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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: October 2012
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10/31/12 - Happy Halloween!

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Even the jack-o-lanterns have a "Leave No Trace" message here at Sawbill. Photo by Carl Hansen, all rights reserved.

Former Sawbill crewmembers, Dave and Amy Freeman, who are on a multi-year trek around North America, happened to be kayaking down the New Jersey coast just in time to run head-on into Hurricane Sandy. They had plenty of warning and were able to shelter inland. They just posted this interesting account of their experience on their blog.

Here is last week's Cook County West End News from WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

10/26/12 - The parking lot is empty and no one is camping in the campground for the first time since April 1st. This may truly be the end of the canoeing season as temperatures are predicted to be in the high teens tonight and some of the smaller lakes may start to freeze over.

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Snow on the used canoes for sale indicates the end of the 2012 canoeing season, but if your thoughts are turning to next season, we still have a good selection of high quality used canoes for sale.

As each canoe is done being refurbished in our shop and is ready for sale, we will post it here. Our used canoes are in full repair and have many years of useful life ahead. All have Kevlar skid plates on the bow and stern wear points that have been maintained since new. All have comfy, adjustable, custom yoke pads. We do not ship canoes, but can hold them for you until your next canoe trip to Sawbill. Your satisfaction is guaranteed - if you don't like the canoe when you see it, you get your money back with no question. - Bill

10/22/12 - OK, two things: I wasn't here when this happened and the dogs seemed to enjoy wearing them. - Bill

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You know things are slow at Sawbill when you see this. By the way, Roy's shirt says "Keep It Simple."

10/19/12 - You know it's near the end of the season when the canoes get put away. Don't worry, we left enough out for the last canoeists to use. - Bill

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Bill and Cindy tip up a canoe, while Crista heads outside for another one.

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The line forms at the door.

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Canoes suddenly look huge when you bring them indoors.

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Roy really enjoys watching us work.

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Crista squeezes in one of the last canoes.

10/15/12 - Here is the latest edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

10/14/12 - Every fall, the remaining Sawbill crew takes a field trip to the venerable Silver Lanes Bowling Alley in Silver Bay for a night of pizza and bowling. - Bill

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(l-r back row) Leifboat, T-Camp, Czech Republic, Lou, Nils John Anderson, Creesta, Old Style, Carlos, Hot Pants and Bilbo.

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Bowling is beautiful.

10/7/12 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

10/5/12- Last night we received our first dusting of snow. It started snowing around 10 pm and is still blowing around this morning. - Anna

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First snow accumulation of the year.

10/4/12 - Here is last week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

10/3/12 - We received several interesting notes and photos yesterday.

From Tofte resident, Tom Spence: One night - two walleye, one grouse, one full moon, northern lights. You sure know how to cater to the locals when they only have one day to head in!!

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Photo by Tom Spence.

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Photo by Tom Spence.

From Michiganers Jack and Debbie Cook: What an adventure we had! We saw the beauty of Cherokee Lake, hiked through the rugged portages between Town and Brule. On Weird Lake we watched two moose for 40 minutes. And perhaps best of all, we howled with the wolves on Smoke Lake. They were so close to us we could hear them walking in the brush and lapping water! It was great seeing you again, and thanks to your crew for all the help they provided. Sawbill is a very special place, and we can't wait to return.

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Photo by Jack and Debbie Cook.

From the U.S. Forest Service, Tofte Office: This photo (of the Emerald Lake Fire in Quetico Park, Canada) was taken Monday 10-1 around 4:00 by one of our Beaver flights. Looks like fewer and fewer smokes every day. Hopefully we will get this predicted weather change wed through sat. I understand there was smoke in the air on Monday up at the end of the Gunflint Trail. This lifted around noon when the winds picked up and changed direction to the NW.

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The Emerald Lake Fire in Canada, winding down.

10/2/12 - Sarah, Anna and I went down to Grand Marais last night to make ceramic bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction. Community members buy a bowl to fill with donated soup. Money donated goes to the local foodshelf. The dinner will be held on November 8th at the Art Colony in Grand Marais.

Here is a link if you would like to sign up or learn more about the event:
http://www.grandmaraisartcolony.org/event.cfm?eid=24

Each of us got to make three bowls. Two were made on a wheel and one was made using a form and pre-cut clay. The results were awesome considering our lack of prior experience. We also had a really fun time! - Crista

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Sarah and Anna hard at work on their second wheel bowls.

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Sarah, Anna and I sporting our finished form bowls,

10/1/12 - Daniel Walch sent along this lovely picture of a mink that he snapped recently. - Bill

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I love the reflection of the mink and the fall colors.


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