Gab Over the Fence by Pete G. Ossip

Here we are, more than halfway through the month of May.  The year is sure going fast, but I reckon that’s the way it is when you’re no longer a spring chicken. Taking a look at the calendar, I see there’s a couple days we want to salute our troops, those who have served and those who are serving now. This Saturday, the 21st, is Armed Forces Day and two weeks from now is Memorial Day, the 30th, when we remember those who have given their lives on the battlefield for their country.  Let’s observe both days, and honor our men and women in the armed forces, now and in the past. . . . And as we approach the month of June, there’s graduation from high schools. The colleges are already having graduation ceremonies, so there will be thousands of students venturing out into real life and looking for jobs.  I wish them all tremendous success. . . . A happy 76th birthday to Robert Wiedner of N. Walnut St. in town, who will be celebrating it on May 27 at Tower eight in Gracedale, where he’s getting some treatment.  I’m sure he’d like to receive some birthday cards to cheer him up. . . . The Phillies will be tested this week when they play the Miami Marlins. So far so good. If the pitching can hold up, maybe the hitting will come around. It’s gonna have to sooner or later. . . . Ye Ed tells me Kathy Unger from over along  Clearfield Road in Nazareth has resumed her columns in the paper from remembrances of the past. They take us back to some of the people and happenings we had in the good old days, things that we old timers have stored in our memory banks, whether it’s Bath or Nazareth or Northampton, or wherever we live. Gotta read about ‘em! . . . .The Farmer John signs are up and the vendors are ready for the opening of the Bath farmers market this Friday down at Keystone Park at Green and Race Streets. The grass is mowed and the park is looking mighty fine. . . .Marvin Werkheiser, Billy Falstich and their Lions buddies will be serving up pancakes this Saturday morning, I hear, down at the Applebee’s  along Rt. 248 between Nazareth and Easton. The restaurant staff will be making the batter and handling the grill, and the Lions will be serving, just like they used to when they had pancake and sausage breakfasts down at the fire house. . . . Hats off to the Nazareth High School marching band for their trip down to Disney World in Orlando. . . . The Bath Legion Lanes looked great for all the state bowlers when they came to town for their tournament recently.  Marty Beal was real happy to welcome ‘em to their renovated facilities. Great job, guys! . . . . Yard work to do right now. It’s kinda cool, but the sun is shining anyhow.  Have a great week everybody!


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