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February 5 2001

Cicero's memories

Yesterday, Bonnie Farabaugh suggested that we share some reminisces about Cicero's Roller Rink. Though it was outside the Valley (in Ebensburg, for anyone too young to remember), the Valley had roller skating parties almost every Saturday night, with a bus sent from Cicero's or one of the contractors for Blacklick Township schools providing transporation from Belsano, Twin Rocks, Vintondale, and Nanty Glo. I'll try to recap all my memories about the hundreds of nights of roller skating (but in maybe a half dozen rather than hundreds of Jonal entries).

My earliest memory was being taken there by my parents, a rare evening out for them, which had been inspired by talk about the same experience by Pete and Catherine Wray, peers of my parents and longtime family friends from Vintondale. I was perhaps 10 years old at the time.

The biggest surprise was that Dad put on skates and could go around the rink, not like a pro, perhaps, but pretty well for a 52-year-old who hunted a lot in those days but seemed to "play" almost no more than that. Pete Wray, who was there, was more like a "pro." I put on skates and got good enough to walk around in the asphalt area behind the fence, but probably didn't get onto the actual rink, though I couldn't swear to that...I do know, however, that I was not quick to pick it up.

That was the only time my parents went to Cicero's which, at the time, was one of the buildings on the County Fairgrounds. It was open, of course, all day during the Fair, but also on the weekends during the rest of the year, and maybe even more than just weekends.

So, what do you remember about your roller skating experiences?

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

A pleasant surprise!

Jack went skiing with his buddy, Bob. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. They pulled into a nearby farm house and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night.

"I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm recently widowed," she explained, "and I'm afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house."

"Not to worry," Jack said, "we'll be happy to sleep in the barn, and if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light."

The lady agreed and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night. Come morning, the weather had cleared and they got on their way and enjoyed a great weekend of skiing.

About nine months later, Jack got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he met on the ski weekend.

He dropped in on his friend Bob and asked, "Bob, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our ski holiday up North?"

"Yes, I do," replied Bob."

"Did you happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and have a little 'visit' with her?"

"Yes," Bob said, a little embarrassed about being found out, "I have to admit that I did."

"And did you happen to use my name instead of telling her your name?"

Bob's face turned red and he said, "Yeah, sorry buddy, I'm afraid I did. Why do you ask?"

"No need to apologize, Bob. She just died and left me eight million dollars!"


Sent by Bob Kennedy

Take this quiz: (it's quick.)

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-raters. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier? The lesson? The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.

Sent by Bill Dalrymple
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