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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!

Friday, August 24, 2007


August 24, 2007 – 6:00 PM Update

Sleeper Lake Fire

Location: Luce County. 6.5 miles north of the Village of Newberry.
Size: Estimated at 18,185 acres and 80% contained.

The goal today at the Sleeper Lake Fire was to seek and destroy. Fire crews worked diligently to locate hot spots taking advantage of the relatively high humidity and lingering moisture on the ground from last night’s light rain fall. Fire fighters finished hard lines near County Rd 407 and cleaned up in less active areas of the fire. Weather and hard work on the perimeter has helped hold the fire, a trend which is expected to continue through the weekend.

The Infra-red flight scheduled for this morning was postponed when the State Police helicopter was unable to fly from Lansing to Newberry due to heavy storms in the Ingham County area.

County Road 407 is open to through traffic, however please drive with caution and with your lights on in this area. The Chesbrough Lake area and County Road 420 remain under evacuation orders. The Luce County Sheriff has indicated that anyone wishing to access properties within the evacuated zones should contact the Sheriff Department’s office directly at 906-293-8431.

Resources: 220 fire fighting personnel remain on the fire including 21 Army and 2 Air National Guard. Canada and Wisconsin have contributed much needed resources including equipment and 60,000 feet of hose. In addition, one volunteer Fire Department-Columbus Township remains activated.

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