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Honoring those who served on Memorial Day

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Here's Flat Stanley with a WWII Memorial of those who served from Upper Arlington. This memorial is near what was Upper Arlington High School, (now Jones Middle School); the former location of Camp Willis.

Please take some time this long holiday week-end to honor those who've served. Is there a memorial near you?

Join Flat Stanley and me as we honor these brave individuals:
Abernethy, Adair, Albanese, Allen, Andres, Andrus, Anstatett, Anthony, Armstrong, Aschinger, Ashby, Atkinson, Auld, AuMiller, Axene, Azbell, Babb, Bailey, Baker, Barklanoff, Baldwin, Baley, Bard, Barkman, Barnes, Barr, Barrcklow, Bass, Baynes, Bweightler, Bell, Berlin, Best, Betts, Biddle, Billman, Binder, Blackburn, Blackford, Boettcher, Boggs, Bohannan, Bohmer, Bolen, Brandt, Brannan, Berehm, Bright, Brooks, Brown, Bucher, Buck, Burbridge, Burkhart, Burton, Cameron Cammarn, Carn, Canning, Carruthers, Carver, Casto, Chamberlin, Chester, Childers, Clark, Collins, Connolly, Copper, Corson, Crane, Crockett, Cu…

Flat Stanley goes to Camp!

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Ok, firstly let me say oophs, this post for Friday Fun with Flat Stanley was suppose to focus on Art, due to some technical difficulties that's not happening. Sorry folks, please though do check back next Friday June 4th when Stanley hopes to share some fun art with you. And remember click on all photo's to enlarge them.

This is Flat Stanley in front of a Franklin County Historical Sign marking the location of Camp Willis. The sign indicates The National Guard was trained here in 1916 in order to go into service against Pancho Villa on The Mexican Boarder. Some 8,000 men trained here. Pancho Villa was a cold blooded killer, though loved by many. He had the reputation of a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor; but he forced 18 American miners off a train and shot them in cold blood in 1916. He was ruthless many times over.

The men who trained here served under General Pershing. The camp was short lived and was dismantled in September of 1916. The need…

River Street, Savannah, Georgia

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Historic River Street in Savannah Georgia is fun even on a cloudy, rainy day. You can walk the coastline of The Savannah River and enjoy watching the boats and ships come and go. You can see pleasure boats, cruise boats/ships, and cargo ships coming and going from this busy seaport. You can sign up for a fun filled Pirate Ship Tour. This is a particularly good activity for families, the small children love it.
This quaint slippery, steep cobblestone street is closed off. We're at the waters edge looking back up the hill.
Can you begin to see how steep this hill is? How old and uneven the cobblestone is? I was glad I had tennis shoes on for walking; everyone we saw with sandals and less sturdy shoes was having a time of it. It had rained and these aged and very worn stones were treacherous.
Looking down the row of old businesses, you can see how narrow the street is. Savannah you might know is one of the cities saved when Sherman's tr…

Up The Indian Mound with Stanley

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If you want to stretch your legs, run around, have a picnic and feel like a giant, come along with Flat Stanley. This activity is fun for the whole family, the kids and pets too. On the west side of McKinley Avenue in Columbus just south of Trabue Road is a large grassy mound. If you drive by fast; that may be all you'll see. Slow down and park the car; it's quite a different story. You'll see a small parking area that can accommodate a couple of cars and this stone gate. To the left of the gateway and grassy mound you'll see this 2 sided historic marker.

This mound goes by a couple of names. The area, the park it self is called Campbell Memorial Park named after a man who was governor of the state for 2 short years. Probably more remarkable was his Presidency of The Ohio Historical and Archaeological Society. His daughter Jessie Campbell Coons name this area after him in 1929.

The mound is the last of The Conical Indian Burial Mounds in the city of Columbus. I…

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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Who doesn't love the idea of getting their picture taken next to this Old Salt? I even have a small version as a Christmas ornament. The words Old Salt conjures up images of hard working, wonderful fishermen, fireplaces at days end, and huge plate of lobster to me. This Old Salt welcomes you to Boothbay Harbor.

Historic Boothbay Harbor Inn, has much to offer you and your family for a relaxed memorable vacation. This historic Inn has been in operation since 1944, and is still owned and operated by The Brown Family; the 3rd generation. It's a proud tradition with emphasis on family. Your family will be comfortable in a quest room, efficiency, or one of the cottages. All accommodations have a view of the water and private deck.


Boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, shopping, whale watching, and hiking are just some of the activities one can enjoy while vacationing with friends and family inBoothbay Harbor Maine. Maybe that's more activity then you want; kick back then and…

First Flight and Flat Stanley

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Wish this picture had turned out better of Mother swinging a child in great delight with hair blowing in the wind. Art can be fun, can be series, can be controversial; but who doesn't enjoy looking at a statue? Don't we all love to pose by statues. See Flat Stanley is no different. This statue, titled "First Flight" in Worthington, Ohio on High Street in the NW quadrant of The Village Green is in front of The Senior Center. It's the only publicly owned piece of art in Worthington. It was purchased in 1998.

The sculpture is Alfred Tibor, a man with a fascinating story. He was born in Feb of 1920 in Hungary with the name Alfred Goldstein. Being Jewish was beyond difficult in those days. He was a very talented gymnast. He was self taught because of being Jewish he wasn't allowed training. But through hard work and dedication, on his part he qualified for The Hungarian Olympic Team. Though he qualified, he was not permitted to attend and compete in the…

Mira The Newfoundland, Miramonte Wineries, Temecula, California

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*remember clicking on the pictures enlarges them

We were greeted by Mira, The Newfoundland as soon as we got out of the car. She sauntered slowly over to us from her shady spot under the tree, as if on cue. Unsure where to go, we followered her to the door around back. Mira seemed to know the way. She walked up a ramp, obviously made just for her.....

She walked behind the counter in search of someone to assist us. She continued her trek into the back room where she announced our arrival. Or at least it seemed that way; as immediately thereafter we were greeted by someone to pour wine for us.

Her job done, Mira rejoined us in the main room and laid down at our feet while we tasted wine and chatted with the hostess. We'd been sent to this particularly winery, Miramonte because I like Pinot Grigio Wine. One of the workers from another winery where we lunched (next post); suggested we make a stop here. She said they were known for their Pinot Grigio.

Miramonte was founded in 2000 an…

Flat Stanley and his friend, Captain Abner Pinney

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Hello, it's Friday and I'm here to tell you about my new friend, Captian Abner Pinney. I'm inbetween his old original stone (on the right), and his new marker and military marker. His old stone isn't in good shape, the information about my friend isn't readable any longer. He lived a long long time ago. Abner was born way back in 1750. If you want to know how long ago that was, grab a piece of paper and pencil and subtract 2010 (our current year), and 1750 (the year he was born). The answer you get tells you how long ago that was. Did you get 260? Whew, that really is a long time ago. Abner was an important man, a man I want to honor. He was born in Connecticut and was a drummer and served in The American Revolution.
Here's a close up of his modern day stone. He was a Captain and fought for our Independence from England. Because of Abner and brave men like him, we celebrate The 4th of July. He lived only a short time in Worthington, Ohio. He traveled all the way…

Traveling Safely in your Car

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Travel season is upon use, many families will be hitting the roads for vacation when the kids get out of school for the summer. We sometimes take travel too lightly, we forget the dangers involved. Be safe, travel safe and you'll have more fun when you arrive at your destination. Practice car safety, you life may depend on it.

But before you go review this list, make sure you and your car are ready for a safe journey.
Have you checked your tire pressure?Do you a full tank of gas?Have you filled up the window washer fluid? Sometimes its' a good idea to have extra in the trunkDo you a window scrapper (depending on when and where you're going, like the mountains even in summer you may need it)Do you have a flash light for emergencies?Do you have a cell phone charger that works in your car?Does someone have your license plate number and the route you plan to travel?Do take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest, change drivers if you're not alone…

Fish Hall Plantation, Barkers Field, Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Odd you might think to see an historic marker along side a small community baseball diamond. Must admit as we pulled the car off the road, so did I. I wondered what the story behind Barkers Field was.
A close up of the sign indicates a Confederate Brigadier General named Thomas Fenwick Drayton fought the Battle of Port Royal in this area. The Battle of Port Royal was a decisive battle during The Civil War. 18 Union Warships bombarded the Confederates at Fort Walker. Under the leadership of General Thomas Sherman 13,000 Union soldiers landed on the beach and established an important blockade. This battle was one of the earliest amphibious operations of the war. General Drayton's brother Captain Percival Drayton remained loyal to The United States and fought on the side of the Union forces. He commanded one of those war ships, The Pocahontas. Brother against brother, families pitted against each other made this war so very personal. I can't imagine the heartache withi…