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Don’t forget tomorrow the Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department will be having a scalloped potatoes and ham drive thru. This event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those who are going to be in church had better hope that your pastor doesn’t have one of those long boring sermons like I have pla…

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For two days I have been racking my brains trying to find something to write about. There’s really not much going on in Hydetown.

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Well, here we are moving into “Septober” already and it won’t be long before Hydetown transforms into a reddish-orange leaf factory. It’s a beautiful time of the year with all the fall colors and I love pumpkin candles and pumpkin coffee!

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My wife asked me the other night, “Do people even know why you call this column “The Bridge?” Well, I did explain in one of my first columns how I wanted it to be a bridge to the past. To be honest with you I was hoping for more participation from some of the Hydetowners who have some good s…

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I try so hard every week to keep my column lighthearted, especially with all the stuff that’s been going on. I will admit sometimes it’s hard with all the negativity, but we can change that!

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It used to be such a wonderful sight as you drove into Hydetown at night. Lights! The softball field would be all lit up and packed with people as you drove through Hydetown It was an awesome sight!

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“I hear the train a comin’, it’s rollin’ round the bend.” The Orange Blossom Special, Wabash Canonball, Ridin’ the Rails, This Train is Bound for Glory. Stop! Stop! Please Stop! When I was a kid growing up in Hydetown I didn’t think I could take one more country train son! Now don’t get me w…

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I know many of you never even heard of the old McCurdy School. If you stay on State Route 408 out of Hydetown going toward Townville, that’s west. When you get to the top of the hill take the first dirt road to the right and the McCurdy School was about a quarter to a half mile out the Newto…

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One of the old landmarks missing from Hydetown is the old Union Church. Now there is just an empty lot across from the Baptist Church in our little village. It was torn down in the early 1940’s and all of the materials were taken to Union City and it was rebuilt as a Church of the Nazarene.

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Last week I talked about the second Ridgway Sanitarium. I mentioned that the first sanitarium burned down in September of 1903. They figured the financial loss between $12,000 and $15,000, $6,500 of which was covered by insurance. Now that doesn’t sound like much money, but back in 1903 that…

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I always start getting excited in February every year because I know it’s time for spring training. I love baseball! The Pittsburgh Pirates have always been my favorite team, win or lose. I have always liked the Cleveland Indians too, but the Pirates are my number one. My big dream has alway…

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Its hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is coming up this coming Friday. It seems as though it was just Christmas and New Year. I am now finding that my Grandparents were right, time does go by faster, the older you get!

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I believe Howard Bennett was telling me that his father was the lamplighter in Hydetown back in the early 1900’s. You see, that was before we had electric street lights in Hydetown. They had oil lights on the poles along the streets of the community of Hydetown.

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Back in the good old days. Man, I seem to use that opening line an awful lot anymore! About 20 years ago I read a book. I can’t remember who wrote it, but it was called, “The Good Old Days, They Were Terrible!” The book got into how much better medicine and travel is now than what it used to…

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I had a young man ask me what was it like back in the old days, and it’s hard to believe, but I went speechless. The old days! I wasn’t alive then.

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When I look at old pictures of Hydetown it almost makes me wish I could time travel. When cousin Ralph and I were young, Hydetown seemed to be such a busy community.

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We have a tendency to complain when we get snow this early in November. My birthday is Nov. 9 and when I was a kid, it seemed like there was always snow on my birthday.

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I love the fall colors, but here it is November and everything is all over the ground. Now we have a situation. We have yucky, wet, soggy leaves all over the place. They used to be so easy to get rid of when we just raked them out to the street and burned them. But, in the name of progress, …

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I was thinking about all the hunting my dad and I used to do when I was growing up. I got in my car and took a ride one evening to check out our old hunting spots and I couldn’t believe it! Just about every place we used to hunt has a house built on it now.

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It was an unusually warm, balmy evening for trick-or-treat. I liked it when it was like this because we didn’t get all wet hiding in the bushes. It was going to be a fun evening. Perfect Halloween weather! Clear skies, a big bright moon and good friends.

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I love these fall days when the leaves are gaining their beautiful colors. That was one of the things I liked about living next to the old Hydetown school. There were two oak trees, one on each side of the school. There were also three or four maple trees lining the front sidewalk with anoth…

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I always liked October, because I like all the fall colors. Everything was different in the fall; the smell, the atmosphere and I even felt invigorated. As I look back on it now, maybe it wasn’t invigorated. Maybe it made us feel mischievous?

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September is drawing to a close as the evenings become noticeably cooler. I do love the autumn colors and the smells, although it is a tad different than it was down on grandpa’s farm.

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Betty Hollabaugh passed away last Friday afternoon, Sept. 13. When she was young, she lived in the Ridgway house where Matt Burns and his wife live now, which is two houses down from my brother Chris.

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If you will recall, I had mentioned to you about the night DJ at WTIV that called my poor old ‘53 Chevy “The Brown Blob.” He brought a lot of joy to the young people of the area for a while. His name was Bob MacDonald and he went by Bobby Mac on the radio. Well Bobby Mac just seemed to have …

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Back in the good old days when I was living at home with my parents, life seemed so simple. I loved our little home in Hydetown, and we had great neighbors. John Graham and his wife lived next door to us, and after supper every night during the week we had a little ritual. My mother would le…

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I was going through some old boxes this morning looking for something to write about, and I ran across an old marriage license.

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Time has sort of a heartless way of keeping on the move on a sort of “here today and gone tomorrow” type of schedule.

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I remember one hot, sticky summer day a bunch of us were playing a pick-up baseball game at the ball field in Hydetown.

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Remember that song Kris Kristofferson wrote and Ray Price made a hit of it? “For the Good Times.” He wrote it about a lost love, but the first line makes me think of life:

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The year? 1966. I just love warm summer nights. I have a beautiful 1960 Pontiac Convertible. It was what we would call a “fat ride.” It was a big boat! You didn’t feel bumps and potholes in that baby — it was smooth.

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Some people think Hydetown Baptist Church should have had a big celebration this past April 27. It would have been the church’s 140th anniversary. The church leaders decided to wait 10 years and throw a big shindig for our 150th anniversary. I thought that would be a great idea. I’ll be in m…

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Hydetown lost a good man on June 21. It seemed to be a normal Friday as I got dressed to go to the church in Hydetown for the final day of vacation Bible school. Bible school started at 6 p.m., and we were having the closing program at 7:30.

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Back when I was young, I never wanted things to change. I definitely didn’t want good old Hydetown to change, but I went to Buffalo, New York to go to business school after high school. That was fine. I still wanted Hydetown to be there when I decided to go back home.

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Here it is, June, and another school year is behind us. Fifty-three graduations have come and gone since I got out of school. Fifty-three years! That doesn’t even sound possible.

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Mother’s Day is May 12, this year and if my dad was still alive. he would be celebrating his 90th birthday on the 11th. It’s hard to believe they both have moved on to a new address, but that’s a road we’ll all travel some fine day.

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I went through at least three or four cars a year. Cousin Ralph and I were both pretty rough on cars. But, these cars that we were going through were $300 or $400 clunkers. Ralph and I both started thinking, “It’s time for a little class. We need to upgrade.”

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Easter is my favorite time in the church and that goes back to when I was just a little tyke. It always meant new clothes to wear to church. Back then everybody went to church, especially on Easter.

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I have always loved the month of April, because it means the weather is going to start getting better. It’s starting to get warmer and I noticed some plants and flowers around my house are beginning to poke their heads out through the ground. It’s fun waiting to see if my perennials really s…