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Pat Haley: ‘We smiled as we left Staunton, Virginia’

Pat Haley 2By Patrick Haley
Guest Post

Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”

We did, in a sense, go home again, at least for seven days. Staunton, Virginia, is not our hometown, but was home to Brenda and me for twelve of the happiest years of our lives. We spent the whole week in Staunton. We saw old friends and journeyed to the Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton Braves Stadium, and Wright’s Dairy-Rite where car hops still come out and take your order. Little has changed from the day it opened in 1952.

As we walked the winding hills in town, up past Trinity Church, and up the street to Mary Baldwin College, wonderful things began to happen. We remembered our motor scooter rides around town, and how Doc Haley, our poodle, used to sit under our large maple tree and listen to the Robert E. Lee High School band practice. The memory made us smile and nod.

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Signs signs signs #1 … Hanger campaign

By Lynn R. Mitchell

1This was Sunday morning at Wright’s Dairy Rite in Staunton for the Memorial Day weekend Drive-In that eventually had more than 200 cars, closing one lane of Greenville Avenue for half a mile. In the middle of it all was this Emmett Hanger for Senate sign. For more about the Cruise-In, see Greenville Avenue shuts down for cruise-in.

2In front of Kathy’s Restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Staunton …

3… beside the historic “Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President 1913-21” sign.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
May 24, 2015

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