Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Newfoundland’s Thoughts On A Dreary Day

We had a taste of spring last week in Upper Cheeseland: three sunny days in a row, with temperatures warm enough to put away the parkas and dig back into the closet for jackets last worn in autumn. Most of … Continue reading

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Up To Bayfield To See The Boats

Went up to Bayfield yesterday to run some errands and take pictures of the fish tugs in the frozen harbor. Click on the photos for a screen-filling view. The Thomas C. Mullen was built in 1946; it’s been in Bayfield … Continue reading

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Oh, And One More Thing?

That Raspberry Island assistant keeper in the last post, McMartin? The guy who nearly froze his ears when his boat got blown all around the Apostle Islands while he was trying to get to Bayfield? Seven years later, assigned to … Continue reading

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The Lake Is The Boss, vol. 64,546*

Nothing justifies an afternoon spent staring into a microfilm reader better than the discovery of an item like this 1896 article from the Washburn Times: Had A Tough Trip The Lighthouse Crew On Raspberry Island Have A Hard Experience John … Continue reading

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You Rock Once Again, Dave

From a press release just received: Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) announced that he is co-sponsoring a measure introduced in the House today that would impose a substantial tax on bonuses paid to employees of corporations that receive Troubled … Continue reading

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Lets’s Take A Drive Out To Devils Island!

Eighteen miles out in Lake Superior, Devils Island is the northernmost of the Apostle Islands archipelago. Exposed to the full force of the winds that sweep across the lake, it is one of the most inhospitable places one can imagine … Continue reading

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One Man’s Earmark Is Another Man’s Lifeline

Some very good news for those who care about the future of one of the nation’s great architectural and historic treasures: Lighthouses in northern Wisconsin to get $5M upgrade AP, March 14, 2009: A collection of 19th-century lighthouses in northern … Continue reading

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Oh, Shenandoah….

Hmmmm…. much yet to learn about this one: State police: Man killed at Skyline Drive NVDaily.com, March 9, 2009: A man was killed Sunday at the entrance to Shenandoah National Park after he drew a weapon and fired at authorities, … Continue reading

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Poor Decision-Making In Action

Important: make sure to have all available information before taking drastic action. (See “WMDs in Iraq, lack thereof.”) Ill-fated rest stop retrieval: Crews pull man from Filer rest area toilet after he tried to retrieve his keys Magic Valley (ID) … Continue reading

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I Know, I Know, The Kids Are Off Limits

Nonetheless I have to say that Sasha and Malia’s new swing set looks really cool in the shadow of the Willard Hotel. But I have to wonder about the Christian Science Monitor guy’s dad: Obama girls get new swing set … Continue reading

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Dodged A Big Bullet

Hoo-eee… what a jolly noise this one would have made! Phew! Earth dodges near-miss — at least on a cosmic level — as asteroid zooms past AP, March 4, 2009 An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia … Continue reading

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And In Railroad Preservation News

Stories that include the phrase, “retirement of the last operating…” usually leave a tear trickling down my grizzled cheek. Then there’s this one: Oldest electric locomotive makes last run Mainichi Daily News, January 19, 2009 Some 1,200 railway fans sent … Continue reading

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