mary Lou on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:37 pm:

Christmas Greetings from Escanaba in the deep south,.....UP, that is,...we do have snow so Santa's sleigh won't have a problem coming to our house...."To family and friends both far and near, Mery Christmas to you and Happy New Year"

By Yooper-To-Be in 2005, Saginaw, MI on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:47 pm:

We have snow in Saginaw today & probably tomorrow, too! Merry Christmas to all! May the love of Christ shine in your hearts.

By Lowell MO on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 01:57 pm:

Its 29 and sunny in Missouri. No snow. I'm like the person in Florida like the snow but can do without it. So will enjoy seeing it in the pictures fron the U.P.
Merry Christmas to all.

By Charlotte, IN on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 02:20 pm:

From N. IN to all who come to this site and all who make it possible Merry Christmas. God Bless our troups where ever they might be. The picture is great. We have a dusting of snow but les may give 5-10 inches by tomorrow.

By Chevysac, UP Native in Detroit on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 03:29 pm:

As we all settle in for a cozy Christmas Eve with our loved ones, please everyone say a little prayer for the family of Nicolas Balinski. Nick just 19, died Monday in a tragic snowmobile accident. My nephew was with him and was the first to find him. Speed was the killer, it was daytime (around noon) and no alcohol or drugs were involved. Nick was an only child and a student at MTU enjoying time off school to be with friends. I share this just to remind everyone to tell their children to ride carefully. The machines of today are faster than most people can control safely. Please don't get me wrong, I snowmobile & motorcycle and have for years, but the biggest piece of safety equipment that needs to come along is what's between your ears. Don't forget to use it!! Helmet's are always in order and Nick had one on, but they are no match for trees at high speed.
What a terrible Christmas for his parents, they will never have the same lives here on earth again.

By ELDRED A.Z on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 04:01 pm:


By Frank,,,,, Milw...... on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 05:00 pm:

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night..........

By Donna on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 05:05 pm:

Chevysac, please pass on the condolences from us in the Yoop, and thank you for sharing AND reminding folks to respect that machine.

Merry Christmas all!

By Dave of Mohawk on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 06:27 pm:

Merry Christmas and Healthy and Happy New Year to all, may God Bless.

By Paul in Illinois on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 06:58 pm:

Merry Christmas to all. Pray for the men and women in Iraq, Afganistan, and Korea. Take a moment to recall the victims of the Italian Hall Tragedy - 90 years ago tonight.

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 07:58 pm:

Merry Christmas to all and may the new year bring you health, wealth and great happines and to all a good night. We got a just a dusting of snow here to make it seem like Christmas, go 3 miles south and its bare ground.

By Charlie and Edie Hopper, Eagle River, MI on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 08:21 pm:

Our family just listened again to the account of the Italian Hall disaster, Christmas Eve 1913, as narrated by Jack Foster on the Pasty Cam a couple of years ago. We invite you to revisit this tragic chapter in Calumet's history by clicking here

from Copper Country Reflections

By walter p tampa on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:18 pm:

73 degrees in tampa today have a happy christmas

By Kevin E. Musser on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 09:52 pm:

Merry Christmas to everyone from

By Sharon/westland on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:15 pm:

Merry Christmas to all....thanks to everyone who brings us this wonderful site....thank you to all who are serving our Country and Bless their families. My prayers go out to all who have lost someone in this past year and are spending the holidays without them....they are still with you as long as you keep them in your heart.

By Joan, Ohio on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:41 pm:

Merry Christmas from Ohio, where it has been snowing all day! No wind, heavy snow covering every little branch, wire, etc...absolutely beautiful!! Our prays go out to our service people everywhere and we wish them the best for the season...and yes, remember the reason!!

By Steve the flying troll on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:55 pm:

The Italian Hall narrative is less than 10 minutes, and worth every second. What a riveting account. Thanks again. Click on to the Hoppers note to hear it yourself. Next time you have a beer at Shute's, it will all come back.
Happy Holidays, but never forget..............

By Tom T.C. Mich on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 11:42 pm:

To my friends, click on this site tonight

By Tiny Tim on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 12:25 am:

...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...
Bless us everyone!

By Fred NRW on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 02:42 am:

From a Rhinelander (No snow at all...): Merry Christmas to all and a peaceful time
His Blessings.

By AUDRIANNA-- on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 11:32 am:


By Kathy, Towson, MD on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 01:05 pm:

It is hard to believe of man's inhumanity to his fellow man went back to the early 1900's as we are now living in the U.S. with threats from people and nation's that we have only wished to help. God Bless our troops serving overseas today and through the holiday season. We wish you a speedy time over there and you will be returning soon to your family and loved ones. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at Pastycam. We on the east coast enjoy your site immensely each day. Go Blue in the Rose Bowl!

By Rayline Dean on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 01:33 pm:

Thanks to our Heavenly Father for sending His Begotten Son, Jesus Christ to the Earth as our Savior! Thanks to our Brother Jesus Christ for being a volunteer to be our Savior in Spirit World before He came into this World! :-) I'm 45 yrs old and deaf female from Southeast CA, USA :-) We all need to think, talk and act like our Brother Jesus Christ daily. We need to have the most beautiful and the sweetest love for each and every one of every different country. :-) May our Heavenly Father bless each and every one of u with great health, peace, love, joy, happiness and many more blessings daily. :-) \m/_ means I love u in American Sign Language. :-)

By Bella on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 02:32 pm:

Merry Christmas from Columbus, Ohio! It is very cold here, and it has been snowing. It's beautiful, I love the snow. Jesus is the reason for the season!! Everyone have a safe and Happy Holiday!!!! Bella

By shayla, ohio on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 04:57 pm:

Greetings from Ohio........hope you all had a blessed Christmas. wish you all good things in the new year. hugs to all! shayla

By SAMANTHA on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 06:08 pm:


By Bud Michigan on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 07:22 pm:

I Rayline...........

"Merry Christmas", And a "Happy New Year"!

By Fran,Ga on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 11:52 pm:

Samantha,so sorry to hear of your brother's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and also with the family of the young man(Nickolas) who lost his life in a tragic snowmobiling accident.

By buffy/louisiana on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 01:26 am:

merry xmas and happy new years! lookin 4 email pals oly who love 2 share smiles emailme at

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