Boola! Boola! Ashtabula, Ohio

By Anthony Buccino

Collected writings referencing vacations
and visits to the northeastern Ohio city on Lake Erie

A Father's Place - An Eclectic Collection by Anthony BuccinoDon't Fear the Plain Brown Envelope

What were my interests in 1968? I was too young to worry about the draft. ... I had a fish tank of dubious quality. My fish, when they weren't eating each other, got white spots and died.

A Summer Thing

Perhaps our story will become a Lifetime channel movie. We met, lost contact, lived our lives and then one day look up at the random table at the nursing home and see each other again.

Of Taylor Ham, Veal Cutlets, Skorpers and Ashtabula

Ashtabula in those days was a lot like Mayberry on the TV show, good, hard-working people, but with a different accent. They said I “tocked” funny. I said they “tawked” funny. We were people divided by a common language.

Memories of Brookdale Soda

When I was a kid, I called the fruit punch flavor 'blood' and the cherry pit flavor tickled and chilled my chest after a hard day of play.

Penny Candy from the Corner Store

From the earliest grades to grad schools everywhere, when that end of school bell rings, children queue, nickels in hand, to be the first to reach the candy counter...

The Girl from Walnut Beach

The first time I met her, she was standing at the bottom of the hill on Walnut Beach. North End Fair was opening that night. Roadies were dragging poles and tuning engines on the kids’ rides. She watched them and waited for me. She said hello.

D-Day Landing Reenactment, Lake Erie, Conneaut, Ohio

The gunfire is loud and the battle action long and inspiring, proving the discipline and endurance of our armed forces then, and these authentically outfitted re-enactors now.

Buccino says he is working on a collection of his Ashtabula recollections.

Greetings from Ashtabula Ohio - enhanced post card

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