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Sneezes and Sniffles

Earlier this month I finally fell victim to the dreaded winter cold. Even though I took all of the required preventive measures (stay out of drafts, button your coat, put your gloves on, wash your hands, and take your vitamins) I nonetheless succumbed to that annual malady. First came the occasional sniffle, then a random [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:39+00:00 February 22nd, 2011|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Games We Played

When I attended St. Michael's Grammar School, we were allowed two fifteen minute recess breaks and a lunch break. We pretty much would count the minutes until recess or lunch, quickly ingest whatever snack or sandwich our moms packed in our lunch boxes, and head out for the schoolyard. Of course the boys and girls [...]

By | 2011-01-22T22:57:45+00:00 January 22nd, 2011|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Once Upon A Midnight Hour

When I was a child, Christmas seemed like more of a religious holiday than it does today. Throughout the four weeks leading up to December 25th we observed the liturgical season of Advent (from the Latin ad ventus - going before). During Advent, Catholic families are expected to reflect upon the upcoming birth of the [...]

By | 2010-12-22T22:58:28+00:00 December 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A few days ago I came across an old photo of the Derby Savings Bank. I?m sure you know the place, that large building spanning the corner of Main and Olivia Streets in Derby. Its imposing edifice is the official gateway to Derby as one crosses the Commodore Hull Bridge. That old photo brought back [...]

By | 2010-11-22T22:59:12+00:00 November 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

One Ringy-Dingy, Two Ringy-Dingys

I watch with amazement the way our young people go through their daily lives, connected as they are with the world around them through a tiny hand-held device that uses the term phone as an alias. Seems these little phones are everywhere, doing everything, for everybody. I?ll admit to owning one but it just takes [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:40+00:00 October 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Green, Yellow, Red

While the color sequence of green-yellow-red normally calls to mind the colors of a traffic light, at this time of year it brings back memories of three kinds of apples ? granny smith (green), golden delicious (yellow), and mackintosh (red). Every September our family would drive out to one of the farms in Orange where [...]

By | 2010-09-22T23:01:19+00:00 September 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

The Old Featherbed

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of sleeping on or under a featherbed let me explain briefly what it is. I found this definition on the internet and it explains to some extent what I?m talking about. ?Featherbeds are mattress toppers that provide extra cushion and comfort to the sleeper. Filled [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00 August 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Ice Cream With A Twist

Although the first Carvel Ice Cream store opened in 1953 in Glastonbury, I remember most vividly the first Carvel store in our valley. It was an all glass-front building located on the northbound side of Route 334 in Ansonia, just before Bridge Street crosses the river into downtown. Everyone in our family loves ice cream [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00 July 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Play Ball!

Let me state up front that I am not athletically inclined. I’ve never had a good sense of balance. Skating was not a pastime of my youth; nor was bicycle riding one of my accomplishments. Even today I have one of the three-wheeled bicycles with a large basket at the rear. My dad, who had [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00 June 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Look At the Birdie

From the time I was old enough to hold up my head I can recall that my dad was holding a camera for me to smile into. As proof of that I have boxes of old photos that chronicle my life from the time I was born. It only seemed natural therefore for me to [...]

By | 2010-05-22T23:04:27+00:00 May 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments