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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


EAGLE RIVER, Mich. (AP) - Keweenaw County voters will decide in August whether to tax themselves for a countywide trail system.

The proposed half-mill property tax increase on the ballot would pay to acquire, develop and maintain a countywide trail system, park lands and recreational areas for three years. The system would include both motorized and non-motorized trails.
County commissioner Don Keith is campaigning for the plan, saying it would keep public lands accessible. Only 7 percent of Keweenaw's land is public, less than any other Upper Peninsula county, he says.

The one-half mill would translate to 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable value, generating approximately $51,000 annually, for a three-year total of $153,000.

"I consider myself to live in a nice home, and my personal cost would be $17.40 per year," Keith told The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton for a Monday story. "I spend more on a pizza with friends when I go out for an evening."

During a meeting last month, some Houghton Township officials voiced concern about the plan. Township supervisor Jim Vivian said the county road commission is considering a millage increase and a courthouse expansion is in the works.

"I'm afraid of too many millage increases at the ballot. Something's going to be shot down," Vivian said.

"I have a sense of urgency on this," Keith replied, saying a trail system would be good for tourism.

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