Category Archives: Summertime

30 Sights, Sounds and Smells of a Duquesne Summer

It has been unmercifully hot the past few nights here in Ocean Pines. I cannot remember the last time we were able to sleep with our windows open at night. We’ve become so dependent on air conditioning, I often wonder … Continue reading

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Young Love – Kennywood Style

Ok, it’s time to get even more nostalgic than I have before. I freely admit to the fact that I will be crossing the “sappy” line with this posting. I was thinking about the impact that Kennywood had on my … Continue reading

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Duquesne’s Hot Fun in the Summertime

I spent the better part of yesterday at my office. The heat was so unbearable, that I decided to chill inside rather than attempt to get into my car and drive home. When I finally decided to go home, I … Continue reading

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The Ice Block

Here’s a quick memory jolt for you. Since our freezer was about the size of a breadbox when I was a child, the production of ice was limited to those little aluminum ice-cube trays. As a result, every very summer … Continue reading

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Summer Delights

As I walked through the supermarket this weekend, I was struck by the huge array of “treats, snacks and goodies” that it stocked. Judy had asked me to stop at the store and pick-up a few items since one of … Continue reading

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The Road to Great Valley and Beyond

After my last post about Eastland Mall, I began remembering so many other things about my family’s travels outside of Duquesne. By the mid-60’s, Duquesne was no longer a self-sustaining area. Because of the “demise” of a large portion of … Continue reading

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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

In 1963, Nat King Cole released a song that perfectly described how one should enjoy the summer. I can still remember my mom and dad listening to the radio on summer nights while the sat with their neighbors on our back patio. … Continue reading

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That Certain Summer

When I was seventeen It was a very good year It was a very good year for small town girls And soft summer nights – Ervin Drake I am fortunate to live in an area that is only minutes from … Continue reading

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Lesson Learned

I was driving through my neighborhood on the way to the office today and made an interesting observation. Ocean Pines, MD is a community that rests about 5 miles from Ocean City, MD. As a result, every summer, our tranquil … Continue reading

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Summertime Odds and Ends

Once again, I am offering a disjointed, unrealated bag of memories to you. Most of these little remeniscences relate to hot summer days in Duquesne, so I hope you enjoy. Pop Bottle Heaven At the corner of Texas Ave. and Mellon … Continue reading

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