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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!

Monday, May 12, 2008


This story is about a “boy” from Newberry. I don’t know if any of you will remember when it happened or not. Jimmy use to work for us in the summer mowing grass, weed whacking. Then he went off to college so his brother Billy did it. Jimmy and Billy finally ended up at Ferris together, both very athletic and both played football. One night, Billy was driving their vehicle and they were involved in a very bad crash and Jimmy was left paralyzed and has been in Mary Free Bed hospital for the past couple of years (PT, etc). For a while he couldn’t even breath on his own. His sister kept all of his friends informed of his progress. We all would get excited about every little thing he accomplished; little things we would all usually take for granted. He VOWED then that when he graduated he WOULD walk across the stage to receive his diploma…..(they had the film clip on the news too)

A former Ferris State University football player had a walk to remember. That's because Jim Bourdlais was told he would never walk again. In January of 2006, Bourdlais and his brother were in a car accident that paralyzed him. He proved doctor's wrong Saturday afternoon when he overcame his spinal cord injury. Standing 6'6, Bourdlais walked across the stage at Wink Arena to receive his diploma in criminal justice. Jim plans to finish his internship as a juvenile probation officer in Osceola County, as well as come back to FSU to get his masters degree.

Woman pays off 1976 parking ticket issued in Mich.
Sun May 11, 3:44 AM ET
CALUMET, Mich. - Police in this Upper Peninsula town had forgotten about the $1 parking ticket written on Sept. 1, 1976. But the woman who had found it on her windshield hadn't.

The ticket, a $20 bill and a note arrived at police headquarters last month in a plain white envelope with no return address.

The note read: "I always had good intentions of paying it. I put it aside and every once in a while I would come across it and said `someday I'm going to pay it.' Now I think it's time."

The fine for an unpaid meter violation increased to $5 after 72 hours, said Police Chief David Outinen, but it hadn't increased beyond that. He told The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton that he couldn't remember someone making good on an unpaid ticket after so much time.

The woman apparently hopes her payment closes the matter. "Please don't try and track me down. I am a respectable lady," she wrote.


Must be the hummingbirds are experiencing travel problems too. So far, we have only one male and a friend of ours who normally would have half a dozen by now only has two....

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