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Tales of West Broadway

JerryHoganKasperek_Wby Jerry Kasperek

Part III, Tales of West Broadway: Recollections do abound! Thanks for all the letters, phone calls and e-mails.

One thing for sure, no two memories of the same thing are exactly alike. I smile at Anne Grassi and Kay Younis’ letter as they put it this way: “My sister and I had some additions (or figments of our imagination) to add to your last column.”

No, it’s not a figment of your imagination, at least to my way of thinking. It’s just how we, as separate individuals, see things through our own eyes and perspectives.

So, let’s set the scene with Ann and Kay’s letter as we walk together, Dear Readers, up and down the West Broadway of our past.

Going east from the Brick Hotel Gerry Hubbel lived next door. She was the drum major at Good Old Fulton High School. Next was a gas station run by former Postmaster Munger, then Ward and Winchell’s. Anne thinks Dick Wray’s soda fountain was next, while Kay believes Chet Dluglozima was also in that spot.

They recall that Brewer and Campbell had a gas station on South First Street about were the First Trust Parking lot is currently located.

There were a couple of nice houses before Brewer and Campbell set up their garage on West Broadway, they said, and Miss Edmonds lived in the corner house. She was the girl’s gym teacher and coach at G.O.F.H.S.

From West Second to West First Street, there was JR Sullivan’s. Chet Dluglozima might have had a business in that store as well, they said. Across the street, where the diner currently sits, was a bakery.

I quote from their letter as follows: “We think next was a driveway to the back of the building, then the 5/10 cent store (run by Mr. Wilshire who lived upstairs with his family), next was the pool hall, next Hargrave’s, (these two may be in the wrong order), next Reynold’s liquor store (did that become Don Cealie’s bar?), next Myer’s restaurant, next the Market Basket/Marine Midland Bank.”

Heading west: there was Johnson’s grocery, next was a small building that housed Vic Arcadi’s jewelry store and the first location of Kay’s Tot shop (both were small stores).

Next was Broadway Joe’s building. He was in there for years, before Jerry’s Barbershop; Joe used was in both store fronts.”  (Broadway Joe was Joe Galleta who owned the old hardware store.)

I thank Anne and Kay for their input. Rest assured ladies, you are not alone in trying to remember what, where, when and who was in the shops, stores and buildings along that busy part of town, as merchants have come and gone and come and gone! You did good!

Okay, Dear Readers, I realize that some of their letter is a repeat of my last two columns. But I think it’s a good refresher and starting place for continuing this journey, and let’s begin with Barbara Sheeley Wilson.

Barbara grew up on West Forth Street around the corner from West Broadway. She said she used to sit with Gerry Hubble on her porch and watch the boys go by — and twins Robert and Ronald Snow were cute.

She also reminded me that Dr. Harold McGovern lived in a beautiful home on West Broadway and West Fourth across from the Brick Hotel.

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Florida visitors

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The best thing about being in Florida this winter is the weather.

I usually cannot get out on the river fishing enough, but as I have noted, the fishing is tough and shows no signs of improving.

I have located several oyster beds that are so chock full of large shellfish that very little time is required to get all I can use, and no matter how much you like them, you really can only use so many of them. I don’t want to overdose on fried oysters and oyster stew.

The third part of my series on hunting will be in next week’s column. I need a week in between to get my thoughts in reasonable order.

In the meantime, I am still staying as close to my New Year’s resolutions as I can. I am finally writing on a fairly regular schedule on a couple of projects that have been languishing for a long time.

I am also working on four different decoys. The green wing teal that I am completing for the auction at the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet is in the last stages, while two swans are getting some attention and I have just started a loon.

Last week, Tim, Alicia, Nathaniel and Annaliese were here with us last week and we did the beach and cruised on the river. Of course, we tried the fishing with the usual results.

They went to Universal Studios one day and the time just flew by.

It’s always fun to have company. Jack and Donna Kulle are going to be here next week.

That means the oyster beds will be plundered once or twice and we will try to figure out how to catch at least enough fish for a meal.

I was reminded that turkey season in New York is only a couple months away when I saw a big tom cross the road in front of my truck. He had about a ten inch beard and he was in no hurry to get out of sight.

Down here, this is the time of year we usually see toms showing off to groups of hens, but so far I haven’t seen any hens.

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Spring sports season to begin

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

I hope everyone had a nice vacation! Now it’s time to get back into the swing of school.

This Friday, March 1 is when the 25-week progress reports will be mailed home.

After weeks and weeks of cancellations and rescheduling, the PBIS celebration finally took place and was enjoyed by all!

Students enjoyed a break from class doing different activities.

The countdown to the debut of “Hello, Dolly!” performed by Quirks Players is just in eight days!  March 7 is the first production of “Hello, Dolly!”

The show will begin at 7:30 and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to the girls varsity bowling team who are sectional champions for the second year in a row! They won by 387 pins to take the title.

The girls will advance to states this Saturday at Strike and Spare Lanes in Mattydale. Congratulations on an awesome achievement and good luck at states!

Besides the bowling team all winter sports are over. Congratulations to everyone on a successful season!

Spring sports officially start Wednesday, March 11. These sports include boys and girls lacrosse, boys tennis, girls softball, boys baseball and girls and boys track and field.

Good luck to anyone who plans on trying out!

Have a good week!

Light In The Darkness: February 27, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them.  For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.  Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks… as a result, their minds became dark and confused.” — Hebrews 11

This passage helps us understand what is taking place in our nation today, a perspective many miss completely. There are only two responses a man may have to God.

The first is to acknowledge that He is God and to worship Him with thanksgiving. Hebrews 11:1 calls this “faith.” The second response, described in the passage above, is to reject God and all that He has revealed.

This response results in the mind becoming dark and confused.  Having chosen not to embrace the light there is only darkness left.

Not everyone on this path of darkness is at the same place as everyone else on that path, but they are all walking in darkness, headed in the same direction, away from the light.

Knowing this helps us understand what is transpiring in America today.

The policies and ideas that we today call “conservative” had their roots in the Biblical positions adopted by our Founding Father.

They are the remnant which has survived the onslaught of an increasingly godless populous. People of faith (those in the light) understand these conservative remnants from the same perspective of our faith-filled forefathers who originally adopted them.

However, those whose minds are darkened and confused look at the same conservative principles and see them from an entirely different perspective.

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In a Winter Forest

by Jim Farfaglia

In a Winter Forest


I love how my heart can still be moved:

fifty-seven years old,

having beaten through darkness and light –


yet it flutters anew meeting a startled doe,

then settles once more,

listening to the rhythm of a rambling brook.


It grows heavy finding a dying field mouse,

and melts – it’s melting still  –

witnessing snow make way for a determined green.

Home cooking

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

Much of the time when I was growing up I lived five minutes or less walking time from my grandparents’ home.  Consequently, I spent a lot of time at their house; and I had a lot of meals with them.

Since my grandparents usually ate their big meal of the day at mid-day, and at our house noon time was lunch time and the evening meal was served when my father got home from work – usually around 7 p.m. – sometimes I had two big meals in one day.

I think that I realized that my mother and my grandmother were both “good cooks,” but that they were different kinds of cooks.  Grandma lived on a farm for many years and was accustomed to cooking and eating a hearty meat and potatoes meal at noon time every day.

My mother certainly knew her way around her kitchen, but she was quite relaxed when it came to preparing a meal. There were times when, around 5 o’clock she would realize that we needed ingredients for dinner – maybe meat, and, yes, a loaf of bread, too. So, a trip down to the corner to Steve’s store was in order for one of us, and in less than two hours, like a little bit of magic, a delicious meal was served.

I think convenience dinners and complete meals in one small box were invented especially for my mother. She could do wonders with a pound of hamburger in a very short time. There were differences in the menus that my mother and grandmother served.

At my mother’s house we didn’t have steak as in steak medium rare. Mom didn’t care for steak, and fathers didn’t do a lot of cooking outside on a grill back then. My mother made a dish with chuck steak, well done with lots of sauce and potatoes

My grandparents had steak for dinner at least once a week.  Grandma fried it in a “spider” (it was a frying pan) on top of the stove.

In the spring, Grandma would go to a nearby field and gather dandelion greens. She and my grandfather would savor a large bowl of the cooked greens. My mother, with her nose turned up high, would suggest that Grandma and Grandpa ate weeds for dinner.

My mother cooked with a lot of ground beef, and made things like goulash, Spanish rice and sloppy Joes. She made macaroni and cheese and scalloped potatoes, often combined with ham left over from Sunday’s dinner. Hotdogs were a favorite for Saturday lunch and when my best friend Tucker and I got older we cooked our own, along with a can of pork and beans, which actually had a hunk of pork in them in those days.

Another thing my mother made she called “pigs in a blanket.” The “pig” was a hot dog, the blanket a strip of bacon. The “pig” was split in half without cutting it all the way through, and was filled with strips of cheese and wrapped with bacon and put under the broiler.

My mother planned a big meal for mid-day Sunday – a roast and all the trimmings, and we often ate in the dining room. Sometimes she fixed a “boiled dinner” – ham, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions. I can’t remember having corned beef, even on St. Patrick’s Day. Monday was leftovers day. Hash was popular.

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