Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Patch Town in Pennsylvania

I visited a coal patch town recently. 
And until then, I had no idea what a patch town was. 
It's a company owned town - in this case owned by a coal mining company.

Patch Town Chimneys at Eckley Miners' Village

In the 1900s Pennsylvania had more patch towns than any other state in the country. 
That's a piece of history I never knew. 

St James Episcopal Church, 1858 in Eckley Miners' Village

The company provided the miners and their families 
with housing and medical care 
as well as 
a school, churches and a company store. 

This company store was rebuilt for use in the movie The Molly Maquires, 1970.

Here's the catch- At the company store where the miners were obligated to make their purchases, 
the prices were ~15% higher than at non patch town stores. 

The Coal Breaker, also rebuilt for the movie, would have been 3 x larger than this. 

While the town today is beautiful with
green grass and blue skies, 
it is hard to imagine the darkness the would have enveloped it
during times of operation. 

Coal Storage

This town, Eckley Miners' Village, 
operated as recently as 1984. 
Some of the guides are descendants of the coal working families
who lived in this village. 

Making Lace

Now I need to go pick up The Mollie Maguires movie 
from the library which was filmed in this town. 

2 Eckley Backroad 
Weatherly, PA 18255 



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Friday, June 23, 2017

A Little Switcher-roo at the Farm

Terhune Farm Store, Mercer County, New Jersey

Who doesn't love a visit to a farm. 
You know, farm fresh local food right? 

Path to Pick Your Own Blueberries

You can even pick your own, 
but I find it puzzling that it costs the same to buy them ready picked in the farm store. 
Why invest the time and energy then? 

Blueberries in Terhune Farm Store

And I find it even more puzzling to see this happening: 
Crates of pints of blueberries from....
another farm. 
(That's not the puzzling part yet.) 

Blueberries from Whalen Farm in the Terhune Farm Store packing room.

Those pints being opened and 2 pints dumped into a new quart container. 
(That's not the puzzling part yet.
2 pints does equal a quart after all) 

Repacking Whalen Farm Blueberries

And then here they are ready to go out in the farm store 
looking (to the unknowing consumer)
like freshly picked blueberries from Terhune Orchards. 
When really they are blueberries from Whalen Farms 
just repackaged. 

It left me with an uneasy feeling - 
like I was witnessing plagiarism or something. 
(And think of all those wasted containers.) 

What do you think about this?  
Sneaky or not? 







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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Window Seat, Please


When you fly...where do you like to sit?
The isle or the window? 
(I don't know anyone who likes the middle seat.)


I like the window seat, 
and that is probably only possible because I have a good bladder. 
I don't need to get up during a flight 
so being blocked in doesn't bother me. 


My husband likes the isle - 
he's tall so he likes a little extra room. 


So when I can 
I take the window seat 
and I take pictures. 


And I like love flying Southwest. 
Love them. 







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