Friday, August 31, 2012

Community Volunteer Fire Company of Valencia

Community Volunteer Fire Company, 66 Dambach Avenue, Valencia, Butler County, Pa. Part of the Adams Area Fire District (Butler County Company 42) along with the Mars Volunteer Fire Company since 2007. Station 1 houses AAFD's tower ladder, tanker, squad and air trailer. This is a nondescript building sitting across the railroad tracks in a small town, I had a hard time finding it.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Domino Sugar

Just across Inner Harbor sits the Domino Sugar refinery. The sign itself is neon. I'll need to visit again after dark for some cool reflection off the harbor pictures.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame

 Returning Oriole Hall of Famers, include 1. Julie Wagner, 2. Chris Hoiles, 3. Brady Anderson, 4. Tippy Martinez, 5. Scott McGregor, 6., 7. Boog Powell and 8. Al Bumbry.

 Dan Duquette, the Orioles GM, inducting Herb Armstrong award winner Walter Youse. That's Walter's Daughter sitting there waiting to accept.

Orioles GM, Dan Duquette and herb Armstrong award winner Walter Youse.

 Rick Dempsey helping Richie Dauer put on his Orioles Hall of Fame jacket.

 Richie Dauer, 2012 Oriole Hall of Fame inductee. Richie played 2nd base for the O's from 1976 to 1985. He holds the American League record for 86 consecutive errorless games and 425 straight errorless chances for a second basemen. Currently Richie id the 3rd base coach for the Rockies.

 Mike Mussina's acceptance speech.

 Mike Mussina pitched for the Orioles from 1992 to 2000, before leaving for the stinking Yankees.

Ceremonial first pitches by the 2012 Orioles hall of Fame inductees.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Some more action at the  butterfly bush. This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail wasn't camera shy. The Monarch got away again.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Charm City Win

 Steve Johnson with his first pitch of his second start. Final? Second win.

 Out at first.

 Caught in a pickle. Out.

 Adam Jones is safe back at first.

The win.

We spent Saturday evening in the nose bleed up above home plate. Actually a little higher than our paid for seats to be under the roof and out of the rain. The rain finally subsided and we went looking for food. (Old Bay Sausage) Not being able to find a view from the flag court we sat in a section in right field looking down the first base line. Eventually rain pushed us, again, under a roof for the last of the top of the ninth. Final score; Baltimore 8, Toronto 2.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Picture taken in the final days of the Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1's 129 East King Street Station.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Out With the Old

Along with the new drawbridge onto Chincoteague Island, Va. came the dismantling of the old drawbridge. I stopped by early one morning to watch the workers pulling the old pier posts out. Along with the post on the bottom picture was an old crab trap.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Billy McK's Bike Parking

An assortment of motorbike's cycles and scooters lined along Philadelphia City Hall by the William McKinley Statue.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Judy Johnson

William Julius "Judy" Johnson
October 26, 1899 - June 15, 1989
A resident of Delaware for nearly seventy five years, Judy Johmson was considered the best third baseman  of his day in the Negro League. After attending Howard High School he played with the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords between 1922 and 1938. A consistent .300 hitter, Judy hit .426 in 1929. Judy was the captain of the 1935 champion Crawfords team which also included Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston.  Following his playing career Judy remained involved in the game he loved as a coach, scout and mentor. Judy Johnson was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

This statue sits in front of Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, High Single A Minor League team of the Kansas City Royals.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Why They Call it a Butterfly Bush

Through the open kitchen window yesterday afternoon. There was also a Monarch who would not sit still.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Arendtsville Community Volunteer Fire Company, Inc

Arendtsville Community Volunteer Fire Company. Adams County Company 5. 48 Pearl Street, Arendtsville, Pa. Established in 1911. At this time I don't know much about this building. It looks to me like it either served another purpose at one time or maybe shared use with the fire department. ACVFC run approximately 250 call a year. Apparatus includes an engine, 65' tower, brush truck, QRS unit, utility and a UTV.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tank Battle!

Fourth of July battle on some random sidewalk. No, I'm not short of inspiration at all, why do you ask?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lucky Strike, Philly

Yes, a bowling alley in center city Philadelphia. Lucky Strike, at 1336 Chestnut Street, is actually a nightclub/ bowling alley franchise. Who would have thought of something like this?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Flying W Ranch

Seven Years ago my family and I , while visiting Colorado, spent an evening at the Flying W Ranch outside of Colorado Springs. Late this past June a wildfire burned in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. The fire, fed by high winds, moved quickly east burning more than 300 homes and the Flying W Ranch. The ranch turned to tourism in 1953 and started serving  chuck wagon suppers to visitors followed by a live concert by the Flying W Wranglers. The ranch also included an old west town and railroad. The owners have pledged to rebuild.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Left Lane Must Turn Left Chinatown Little Italy Williamsburg Bridge One Way

Northwest intersection of Grand Street and Chrystie Street in Chinatown NYC.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Doctor is In

This big doctor's house call bag sits outside of the Apex Medical Center in Stanton, Delaware. The actual address is 537 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware. It is easily seen from Route 7, southbound, north of Route 4. Just a guess, I say 10 feet tall, maybe 20 feet long.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Full of Hot Air

This is the balloon sponsored by the local country music radio station 104.7 WAYZ. This series shows the inflation starts with a big ole fan. Then the propane starts to burn and up it goes.