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Last scan of the night….year unknown, A Lehigh Valley Train with Engine # 25454 at the Horseheads, NY  RR Station. You can just see the “…EADS” on the sign hanging from the center of the stations rafters. Neat Shot!


Horseheads High Hoopsters – 109 Years Ago!

Scanning some never before seen old glass negatives from the Horseheads Historical Society Archives (I’m on the Board) and I came across this beauty from 1904. Wow! What? No Nikes?

Home Again In Horseheads NY One Hundred Years Later

Here’s a neat story about another addition to my collection of “Treasures”.
Last month a family friend, Marcie Baer came up from her home in Maryland & spent the weekend. For a few years she had mentioned that she had a surprise for me, something that she had from a long time ago. She brought up with her an old piece of oak & glass furniture, an old retail umbrella sales & display case. It was in her Dad’s basement for many, many years until he died only a few years ago.
This case was manufactured by the Oscar Onken Company of Cincinnati, Ohio at the turn of the 20th century. Umbrellas were used a lot more back in those days, and were considered a vital and necessary part of every well dressed persons wardrobe. These cases were usually found in most clothing stores and haberdasheries. They were also commonly found in the general stores or local gathering places of smaller communities that sold tobacco, confections, newspapers, etc. So much for the description of what this piece was in it’s past life.
So Marcie knows I collect and appreciate historical items, and knowing that she did not have any practical use for this thing…it now became mine!
It was in terrible shape. It was watermarked, dirty, full of cobwebs, had 2 broken panels of glass. Despite all of this, I saw a real gem inside!
Over the past month, I cleaned it up, hand rubbed it all with Tung Oil, had the missing glass panels replaced, and in general brought this beauty back to life, as these images beautifully show. I actually use it now to hold the many umbrellas that I use here in my Studio. But the neatest thing about this whole story is that this case started out it’s life in the early 1900’s in one of those above mentioned little shops….a place called H.A. Messings – A store selling men’s furnishings – tobacco, magazines & books. It later was sold and changed names into Rudy Baer’s Corner, right on the corner here in Hanover Square, just two blocks away from where my Studio stands today, and where that case will now call home, at least until I retire!
Welcome home to an old friend, back home in Horseheads, NY…..where you began….where you belong!


“Artem’s Equalizer!”

Even though the Jackals lost a Heart Breaker Tonight, 6-5 in a Shoot-Out, here was one highlight moment:
“The Wings clamped down defensively and limited Elmira to two shots until just over three minutes remained. The Jackals turned to a reliable source for the tying goal. Karlsson worked the puck from behind Kalamazoo’s net to Artem Demkov on the doorstep and the third-year Jackals slammed home his team-leading ninth of the season. ”

“Smiles All Around”


Dallas ’63 Remembered………. Fifty Years Later.

In 1994 we visited my good buddy Mick Lowman & his wife Denise at their home just outside Dallas, Texas. While there Mick showed us all the sites related to JFK’s Assassination. Dealy Plaza, the School Book Depository (now “The Sixth Floor JFK Museum”), the Texas Theater where Oswald was captured, and finally good ole’ Lee -O’s final resting place.

Mick was so proud to have found the grave, as it’s location was never published or really made public knowledge…but Mick made it his personal Mission From God to find it. Whenever he had a chance, he drove from cemetery to cemetery, looking, striking up conversations with groundskeepers until finally one old boy wouldn’t tell him exactly where the site was, but gave Mick a few clues and BINGO….the Promised Land! Here I am, laying down & resting for a bit with Lee-O.

Interesting little side note, that as the word got out as to where the burial site was located, Cemetery officials worried about the possibility of the grave being plundered some day. I can’t remember the exact year this was done, but to thwart that possible outcome the Cemetery dug up the casket, dug the hole much deeper than usual, replaced the coffin and then poured a few dump truck loads of concrete on top of it. So short of someone using a nuclear warhead to exhume ole Lee-O…..He aint’t goin’ anywhere for a long, long time!

Today hell, all you have to do is Google it and there are the EXACT GPS coordinates below.

Rest in Peace JFK……Fifty years Later.

If you are ever in Dallas/Ft. Worth & want to go spend some quiet time & visit Lee-O:

Final Resting Place – Rose Hill Cemetery
Fort Worth, Texas
32.732455°N 97.203223°W



Me....& Lee!

Me….& Lee!

“Water” we to do?

Ring Bearers & Flower Girls at Weddings. You just never know what you might find them doing!20131019-RB1_5093

Never too Young to Start!

From a Wedding a few weeks ago, it looks like this little guy had a tough morning before his big moment as Ring Bearer!
We’ve all been there Buddy! Drink lots of water & you’ll be just fine! 🙂


On the Outside Looking In….

A few weeks ago I helped out fellow Photographer Danielle Gerritsen, and Second Shot along with her while she was 8 1/2 months pregnant with her first child……..just in case! Shooing Second is always kinda neat, we’ve done it before together so we pretty much know where to be to get something different from each other, and this time I really nailed the Cake Cutting from outside on the porch! You never get the chance to do this unique stuff when you’re out there shooting primary, so it was fun coming up with some new ideas along the way, and seeing what happens! Also, it doesn’t hurt to get really lucky (in the second shot) and catch someone else’s flash at exactly the same time my shutter was open! How’s THAT for timing!?
PS: I shot Danni’s Wedding here at the same exact location, The Fontainebleau Inn, about 10 years earlier, so it was kinda like “DeJa-Vu all over again” as Yogi Berra would say!
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Jackals Win 3-0!

ELMIRA, N.Y. – November 1, 2013 – Elmira Jackals goalie Scott Greenham made his home debut a memorable one with a 31-save shutout on Friday night to lead the Elmira Jackals past the Greenville Road Warriors 3-0. The win improved Elmira to 2-2-0 on the season.

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