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W. Pat. swimming hole
Do you remember swimming at the "resi" in W. Pat.? It was across the street from my home on Squirrelwood Rd.
Signed up for the cruise yesterday. Happy to join the group.
Angella
Profile picture Lina Colangelo Re: W. Pat. swimming hole
Didn't go swimming at the resi, but I did a lot of ice skating on Barbour's Pond in Garret Mountain. There would be music playing and a fire going inside. Ice was always tested before we could skate.
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ldutchespv57@aol.com wrote:

"Didn't go swimming at the resi, but I did a lot of ice skating on Barbour's Pond in Garret Mountain. There would be music playing and a fire going inside. Ice was always tested before we could skate. Glad you're aboard"
Loved skating at the pond. It was safe to walk up there back then. We would take a shortcut through the woods, and never worried about being hurt. I have pictures of my family and I skating there in 1940's. We started rather young.
Profile picture Marion Start Re: W. Pat. swimming hole
I remember walking up past your house, Angella, to cool off in the 'resi' during a couple summers before W.P. put in a beach there and staffed it with a lifeguard -- before it became a town 'pool,' (I think we were in PV by then) there were just the 'high rocks' and the 'low rocks' -- I stayed away from the 'high rocks' as there had been a fatality or two off them -- I actually learned how to swim going into the water via the 'low rocks' as there wasn't that much area where you could stand without the water being over your head, so it was pretty much 'sink or swim!' I remember once it became an official W.P. boro 'pool,' the lifeguard was Joe ('Buster') McLaughlin, a 'hunk' of an upperclassman while we were at PV! Now that the corporations have taken over the mountain up there by your old house, the 'resi' has been filled in, and the kids have no town place to swim (this is progress?) I also remember lots of winter ice-skating at Barbour's Pond; and, on the way up the mountain (from Ryle Park Ave. down in the valley), we passed 'Snakie' pond and did skating there, too (that, however, was somewhat dangerous as there was nobody around but us kids, and parts of that pond never froze over completely) -- at least up at Barber's, if the "red ball" was up, you knew it was safe to skate; and, to get some relief from the cold, you could go into that building at one end of Barbour's Pond where there was a blazing fire in the fireplace -- however, by the time we walked all the way home to our end of W.P. (Ryle Park Ave.), our feet were once again 'blocks of ice' (today kids get driven everywhere or have their own 'wheels;' so I guess W.P. figures today a town pool really isn't necessary, but I wouldn't trade our 'swimming hole' memories for inground concrete facilities! -- my son, P.V. '98, purchased his own car during his sophomore year at PV!).
Profile picture Jim Galoppa Re: W. Pat. swimming hole
Wow ! Now your really bringing back some memories, Did some swimming at the "Resi" but then got a little dumber & started going to the base of The Great Falls a few times untill someone drowned & the police kept us out--that was that ! Then did the safer stuff the big pool up in T. Boro at least I remember it being big ! How about the ice skating in the Cemetery by the Hillary Street Bridge ? drove by that a few months ago & it looked like a mud puddle
Profile picture Douglas Herman Re: W. Pat. swimming hole

PoppaG wrote:

"Wow ! Now your really bringing back some memories, Did some swimming at the "Resi" but then got a little dumber & started going to the base of The Great Falls a few times untill someone drowned & the police kept us out--that was that ! Then did the s"
SURE DO REMENBER ICE SKATING IN THE CEMETARY IT WAS LAUREL GROVE MEMORAIL CEMETARY. ALSO ICE SKATED ON TOTOWA ROAD AT THE PLAYGROUND. THEN WENT TO THE NANREE OR BOSLANDS. THE LAUREL GROVE MEMORIAL PARK CEMETARY WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR "ANNIE THE GHOST" CHECK OUT WEIRD NEW JERSEY ON THE WEB. ENTER ANNIE THE GHOST.
DOUG
Profile picture Lina Colangelo Re: W. Pat. swimming hole

HERMANCAPT800 wrote:

"SURE DO REMENBER ICE SKATING IN THE CEMETARY IT WAS LAUREL GROVE MEMORAIL CEMETARY. ALSO ICE SKATED ON TOTOWA ROAD AT THE PLAYGROUND. THEN WENT TO THE NANREE OR BOSLANDS. THE LAUREL GROVE MEMORIAL PARK CEMETARY WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR "ANNIE THE GHOST" CH"
I remember one time in our senior year when 2 or 3 carloads of us went up to some lake where someone's folks had a place. We took shovels and brooms with us to clear the snow off the ice so we could skate. Had a great time until I was skating between two guys and one of their skates hit a crack and down we went. I landed on my jaw. Boy, did that swell! I remember Harry Stratton-PV '56-coming in to explain to my parents what happened as I could hardly get my mouth open to talk. Kids don't do things like that anymore. My kids only went skating in rinks.
Profile picture Marion Start Re: W. Pat. swimming hole

HERMANCAPT800 wrote:

"SURE DO REMENBER ICE SKATING IN THE CEMETARY IT WAS LAUREL GROVE MEMORAIL CEMETARY. ALSO ICE SKATED ON TOTOWA ROAD AT THE PLAYGROUND. THEN WENT TO THE NANREE OR BOSLANDS. THE LAUREL GROVE MEMORIAL PARK CEMETARY WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR "ANNIE THE GHOST" CH"
Of all the members of the Ryle Park Ave. (W.P.) gang, the biggest believer in the supernatural and "Annie, the ghost who haunts Laurel Grove Cemetary" along Riverview Drive," was our late '57 member, Pat Kennedy -- it's amazing how that legend lives on! I think what started Pat's belief in ghosts or the supernatural was a time in grammar school a few of us girls were all in Pat's bedroom reading our Nancy Drew mysteries (we read every one of those books the original L.F. library 'stocked') -- for some reason, one of us shouted at Pat's closet door: "COME OUT OF THERE WITH YOUR HANDS UP!" ..... and the closet door actually popped open at just that moment! Well, of course, you could not convince Pat that it was just a coincidence the door happened to come ajar at that particular moment! And, boy, were all of us scared stiff! Also, in "WEIRD N.J.," Totowa is written up for its famous "MIDGETVILLE" under Route 80 near where "Annie" haunts Riverview Drive -- I've actually been walking along Riverview Dr., and a car stopped to ask me where they can see the famous "MIDGETVILLE" (the residents on that short street off Riverview Drive under Route 80 in Totowa have been so annoyed with people harrassing them that they've actually erected barriers on one end so that cars can't tear into one end and out the other end of that short street) -- and no one knows how that legend of midget residents in Totowa started (it may have been the very tiny houses in that section that were originally used just during the summer).
Profile picture Lina Colangelo Re: W. Pat. swimming hole

Marion Douma Start wrote:

"Of all the members of the Ryle Park Ave. (W.P.) gang, the biggest believer in the supernatural and "Annie, the ghost who haunts Laurel Grove Cemetary" along Riverview Drive," was our late '57 member, Pat Kennedy -- it's amazing how that legend lives "
I remember a family of midgets who use to live in my area of WP. I wonder if they use to live over in TB There were 2 sets of twins I think--one boys and the other girls.
I don't know about the rest of the family. Does anyone else remember them?