Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

More memories

When I attended friend Tucker’s birthday party, just as I had predicted in the letter that I presented him with at his party and reprinted here last week, there were many other stories being told, and a lot of “Do you remember the time. . . .?” queries being exchanged.

Some of us remembered parts of certain happenings, someone else mentioned something else. We were a little shaky on some of the names, but together, and given a little time, we were able to come up with most of them.

Now, a week later, I am still searching for names to go with a couple of the faces. We all remembered most of what I mentioned in my letter to Tuck as well as several other occasions.

We all remembered the time that in an organized line we ran across the steps to the Kimmeys house, stomping all the way. We all recalled that one of us broke through the steps, becoming temporarily stuck.

But from that point we remembered differently.

I always thought that it was John Fero who went through the step. John says that it was Tucker, and Tucker remembered that it was David Sincebaugh, who lived next door to the Feros.

However, John and Tucker agreed that it was Tuck who was chased with a broom by the Kimmeys “Aunt Bert.”

Did they ever buy the girdle?

Then there is the famous downtown bus trip. Several neighborhood kids got on a bus and traveled the several miles to downtown where they paraded around behind our friend and neighbor Jimmy Smith, who apparently assumed the leadership role of one of our mothers while wearing some of his mother’s clothes.

I didn’t go because I decided I should ask my mother first. That explanation always seems to get some snickers from the group when we discuss the adventure these days.

John and Tucker both remember that the object of the trip was to buy Jimmy’s mother a new girdle. Tuck said that one of the bus drivers questioned the travelers as to who they were with, but the trip went on. Don’t ask me for further details; remember, I wasn’t there.

I do know that the adventure ended abruptly when several mothers of the voyagers became angry and upset and met their children at the bus stop after I, as the only dissenter to the trip, told them where their children might be.

At one point the afternoon’s discussion focused on “the dump,” which was located between the backyards at the end of Wiman Avenue, where at one point we could walk on to the roof of an eight-foot-tall garage on one street and jump to the ground on the other.

(Could that be why a couple of us suffer from chronic backaches, we wondered).

We spent hours playing in the “dump,” digging tunnels and forts into the piles of ashes that had been piled there years ago –and getting very dusty and dirty – or,  in the winter, sliding down the hill between the streets.

As we usually do when we talk about playing touch football in the street in front of our house, someone mentioned Mrs. Galanis, who always came out on her front porch and threatened to call the police when one of our errant kicks or passes hit the power lines in front of her house.

At least some of the relationships which began on Wiman Avenue have been long-lasting. Being among friends who grew up on the street attending a birthday party for one of the clan 75 years later must be testimonial to that fact.

A new little neighbor

The long wait is over for our little neighbor friends, Andrew and Nathan (and for their Mommy and Daddy).

Their little sister, Darcy Joy, was born on July 9. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

The boys’ father was trying to get them used to the idea of having an addition to the family. For a couple of weeks, a third seat had joined the ones in the back of the family car used by Andrew and Nathan – that would be for the baby.

While waiting for the baby’s arrival, I heard through Oma, Andrew’s grandma, that he was saying that the newcomer was going to be a brother named Sean. Nathan was expecting to play with the new baby right away.

After baby Darcy’s arrival, I asked Andrew about his new little sister and got a double “thumbs up,” so I guess everything is OK.

Valley Field Days

When I was a kid growing up, one of the highlights of summer for us kids was the Valley Field Days.

We looked forward to it as soon as summer vacation started and trekked the mile or so from our house every day to spend our allowance and savings on games, rides and food.

As I wrote in 2009, “I am sure I visited the Valley Field Days every year from when I was less than a year old and rode there in my baby buggy, until well more than 30 years later when we took our own kids there.”

The Valley Field Days was started in 1933 by the Valley Men’s Club, in the middle of the depression, to “give people something fun to do.” Thousands of special needs children are helped every year by the event.

I don’t get to the Field Days every year any more – I have less of a need to be hammered by “The Hammer,” whirled around by the “Tilt-a-Whirl;” I have no desire to bring a stuffed Teddy Bear home; or stuff a cone of “candy cotton” into my mouth.

But I do feel a special kind of nostalgia when the colorful posters advertising that annual event start appearing on telephone poles – as they did recently in the neighborhoods surrounding our home.

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Midway Drive-In fundraiser this weekend

By Ashley M. Casey and Debra J. Groom

The Midway Drive-In will no longer be “Gone with the Wind,” as its websites playfully states.

A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.

Owner John Nagelschmidt announced the fundraiser via a press release and the Friends of Oswego Facebook page.

“As that caretaker I feel obligated to try to bring the Midway back to life. So many memories have been made here and we don’t want to see it end,” Nagelschmidt said in his statement.

Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”

Cindy Rhinehart, leader of Troop 10101, said the 10 girls in the troop were devastated to hear about the Midway because it has been such a hugh part of their lives.

“Shelby came flying down stairs in tears when she heard,” Rhinehart said.

Rhinehart’s daughter, Maddie, didn’t find out about the Midway until later because she was away at camp.

“She was hysterical. It was terrible,” Rhinehart said of her daughter’s reaction. “Later, she collected herself, cleared her head and said ‘we have to do something.’”

The girls are helping the Midway not as an official Girl Scout event, but simply as themselves — children who love the theater.

“This is everything to them,” Rhinehart said.

T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2.

Those interested in donating can buy shirts and bracelets at the Drive-In (2475 Route 48 in Minetto) during the following times:

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27

A booth also will be set up during Harborfest at 77 W. First St. in the parking lot located directly north of Cahill’s from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, July 26.

Donations can also be mailed to: Midway Drive-In Theatre, PO Box 22 Minetto, NY 13115.

Checks should be made out to the Midway Drive-In Theatre with “donation” on the memo line.

The Drive-In also has a PayPal account at midway.fundraiser@midwaydrivein.com.

For more updates about the Midway Drive-In, visitmidwaydrivein.com and like the theater on Facebook.

Help save the Midway Drive-In this weekend

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By Ashley M. Casey

A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.

Owner John Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”

T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2. Continue reading

Kenneth Holland, former Phoenix schools transportation supervisor

Kenneth M. Holland, of River Road,  Phoenix, died Monday July 21, 2014 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, NY at the age of 63.

He was born June 16, 1951 in Buffalo, a son of the late Merton and Mary (Carroll) Holland.

He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and was supervisor of transportation for Phoenix Central School where he had worked for 16 years prior to retiring.

An avid hunter, he was a member of the NRA, Tuscarora Hunting Club and Pathfinder Fish & Game.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Cahill) Holland whom he married in 1981; three sons, Kenneth Holland, Jr. of Brewerton, Kelly Holland of Houston, TX, Kyle Holland of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Krista (Timothy) Beechler of Java Center, NY; two granddaughters, Raena and Sydney; his beloved dog, Clicker; a sister, Beth Holland of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Holland.

A Celebration of Kenneth’s Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday July 27, 2014 at RFH’s  Hideaway, 1058 County Route 57, Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Scope-NY, 8316 Irish Rd., Colden, NY 14033-9777 (www.scopeny.org); Pathfinder Fish & Game Club, 116 Crescent Drive, Fulton, NY; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (www.cancer.org).

Arrangements were completed by W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wsdavisfuneralhome.com.


Breastfeeding event scheduled for Aug. 2 in Oswego

The Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition is putting on the fourth annual “Big Latch On” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Aug. 2 at Franklin Square Park in Oswego.

Registration for this event will take place at 10 a.m. and the “Big Latch On” will take place promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The breastfeeding coalition’s mission is to promote, protect, educate and empower breastfeeding families in our area. This is a community-building event held every August to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-8.

Groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations all around the world to nurse their children simultaneously.

Last year, Oswego had nearly 40 moms and babies participate in the event and there were more than 14,500 participants worldwide.

This year the coalition hopes to double Oswego’s participation.

Through this event, the Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition hopes to:

Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge existing in our area

Make breastfeeding a normal part of life at a local community level

Increase support for women who breastfeed

 This is a free community event that will feature a family picnic, fun activities and educational information.

There will also be the debut of the “Breastfeeding is Normal” art exhibit.  This art exhibit will feature every day women in our community breastfeeding their babies and will travel around the county in the months to come.

Anyone who would like to offer support for the event should call Lisa Emmons at Mother Earth Baby at 216-4622. Participatns also can reguster at this number.

For more information about the Big Latch On, go to www.biglatchon.org

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