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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Dear Canonsburg Friends,

Thank you all for your support and friendship!

I want to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

Dick Garboski

Friday, December 14, 2007

Canonsburg Lake

Canonsburg Lake
(Photo taken by Ron Ross of Canonsburg)

Fall foilage at Canonsburg Lake, with unidentified fishermen
(Photo by Paulet Lang of Canonsburg)

Canonsburg Lake is a 76-acre impoundment created from a dam located on Little Chartiers Creek. Water from the lake flows over the dam's spillway, then continues north for approximately ¼ mile where it meets the main branch of Chartiers Creek. Chartiers Creek continues for approximately 25 miles until it meet the Ohio River in McKees Rocks.

The lake was created by a 525 feet long and 45 feet high dam constructed by the Alcoa Corporation in 1943.   The lake was created as an industrial water supply for an Alcoa forging plant located in the East End of Canonsburg where Standard Tin Plate previously had been.   

Alcoa's forging plant was a wartime industry to forge airplane propellers, but the war ended before the plant got into full production.   The facility closed, and Pennsylvania Transformer and RCA followed them at the location.   A small structure built immediately below the dam to house the pumps that transported water to the forging plant remains on site today.

The Commonwealth, acting through the Fish and Boat Commission, acquired the lake, dam and adjacent property in 1958 for public fishing and boating.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Project Status

Here is evidence of some progress on my wine cellar project. (I find as a gentleman of leisure, I can be easily sidetracked).

Roof shingles, doors, trim then paint remain to finish the exterior. The front porch will be put off till spring.

I'll probably tackle the landscaping next, hopefully before our rainy season sets-in and save the interi
or finishing work for those rainy days and its ....shorter........trip to the wine cellar.......Hic!.
Dick Garboski

Friday, December 7, 2007

Worrysome Season

From: Jim Herron

It's getting along toward Christmas, the first snow is on the ground, and I'm getting worried.
I am getting close to that age when one is prone to seasonal stupidity. The predominant form is false reminiscences about "When I was young." I remember old duffers going on and on about how things have changed. A particular favorite was the preponderance of snow. It was a lot colder back then, and the snow stayed on the ground until spring. You could bet that the sleds and skates kids got from Santa would be used immediately.
I remember snow, but apparently senility hasn't set in completely. I still think the passionate rememberer's were (and are) goofy.
I am happy to report that the goofiness isn't new. I was looking through an old Canonsburg Daily Notes this afternoon, one that came out the day after Christmas in 1908.

The weather experts were around even then.

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Alahambra Movie Theater - 12¢ Tickets

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Beetle's Alahambra tickets from the 1940's???

I remember the Continental
theatre ticket price being 12¢ in the 1950's, but at that time the Alahambra's admission price was 16¢.

and h
ow about that 20% federal entertainment tax of 2¢!

Any input, especially the accurate time frame of these tickets appreciated.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

PA Weather

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If you watched Sunday night football you could see how much rain we had here in western Pa. By monday morning it turned to snow and wind. I had to go into Meadville to the wound clinic in the morning. Not to bad going in, but the trip home was a nightmare. I did a 180 on a hill and decided to try a differend route. It's Tue.and still snowing and we have over a foot with several inches still to come. It looks beautiful, but I may not make my next appt on Thur.
Here are a few pics taken from our front window over looking Sugar Lake

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CHS Class of 1957 - 50th Reunion

Hi Dick,

Our group reunion picture finally got in the Observer-Reporter today.
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The reunion was great! The best one ever!

Also I've included some pictures I took during the evening and the brunch.

Do you have any idea where we might find a copy of our year book? One or two classmates lost theirs.

Take care,

Tom Burrows

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mail Pouch Barn


One of the few still remaining - A Mail Pouch ad painted on a Barn in Washington County.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Marty Wall's Son wins Photo Contest

Sunday, October 14, 2007
for the winning photo: Sunrise at Hilton Head this past summer.

Readers submitted 322 photos for the Post-Gazette's online Best Vacation Photo Contest that kicked off in September. The photo above of sunrise off Hilton Head Island, S.C., was taken by Shawn Wall, a software engineer who lives in Wilkins.

Mr. Wall, 29, was visiting Hilton Head this past summer with his girlfriend and her family when he shot this photo.

"I snuck out of the house around 6 a.m. and waited for the sun to rise while taking in the peaceful scenery and listening to the crash of the waves," he says.

Readers viewing photos submitted to the contest were able to rank each one from 1 to 10, so those with the highest averages rose to the top. You can view the full gallery of photos submitted by readers.

Christmas - 1957

Daily Notes - 12/20/1957

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----- A Forwarded Message ----
From: Jim Herron

Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 5:36:18 PM
Subject:: Anybody Know Anybody?

The Notes outdid itself on this photo. I cleaned it up as well as I could.
Can you identify anybody in this 1957 picture?
The majorettes should be identifiable.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Miss SNPJ - 1958

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Wow, she is definitely a beauty; wonder what happen to her?

Can anybody help with any current information regarding Marilyn Turki?

Dick Garboski
1978 Havenwood Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

cc: Canonsburg Friends Blog

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Jim Herron
To: Dick Garboski ;Nestor, Gina; Terling, Rich ; DeLanie, Dave

Subject: Re: Miss SNPJ

CHS Christmas Dance - 1957

The Daily Notes - December 19, 1957
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Jim, thanks for sharing. and how cosmopolitan and sophisticated of them to start the dance at 9:00pm. But what do you expect, they were of the CHS Class of 1959.

cc: Canonsburg Friends Blog

----- Original Message ----
From: Jim Herron
To: "Nestor, Gina"; "Terling, Rich Speedy" ; "Garboski, Dick" ; "DeLanie, Dave"

Subject: Who Zat?

Who are these people? Ever heard of 'em.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Canonsburg Friends sure is Proud to Learn of These Brand New Releases !

From: Isabella Livolsi
To: Dick Garboski

Hi Dick;
Wanted to let you know a couple of very interesting items that would be good to herald on the Canonsburg Friends blog. . .

1) Bobby Kobert Shawn (our classmate) just released a new CD single called "Playing the Jukebox." The CD single can be purchased through D&J records in Carnegie, PA and The Attic, 165 Grant Street, Millvale, PA. Or get them directly from Bobby. Email Bobby at
His previously released CD album were: "Remembering the Early Years" and "Bobby Shawn Sings". Look for a re-release soon of his "Christmas with Bobby Shawn" on CD........ it is currently available on tape.

2) Joyce Arnal's husband (Paul Gentile) has just published his first book . It is Titled: "Dolce Far Niente - Sweet Doing Nothing" a great book about their trip to Italy, which they took after they retired. It captures their travels from Tuscany to Sicily and includes many practical tips. It can be ordered on the internet through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. At Barnes & Noble website, you do not pay postage.

Take care,

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Saved from the Dump - An Early Photo of Canonsburg - J.J. Van Eman Store

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View J. J. Van Eman Biographical Record

From: Lou Sculuca
Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:10:13 PM
Subject: Photo of Canonsburg

Here is the photo I was talking about. I am sorry it is not in the best of shape but like I said on the phone, I picked it up from the dump.
Where exactly the location of the photo is, I am not sure.. My guess it is on the same side as the Crystal Restaurant. The Van Eman sign is evident as well a meat market. You can see bunting displayed on the buildings, so it could have been the 4th of July or a Presidential or Candidate visit. We might be able to determine the year by the ladies dresses. My guess would be is the early 1900's -1930's. I would have to do some research on that but perhaps some of our bloggers have an idea.

Thank you Lou for the rescue, and please keep those picture treasures a coming!
Dick Garboski

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Canonsburg Armory

How about this for an end of an era....... Dave Delanie


Pennsylvania National Guard armory in Canonsburg expected to close

The Pennsylvania National Guard armory in Canonsburg is expected to close within three years in a restructuring of the guard’s unit bases.

Members of the military assigned to 1st Battalion-110th Detachment will be transferred to Charlie Co. in Waynesburg.

The Canonsburg armory on Central Avenue will be turned over to the borough, said Canonsburg Manager Terry Hazlett.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rich Terling Backyard Birthday Party

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Another recent find by Rich Terling. He believes the picture was taken during a birthday party held in his backyard in East Canonsburg - 1950ish.

3rd row back: (last 2 girls) Kathleen Churney, Norma Jean Bell
2nd row back: Fred Terling
1st row (2nd person in) Maybe Darlene Bell

Any and all additional help in identifying would be appreciated.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

CHS Class of1952 - 55th Reunion

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The Canonsburg Class of 1952 had a strong turnout for their 55th reunion held on September 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

We apologize for the photo quality,(scan from the Observer). Oh, by the way what happened to Jack and Bobby.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Few Attic Treasures

A special thanks to Rich Terling for sharing these great finds from a recent attic crawl. Also take note of his front row special effects. Certainly makes you wonder why he wasn't guided toward some field of artistic endeavor.

HI...Here's who I remembered:
1st row: Tony Dellorso, Patty Rodgers, ?, Dolly Dellarso
2nd Row: ?, Mary Ellen Malone, Dorothy Wooten, Janet Lanzy, Stella ?
3rd Row: John Natale, Joyce & Janet Natale, ?, Jim DePaoli
4th row: Pete Pasquali, Barbara ?, ?(I remember her jumping over seats to get to someone for bothering her)*, ?, Bill Kotar
5th row: Diane Pankus, Betty Popovich, Connie DelBene, Ray Yamka, Carmen Fragapane, Walter Piechnick, Bill Shuba, ?, Nick Stamatkis, Rich Terling, John Rotella, ?, John Rossero.

Did anyone figure out who my ?'s are?

Love, Betty Popovich Bartok
*Some say that this is when Rich Terling first got the nickname "SPEEDY".

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This second picture is from Rich's brother Freds 8th grade class taken March 1953.

Help in identifying the classmates would be appreciated. Teachers name on blackboard.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rich Terling's Fathers Bar, The Union Grill

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A picture of Rich Terling's Fathers Bar, The Union Grill - Circa 1950's located on Adams Ave. across from the Transformer Plant.

Centered in the middle, standing behind the bar are Rich's parents.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wine Cellar Project Update #3

Hi, as some of you know I have had a few setback issues, but I am now happy to report we are again making progress on our project. I can truly say that taking on the role and responsibilities of contractor has turned out to be a real learning experience.

The three pictures included here show that we have completed the framing and erecting of four of the walls of the above ground structure.

The remaining three walls, external wall siding as well as the construction and placement of the roof rafters are planned for this coming week.

Dick Garboski
1978 Havenwood Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A New McDonald's to tribute Como and Vinton

New McDonald's restaurant to showcase Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.

The Golden Arches will temporarily dim in Canonsburg at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. But local residents will soon be able to say "I'm lovin' it even more!"

That's because the McDonald's restaurant at 100 Bobby Vinton Boulevard will be completely demolished. Wreckers will be on site by 7 a.m. Aug. 24.

Demolition work is expected to be completed by the end of the business week.

The 29-year-old facility will be destroyed to make way for a new McDonald's restaurant at the same location. Expected to open in mid-November, the structure will be a tribute to Canonsburg's most famous native sons: Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.

The McDonald's in Canonsburg is one of four McDonald's restaurants in Washington County that are owned and operated by Ron Galiano, a McDonald's franchisee for more than 17 years.

"Canonsburg residents have supported McDonald's for decades," said Galiano "To demonstrate our appreciation for that loyalty, we're redesigning the restaurant to offer our customers the best that McDonald's has to offer in the latest of technology"

Music aficionados will delight in the restaurant's d├ęcor that will honor the two musical legends who were born and raised in Canonsburg.

Highlights of the memorabilia expected to be on display include a beaded denim jacket and the original saxophone used by Bobby Vinton, autographed photos and albums of Perry Como along with paintings given to him from his wife.

McDonald's of Canonsburg employees, including store manager Scott Kausky (eight years) assistant manager Eric Vasilisin and crew members Sophia Braddock, David Gibbs, Carolyn Larimer and Tammy Talpas, all with over 15 years experience, have been instrumental to the restaurant's success, Galiano said.

They and all other Canonsburg employees have been offered employment at other McDonald's restaurants during the rebuild and will return to the Canonsburg location when the restaurant reopens this fall.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Buc Broadcaster - Bob Prince -Famous Sayings


Bob Prince was a broadcaster for the Bucs from 1948-1975. He was known for his colorful commentary and rapid fire delivery. Because of his quick tongue, he became affectionately known as "The Gunner".

During Prince's years with the Bucs, listeners either loved him or hated him, but they were always amused by him. He was a great Pirates fan, and he saw the club through some dark years as well as through a few championships.

On May 3, 1985, after a 10 year abscence, Prince returned to the Pirate broadcast booth for one encore as a Pirate announcer. At 68 years old, he was fighting and losing a battle with cancer, but during his encore broadcast, the magic returned, and the Bucs responded with a nine-run 4th inning on their way to a 16-2 victory over the Dodgers. Prince was only strong enough to announce two of his scheduled three innings, but he received three standing ovations from the crowd.

A month later. Bob Prince lost his battle with cancer. His name was displayed proudly in the Pirates broadcast booth at Three Rivers Stadium.

Bob Prince was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster in 1986. He will live in our Pirate memories and our personal hall of fame forever.

Prince was known for his unique style of broadcast lingo. A new listener might need an English-to-Prince dictionary to understand his broadcasts. Here is a sampling of Bob Prince sayings and nicknames which we affectionately call "Gunnerisms". Several members of the Pirates e-mail list sent in their favorite Gunnerisms. Special thanks goes to Father John Hissrich (, Gary Davis ( and all my other contributing authors. Here is a collection of various contributions: Sayings:
A Baltimore chop base hit that would go higher than normal due to the extraordinarily hard infield at Forbes Field

Prince's cry to Roberto Clemente to hit one up and over the wall.

A pitcher would be throwing a ball so hard it looked as tiny and as hard to hit as an aspirin tablet. As in, "Veale's firin' aspirin tablets out there tonight."

Hard line drives right to an infielder - it was at 'em. "Law has his At'em ball workin' tonight."

Prince developed babushkas that the women in the stands could wear to bring the Pirates luck. It was, in a sense, a later version of the Green Weenie.

"THE BASES ARE F.O.B." (full of Bucs)
What was needed now, was a bingle, a dying quail, perhaps a bug on the rug...

A little hit; a small single; perhaps a bunt single. Just something that would get a Bucco on base.


A quick way to get two runs through a single (the bloop) and a home run (the blast), as in, "The Buccos are down by one run going to the bottom of the ninth. What we need here is a bloop and a blast."

A basehit that skittered through the gap, particularly on artificial turf.

A very small margin indeed, as in, "That ball just missed. It was foul by a gnat's eyelash."

A home run for Willie Stargell, begun by the fact that Stargell owned a chicken restaurant in Pittsburgh's Hill District and that whenever he homered, the person at the counter would get free chicken. Thus, Prince would say, "We need a homer here. Come on, Willie, spread some Chicken on the Hill." In one particular game, Prince said that if Stargell hit a home run, everybody in the restaurant would get free chicken. Stargell did hit the home run, everyone got free chicken, and Stargell sent the bill to Prince.

a little closer than a gnat's eyelash.

A cheer to get firstbaseman Dick Stuart out of a slump.

Rocky Nelson, 1b-man alternating with Stuart.

A little bloop, a tweener, or a bingle; a hit that falls in like a shot quail would.

A device invented by the Gunner to jinx and perhaps spook opposing players, the green weenie was the size and shape of a hot dog. When pointed at the opponents and shaken, it rattled and supposedly put a jinx on them.

This is what the Gunner would say when a batter chased a pitch way outside. Take one of the slats out from under a full sized bed and notice how much longer it is than a bat, and you get an idea that the batter was definitely chasing.

in response to a called 3rd strike.

Similar to the law of averages, it was the force which dictated that a player who was in a slump was due for a big hit, as in, "Stargell is Oh for his last eight, so with hidden vigorish he should get a big hit here."

A double play by which the Bucs would clean up the basepaths. When someone complained that Prince was giving free advertising to a particular brand of vacuum cleaner, he tried to invent a story about President Herbert Hoover's cleaning up corruption in Washington.

After suffering through some terrible Bucco teams in the early- 1950's, Prince got to enjoy the taste of victory in 1960 and throughout the early-1970's with the Battlin' Bucs. The taste of a championship, a mid-season victory, or a home run that would put the Bucs ahead would draw out "How sweet it is".

The most famous of Prince's sayings; this was his well-known home run call.

No one knew exactly who she was (or whether she was related to Jimmy Durante's Mrs. Calabash), but Prince would end each broadcast by saying, "Good night, Mary Edgerley, wherever you are."

A can of corn; refers to an easy fly ball. Immortalized in 1970 when Matty Alou dropped a "can of corn" against the Cubs, and the Bucs had to wait another day to clinch their first pennent in 10 years.

"Koufax just threw Stuart his radio ball. He could hear it, but he couldn't see it." "Low hummin' riser." (Similar to a radio ball)

"It's rug cuttin' time." More commonly known as "crunch time." "For all the money, marbles, and chalk." Deciding moment. Crunch time.

When a pitcher gives up a lot of hits but doesn't give up serious runs. Escapes without serious damage being done.

Can't get a break. The Bucs are snake bit tonight.

a high pitch was up around a sluggers mouth, or lips, or "soup coolers". Prince often said Stargell was looking for a pitch up around his "soup coolers".

A ball that got "between" the outfielders; similar to a "bug on a rug", but it could occur on grass or as a "bloop" hit that fell in between fielders; hopefully, followed by a Bucco "blast".

Spoken after a close win by the Pirates, it indicated that we should have known all along that the Pirates would win. It was perhaps the father of Lanny Frattare's "No doubt about it."

Bob "Beetles" Bailey
Nellie Briles: "the Rainmaker"
Smokey Burgess : "Shake, rattle, and roll."
Donn "Clink" Clendenon
Gene "Little Angry" Clines
Elroy Face: The Baron of the Bullpen
Dick Groat: (no.24) was sometimes called "Double-Dozen"
Harvey Haddix: "Kitten"
Don Hoak: "the Tiger"
Ralph Kiner: from Alhambra CA, was The Alhambra Kid, or the Alhambra Hammer.
Ed "Spanky" Kirkpatrick
Vern Law: "the Deacon"
Gene Michael: was "the Stick."
Manny Sanguillen: was the "Road Runner", long before Ralph Garr stole the nickname.
Dick "Ducky" Schofield: not to be confused with his son Dickie who was also a ML player.
Willie Stargell: was Willie La Starge or Wilver Dornell (his given name).
Bob Skinner: was "Doggie"
Bill Virdon: was "The Quail"
Jim "Possum" Woods: one of Prince's fellow broadcasters.

Class Reunion Picture - 1969

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Wine Cellar Update

In this post we chronicle the 2nd week of Garbo's Wine Cellar Project.

During this week we completed excavation, including the footers that surround and support the perimeter of the above ground structure. The footers are 1.5 feet deep and 12" wide.

We brought in 7 tons of sand and compacted to a 4" base for the concrete.

Next, up went the forms to shape the pouring of the footers and the 4" deep concrete slab. Within the formed area we placed steel wire mesh tied into rebar for reenforcement.

We started pumping in 8 yards of concrete from the street around noon time, and finally completed the hand finishing of the concrete surface during the waning daylight hours.

Now we wait 4 to 5 days while the concrete cures.

Another look at the entrance to the Fall Out/Bomb Shelter soon to be Wine Cellar.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

A Great Message, Ray........... and certainly worth sharing!

Dick Garboski

----- Original Message ----
From: Ray Butka <>

A friend of mine opened his wife's drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: This, - he said -'isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it. On the bed, he placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Try to make every day in your life is a special occasion'.

I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less, sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal
glasses every day... I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I want to. The words 'Someday...' and 'One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done
if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small
things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would
meet, and those letters... that I wanted to write One of these days'.

I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brother and sisters, son and daughters, not times enough at least, how much
I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives..

And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day.....Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about.

If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days', remember that 'One
day' is far away... or might never come...

No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend some time, read this once again.

It holds a useful messages for the soul.

Don't keep this message, for here's the fun of it: Send copies and You'll have a pleasant surprise.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Fwd: 1960's reunion picnic

From: Jim Herron
Date: Aug 15, 2007 8:09 AM
Subject: 1960's reunion picnic

Here are a couple of pictures Arnold Cushner took at the Class of 1960's picnic to which they invited grads from the 1950s & 1960s. 

Fran & I were the only ones from 1959. 

We are in one photo with Susan Bell Rossero.  The other shows, from right, Ron Bish, Gary Kirr, Marion DiCio Kirr, and somebody (no, it's not Stan Bostjancic).  In the background are a lot of other somebodies. 

That's Frannie Horvath with his back toward us, between Bish and Kirr.

Jim Herron

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Wine Cellar Project Begins

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s I have mentioned to some, in the 1950's a bomb/fall-out shelter was built in an area toward the back of my property. It was built out 12" thick re-enforced concrete. It measures about 12' x 16', is nine feet high and the top of the shelter is about 4 feet below ground level.

I plan to build a structure over it and convert the below ground shelter into a wine cellar.

The above three pictures show the initial stage of site prep, layout and excavation.

The entrance, a 14 step stairwell, that was constructed to access the below ground shelter
can be seen in the pictures.

The two 4 inch galvanized pipes seen extending up from the ground surface are apart of a
hand cranked air filtering system. .

Dick Garboski
1978 Havenwood Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362