Jun 06-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: June: Jun 06-01
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photo by Charlie Hopper

Charlie at Pasty Central's Lake Linden office on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 - 06:33 am:

One of my favorite "Cam Note" chats this year was back on March 11, when we featured shots of St. Joseph's Church in Lake Linden. Some of the postings referred to the school and theatre across the street. The old St. Joseph's school is now an office building for many start-up businesses. Known as the "E-Center" (for Entreprenurial), this fine old building still serves the area, just a different role.

This afternoon (Wednesday, June 6) from 5 - 8 pm, the E-Center will have an open house, and you're invited. By the way, PastyNET has an office here as well, because of the concentration of dial-in members in the Village of Lake Linden. There are some exciting developments ahead... stay tuned.

By Florida on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 - 02:38 pm:

Great! Now that you have a reason to be in Lake Linden maybe we'll see more photos of that area. I think the one of St. Joe's was the only one I ever saw of Lake Linden. We love seeing all of the pictures but Lake Linden has the soft spot in our hearts.

By Ken from da UP on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 - 06:59 pm:

I remember going across the street to see movies at the 'Little Gem' theater, sometimes during the school hours at LLHS. That's going back a ways. I think it was in '51 or '52. Is it really that long ago? Hmmm.

By Dotti - Michigan on Thursday, June 7, 2001 - 07:28 am:

I salute this old school. I graduated 8th grade in 1952. Wonderful memories and great classmates. Before St. Joe's it was St. Anne's Academy where my parents attended. The Little Gem theatre has lots of good movies and like Ken from da UP I attended a lot of them. Thanks for including it on your site.

By JoeBuck, Detroit - wish I was in Seney instead on Thursday, June 7, 2001 - 10:59 am:

I visit the pastycam often, but never contribute. I love this site for the great pictures and info. about the UP. I really like the anecdotes written by all the visitors. They have a lot of knowledge to share about the UP.
Anyway I remember passing this magnificent building a few years ago on snowmobile, and wondered what it was. Looks different without a blanket of snow covering everything.

By O'Brien, D.C. on Friday, June 8, 2001 - 10:49 am:

Boy, I remember the first day of First Grade right there in 1969. Sr. Emelita had all the grades go outside, encircle the flagpole to say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing My Country Tis of Thee... or was it America. (With all the students across the street watching.) It was a bittersweet moment, seeing all our friends we'd missed over the summer, greeting them with running, jumping hugs. Then watching the lament of a few who, in a flash, realized there were others who would never be back.

What an outstanding institution and group of educators. And there isn't a day that doesn't go by I don't quietly thank Sister Dorothy for teaching all my noisy siblings how to sing in tolerable harmony!

By C.Harris, Redford MI on Friday, June 8, 2001 - 04:17 pm:

Thanx for the photo of my old school. It looks a little off from my days there. The bike rack is gone, and the flag pole? I can proudly say that my best friend Mark and I soely built the jungle gym in the old playground in back. I can still remember the street that would go through the playground. Not during recess though?!

By Sam on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:14 pm:

Has the PastyCam moved to this location? We understand there is/was a kitchen in this building. Are the pasties being made in this kitchen, or at Stillwaters? Please reply, and thank you!

By Charlie H. at Pasty Central on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 07:41 am:

To Sam -

A very good question! Just where exactly does Pasty Central/PastyNET/Pasty Cam come from??

"Pasty Central" activities are carried on between 2 buildings, a few blocks apart: Still Waters (corner of Mine and Elm in Calumet) and Baronis (Sixth street in Calumet). Our elderly residents at Still Waters peel veggies, which are used by our cooks in the final pasty baking process in our USDA Approved kitchen in the Baronis building. Order processing and paperwork are carried on at Still Waters, packing and Airborne shipping done from our kitchen at Baronis (they have some HUGE freezers which hold the waiting packages). So the entire pasty operation is in Calumet.

"PastyNET" is Still Waters' ISP business (Internet Service Provider) driven by our heavy use of the Internet, and the need for our own dependable dial-in/web hosting. We are currently home for over a hundred popular U.P./Copper Country domains, and have resources to serve upwards of a thousand dial-in members. With so many members in Lake Linden, we have opened an office in the E-center to explore broadband delivery within the village. This may become a model for other points-of-presence for PastyNET around the Keweenaw. (Side note: There is a kitchen in the old St. Joseph school, operated by Josephine's Cuisine, featuring local catering).

The "Pasty Cam" originates from many locations, with shots by many individuals, and submitted as email attachments. As editor of the Pasty Cam for 3+ years, it has been my pleasure to post each new day's picture, most often working from my home in Eagle River, before or after time at Still Waters, where I serve as administrator. Several other employees also work out of their homes, among them Daryl Laitila in Hancock (web design and dial-in support). Her 3rd floor guest room houses the "Bridge Cam", with a view of the Portage Lift Bridge updated throughout the day.

The collective "pasty" project helps provide support for non-profit Still Waters Assisted Living, which cares for needs of many low income elderly in the area. For more about the present challenges of Still Waters, see current news.

Charlie Hopper
Still Waters / Pasty Central

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