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Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

Orams 1 Josh

Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

Orams 5 Nicole

Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

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A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.

 

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Love the LEGO® donuts

 

 

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Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug

 

 

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Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912

 

Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.

 

 

Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Community.
Communities.
Swim Team Community
Swim Team Community- Columbus Ohio
Bocce Community
Bocce Community in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
Baseball PNC
Baseball Community- PNC Park
Zion Apostolic Christmas Dinner
Zion Apostolic Community-  Christmas dinner Monroeville PA
Etna Softball
Softball Community in Etna PA
River City Brass Band
River City Brass Band  (Community) at Carnegie Music Hall- Pittsburgh PA
Knit the Bridge
Knit the Bridge Community- (and Crochet)  Warhol Bridge- Pittsburgh PA
Culinary Class Gingerbread Houses
High School Culinary Class Community Gingerbread Houses- Each kitchen created one together as a group effort
Football
Football Community- Steelers Fans- Pittsburgh PA
Candles at St Patricks
                                               St Patrick’s Church Community- Columbus Ohio
Art Community Panza Gallery
             Art Community  Panza Gallery Millvale PA
Guitar Community
Guitar Community. Bleecker Street New York City
Army Community Germany
  Army Community- Grafenwoehr Germany    I am the one holding the camera!   Thirty years ago.

Steelers Game in the Snow

I won the tickets.  We parked on the North Side for free and walked to Heinz Field.  We didn’t buy anything at the game.  Not a hotdog or a foam finger or even a plastic tray of nachos.  Nada!  A frugal effort to say the least.  We slipped and slid to the field on the untreated walks.  We got to the game and I had a purse with my camera. NOPE, even if it were empty, it could not enter the stadium.

Had to be see through plastic or a 4.5 x 6″ clutch. YIKES.  We walked half way back to the car and Steve put in in the V of a tree in the park.  It was to far to walk all the way back.  It was leather and I carry my camera in it and couldn’t just pitch it in the giant dumpster provided for such bags.  I don’t go to football games and didn’t realize the restrictions on bags.  PNC Park never banned my camera/purse.

On to the snow (the very wet snow) and the cold and the damp and the loss.  Yep.   The loss.

A high scoring, exciting game, though.  And disappointing.

We left before we could see the dismal end, the “almost greatest play ever” they said on the radio as we scraped the windshield and warmed up the car.  Came home for soup and tea and a hot shower and I was STILL cold!  But we had fun as best we could given the circumstances ie. weather.

Heinz Field in the BackgroundHere we are in front of Heinz Field.  Don’t ask why we are not wearing our gloves.  I have no idea!

Thanks random Steelers fan for photographing us!  Nice.

Pittsburgh in Snow and fog

Can you see Fort Pitt Bridge arch on the right?  The city skyline was totally obliterated by fog and snow when we first arrived.  If you stare you can see ghosts of the buildings.

Snow covered seats at heinz fieldSome fans stayed home. Watched it on television in a warm living room by the fire.

blowing snow off the hash marks

ladling hot chocolateLadling Hot Chocolate

IMG_0730Blowing the snow off the lines at Half-time

Snow on Drums

Snow on the drums

Snow on Condiments

Snow on Condiments

crazy hat

Crazy Hat

TV Cameraman

TV camera crew in the snow  (taken with the iPhone)

Santa in Stadium

Santa on his cell phone.

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 Discarded Terrible Towel. Sacrilege!  (Sorry to post this photo, Myron- RIP)

City and Christmas Tree

What the city looked like later

MR. Rooney Statue in the snowMr. Art Rooney Statue in the Snow

Immaculate Recepetion Immaculate Reception- Marlene and Donald, (Erika’s Parents) were there to see it!

Serious Tailgaters

Serious Tailgaters Equipment

Porta Potty in Pickup Truck

More serious tailgaters personal equipment in a pick-up

BBQ and Chairs in the Lot

Tailgater equipment

IMG_0773Tailgater Aftermath- You know I am always fascinated by the garbage.

tree in snowy park

The tree holding my purse until after the game when we retrieved it.

Pittsburgh Steel Man and Yoda

Pittsburgh Steel Man , Yoda and Bandito let me take their picture


Not the Lottery But Fun to Receive Call Saying You’re a Winner!

Bought two raffle tickets  LAST JANUARY to support one of my student’s effort to fund her People to People Ambassador trip to Australia. They’ve been on my fridge, held by a magnet, for MONTHS!

Thanksgiving night an unknown number appeared on my cell phone. Was everything all right?

Yes, won two tickets to Sunday’s home Steelers Game.          It was unexpected and fun to get the phone call, saying, ” You won!”

(Now if I’m going to win the Mega Millions Lottery around here, I’ll have to actually purchase a lottery ticket one of these days)

Steelers Tickets and the original raffle tix which have been on my fridge door for months!

Steelers Tickets and the original raffle tix which have been on my fridge door for months!

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

Unusual POV?  selected from recent shoots

Different Point of View (6)Reflection at Idlewild Park Pond

 

 

Different Point of View (7)

Henrietta Pussycat as seen from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Trolley- Idlewild Park

 

 

 

 

Different Point of View (5)Yellow Cab about to turn into the intersection as shot from the opposite curb

 

 

Different Point of View (2)Sunset and the city skyline as shot from the McArdle Roadway Bridge

 

 

Different Point of View (3)From McArdle Roadway Bridge, second half warm-up

 

 

Different Point of View (4)As I walked to my car, after the Red, White and Blue Invitational Cross Country Meet- Schenley Park

 

Different Point of View (1)

Not so unusual but this is the McArdle Roadway Bridge where I shot the other two photos

Different Point of View (8)

 

Grandson Michael steers the Ducky boat on the Monongahela River towards the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

and a Pirates game on TV, as  seen through a bar room window on Carson Street

Different Point of View

 

 

 

 

 


Who Do You Root For? For Whom Do You Root?

Is it whom or who?

 

Graduation on Saturday.  Everything going without a hitch. Supposed to be a solemn occasion.  Serious business.

I was standing with my camera, photographing the seniors as they filed in and found their rows.

Mr. Milinski, Health and Phys Ed teacher, Cross Country and Tennis Coach, was at the end of the first row.

Be seated after the National Anthem.

I hear a soft voice, “Ms. Hendricks, Ms. Hendricks.”

Mr. Milinski lifted his robe to reveal some crazy Green Bay Argyles.  Of course, I photographed them.

In fact, I think he wanted me to get the shot.   He seemed pleased that I captured his individuality.

This morning at school I ran into him in the main office and I asked him if it would be okay to blog his socks.

He said I could even use his name.  And I asked him why he was a Green Bay Fan in the middle of Pittsburgh? and his response was

“Because I’m smart!”

It Can’t Be Easy Being a Cheesehead Green Bay Fan (it’s not derogatory anymore) in a Sea of Steelers Fans!

was my original title.  

Mr. Milinski and I  had a chuckle and here’s the photo of his Cheesehead socks.  Everyone has their team allegiance, often due to place of residence or where one was born or hails from….can’t end a sentence with “from” either. Yikes.

I think he’s from the South Side of Pittsburgh, nowhere near Lake Michigan but I’ll check on that.

Green Bay Argyles


Proud to be Born in Florida

(Blog follower and Floridian friend Kristin, my guest blogger the other day with with gators on Christmas, is going to enjoy this photograph)

Michael is the only grandchild born in Florida and he’s proud of it.

I was fortunate he was an August baby and I hadn’t started back to school yet so I was on the scene to take care of big sister Anna when Mom and Dad went to the hospital.

The family has a Pittsburgher, two Buckeyes and a Floridian.

This Christmas Santa helped Michael get the proper gear to represent The University Florida Gators.

No one else in Columbus Ohio is sporting these colors around town.  They’re all in scarlet and gray, right Rob?

What is your team?

Proud to be born in Florida


Night Game Christmas Tree at Heinz Field

On the way back home, after a weekend with the family, I drove by the night game.

We’re not talking about who won.  It’s been a rough season.  Not looking so good.

I didn’t post it on the Monday after due to the  disappointing outcome for the Steelers.  But I like the scene. And it was exciting to hear the roar of the crowd.

Shot with a 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/1.8 and a slow shutter 40- propped on the  rolled down driver’s window- without a remote cable release but managed without  camera shake. Canon 5D Mark ll


Flag Spinning Skills Take Practice

Here we are in Aunt Linda and Uncle Frank’s front yard.  Murphy resting in the grass.

Abigail was a flower girl in Mark and Erika’s wedding almost exactly ten years ago and now she is going into high school.  Here she is demonstrating how to spin a flag- there are butterflies and figure eights and she has to do it left handed and right handed and toss it in the air and catch it. Anna and Maura were watching and I know I couldn’t do it.  Even with practice.  Her silk flag flowing in synchronized motion will add a lot to the half time show come fall.


It Was a Great Season….

Didn’t want to miss a date on the postaday2011 challenge. New post coming at one minute after midnight.

Flying the colors to honor a great season.


A Steelers Fan’s Nod to the Packers

We love our Steelers, win or lose. Here’s some Pittsburgh cheese to acknowledge your win, Packers fans and dear friends! (Rob you were right.)   I made Haluski, Pierogies and Kielbasa but no one felt like eating here.       Have to post now and get to bed cause I’m driving back to the Burgh for school in the morning, YIKES! We had a fun time together but watching the superbowl was so stressful.   Kids dropped off to sleep one by one.

Sportsmanship

What we teach our children.
I thought about posting
a Back to Work theme
(leaving Columbus at 4AM)
or some serious Comfort Food

Penn Mac Company on Penn Avenue in the Strip District has some GREAT cheese!!


HERE WE GO! Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jets Playoff Game- Single Digits on the Thermometer Predicted

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Reporting from Pittsburgh- I put myself on assignment.       Saturday morning I was thinking about a post for Sunday’s game.  It was all blue sky and about ten degrees.  Got out of bed and drove through the Strip District on my way down to Heinz Field.  The guy who sold me the Croatian STEELERSFan T-shirts last year agreed to a shot. Fans lined up for breakfast outside DeLuca’s.   Dumptrucks were being filled with snow from the stadium parking lots. Rows of Porta-Potties stood empty, waiting for the Sunday tailgaters. Up in the stands I saw an army spreading salt left and right.  Went for coffee in Aspinwall afterwards and ended in the J & W Variety Store (EST. 1969)  where I purchased a tiny 99 cents pencil sharpener. Lots of STEELERS gear and accessories for sale. I asked if it would be okay if I photographed the display and the proprietor said – Sure!      Handed me a complimentary HERE WE GO button as I left.  Everyone’s pumped!  I read a letter to the editor (5th one down)in the Post-Gazette from the guy in the New England End Zone Militia asking us to drown out the JETS fans and win!   Similar to the players message to the fans click here- BE LOUD!!


Steelers Train at S. W. Randall Toys Downtown Pittsburgh

Big game Saturday afternoon against the Ravens. Go Steelers!  This Steelers train goes around and around in the toy store window.  Waited until it came around to catch the engine.  Everyone is psyched to watch on Saturday and it’s Black and Gold Day in the city on Friday.   Matthew and Mary will be at Ship of Fools Sports Bar in NYC watching, before he heads back to Croatia.  Check out S.W. Randalls in Shadyside,  for quality toys. Mark, Matthew and Laura used to browse and shop there after school when we lived on Howe Street in ’89-’91.  Two floors of every LEGO. Playmobil and doll you can envision!

Playoff game 4:30 Saturday. GO STEELERS.


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