Montgomery Locals May 17, 2017
One of my favorite things about modern technology is the digital camera. Whether you carry around an actual camera or if you prefer the one in your cell phone, it’s pretty incredible to think that we can take seemingly endless amounts of photos and share them instantly with the world. We’ve come a long way from the days when a Polaroid instant camera was high-tech!
I love that so many things that are happening currently are being recorded and archived digitally. With people sharing so many pictures on public Facebook pages, future generations will be able to easily look back and find a treasure trove of images organized by date.
It’s strange to think that the photos we take today, even the seemingly “mundane” ones, could be fascinating to people who won’t be born for decades. Some things change overnight, and some things change so slowly we barely realize it’s happening. Montgomery has changed a lot in the last few decades since I was a child. The bank became the library, the school had two separate expansion projects, buildings have been torn down, others have been built, manufacturing, businesses, and restaurants have come and gone, and pay phones have disappeared. I remember when the cable office was on Houston Avenue, and many places around town rented VCR tapes or had cabinet video games. Every once in awhile I catch myself getting hungry for LaGrande’s Pizza or wishing that I could go to Dick’s News Stand and buy penny candy or Garbage Pail Kid cards.
Every generation in this town has things they remember that are unique for them. I’ve heard multiple people talk about how Thomas’ store on Main Street had the best subs, but it was before my time so I’ve never had one myself. But when people are still talking about sandwiches that they haven’t eaten in forty years, they must have been good!
So take photos of things around town that you want to remember. Because believe it or not, a random snapshot of an empty street today could be treasured by the historical society in decades to come.
It’s even more important to take pictures of your family. Whether or not you post them online is a matter of personal choice, but you’ll be glad you have them and they will become more precious as time moves forward. As my grandmother Dorothy Harman used to say, “a good photograph is worth its weight in gold.” Of course that was an era when all photos had to be developed on paper, but it wasn’t all that long ago.
Summer is rapidly approaching, so make good memories and keep your camera handy!
THOT “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were big things.” Robert Brault
Happy Birthday to Seth Heasley, who will be celebrating another year on May 20th.
New Girl Scout troops are forming in Montgomery. Each troop will have an hour long meeting once a week in the Montgomery Library. There will be troops from Brownies to Cadets so children and teens are welcome. A parent meeting will be held on June 3rd, but if you want more information sooner please contact Margaret Mathis at 646-836-0193 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Financial assistance with the registration fee is available for a limited time.
The Montgomery Lions Club is recruiting new members. Please contact Roger McRae if you are interested in joining or would like more information at 570-971-2825.
Sat. May 20 The Black Hole Creek Fishin’ Derby will be held at Riverside Campground at the Bower Street Bridge. The annual Derby starts at 10 a.m.
Sat. May 20 The Clinton Baptist Church will host a free hot lunch from 12-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The Church is located at 60 Warren Street.
Sun. May 21 St. John’s Lutheran “Brick” Church will honor all previous and present members of the church who are veterans (including fallen, served, and present) at the 8:30 am service.
Sun. May 21 The Montgomery Area Historical Society will open the Stone Church from 2-4 p.m. There will be a special presentation about Conrad Richter at 2:45 p.m. given by Larry Stout. Richter lived in both Alvira and Montgomery and went on to become an author who won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His book “Sea of Grass” was made into a film by MGM starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Local geneaology expert Paul Metzger will be present for discussion. To access the church, please use Allenwood Camp Lane near White Deer Golf Course.
Sun. May 21 The Montgomery Area Independent Football League will hold the last sign-up for fall football, flag football, and cheerleading at The Brady Township Building from 2-4 p.m.
Mon. May 22 The Clinton Township supervisors meeting will be held in the Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m.