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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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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…

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I really appreciate all the comments you, the readers, have made concerning the Hydetown Bridge. It seems a favorite topic of most is cars, even among the ladies. I wish I knew where all of my old car pictures went that I used to have, especially my ’53 Chevy. That’s the car everybody has be…

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All the bumps and bruises started paying a toll on the ’53 Chevy’s cousin Ralph and me were blessed with. Those late night games of car tag in grandpa’s pastures were a little tough on the old Chevy’s.

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I think I mentioned last week that back in March 1965 cousin Ralph was car shopping at the same time I was.

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It was March 1965 when I wrecked my 1957 Mercury. I was working at grandpa’s gas station and I had $140 saved up and I needed a car. Now, remember this was 1965 and cars weren’t quite as expensive as they are today.

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Don’t forget today is the day of another big Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department get-together. Come and visit with all the people you haven’t seen since we had warm weather. They usually have 10 or 12 different kinds of soup and a lot of good desserts. Don’t forget these soup suppers are on t…

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One of the things I really enjoyed about the old Hydetown school was the way the teachers taught us about the history of this great nation we live in.

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When you think about it, Hydetown, that “crick” running down through the middle of town has been awful good to us.

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It’s rather hilarious when I think about it but I still refer to the current Hydetown school as the “new school.” I do believe that it is over 60 years old. I know the school has been rejuvenated, which is more than I can say for myself.

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With the coming of January, it’s officially a new year and I got new things to try out in the snow and ice. What was I thinking? I used to look forward to being out in the snow and ice. I mean, I actually liked cold weather. Now my teeth start chattering when I look out the window and see snow.

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“I hear the train a comin’, it’s rollin’ round the bend...” I think just about everybody liked that old song, which was sung by Johnny Cash. Most of us miss the sound of the old “Iron Horse” rolling through good old Hydetown.

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Back when I was young, I spent a lot of time at Bogg Hollow. A bunch of us used to go tobogganing at Bogg Hollow in the winter time. One of our friends lived on Bogg Hollow Road and we would go to her house when we were done. They had a nice warm fireplace where we would sit, drinking hot ch…

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This will be my 70th Christmas and I’ve loved every one of them. It is unbelievable the changes we have seen in those 70 years.

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Don’t forget the Carole Schenberg Christmas concert will be held at Hydetown Baptist Church tonight at 6 o’clock. It is a free concert and is open to the public. There will be refreshments and fellowship afterward.

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For so many years I watched the skies open over Hydetown and observed the white snowflakes majestically float to the ground. This fresh, white blanket that covered the yards and streets always seemed to cleanse old Hydetown until humankind would find a way to dirty things up again. It wouldn…

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Yes folks, we are moving into the most beautiful time of the year. But, why does it have to snow? I would feel perfectly fine about decorating my Christmas tree with sweat running down my back.

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I can’t believe all the people still concerned about poor Peggy Sue. What about poor Jeff? Remember the guy that got dumped on his first night out with a girl? That could have left me with some pretty deep emotional scars. All Peggy Sue had was a little Juicy Fruit in her hair.

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I thought that I probably should put an ending on last week’s story about the first night out for cousin Ralph and me at the Penn Theatre.  

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I love the fall and all the beautiful colors. But as I sit writing this column, we are getting welcomed by our first snow of the season. Big, huge snowflakes. It just seems too early, but I guess it is November. There are still a lot of trees that haven’t lost their leaves yet.  

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Fall has fallen! With all the rain we have had we have an overabundance of leaves on the ground. It’s kind of nice, because now you can’t tell that my back deck needs painted.

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This past week, Hydetown lost a most wonderful resident. When 81-year-old George Henry passed away last Wednesday, we truly lost a gem.