Anyone have memories of downtown Clem...
Jim Regan

Abington, PA

#780 Jul 22, 2013
Hi Lynn, my sister Jane told me about your post. I'm not sure if I remember you but was your cousin Linda Piccoli(I might not remember the name correctly)? The summers back the Grove were some of the the best times of my life. It was like a cross between Mayberry and living in a Norman Rockwell painting. Much simpler and happy times. I still have friends in Clementon that I occasionally visit and always drive back to the Grove. It is quite depressing, with the lake gone, and mother nature having reclaimed the land. You would never know that there was a lake there or the Pine Grove we knew ever existed. But the memories remain strong in my mind especially the 4th of July with the softball game (married men against the single men) handball tournaments ( and the sage words of Jimmy Sproul: "never dive for the ball") and the races. Decorating our bikes to ride in the parade with Mrs. Rueben (who lived next door) bringing out an old phonograph to blast "76 trombones led the big parade" from the Music Man. I've tried to tell my daughters what it was like spending summers "down the lake" but they will never understand, you had to live it.
shirley

Landenberg, PA

#781 Jul 22, 2013
shirley wrote:
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yep, remember it well. was called, Spacerama. rode it a million time.
Spacearama not spacerama. that ride and the ferris wheel and something elsem maybe the fun house was always a free ride on the ticket.
Sara Hunter King

Carrollton, TX

#782 Aug 2, 2013
Ken wrote:
Sara< did you go to Overbrook Regional. I Lived in Lindenwold from around 1948 to 1961, There will be an Old Friends renunion next month. Several classes will attend. You can check on Facebook.
Hi Ken, I went only one year to qverbrook that was 58 to 59 school year. Had to quit school and go to work to help my MOM. I liver on Overington Ave in Pine Grove, was raised in Apple lake Pilings lake and of course clememton lake park. What happy days they were. Wish I could go back , but the memeroies will stay forever. I had a brother Jimmy who a year ahead of me. Give me more info to see if we know each other
Sara Hunter King

Carrollton, TX

#783 Aug 8, 2013
Jane Regan wrote:
Hi Sarah, I tried to find you on facebook, my family lived in Pine Grove every summer we came down. When we were younger and I couldn't wait to get down there and hang with all our friends. You probably knew my sister Barbara. Would love to talk about Pine Grove. Also remember Georgin.<quoted text>
Hi Jane, I remember the name Regan, does any of your family members know June Hunter? She was my MOM, I lost her in 1968. We lived in Pine Grove from late forties to early fifties , on Overington ave. Thay sure the good old days, apple pillings lake. So much fun in those days.I am on facebook under Sara Hunter King. E mail is [email protected] Would love to hear from you
joey watson

Anderson, IN

#784 Aug 11, 2013
I was told by my parents about the old airport and the little lake next to biglots was built by my family that owned a turkey farm to keep the turkeys from getting run over.my family includes ben watson, emma watson. All the storys came from my father and mother jeff and jo ann watson. My father grew up on silver lake and eventually moved to where we are now in clementon.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#785 Sep 10, 2013
shirley wrote:
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yep, remember it well. was called, Spacerama. rode it a million time.
I worked on the ride briefly in the early 70s. At that point it was called Polar-A-Rama.
Caroline

Milltown, NJ

#786 Sep 27, 2013
I have memories of dining at the Silver Lake Inn when I was young, but it seems its going to be demolished. Does anyone know anything about what is going on with the building and property?
Lynn Menta

Conshohocken, PA

#787 Oct 6, 2013
Jim Regan wrote:
Hi Lynn, my sister Jane told me about your post. I'm not sure if I remember you but was your cousin Linda Piccoli(I might not remember the name correctly)? The summers back the Grove were some of the the best times of my life. It was like a cross between Mayberry and living in a Norman Rockwell painting. Much simpler and happy times. I still have friends in Clementon that I occasionally visit and always drive back to the Grove. It is quite depressing, with the lake gone, and mother nature having reclaimed the land. You would never know that there was a lake there or the Pine Grove we knew ever existed. But the memories remain strong in my mind especially the 4th of July with the softball game (married men against the single men) handball tournaments ( and the sage words of Jimmy Sproul: "never dive for the ball") and the races. Decorating our bikes to ride in the parade with Mrs. Rueben (who lived next door) bringing out an old phonograph to blast "76 trombones led the big parade" from the Music Man. I've tried to tell my daughters what it was like spending summers "down the lake" but they will never understand, you had to live it.
Hi Jim: So sorry for the delayed response. This summer was so busy. I ready your response with the intention of responding right away and somehow I didn't. Anyway, yes, Linda is my cousin. Her last name was Legge; my grandparents' last name was Piccoli. I, too, feel that those summers were the best and I treasure the memories. You're right - you definitely had to live it and I'm so glad I did. I was so sad when my Grandpop passed away and Grandmom sold the house. I begged my parents to buy it but they couldn't afford it. One of the Tresca boys from down the street bought it. I believe it was 1966. In the late 80s - I think 1988 - Linda and I took her younger kids to the Park and then we drove past the house. We were so thrilled to see your Mom outside. We had a nice visit and your Mom asked if we'd like to see our grandparents' house. The owner let us walk through, but it was sad because it no longer looked the way we remembered it. I cried when I saw that the lake was gone. It will always live in my memories! I will tell Linda that we "found each other". She will be shocked and pleased. Since she stayed all summer, she knew many more people than I did, such as the Hegemans and the Headleys. Do you keep in touch with them or anyone from our street? It would be fun to get a reunion together before we are all too old! It was great chatting with you.
Linda

North Creek, NY

#788 Oct 18, 2013
I was just wondering if anyone else has memories of the Watsontown Skating Rink? It seems like a lot of the songs they played there have been on the radio lately and every time I hear one I can't help but daydream about the good old days. Anyone else?
barry

Willingboro, NJ

#789 Oct 19, 2013
The silver lake inn is history, it has been demolished
Gary Thompson

Griffith, IN

#790 Nov 5, 2013
Hello everyone. I lived in Clementon from 1958 until 1968 and visited often once my family moved away. I have a lot of great memories of my childhood growing up out there. I lived on Delaware ave. My Grand Parents were Dan and Lucy Blackman. I would like to know if anyone has some photos of my grandfather or Grandmother. He was a counselman for Clementon from the mid to late 60"s.
Jim

Clementon, NJ

#792 Nov 19, 2013
Before the ACME moved to the hill, it was next to the rear entrance to the park. It moved to the hill when First Peoples Bank demolished it and moved to the location.
MAGGIE wrote:
I remember shopping at the Acme on the hill by the railroad tracks. My brother and I would roll down the hill on the back of the shopping carts. One time our car stalled out on the railroad tracks as a frieght train was coming. A couple of men in a car behind us pushed us off the tracks. We use to try to sneak into the Pine Vally Golf Club behind the park. We also always when to Pepsi-cola day at the park and I danced with Chubby Checkers at the movie theatre once. We use to love to go to the laundermat with my mother so we could go into the toy store nearby and buy penny candy at the store next to the movies. Whenever we when to thepost office we would stop to throw rocks in the stream next door. I loved the HOT DOGS served at Grant snack bar. They always toasted the roll.
Charles Monroe

Clementon, NJ

#793 Dec 2, 2013
Paula wrote:
What ever happened to:6th grade
Dominick Caruso and his friend Harry?
The boys in that class used to hide in the cloak room and jump out and kiss me when I went in to hang up my coat! Yuck, I remember the cooties!
Also cut class with a group of them one day and came upon an old abandoned little house in a wooded clearing that had shuttered windows with no glassin them. It started raining so we hung out
there a while. It was behind the acme accross ChewsLanding toward Lindenwold.
Anyone remeber Pete the truint officer and his clipboard? I used to flag his station wagon down and sign my mom's name so I didn't get caught and save him a trip to my house.
How I always get the adults to help me out I do not know. In 7th grade Mrs Rosenthal? used to let me smoke in her office and hide under her desk when the vice principal was hunting me down. Was Maise his name?
At the Jr High sometimes I would roll out the first floor windows of my classrooms and crawl to the back of the building and dash into the woods. The bald coach chased me once but I lost him.
The principal was Carl Maise, the bald coach was Benson.
Charles Monroe

Clementon, NJ

#794 Dec 2, 2013
The principal was Carl Maise, the bald coach was Benson.
Charles Monroe

Clementon, NJ

#795 Dec 3, 2013
I've read all these posts in the last two days. We moved to "Amber Terrace" in 1969. In the Late 90's to late 2000's I lived on Watson Blvd. I know most of you, or your siblings. I remember Larry T. and Jaybird Brooks, class of 76. Eddie Klots and Scott Lederer were old friends of mine. I also knew some Worrels, cannot remember first names but they are cousins of Dotolli's and Pacheco's. Apple Lake was my favorite, use to drink beer there with Benny Kyle, but people would break their beer bottles on that metal pole, leaving alot of broken glass. I always heard there was a diamond ring in that pole. I hated Overbrook though, lots of fights back then - that's why I did not graduate with my class.
And Pete's steps was the spot in the 70's, we'd start out there and usually end up at Joe Hogan's or back Little Mill. I also remember partying at the log by the railroad tracks across from Clementon Lake.
I was really pissed off when they built Chateau Ridge right behind our house. All the apartments is what brought the area down, but we destroyed the Signal Hill Apartments - some ruins still exist, they even have trees growing in the pool.
dont know why

Clementon, NJ

#796 Dec 12, 2013
the bald guy was coach dayton
Big dawg

Groveland, FL

#797 Dec 14, 2013
I have very find memories of downtown clemonton of the 70s my girlfriend and I used to listen to music at the carousel in the park . Gf name Margaret basset any one know of her warabouts plz post it here thanks
Chuck

Palatka, FL

#798 Dec 15, 2013
Big dawg wrote:
I have very find memories of downtown clemonton of the 70s my girlfriend and I used to listen to music at the carousel in the park . Gf name Margaret basset any one know of her warabouts plz post it here thanks
tell her chuck was wondering aka big dawg
Charles Monroe

Clementon, NJ

#799 Dec 17, 2013
You're correct
Sandy

Clementon, NJ

#800 Dec 17, 2013
Like most of you I remember the park, the fireworks every Friday, Dairy Pub, and Grants. I also remember Phillips drug store and going there every Friday night with my Dad after he went to the bank across the street where you could buy candy for 5 and 10 cents. We also always went to the Democratic picnic every fall with my Grandfather. I can't remember the name of the place, it was right across the street from clementon park, wait I think it might have been called Eddies Palm Garden or something like that. And the library,I loved going to thelibrary. I still remember the librarian Mrs. Ralston, and how the library smelled. I still live in Clementon, but boy has it change. The best place to grow up though. Thank for the memories.

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