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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!

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Stan Ketvirtis, office manager of the Pike Distributing Co, had occasion last Saturday night to go to the company warehouse on business. On entering the building and switching on the light, he noticed a moving shadow back in the warehouse. On investigating, he found three juvenile boys ensconced as comfortable as bugs in a rug, enjoying quantities of company beer.

The boys were quite chagrined at having their party interrupted but nevertheless were turned over to the state police and probate court for the second chapter of their party.

A flat toll rate of $3 a car is being considered for the Mackinac Straights Bridge, while will be completed late next year.

Prentiss M. Brown, chairmain of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, said the $3 rate would average slightly less than the present ferry fee of $2.75 for a car and 25 cents for each occupant.

Brown said the bridge would accommodate 6000 cars an hour. The ferries have a peak capacity of 400 cars an hour.

State ferry revenue last year totaled almost $0 million. Traffic across the Straits is expected to increase 75 percent when the bridge goes into operation.

On a personal note, I remember when the Bridge Authority announced a couple of years ago that the bridge fare was going up to $2.50 for passenger cars (I don't remember the new rate for bigger rigs). I had no idea that 50 years ago the BA had considered $3.00 per car. I remember, as a child, riding the car ferry over to St. Ignace prior to the construction of the bridge.

And as far as no ATV posts today; I took one look at the ATV stories I received this a.m. and decided even I did not want to read them, let alone post them. I'm still waiting for info from SORVA. I want to have something GOOD to publish instead of all the negatives.

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