Around the 1st of May 2013 I, Robin Lindenberg called 906-249-9102 and reached Jeff Glass after seeing his ad on Craigslist seeking to have a festival at his Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground at 2048 M-28 E, Marquette, MI 49855.
On May 14, 2013 11:00am Michael Van Den Branden, Robin Lindenberg and Mark Hall met with Jeff Glass at Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground. Jeff Glass showed us around the campground. We determined it could work as the location for the Porcupine Bash 2013, Saluting Our Military, with a lot of clean up work that Jeff Glass said he would take care of. Jeff Glass also had a stage frame that he said he could have ready for August 19, 2013.
On June 4, 2013, Mike Van Den Branden and Mark Hall took the tentative agreement to Jeff Glass. Jeff Glass requested changes, he wanted money up-front instead of him renting the sites so he could pay help to get the work done. Mike Van Den Branden and Mark Hall then went back to the Porcupine Press World Corporate Headquarters located at E3720 Munising St., Chatham, MI 49816.
Mike Van Den Branden and Mark Hall changed the agreement , to be as Jeff Glass wished; that we would pay him in full on July 1, 2013. This agreement was signed by Jeff Glass and Michael Van Den Branden with Mark Hall present as a witness of the signing on June 5, 2013
June 16, 2013 Mark Hall returned to check on the progress and nothing had been done or changed for any improvements. As we were promoting our event, People were telling us to watch Jeff Glass as he is a crook and a thief and has been ripping people off for years. We even heard this from Police Officers. His local reputation spans the entire Upper Peninsula and beyond.
We still choose Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground as it’s location is in Chocolay Township. WE, The Porcupine Press Publications have been producing the Chocolay Quarterly for the past 3 years and wanted to bring business to Our Customers and Friends, in C.A.B.A. (CHOCOLAY AREA BUSINESS ASSO.)
July 1, 2013 Michael Van Den Branden and Mark Hall took Jeff Glass a check for $2,880.00 as Jeff Glass had already cashed the 1st check he accepted from Marie Sarchet for $120.00. We paid the $3,000.00 in full & Jeff signed the original contract that it was paid in full.
Still nothing was being done with the many dangerous disasters Jeff Glass was suppose to taking care of. (Junk, the road fixed to be suitable for motorcycles, stage, etc. )
July 23 & 24 2013 Mark Hall was at the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground working for Jeff Glass to get things ready for the Porcupine Press BASH 2013, Saluting Our Military.
Jeff Glass had Robin Lindenberg drive her truck with Mark Hall to Air Gas in Marquette to exchange an oxygen tank so that the welding on the stage could be done. Jeff Glass said to use his account. Jeff Glass did not have an account so Mark Hall was able to exchange under His account. Jeff never paid for the fuel or time to go get it. Mark Hall did all the welding with Jeff Glass’ dangerous equipment, as we found out. Mark Hall also worked on and got running Jeff Glass’ road grater, plus fixed a dirt bike Jeff Glass was selling that did not run. Mark Hall got it running, Jeff sold it. Pay and appreciation-zero.
July 29 & 30, 2013 Mark Hall, Brian David, Mike Van Den Branden, Jeremy Williams, Sam Corp and Robin Lindenberg were at the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Grounds moving loads of corner blocks out of the concert area as Jeff Glass had not. Sam Corp and Mark Hall built a wall of blocks in front of the stage to avoid moving them farther.
In order to move these cement corner blocks we had to use Porcupine Press vehicles. This required Robin Lindenberg, who was in Bergland, MI and on her way to Calumet delivering our Porcupine Press/ UP Magazine to come clear to Marquette to move the trailer as Jeff Glass was doing absolutely nothing to get this job done. Loss of a days work, gas and room expense wasted. Pay and appreciation from Jeff Glass-zero.
Aug 17, 2013 Mark Hall returned to the U.P. to be here to escort our 1st arrival, the Sarchet family to the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground, as we anticipated a problem with Jeff Glass.
Mark had called Jeff Glass to see how things were looking, Jeff Glass was rude & obnoxious and hung up on Mark.
Later Jeff Glass called Mark trying to joke with him & then getting rude, again.
Our concern for the Sarchet Family came about after these phone calls. Robin Lindenberg had received a message from Marie Sarchet that they were heading to Marquette to check in at Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground.
Marie Sarchet told Robin Lindenberg that She had sent a check to Jeff Glass for $120.00 after our contract was signed but before it was paid in full. She then sent Jeff Glass a second check for $100.00, which he also cashed and never informed the Porcupine Press of.
We were aware of the 1st check and took $120.00 off the $3000.00 we were charged. Jeff Glass was reminded that he was to forward all reservations and monies for camping for our Porcupine Bash 2013, Saluting Our Military week to us as the contract stated. We had been unaware of the second check until now. Jeff Glass never told anyone to call us. He tried to deter people by telling them nothing was going on.
Upon the Sarchet’s arrival Jeff Glass demanded another $40.00 in cash in order to set up camp. Jeff Glass had already over charged this family as our own prices were lower than his and the same price for similar sites for everybody. Mark Hall and Sam Corp got Jeff to agree to let the Sarchet’s set up camp. On Tuesday (8/20/2013) Jeff Glass agreed he owed the Porcupine Bash $61.00 on the Sarchet site rental, never paid us. Jeff Glass’ behavior upon their arrival was appalling and embarrassing for All connected with Porcupine Bash 2013. Marie Sarchet is one of our writers and her son Sam was here to play for Our Salute to Our Military Ceremony Sat Aug 24 at 10:00 am and Sam sang again at the J.D. Jacobetti Home for Veterans as part of the CVMA MI 35-1 1st Annual Police Escorted Ride to Marquette’s J.D. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Monday Aug 19, 2013 Mark Hall, A.J. Bower, Brian David and Robin Lindenberg saw that many of the full hook up sites where occupied, that should not have been as we leased the entire campground.
We then went to the Chocolay Police Department to see what we should do.
We were advised to explain the situation to the campers at the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground and then they could request a refund from Jeff Glass, leave or stay and pay us to camp during the Porcupine BASH 2013, Saluting Our Military.
Mark Hall, A.J. Bower and Robin Lindenberg then proceeded back to the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground to begin this process. Jeff Glass was unagreeable to anything to resolve this matter. When we asked him what he was doing about getting the stage ready, his answer was “nothing”. I, Robin Lindenberg said, “Jeff, it is in our contract”. Jeff Glass then proceeded to walk away and told me to, “get an attorney”.
Aug 19, 2013 we had the Chief of Police, Gregory S. Zyburt and a Marquette County Sheriff come to Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground to explain the legal contract and our rights to Jeff Glass.
We then went about visiting the Campers to inform them of the situation.
About 7:30 we were up by the lake sites. That was when we found 2 very rude people and one nice couple. The Campers on site #37 said they would let us know in the morning what they decided. The Camper named Charlotte on site #36 refused to pay us or leave. The Man in site #32 came out of his 5th wheel in shorts that were unzipped & his penis was hanging out.
Mark Hall told him he might want to put that away & zip up his pants. The Camper man started yelling at us, then came over & stood in a showdown stance, stared at Mark Hall for at least 3 min then spit on Mark Hall. Then we called Chocolay Township Police who came out, as well as a Marquette County Sherif Deputy.
That non gentleman camper said he would leave in the morning. Robin Lindenberg told him that will be wonderful.
We then approached the campers that were there to inform them what was going on and why. Jeff Glass had rented out campsites for our event week, collecting the camping money without telling any of the campers what was going to happen during the days of August 19 – 25th 2013, which was our Porcupine Bash 2013, Saluting Our Military.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013: Mark Hall was with Jay Eshenroder at approximately 10:30am when a blue and silver helicopter was spotted circling the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground. Then a white 4 door Chevy 4×4 and a red 4 door Chevy 4×4 each with a 4 wheeler in the bed entered the campground. When Mark yelled “Stop”, he identified himself as security. They did not stop or listen, instead they sped up. So, Mark Hall hit the box of one the trucks with his open hand, by the time he hit it the third time, he was pinned up against the truck, officers emptied his pockets, his hands were pinned and he was surrounded by Officers with Ar15’s
At the time the truck stopped, the officer in the white truck jumped out of the passenger side and asked, “What in the hell was he doing assaulting their vehicle?” Then he lifted Mark Halls’ right T-shirt sleeve and said, “Oh, an A-Head tattoo?” Mark Hall responded, “No, it is not an A-Head tattoo even though I was once in the A-Heads.” Through all this Mark Hall’s arm was twisted badly, causing him even more problems than he already has. Mark Hall explained who he was after they got his positive identification. Then the officers said they were U.P.S.E.T. and they were looking for marijuana plants at the cabin that Jeff Glass rents rooms out of at the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Grounds.
Through all this a helicopter with cameras was flying circling the Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground and coming in tighter and tighter circles. The helicopter then landed in Chatham Michigan where Michael Van Den Branden and Robin Lindenberg have a home and the Porcupine Press World Corporate Headquarters are located. Also spotted over both of our Employees homes in AuTrain & Trenary.
Tuesday evening Jenn (who works at Chocolayy Township Police Dept.) & Bernie Stanaway had stopped by our site & stayed to visit for awhile. We invited them back, but they declined as they were moving that weekend.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 we had a black and gold helicopter fly over Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground, AuTrain, Trenary and Chatham.
No other police activity that we are aware of.
A Member of the CVMA MI 35-1 and his wife came in on Wed Aug 21 on their motorcycle pulling a bike trailer. He dumped the bike & trailer, his wife has leg injuries. The road was in terrible condition because of Jeff Glass lack of concern for the safety of our guests. Jeff Glass knew for 4 months that motorcycles were going to be coming in, yet he did nothing to make it safe until after their accident.
Friday August 23, 2013 About 8:30 pm Chief of Police Zyburt stopped by the gate and asked Dana Ziegler and Emery Rushford if everything was OK. We appreciated his concern and he then left Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground. We welcomed friendly visits and drive thru’s by Chocolay Township & Marquette County Sheriff Dept. as they were both aware of our Porcupine Bash. We have never had a problem at any of our Bash’s, the worst thing that had ever happened was Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque had a pan of baked beans stolen. The pan was found and no police report was necessary.
Friday August 23, 2013 Rocky, a member of the CVMA MI 35-1, was walking through the back road behind Jeff Glass’ junk area when he heard a “ping”, he looked to his right and saw three men dressed in camouflage crawling he also saw 3 men to his left dressed also in camouflage sneaking in. Other guests saw more of these men dressed the same.
On Saturday morning August 24, 2013, the Marquette County Sheriff, Officer Loonsfoot arrived early for our CVMA MI 35-11st annual Police escorted ride to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans located in Marquette, Michigan.
Mark Hall was right behind Officer Loonsfoot when Mark Hall heard the Officer say, “These people did not deserve this. This is a good organization and there is nothing wrong going on here. When I get back we need to have a serious discussion about what Mr. Glass told us.”
On Saturday evening, August 24, 2013, many of our guests noticed little red dots in the woods. Mark Hall went up on stage and told the band to stop playing, at this time he took the microphone from the singer and yelled out, “Mr. Police Officers, come out of the woods and up to the stage so we can discuss the reason you’re here.” Some of the Michigan State Police officers came out of the woods and one of the officers stated they were there because of the noise ordinance. At which time Robin Lindenberg noticed it was 11:02 Jeff Glass had told us that he took care all noise permits.
Mark Hall also asked the State troopers that came out of the woods why they were there Friday night also. At that time the State troopers stated, “It was not us, that was Homeland Security.”
We shut the music down, the police left and come Sunday morning August 25th, there was hardly anyone left at the campground, as this was a family oriented event and the campers did not know what the authorities were going to do next.
All of these problems were created by Jeff Glass because he did not honor his end of the contract and wanted us, the people of the Porcupine Bash out of his way.
Jeff Glass went to the authorities with false statements and no evidence of any wrong doings. Mark Hall was profiled because of Jeff Glass’ actions which hurt our event and every Guest, Vendor, Band, and Sponsor. Jeff Glass’ misuse of the law for personal gain is a shameful misuse of resources and funds causing great damage to our Porcupine BASH 2013, Saluting Our Military and All involved.
We have many witness’ to the fact that when they called Gitche Gumee RV Park & Camp Ground, Jeff Glass answered & told people there was nothing going on, no Bash.
Other witness can testify that they called to make reservations during Aug 19-25
Jeff Glass told them what ever price he felt like at the time and never mentioned that the Porcupine Bash 2013 would be happening then.
We had 4 Vendors that came from far away, (CA, Wausau, WI , Shawano, WI & Little Rock, AK) plus 3 local vendors, of which 2 that have been with us all long that did not do well as the people left, no one was there to purchase from them. Causing us to probably lose them for the future, just when we were really starting to get good vendors.
Pat, our T-Shirt vendor had gone into Gitche Gummee Campground one day in June just to check it out. She was basically told to leave, that she had no right to see the campground. All she had been doing was checking it out to tell others about it. Jeff Glass was very rude to Pat.
Jim Herman, AKA: Jimbo the Clown of the Baha Shriners in Green Bay, WI was there Thur-Sat (He left early because of what was happening) for Our Police escorted ride to the J.D. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette MI
Despite Jeff Glass and the Authorities trying to ruin 4 years of hard work to get the Porcupine Bash to where it would have been, had we been left alone as law abiding Americans as we are. We still managed to help raise $1505.00 plus a truck load of gifts for Our Heros, The Veterans that reside at the J.D. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. We should have and would have had more Riders on this ride, guests at the gate and shoppers at the vendors had all this not occurred and scared off so many.
Richard Alan Hall, Writer of “Remarkable” a wonderful story of 6 eras of Veterans and life also left early because of the situation.
Charles Jarmen of WJML Traverse City and Petoskey was also there with his wife, Renee and they did not feel comfortable with what was happening either.
We had 12 different bands come to play. Carbellion and (MoJo Perry, a $6,000 act that never got to take to stage) were sponsored by JD’S Bar in Green Bay, WI
All other Bands came as volunteers because they love our Porcupine Bash Saluting Our Military and why we do it. Each and every Band learned special songs or put together special sets for our event.
Patrick Holcomb, VFW Veterans Service Officer, Marquette, MI never really got to even set up as Jeff Glass’ internet service never worked for anyone. Pat was there to help any Veterans with any issues they were having. He will probably be busy with some of our guests as some had to leave because their PTSD.
Mark Hall has been part of our family since the spring of 2004 when he approached the Porcupine Press about being a sponsor for a Mark Farner Celebrity Ride/ Concert Fund Raiser in Schoolcraft County, MI.
We have worked as volunteers on many events together and both Mark Hall and Robin Lindenberg spent many weekends at other events promoting Porcupine Bash 2013
Our 4 years of hosting Porcupine Bash, Saluting Our Military have always been a family friendly event. We had Jimbo the Clown, a Bouncy House brought up from Petoskey, MI
We had bike games and family games ready but did not play them as so many had left early because of the harassment we kept experiencing.
After destroying what so many had worked so long for, Jeff Glass went up to each Band and our Sound Man to ask them if they would come back and play at an event he was having Labor Day Weekend 2013.
None of us deserved the pain and hurt that Jeff Glass created. The Porcupine Bash 2013 had the potential to be a very big success. The tax payers of Chocolay Township, Marquette County and Michigan deserve better use of their hard earned tax dollars. While some Americans are getting comfortably numb with these types of actions we feel we were threatened, harassed and violated.
From Charmie Gholson: Here’s one way of looking at what you’re experiencing up there, UPSET has been seriously working to ensure it continues to get funding, demonize medical marijuana and keep terrorizing folks.
LEAP | Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies.
Enforcing our failed drug laws decreases public safety.
Compiled by Charmie Gholson, Michigan Moms United
These are crime stats and arrests rates per incident for Marquette County, 2011, taken from the Michigan State Police crime stats website.
Number of Arrests/reported incidents x 100 = arrest rate
Drug Arrests 261/313 = 83%
Assault 49/65 = 75%
Arson 3/9 = 33%
Murder 1/3 = 33%
Rape 21/84 = 25%
Burglary 32/184 = 17%
Robbery 1/6 = 16%
As you can see, enforcing our failed drug laws not only skews police priorities, but also decreases public safety. These crime stats don’t change much from year to year, or county to county. Before the declaration of the drug war, police solved 91% of violent crime with fewer cops, more crime and no technology. Today, asset forfeiture “earnings” and funding from the federal government dictate police priorities.
The Federal government gave UPSET, the Michigan State Police led drug task force $248,455 in grant money in 2011 to “go get drugs.” Gave it to them. But they don’t investigate and arrest rapists or murderers or arsonists or robbers. Just people who have or make or sell drugs.
I’m betting the women who were raped, the people whose loved ones were murdered or the folks who had cars stolen in Marquette would rather police focus on violent crime.
In 2010, local police in Marquette forfeited $4,636 from citizens, without the requirement of obtaining a conviction first, or even charging the person with a crime.
Renegade Solutions: END THE DRUG WAR Michigan’s’ Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Encourage Policing…
While I do not condone illegal activity, I believe the civil forfeiture laws should hinge on illegal activity. Perhaps they should be repealed and replaced with laws which state that property is forfeited upon conviction of a crime.Prohibition does not work especially for a benign drug like marijuan…
“By the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining big-sea water…”
So begins Longfellow’s poem “Song of Hiawatha” — the scene takes place here on these southern shores, and it’s easy to see why what we call Lake Superior, the Native Americans called Gitche Gumee, meaning “big water.”
Bands are still being booked and we wish we could tell you more right now, but until things are final, we hate to say something and then it does not happen. One thing we do know, this will be bigger and better than any of the first three years. It just keeps growing and we are working hard to stay ahead of it. So far this year’s line-up will be:
Mo Jo Perry & Carbellion, Presented by:
Also Appearing: Sit Down Francis, Everything Under the Sun, Reign, Jay James Band, Sixty Five Roses, Fractured Focus, Up & Running, JY Kelly, Handsome Sam and the Homewreckers, plus more bands to be announced……
Attention On Deck As We Salute Our Military – 2012
Well, the 3rd annual Porcupine Press Bash “Saluting Our Military” event is now behind us and what a BASH it was!! My best bro, 20 year Army vet Staff Sergeant Bryan Quasius (Medic) and I were on the road from Sheboygan, WI at 11:00am, Thursday, August 23rd. We were headed north to the beautiful and serene Otter Lake Campground with a sense of adventure we always feel when we are on a road trip. It was the first time we had seen each other, since his going away party two years ago, before his deployment to Iraq and the Persian Gulf, to pull another one of his Tours of Duty. Like all close friends, we hit it off like we never lost those two years together. The four and a half hour trip went by in a blur of conversation, music, B.S and times gone by of our past shenanigans together.
We arrived at Otter Lake Campground to be greeted by Da Cap’n Michael Van Den Branden and Da Cap’n’s Woman Robin Lindenberg. After a quick meet and greet, Robin gave us our wrist bands and assigned us our domicile for the weekend. Bryan and I were tenting it this weekend. You give us some ground to lie on; a rock to rest our heads upon and some brewski’s and we are a pretty happy bunch! No fluff for this motley crew! We camped up with a very nice couple Todd and Kelli Howard Gokee. They were a very hospitable pair and kept us liquid fueled maniacs fed during the weekend! Thanks you guys! We enjoyed making you kids laugh with our stories. Kelli is a veteran. She ended her military career as an E5 Sergeant after being severely wounded during an Easter Sunday fire fight in 2004, while stationed in Iraq with the Ironsides Transportation Unit. She earned a Purple Heart and numerous other medals for her heroism during this fight. I was proud to be in her presence and to find two more people that will be lifelong friends.
Thursday night’s line-up for music started off with a band duo named Hipps -n- Ricco. They got us pumped up for the Friday night featured act “The Dan Lawson Band.” Dan and his band rocked the house with their bluesy style of play well into the evening. Friday also brought an invite from Robin for a backstage B.B.Q where Bryan and I got to meet Dan and his band along with Dan’s lovely wife, Brenda. You could not ask for a more affable, cool group of people to be around. On the menu included Steak, Ribs, Burgers and fresh Lake Trout, caught the day before, on the mighty Lake Superior by Dan and Brenda. The cooking was done under the watchful eye of Pat Baldwin, from Mason, WI, while this author “supervised.” Pat, did a superb job, as I can attest to consuming 5 to 6lbs of meat and fish! I had no room for vegetables, being the true glutinous carnivore that I am and I was fully sated.
Friday night’s music line-up consisted of the gorgeous Kelli of The Shotgun Kelli Band. Kelli and her band mates took first place earlier this year in the amateur country artist awards at “Hodag Music Festival” in Rhinelander, WI. After hearing them perform, I can see why. I wish Kelli and her band nothing but the best in the future and would not be surprised to see them as a household name in the next couple of years. Next in the line-up came a band seamlessly out of now where named “Sit Down Francis” out of Escanaba, MI. I had the pleasure to meet up with them before their show and get their story. What a cool bunch of dudes they are! When it came time for them to play, I was simply in shock with the splendor in which I was allowed to witness! These boys can straight up play and put on one Hell of a show!! They even played after the show in their room until the wee hours of the morning. I’m telling anyone reading this that can get them gigs to do so! They will not disappoint and you have my word on that! Simply awesome!
Saturday morning found me going on a solo mountain bike ride around the beautiful Otter Lake and Hiawatha National Forest. After my ride, Bryan and I decided to head out of camp for the day to see the sights and swim Lake Superior. We saw too many waterfalls to mention, went to the beautiful “Pictured Rocks” and generally had a great day.
Saturday night’s line-up consisted of my home towns very own “Carbellion” out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They Thrash Metaled their way through their set like Carbellion only can! I loved every minute of it and my hat goes off once again to another flawless evening by them! Thanks boys! I would also like to extend my gratitude to Doug Jimmer, owner of “JD’s Bar on Broadway” in Green Bay, WI for sponsoring Carbellions trip to Da’ great U.P ‘eh. Make sure you stop in to say “Hi” if you are ever in the neighborhood. It was my pleasure to meet Doug as well. To end the Bash, it was once again Dan Lawson and his boys to encore their Friday night opener. Being a guitarist and musician myself, I could tell Dan was totally in control of his guitar this night. Some of us call it “making love to your guitar” and that’s exactly what he was doing. I had several moments where shivers were running up and down my spine during that performance. Bravo!
In the end folks, we have a special thing going on here with the “Porupine Bash and The Salute to Our Military Event.” We have plenty of room to grow out at Otter Lake Campground and I know we will continue to make it even better. So, if you did not make it this year, plan on it for next year. For those who made it, tell your friends about what a great weekend it is! Let’s make the 4th annual event even bigger!
I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the “Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Michigan Chapter 35-1” for their dedication. I greatly appreciated the beautiful march and the rising of our great flag, the first flag to fly on the new flag pole and one that was certified to have flown in Iraq, and to Kelli’s speech during the raising. Finally, a big shout out to the men and women who put their ass on the line for ours each and every day! All gave some, some gave all. The men and women, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for yours and mine, deserve and should be in the deepest mode of your gratitude and conciseness! After all, this is what this event is all about. I for one, thank them all! Hope to see you all next year!!
Photos by: Robin Lindenberg, John Colley, & AJ Heyn