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Roger A Cease Roger A Cease from Bucks County, PA wrote on August 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm:
Thanks to my classmate, David George, for guiding me to this site. It is a terrific source. Viewing the films and reading the pages make me homesick for the Valley. We spent many happy days at Hanson's and Sandy Beach.
Thanks to my classmate, David George, for guiding me to this site. It is a terrific source. Viewing the films and reading the pages make me homesick for the Valley. We spent many happy days at Hanson's and Sandy Beach.
Betty Cyganowski, West, YOung Betty Cyganowski, West, YOung from Ft. Lauderdale, FL wrote on August 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm:
Your thoughtfulness at preserving such wonderful memories of this area is greatly appreciated. I graduated from Plymouth High and spent many days of my childhood at Harvey's lake. My uncle, Leo Lutinski was part of the family that owned Pine Grove and I still remember its grandeur, the tennis courts, the large hall where I attended many weddings etc. I was also friends of decendents of the Davis family. I will forward the site to all my classmates; some who still have homes on the lake, Leonard Pallis, Wayne Thomas and many more. Thank you again for your insight into preserving such priceless memories. Perhaps some of the people I contact can add to your collection of memories.
Your thoughtfulness at preserving such wonderful memories of this area is greatly appreciated. I graduated from Plymouth High and spent many days of my childhood at Harvey's lake. My uncle, Leo Lutinski was part of the family that owned Pine Grove and I still remember its grandeur, the tennis courts, the large hall where I attended many weddings etc. I was also friends of decendents of the Davis family. I will forward the site to all my classmates; some who still have homes on the lake, Leonard Pallis, Wayne Thomas and many more. Thank you again for your insight into preserving such priceless memories. Perhaps some of the people I contact can add to your collection of memories.
David L. George David L. George from Spring,Tx.(Houston) wrote on August 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm:
All memories of "The Valley" are precious to me. I graduated Plymouth High School in 1956 and keep in touch with classmates at our ANNUAL picnic each September at a local picnic grove. I've lived and traveled the globe , but Wyoming Valley is a where I'm at my best. Thanks for keeping this wonderful website. I liked the film clip of the Lehigh RR going to Hansons. I'm into model trains now in my 'dottage'and enjoyed the film very much.
All memories of "The Valley" are precious to me. I graduated Plymouth High School in 1956 and keep in touch with classmates at our ANNUAL picnic each September at a local picnic grove. I've lived and traveled the globe , but Wyoming Valley is a where I'm at my best. Thanks for keeping this wonderful website. I liked the film clip of the Lehigh RR going to Hansons. I'm into model trains now in my 'dottage'and enjoyed the film very much.
Layla Layla from Stroudsburg wrote on July 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm:
You're site provides great information on Harvey's Lake. I didn't realize there was so much history in the area. I'm thinking about building one of those schumacher homes in the area. I'm sure it will be a great fit.
You're site provides great information on Harvey's Lake. I didn't realize there was so much history in the area. I'm thinking about building one of those schumacher homes in the area. I'm sure it will be a great fit.
Robert A. Richmond Jr. Robert A. Richmond Jr. from 107 Woods Dr. Marysville, Pa. wrote on July 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm:
Charlie I was at harvey lake on friday 07-18-08 and what a wonderful time i had it was so inspiring that I went on line to see more of the history thank you for this wonderful site Pss. by the was what is the history on the grotto pizza that is on the lake is it the first one in Pa. I have a bit with my son he said the first grotto was in dalaware please let me know BOB
Charlie I was at harvey lake on friday 07-18-08 and what a wonderful time i had it was so inspiring that I went on line to see more of the history thank you for this wonderful site Pss. by the was what is the history on the grotto pizza that is on the lake is it the first one in Pa. I have a bit with my son he said the first grotto was in dalaware please let me know BOB
Dave Mayer Dave Mayer from Delaware wrote on July 19, 2008 at 11:32 pm:
Great site! My grandparents were Tony and Leila Mayer who owned Mayer's Grove. My dad,Hal, and hi siblings grew up at the Lake in the 1920's and 30's. I would love hearing from anyone who knew the family back then.
Great site! My grandparents were Tony and Leila Mayer who owned Mayer's Grove. My dad,Hal, and hi siblings grew up at the Lake in the 1920's and 30's. I would love hearing from anyone who knew the family back then.
Rich Bennett Rich Bennett from Hershey, PA wrote on July 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm:
Love the old pics of the Lake. Been spending time with the lake and my granparents for over 20 years. Would like to see something done with Hansons to bring people back out to lake. Will it ever be for sale??
Love the old pics of the Lake. Been spending time with the lake and my granparents for over 20 years. Would like to see something done with Hansons to bring people back out to lake. Will it ever be for sale??
Randy Shaver Randy Shaver from Honolulu Hawaii wrote on June 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm:
Charlie, Thanks for the site, I first found it when I was researching my father's family line. Clarence Shaver, the General Manager of the Steamboat, was my great uncle, you have picture of him next to one of the boats. My mother's family is also from near the lake and I've found school photo's of them also. Great to see the site is still active and alive. Randy Shaver
Charlie, Thanks for the site, I first found it when I was researching my father's family line. Clarence Shaver, the General Manager of the Steamboat, was my great uncle, you have picture of him next to one of the boats. My mother's family is also from near the lake and I've found school photo's of them also. Great to see the site is still active and alive. Randy Shaver
Janice McClintock Janice McClintock from San Antonio, TX wrote on June 14, 2008 at 1:29 am:
Thank you so much for making "Ghost Towns of North Mountain" available on the site, Mr. Petrillo. I have been interested in this for many years and I only wish my father were still here to enjoy it with me. He showed me the site of Ricketts years ago and told me the story of the town that used to be there; It taught me that nothing is permanent. His interest in local railroad and lumber history would have found the perfect outlet in this volume. Your careful research and resulting work are very much appreciated.
Thank you so much for making "Ghost Towns of North Mountain" available on the site, Mr. Petrillo. I have been interested in this for many years and I only wish my father were still here to enjoy it with me. He showed me the site of Ricketts years ago and told me the story of the town that used to be there; It taught me that nothing is permanent. His interest in local railroad and lumber history would have found the perfect outlet in this volume. Your careful research and resulting work are very much appreciated.
Catherine Catherine from Macungie PA wrote on June 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm:
I remeber this place and hanging with Donna Hanson, if you read this please contact me
I remeber this place and hanging with Donna Hanson, if you read this please contact me
marie marie from wallingford,ct wrote on May 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm:
spent most of my younger life with my aunt catherine cadden who lived year round at the lake very few people did in those days we lived up from sandy beach i remember the stories about the horse sled, the ferry boat of handycapped childern, the sea monster that caused the crack across the lake in the winter. it was the best time in my life . i still have family in the aera i visit every chance i get and when there i make that drive around the lake to make me remember how lucky i was to have spent my growing up days there.. thanks for the trip back to a time well loved.
spent most of my younger life with my aunt catherine cadden who lived year round at the lake very few people did in those days we lived up from sandy beach i remember the stories about the horse sled, the ferry boat of handycapped childern, the sea monster that caused the crack across the lake in the winter. it was the best time in my life . i still have family in the aera i visit every chance i get and when there i make that drive around the lake to make me remember how lucky i was to have spent my growing up days there.. thanks for the trip back to a time well loved.
Gary Serhan Gary Serhan from Harrisburg PA wrote on May 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm:
I was born in 1946 and from that year I grew up at Harveys Lake on Ash Street, near Hansonโ€™s Park. We lived one block from the Pine Grove Hotel. The hotel would open every spring. The Lake came alive with people coming for the summer, renting cottages and camping. Traffic around the Lake, especially on weekends, was steady. After Labor Day, vacationing at the Lake came to an end and cottages closed the Lake became quiet again. There was very little if any traffic after Labor Day. Back in the 1950โ€™s and 1960โ€™s and even into the 70โ€™s there were very few families that lived year round at the lake as we did. Fall was a beautiful time at the Lake. On a still morning the fall colors of the trees on the surrounding mountains reflected off the Lake. On the calm water just a few fishermen, trolling very... Read more
I was born in 1946 and from that year I grew up at Harveys Lake on Ash Street, near Hansonโ€™s Park. We lived one block from the Pine Grove Hotel. The hotel would open every spring. The Lake came alive with people coming for the summer, renting cottages and camping. Traffic around the Lake, especially on weekends, was steady. After Labor Day, vacationing at the Lake came to an end and cottages closed the Lake became quiet again. There was very little if any traffic after Labor Day. Back in the 1950โ€™s and 1960โ€™s and even into the 70โ€™s there were very few families that lived year round at the lake as we did. Fall was a beautiful time at the Lake. On a still morning the fall colors of the trees on the surrounding mountains reflected off the Lake. On the calm water just a few fishermen, trolling very slowly for large lake trout, crisscrossed the Lake. We knew who they were because they trolled out there for years and told us the best fish stories I ever heard. When the Lake would freeze over we would see what appeared to be villages of ice fishermen huts and at night it was amazing to see them all lit up. Ice needed to be cut around the docks creating moats to avoid damage from the ever expanding ice. During the winter months we would go sleigh riding down Pine Street across the Lake road down the dock steps, over the dock jumping the moat ( water surrounding the dock after the ice was cut) and out onto the ice. When we didnโ€™t make the jump, we would retrieve our sleds from the water in the spring. We ice skated a lot and we occasionally burned a tire and wood fire on the ice and stayed out for hours into the evenings. We also jumped the moats by skating as fast as we could to leap and grab onto the dock. There were times we didnโ€™t make the jump and paid for it every time when our parents found out what we did. Although I don't hold the record for failed jumps, I went into the moat three times in my professional childhood moat jumping careerโ€ฆtwice by skatesโ€ฆ once by sled. Spring would bring the first day of trout season and my friends and I along with thousands of fisherman would line the Lake shore and docks fishing for the daily limit of eight trout. My friends and I always got our limit. Every summer since I was thirteen I worked at Hansons Park. Sweeping and general maintenance, running the kiddee rides, working the food concession stand and running the Tilt-o-whirl. I hated working this ride because people had a good tendency to get sick. This was the only Park ride that had a mop and a bucket of water on site. Mopping up after people in the summer heat was far from pleasant. The scariest job, and by the way not a pleasant Lake memory, was the oiling of the Hansonโ€™s Park roller coaster tracks every Sunday morning. Four of us would get into the first car, Joe Volley the foreman, another full time employee, me and another kid not much older than me. The other kid and I would stand in the first car holding glass quart bottles full of automobile oil. Just as we got to the top of the first dip, each of us would bend over the front of the car holding the oil bottles upside down a few inches over each of the coaster tracks. We were tightly held by our waists by the two men sitting behind us. In the two seconds it took for the coaster to speed down the first dip the bottles were empty. Each time I was glad that it was over and not once did I ever look forward to the next Sundayโ€™s oiling of the tracks. We knew the Wintersteens well. Mr. and Mrs. Wintersteen owned the Dodgem (bumper cars) and Merry-Go-Round Park rides. Their sons, Bob and Barry Wintersteen , my brother and I grew up together. Bob showed me how to grab three rings on one pass of the Merry-go Round giving a greater advantage to grab the coveted brass ring for a free ride. I was only allowed to do that on days when the Park wasnโ€™t busy. Water skiing, boating, quiet early mornings when the lake was so still it looked like glass, sunsets, fish jumping, skipping stones, swimming, jumping off the forty foot tower at Hansons Park beach and each winter with my friends nervously ice skating across the Lake at night are very vivid memories. The great memories of the Park dances with Eddie Day and the Starfires is another subject left for another time. I can write much more about wonderful people I knew when I was growing up including life saving summer heroics by some very courageous, anonymous people. But I will end this by saying this internet site obviously took me back to many memories that are important to me. Your site includes much historical content and lure that I know or I heard older people talk about when I was growing up. Thank you for such a fine site.
debi cappellini debi cappellini from pld forge pa wrote on April 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm:
dear charlie this is really a great site .. so many warm memories of the lake ,,my greatest memory is of the ice fishermen who used our dock to fish on the lake and how beautiful to look out my window and see they villages ... and their lights blazing at nite in the cold cold winters... thanks for the memories
dear charlie this is really a great site .. so many warm memories of the lake ,,my greatest memory is of the ice fishermen who used our dock to fish on the lake and how beautiful to look out my window and see they villages ... and their lights blazing at nite in the cold cold winters... thanks for the memories
Dave Toys Dave Toys from United Kingdom wrote on April 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm:
Great site. Keep up the good work.
Great site. Keep up the good work.
Rich Rich from Lebanon, PA wrote on April 22, 2008 at 12:55 am:
I wish all of this incredible history was not actually history. This world needs the return of a little nostalgia. Bring back the days of family's going to the park on a weekend afternoon, eating lunch, and conversing in a socially acceptable manner. I wish I could have seen the day.
I wish all of this incredible history was not actually history. This world needs the return of a little nostalgia. Bring back the days of family's going to the park on a weekend afternoon, eating lunch, and conversing in a socially acceptable manner. I wish I could have seen the day.
James McGinn James McGinn from Ft. Lauderdale wrote on April 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm:
Charles, Great job on the website. Harveys Lake is like no other place in the world. I enjoyed all the times at the Lake and look forward to more to come! Thank you. Jim
Charles, Great job on the website. Harveys Lake is like no other place in the world. I enjoyed all the times at the Lake and look forward to more to come! Thank you. Jim
Thom Greco Thom Greco from Wilkes Barre wrote on April 14, 2008 at 11:19 am:
Charles, So glad to see you updated site with the Harveys Lake Amphitheatre sponsored by Bud Light. Thank you for recognizing it as part of the history of the lake. As time permits, I will supply some additional pictures and information to complete the picture and history. You did an amazing job with great accuracy. Thom
Charles, So glad to see you updated site with the Harveys Lake Amphitheatre sponsored by Bud Light. Thank you for recognizing it as part of the history of the lake. As time permits, I will supply some additional pictures and information to complete the picture and history. You did an amazing job with great accuracy. Thom
David Misiewicz David Misiewicz from Ridgewood,NJ wrote on April 13, 2008 at 11:11 pm:
I spent the summer of 1962 at Harvey's Lake. I was 8 years old, and it was the best summer of my life. I have never returned to this beautiful place so I was thrilled to find this very excellent site.
I spent the summer of 1962 at Harvey's Lake. I was 8 years old, and it was the best summer of my life. I have never returned to this beautiful place so I was thrilled to find this very excellent site.
C. Charles Ciesla C. Charles Ciesla from Mountain Top, PA wrote on April 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm:
Charles: Thanks very much for the excellent web site about Harveys Lake. It is easy to use, fast, colorful, and comprehensive. I consider it "another job well done" by the Petrillo Family. Keep up the good work. The Wyoming Valley Area is deeply indebted to you for preserving its history. Thanks again. C. Charles Ciesla
Charles: Thanks very much for the excellent web site about Harveys Lake. It is easy to use, fast, colorful, and comprehensive. I consider it "another job well done" by the Petrillo Family. Keep up the good work. The Wyoming Valley Area is deeply indebted to you for preserving its history. Thanks again. C. Charles Ciesla
Wendy Wendy from Lewisburg PA wrote on April 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm:
I didn't check here first, and regret it, but I just listed an album/scrapbook on ebay which belonged to Vernon Rood in 1924. After looking here, I see that his family and he and his brother were part of the history of the lake. I apologize for not checking with any of you first, but this book has many pictures from HArvey's lake and is of Vernon's Keystone Academy days. The link is: http://cgi.ebay.com /ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V iewItem&item=15 0234220716 if this doesn't work, my seller name is pgarden3
I didn't check here first, and regret it, but I just listed an album/scrapbook on ebay which belonged to Vernon Rood in 1924. After looking here, I see that his family and he and his brother were part of the history of the lake. I apologize for not checking with any of you first, but this book has many pictures from HArvey's lake and is of Vernon's Keystone Academy days. The link is: http://cgi.ebay.com /ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V iewItem&item=15 0234220716 if this doesn't work, my seller name is pgarden3