Papa’s World-Growing up Eldred Pa. – part Six.

GOOD MORNING

Eldred – a small community situated by the Allegheny River

Among the rolling hills know as the old mountain range

” The Allegheny Mountains “

I wrote a blog a short while ago –

about the title before there was ” STAND BY ME “

There was Eldred –

where everybody knows your name.

Bob – me ( Tom ) – Greg – Mike – John – Sully – Gerry – Gus and Pat

We were friends – we were buddies –

we had each others back

And we once took a little trip down that river .

Canoeing the Allegheny River
I believe our Sophomore year



Our little group grew and grew –

We were part of a national group known as The Exployer’s !

Raising money for our trips –

Staying out of trouble –

Almost all of my buddies belonged

And the younger kids started to follow.

Me – number 65

We played sports –

we were not into trouble –

we did not smoke – which back then was a big deal !

A few who did got kicked off the team.

We lived – played and grew up in a small Western Pa. town

close to the South Western New York border

where every one knew your name

In all the years before – and the years since –

The faces have changed –

the names also –

but to this day it remains

North Main Street

The little town – where every one knew your name

South Main Street

Of ELDRED PA .

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GROWING UP – ELDRED PA.

Before there was STAND BY ME –

There was ELDRED PA.

Papa’s World – Growing up – Eldred Pa. part four

The men of Eldred

I remember each and everyone of these men –

This was the volunteers for the fire department –

In every facet of my life growing up –

I most likely came in contact with them all at one time or other.

GROWING UP ELDRED PA. part four of Papa’s World.

Fire department
just down the street from my house

This was a busy building – where the men came together –

all volunteers and the ladies auxiliary also met.

And just across the street next to the Post Office was “SLAVINS ” !

Local hangout bar and meeting place for most of these people !

Run by Russ and Tootie Slavin – a local family –

who in each Slavin branch – all very good athletes

and known through NWPA !

I can remember every year – the firemen would come along the curb

in front of our house on North Main Street –

and with chalk would write and mark where each unit was to line up

and this would go all the way back to the Kendall bridge !

The MEMORIAL DAY PARADE marked the end of the school year

and the beginning of Summer !

The Kendall Bridge

I was always told that this bridge was one of only two –

The other I think was in Japan.

It was a two lane bridge – with a road coming off in the middle –

Spanning a railroad track – another road –

and a river running under it !

I do not know if that was true or not –

with a gas station ( Kendall) across from the entrance.

but it is still there today !

The parade back then and today – is always led by the veterans of the town

It seems like that number down through the years never dwindles.

For such a small town – ( 800 to 1000) people

It has provided the military of scores of men

in all the conflicts fighting for their country.

Terry – Ron – Freddie -Paul and Skeet
my brothers close friends

Two are now gone – three remain – four played baseball with my brother

Freddie was in the little league World Series.

Four played for my father

Ron and my father
Clarence Russel Fitzsimmons
known as Bob or Fitz

I was too young – I never went –

But there were families of friends who went every year

To far North in Canada fishing !

We had a old red barn down back –

three stories tall and a stable underneath –

I can still see in my mind

The red front and the big sliding gray door –

and to the left

DOZENS of fish heads nailed up on the wall

Muskie – Pike

Fish that they caught and brought home.

Roger went but I was born ten years younger

I never went but looked at hundreds of pictures !

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Growing up Eldred Pa.

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Papa’s World – Positive thinking – frame of mind!

Turning a negative into a positive

This has never happened to me – but – getting older – it might !

The FISH – well – all my grand daughter talks about is –

HAVING A BUNNY RABBIT !!!! LOL

Turn the negative into a positive –

Not so sure what the parents will think !

Remaining positive does take some work –

Looking past the negative to see the message –

and make it the best you can.

Words have hidden meanings –

One such word we had a long time ago where I worked –

” TEAM “

” Together – Employees – And – Management “

Positive thoughts –

Working to improve the situation –

Understanding –

Creating the process in your mind –

Leading others to think positive –

creates balance in your life –

Now – there is a limit for me –

I AM POSITIVE I CAN NOT SING –

But – of course with CLOSE friends –

and a beer and fireball –

well – they are FRIENDS ( Positive thinking there )

Remain Positive –

Think Positive –

Smile –

and have good thoughts –

Make it your day –

and pass it on !

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Papa’s World – Loudoun United coming !!!!

We have been following soccer for I guess 14 years –

Maddy was four when she started to play – then Ella !

Now – we will follow Maddy in college –

and continue to follow Ella in travel and H.S. soccer –

But – on 8 -9-19 – something new is about to happen !

And since I write this a week ahead of time –

last night –

it happened!

GOOD MORNING

We will have a professional soccer team about six miles away !

LOUDOUN UNITED SOCCER TEAM –

A farm team of D.C. United in Washington D.C.

Where players are developed – much as minor league baseball !

Site of new soccer field

Almost across from the Leesburg airport –

and part a huge soccer complex already there –

( where our grand daughter Maddy practiced for three years )

sits a complex of 12 to 16 soccer fields

And is part of Loudoun County !

Site work

It also contains a complex of base ball diamonds –

and both grass and turf fields.

Major tournaments both in baseball – softball

and soccer are played here

and is a hot bed for recruitment for soccer for college.

Beginning to take shape

A new four lane road with a traffic signal was built –

along with additional parking for over 700 cars –

along with lots already there for 700 cars.

More parking is in the plans !

In addition to the new stadium –

four more fields are being built

as part of the deal for the land with the county –

and two turf fields also will be built –

along with a state of the art training facility.

One of the turf fields will be for the pro team only

while the other fields will be for the County park.

Work progressing

We have known about this for some time –

as it has been in the news –

and Washington D.C. United –

just opened their new stadium –

which sits about a quarter mile from Nat’s Park

In the last two months !

So – big time Soccer is now here !

BLEACHERS

Being so close – instead of going into D.C. to Audi Field

we can jump in the car and be in the lot in 15 minutes –

of course traffic may become a problem and it will take longer

but still – to have this is just awesome !

Becoming a new fixture

Although Maddy will no longer be coming here for games and practice

There may be a chance that Ella’s travel team may play here.

Almost done

Our hope is to attend games –

and see some future players play in the big time.

Field is ready

This is a beautiful area –

and as the plan moves forward with the additional complex

It is a gold star for the County !

August 9 th. Professional Soccer came to Loudoun County !

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Papa’s World – “My fit bit isn’t recording my steps” !

For the last 4 or 5 years – I have heard this over and over !

Notice fit bit on wrist

Sherry tells me this all the time – my fit bit records differently than hers !

Even though we walk the same distance !

So – I swapped – I wore hers -she wore mine !

And she is right – I still recorded more steps !

Then she posted on face book asking if anyone knew WHY !!!!!

Well – you can imagine the response –

anything from she has longer legs – most likely true –

to I take more steps – untrue –

as we walked today and she was matching my stride –

and I still had plus 300 steps !

She is tall – I have her by a inch !

She has to swing her arms – I grabbed some books from the free trail library

I didn’t swing my arms carrying them – I still had more steps !

She has a much longer stride – there fore I take more steps !

PLEASE !!!!

So – how do you explain it ?

Some say calibrate the fit bit – she did –

still the same !

Now – like me –

when I walk by her computer –

( she tells me to stay away from it )

Something will happen –

It is just the way of my life !

So my theory –

IT SOMEHOW IS HER !!!!!

X FILES !!!

What I say

So – I tell her –

it is not how you got to the THREE PLUS MILES –

But the fact in the end –

it still is THREE PLUS MILES !!!!!

Now that goes over like a lead balloon –

But in the end – we both did the same distance –

And to be truthful

It just does not mean as much to me as it does to her –

sort of like my PHONE –

I only use it to talk to her or take pictures ! LOL

( by the way – it does the same things as my computer – it isn’t me )

So – today – she still thinks that I am not doing all those steps !

Of course – I just think –

” It isn’t me to question why – but for me to do or die “

So – I ask her first and adjust my steps according to what she says ! LOL

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Papa’s World – During the Summer – FOOD TRUCK’S

GOOD MORNING

Every other Thursday – during the Summer months –

Across from the Town Center – by the Legacy Park –

FOOD TRUCKS gather – 7 to 10 of them !

From 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

FOOD TRUCK THURSDAY
LEGACY PARK
BRAMBLETON TOWN CENTER

We have gone the last two times and have tried three different food trucks !

The cost is a little less than if you went to a restaurant –

And the meals are really good !

I had the Angus Organic beef burger
from this green and yellow food truck

I had the organic – grass feed Angus beef burger –

I would say it was almost a 1/2 pound bugger –

and almost no grease dripping !

Sherry had from another truck –

Pulled BBQ Pork – beans – mac and cheese and coleslaw-

Altogether on one plate –

And if you have ever been to Rochester N.Y.

Up there it is called a ” GARBAGE PLATE “

and for years and years the college students have raved over it !

Finding a bench in the park
Most tables and benches
in the park were already occupied
Early gathering of people

We did find a bench – a lot of people did the same thing we did!

We just sat down – no drinks – just our food – and watched the children play.

The food truck with grass fed – organic beef

I have to say – every other Thursday – we most likely will attend –

And – on opposite Thursdays – is live – open air –

stage entertainment – concerts !

This is all part of what they call the SUMMER SERIES festival.

You bring your lawn chair – they have some food trucks –

It is all blocked off and you get a ID wrist band –

only if you are purchasing a beer from the beer truck-

you can bring your own picnic

And from 7:00 to 9 PM. live music !

They erect a large stage

and each time – different music – for all ages.

Leaving the food trucks
and walking back to the car

This is just a part of our lives in Brambleton Va.

Listed as one of the top 25 community’s in the USA.

Walking back to the town center

The town center with other shopping – entertainment –

Movies – restaurants – banking – bars – groceries –

dry cleaning – parking garages – health center – etc.

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Papa’s World – Walking the Billy Goat Trail – Great Falls

On Sunday after church service and adult education –

Sherry said

” Lets do something ” !

She had told me to wear my walking sneakers –

She said we can go to one of three places –

Georgetown – some where in D.C.

or Great Falls !

Sherry & Tom at Great Falls

Now – 18 or 19 years ago –

we went there – and have not been back since –

So – I said – how far do I have to drive

and she looked it up –

six miles – DONE –

I do not want to drive into Georgetown or DC !

Great Falls

I had forgotten just how beautiful this place is !

A man in a Kayak trying to go up the rapids

You actually can pay and go down the river in huge rubber tubes –

There were people getting ready to do this but we missed them.

The Billy Goat trail

Somehow as we were climbing up and over and trough the rocks

on The Billy Goat Trail –

They had put in and gone on their way !

We did however see one lone Kayak trying to go up the rapids !

There were several places along the trail

That people were going to rope down !

Flood stages over the years

It is really hard to believe that where she is standing –

FLOOD WATERS !

A lot of these dates correspond to major storms and ice and snow melt !

Mather’s Gorge

The Billy Goat Trail is full of rocks and boulders such as you see here.

I found myself gingerly placing my feet down in order not to slip.

It was dry and very hot out – 95 degrees –

I do not think I would walk this after a good rain.

Being it would be extremely slippery !

Below is where they put the tubes in

Most of this trail stayed away from the gorge edge –

but had little side trails that you could walk out to see over –

often times you actually could stand on rocks – NOT ME !

One of three overlooks

There were Three major over looks that had walls waist high –

Those I did – and were quite safe !

There were volunteers constantly walking the trail and overlooks –

making sure everyone obeyed the park rules !

I was surprised that they actually let people repel over the sides

and climb back up again !

I do not know if you have to have a permit to do that ?

I did read where you had to check in and register !

Old growth trees along side the canal

In 1784 – a series of five canals were constructed

and are still there

The main path follows along right where the footpath was

George Washington presided over the effort to construct the canal

and after completion in 1802 –

it operated for 26 years .

Old growth trees along side the old canal

It would take three days to travel the old canal from Cumberland Md.

To Georgetown – a distance of 190 miles –

the boats were flat –

pointed at both ends –

75 feet long and 5 feet wide !

After arriving at Georgetown

most of the boats were

sold for lumber

and the boatmen would then walk back home !

This area was a major trade center between the Indians and the colony.

View of the river

I was also surprised to see all the area to have picnics !

There were many tables and grills –

A host of families – and wide open spaces – shaded by the old trees !

A very nice visitors center and bathrooms –

along with a concession stand where you could buy Hot dogs

Pizza – other food and ice cream bars etc.

A deer eating 20 feet from us

I hope you liked our little side trip to GREAT FALLS PARK

On the Virginia side !

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