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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!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Two Men Die in Separate Snowmobile Accidents

A man died this morning after a snowmobiling accident in West Michigan. It happened Friday afternoon in Maple Grove Township in Barry County. The man, 29-year-old Ronald Stoudt, was thrown from the vehicle as it crested a hill.

Stoudt landed in a field. The snowmobile went airborne before rolling over several times. Michigan State Police officers say Stoudt was traveling too fast. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the accident.

In Allegan County, another man is dead as a result of a snowmobiling accident. This one happened on the railroad tracks near 56th Street and 113th just before 3:00 a.m. Saturday.
Ronald Laraway was traveling by himself behind a group of two other snowmobiles when he hit a signal post mounted near the tracks. When his friends noticed Laraway was no longer with them they called 911.

When authorities arrived on the scene they found the 44-year-old severely wounded. Laraway was pronounced dead soon after. Visibility issues and alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department would like to remind the public that train tracks are private property and trespassing to ride along them is not only illegal but also dangerous.

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