“memories only” of new kensington and...

“memories only” of new kensington and local areas

Posted in the New Kensington Forum

First Prev
of 88
Next Last

“Ken Hi and Springdale Hi”

Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#1 Jan 16, 2010
“MEMORIES ONLY” OF NEW KENSINGTON AND LOCAL AREAS
On August 4TH, 2007 Georgia Mannarino started a thread titled “Remember New Kensington.” It grew and grew, with wonderful stories about the past in New Kensington and the local areas. A lot of people who grew up there reconnected with old friends, and swapped stories for all of us to enjoy. I discovered the thread early in July of 2008 and entered my first post (I am on the thirteenth page, my lucky #. I was born on the thirteenth of Sept.) I, of course, read all of the posts up until I made my first post.
Now, after two and a half wonderful, fun filled years the thread took a turn for the worse. I was saddened to see the “Remember New Kensington?” thread go in such a negative direction. I posted some of my thoughts and said my goodbyes, decided I would try to find the people who enjoyed talking about their memories of the past and leave their opinions for the other threads on the Internet.
I got involved in one of those negative threads when I first started, but once I realized the stupidity of them, I stopped going there. I guess if it hadn’t said New Kensington I wouldn’t have found it. I have a website about New Kensington (Ken Hi) and one about Springdale High, so I was probably checking to see my position on the search engines.
I posted a story about “Trolls” who like to agitate people on threads in order to get reactions and suck people into their trap. I advised everyone to ignore them and not get sucked into their negativity. It worked for a while. Sometimes it is hard not to react to those negative comments, but if you think about it, you are much stronger for not answering them. If you feel you can’t resist, simply go to one of those other threads, you will find those same people there, and you can fall into the trap of venting your feelings with them. Keep this thread clean.
HAPPY MEMORIES.- Sam
tubby

Naples, FL

#2 Jan 17, 2010
Parsec Sam wrote:
“MEMORIES ONLY” OF NEW KENSINGTON AND LOCAL AREAS
On August 4TH, 2007 Georgia Mannarino started a thread titled “Remember New Kensington.” It grew and grew, with wonderful stories about the past in New Kensington and the local areas. A lot of people who grew up there reconnected with old friends, and swapped stories for all of us to enjoy. I discovered the thread early in July of 2008 and entered my first post (I am on the thirteenth page, my lucky #. I was born on the thirteenth of Sept.) I, of course, read all of the posts up until I made my first post.
Now, after two and a half wonderful, fun filled years the thread took a turn for the worse. I was saddened to see the “Remember New Kensington?” thread go in such a negative direction. I posted some of my thoughts and said my goodbyes, decided I would try to find the people who enjoyed talking about their memories of the past and leave their opinions for the other threads on the Internet.
I got involved in one of those negative threads when I first started, but once I realized the stupidity of them, I stopped going there. I guess if it hadn’t said New Kensington I wouldn’t have found it. I have a website about New Kensington (Ken Hi) and one about Springdale High, so I was probably checking to see my position on the search engines.
I posted a story about “Trolls” who like to agitate people on threads in order to get reactions and suck people into their trap. I advised everyone to ignore them and not get sucked into their negativity. It worked for a while. Sometimes it is hard not to react to those negative comments, but if you think about it, you are much stronger for not answering them. If you feel you can’t resist, simply go to one of those other threads, you will find those same people there, and you can fall into the trap of venting your feelings with them. Keep this thread clean.
HAPPY MEMORIES.- Sam
Some of my memories Rustic Inn fridays after football games big plate of fries with gravy 75 cents. Best sodas and barbque Isalys Best burger Peckys on homemade syrian bread with fries about $1.50 Liberty theatre (I got in for small price 25 cents) as I was only about 5ft as a senior. Got stopped in hall at Ken Hi had to take teacher on moniter duty to my home room she thought I was playing in halls. Didnt believe I was a senior. Oh and best bananna split no contest Hermans Nut Shop 75 cents. I could take girl to show get popcorn coke candy bananna split and shell out about 3 or 4 dollars. Ohh thoese were the days Tubby

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#3 Jan 17, 2010
All of the memories stirred by the "Night life" forum got me thinking about pranks back in the day. My older brother was involved in both the best and worst prank I can remember in New Ken. Back about 1952 the Liberty Theater was playing a Marilyn Monroe flick ( Probably Gentlemen prefer Blondes) and had a life size plywood cutout statue of Marilyn outside the theater. The theft of that statue was a newspaper article that wondered how the heist was pulled off. According to my brother, they had one car following the police until they knew the times they would pass the Liberty (i think about every 13 minutes). As soon as the cruiser had passed several of them jumped out of a waiting car in the alley behind the theater, hack sawed through the chain holding the statue, dragged it back in the alley, sawed it in half, shoved it in the back seat and were gone in less that 5 minutes.

In my day ( the 60's) that would have been all through the school the very next day but I guess they could keep their mouths shut in the early 50's

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#4 Jan 17, 2010
Worst prank:

My brother was also involved in the worst prank I can remember --but it had a happy ending.

One night back around 1952 at about 3:00am, my father got a call from the New Kensington police that my brother and some friends had been caught letting the air out of tires. They allowed as how they would bring him home when they were through with him.

I found out the next morning at the breakfast table that he had been caught with some friends after letting the air out of over 100 tires (maybe as many as 300 but my memory may be hazy on that). They not only let the air out but removed and threw away the valve stems so the tires could not be pumped up in the morning. The police called someone to come down to Klingensmiths hardware in the middle of the night to open up so they could get valve stems. As their punishment, the "Perps" had to pump up all of those tires and were just finishing up about 6:00 in the morning.

There was no "Juvie" proceeding involved, just small town, common-sense justice. That was also the end of my brother's prank career.

“Ken Hi and Springdale Hi”

Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#5 Jan 17, 2010
Good Morning Folks: Chuck Cecil just finished his 3 hour show. On Sunday he always closes with a countdown of the ten most popular songs in a time period of the swinging years. This morning the year was 1945 - that would be for Jan 17th. The favorite song for that year was "Don't Fence Me In" with Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters. Kaye Kaiser and Kate Smith also recorded it and they were also on the list. Another one that became very poplar was The Andrew Sisters, singing "Rum and Coca Cola." I was a Sophomore then at Springdale High - My family moved from New Kensington in 1944. At that time my Dad had a horse called Ginger, that he kept at a farm on Leechburg road a ways past Wild Life Lodge Road. I used to go out and ride her all of the time, so when we moved I rode I saddled her and road her over to Springdale by way of ddowntown New Ken and over the Ninth St Bridge and and down the River Road to a farm out side of Springdale. Anyone remember me riding through town or on the bridge? 1944
Olderndirt

Leechburg, PA

#6 Jan 17, 2010
Sam, horses around town in the 40's was a pretty common site. My early years was spent around 3rd ave. and 16th street and there was always horse droppings on the street there.
The last time I rode a horse, it was sick and collapsed on Springdale Hollow Road around 54,55. The horses owner informed me about a week later that the horse died. Never rode one since.
Keep those memories coming.

“Ken Hi and Springdale Hi”

Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#7 Jan 17, 2010
Bob: That is some story. Did you have a saddle? Was it sick before you got on? Have you made anything else sick by contact? You must have some powerful energy. I do remember Springdale Hollow Road. It was a right turn before you entered Springdale. You passed the city dump on the left, on the way up the Hollow Road. I think that is how you got up to Bouquet Hill.
I just returned from a wonderful visit with my daughter and her family. It has been raining all evening and looks like more tomorrow. The good thing about rain in California is that most people stay off of the freeways out of fear. We had a nice drive from Irvine back to Glendale; hardly any traffic.
Glad to see you found this thread.
Olderndirt

Leechburg, PA

#8 Jan 18, 2010
Parsec Sam wrote:
Bob: That is some story. Did you have a saddle? Was it sick before you got on? Have you made anything else sick by contact? You must have some powerful energy. I do remember Springdale Hollow Road. It was a right turn before you entered Springdale. You passed the city dump on the left, on the way up the Hollow Road. I think that is how you got up to Bouquet Hill.
I just returned from a wonderful visit with my daughter and her family. It has been raining all evening and looks like more tomorrow. The good thing about rain in California is that most people stay off of the freeways out of fear. We had a nice drive from Irvine back to Glendale; hardly any traffic.
Glad to see you found this thread.
Sam, an old couple had a farm off Springdale Hollow. They had 2 horses that I heard they wanted ridden to keep them docile. I found out later that the horse I was on, had been sick before we saddled it.
You could drive to the edge of Boquette Hill(sp)from Springdale Hollow. It was a great place to park and view New Ken at night.
My wife and I spent the weekend with our son and his family over the weekend too. It's only about a 1 1/2 hour drive.
The weather here is miserable. Dark and dreary, rainy over the past few days, patches of dirty snow and mud everywhere. It's above freezing though and the snow is finally disappearing.
Have a good one Sam...
kalfromtheburg

AOL

#9 Jan 19, 2010
Tubby, You are making me so hungry for all that good stuff. Do you remember spaghetti village? They were in Arnold for a while then moved up on the hill. They had a country and western band play there. I think it was called City View. Does anyone remember that place? Kal By the way, Tubby I do not remember you being short. Kal

“Ken Hi and Springdale Hi”

Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#10 Jan 19, 2010
Olderndirt wrote:
<quoted text> The weather here is miserable. Dark and dreary, rainy over the past few days, patches of dirty snow and mud everywhere. It's above freezing though and the snow is finally disappearing. Have a good one Sam...
The, much needed, rain is coming down in buckets and spurts, here in Glendale, CA, accompanied by lightening and very long, loud thunder growls.
Do you remember a Pittsburgh band that played at the Elk's Club a few times? They were very popular in Pittsburgh in the late 40s, early 50s.

“Ken Hi and Springdale Hi”

Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#11 Jan 19, 2010
kalfromtheburg wrote:
Tubby, You are making me so hungry for all that good stuff. Do you remember spaghetti village? They were in Arnold for a while then moved up on the hill. They had a country and western band play there. I think it was called City View. Does anyone remember that place? Kal By the way, Tubby I do not remember you being short. Kal
The food in some of those after hours clubs was great - Meatball sandwiches - brautworst - polish sausage. I have to stop - my mouth is dripping all over my keyboard.
Gunga

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jan 19, 2010
Parsec Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
The, much needed, rain is coming down in buckets and spurts, here in Glendale, CA, accompanied by lightening and very long, loud thunder growls.
Do you remember a Pittsburgh band that played at the Elk's Club a few times? They were very popular in Pittsburgh in the late 40s, early 50s.
Hi Sam

Just returned from the Lompoc/Santa Maria area. Flew out on Sunday and flew back today. Went out to support a launch but becuase of the heavy rains (estimates of up to 20") the schedule pushed out. Beautiful area out there. I remember my first trip out to California area when I worked for Rockwell International on the Shuttle program back in the mid eighties and flying into LA and thinking what a dump California was. About 10 years ago I started working another program and one of our subcontractors was located in San Francisco (Bechtel). I fell head over heels over that city. What a beautiful city. I typically rent a vehicle at the LA airport and drive up to the Lompoc/Santa Maria area along the coast.

Take Care and thanks for the website.
Olderndirt

Leechburg, PA

#13 Jan 19, 2010
Parsec Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
The, much needed, rain is coming down in buckets and spurts, here in Glendale, CA, accompanied by lightening and very long, loud thunder growls.
Do you remember a Pittsburgh band that played at the Elk's Club a few times? They were very popular in Pittsburgh in the late 40s, early 50s.
California's weather has been in the news lately. Watch out for those mudslides Sam.
There were a lot of local bands traveling around after the war. I had a few friends that played in bands in the early 50's but don't recall the names. A friend played accordian and played weekends around Springdale. There were some clubs near the river that had polka parties. Remember Jack Taddy from Springdale?? He was popular in the late 50's, playing polka music. Walt Harper was a popular jazz musician that played around Pgh. The Talk of the Towners was another jazz band that was popular locally. Artie Arnell was popular too. I ran into a local band in Chicago in 1962. Tony K was playing in a ballroom in the Chicago Loop. His name was Tony Kaforey and lived on Freeport Road, near the high school.
Then there was the country music scene. Slim Bryant and the Georgia Wildcats, Cowboy Howard Volks, from New Ken, had a following and played around the valley.
Stay dry Sam...
alicefromNK

El Paso, TX

#14 Jan 19, 2010
kalfromtheburg wrote:
Tubby, You are making me so hungry for all that good stuff. Do you remember spaghetti village? They were in Arnold for a while then moved up on the hill. They had a country and western band play there. I think it was called City View. Does anyone remember that place? Kal By the way, Tubby I do not remember you being short. Kal
I remember a Spaghetti Village but I think it was in New Ken. This was in the '50's. They had some booths that had curtains to provide "privacy." They had a wonderful sausage sandwich. And do you remember being able to walk around, see a pizza place, and get a single slice of pizza? I still judge all pizza by New Ken standards.
East Texas

Houston, TX

#15 Jan 20, 2010
What about the hot sausage sandwiches at Sam's Bar & Grill in Arnold - I think it was 4th avenue. They called them Poorboys and I still judge all other hot sausage sandwiches in comparison to them. Anybody know if Sam's is still around?

Since: Nov 09

Naples, FL

#16 Jan 20, 2010
kalfromtheburg wrote:
Tubby, You are making me so hungry for all that good stuff. Do you remember spaghetti village? They were in Arnold for a while then moved up on the hill. They had a country and western band play there. I think it was called City View. Does anyone remember that place? Kal By the way, Tubby I do not remember you being short. Kal
Yes I was short in Drama class I got to play Wally Webb a little kid. I remember Mrs Klinkie (sp) had me wear black velvet bermuda shorts. I had 1 line 2nd act I died.Play was "Our Town". I was a junior I think. Tubby
kalfromtheburg

AOL

#17 Jan 20, 2010
Alice, Maybe you are right about spaghetti village in New Ken. I know it was real close to Arnold. The rooms were dived by walls kinda private like. Yes, our pizza is still the best. Kal
kalfromtheburg

AOL

#18 Jan 20, 2010
I used to get the best poorboys at Al's Tavern corner of 5th Ave. and 7th St in New Ken. Good homemade fries. Twenty five cents a poorboy and twenty five cents for fries. I think draft beer was ten or fifteen cents. Those were the days. Kal
Sadie Mae

Tampa, FL

#19 Jan 20, 2010
There was a bar at the bottom of Drey St. that had the best wings in the 70's. I've never had any the same anywhere.
Steelerone

Wethersfield, CT

#20 Jan 20, 2010
alicefromNK wrote:
<quoted text>
I remember a Spaghetti Village but I think it was in New Ken. This was in the '50's. They had some booths that had curtains to provide "privacy." They had a wonderful sausage sandwich. And do you remember being able to walk around, see a pizza place, and get a single slice of pizza? I still judge all pizza by New Ken standards.
I used to deliver the Pittsburgh Press to Spaghetti Villaage. It was just down from the Datolla theater on the other side of the street. The booths were nameed for cities in Italy and they had some of the best pizza I've ever had.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 88
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

New Kensington Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Avenue School (Valley School) (May '13) Jul 27 holyspirit0 7
Former Prospect Street Elementary School Jul 27 holyspirit0 1
Polarizing Political View Points (Dec '10) Jul 26 Parsecsam 1,779
St Joseph School (Aug '12) Jul 25 Kathleen blean tirey 24
CHUCKIE CROGHAN Speaks (Feb '10) Jul 24 Parsecsam 1,649
What to girls think when guys get boners next t... (Jan '15) Jul 23 Bob Rodgers 2
P&M Pizza a JOKE Jul 23 Bob Rodgers 2
More from around the web

Personal Finance

New Kensington Mortgages