Dec 23-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: December: Dec 23-04
Lit up on 5th Street    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Roger Kangas
Snowlights    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Roger Kangas

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 09:41 am:

With the snow a-blowing and the lights a-glowing, it's a Holiday scene to behold - Christmas nightlife in the Keweenaw! This village street is looking a bit deserted, making me wonder what time of night Roger Kangas was out strolling around 5th Street. Whatever time it was, it looks like he knew his way home, and wasn't too chilled to stop for a shot of Mom's outdoor tree all snow covered and shining, along with a brightly lit wreath to make his tour of Calumet complete. Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

By Rob on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 09:44 am:

Could I be the first post of the Day?
Happy Holidays to all. I'll be in the UP in 4 days.

A slight delay with this morning's picture, as out-of-town company kept up the webmaster and wife until the wee hours. Great time to be in the U.P.!

By Mr. Bill on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 09:49 am:

Great picture, Copper World should use it as a Christmas card.

By Tom, Belleville, MI on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 09:50 am:

Best wishes to everyone! I'll be up on Fifth Street on the 27th and through the new year.

By Donna on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:01 am:

It's brutally cold out there...but gorgeous! Happy Holidays everyone!

By Pete Wi on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:31 am:

LOVE THE PICTURE. I always liked the way Calumet looks after a big storm with all the building coated in white. Looks like a scene from Dr. Zhivago.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:35 am:

Lovely photos! Thanks, Roger, and a very happy Christmas to you! I stepped outside this morning in a T-shirt, arms bare, to refill the birdfeeder, and thought it felt a little chilly. Zero degrees??? Thank God the door didn't lock behind me. I think of the homeless in our area in this cold weather and want to give them all a hat and mittens. --Hmmm, maybe a trip to the store is in order....

By Justin J - Brighton but born and raised Yooper! on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:54 am:

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" and it looks like we are going to have just that. Everyone was slow going this morning in Howell/Brighton area. The one thing i noticed since i've been in lower MI is that the plow trucks don't do a very good job. They like to use salt though. I tip my hat off the County road commisions everywhere who help us get to where we need to go. Thanks.

Merry Christmas to all my fellow Yoopers and if anyone is going to the ball drop in Marquette, I will see you there.

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:13 am:

A very nice scene reminding me of my years in Red Jacket Shaft. On nice days I would walk into Calumet to go shopping.
The only snow around here is capping the 12,000 foot Mount Charleston to the west of town. My yooper husband is missing the white stuff and I'm just missing my family in Texas.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

By Sarah, Central WI on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:31 am:

Beautiful pictures. I think the second one would make a great picture for the December 2006 calendar.

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:38 am:

A very Merry Christmas to all the story readers, righters,writers and staffers on the PASTY CAM.
Now there was the time when the New Years party was held at Snug Harbor......

By Sue Kearsarge, Mi. on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:42 am:

Can anyone remember when Calumet was a bustling town. All stores open on Friday night and everyone from miles around in town to do business and chat along the sidewalks. When we had two dime-stores, and Vertins, and clothing stores and Penneys--good memories. I guess this happens to all small towns with discount stores built on the edge of town. Not that they aren't a good thing, but so was the old way.

By Sue, Calumet on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:45 am:


You wore a T-shirt outside? I'm wearing 2 sweaters. Inside.

By Gilli, Illinois on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:00 pm:

Hey look, its Santa in the window on the building to the left, says its too cold, cant get the deer started. he must be looking for sno shoes. is the Bridge cam dirty or is Houghton/Hancock in a white out currently?. Later, love this web site.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:01 pm:

Great pictures! They're making me long for winter, while I sit here in springlike weather. I'd much prefer if it were colder. I'm so happy I recognized right away that the top picture was taken in Calumet!!!

We're having pasties for dinner tonight!!

By Barb Michigan on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:14 pm:

What a wonderful picture!! We woke up to snow this morning, but somehow it looks even better in your neck of the woods. It is pretty here tho. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

By Wade, Mi on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:22 pm:

What a spectacular picture!!! What town was the second one taken in?

By Carol, Illinois on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:38 pm:

Merry Christmas to all of my "friends" who visit daily here. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas and today's photos will have to do if our snow does not come for the holidays. I wish everyone a blessed Christmas and hope you all enjoy the peaceful snowy days and nights you are so priveleged to experience on a regular basis. Thank you to all of you who regularly share your thoughts and sights. I thoroughly enjoy it all!!!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 12:53 pm:

The top picture made me remember Taka's deserted Houghton street photo. Are you out there Taka? Check in with us sometime. I know you must be looking at pasty cam every day. Have enjoyed your website. Have a Merry Christmas!

By Joan, Ohio on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 01:14 pm:

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE U.P.! Down here in Ohio we are in a MESS! 9 inches of snow, then rain, now snow again! Ugh! Makes me feel like I am back home in Ontonagon! Some places west of where I live got 24 inches of snow; cleaning out the driveway is a major task as the rain has made the snow hard and crusty and the weatherpeople suggested that if you have any heart problems, don't shovel!! And in some areas, no electricity as everything is coated with ice; tree branches are bending low. But, we will survive...don't we always?? Everyone have a wonderful Holiday anyways!
Yesterday I mentioned a frozen puppy...don't know if the guy was punished or not, but I am sure that he was fined.

By Brenda, MI on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 01:16 pm:

Happy 62nd Wedding Anniversary to Verne and Elsie Rowe of Laurium. From all their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren!

By Lansing on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 02:37 pm:

Even in Tenneesse the have ice and the tree & roads are cover with Ice and trees down and in Nashville there with out electricty as my daughter call this morning

By bob-b,madtown/hubbell,Mi on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 02:43 pm:

Merry Christmas to all up nort and all "belo"w the copper country,uncle dan,hello darrel st j and all classmates of LLHH class of 70. Cold but no snow down here in Madtown,Wi.Peace to all on Christ's Birthday.

By J.P. on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 02:50 pm:

Sue in Kearsarge, ...Yes I remember. Its been declining for about 50 years now. Lets hope better days lie ahead.

By sandstone princess on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 03:06 pm:

Wow, absolutly great photos today. Missed you all at 7:30 a.m.! Figured it was something weather related.
Merry Christmas to Hubbell Bob :-) and to all Pasty camers all over this globe.

By Jim. MI on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 03:10 pm:

Sue in Kearsarge. I remember when 5th St. was a 2 way street. I don't know the year they changed it to one way.

By Lifetime yooper,CC on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 03:32 pm:

I heard via the grapevine that Calumet's Fifth street may go back to being a two way street. I sure don't care for the angle parking on Sixth street, it's not wide enough, especially so during the winter.

By Dale Calumet on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 03:32 pm:

Sue in Kearsarge.

Yes...and 3 hardware stores, Warrala Drugs (with the soda fountain), Santa at the M&M Bank, Koski's taxi, Petes taxi, oh we could go on and on, don't forget the C&H cops. Town was FULL every friday night, esp. before a Radar game. (Johnny and Puppy and all the guys)

Dale CHS '61

By Mohawk Guy on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 04:39 pm:

Yes and the bus from Mohawk to Calumet cost $.07..Took us shopping in the big city before we had a car.

By ts on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 04:47 pm:

I think one of the Anderson girls from 4th street in blue jacket won a prize for naming the hockey team(calumet Lauriam Keweenaw radars) spent most of our time them days (late 40s on the pine street ice rink and north 5th--first Utzmans restaurant--johnsons lunch-- Sagoffs---Rowes second hand store buying old comics--wish i had some of them now

By Missin the UP from NJ on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 04:59 pm:

Beautiful!! Seems you can always count on Roger Kangas for perfect pix.

It's raining so hard here that the raindrops sound like stones hitting the house!
Boy! wish it was snow.... sure would be quieter!

By RKJ St Paul on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 05:25 pm:

Sue in Kersarge
if you return your e address I will send you a pix of Christmas past on Fifth and Oak

By lonesome yooper in NM on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 05:26 pm:

Hello everybody! Great shot of 5th St! I remember Waarala's soda fountain too, and Kilpela's appliance store, Thurners bakery, Vertin's. Wish I was stomping thru the snow up dere wit youse! Have a safe and happy Christmas!
....wende CHS '69

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 05:56 pm:

Just a reminder, this year Pasty.NET is bringing live audio from local radio stations with High School sporting events. Tonight K-Bear 102.3 FM provides the play-by-play of a hockey matchup between Calumet and Jeffers. Pregame begins at 6:40. We recommend Winamp, iTunes, or a recent version of Windows Media Player to hear the broadcast.


By DARRELL, ST JOHNS MI on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:05 pm:


By RKJ St Paul on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:07 pm:

Dale Calumet: Harter in the nets, Sousi on defense and Winneker (pardon the spelling) playing up ice along with puppy Sutlich also payed in the nets.

By Frank,,,,,,,Milw........ on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:19 pm:

As long as we are remembering, lets not forget the "parkview" and the cream pies... Memories, and how nice they are........

By Erika Erkkila on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:26 pm:

Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy Christmas. I have heard from my son stationed in Iraq where the recent bombing of a mess hall occurred. Luckily he was on guard duty and didn't get to go for noon chow. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and don't forget to tell the people in your life just how much you love them.
Erika Erkkila

By a mom on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:43 pm:

Erika, here's to your son and all the other men and women
who are in the service over there!

By downstate don on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 07:22 pm:

Someone sure does a great job in keeping the streets of Calumet cleared during the long, hard
winters. They must have a massive road crew.

By calumet lover on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 07:29 pm:

it was the Parkside, not parkview

By Frank,,,,,Milw...... on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 08:08 pm:

Calumet lover---- Thank you..... The mind is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it gets a little hazey.

By JOE, TAMPA,FL on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 08:47 pm:


By Neighbor, Calumet on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 09:06 pm:

The house is in the suberbs of Calumet; Osceola, just off the Gulf Course Road.
We have a friend who normally is at the place that was bombed recently; has eaten in tht mess hall but that day he was three miles away. What a relief to find out he is okay. We have to honor all those fellas who are over there. They are doing a great job for our country.

By Steve Racine Wi. on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:08 pm:

Also remindes me of the picture thatTaka took. Both are very nice. I would love to see them back to back.

By John, Livonia, MI on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 12:18 am:

Ahh...Parkside...My favorites were flat bread, jelly rolls, and the best chocolate covered donuts ever.

By Russ E. St. Clair county MI on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 12:45 am:

Pete WI: I agree! Note tho many of those buildings date from late 1800s to mid 1900s just as the period of Dr. Zhivago. Many still retain their eastern European influence ( Finland, Russia, Estonia etc.) as to style, trim, colors.
I have the Dr. Zhivago video. One of the best movies EVER! Most of the winter scenes, and I think all of the rairoad scenes were made in Finland! (Finnish National Railways) When the movie was made in the 60s, the Communist Soviet regime was not receptive to Hollywood movie makers! The summer scenes were made in northern Spain!

By j A P E i on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 08:04 am:



By rko on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 08:27 am:

Anderson, Indiana
-2degrees, about a foot of snow....
A White Christmas.... No problem this year!
Merry Christmas to all...........
Peace to our troops!

By Terry Braun on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 10:49 am:

What a great and somewhat cozy picture. I can only picture what this exact scene would look like years ago with hundreds of people milling about shopping and socializing. At the turn of the century (and the scene hasn't changed since then),one couldn't walk out of Schute's bar ( I hope I spelled it right) without bumping into someone. Nothing like stopping into a UP bar on a cold wintry snowy night, socializing with the locals,walking the street afterward and thinking about how it once was. I graduated from Tech in the 60s and still love the area as I get up to Houghton (I own property there ) as much as possible. Someday I may just build that log home outside Houghton I have been dreaming about lately.

By John,San Diego on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 04:27 pm:

Sure do miss the snow at this time of year!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 09:49 pm:

Thanks 4 sharing the pictures. I always enjoy looking at Christmas lights.

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