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Marina
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50 posted 06-21-2000 09:28 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

Who would want to live in Michigan, when you can live in beautiful Ontario?????

Marina
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51 posted 06-22-2000 02:43 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

Yes, I sure am!!  Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska!!  South Central Alaska!! It's beautiful especially right now this time of year!!  Today is summer solstice, sunrise at 4 something am and sunset at 11:45 or so pm!!  And I am missing it, cuz I'm in Oregon!!    But, on the upside, the trees and flowers are beautiful here!!  But, I wish it wasn't so warm!!  I've only been here since October!!  WINTER here never was winter here!!  LOL!!  
Sven that's funny!!  I agree people can be such WUSS'S!!   LOL
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52 posted 06-22-2000 02:45 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

I have to admit though Marina has a good point!!  Canada is cool!!  

Bridgette


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53 posted 06-22-2000 03:17 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

I'm from the Golden State my friend.  The state which thousands of folks from other states realized was better, and moved to. In fact, if any more of y'all move out this way, we are in danger of breaking off and floating away (many don't think that is such a bad idea...)

I've had the pleasure of visiting all, and living in a lot of the 50 states and I have been to Michigan once... damn 'squita was as big as my fist, we chatted and decided he could suck out a quart of my blood and we would call it even...  Wouldn't have agreed to it if he hadn't had that gun...

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54 posted 06-23-2000 02:07 AM       View Profile for warmhrt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for warmhrt

All of you Michiganders (I was pleasantly surprised!) forgot our state's most beautiful asset...the U.P. I was born and raised near Marquette, an ideal place for a childhood...my family is still there, plus one of my daughters moved there last year. They all hate to come downstate...too much traffic, and too many people, they say.
Once you cross the Mack, and head out Route 2, it's like you've entered a different world. The U.P. has Tequamenon Falls, the Pictured Rocks, Presque Isle, the ruggedly beautiful coastline of Lake Superior, just to name a few of the attractions. I love to visit there in the summer, but don't think I could ever live up there again because the winters are soooo cold and last so long.

I still get teased once in a while about being a "Yooper", but it doesn't bother me a bit. Heck, we're famous. Jeff Daniels, also a Michigander, has a theatre in Chelsea, called the "Purple Rose", where I saw the play, "Escanaba in Da Moonlight". It's about a bunch of U.P. guys during hunting season...hilarious! It's playing at the Gem in Detroit now, and it's going to be a movie.

Nice to know there are some Passion people so close by.

Kris

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A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare





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Elizabeth
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57 posted 06-24-2000 05:08 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

So...did anyone ever find out why Colon is named as such? I've heard of towns being named in awfully strange ways, like whatever word comes to mind, the temperature, or a misunderstanding of the intended name. Are any of those the reason behind the naming of Colon?

Elizabeth


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58 posted 06-26-2000 03:09 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Um -- well, thanks to native Americans (the Seminoles, I believe) we have Apopka, Florida ... "Apopka" translates literally to "Big Potato" ...

Can't think of any more right now, but I'll keep the gears turning ...

Michael asked me to throw in Los Banos, CA -- "The Bathrooms" (or baths) ... hehehe

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59 posted 06-26-2000 06:23 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

I took a friend to a local comedy club the other night, and one of the standups did a whole bit about Michigan place names. Naturally, I thought of y'all and laughed twice as hard as anyone else in the room.

"Here you are right now," he said, holding up his palm to simulate the Michigan mitt and pointing a to point midway, near the base. "Right between 69 and Climax. Not too bad a place to be on a rainy night…"

"Oh, and here's the Upper Peninsula," he continued, sticking his tongue out over the raised hand. Then he flipped his hand over, palm inwards, pointed towards the back and said, "And of course, here's Colon…"

As to where we got our village name:  
quote:
In 1829, Roswell Shellhous traveled from Ohio to the newly organized St. Joseph County where he built a two-room log cabin on the Nottawa prairie. Roswell Shelhous moved on to Illinois, but he had encouraged his brother Lorancie to come to the area. Lorancie Shellhous arrived at the present-day location of Colon in 1830, and bought the land on Swan Creek which later became the mill site. Lorancie went back to Ohio after purchasing the land and returned with his family and two other brothers (George and Martin) in May of 1831. That spring he built a cabin at the mill site and, after making his own plow, planted six acres of prairie " ... growing vegetables, melons, and broom corn". In the fall of 1831, Charles Palmer arrived and purchased 300 acres east of Swan Creek. Palmer, his wife and six children lived out the winter of 1831-32 with Lorancie and his wife and their five children. The following spring, Palmer built his own cabin, alleviating what must have been, at the least, a tense situation for the two families. Colon's first industry began that spring when Shellhous constructed a saw mill at the dam where Palmer Lake flows into Swan Creek. Shellhous's mill produced 1,200 feet of lumber before the dam was washed out that year. Lorancie sold his mill site to his brother Martin, in order to finance the building of a new dam. After surviving a severe attack of the "fever and ague", the tiny settlement progressed toward becoming a village. In 1832 George Shellhous and a man known as Indian Trader Hatch survey that plat of land that was later to become the village which lies between Palmer Lake and Sturgeon Lake. It was then that the name for the new village was decided upon. Lorancie Shellhous turned randomly in a dictionary to the word "colon" and remarked, "We will call it Colon, for the lake and river correspond in their relations exactly to the position of the colon."


I can only surmise, had the positions been less exact, I might well be living in semicolon today.

Elizabeth
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60 posted 06-26-2000 01:07 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

LOL at the ones Skyfyre named...

I mentioned in a previous post that some towns got their name due to a mispronunciation of the intended moniker. I remember reading about a town that was supposed to be named Cohenville, after the founder. However, he had a Southern accent and the town was named Cornville.

By the way, supposedly some little town here in MN is considering changing its name to Ventura, after our wonderful governor...

Could be worse, I suppose.

Elizabeth


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I'm leaving the cat a note
Quick call me a ferry boat-getting out of town!


Nan
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61 posted 06-28-2000 10:07 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

...and those Michiganders have lots and lots and lots and lots of CORN... and they think that quahogs are cherrystones...  



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