do you remember? (wilmington style)
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Townie

Danvers, MA

#359 Feb 5, 2015
rainydaywomn43 wrote:
where was candle pin bowling?
stellios was a dump and the roof leaked, but i guess the food was good.
i remember a carnival that avco had once(74-5?)..my hs boyfriend worked there for a while mowing the lawn, and he won me a rubber gorrila.
i had mr scanlon but i never had mr kelly..he was a math teacher right?? i didnt take math.
i remember when ccd was moved over to the high school.
Bowling was down on Rt. 38 toward Woburn on the left before the town dump. It became Hampshire Press.
Townie

Danvers, MA

#360 Feb 5, 2015
old friend wrote:
wasn't there a hotdog place in wilmington that was kind of shaped like doxin??? is sweet hearts still there??
didn't spend much time there but had friends from girl scouts that lived there. 72/76?
It was called Ricky's Dog House
Rin68nyr

Wilmington, MA

#361 Feb 21, 2015
dlsh wrote:
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The bowling alley was where New Hampshire press is now. Food at Stellios was good and plentiful. Escape high school without Mr. Scanlon who had my older sister and brothers! Had Mr. Lynch for Math and learned all about the Bruins.
Can anyone give me information on the Bowling alley? My 3rd grader is doing a Wilmington project on it, and he needs at least 5 facts. We haven't found much on it at all.
Linda

Hudson, FL

#362 Feb 24, 2015
I remember watching the train from my livingroom window. Weinbergs was childhood fun. Talking on the CB radio all night in the summers. Cheap lunch at kittys. Going to Bishops in Lawrence. Camping in NH and it rained the whole week. Driving out to Hampton/Salsbury to see bands. Shopping in Salem at Butcher boys and Keiley Farms. Buying produce on the side of the road and putting the cash in a coffee can left on the produce table. Honor system. Going out for ice cream at friendlys or rosedale farm or DQ. Figure skating at the rink. Leaving the doors and windows unlocked. Mrs. Parks and her 21 children. Cow pastures and pig farms on Ballardvale St. before Gillette and compugraphic. Going to the dentist and getting a drugstore icecream coupon each time and not being able to get it because I just had a fresh filling (never with anesthetic). Teachers.....Mrs Weisberg, awesome Mr. Simmons and his koala Chumbly. Wishing I never Moved to Florida, even in January. XOXOX
Linda

Hudson, FL

#363 Feb 24, 2015
Living Large wrote:
<quoted text>Does Wilmington have any bars?
I cannot remember there being one.
Tewksbury and Billerica had plenty of lounges.
I know Wilmington wasn't dry but cannot remember any drinking hangouts.
Hey ... does anyone remember Leaky Lane down by the lake near the rail road tracks?
Wilmington was a dry town as I remember it. I was surprised to see wine at Elias the last time I went so maybe it isn't now but in the seventies it sure was. After living several states away I realize what a GOOD GOOD town it was. The schools were amazingly better than other states. I was several grades ahead of Florida education when I moved there in 5th grade. When I needed a copy of my birth certificate real quick I called Wilmington town hall and told them I needed it ASAP because of very important reasons and they mailed it that second. I asked if I had to wait till they got my check and they said no....we know you will send it.....you are from Wilmington. We trust you. Geeezzz try that in any other town in the nation. Wilmington people are very different. Very educated, sweet, good people. Maybe a few select jerks, but on the most part damnnn good people.
Linda

Hudson, FL

#364 Feb 24, 2015
Crazy-Too wrote:
Does anyone know the Murphy's, Herra's, Downs or Anderson's?
Donna Murphy and Pennilynn Anderson were my friends. Murphys lived on 62/salem st. and Andersons owned D&D Gulf gas station. Donald and Doug. Both were very nice families.
galpal

Newmarket, NH

#365 Jul 18, 2015
Calister wrote:
How 'bout Sunnyhurst Farms? "Harry" the pharmacist in North Wilmington, who would deliver your Rx!
I remember Harry Sandler...nicest guy ever... good friends with our family..particularly my Dad. one day Harry gave my brother a little stuffed dog while we were at the pharmacy, so on the way home, my brother named it "Harry" in honor of him...well, the phone rang later on that rainy afternoon while my Mom and baby brother were curled up with his stuffed animal watching some tv
. It was my Dad looking for my brother, to which he replied, "Mom's in bed with Harry :
galpal

Newmarket, NH

#366 Jul 18, 2015
Brian McCue wrote:
We moved out of Wilmington from Columbia St in 1975 to Florida. However, I remember:
The small news store (Ames) uptown. My aunt used to work there.
Weinbergs - plastic containers full of candy and Quoddy moccasins.
Church St hardware
Father Mackin (scary guy)
Hanging out at the old Fire Station
The Fire Horn
Walker School
Mrs. Kevil (I was terrified of this teacher at the Walker school when I was in 1st grade).
The Bog
Rice's Pond where we played hockey
Ricky's Dog House
Jack in the Box
Many Many other fond memories....
I

In response to the comment about Fr, Mackin, I actually remember a sermon he told on Mother's Day about a young man who refused to get his Mom her paper on the stoop of her 2nd floor apartment and how she rolled out in her wheelchair, rolled down the stairs and died. The first time he told it my family was horrified.....the second year he told it anew, we thought, "Oh no, not another one...(woman dying in a wheelchair)..By the third time he told it...and he told it like it just happened again...we were all trying not to laugh because we were starting to think he probably made it up, since he told the story once again as if it just happened....we left St Thomas that day convinced we were all going to burn in Hell.
Sadie

Wake Forest, NC

#367 Aug 13, 2015
Was there ever a drowning or some sort of accident on the bride where people fell in? Back in 1969 or so...if anyone remembers please let me know
Diane Connolly Rider

Gilford, NH

#368 Sep 10, 2015
Elia's Country Store (where my sister and I took a candy bar and had to walk back to return it) and Rocco's Pizza with the "rock" exterior? They are still there! My early childhood was lived on Cedarcrest Rd.
mustanglester67

United States

#369 Dec 6, 2015
My Dad grew up in Wilmington and tewksbury,I'm trying to find out some info on a head on crash he had I believe it was in Wilmington,not sure of the year,1968 / 1972 maybe, his name was Lester Jewer.My grandmother lived in the little house beside the dinner on rt. 38. Remember tatersalts store, great times back then.
Tom M

United States

#371 Jan 26, 2016
Linda wrote:
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Wilmington was a dry town as I remember it. I was surprised to see wine at Elias the last time I went so maybe it isn't now but in the seventies it sure was. After living several states away I realize what a GOOD GOOD town it was. The schools were amazingly better than other states. I was several grades ahead of Florida education when I moved there in 5th grade. When I needed a copy of my birth certificate real quick I called Wilmington town hall and told them I needed it ASAP because of very important reasons and they mailed it that second. I asked if I had to wait till they got my check and they said no....we know you will send it.....you are from Wilmington. We trust you. Geeezzz try that in any other town in the nation. Wilmington people are very different. Very educated, sweet, good people. Maybe a few select jerks, but on the most part damnnn good people.
Wilmington was not Dry town. We had the liquor store at the Plaza and at Lucci's market
jack coyle lowell

Seattle, WA

#372 Mar 6, 2016
fijidot wrote:
rainydaywoman43
funny how many kids worked at Sweethearts back in the day. I am in healthcare too, i am the brief case carrying, suit wearing, sneaker carrying person who works in boston, but no longer takes public transportation. That pays the bills, on weekends I am the torn jeans biker lady who loves to go to NH and hike..two differnt worlds.
My brothers last name was Harnish. All of us moved out of wilmington right after high school.
I am trying to remember the women who taught office machines, she was very old when I graduated so probably not still there when you took general office.
i was in boot camp with harnish brothers there parents owned the holiday inn in tewksbury
jack coyle lowell

Seattle, WA

#373 Mar 6, 2016
Crazy-Too wrote:
<quoted text>LOL
sully i like your style
jwb

Lincoln, NH

#374 Apr 7, 2016
How about Big Joe's Subs. I think he is still there and was there in the 60's

Ralph the Barber next to the pharmacy

Wilmington Pharmacy with the soda fountain ( best tuna sandwiches)

DR Wallent ( dentist) a strange one

I went to Woburn st Elementary
Airgoz

Stamford, CT

#375 May 19, 2017
rainydaywoman43 wrote:
ah yes tattersalls.crowds of barefoot and tanned kids from the beach crowding in picking out candy.me one of them. walking back to silver lake with our goodies.running up to the ice cream truck and the ice cream would be melting before we even got back to the blankets. wearing id tags for residency and lending them to our relatives. making us get out of the water so that the guards could check our tags.getting stuck in the smelly bath house during a lightening storm.having to ride my bike home in it because the lifeguards closed the beachhouse.
looking out over the beach and looking out at that big house on the other side. listening to our radio shack transistor radios and getting all the info on what top 40 songs were hot. people watching and naming people we didnt know. there was the weird love american style guy(he also drove a taxi in town) and the very old man who would swim extremly slowly.my brother was a life guard there for most of the 70s and i knew all the lifeguards. life was fun.
If interested in wilmington history I have a place you can check out with photo of the old stomping grounds.
http://localhistory.wilmlibrary.org/...
Airgoz

Stamford, CT

#376 May 19, 2017
If interested I started a Facebook page that talks about Wilmington history and stories.
https://m.facebook.com/groups/415319358822315...
DBradbury

Medway, MA

#377 Jun 4, 2017
Does anyone remember the priests name that was at Immaculate Conception Church around 1970-1976? When things were really bad for my family he was there for us and if he is alive I would like to thank him. I was only 11 at the time but I always remember his kindness.
Vern

Woburn, MA

#378 Sunday Jul 23
Vern wrote:
Yeah ... I remember Mr. Kelly.
Remember Joe's cab?
I drove for him nights and weekends for a couple of years. Is Joe Balasterie still around?
He has passed. Some time ago, maybe right around when u first posted. He was my neighbor. My parents still live next door. My dad said he used to be the town dog catcher before the cab business.

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