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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, August 17, 2006


Boy, 11, dies in tunnel collapse at national park in U.P.

GRAND MARAIS, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy died at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore after a makeshift sand tunnel collapsed on him, officials said.The boy and other children were digging Tuesday afternoon into the face of the Grand Sable Dunes near the mouth of Sable Creek, which flows into Lake Superior, Superintendent Jim Northup said. The tunnel gave way and covered the boy in 1 to 2 feet of sand.He was buried for more than 20 minutes before bystanders dug him out. They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.Park officials declined to release the name of the boy, a resident of Oak Park. Chief ranger Larry Hach said to his knowledge, no one else had died in a similar incident at the lakeshore.No warnings about digging sand tunnels are posted, he said."We'll be doing a board of review on this visitor fatality and see what recommendations come out of that," Hach said Wednesday.

Officials looking for stricter dumping punishment
MARQUETTE, Mich. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners are asking county staff to look into stricter punishment for those who illegally dump trash.Several land owners along a snowmobile trail are considering pulling their use permits due to dumping. This could have a major impact on the local economy, since snowmobiling brings in over 10 (m) million dollars a year. A member of the Marquette County Visitor's Bureau suggested the county board take up the fees for dumping up to five-thousand dollars. But if someone turns someone in and they are convicted, then that person receives 25-hundred of that fine back. A group of volunteers will clean up the trail on September ninth. (WLUC-TV) Copyright 2006 Associated Press.

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