Nov 19-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: November: Nov 19-01
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Monday, November 19, 2001 - 10:03 pm:

Perhaps it's the last day in a long time that we'll see the ground clear. The rain turned into snow as temperatures dropped across the region.

On our way back from Duluth we passed through Bergland and spotted this awesome machine.

We knew we were back in the U.P.

By Paul Leinonen, Ypsilanti, MI on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 08:56 am:

That looks like something I'd expect to see in the U.P. It probably works ok too.

Charlie...hasn't snow fallen up there already? I ask because I'm looking at the Snow Thermometer page and it's still showing last year's total. Need to get the page ready for this season; I check it out daily.

By Daryl Laitila on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 09:22 am:

The ground is still bare here. We had a dusting of snow yesterday, but it's gone today. I'll be updating the Snow Thermometer page any day.

By David S.- FL on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 11:47 am:

Looks like something out of the X-Files

By David Ferndale, MI. on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 03:05 pm:

What are the odd's this won't sell for lack of snowfall up there this year? What other inventions have come out of Northern MI? Back in 1957 or so my family new a fellow who claimed to have invented the Tart Cutter.Anyone know of him?

By Jeanine, London England on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 03:47 pm:

My first vehicle was a Jeep CJ-7. Purchase included snow-plow : P ( although I sold the plow)
It was the perfect machine for da UP. I even drove all the way to Madison in a snowstorm in it at an amazing 45 mph in 1992. Oh those were the days!
I sold it off to a retiree in Munising..I hope its still serving well.

By Eric, Sagola on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 07:08 pm:

Holy man! I like it. I can't read da' phone number though. What is it?

By RCW $ BAY on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 07:28 pm:

Dave from Ferndale. Check out yesterdays comments. The guy you were inquiring about was Ken Bylkas who ran the store in Bootjack, he's the one who invented the Tart cutter. My wife still has an original.

By Jeff Kalember, Michigan on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 08:46 pm:

HEY all you YOOPERS ! THAT IS MY Grandfathers jeep and he has it parked by the highway there in Bergland so that he can sell the plow, not the Jeep. His name is Jack Nordine and his phone number is 906-575-3534. Give him a call and be prepared to shell out big bucks for the plow.

By Alice Neilson, Ventura, CA on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 10:44 pm:

I love this site!! Not only are there terrific pictures, things to warm the heart, but I get a laugh a day. See comments above. This does it for me. Thanks everyone. Love your sense of humor.

By Marian, R.C., MI on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 11:20 pm:

Dad, PLEASE don't sell the Jeep! Remember that Neil has his eye on it, IF the Price is Right!
I had lots of fun running around town in it.

By AT Chassell on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 07:57 am:

RCW $ BAY Didn't Lydia design the tart cutter and Ken made it? We have one of the first ones made also.

By RCW $ Bay on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 12:51 pm:

AT: Gee thats right,some things seem to fade away. I wonder if his press is still there!! Its been a long time.

By David Ferndale, MI. on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 02:56 pm:

Thank's for the info on the Tart Cutter.Very strange when visiting this site the things that come to mind of days growing up in such a beauitfull place.A great place to visit and open the scrapbook of thoughts left behind.Thank's to all who make it happen!

By Bill Denning, Texas on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 03:28 pm:

Okay, I give up. What's a Tart Cutter, and why would you need one?

By Don on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 04:46 pm:

When I was a child,(35 yrs ago) Mort Plowe in Houghton had a Jeep with a plow and you had to pump the jack part, which was in the cab,to make the plow rise, we thought it was great fun and it saved him from getting a sore arm I'm sure. Those were the days...Don

By RCW $ Bay on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 06:21 pm:

Gee Bill, havnt you ever had a prune tart. One of my favorites. The cutter of course is designed to cut out the shape in the crust. Boy I wish I could send you one hot out of the oven this XMAS

By JUDYMANNINEN on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 10:37 am:


By maria stevens maine on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 02:25 pm:

the jeep is so cool.
it looks like it wood be a lote
of fun .to have .i can see me knowe.ha ha ha


By David Ferndale,MI on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 07:12 pm:

Hey Bill in Texas, did you realy think the tart would be so tough that one would need a device to cut it? RCW $ Bay I'll take a half dozen of the soft prune.I don't have a cutter.

By Steve Daylong, WA on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 08:45 pm:

Love the site, guys!! Great pictures . . . strolls down memory lane . . . makes me want to go back to the UP. We get NO snow to mention in Seattle. Count your blessings.

By Greta, Ca on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 01:00 pm:

Hey! Save that awesome Jeep/plow for my daughter! She fell in love with it, but since she's only 7 years old, we'll have to wait until she can drive. Meanwhile, we could bring it to California...maybe we'll find some snow in our mountains to push with it. I have a tart cutter that my uncle made. It works great. Nothing like a fresh prune tart!

By Ray MICHIGAN on Sunday, December 2, 2001 - 02:28 am:

AH ! How great the state of MICH_I_GAN can be and is.

By Melode Pestka on Sunday, December 2, 2001 - 09:43 am:

That's my mom's purple house in the background of
the jeep picture. O.K. Now i'm really homesick. Tired of the city. Mom we will be home on Dec 5th
Get ready make pastys.

By Jerry Potvin on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 01:59 pm:

Quite a site! Only in Bergland could this be put together. I grew up there so I can speak with some authority. I also worked for Jack the(inventor)for one week. Enjoyed the messages,as I knew several people who had responded. Keep up the good work.

By JUST WONDERING ... on Saturday, November 30, 2002 - 05:38 pm:




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