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Growing up sure is lots of fun

By W.B. Evans

Me and Billy Pipkins were lucky. We managed to make it back behind friendly lines unscathed after a fierce battle with a German infantry division encamped over in the Red Hills.When it comes to espionage, timing is everything.Speaking of timing, it was after five o’clock and we had to get home for supper.We marched passed Charlie Cook’s house and the Wilson Brothers Bus Lines garage in formation and made our way toward the railroad crossing on Market Street.Good thing I found these genuine U.S.


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A friendly nod works wonders

By W.B. Evans

I recently read a newspaper article about this fella who sits on his front porch in all kinds of weather and just waves to motorists.I liked the story; it was a good, but it was a bit unusual these days and times.Why?Cause folks don’t normally speak to strangers.Sometimes, that doesn’t make much sense; they will remain strangers unless no one makes a casual effort to speak or at least nod their head in acknowledgment.You know, I’ve been told more than once told that I sorta go overboard on the “howdy”


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I still can't remember her name

By W.B. Evans

Long before Goodwill Industries came along, Saturday mornings were famous for the unofficial rummage sale in downtown Lancaster.Things were considerably different in a lot of ways back then, but some things never change.Britches still get too tight on growing boys. I was reminded of that recently after donating some clothes to Goodwill.I just can’t figure it out. A lot of my pants seem to be shrinking since my retirement. Must be all that hot water we use.


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I'm still partial to gorillas

By W.B. Evans

Try as I may, I just can’t put my fingers on King Solomon’s words in Proverbs that describe just how sweet it is to recover something that you lost.Seeing how I’ve never been at a loss of words, that notion isn’t going to leave me speechless.I’ll paraphrase it.“Oh, behold the joys of 9 to 5.”Most plowboys (and girls) my age worked 40 years or more before hanging up the old plowshare (or it was hung up for us).More than once during those 14,600 days at the grindstone, I dreamed of retiring t


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Flaming Coffins avoided the mill

By W.B. Evans

About a month had passed since that 10-pound bomb came crashing down on Mr. Ben’s front steps.You may recall, it was only pretend – a sack flour to signify that Mr. Ben was burning his lights during a blackout drill. Hey, the prospect of a Luftwaffe Heinkel “Flaming Coffin” dropping its bomb payload over Chesterfield Avenue didn’t set well with anybody in the neighborhood and Mr Ben wasn’t helping our chances.But Mr. Ben didn’t much cotton very much to all of these wartime rules and regulations.


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Miss McCarty stole my heart

By W.B. Evans

Gosh, I knew going from Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School across town to Lancaster High School would be a great adventure, but I didn’t know it would be so intimidating.We eighth grade boys were “required” (by tradition) to “run the belt line.”First, we were afforded a couple of days of acclimation to learn our way around the campus to find our homerooms.Those two days were filled with all sorts of scary threats coming from male upper classmen, like “Boy, you’ll be able to tell where I hit you” and &ldquo


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I never run out of things to do

By W.B. Evans

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Simpler time not so simple

By W.B. Evans

As I get older – or maybe as I grow mellow – the bad stuff that happened during my childhood just doesn’t seem worth recalling.But it did happen, like when I occasionally got my britches dusted.And at one time, I figured I owned the world record for sitting through lectures while staring down at my shoe tops.Having sisters and brothers pays off. It seems that everybody I knew had a couple of brothers and sisters as an added layer of insulation during troubling times.I wasn’t as lucky.


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Bible school is OK, but I'd rather ring the bell and run

By W.B. Evans

No sooner had the final school bell rung for our last day at Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School, the bell at First Baptist Church peeled, summoning all of us to Vacation Bible School.Mama said most folks thought it best to start “Bible school” just as soon as regular school let out while “you children haven’t forgotten how to be nice and calm.”Nowadays, there is a difference of opinion when it comes to Bible school, or VBS, as many choose to call it.A lot of churches schedule Bible school smack dab in the middle of the summ


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Horton pulls off an egg-citing street trick

By W.B. Evans

A crowd had already gathered down at the Corner Drug Store.Something was going on.


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