CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 27, 2011

Memories of Connellsville, Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MEMORIES OF CONNELLSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 

     It was a hot and muggy day…and so the weather was on the July day we moved to Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

     My husband Monte always insisted moving himself, using a rented van. When he backed up to the front porch to unload the van, he accidentally ran the tires over the neighbor’s grassy patch between the sidewalk and the street. The irate woman approached him, calming down some when he said he would repair the damage. As time went on, we developed a pretty good friendship.

     Meanwhile, the neighbor across the street, Tom, and his son Jared, helped Monte unload the truck. The neighorliness struck me positively after a difficult move.

     Over time our friendships on that block of West Washington Avenue grew strong. Eventually the neighbors across the street joined with us to sponsor a (more…)

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September 15, 2011

Memories of Fayette County, Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MEMORIES OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

     It was a hot and muggy day…and so the weather was on the July day we moved to Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

     My husband Monte always insisted moving himself, using a rented van. When he backed up to the front porch to unload the van, he accidentally ran the tires over the neighbor’s grassy patch between the sidewalk and the street. The irate woman approached him, calming down some when he said he would repair the damage. As time went on, we developed a pretty good friendship.

     Over time our friendships on that block of West Washington Avenue grew strong. Eventually the neighbors across the street joined with us to sponsor a foreign exchange student (we had the space, they had the teenage activities and fixed family meals). There were several years where we had the police barricade our block from traffic so we could enjoy block parties.

     Speaking of police, I must mention the wooden (more…)

August 7, 2011

Fayettenam (Pennsylvania)

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

FAYETTENAM (PENNSYLVANIA)

Fayettenam: nickname of Fayette County, Pennsylvania

     This nickname was jokingly bestowed on this Southwestern Pennsylvania, county forty years ago by state police, perhaps a mockery due to its crime and references to hillbilliesit seems like the punch lines never end, with bizarre crimes fueling bloggers, radio hosts and water-cooler chats.

     My first experiences while a new resident of Connellsville supported this aspect of Fayette County.

     Two weeks after my arrival a fire erupted in a house two blocks away. I watched from my porch as a car careened through a corner parking lot, then careened at high speed down the block, narrowly missing two children playing on the edge of the road. Then I walked to the fire. Being a journalist who covered fires and accidents in my previous community, I carried a camera. When I used it, a young man holding a baby came up to me and (more…)

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