Spring 2017 Newsletter

Volume # 16 Issue # 1 January, February, March 2017  

CLASS OF 1956 BREAKFAST

PLACE: Palace Restaurant

3250 Easton Avenue

Bethlehem, PA. (physical address: Butztown, Pa.)

DIRECTIONS: From 25th Street and William Penn Highway (Walgreen’s Drug Store and E.A.H.S). Take Wm. Penn Highway (west toward Bethlehem) which will become Easton Avenue. Continue to Butztown (approximately 5 miles). Just past the stop light and intersection, (Willow Park Road on left and Keystone tavern on the right) will be the Palace Restaurant on the left.

DATE: Saturday March 4, 2017

TIME: 9:00 AM

MENU: French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage,

Orange and Apple Juice, Fruit Cup, Coffee, Tea

COST: $13.00 PER PERSON

 

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NO LATER THAN

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

PAYABLE TO "EHS CLASS OF 1956"

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SHERWOOD "WOODY" FRANKENFIELD 3515 RICHMOND ROAD, EASTON, PA. 18040

Frank Mazza (What is/was your favoriate saying): Live your dreams not your fears; Life is short don’t sit on the sidelines.

Jihn Curley Writes: Looks like I can not make the December 3rd event.

Sandy Moser Zemgulis Writes: I will not be able to attend the December breakfast due to a previous commitment. See you all next time.

Pat Allen writes: The newsletter is interesting. I hope Lenny continues the series of Marie Hicks Storm’s memories. See you all at the December breakfast.

KathleenSchurz Concannon writes: Please accept my check towards supporting the newsletter. I have enjoyed each edition sent for years. I wonder if my Shull classmates are as thankful for Mr. Curley’s English Class as I am? We were expected to memorize "If" by Rudyard Kipling. that poem is just so meaningful to life today as when he wrote it. I think Mr. Curley would be proud of his son and many of his students living guided by Rudyard Kipling’s words. Was "If" a requirment in other junior high schools? "Hold on" classmates.

Larry & Laura Hess Phillips write: All you people are doing a super job. Laura and I really enjoy the newsletter. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

Delores DeHart Arcuri writes: Thanks to all the "workers" who put out the newsletter for such a great job time and again!! I will not be at the December 3rd luncheon since I have another Christmas Breakfast the same day and time. Hope to see you at the next one! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Elaine Clemens Albrecht writes: Sorry we will be unable to attend the breakfast. Reigelsville Fire Co. is holding a Community Dinner that day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and I will be helping to prepare food and set up tables for aproximately 500 people. Enjoy the breakfast and a Merry Christmas to everyone.

George Campbell writes: Enjoyed the recent breakfast and again know what I am missing by not attending. Will try and do better in 2017.Believe that we still have a few veterans living from our class. Was wondering if we could do more to recognize them around Veterans Day in November. Maybe a breakfast or lunch invitation for vets. Toss this idea out in the newsletter preceding Veterans Day and see if you get any interest, Just a thought, your comments. Note: I believe this is a great idea Len.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Charlie Clause: Youth is not eternal.

Wayne Werner: Keep it in your pants and stay in school.

JoAnne Boccadoro Butler: Stay friends with your classmates and attend reunions.

Kay Schulte Niedzwiecki: Don’t marry for looks. Marry for love. Second time I did both.

Carl Niedzwiecki: Being divorced after 16 years of marraige my advice to 16 year old self would be: "Son, marry for love, not looks or what fun you could have, get married for LOVE! Love is lovlier the second time around. Fortunetely I got love and a beautiful looking wife the second time around.

Janice Dalrymple Stem: Enjoy school and do as much as you can do because you can never go back to those years. I tell this to my grandchildren.

Pat Fisher: Don’t lose sight of what lays ahead just continue to plow through life’s giving until tomorrow dawn arises once more.

Jim Labarba: Do it if you don’t try you will never know if you did the right thing.

Len Buscemi: Pay more attention in school. Don’t drink so much. Stay out of trouble.

Janet Transue Herr: Don’t sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff. Learn the name of everyone at your job, including the custodian. Let go: let God. Never doubt the power of one person; indeed, all change starts with one. Home is where the people you love happen to be. To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo.

Kathy Kelly (Speedy’ friend): Do better in school and go to college.

Pat Fisher: Nothing to be concerned about. If I could do a change it would be to be more outgoing. I was shy, but played sports which made me more accessible to know. As life went on I decided to go into education and it made me step out of a shell. I am really, or I did do a turn-about.

Clara Worrich Morgan: Get a good education, enjoy life, find something that makes you happy, make the most of your high school days they are the best!

Joan Schall Holland: Keep your legs crosses male/female, get a job, be honest, smile, be kind, have confidence in yourself.

John Ackerman: Fool around with the girls more. Go play football.

T.L.D.: Go For It!!

Judy Kahler Campbell: Study, Study, Study

Pat Rufe Mucklin: Don’t get involved with anyone person. Be true to yourself and stand up for yourself.

Lovene Heller: No Advice!!

Pat Allen: Ask my parents about their life experiences. Of course they, by their nature at that time, did not talk about life. Working on my "Family History" now its difficult. Some of their friends that are still living may provide information.

Joann Butto Woolley: Just be happy. Try to enjoy life. Make good decisions and get an education.

Sadie Mazzarese Fraccica: Could have had a job at the Philadelphia Mint.

Bob Stem, center right, his family and Mayor Stephen Ellis, center left pose for photes around a plaque for Dishwater Hill, which lables the neighboorhood as Stem’s childhood home. Steve Novak/For The Express Times

How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity in RETIREMENT..

1. At lunchtime, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on, point
a hair dryer at passing cars, and watch them slow down!
2. On all your check stubs, write, ‘For Marijuana’!
3. Skip down the street rather than walk, and see how many
looks you get.
4. With a serious face, order a Diet Water in a restaurant.
5. This is the best: When the money comes out of the ATM,
scream ‘I Won! I Won!’
6. When leaving the Zoo, start running toward the car park,
yelling, ‘Run For Your Lives! They’re Loose!’
7. Tell your children over dinner, ‘Due to the economy, we are
going to have to let one of you go.’
8. Go to a large Department store’s fitting room, drop your
drawers to your ankles and yell out, "There’s no paper in

here!" Submitted by Frank Mazza

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Send a classmate a Birthday and/or Anniversary Card

Apr. 2 Alice Fielding Yenolevich

Apr. 3 Fay Johnson

Apr. 3 Richard Bilotta

Apr. 4 Richard Dennis

Apr. 5 David Cook

Apr. 6 George Winter

Apr. 8 Catherine Varano Cohen

Apr. 9 Bruce Wood

Apr. 12 Beverly Youells Lee

Apr. 13 David Fioretti

Apr. 13 Theresa Rodler DiLorenzo

Apr. 19 Bernice Wazontek Ziehm

Apr. 21 William Shoudt

Apr. 22 Robin Bell Yerkes

Apr. 24 Bertha Koble Brodt

Apr. 25 George Campbell

Apr. 29 Charles Rasley

Apr. 30 Wayne Werner

May 1 Florence Dungan Bernhardt

May 2 Janet Corrier

May 3 Shirley Troxell Fitchtel

May 8 Gino DiLorenzo

May 11 Joan DeVito

May 11 Harriet Caviston Miller

May 12 Stephen Levine

May 13 Jane Silker Helm

May 17 Dolores Andrews

May 23 Stephen Castronuovo

May 25 Eileen Frankenfield Warkala

May 25 Thomas Patterson

May 28 Arthur Minsky

May 29 Janet Andrews Polomchak

May 29 Ann Apple Schreffler

May 29 John Nicoletta

May 29 Marilyn Seland Anders

May 29 Karleen Vinson Keeler

May 30 David Brassington

June 3 James Piperato

June 4 Frances Cascioli Harold

June 4 Georgia Ewing Skinner

June 5 Leon Paulus

June 7 Joyce Coleman Sabatine

June 8 Catherine Phillips Garrity

June 9 Marion Metzgar Kays

June 10 Joseph Lagana

June 11 Janice Dalrymple Stem

June 12 James Boylan

June 12 John Herkalo

June 15 Joseph Amato

June 15 Lillian Nott Loveland

June 20 Jo Anne Boccadoro Butler

June 20 Mary Starkey Guadagnino

June 21 Robert Detweiler

June 24 Dolores DeHart Arcuri

June 24 Patricia Grollman Goldman

June 28 William Horn

June 28 Nancy McMillen Fertig

June 29 Richard Liptak

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

4/6/ Ronald Gladish & Harriet

4/11/1988 Francis Caffrey & Patricia Corcoran

4/19/1958 Joanne Butto & Eugene Wooley

4/21/1961 Anne Amato & Sal Marina

5/4/1963 Janice Dalrymple & Bob Stem

5/15/1958 Joseph Guadagnino & Beatrice

5/19/1956 Bertha Koble & Bob Brodt

5/25/1973 Barbara Betrand & Larry Junek

5/25/1963 Joseph Vigilante & Carol

5/26/1962 Sherwood Frankenfield & Virginia

5/26/1962 Michael Bonsenese & Maryann

5/27/1995 James LaBarba & Joanne

6/1/1957 Patricia Moyer & Charles Lutz

6/3/1961 George Campbell & Gretchen

6/4/1960 Larry Phillips & Laura Hess

6/6/1959 Don Herr & Janet Transue

6/7/1958 Joan Schall & Earl Holland

6/8/1963 George Short & Mary Ann

6/9/1962 Stanton Shiffer & Joan

6/20/1964 Ann Apple & Jerry Schreffler

6/21/1959 Patricia Grollman & Richard Goldman

6/23/2006 Carol Dech & William Stout

6/24/1967 Charles Bartolet & Rita

6/28/1958 Sadie Mazzarese & Rocky Fraccica

6/28/1959 Richard Hahn & Ila Belle

6/29/1957 Barbara Au & Robert Smith

Milestone Anniversaries

60 Years

Patricia Moyer & Charles Lutz

55 Years

Sherwood Frankenfield & Virginia

Michael Bonsenese & Maryann Stanton Shiffer & Joan

50 Years

Charles Bartolet & Rita Barbara Au & Robert Smith

Thank You EHS Class of 1956 Supporters

This quarter EHS Class of 1956 received $359.00 in donations toward expenses. Thank you to the following: John Ackerman, Pat Allen, Delores DeHart Arcury, Margaret Benett, Dick Borini, Kathy Schurz Concannon, John Curley, Richard Dennis, Joe Guadagnino, Bob Jones, Alice Cuvo Loebeack, Larry & Laura Hess Phillips, George Short, Elizabeth Shuttleworth Pickel, Joyce Coleman Sabatine, and Sandy Moser Zemgulis.

Question for next newsletter

What invention(s), in your lifetime, do you think most changed the world.

50-50 Winners at December Breakfast

Richard Dennis, Bethlehem PA

Charlie Claus, Williams Township, PA.

Wayne Werner, Bethlehem Township, PA.

Joe Guadignino, Dearfield, FL.

Judy Kahler Campbell, Bangor, PA

N ew Address

Anna Reese Johnson, 1315 Spring Drive, Walnutport, PA 18088

Mike Bondonese, 55 W 4th St, Apt. D1 Nazareth, PA 19064

Janet Corriere, 3201 Rocky Ln., Easton, PA 18045

Football

10/28/16 EAHS 42 Nazareth 39

District 11 Class 6A Playoffs

11/5 Quarter final EAHS 27 Pleasent Valley 12

11/12 Semi finals EAHS 6 Parkland 45

Powder Puff Football

11/22 EAHS 41 Phillipsburg 50

11/24 EAHS 24 Phillipsburg 14

Girls Tennis

PIAA Class AAA Tournament

10/25/16 Round 1 EAHS 5 Hershey 0

10/28 Quarter finals EAHS 3 Unionville 2

10/29 Semi finals EAHS 0 Harriton 3

Boys Cross Country

10/26/16 District XI Championships

EAHS finished 4th

Girls Cross Country

10/26/16 District XI Championships

EAHS finished 2nd

Girls Field Hockey

10/26/16 District XI Championships

Quarterf finals EAHS 3 Liberty 1

10/31 Semi finals EAHS 0 Stroudsburg 2

Girls Soccer

10/27/16 EAHS 0 Stroudsburg 1

Cheerleaders

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cheerleadibg Championships

12/7/16 EAHS Cheerleaders take First Place

1/7/17 EAHS Cheeleaders won the PIAA District 11 Competitive Spirit Championship Medium Division.

Wrestling

12/9-10/16 Comberland Valley Tournment

EAHS took 2nd place, Jonathan Miers 126 lbs finished 1st, Ethan DiRenzo 182 lbs 2nd, Nick Nunez 138 3rd, Diego Santiago 120 lbs - Darius Joycer 152 lbs - Alex Mantis 170 lbs - Jacob Frank 220 lbs & Jonathan Pinida 285 4th, Hayden Kellcher 160 lbs 5th 12/14 EAHS 68 Pocono Mt. East 0

12/15 EAHS 77 Allentown CC 0

12/21 EAHS 55 Stroudsburg 3

12/22 EAHS 68 Pleasant Valley 3

12/28-29 Bethlehem Holiday Classic

EAHS finished 2nd: Jonathan Miers (126) 2nd; Max Vidsynski (195) 3rd; Diego Santiago (120) & Daruis Joyce (152) 4th

12/30 Easton Wrestling Inventational

EAHS 53 Bangor 12

EAHS 46 Archbishop Spalding, MD. 19

EAHS 66 Spalding, Del. 18

EAHS 21 Malvern Prep. # 9 in USA 45

EAHS 58 North Penn 15

1/4/17 EAHS 70 William Allen 12

1/5 EAHS 15 Nazareth # 12 in USA 37

1/11 EAHS 54 East Stroudsburg South 15

1/14-15 Eacape the Rock Tournament

EAHS finished 11th: Jonathan Miers (126) 4th, Jonathan Pineda (285) 6th, Max Viduszynski (195) and Nick Nunez (132) 8th.

1/18 EAHS 19 Liberty 35

1/21 EAHS 27 Phillipsburg 40

1/28 EPC Championship

EAHS 54 Parkland 9

Boys Swimming

12/13/156 EAHS 81 East Stroudsburg North 20

12/15 EAHS 86 Whitehall 82

12/22 EAHS 43 Liberty 56

12/28 EAHS 75 Saucon Valley 23

1/5/17 EAHS 97 Nazareth 199

1/12 EAHS 69 Pocono Mountain East 32

1/18 EAHS 37 Suthern Lehigh 64

1/19 EAHS 57 Parkland 125

1/24 EAHS 42 Emmaus 55

1/26 EAHS 90 Pocono Mountain West 77

Girls Swimming

12/13/16 EAHS 83 East Stroudsburg North 18

12/15 EAHS 83 Whitehall 87

12/22 EAHS 42 Liberty 56

12/28 EAHS 70 Saucon Valley 31

1/5/17 EAHS 142 Nazareth 158

1/12 EAHS 65 Pocono Mountain East 36

1/18 EAHS 46 Southern Lehigh 56

1/19 EAHS 61 Parkland 125

1/24 EAHS 46 Emmaus 53

1/26 EAHS 112 Pocono Mountain West 58

1/28 EAHS Phillipsburg

Boys Basketball

12/9/16 EAHS 31 Bangor 45

12/10 EAHS 50 Wilson West Lawn 41

12/12 EAHS 48 Liberty 44

12/16 EAHS 67 Pocono Mountian West 74

12/20 EAHS 48 William Allen 70

12/22 EAHS 48 Bethlehem Cath. 46

12/26-27 Rotary Holiday Tournament

Semi Final EAHS 38 Wilson 43

Consolation EAHS 71 Notre Dame 36

1/3/17 EAHS 47 Freedom 51

1/6 EAHS 48 Pleasant Valley 31

1/9 EAHS 67 Delaware Valley 36

1/13 EAHS 59 Nazareth 47

1/17 EAHS 46 Liberty 61

1/19 EAHS 63 Dieruff 41

1/20 EAHS 52 East Stroudsburg South 36

1/24 EAHS 43 Dieruff 45

1/27 EAHS 53 Emmaus 56

GirlsBasketball

12/13 EAHS 61 Liberty 21

12/16 EAHS 65 Pocono Mountian West 25

12/20 EAHS 71 William Allen 60

12/22 EAHS 47 Bethlehem Cath. 65

12/23 EAHS 65 Palisades 20

12/26-27 Rotary Holiday Tournament

Semi Final EAHS 69 Wilson 23

Final EAHS 52 Notre Dame 37

1/3/17 EAHS 61 Freedom 31

1/6 EAHS 76 Pleasant Valley 27

1/13 EAHS 42 Nazareth 35

1/14 EAHS 62 Liberty 25

1/19 EAHS 64 Dieruff 14

1/20 EAHS 77 East Stroudsburg South 14

1/24 EAHS 80 Dieruff 21

1/27 EAHS 79 Emmaus 38

EAHS Football Coach Steve Shiffert has not been recomended for rehire for the 2017 season. Coach Shiffert is the winningest football coach in EAHS histore. His, 24 years, impresive record is 216-89-1. Coach Shiffert has led his teams to six league championships, 13 District 11 appearances with five District 11 championships. He was named Coach of theYear by The Express-Times in 1993 - 2004 - 2009: District 11 Coach of the Year 2004 - 2009 - 2010 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Coaches Associatrion Hall of Fame in 2011. His record against Phillipsburg is 17-6-1.

Missing Classmates

Lois Gottschalk

TWO CATHOLIC PARROTS
A lady goes to her priest one day and tells him, ‘Father, I have a problem. I have two female parrots, but they only know to say one thing.’ ‘What do they say?’ the priest asked. They say, ‘Hi, we’re hookers! Do you want to have some fun?’ ‘That’s obscene!’ the priest exclaimed, Then he thought for a moment..... ‘You know,’ he said, ‘I may have a solution to your problem.
I have two male talking parrots, which I have taught to pray and read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house, and we’ll put them in the cage with Francis and Peter. My parrots can teach your parrots to pray and worship, And your parrots are sure to stop saying that phrase in no time.’ ‘Thank you,’ the woman responded, ‘this may very well be the solution.’ The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest’s house. As he ushered her in, she saw that his two male parrots were inside their cage holding rosary beads and praying. Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them. After a few minutes, the female parrots cried out in unison: Hi, we’re hookers! Do you want to have some fun?’ There was stunned silence. Shocked, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and says, ‘Put the beads away, Frank, Our prayers have been answered !!! Submitted by JoAnne Boccadoro Butler

Childbirth at 75With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 75-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit. ’May I see the new baby?’ I asked ’Not yet,’ she said. ‘I’ll make us some coffee, and we can visit for a while first. ’Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, ‘May I see the new baby now? ’’No, not yet,’ she said.After another few minutes had elapsed, I asked again, ‘May I see the baby now?’’ No, not yet,’ replied my friend. Growing very impatient, I asked, ‘Well, when can I see the baby? ’’WHEN HE CRIES!’ she told me.’WHEN HE CRIES?’ I demanded. ‘Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?’’ "BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM — Okay." Submitted by Jane Klock Bond

Obituary

Carol A. (Salisbury) Loomis, 78, of W. Harmony Drive, Pottstown, widow of Robert E. Loomis, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Born in Easton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Roland Salisbury and the late Aleen (McCluskey) Salisbury. Carol was a loan officer for Apex Federal Credit Union, for many years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, where she was on the womans guild, and a former choir member. She is survived by two sons, Robert D. Loomis and his wife Pamela L., Pottstown, Matthew J. Loomis and his wife Joanie, Douglassville; three daughters, Sally A. Bechtel, Brooksville, FL, Julie A. wife of Ronald Umstead, Pottstown, Pamela E. Loomis wife of Doyal Harrell, Columbus, GA; a sister, Lesley Statham, Bethlehem; twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Holly, Christopher, Weston, Carly, Zach, Connor, Christopher, Matthew, Mallory, Wyatt, Mackenzie; and three great-grandchildren, Angel, Peter, Nikolas. She was predeceased by a sister Elissa Craig. A funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday from St. Paul’s Church, 653 Glasgow St., Pottstown. Officiating will be Reverend Lenn Zeller. Burial will be private. There will be a viewing Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Contributions may be made in her memory to St Paul’s Church "Mission Fund", 653 Glasgow St., Pottstown PA 19464. Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA. Our web site exists to serve the friends and family of the deceased. Go to http://www.schumacherandbenner.com to extend sympathies and access additional service details.

Lillian Georgine (Nott) Loveland, age 78, of Easton, PA, passed away on January 5, 2017. Georgine was born on June 15, 1938, the only child of Frederick Nott and Eileen (Bollinger) Nott. She graduated from Easton Area High School in Easton, PA. Georgine was a great lover of the marvelous variety that life on earth offers, of cultures, landscapes, ideas, foods, and traditions, and found in that variety a deep spiritual wholeness rooted in nature. She was a writer who loved to travel, to cook, to shower animals with love, to draw and paint, to read. She loved anything strange or unusual, especially when it had a hint of truth, or was just plain funny - and taught us to see how often the two occur at the same time. She was a free spirit, ever longing for a still greater freedom. Survivors: In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Jim Loveland. She is survived by her children Laurie Cole and fiancée Gordon of Houston, TX, Brady Cole and his wife Kim of Center Valley, PA, and Patrick Cole of Barcelona, Spain, and her granddaughters Madeleine Cole and Kaitlin Cole of Center Valley, PA. Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00am at Norcross-Weber Funeral Home, 101 North Main Street, Coopersburg, PA. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Native American Heritage Association, https://www.naha-inc.org.

Transformation

F. D. Capobianco Dec 2016

Almost every neighborhood in Easton had a church and each church had a steady congregation. The worshipers shared common beliefs and often, a similar ethnicity, especially the Catholics. St Anthony of Padua was the Italian Catholic Church, St. Bernard’s mostly served the Irish Catholics, St. Michael’s was the Lithuanian church and, for the Orthodox, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite served the faithful Catholics of Syrian town.The Germans, Italians, and Irish on the South Side were taken care of by St. Joseph’s. Having an Italian father and a Lithuanian mother might have made anyone’s search for spirituality a difficult one, had it not been for his mother. She baptized him at Saint Michael’s and started his schooling in kindergarten at Saint Anthony’s where he returned for the catechism and his first communion. Saint Anthony’s was in the heart of Easton’s Italian neighborhood, so even the 5 a.m. mass on Sunday was well attended. It was the mass he had grown to prefer even though he did not understand the Latin liturgy service or Father Barbato’s Italian sermon. All that came later. For the time being, he accompanied his contemporaries in attending the 9 a.m. children’s Mass. They filled the first six rows of pews on the right side of the aisle, girls first, then boys and then the nuns, members of the Order of St. Francis de Sales, who made sure a strict rule of silence was maintained. He had deep respect and a sincere fondness for the holy sisters. Sister Rachel was his favorite. She was one of his former Kindergarten teachers and even though he moved on to public school for his formal education, he retained his reliance on St. Anthony’s and Sister Rachel for religious needs. Such a situation arose when he began noticing how realistic the statues of the saints were looking. The full sized figures, four on each side, lined the nave’s east and west walls. They stood on square pedestals that lifted them to just below the stained glass window sills. This positioning left little more than the dim glow of the devotional candles from the rear of the church to light their faces. Generous layers of accumulated dust coated the reproductions absorbing most of the ambient light. The Holy Mary aligned the right side of the altar. Saint Joseph was on the left. Each had a candle display. It was St. John Bosco’s soft gaze that seemed particularly real on the day that he decided to talk to Sister Rachel about it. She explained to the almost nine-year-old boy that her associate, Sister Frances, a talented artist, was restoring all the statues. "She works on them every Saturday morning." And "of course, Sister would be pleased" if he came "to watch her brightening them up." He left his house just after sunrise that Saturday heading west to 7th Street, taking a short cut up Pine Street through the alley past Leone’s Bakery to get to 8th Street and on to the church at 9th and Lehigh. He arrived to find the nun already working on St. Theresa of the Flowers. Both smiled down at him as he slipped into a nearby pew. The boy tended to be frightened of what he did not understand and always took a long time to find the meaning of something he did not instantly comprehend. He, therefore, was apt to see outward extremes and to suffer an inner emptiness. The Saints were his intercessors and his reconciliation. They remained so as he passed into adulthood and found delight in the regularity of his unfolding life until one day in January. Dr. Kim was still in surgery garb when he entered the waiting room for prospective fathers at Easton Hospital to tell the young man that his newborn baby girl was having "some problems." Several of the child’s organs had not fully developed, and her blood was incompatible with her mother’s. "She just came a little too early," the physician said almost apologetically. He promised "to do everything possible" for her. The young man was speechless and in agony. He struggled to comprehend what went wrong to cause this inversion of reality that left him no place to go? Unconsciously, he found the nearest seat in the room where he remained for four sleepless days and nights, locked in contemplative prayer, confused by this threat to his expectation for the perfection of goodness in his life. On the fifth day, he moved from an upholstered lounger to a metal folding chair that had been leaning against the wall in the hallway outside of the doors to the child’s treatment area. He needed to be as close as he could to the child to share his hope. For he knew, he believed, he honestly believed that suffering is not a sign of losing hope. "But then," he thought, "maybe she was too new to know that?" Who would, how could he tell her? Where could he go for help?" Continuing self-renunciation failed to dull the pain of his despair until he found the answer. Dawn was hours off as he arrived to find the doors to St. Anthony’s church locked. A nearby streetlight penetrated the darkness but cast no shadows. He stood at the entry to the house of worship, absorbed in the stillness of the bleak coldness of the night. Familiar images stirred in his mind. He visualized the baptismal fountain in the vestibule and could feel the holy water inside the inner doors of the church. The pews sprawled before him in the nave: the Saints stood on their pedestals along the outer walls of the church.Their warm, innocent smiles, the caring and clarity of their eyes, their flawless complexions; a vibrant scene created by a devoted nun’s divine talent and the memories of a distressed young man. He had placed himself in the presence of the Saints to ask for their intercession just as he had done years earlier. This time, he was not a child seeking forgiveness of venial sins. He was a grief-stricken grown-up seeking mercy for his daughter. Grieving is like praying, and he prayed asking nothing for himself and offering all his hope to his daughter. Grief led him to the steps of the church. Grief stirred the tears that welled from deep within his heart. Grief is the sorrowful price one pays when love ceases to bloom and the sensitivities of the heart have vanished. The anguished young man had rather lose his hope than she, her life. Daylight was breaking when he arrived back at the hospital. The corridors were empty as he returned to his place in the hallway to resume his vigil. No longer did the young man wait in grief. He was waiting in faith for word of his daughter’s progress. A renewed confidence sustained his patience, but his body surrendered to the toil of the ordeal. He slipped into an undisturbable slow-wave sleep and dreamt dreams of being at the church once again to thank the saints for their help. A little girl clung tightly to her father’s hand.

More of Marie Hicks Storm’s memories

December 12, 1999; Marjorie Rumbaugh called last evening, we indulged in our usual giggle session. We have been giggling since we met in first grade sometime around 1922 or 1923. We also enjoy remminising which prompts more giggles. Marjorie reminded me about chewing tar, a common pratice back in the "old days." There was mighty little concrete paving, the streets were paved with mcadam and tarring trucks were a common sight and good fresh warm tar was a delight.

From there we went to recalling our neighborhoods and some of the people. The horse chestnut trees on Spring Garden Street a nd on 2nd Street near the post office. It was great to collect the chestnuts on your walk to or from school. We shined them, carved them, tried to eat them, and just collected them for the fun of collecting and comparing our finds with friends collections. Some of the craftier kids made clever toys from them using match sticks and tooth picks for arms and legs, much as Mr. Potato Head which came much later and at a higher price. They were our Pokemons, and for free too. So many of our toys and collections were free. Collecting match covers was a big pasttime and flipping the covers "for keeps" was our first venture into the gambling world. Shooting marbles "for keeps" was another big pasttime and fun until you lost one of your precious migs or aggies to an opponent. Such traumatic experiences are probably the big reason I limited my losses at Las Vegas and Atlantic City to $10.00 per day. The last of the high rollers.

Speaking of money and cost of things then and now led us to recall the prices of many items, 5 cents beers or the large drafts for 10 cents, 5 cents cokes at Straupts Drugh Store. Tub butter, a hugh block of butter which came to the merchants in a tub and which he in turn cut off in chunks very close in weight to what you had requested. For a long time in the early years of my marriage tub butter was 27 cents per lb. One day when I went to market and ordered butter it had gone to 29 cents per lb. I was so incensed I immediately went to the store manager complaining about the unfair raise in price. What had really set me off was the fact that just minutes earlier I had seen that canned tuna had gone from 17 cents to 19 cents a can. Highway robbery I declared. This was in the days of 10 cents a loaf of bread, even when it was delivered to your door. A pound cake sold for 49 cents and one only needed 2 cents to by the Easton Express.

At some point in my childhood I recall that my mother fed a family of 5 very nicely for just $5 a week.We went to the 4th Streetr theatre on Saturday paying 10 cents admission which also got us a ticket for a showing on Tuesday, what adventure, two movies within just three days. These were silent movies but weren’t silent when the pianist started to pound away. It was usually a woman who sat at an upright piano placed right below the screen and on the floor in front of the stage. When the cowboys started to chase the indiand the piano heated up and the young people started to stomp and scream, chaos reigned.

There was no such rhing as credit cards. You either paid cash, used lay away or as was very common at the grocery "ran a book" which meant when you bought something the grocer marked it in a book and you paid him later. Like today some people owed the grocer their souls. Sometimes when the bill was too high and the customer didn’t pay at least a part of the tab the grocer cut them off. There was no interest involved.Of course there was also the installment plan for higher priced items. There you contracted to pay a given amount in given time periods. Again interest was rarely if ever involved. Later some of the larger stores offered charge accounts but still no credit cards.

Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward were the two big companies, most other businesses were locally owned and operated. There were several chain stores two of the most well known were A S Beck and Miles who sold all shoes for the same price. I recall that all Miles shoes were $2.98 a pair in the early days of their existence in Easton.A S Beck were priced $1 higher. There were also dress shops where all the dresses sold at the same price. Of course there were also more conventional stores for all kinds of merchandise.

In 1938 when Marcia was born I had begun seeing Dr. Donald Richards, an OBGYN, all through my pregnancy and paid him the handsome sum of $60 for the entire period which included some house calls after I was discharged. I stayed in the hospital for 10 days in a semi privat room (two people) that bill was also a total of $60. If Marcia had been a boy the Dr. would have charged an additional $10 to cover the circumcision. Unbelievable!

Note: I rememmber chewing tar. Some of us guys would climb over the stone wall at the end of South Fifth Street and climb down the hillside where we would go into a rock cave on the hillside. I would be scares to death to try and reach that cave today. I remember chewing tar to make it soft and with the soft tar put "LEN" on the wall of the cave. I wonder if it is still there? Also I remember the horse chestnuts. There was a chestnut tree just up from my home on South 5th Street. I remember they had a green spiney shell over the brown chestnut.We would pick them, hit them with a bat to see how far they would go and on occation fill our pockets with them. As we walked past a store that had a bushel of edible chestnuts out front we would unload our pockets into the basket. The editable and horse chestnuts looked very much alike so it was hard to tell them apart. They are called horse chestnuts because horses can eat them but they are toxic to humans. Len Buscemi

     

On the right, three edible chestnuts with their tassel or point showing; and on the right, two toxic horse chestnuts without a tassel or point. Never pick up a chestnut off the ground and eat it, Toxic horse chestnuts are often found on the ground because even animals don’t want to touch them.

By Rudy Miller

The Express-Times

The project is Da Vinci Science City, a museum and aquarium unveiled at a press conference Tuesday.

The museum would be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, featuring a 500,000-gallon saltwater tank.

"Yes. There will be sharks," said Lin Erickson, the executive director of the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. She called it a world-class museum that will position the Lehigh Valley as a leader in STEM education - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She said the current museum has outgrown its space in Allentown. The 175,000-square-foot museum proposed at the current site of the Days Inn hotel in Easton would allow the museum to triple its exhibit space. Plans call for 35,000 square feet of permanent exhibits focusing on local industries, health and nature. There will be 10,000 square feet for traveling exhibits, such as Harry Potter or Pixar, Erickson said. The museum would have a giant-screen immersive movie theater that would show first-run Hollywood films when the museum closes at night. Plans call for a 500-seat event center that could hold receptions for up to 800 people. It would have a creativity studio with a workshop for residents similar to a "fab lab" with 3D printers and laser cutters available to the public. City council has agreed to pay $5.9 million for the land for the project and to put up $24 million of the $130 million cost. The city has a year to study the proposal and can back away if it doesn’t look feasible. Easton will recoup its investment in the form of taxes and fees if the attraction gets 400,000 visitors a year, according to Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. It’s projected to draw 600,000. Extra revenue could help other tourist attractions, such as the State Theatre, and social services, such as homeless shelters. "The benefits are numerous, too many to mention," Panto said.

Note: This is at the intersection of South 3rd and Washington Streets next to the new City Hall /Parking Garage.

 

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