Mar 12-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: March: Mar 12-10
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Photos by Brooke Gubacz
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Photos by Brooke Gubacz
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Photos by Brooke Gubacz

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 05:18 am:

The Bishop Baraga shrine overlooking Keweenaw Bay, looms large up on the bluff and really stands out this time of year when there are no leaves to camouflage it's presence overseeing the communities of L'Anse and Baraga. Brooke Gubacz made a stop at the shrine recently and brought us back these photos of the Snowshoe Priest surrounded with white. From the snowmobile tracks in the top photo, it looks like Brooke and her family, weren't the only ones that made a winter visit here.

It seems very fitting to have a winter shot of Bishop Baraga with his snowshoes in hand, as the real Frederic Baraga made many trips around this same area on snowshoes to serve as a missionary, aiding the people of the region. Brooke's last shot is the view looking out across the Bay and I noticed there's a bench over by the edge of the fence there. I imagine it gets more use in the summer months, but I was thinking about what a peaceful spot this would be to sit and clear your mind of the rat race we live every day. I'll have to stop and check it out the next time I'm headed by there.

By Donna (Donna) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 06:03 am:

Beautiful pictures of a very beautiful spot. The Bishop has a grand view!

Saw something on tv the other nite...He's a step closer to becoming a Saint now:

PLEASE keep voting for the CCHS!!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 07:52 am:

Nice pictures today Brooke! And so are your albums!

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 08:20 am:

The Catholic Church is taking a step toward canonizing Bishop Frederic Baraga, who converted Indians in the upper Great Lakes region to Christianity in the 1800s.
The Catholic Diocese of Marquette announced an investigation Wednesday of whether a possible medical miracle in 2006 should be attributed to Baraga’s intercession. (Sault Evening News)

By Deb L. (Lakegirl) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 08:33 am:

Donna I'm not sure, but were is Copper County in votes now? I thought it said it was top in the US? Is this correct? I've been voting for it! The Baraga "shrine" is unique. They have a very small "shrine" up the northshore (Lake Superior) in honor of Baraga. This would be on the Minnesota side going towards Canada.

By Joy Brewer (Joy) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 09:30 am:

Thank you for the photo Brooke! I would like to reflect on the statue itself for a moment. I was living in the Copper Country and was serving as President of the Copper Country Community Arts Council, when I was privileged to meet the artist, Jack Anderson, who built the huge copper statue of Bishop Baraga. This piece of art was made in the Lake Linden area (your area Mary Drew), and put on a flatbed of a semi trailer and taken across the Portage Lake Bridge. I remember taking my oldest son to Houghton, so we could see it coming across the bridge. The art community as well as the people in the community who were involved with the project at the time was so excited that anyone who was traveling down US 41 would see this beautiful magnificent copper statue over looking the gorgeous Keweenaw Bay. What a majestic entry into the historical Copper Country!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 09:54 am:

Deb L. (Lakegirl):
"Donna I'm not sure, but were is Copper County in votes now?"

As I write they are still fourth overall in the US, with 1.13% of the vote, closing in on the the third place at 1.17% of the vote.
Keep voting, folks, show 'em the "power of the pasty"!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 02:57 pm:

Good photos.

By Donna (Donna) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 03:06 pm:

I LOVE "the power of the pasty"....go Team Pasty! Keep voting..yes..we are still number 4~!! amazes me to no end that we are at that let's make 'em #1!!!

AND...I want to shout out a Happy Birthday to Breeze (Billy) and Blower (Mark) Stevens! Brothers that share a birthday! Hoping your day is phenomenal!

By Yooperguide (Huntandfish) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 03:45 pm:

.....please don't forget about poor OCAP, aka, Ontonagon County Animal Protection. They're not as well off as Houghton. The shelter is maintained by volunteers. Here's the link;

They need help too! Please vote for them, I sincerely thank you.

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 06:40 pm:

you guys have no rat race up there in the CC, believe me. Possibly just a bit in Marquette and Escanaba ..just a bit.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Friday, March 12, 2010 - 08:04 pm:

I've been voting daily and so have my friends!

Too, me and my hubby remember seeing the workers hammering out Bishop Baraga while he was laying flat down at the time and I do believe it was at the Copperland in Lake Linden. We couldn't believe the size. The site he's on now couldn't be more perfect...he's looking super. Quite the story about Bishop Baraga...highly recommend this read if you haven't already done so. Thanks for the great pics.

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