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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!

Sunday, September 07, 2008


I feel like we should be able to put time in a bottle; once again, summer has gone too quickly...sigh...

It is so hard to believe fall colors are just around the corner. The ferns are turning bright yellow, the tall grasses are turning rusty red and the ominous blue/gray color of the sky gives you that feel of autumn.

And it is hard to believe it is almost time for the Fiddler’s Jamboree! This is just a one day/night event and you really should attend at least once in your life time. It is held September 27, 2008 at the American Legion in Newberry. There will be good food, dancing and all music is non electrical instruments. Check out the sponsor's website, the Logging Museum at http://www.superiorsights.com/loggingmuseum/index.html.

Don’t forget you can check out the fall color report that I update on many different websites, but the following are the 3 that are most used;
http://www.northcountrycampground.com/ (scroll down to bottom of home page and click on link)

http://www.newberrytourism.com/ (listed in the menu on left hand side of page)

or http://www.visitnewberry.com/

And as always, feel free to email me at cclementz@lighthouse.net or northcountrycampground@gmail.com.

We, Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins, are still offering a fall color discount so check that out on our website at http://www.northcountrycampground.com/. Look on the left hand side of the home page for a “white box”. The information is contained within that box, but time is running short to take advantage of this offer. We hope we can be a part of your plans!

On behalf of TASA I want to give a BIG thanks to Candace Chapman of the Gateway Motel in Newberry for having the TASA yardsale a couple of weekends ago. I also want to thank all of those that contributed to the yardsale. A lot of work went into getting this off the ground so thanks Candace!

And since there were some items left over, TASA Treasurer and Grant Writer Judy Brown decided to have another sale to see if we could make a little more. And once again there were some very generous businesses who donated items to the sale. The Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub (AKA Camp 37) donated 9 (I think it was 9; could have been more) peach and blueberry streusel topped pies (I've gotta be honest; after the chef delivered them to Dan and me, we decided we needed to purchase one instead of sending them ALL to the yard sale!), Danny’s auto donated a sweatshirt, McDonalds donated some toys, Newberry Florist donated wind chimes…and I can’t remember who all donated what so if I missed anyone please forgive me or let me know and I will post the information.

Speaking of TASA, which leads to me thinking about snow and snowmobiling, Dan and I have been getting quite a few inquiries about winter lodging so maybe things will be better this winter in our area than last winter. If you remember, last year we had LOTS of snow, perfect trails and not that many sledders in the area. There was good riding south of the bridge so a lot of people didn’t come this far. Some of the people that have called or stopped by said they stayed south of the bridge last year but they plan on coming back up here this year. With that in mind, as soon as fall color season is over and Dan and I are safely back from our trip, then I will put up my SNOW, DAMIT, SNOW sign.

And another item to share with you sledders; Carlton Richmond went to snowmobiler's heaven about 12:30 a.m. September 3rd. For any of you who never had the opportunity to know Carlton, you missed out. He was an avid snowmobiler who rode his Ski-Doo until he was 91 years young. He was an MSA delegate from our area for many years and the Historian of MSA for about 10 years. He had been involved with snowmobiling with the first MSA meeting. He helped the Tahquamenon Area Snowmobile Association (TASA) get it's feet off the ground 20 years ago. Carlton had quite a sense of humor and was not afraid to speak what was on his mind. The family is asking in liew of flowers that contributions be made to the MICHIGAN EDUCATION AND ADVANCEMENT FUND - MSEAF (for short). The address to send contributions is
4336 Plainfield NE
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49525

Thanks Carlton for ALL that you have done for the sport.

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