Welcome to SCHOCK MCCOY PRODUCTIONS by J.H. McCoy. This website is named in honor of my mother,
Gloria (Schock) McCoy, and dedicated to her memory. Since it was founded in 2015, her JOURNAL and ALBUM have always been prominent features, but now some of her recipes have been added to the website (RECIPES).
The HOMEPAGE is "seasonal" and changes during the year when the seasons do. It contains some of my articles from my hometown newspaper. The NEWS section features recent photographs and comments on the local scene.
PHOTO-ESSAYS is a record of my trips to iconic locations in the U.S. A short history of the Schock family, written over 50 years ago (1970) by my great-uncle, Edward D. Schock, is presented in HISTORY. I edited it in 2020.
I hope that you will always find something interesting on this website and that you will tell others about it.
Thank you for stopping by. Please sign the Guest Book, and come back soon!
J.H. (John Herbert) McCoy
9636 Roberts Rd., Harbor Beach, MI 48441 // [email protected] // (989) 551-9487 (cell)
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SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
"THE SCHOCK FAMILY TREE" by Edward D. Schock (1970) edited by J.H.McCoy
"MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS, MY HEART IS NOT HERE;
MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS A-CHASING THE DEER;
A-CHASING THE WILD DEER, AND FOLLOWING THE ROE,
MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS WHEREVER I GO."
ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796)
Born 100 years ago, Jan 30, 1923
FROM THE MINDEN CITY HERALD BY J.H. MCCOY
from The Minden City Herald, 9/2/21
At first, I thought a large, colorful moth was fluttering around the back porch light. I soon realized, however, that it was a monarch butterfly. Surprisingly, it continued to buzz the light and bang off the screen door. I got my iPhone and tried to take a picture.
When I stepped out on the deck, the butterfly circled and brushed by me in its erratic flight. Occasionally, it landed on a nearby object: the screen door, the top of the light, a deck chair. But each time, darkness and shadows made it impossible to get a good photo.
Eventually, it landed on my foot… then my pant leg. I took a few pictures from above, but its wings were closed.
At one point, I noticed that it was resting on the deck. I reached down, and the butterfly crawled up on my fingers. I slowly maneuvered it into the light, eliminating the shadows and documenting what I consider a very strange and unusual event.
After putting the monarch down on a cushion and taking a few more pictures, I turned off the porch light; and my “unexpected and unexplained visitor” flew back into the darkness.
Photo by J.H. McCoy, Sand Beach Township, August 26, 2021
AWARD WINNING ARTICLE - MICHIGAN PRESS ASSOCIATION
BETTER NEWSPAPERS CONTEST - 2022
"The Michigan Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest allows member journalists, photojournalists, columnists, designers to show off their best work. Each year, a state press association reviews thousands of entries submitted by Michigan newspapers and Individual members. The increased competition inspires all journalists to produce better work, which in turn, nurtures stronger communities."
from www.michiganpressassociation.org / Check the website for a list of all 2022 winners.
THIRD PLACE - "PHOTO-STORIES" - 2022
(SMALL WEEKLY NEWSPAPER, UNDER 3,000 CIRCULATION)
J.H. MCCOY - THE MINDEN CITY HERALD - NIGHT-FLYING MONARCH
OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN THE THUMB
YOUNG RACCOONS ON THEIR OWN
RUBICON TOWNSHIP - HURON COUNTY - POSTED ON FACEBOOK - 6/8/23
TIMBERDOODLE ON THE LAWN - 6/9/23
SNOWY OWL AT THE HARBOR BEACH MARINA
APRIL 3-4, 2023
ARTICLE IN "THE MINDEN CITY HERALD" - 4/13/23
THE SNOWY OWL'S "SPRING FLING" ENDED ON APRIL 5!
NOBODY HAS SEEN IT SINCE.
SNOWY OWL IN HARBOR BEACH
THE MINDEN CITY HERALD
APRIL 13, 2023
A Snowy Owl was seen and photographed at the Harbor Beach Marina on Monday and Tuesday of the first week of April. It was sitting among the boulders in front of the rental cabins at the north end of the harbor. The heavily streaked “Snowy” was extremely tame and ignored cars and traffic. It even tolerated pedestrians, walking by on the sidewalk.
I took pictures on both days from a parked vehicle. I left the car only once. On Tuesday morning, I pulled up to the line of boulders without seeing the owl. I was going to check the rocks for signs of a kill. The photographer who took pictures on the first day said that the owl was feeding on something.
I got out of the car, walked around the back of it, and then suddenly froze when I saw the yellow eyes. The Snowy Owl was sitting quietly among the boulders about 50 feet away, watching my every move. I retraced my steps, climbed back into the car, and once again snapped some pictures. (The owl photo was one I took that morning.)
Later, I began to wonder if the owl was sick or injured. After all, I had never seen it fly, and it was in the same general location for two days in a row. But it looked healthy and moved normally.
Then on Wednesday, it was gone - nobody has seen it since. Evidently, the springtime Snowy Owl decided that it was finally time to end it strange sojourn
in Harbor Beach and return to its home on the Arctic tundra.
More pictures of the Snowy Owl can be found on the Homepage of my website, Schock McCoy Productions. www.schockmccoyproductions.com
After the owl disappeared, I posted several iPhone pictures of it on “Birding Michigan,” a Facebook site for people interested in Michigan birds. I also
reported it to eBird, the electronic birding website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. www.ebird.org
Out of sync with the calendar, a Snowy Owl seems at home in the boulders at the Harbor Beach Marina.
"HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES" - HURON CITY
NESTING BALD EAGLES - SPRING 2023
HURON COUNTY / NEAR HARBOR BEACH
MIGRATING SANDHILL CRANES
SANILAC COUNTY - AUTUMN 2023
"AUTUMN IS A SECOND SPRING WHERE EVERY LEAF IS A FLOWER."
ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960)
Without their mother to teach them, the young raccoons have no fear of cars or traffic. No adult raccoon would allow a vehicle to get that close. I drove by them in the weeds by the side of the road, turned around, came back and parked right across from them. They were probably hungry; they were constantly searching for something to eat in the grass and on the road. One investigated a cigarette butt. Again, without their mother to teach them where to find food easily and to avoid danger, their chances of survival are not good. (iPhone pictures)
in THE MINDEN CITY HERALD - JULY 13, 2023
RING-BILLED GULLS AT THE MARINA IN HB
...finding something to eat in the water??
The Paul R. Tregurtha, the longest freighter on the Great Lakes at 1,013.5 feet, passes Whitefish Point and sails out into Lake Superior. The "Big Paul" was launched in 1981.
REST IN PEACE, RON VOLMERING CLASSMATE & FRIEND
JANUARY 11, 1941 - JULY 16, 2023
posted on Facebook, July 26, 2023
CHANGING FACE OF AGRICULTURE:
BALED WHEAT STRAW IN THE THUMB
LABOR-INTENSIVE SQUARE BALES ARE GONE!
BEST "SUMMER BIRD"
HURON COUNTY (RUBICON TOWNSHIP)
AUGUST 8, 2023
REPORTED EARLIER SEVERAL TIMES
RARE BIRD ALERT
LIKED BY BUTTERFLIES AND BUMBLEBEES
GROWING WILD WHERE THE BACKLAWN IS UNCUT
(Photo on "John H. McCoy" Facebook page, August 9, 2023. "Schock McCoy Productions" is also on Facebook with literary and historical content. "Like Us" there.)
ANDY DUFRESNE - "THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION"
"HOPE IS A GOOD THING, MAYBE THE BEST OF THINGS, AND NO GOOD THING EVER DIES."
BEST "BACKYARD BUTTERFLY" ... SO FAR
EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL ON WILD BERGAMOT
AUGUST 20, 2023
"REQUIEM AETERNAM DONA EI, DOMINE...."
BY ANY MEASURE, A LIFE WELL-LIVED
CHERYL MARIE LAPINE
MAY 6, 1952 - AUGUST 14, 2023
REST IN PEACE, CHERYL LAPINE
"WHAT WE DO IN LIFE, ECHOES IN ETERNITY"
My deep sympathy to Pat and the entire LaPine family.
"ONCE IN A BLUE MOON"
LAKE HURON - SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP AUGUST 30, 2023
The next BLUE MOON will occur on May 31, 2026. However, a
BLUE MOON, which is also a "SUPERMOON," will not happen until 2037.
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"ETERNAL REST GRANT ONTO HER, O LORD...."
"LIKE WINDS AND SUNSETS, WILD THINGS WERE TAKEN FOR GRANTED UNTIL PROGRESS BEGAN TO DO AWAY WITH THEM. NOW WE FACE THE QUESTION WHETHER A STILL HIGHER 'STANDARD OF LIVING' IS WORTH ITS COST IN THINGS NATURAL, WILD, AND FREE. FOR US OF THE MINORITY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION." ALDO LEOPOLD (1887-1948)
"GO AFIELD WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE, WITH RESPECT FOR THE WILDLIFE YOU HUNT AND FOR THE FOREST AND FIELDS IN WHICH YOU WALK. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE. IT WILL CLEANSE YOUR SOUL AND MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON."
FRED BEAR (1902-1988)
"THE OLD MAN USED TO SAY THAT THE BEST PART OF HUNTING... WAS THINKING ABOUT GOING AND TALKING ABOUT IT AFTER YOU GOT BACK."
ROBERT RUARK (1915-1965)
MIGRATING WINTER WREN IN THE BACKYARD
October 15, 2023 - through a window
WINTER WREN - "a very round, dark wren, told from the House Wren by its smaller size, much stubbier tail, stronger eyebrow, and heavily barred belly. Often bobs body and flicks wings. Mouselike and secretive; stays near the ground." [from the "Peterson Field Guide To Birds"]
DITTO - MORE MIGRANTS - HERMIT THRUSH
"THE CHASE IS AMONG THE BEST OF ALL NATIONAL PASTIMES; IT CULTIVATES THAT VIGOROUS MANLINESS FOR THE LACK OF WHICH IN A NATION, AS IN AN INDIVIDUAL, THE POSSESSION OF NO OTHER QUALITIES CAN POSSIBLY ATONE"
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919)