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Juniata Hardware? I'm meeting up with Nick Myers in a few weeks. He and his uncle both worked there.

Alyce, yes, we visited Chris in Texas several times.


Added: May 25, 2015
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Thanks guys for bringing up so many great memories. I worked at Juniata hardware and also worked for Ralph at C & R Caterers.
There was so much to do, never in the house...wish I could go back for one day to relive the innocence and security of the time.

Fred


Added: May 23, 2015
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Hi Margie
The older couple who owned those steps I do remember however not their names.They golfed with mr.and mrs.Riley.Gosh I was little.All those people are gone.
She gave my mom a beautiful dish and I have it now.So next to them were the bowmans then the finnegans.I remember mr.Finnegan passing away but when I don't know.Yes I remember Kathy
,Gina and beth. Where are they now?.wow!
When did you move? Did YOU KNOW Linda kolos? She is your age.She is doing well and lives in jersey.
I do remember a little in regards to the drug store being called "greenies".Herbie what ever happened to him.Did he get in trouble with the law? I had heard along time ago -possibly.
The store changed hands back in the early eighties.I remember seeing a Korean gentleman there.it was no longer a drug store.


Added: May 12, 2015
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Hi Alyce - You may not remember me as I am older. I graduated from HS in 1969. I hung out a lot with Kathy Finnegan. We has quite a few different neighbors thru the years. We had Mr. and Mrs Robson on one side and I forgot who lived on the other side but they had grey steps off their back porch that we would sit on and play on until we got chased away. I played ball more with your brother and other kids around the same age. The drug store at the end of Glendale was first called Greenies because Green was the original owner and Herbie was the next owner. Radio Ball - I loved that Cherry Ice with vanilla ice cream.

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Hi Bill

Good to hear from you.
I remember almost all the kids mentioned.Mrs.Kolos who has been my mother's best friend until today told us about Claire Fox.What a shame.We were so sorry to hear that.The tribute to her is beautiful.Actually this is how I found the website.i was just looking up people and Nielson street came up.By the way where is this street? Anyway I too reflect on my life in Philly and juniata.what a great period of time.I am truly disappointed with the way things are today.
In regards to christine karvelas well guess what Chris and I have known each other since elementary school. Yes Chris and I went to Millersville.I transfered there after her Can you believe that.We even lived on the same floor in lenhardt hall.Different majors though.She I think was Special Ed. And me Art education.We have continued to be in touch.Saw her about 23 years ago when she came out with a friend.Did you know Nino as he was a friend of hers.He used to work out here for awhile.Now he is down South somewhere.Actually I think Chris came out in the early 80's too.We just talked on the phone I think around new years.She is doing well.Lives in Texas with her husband and son.Her mom is my moms age and lives with her.
How about that!Millersville was awesome.What fond memories.I ended up getting a master's in theater at Cal State Los Angeles as I had to complete my credential for the state of Calif.
So I used all my units towards a masters.Wow was that exhausting.
There were some names I didn't recognize.will get back to you on that.
Renels...Ha!Turned into a bingo hall and today who knows.Remember Robbins.I worked there for awhile.but was terminated.I don't think the owner liked me.Met alot of nice people there was a lady who worked there that had a son who was friends with Alan.Not sure of his name.
Saw pics of girls on Claire tribute.looked like Alice and Rita.I wonder...What happened to the brothers.
The morton my goodness All those kids are your age and a little younger.
They moved.what happened to Linda and Shirley smith.Did you know them. As for the conners.Mr.Hooven told me the brother older than jame stopped by and wanted to round up people for a reunion.Two of his siblings had passed away.I wonder who...
Until our next correspondence. .Alyce


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Hi Alyce:

I remember Mr and Mrs Hooven very well. They were great people. Mrs Kolas was so nice. Our neighborhood group consisted of Warren Gross, Jamie Connors, Jimmy John Hooven, Ken Hesselpoth, Jimmy Kelly, Alan Kolas and sometimes his cousin Paul. I actually have photos of the crowd sitting on a wall on Glendale Street across the street fromthe Gordon's house. The gals that we sometimes hug out with were Rita and Claire Fox, Barb Deabler, Jeanie Morton, Helen Quinn. We were the crazy kids playing Bells Out and Spooks in the driveway. Syick ball did nt work so well as we usually "roofed" the ball within minutes of starting the game. I left Philly in 1984. I was married that year as well. I've lived in several places due to job transfers and promotions but I love Missouri. I fly a lot for my job. My wife and I were stranded during 911. We were in Yellowstone on that fateful day. Air Travel was curtailed for several days. I still rememner flyingback into St Louis on one of the limited flights. The planes wer parked at the gates and nobody else was on the parking shuttle. I still remember my mom sending me to CR Caterers for luncheon meat. Blasee's Bakery on Markland Street was excellent. I still remember Renells above the PennFruit. I have such good memories of the old neighborhood. I attended LaSalle. You mentioned Millersville. Did you know Dr Karvellas's daughter, Christine? She went to Millersville. Dr Karvellas was a podiatrist, who had an office on Lycoming Street between Dugan and "L" Streets.


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Bill
Don't know about Teresa as well as her siblings.Saw Kathy back in the early 80's.heard she is living in CONNECTICUT.i remember jeanmarie Hooven -Smith telling me that.
I tried looking them up on Google and found nothing.When I talk to jean I will ask her.
When did you move?I moved in 1979 and made three visits to philly. Haven't flown since 911.Everyone is now gone on the block.Alans mom and then Mr.Hooven.
For the past 35 years I would call Mr.Hooven once a year.it was always nice talking to him.
I will always remember both he and mrs.hooven.


Added: May 10, 2015
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I'm not sure why they called Herbie's, Greenie's, but we called it Herbie's as well. The store on the corner of Glendale and Luzerne was Sam's Deli. Sam passed away and his son Jerry took over. It is now a Deli operated by a Korean family.

My nickname was "Alfie" as in What's it all about Alfie? Not sure why the big kids gave me that nickname but it stuck.

I'm not sure what happened to the Gordon's house. I was in the same grade as Theresa at Holy Innocents. Do you know how she is doing?

Your parents are in their 90's - wow! I lost both of mine. My Grandmother actually passed this week at the age of 97. I just returned to Missouri from Philly after attending the funeral.

Californa sounds great and I am glad that you are doing well.


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Hi margie
I am trying to picture you.Who were your neighbors Your house wasn't far from mine.Did you live next to the bowman's? I haven't seen pat bowman since I moved out to California.I had to be in elementary school when we played in the ally.i remember playing red light green light.i hated that game.Always got kicked out.
How about tag.Hated that too.
Remember the Mr.Softy truck? Yum
What about snow cones at herbies.is that the right name? And of course slushi with vanilla ice cream from the store on luzerne and glendale ( forgot the name) Was it called radio ball? I kinda have that stuck in my mind.


Added: May 9, 2015
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Yahoo!Good hearing from both of you.Alan is living down south somewhere.I still correspond with his sister to check up on his mom.They were our neighbors for over thirty years.She now lives in jersey.Its hard to believe our parents are ninety years old.
Herbie what a character.He was a nice guy and trusted all his customers who had a standing bill.Yes we were one of those who charged it (we had a page in a composition book).Hard to believe it but we did and dad would always go later on and pay the bill.what happened to him?
Who was greenie? Who were the boys who worked behind the counter? I remember his wife.
What happened to the Gordons house?
Richard is doing well.Graduated from Rutgers Law School.As for me have been teaching in the same district for 35 years and no I am not ready to retire.


Added: May 9, 2015
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