Thursday, June 30, 2011

St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Coaldale

Today I offer another church. This is St. Mary's Orthodox Church on the corner of East Philips and First Street in Coaldale. This is the Russian Church. These seven blue cupolas have been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I posted a picture years ago here that included these blue tops. I can't quite read the cornerstone but I think I gather that the church was formed in 1909 and the building built in 1913. The cupolas were repainted and the crosses were gold plated in 2009.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

King Midas Flour (PG 170)

Keeping with ThemeWeek: PA Coal Country and getting a new Painted Gentleman out there I found this King Midas Flour ad on the side of the Coaldale Borough garage at Fifth and West Water Street. King Midas flour has been around since the early 1900's and still hold on today. It is now owned by ConAgra, This ad has graced the garage for as long as I can remember. Obviously someone is taking care of it. These ads were most likely from the 1930's or 1940's.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ss Cyril & Methodius R. C. Church, Coaldale

Rimsko Katolicky Slovensky Kostel, Ss Cyrila a Metoda.

This is one of the many churches I found that were closed up and consolidated to a single all serving church in Lansford. I had also mentioned the ethnic churches in this area. This is, as the first line of this post says, the Slovak Roman Catholic Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. This was the family church. My Great Grandparents lived across the street. They were straight out of the old country. My Grandparents lived across the back alley from them. I even made an official visit here at about 2 1/2 months of age. Located on East Ruddle Street between Forth and Fifth Streets, the cornerstone mentions the founding of this church in 1920 and the building of this sanctuary in 1923. But in 2008 the Allentown Diocese, in a restructuring move, closed this church and many others.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Streets of Coaldale

ThemeWeek: Pennsylvania Coal Country. For the third year now, on Father's Day, I go for a ride somewhere, spend the day taking pictures and soaking in the area. By myself. This year I chose to return to the Coal Region of Schuylkill and Carbon Counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. An area I sort of grew up in. An area I haven't seen in nearly 13 years. Today it is Coaldale, my mother's hometown. This place was depressed when I was a kid and it seems to have lost some of the life it had back then. The streets all still looked the same. The same potholes still need filled, the streets that needed paved 15 years ago still need paved. Very little was new, for the most part what once was is now gone. All the Catholic churches in Coaldale had be shuttered, all but one in Lansford have closed up. Along with several Protestant churches. I can remember all the ethnic churches. Now it's all one. And that one is in the next town down the road. I found these to be the real focus of my day.

Stop back for more as the week goes by.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Another of the Fifteens

Found this guy on the side of West End Fire and Rescue's Squad. I believe this guy is the guy I pictured when I saw Lansford's guy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Meet the Fifteens

OMG, Like separated at birth. They are the Fabulous Fire Fighting Fifteens. The top fellow is from the American Fire Company No. 1 in Lansford. Carbon County 15. Then there is the second guy, he's from West End Fire and Rescue in Shippensburg. Franklin County Company 15. And Me? I'm Haney from the Outskirts of Suburbia. Sorry, I don't have a resent picture of myself but you can take my word I look just like these guys. Three of a kind I tell you. And this is post number 15 Hundred!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Somewhere Over Shippensburg

Not just somewhere, this is the intersection of East King Street and Prince Street. I swung into the firehouse last night but ended up waiting out a short downpour. From my position on the front bumper of the pumper I couldn't see too far east. When I went to leave, though, this is the view I was treated with. Coming up from Washington Street and arching up over the Presbyterian Church. And if you look to the upper left of the picture you will see parts of the twin inverted rainbow above it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

One Sunset To Go, Please

These were taken from the passenger seat while out driving around. I didn't think you would want me posting the ones that signs ended up on because we were driving around taking pictures out of the passenger's window.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park on Mount Dessert Island in Maine was a hit or miss visit when the family vacationed there two years ago. Being the beginning of July one would expect warmer temperatures. One would be wrong. Most days on the island we were sweatshirted up until lunch time. 60 degrees was what it warmed up to by 10 or 11 AM. And forget about views, a constant fog kept the sightseeing close. I still found things to do while the rest of the truck was busy trying to find and take advantage of every square inch of cell service the could twist themselves into. Finally on the next to last day the skies opened enough to show off what so many people had told us about. What a view. The third pictures shows the town of Bar Harbor and to the left is Bar Island. The last picture was the view from Cadillac Mountain on our second day of sightseeing.

(D.O.E. +28)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Powers that Be

Days like this I'm so glad I am not an electrician.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Barn on Furnace Hollow Road

This is an old barn that sits outside of Walnut Bottom, Pa. on Furnace Hollow Road right before you start hitting all of the trees of the state forest lands. Years ago before technology stole our lives we used to drive around spotlighting deer (legally) and these fields and the ones across the road were guaranteed hot spots. Of course that was in the dating days BK (Before Kids).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

23. Cumberland County Fire & EMS Stations

Lots of participation this week, thanks. First station is Hampden Township Fire Company, Station 1. Cumberland County Company 30. Situated at 1200 Good Hope Road, Mechanicsburg this station was just built in 2008 (I think). The old station sat in front of this one. Apparatus at the Northside Station includes Engine 1-30, Engine 4-30 and Truck 30. Station 2, the Southside Station, was featured on Name that Station 21. The second is a station I'm surer that less than maybe two regulars here have seen. This is East Pennsboro Ambulance Service, Inc., located in the township building off of 750 Humer Street in Enola. In 1987 the West Enola Fire Company and Summerdale Fire Company merged their ambulance services to form the EPAS. By 2002 EPAS was a stand alone organization.

ps: on a side note, I have a Flickr account that I have all my Fire Stations posted on. I have them categorized by county or state. On a normal day I get 0-20 of my pictures viewed. On a good day I may get as many as 50 views! So far today (we're 15 hours in already by GMT) I have over 1500 views. Holy Crap!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Name that Station 23

Two weeks in a row. A reminder of the rules, these are fire and EMS stations, old, current or future. They, for the most part, are located in Cumberland and/or Franklin Counties right here in Pennsylvania. Answers at 12:01 AM Saturday morning.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Moonshine and overexposure. Taking picture of the moon can be very deceiving. It's dark so you think, "slow shutter". But the moon is actually very very bright. But if you speed up the shutter you lose all the landscape around it. So I set the camera on a tripod and used the self timer so I wouldn't move or shake the set up. Set the camera settings to f5.6 and ISO 100. Top picture is at 4/10 of a second, the next is at 1/100 second and the third at 4 seconds. The last two are at 2 seconds and 1/125 second.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coogan's NYC (PG 169)

I found another Painted Gentleman from last February in Chinatown. The tough part about one like this is trying to figure out just what it says. Letter by letter I decoded that the word painted on top in COOGAN'S. Under that I see the work CHEW on the left and VIRGINIA on the right. And a large yellow thing. Is this a Mail Pouch building in New York City? Mail Pouch is from Wheeling, West Virginia and used that in their advertising along with the word Chew. Sorry though, I don't remember where this was. It was after the parade when we were walking around and before we headed for the car. I just know it is in Chinatown.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apply at Office

Just a sign I've seen over and over and thought, "That would make a cool picture." A little over contrasted. A little over saturated. A little bright. A little rusty.