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Shrek II

Nedrow, NY

#104 May 22, 2008
I live in upstate NY but visited Altoona yearly with my ex-husband who was a railfan. I always thought the area was fantastic, nice people, lots of business; very sad to see that it appears the area has gone downhill. Loved shopping on Pleasant Valley Blvd, even going to that little Station Mall.
Alexia Katz

Indianapolis, IN

#105 May 26, 2008
"I remember Cross's ice cream as well. I miss that and several other childhood memories I have of Altoona, prospect park, prospect pool, Baker Mansion, trips "up the mountain" to Glendale for camping"

Wow!! Switch Memorial Pool for Prospect Park and you have my memories exactly.:-)

I am so very saddened to hear about Altoona's troubles. We moved away in 1971 after having lived there for nearly 11 years, first on 26th avenue near Juniata, then up on 11th street & 27th avenue. I went to Fairview for Kindergarten, St. Theresa's for 1 - 6, and Keith for 7th. All gone now, as I understand.

My Mom & I were just talking the other day about how much my late Father loved Altoona and the PRR Railroad and how he and other young (then!) men on the Altoona Redevelopement Authority fought so hard to keep the Mischler (?)Theatre from being torn down back in the 60's. I also remember them getting all gussied up to go to Erculiani's (sp?). That was back in tghe day when going out to dinner was a REAL BIG THING :-).
BJH10956

Altoona, PA

#106 May 29, 2008
I agree with you 100%. Our city has gone downhill since they brought all the drug rehab pepole in here. Not to mention the lives it has ruined. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I graduated in 1974 from AAHS. Went to Logan Jr. High. Do you remember cross' ice cream. Boy that was good stuff.Now I am half afraid to even go to that neighborhood. It sure is sad. Wish there was a way to turn it around, but not with the people we have in charge that seem to be only in it for the money. Thanks again.
Barb
DeDee wrote:
I grew up here in Altoona. I remember roller skating at the Jaffa,the best french fries at the Super 220 Drive In and Herb's Drive In Our first Fast food,(20 cent hamburgers, 15 cent fries and 10 cent cokes). Shaheen's confectionary store with juke box and vanilla cokes and the best hot dogs..Miller Grade School where, I went all six years...the Arandale Elks building stands where Miller School once stood....I remember frosty mugs of root beer at Grant's five and dime and Traub's toy store,,,and Santa Claus and chocolate frostys at Gables.and singing with the cherub choir from our church (FLC) at Christmas time.I love Altoona, it is my home, I still live and work here..but I am sad when I think of what has happened to our city in the last several years..This year Altoona Area High School granduated their smallest class since 1929..That tells us something doesn't it...I miss the town where we kept our doors open all the time, and neighbors took pride in their nieghborhood and the up keep of their homes...Our City fathers have allowed the influx of undesirables into our once safe and comfortable city..I am careful not to drive into certain parts of Altoona even during the daytime hours...I am horrified and dismayed at the peril that they have put our citizens in by allowing these people to move here..I do think that our city police are doing evertyhing they can...and I don't envy them their job, the are in harms way each time they leave their homes to go to work..They need our respect and support...as for our city Fathers...get busy...and clean up our town...repair the past mistakes of opening up Altoona as a drug and crime haven for lowlifes...Like the Pied Piper you have lead the rats into our city...now undo it...so we can reclaim our fair city and return Altoona, to the once peaceful town it used to be where people can live without fear...
Heather from tx

Uniontown, PA

#107 Jun 3, 2008
The bridge view needs torn down get rid of the drug dealers fix up run down homes get rid of slum lords maybe Altoona will be a better place.
nancy

AOL

#108 Jul 15, 2008
Nostalgic wrote:
<quoted text> I loved Luigetta's salad. Fortunately somebody has given me the recipe for the dressing! Was the bakery near there?
can i get that recipe for salad, cant afford gas and salad at 5.00 now for granddaughter that really loves that salad shes 11 yrs old . thx
nancy

AOL

#109 Jul 15, 2008
jbjb wrote:
Cross's sold out to a guy named Pavlick, he ran it for awhile. I have no idea if its still in operation, my next trip up to Altoona I am going to make a point of checking it out
if you're talking about cross s on 1st st and 5th av. dutch owns that now, its a second hand store.
Nostalgic

Clementon, NJ

#110 Jul 15, 2008
nancy wrote:
<quoted text>can i get that recipe for salad, cant afford gas and salad at 5.00 now for granddaughter that really loves that salad shes 11 yrs old . thx
1 package Au Jus
2 cups oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 TBS Accent
2 Tbs garlic salt or 1 tbs garlic powder and 1 tbs salt

ENJOY!!
david

Bellwood, PA

#111 Jul 19, 2008
is this altoona or central pa chat?
david

Bellwood, PA

#112 Jul 19, 2008
i'm not in dysart!!! altoona!!
jule321

Rheems, PA

#113 Jul 20, 2008
Nostalgic wrote:
<quoted text> I loved Luigetta's salad. Fortunately somebody has given me the recipe for the dressing! Was the bakery near there?
I moved away to Indianapolis 8 years ago and still crave that lovely taste. I always pick up a case when I am in town at the Hollidaysburg shop. I am pregnant now and would LOVE to make some since I won't been traveling for a while. Would you share your recipe? PLEASE?! [email protected]
jule321

Rheems, PA

#114 Jul 20, 2008
Ok I'm dumb - didn't see the recipe posted. Is the package of au jus the recipe calls for the same as the McCormick® Au Jus Gravy Mix? Thanks!!
Nostalgic

Clementon, NJ

#115 Jul 21, 2008
jule321 wrote:
Ok I'm dumb - didn't see the recipe posted. Is the package of au jus the recipe calls for the same as the McCormick® Au Jus Gravy Mix? Thanks!!

Yes, this is what Im talking about. I'm not sure if this is the EXACT recipe. It tastes close enough to me! Enjoy!
maybe

Uniontown, PA

#116 Jul 26, 2008
I heard altoona police was tied up friday night due to picking people up with warrants for drug charges.Who all got picked up,with what?
Maybe if altoona police does sweeps more often altoona may be a nice place to live.
orologio

Virginia Beach, VA

#117 Jul 26, 2008
i remewmber everything just ask me!!! my dad bartered with himey in shulmans to get my sneakers for basketball and my cleets for football, i ate at woodys use to be charlie and katherens on 1st street how about ice cream remember ice cream on 1st street? olivos italian rest. lenas i went to catholic high had to go to 2 buldings 11th street and then pleasnant valley i grew up on 9th and 8th avenue italian haven mt carmel church geez what memories nothing ever stays the same though had to leave for a job been gone 39 years but come back to visit. contact me at [email protected]

“What a Beautiful Day”

Since: Apr 08

United States

#118 Jul 31, 2008
I have just scanned over the local paper and saw where even the police are "in trouble" with the law....the people who are to be protecting us are destroying themselves.....one more reason I have NO desire to come back to PA....least of all Central PA.....I will NEVER raise my children there....it is becoming a horrible place
bbb

Uniontown, PA

#119 Aug 3, 2008
Shrek II wrote:
I live in upstate NY but visited Altoona yearly with my ex-husband who was a railfan. I always thought the area was fantastic, nice people, lots of business; very sad to see that it appears the area has gone downhill. Loved shopping on Pleasant Valley Blvd, even going to that little Station Mall.
I miss the station mall.Sad doctors took it over.Hills was the best store ever.
Ron Boore

Hughesville, PA

#120 Aug 15, 2008
jfb150 wrote:
I am lookin for class of 82' grads or anyone that grew up around prospect park
I grew up on 4th ave and 8th strret till 6th grade then moved over by the jaffa. contact through [email protected]
Amie

Los Angeles, CA

#121 Aug 18, 2008
I spent most of my years in altoona, went to hollidaysburgh school but then after got in with the altoona crowd, I have finaly moved away but I still go back to viset..Altoona has gotten horrible I hate all the violence and drugs there now...Thats why I moved away..
orologio3435

Virginia Beach, VA

#122 Sep 10, 2008
does anyone have recipie for that dressing at woodys i cant get back to eat there jeez those sandwhiches are good email it to me please [email protected]
BUTCH MARTZ

AOL

#123 Oct 1, 2008
hi my name is butchie im looking for a women to hang out with and just have some fun im a lonly guy just want a wome that knows how to treat a man

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