Sep 03-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: Sep: Sep 03-04
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:46 am:

Ontonagon puts on quite the festivities marking the last major weekend of summer. From what I hear their Labor Day revelry has a little bit of something to satisfy everyone in the family! Thanks to our roving Pasty Cam reporter in that neck of the woods, Z-Man, we get a glimpse of what you'll see if you make the trek for the parade. In the top photo, Marty's Goldenaires-Senior Drum and Bugle Corp play a tune for the crowd. Z-Man also communicated that there's a Car Show, a Tractor Show and Lawn Mower Races, to name a few activities taking place over the span of the weekend. So, if you want to add a bit of excitement to the last days of summer, point yourself towards the western U.P. and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Z-Man!

By the way, just a reminder... Ontonagon takes on Baraga in High School football this evening, in a game you can hear LIVE on the web at Pasty.NET
Al M., Florida on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:50 am:

Good morning from Florida. Hopefully we will be safe.
First Post

By Patricia Frances, MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:03 am:

Good morning from Houghton. The coffee is almost ready!!!! I pray that all the Florida residents stay safe.

By Debi, Laurium on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:04 am:

It's going to be a beautiful day in the Copper Country today. Better get out and enjoy! Have a safe Labor Day all.

By Arn Wendt Coopersville, LP on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:14 am:

Good Luck to all Yoopers in Florida. May the Lord look after you.

By Peter G., Dearborn, Mi on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:23 am:

Good morning having a cup of coffee and
checking out Pasty. I know it`s Friday TGIF but
the start page says Wed ??? Nice band and
clown pictures this morning wish i were there.

By Barb, MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:33 am:

Good morning, Pray for the students who are in for there first hurricane, in West Palm Beach.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:34 am:

Mornin', needed the horns and drums. Clown didn't hurt me either. What a way to start he day.

By old friend, fl on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:35 am:

Happy 56th birthday you old know who you are!

By Jerry Florida on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:35 am:

We are all boarded up here in florida and waiting for the Hurricane to come, I'm in Palm Beach and they still don't know which way the storm is going, hope everyone here is safe.

By smf in troll land on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:49 am:

Have a great weekend everyone!

By Sherry in N FL on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 07:00 am:

Morning all from N FL. Just heard on the news that 2.5 million people in S FL have left that area. Must be true because I95 N and I10 W in Jacksonville are totally packed even at 6:30 in the morning. They are asking locals to stay off the interstates so others can get through the city. Now just waiting to see what Frances is going to do.

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 07:02 am:

Congratulations Zman...

By jbm CenterLine on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 07:14 am:

Hey Mary it is Friday the 3rd right. Good morning everyone.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 07:33 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Thanks for the pictures Z Man. I love the clowns. Hopeing Hurricane Frances dies out and everyone in Florida stays safe. Have a good day everyone.

By Traprock farmer,MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:13 am:

Good morning ! Has anyone else noticed the bomber jets flying over us lately ? I have been doing alot of outside work the last three plus weeks and they are going back and forth all day long and into the evening as well. They come from the southeast heading northwest. I wonder if they are going to Iraq. Keep your eyes and ears open when your outdoors, you'll see what I mean.

By Brent, Gloriously sunny Rochester, NY on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:15 am:

G'luck to all in Floridaland. (Includes my sister in Miami and mom in Okeechobee)
About the Z-man: What the heck is that picture on his jacket??? Looks like a cross between a badger and an eagle. Would that be a beagle or an eadger?
Wife and I are planning to make our second foray to the UP next year. WOO-HOO!

By BCT,mi on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:44 am:

Heading to the Harbor this afternoon. Anyone need a ride?

By mike/mn on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:47 am:

to Traprock...The large bombers you see the contrails from are usually out of SAC base in Nebraska and do this especially at the end of the month so the Fly Boys can practice with their runs and get needed flight time. They generally fly up to near Gander Newfoundland and return the same day.

By Traprock farmer on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:05 am:

The ones I see are going and coming in the opposite direction of where you stated, and it is every day for weeks now. And not every hour but actually minutes. Something my spouse and I have not noticed before and wonder if anyone else has.

By Frank,,,,,,Milw...... on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:13 am:

Good morning,and to those in Florida,"stay safe".

By shy yooper on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:19 am:

Have a safe and happy three day weekend! Hey Jim...whats the word on the rebuilding of the White House?

By DH, Flushing,MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:26 am:

I have seen them on numerous occassions in the Flint area over the past few weeks also. They have been headed west each time I spotted them & flying very low.

By Marc, Painesdale on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:35 am:

Hey, I've been to Gander! Had to stop there during a charter flight from Halifax to St. Johns because we had no heat in the plane and the pilot couldn't feel his hands from the cold. Saw a moose on the side of the runway.
Sounds like the bombers were going in the wrong direction to be headed to Gander, however.

By Dawn, LL MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:37 am:

Jerry in FL


By Candy, CA on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:39 am:

You all know why the weather is so nice...the kids are back in school! Enjoy the weekend in the Yoop -- we'll be there in spirit!

By Dave by the Cuyahoga on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:02 am:

Does anyone know what happened to Dave from Laurium? We miss his posts, pictures, and golf updates.
Hey Buckeye Gal: I love you. Only four weeks and a day 'til we rev up the Beep Jeep!

By shelly/Yankee on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:06 am:

Good Mornin from Houston- (Rainy)

I have also been wondering about Dave in Laurium, but then thought maybe it wasn't good news, and thats why we don't get a response? :|

Anyway, I'm so glad its the weekned, especially with the freebie on Monday!

God Bless to all those in the path of Frances! Ever wonder why the gender of the Hurricanes are female? The guys here at work have a theory on that. :)

By Joanne of White Lake, MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:21 am:

Good Morning;
I wrote Wed. To Dave of Corryton Tn. My mothers last name was Hiltunen and she was adopted by John & Fanny Huhtelin of Hurontown when she was 6 years old. I know she had a brother in Repblic and some cousins in Detroit area. I have been trying to find out about her family. Her parents names were Matthew & Erikka Hiltunen.

By TDT, Boston on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:35 am:

Traprock: Are you sure they're bombers you see? Tankers? Airliners?

By mike/mn on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:46 am:

Traprock I Repeat...they are B-52 type bombers flying back and forth from Nebraska to Gander-Thule to get in their allotment time and practice.I have seen then now for 30 years on trips to Lansing, Mich. going overhead.

By dh on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:03 am:

I hope all of you seeing these "bombers" have used good binoculars to verify they are indeed B-52 types and not commercial airliners. If they are making contrails it is pretty darn hard to tell the difference from the ground because of their altitude.
Former Air Force pilot

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:03 am:

Good morning from Nevada (sunny, as always). Weatherman say it going to be a cool Labor Day weekend; temps around 90-94 all three days, but after the 112 a few days ago, I'm sure most people won't complain.

A great site to visit about hurricane history and statistics dating back to 1851, and reports back to 1492 is below:

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Dr. Nat and I will be visiting abandoned gold mining towns tomorrow, fun fun.........

By Jim, Ga. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:16 am:

Hi Y'all from Atlanta.
I hope all of the people in the UP have a safe labor day weekend.
From a former Yooper & Mountaineer.

By protojon on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:20 am:

Shelly - not all the hurricanes are named after least not for the last 10 - 15 years...

Remember Charlie? Hugo?

By paul on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:39 am:

just happened to look up a few minutes ago and saw a large plane . B52's have 8 engines pretty
hard to miss those contrails.

By Ms. Katie, Il. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:43 am:

Shelly...they really should call them himmicanes for the guys, right? :>)

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:46 am:


I did not know that. Wow, I learn so much from this site.... :) Anyway, it makes for fun office banter when we talk about the hurricanes being female. I had lived in Michigan all my life until 3 years ago, and never really paid attention to hurricanes, but now that I live in Houston, I hear about them all the time, and the last few have been girls.

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:47 am:

Good one Ms. Katie!!!! LOL!


By DT on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:48 am:

just my input, its a very busy commercial airway and novice plane watchers OFTEN confuse these commercial jets for bombers....

By Lake Lindener on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:57 am:

I have seen a lot of air traffic lately. Too high to tell what they are. They are mostly travelling ESE to WNW or the opposite direction.They could be military or commercial aircraft. Its a beautiful sight.

By bj-milford on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

My husband flew out of Detroit on route to Japan. The highlight of the flight was flying right over the Keweenaw. He said he could pick out Copper Harbor - as 'Lake Linden' said "a beautiful sight."

By Dan in Fenton, MI on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 12:38 pm:

We saw 2 convoys of utility trucks headed South on US-23 just north of the Ohio border. It said, "Emergency Response Team" on the lead pickup. One boom truck bucket had scrawled, "Goodbye Charlie, Hello Frances." These guys must have been heading for hurricane country. Looks like they could have a big job ahead of them.

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 12:54 pm:

Good morning everyone!
A brief history of naming hurricanes:
The tradition of naming hurricanes actually goes much farther back than the 1950s. In the 18th and 19th centuries people on the Caribbean Islands often named the storms for whatever saint's day the storm made landfall on. For example, Hurricane Santa Ana struck Puerto Rico on 26 July 1925 (or was it 1829?). Later, during the early 20th century, an Australian meterologist began naming storms in the Pacific. I was told he named them after politicians he didn't like, but I haven't been able to check if that is true. During World War II, the men monitoring hurricanes for the military often named the storms for their wives or girlfriends (don't even think about commenting on that, Capt. Paul!).
Finally, beginning in the early 1950s (1953, I believe) hurricanes were officially given names by the National Weather Service. This made it much faster and easier to refer to the storms than using the latitude and longitude locations that were previously used. Until 1979, all hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic were given female names. Beginning in 1979, hurricanes were given both male and female names, alternating with each letter of the alphabet. The names of particularly devastating storms are retired, so we won't be seeing another hurricane "Andrew" or "Opal" or "Hugo" again.

By Susan, Michigan on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 12:58 pm:

Hello all from Mid Michigan -

Loved the Ontonogan pics this morning - my grandmother lived in Mass City for several years, I remember well that Ontonogan main street and goofing around up at Adventure. Hope all the Floridians have fled by now...take care!

By Sherry in N FL on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:00 pm:

Getting scary around here, just getting the far outer bands of Fances in Jacksonville. This storm is nearly 900 miles from north to south. Will be closing the office a 3pm. Here is a site for the Jacksonville area

By wondering... on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:08 pm:

Wierd that Dave, Laurium's name got brought up. I was just wondering about him myself. Whatever happened to him?

By Marc, Painesdale on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:30 pm:

Lake Lindener, I would have to respectfully disagree that jets flying over the Keweenaw are a beautiful site. I will conceed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I would rather be "laying on an empty beach, staring up into a jet-free sky", to paraphrase the great "Vanilla Thunder". I grew up under one of the incoming flight paths of Detroit Metro airport and the lack of jets overhead was one of the first things I noticed and loved about the Keweenaw when I moved here.

By Dave Hiltunen Corryton TN. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:37 pm:

76 Trombones lead the big parade.How many clarinet's were right behind i don't remember?I see you have temps reaching near 80 today.Dose it take a extra good sales-person to sell air-conditioners up there, like it would to sell a deep freezer to a Eskimo?
Joannne of White Lake,MI.
Click on my E-mail to see if I can be of help to you.

By Bill, stuck in Illinois on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:47 pm:

Is that a Submarine going under the bridge?

By LIZ, Pinckney on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:49 pm:

110 clarinets. Or is it coronets?

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:50 pm:

Dr, Nat,

Thank you for the fine lesson on the history of hurricanes and thier names. :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and I look forward to hearing from our friends from Florida that all is ok! I

By OK on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 01:52 pm:

Where can I submit my wife's name?

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 02:03 pm:

Moi, say anything bad about Dr. Nat?? never!!

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 02:09 pm:

O, that was so funny "OK" that I laughed out loud here at my desk, and everyone looked at me like I was crazy! :)-

If they only knew what a whitty group of Pasty.Neters we all are! :)

By alicia on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 02:15 pm:

Joanne of White Lake,
I can give you some ancestral info.
Click on my name and email me.

By elm on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 02:40 pm:

Isn't it great when everyone is in a good mood? Marty and his musicians are the best:)

By CJ on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:16 pm:

We'll be there soon Joanne Bel. ( for good someday! You on Edwards and us over in Hancock on Montezuma!

By RN in Oregon on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:23 pm:

Man, that is one ugly jacket!

By Jim B-Downtown Milwaukee on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:39 pm:

I goofed... see my message about Jim Berryman and the White House in the September 2nd message box. Right now its the last message showing.

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:45 pm:

I would like to know the reason behind the nickname "Z-Man" please.

By steve ristola, mn on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:46 pm:

Perfect pix for the upcoming weekend.Will be leaving for ontonagon in about a 1/2 hour for a well deserved 3 day weekend to visit friends and family as well as play a couple rounds of golf.Also looking fwd to hooking up with capt Kurt of the copper harbor lighthouse tours as well
have a great weekend everybody

By Rose on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 04:12 pm:

Thanks for the explanation of who those planes overhead are. Since 9/11, my children are afraid of large planes and now I have a good, logical explanation for them. I will tell them to smile when they see them. We older folks may see the contrails as beautiful, but our children are growing up in a different world.

By Steve, Il. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 04:35 pm:

Even though I never went to the White House, in all of the years I have been going to the Keweenaw, I now wish I had stopped, since so many pasty cammers and locals have commented on it. I am sorry to hear the financing fell through for rebuilding it. It would seem the shortsighted bankers can't see the potential of such an establishment in the forthcoming years, as us boomers want to retire and reside in places like the Keweenaw, and patronize just such an establishment frequently. Oh well.

By downstate don on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 04:47 pm:

Karen; Hope all is well with you there in Florida. Please let me know how things are going.
Warm here, suppose to be that way all weekend.
I am going to the Arts, Beats, & Eats in downtown
Pontiac this weekend. Take Care. Hope you all are

By Patt - Mid - Michigan on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 04:51 pm:

TO DH in Flushing.. I living in Shiawasee County and recently learned from my neighbor who is stationed there, that there is an Army base in Grand Blanc that does many fly outs from there to a smaller airport near Owosso. Most of those are helicopters though. So maybe some planes are doing the same thing. Also since I have moved out here (a yr ago this month) I can almost set my watch each evening as a somewhat low flying commerical airliner flies over my home to Bishop Airport in Flint. About 5 minutes to 11:00 every single night and I have to confess though I love to fly the sound does cause me to pause and think "What if this is the one that goes down?" HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE HOLIDAY

By y'know? on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:00 pm:

Can't we just say the guy could see what he says he sees?

By Lowell on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:14 pm:

Because its more fun to disagree about what it ain't.

By Wondering on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:41 pm:

I think Dave of Laurium has a gallery. Someone should get his e-mail from his gallery and e-mail him. Let us know if you hear from him.

By walter p tampa on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:48 pm:

tampa temp. 92 today rain expected for the weekend

By Wondering on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 05:51 pm:

I just checked his gallery and it's hidden. If I remember correctly, around the time we last heard from him someone made a comment that he posted too much or something of that sort. Maybe he took offense to that message and decided not to post. I miss his posts too. Does anyone else remember what I mentioned?

By hurricanecity on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:21 pm:

Hurrican "Gaston" was a male name!!

By Monty on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:26 pm:

Maybe ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,is for sleeping??

By apabw on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:40 pm:

I did a search and it looks like the last time Dave, Laurium posted was on July 8th '04. I also noticed that his posts dwindled down to only one a day.

See what happens when you live in the U.P. Everyone knows what everyone does. I am referring to me. Maybe I will head over to Laurium and see if I can't find him. Have a good day everyone.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 06:59 pm:

The football game coverage between Ontonagon and Baraga actually began a half hour early tonight, with the pre-game show currently in progress at Pasty.NET. K-Bear 102 provides the play-by-play, and Pasty.NET brings the streaming audio, direct from the Copper Country.


By where is dave on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:15 pm:


By The Z-Man on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 08:58 pm:

Shelly, The reason behind Z-Man is to save ink and time. A Z is my signature that I sign on everything! The upper _ is my first name. The / is my middle name and the lower _ is my last name. Just think how much time I save by just signing a Z? Not to mention all the ink or lead that is saved.

By The Z-Man on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:03 pm:

I suppose I could shorten it to a .

By not flyin to Bermuda this weekend on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:13 pm:

The guy from Tampa who "expects rain" for the weekend....? He might want to check the WX channel cause there is a big problem heading his way..........

By wonderin on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:40 pm:

H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. -
wonderin why u congratulated Z-man?

Obviously for having a couple of excellent shots appear on the Pasty Cam :o)

By Theresa, Colorado on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 09:49 pm:

fran, Ga A few weeks when I was heading to the U.P. for Mom's funeral you mentioned knowing my Dad . George Pini.... Did you know my family in Hubbell?

By dave s wisc on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:02 pm:

will be up there this weekend as well....
Hopefully to Copper Harbor, etc...and wherever...

By the way, the planes are secret UFOs the govt is testing....actually, they are launched from those B52s.

By USNret on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 10:19 pm:

From high atop Askel Hill, in the suburbs of Tapiola and Pelkie, I just wanted to say HI. Is there anyone left in Florida, or did the whole state evacuate? I would much rather have a 'flood of snow' anyday.

By finngal fl on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:28 pm:

Askel Hill? That's where all my relatives come from... We're still here in W FL. Praying for safety for those on the eastcoast.

By Ms. Katie , Il. on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:29 pm:

Concerning Dave, Laurium...please come back, Dave, I miss your wit and wisdom. Please don't be upset with us...WE enjoy your chat :) :) :)

By The Z-Man on Friday, September 3, 2004 - 11:29 pm:

This is for a fast internet connection if your on dial up select "LOOP" and let load and play.
A little lawn Mowin'

By Susan, FL on Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 12:12 am:

Hi from "sunny"? Florida.....yes, there are still some of us here. :) On the Sun Coast! Those guys in the rescue caravan will be a much weclomed sight. Sitting the storm out in Clearwater, we dodged the last bullet and this one looks like it won't be bad here. But I sure worry about the folks on the east coast. Hopefully they were all smart enough to get out and take pets and important paperwork, photos etc with them. I am lucky enough to be in a well built home in a non-evacuation zone....and am in law enforcement so wouldn't be going anywhere anyways....just hunker down at the office if necessary. Praying that everyone stays safe and thanking all for their concern and help....

By Dennis, FLorida on Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 07:41 am:

Good Morning from Okeechobee, Florida sitting waiting for the Hurricane, lots of rain so far but not much wind

By Your eyes not mine on Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 08:21 am:

What Jacket?? If you are referring to the Z-Man, that is a t-shirt he has on, look a little closer......with an Eagle on the front of it. You had better put your glasses on the right way !!! LOL

By Karen... on Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 08:21 am:

Dennis,keep us on the West Coast posted. I went to the National Hurricane site today and clicked on maps for Frances. Looks like it's going to get rough for you later tonight, early morning. It's coming right across the state toward Tampa bay area by the looks of it. Everyone in the state is going to get a bit of this storm. Hope everyone makes it just fine.

By Jerry Florida on Saturday, September 4, 2004 - 08:30 am:

I'm in West Palm Beach and we have some wind and rain so far so good . Hope everyone in florida stays safe.

By Rich Kearsarge M.I. on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 01:06 am:

Ge howde everyone im back!
well ive been back for 8 months now left here back in 87,went to airzona for 20 years and boy what a differents it is here.we actully have trafic lights in calumet.??? are we finelly catching up with the times.the only thing i have to get used to is the snow again and no 24 - 7 anywere but wallmart.anyway hi everyone and i hope everyone has enjoyed there summer.

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