August 30, 2011

my home town - unlucky’s gas station

As much as I bag on the fact that my hometown, home county, is in such sad shape.
I present this gas station that is near my home, it has been closed for the entirety of my life.
Sure it’ll open, but then close within 6 months.
I guess this cool little building, just has a bad case of the unlucky’s.

my home town - unlucky’s gas station

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August 29, 2011

my home town - sand blast

This place will sand blast things for you. It sits cross the road from Brady’s Run Park
A little used and very tree covered area. This is a very spooky part of the drive, morning or night. Many years ago a family friends daughter was murdered and her body was finally found in the park, as a 10 year old I hiked every road in the park after school with her father looking for her body for weeks. It took 10 years for her body to be found by a deer hunter, it was found just 5 feet off one of these roads…

my home town - sand blast

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August 26, 2011

my home town - water tower

Surprise!
Ok, so sometimes you think you know your back yard then this pops up!
I was trying to remember a short cut I used to know, but got lost.
As I am finding my way back home I see this funky shape sticking out of the woods.
I had no idea there was a water treatment facility tucked back in this part of town
With such a beautiful designed water tower.

my home town - water tower

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August 25, 2011

Dad - Warriors

Dad is talking with fellow warrior and Vietnam Vet Bob; Bob has Parkinson’s which he contacted
from Agent Orange while in country from 1965-66. Bob is such a positive force; it was great having him in the room during PT. Bob is one of the great people in our country.
UPDATE:
Dad is really doing great, walking around the PT with a walker.
Still has pain, but he is moving.

Dad - Warriors

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my birthday, my treat

Since I am back in my boyhood home helping my Dad recover,
I gave myself the best treat for my birthday.
Young’s Frozen Custard.
Only one, next to the dairy farm.
Simply the best!

my birthday, my treat

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August 24, 2011

my home town - country road

Ok it’s not all dark and foreboding here, jezzz.
I grew up out of town, not quite the country, but my playground was a huge forest
that started at my back door, creeks for crawfish, ponds for crappie, and woods for
Deer. Here is a country road that I took my neighbor Howard to get his car back from the shop.

my home town - country road

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August 23, 2011

my home town - rolling mill

This rolling mill is still open.
But only tens cars in the parking lot.

my home town - rolling mill

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August 22, 2011

my home town - col-fin

Just across the Falston Bridge is Col-Fin, they have always been open and it has always looked the same.
I’m not positive what they make, I think specialty screws and fasteners, but one thing is for sure they are
proud Americans that work in there.

my home town - col-fin

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August 21, 2011

my home town - fallston bridge

This small 2 lane bridge is the Fallston Bridge. It has a see-through metal deck, always as a kid this bridge was a thrill to cross because you could see the river below.
It is closed often now from time to time without notice…
Still a thrill to cross!

my home town - fallston bridge

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August 20, 2011

my home town - orams

Orams!
Thankfully not everything is gone.
The best donuts ever. I’ve travel many a place and nothing
can beat their chocolate cream filled!

my home town - orams

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August 19, 2011

my home town - papered storefront

One of many storefronts in the town of Beaver Falls.
The hometown of Football Hero Joe Namath, when Joe has a high school star,
Beaver Falls was the place to shop, even when I was a kid we came here,
It’s where I got my dress shoes as well as my baseball spikes.

my home town - papered storefront

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August 18, 2011

my home town - closed down

I have been back in my hometown to help my 87-year-old Dad recover form a broken hip and the resulting complications as well as looking after my mom. The trips I have made have been regulated from my boyhood home and the hospital or the nursing/rehab facility. In these travels I can witness the decline and decay of a once proud and vibrant
Beaver County, PA. The county at one point had 7 steel mills that produced the steel that built a large part this nation as well as well as other nations. Today not a single steel mill remains. Some people relocated, mostly the young, so what remains are the older residents and the ones who refused to leave, to proud or too something, they never left.
But what is left for them to do? From what I see…not much.
In the coming posts I will document what I see with my iPhone, the only camera I have
at my disposal.

my home town - closed down

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Dad - Van Ride

Yesterday was the first day to see light at the end of the tunnel.
Dad had an appointment with the Doctor who did his hip operation.
They did a x-ray of his hip and he was proclaimed:
S|P (R) hip ORIF
xray shows good position of components
continue PT

The van ride in the ambulance was fun too.

Dad - Van Ride

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August 09, 2011

Dad - PT

This morning Dad was working hard down in the PT
area of the Rehab facility. Just one person walking with him is
a major step forward. He just needs to stack good day on top
of good day.
All of the PT people are so good hearted and positive
to all of the patients, love watching talented people do their jobs!

Dad - PT

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Dad- Buddy

Well, they moved Dad to the Rehab facility on Friday night.
On Sunday Mom and I brought up Dads dog “Buddy”.
The very best Rehab therapy known to man is your pet.
Dad really seemed to turn a corner after Buddy visited him
all day.

Dad- Buddy

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