February 2000

Past-E-Mail: February 2000
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Connie Pizzitola, Colorado on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 - 05:49 pm:

Absolutely love the photo posted today. That is a great shot and I love the coloring from the ray of sunlight!! Wow! This site is the best out there!

By Cheesehead John on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 - 06:09 pm:

Okay, Charlie, I gotta ask.

When was Charles Schulz a resident of Still Waters? Or is he considered an honorary resident?

And, how can today (2/29/2000) be considered the two year anniversary of the PastyCam? Two years ago, there was no 29th on the February calender--unless Yoopers have their own calender, perhaps? So, what IS the actual anniversary date of the PastyCam--February 28 or March 1?

And, one final question, if a couple gets married on February 29, does the husband only have to remember his anniversary every four years?

Leapin' fer joy fer anudder pasty!

And, as the Taco Bell chihuahua says, "Put nacho cheese on da pasties, eh!"

By Bruce Eastley, CA on Saturday, February 26, 2000 - 11:27 pm:

My brother in Roscommon, MI, sent me a shipment of your pasties (virtually unknown in Sacramento,CA). They were SUPER !!! I shared them with other family members and it was unanimous: nothing but high praise. We all lived in Marquette, MI, for several years. While we know that the U.P. DOES have some inferior pasties available, it's so nice to know that you are in a superb class of your own. I will be placing an order soon and perhaps I can begin educating the citizens of Sacramento on one of the finer foods they never tasted. Many thanks ! Bruce Eastley

By Dianne, TN on Saturday, February 26, 2000 - 07:56 pm:

I love the snow pictures! We don't get too much snow here in the South. I spent many happy summers in the U.P. in Dollar Bay. How about some photos from there?!! Hello to my family there!!! I really enjoy this site. It's the best!!

Dollar Bay

By Joanne,IL on Thursday, February 24, 2000 - 05:01 pm:

My mom and sister told me about this sight, finally had a chance to check it out. It's Great!! We had a great week's vacation up at Copper Harbor last summer and can't wait to get back!!!

Tell the folks at the Laughing Loon that the Fields family says hello.

By Lyle from Manchester, MI on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 02:08 pm:

WJR Radio in Detroit mentioned your web site, so I checked it out. The pasty order arrived today as promised. We followed the clear directions to cook a couple, and they taste great. (I'm feeding now.) We'll be ordering more soon. Thanks.

By Carol - San Diego CA on Monday, February 21, 2000 - 03:35 pm:

Thanks to some wonderful friends my family has had the treat of tasting a Pasty. We were sceptical at first when the door bell rang, we kinda scowled and hummmed "yea right, these will be good huh..." well to our delight they were delicious enough for me to now check out the Pasty.com site and put it into my "favorite sites list" now getting ready to place an order for ourselves....so for anyone sceptical I can only say....we just finished our lunch and boy was it good.....

By Damon Sefic, Colorado on Monday, February 21, 2000 - 03:13 pm:

Pasty Central is a site of rare excellence on the www. Thank you for the superb site. Now we know why they called it Lake Superior. In fact Keweena is a ‘well wired’ region all the way around, but I haven’t seen many pictures of Suomi College. There are just a couple on Pasty Cam (Oct. ’98), and just a couple on the City of Hancock sight. The Suomi College sight has no pictures at all. My daughter is a freshman at Suomi and I would love to see more pictures taken on campus.

By Jane Sheveland, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota on Monday, February 21, 2000 - 09:21 am:

Dear Charlie:

I’ve had a rough week ~ sick but the pictures by Dan Urbanski have really helped. They are very soothing and nurturing. I am checking my sources in Rockland for Stan Kotajarvi for the name of the midwife who was practicing at the time of his birth. Thank you again.

By L. Hart, Santa Catalina Island, CA on Sunday, February 20, 2000 - 07:47 pm:

The Dan Urbanski photos take my breath away! Am I missing how to order copies (if possible)? Is Dan related to Peter Urbanski, also nature photographer (among other things)? The ice photos are magnificent.

By Arkansas on Saturday, February 19, 2000 - 01:28 am:

I am originally from Florence, Wisconsin and my mother who is 87 moved down about 2 years ago from Iron Mountain, Michigan. She was raised in Houghton and somehow got misplaced down here in West Memphis, Arkansas. My of My how we miss our Pasties. The aroma is undescribably delicious. The flavor was wonderful. I may have to go to work so I can afford to buy in bulk. Thanks again for the great food that we have missed so much.
Sincerely, Jill Jordan
West Memphis, Ar.

By Stan Kotajarvi, MI on Friday, February 18, 2000 - 09:01 am:

Seeing the pictures near Rockland and the e-mail notes about Rockland leads me to ask a question.
I was born in Rockland in 1941 in the house of a local midwife. Does anyone possible know the name of a Rockland woman who was a midwife in Rockland at that time?
My mother told me years ago what her name was, but I have forgotten. Thanks.

By Karoliina, A Yooper in on Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 03:42 pm:

I've typed two messages, both LONG, and suddenly it disappears and I can't get it back. Have you received any unsigned/what the heck-kind of messages?

In any case, love our pasties - four left in the fridge - used sparingly, but not so far in between that they get freezer burn!

I had typed a long message about Rockland. Hope you got it, cuz I ran out of hankies & tissues and really wonder if I could post a 3rd time!

By Jan Medved Wis. on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 03:55 pm:

Hi Charlie, Loved the pictures of the log houses in Victoria. I was born in a house exactally like that in Swedetown. Bridge St. was all log houses. That brings back wonderful memories of Swedetown and Bridge St. Thank You
Jan Medved

By CheeseheadJohn on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 03:00 pm:

Got the pasty earrings and gave them to my wife for Valentine's--she even let me nibble her ears! Delicish!! She thought it was a very flavorful gift and relishes wearing them! Any other pasty jewelry being planned? I mean, according to "da wife" (born of sound Yooper stock), a woman has got to accessorize. Maybe pasty boot buckles for da swampers?

By Connie Pizzitola on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 01:11 pm:

Dear John from Wisconsin! I haven't heard St. Urho's day since high school at HHS (class of '80) and it brings back memories of wearing purple for it! What was the date? Does anyone know who can refresh my memory?

St. Urho's Day is always one day before St. Patrick's Day, March 16.

By JoAnne, Washington on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 11:15 am:

Hey All at Pasty.Com,

I check in here every day, without fail. Love those PastyCam pictures!! Have to ask though, where IS the "restored mining town of Victoria" featured as the picture of the day, Tuesday, Feb. 15th.? Although I lived in Calumet for about 10 years, I've never heard of it before and I'm dying to know!

Thanks for all your efforts!

JoAnne in Port Orchard, WA

Old Victoria is just a few miles from Rockland, Michigan towards Ontonagon. :o)

By JoAnne Stefanac, Washington on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 11:14 am:

Hey All at Pasty.Com,

I check in here every day, without fail. Love those PastyCam pictures!! Have to ask though, where IS the "restored mining town of Victoria" featured as the picture of the day, Tuesday, Feb. 14th.? Although I lived in Calumet for about 10 years, I've never heard of it before and I'm dying to know!

Thanks for all your efforts!

JoAnne in Port Orchard, WA

By Sharon Smith, Detroit on Tuesday, February 15, 2000 - 08:40 pm:

I'm enjoying your site as I get my Keweenaw fix each day. The Feb 15 picture is worthy of a postcard - surely it will be in next year's calendar? Thanks much for the lovely views.

By Ernie -- Washington on Sunday, February 13, 2000 - 05:46 pm:

Location of Sunday February 13th picture of the road sign. I believe that sign location is in or near Gay MI.

By Kathy & Tom Welch on Sunday, February 13, 2000 - 05:30 pm:

Aloha from Hawaii,
We love Pasties here too!!! The family looks forward to the package arriving from the UP. We now have the order up to 12 pasties on a shippment.... 6 was just not enough. We're expecting our next order to show up on Thursday but hope they make it a day earlier (getting hungry reading the pasty email). We moved to Hawaii in January 79. No matter how hard we look, we've not be able to find a rutabega(sp) in the state :) Guess we'll have to settle for the great weather and Pasty Central for our Pasty needs! Aloha from Hawaii

Kathy & Tom Welch

By JoAnne Liimatta Mn. on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 09:22 pm:

Another transplanted yooper! Born in Calumet:graduated from CHS in '68. Living in Duluth Mn/Superior Wi. area since "74. JoAnne (Belisle) Liimatta is the name. I really love this site! It just brings back such memories! Is Calumet having a reunion this year? All Class like was mentioned?

By Steve Brunette, Chimacum, Washington on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 04:36 pm:

I really enjoy looking at your pictures. I spent much of my youth in the UP. My dad was born in Phoenix in 1904. His folks had a roadhouse there for til 1915 when it burned down. I don't remember what the name was. Whatever happened to the Pontiac Hotel in Copper Harbor?
Keep up the great pictures for us to remember when we were kids.

By CB,Bronx, NY on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 09:11 am:

Received my pasty order yesterday!! They are fabulous. I did a great pasty search from Copper Harbor to the Cross Cut Diner near Ishpeming--yours are THE BEST!!! I am from New York (Yooper Wannabee) and visit the UP (Chassell) once or twice a year--I can't get enough pasties!!!

By John E Saari, Jackson TN on Saturday, February 12, 2000 - 12:27 am:

Hi y'all from Jackson Tennessee! I changed my address to jels13@click1.net recently. Anyone who used to know me - John E Saari - from Mohawk, MI., I would love to hear from you.

I am married to a "cotton picker" ( I say that affectionately ) from TN.

I recently ordered a license plate from Da Yoopers in Ishpeming which reads:

American by birth - A Yooper by the grace of God!

It should be a conversation piece to anyone who asks me what it means, he he.

It is really nice to check out the pictures from the U.P.! I will be ordering some more pasties in the future.

John E Saari
Jackson TN
N4SXJ (amateur radio call sign).
CPO, USN, Retired 1972 with 20 years...
By Lisa Lehtola, MI on Thursday, February 10, 2000 - 02:13 pm:

Hey- My first time being at Pasty.com. It is an awesome website! (I am a true yooper, I live in Hancock).

The second true yooper this week, eh?

By David Dally, Missouri on Thursday, February 10, 2000 - 01:15 pm:

Received the pasties last night and immediately ate them. They were great. Grew up in Ishpeming and pasties have been a part of our diet for a long time. Love this internet site and check it for the pictures almost daily. Thanks.

Thanks for the thanks!

By Paul Roberts on Thursday, February 10, 2000 - 09:25 am:

How close is the Phoenix Church to the Pheonix Store? I've always wondered that.

Ohh... about 75 yards, not quite a football field

By DAVID MAKI on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 - 08:47 pm:


By Shannon Betway, Burke VA on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 - 05:14 pm:

Just received some of dem dare pasies down here next to the Nations Capital,they were the best pasties I ever had. I grew up in South Range and moved to Northern Virginia in 96 I grew up eating pasties, homemade and store baught these beat everything I've tasted hands down. I was excited to find pasty.com and visit on a daily basis. I love to see the pictures my co workers think I'm crazy but if you've ever been to God's country you know what your missing.Youse guys do a great job keep up the awesome work, I'll be ordering alot of pasties from now on.
A true Yooper

By Liz, Livonia, MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 - 09:50 am:

Just took a look at all the pictures from the winter carnival. Could you tell us what the theme was this year? The replica of the bridge looks really neat!

By Phil & Susan Hocking Hart, Grand Jct. CO on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 - 09:05 pm:

This is a belated Birthday Greeting for Ione Westlake,
Wow, you look great, hope you feel as great as you look! Miss your visits on your way to AZ. Been wondering how you were doing and if this picture is any indication we are so pleased! If we get to visit the Copper Country any time soon we will stop in and see you! It has been a long time since I have been up there.
We are in Grand Jct. CO now and loving it very much. Best wishes, Phil and Susan

By CheeseHead John on Monday, February 7, 2000 - 02:29 pm:

Last year, you posted photos of all the snow sculptures at MTU. Any thoughts of doing that again this year?

We had a lot of the all-night stuff. Look
here and here and here. Be sure to click each one for its big picture

By Maggie Morgan, Missouri on Monday, February 7, 2000 - 02:04 pm:

My husband grew up in Marquette, and we expect to move back there this summer. Last summer, we spent a big portion of our honeymoon clearing trees from our homesite. As a result, a friend gave us a book that he found in a used book store: "I Married a Logger" by Julie Anderson. It was about her family's experience logging in Gogebic County from the 30s on. Of course, our friend bought it just for the title, but we've both loved the book. We wonder if Julie Anderson is still alive (we figure she'd be in her 90s) or if she wrote any other books about the U.P. Thanks for any and all information.

By Phyllis Kuusisto,WA on Sunday, February 6, 2000 - 10:59 pm:

By Phyllis Kuusisto,from Battle Ground, WA.
I just got done catching up on the latest e-mails. Read Milly Townsend's letter, if she e-mails me I'll give her some other addresses for her to look up. We know alot of "yoopers" living in our area, my husband is from Lake Linden area and I graduated from Houghton in "70.

By Kristin, MI on Sunday, February 6, 2000 - 08:08 pm:

I'm a student at the University of Michigan and my parents (Yooper-born) introduced me to this site when I was home for Christmas. I love it! Since then I've been checking in on the pasty cam and wishing I was in da U.P. and not living with the trolls down here in Ann Arbor.

By JOHN MAY on Sunday, February 6, 2000 - 07:21 pm:


By Paul on Sunday, February 6, 2000 - 05:52 am:

This may be asking a little too much for the time of year but would it be asking too much to get a picture from bear bluff? I know it's a stretch and if you can't that's cool. I just thought I'd ask.

By Ann Autore, Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 5, 2000 - 06:46 pm:

My parents were both born in Marquette. Pasties have always been our family`s house specialty. Now that our family is based in the Phoenix metro area, we`ve looked around for any local pasty "fixes", but have been disappointed in the nearby substitutes (including some from an English pub). There are even some fairly decent ones made at a ghost-town bakery. Will be ordering from you someday I`m sure (I didn`t know about this website and had just ordered 6 doz. from Jean Kay`s). I guess you could call me a Yooperling!

By Jan Medved Wisconsin on Saturday, February 5, 2000 - 06:20 pm:

Hi Charlie, recieved my PASTY MAGNETS. Cute as can be. Have one for my daughter,daughter-inlaw and myself. Get a lot of comments on my PASTY TOTE BAG. Jan Medved

By Milly Townsend; Washington on Saturday, February 5, 2000 - 12:06 pm:

Would someone please inform me of other websites devoted to the UP. I've just finished 1998 past E-mail and came across "UPgroup.com" but my server would not list contents. I was going to request pictures of Bete Grise until I came across pastycam shots from 7/21/98. Any Washingtonians know of pasty makers west of mountains?

By Mavis Kallio Pietila, Huntington Beach, CA on Friday, February 4, 2000 - 09:22 pm:

Wow! So happy to have found this site! I just got back from delivering some pasties to an old friend who is currently housebound, but I am sure to try yours soon, to compare with my own! Am enjoying reading the messages, but getting rather homesick. Born in Laurium, grew up on the Kallio potato farm outside of Lake Linden (LLHHS '65), attended NMU in Marquette, worked at MTU (I knew Ernie Townsend, Milly!), came to CA in '67, but have been back to da UP nearly every year. Hey, any friends out there?

By Mary Magnan, Massachusetts on Friday, February 4, 2000 - 02:14 pm:

I am an original yooper, born and raised in Marquette (Graveraet '64) and transplanted in Massachusetts as a young adult. But the roots are deep, and your site brings back many memories of the U.P. A few summers ago my husband and I traveled through the Copper Country, stayed at King Copper Motel, picked thimbleberries, enjoyed delicious smoked fish purchsed from a gas station/convenience store, drove up Brockway Mountain to watch the sunset, and of course ate pasties! My husband, being a non-yooper, behaved well every time I yelled "stop the car, you have to see this!"

Your site is fun, informative, well-designed, and a delight for those of us who still call the UP home even though we are living elsewhere. Thanks. Keep up the good work. Now I need a pasty fix!

By R. Glantz, California on Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 02:42 pm:

It's almost lunch time here in beautiful Berkeley, California, and could this Finlander Yooper boy go for an authentic U.P. pasty, one made with root vegetables, meat and suet crust. Period. Don't get me wrong, the Golden State has good to me these past 20 years, but certain Californians will stuff an organic whole-wheat crust with braised tofu, exotic mushrooms and Thai seasonings and then call it a pasty.

By Milly Townsend; Washington on Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 02:18 pm:

Saw your site mentioned on p. 7 of Oct.-Nov. 1998 issue of Lake Superior magazine (which a colleague who subscribes gave to me at work (Washington State Library). Now with spare time and a new computer I've been reading previous E-mails. HAD to stop with June 1999 (will finnish this week with more kleenex in hand) "Time's a flittin". Would love to hear from any transplanted UPer's out here or anyone from my background: blue blooded Hotonite (graduate of HHS class of 1958); father Ernest Townsend (MTU 30 year background, KD); mother former Libbie Hermann, Laurium; grandpa Harry Hermann (who had been Stillwater resident along with other relatives).My home in Ocean Shores is open to all former UPers who come to the beach. My regards to the few people who's names I recognized (Hooker, Reini) and the Washington UPers (we're in a class by ourselves-- can't get UP out of our blood). This part of Olympic Peninsula does remind me of camp at Bete Grise. I'll be ordering pasties soon; can't think of a better "comfort food". Charlie, do you do anything but manage this website?

By John J. in the L.P. mi on Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 01:00 am:

pasty oh pasty I remember the taste from my yoot
eating in da car from hancock to duloot

dipit in da ketchup and take a real big bite
then dream of eating pastys all through the night

now I want a pasty but I'm at work so I can't
so I'm goina order one online and then I can rant

biting through the crust into the innards so divine
and just think - I can order anytime online

no one made pastys as good as my Mom
but now I know they're good too from pasty.com

John, you have our nomination for a Pulitzer Prize :o)

Nina on Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - 07:22 pm:

No idea what Pasties are but recognized my friend PFThorn (Duke to me) on roof shoveling snow.

Nina from Macedon-NY


By Bill Lee Alabama on Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - 06:02 pm:

I am a Yupoor by assignment by the ARMY. We lived there twice in the 60's. When my kids brought home a note from school asking is we wanted to buy "pasties", of course I thought they were some sort of sweet pastry.

We love them and my wife and daughter makes them fairly often.

I am a graduate of MTU..... go Huskies.

Bill Lee

By Anonymous on Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - 02:27 pm:

Pasty Central is Fab-o..I really love how there is tons 'o' crust..that is just the best!!

By John, from Wisconsin on Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - 12:16 pm:

Wow! I get to post the FIRST e-message on this board this February! WAY TOO KULE! I gotta LOVE this! By the way, any Valentine Pasties on the horizon--use red food color in the crust? Could use green for St. Patty's Day and create a purple for St. Uhro's Day for next month, eh?