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Courier BlogMaster
Contact online editor Nabil Shaheen at nabilshaheen@thecourier.com if you are interested in blogging for Findlay Publishing Co.
Interests: yoga,fitness,wellness,holistic health, meditation,nature,hiking,white water rafting
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Milepost 856 Unless this is among one of your first visits to my little corner of the Internet blogesphere, you know that I have a thing for interlocking towers. Not sure why, but they just are fascinating to me. I've... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 855 From time to time, I've mentioned people that I have met in this great hobby. One of those people was certainly Dick Knotts who lived near Washington, DC. Dick was a great modeler and was active in the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Gas is $4 a gallon? Thanks Obamacare! - Tammy Perhaps I should thank the critics who gave plenty of hate to the movie, "Tammy." I had put off seeing this flick before finally traveling to the cinemas last weekend. I've... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 854 Images, NMRA Bulletin Ken Chamberlain has published a series of one-page idea sketches in the NMRA Bulletin for years. I mentioned a few months ago that I had purchased a huge cache of old Bulletins from the NWORRP... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 853 The old Wheeling & Lake Erie station in Kent, Ohio, is being threatened with demolition if some interested partiy or parties don't step forward to save it. This editiorial recently appeared in the Kent Record-Courier; as a railfan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Don't usually leap into religious topics, but a recent Letter to the Editor drew my attention ... and ire. One Dear Reader disliked a story of ours about a new, "seeker-friendly church" at the Findlay Village Mall. Despite her claim... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 852 In a previous post, I mentioned picking up an old Revell Interlocking Tower to add to my collection of similar buildings. A bonus on the inside was an advertising sheet showing some of the other various HO scale... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 851 OK, take a look at the photo above and see if you recognize the building in it. It's a model railroad classic and has been around for a long time. Does this image help any? Give up? It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
What's the point of being an outlaw if you've got responsibilities? - Jesse Pinkman I've kept a dark secret for weeks. Didn't tell a soul. Always wanted to watch "Breaking Bad," an award-winning series that appeared on AMC a few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 850 Ok, while these aren't the "official pictures," I did want to share a couple from our daughter, Jayne's recent wedding. Jayne married Ryan Keck on June 28th and the event was near perfect! The weather held, the service... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 849 This one is new to me. The other evening, I was visiting with my friend Merv and we were discussing some pictures in a freight car book that he had. Some of those cars had numbers in addition... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 848 As I mentioned in my previous post, we had a chance to do a little train watching recently and it turned out to be quite the evening. We pick up the action here as a west-bound container train... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Maybe I expected too much from the Clint Eastwood-directed film "Jersey Boys." I gave this movie a solid B. This flick traces the life of singer Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons from their humble beginnings in New Jersey. While... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 847 With everything else going on, we did find a few hours to do a little train watching the other evening and it turned out to be quite the show in the 3+ hours that we were there... and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 846 Saturday, June 28th, is a very big day in the Merkel family as our daughter, Jayne Marie, marries Ryan Keck. Our daughter works at Blanchard Valley Medical Associates as an RN in ICU; Ryan is a Marine, currently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
There's no denying that soccer is a sport that demands athletes be in prime shape. No designated hitters here, buddy boy. Despite the world-wide fascination with World Cup soccer, the sport has not caught on around here. A co-worker mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 844 You may recall that a couple of years ago, Spencer, North Carolina, was host to all of the NS Heritage Unit diesel locomotives. The event was such a success that they tried something similar earlier this summer and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
It's so funny how we don't talk anymore - Cliff Richard Sad to relate, there are hard feelings between Samantha and me. Sam, of course, is the voice inside my new Garmin GPS which I can attach to my auto... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 843 I mentioned a while back that I had heard about Accurail re-releasing their 50-foot plugdoor boxcar in Nickel Plate markings and some limited run cars for Digital Fox and that I had bought some of each. I got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 842 You may recall that over the past couple of months, I have had a few posts about the Findlay, Fort Wayne & Western Rail Road here in my blog. In one of those posts, I mentioned that it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 841 About a week ago, I told you about the Digital Fox NKP stock cars and the Accurail 50' plugdoor boxcars. I also mentioned that I ordered some of each. It was only about four days later that my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 845 My friend Mel has been at it again! This time, he was looking for a ballasting tool to help with the rather tedious task of ballasting track. I've not gotten to that stage yet so was "all ears"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 840 From time to time, I feature work done by other model railroad friends of mine and today is one of those times. My friend, Paul, a steel mill modeler from "that state up north," recently sent me some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 839 Back at Milepost 831, I had mentioned how the Old Wheeling & Lake Erie had a few camelback locomotives on their roster. But camelbacks weren't the only odd locos to grace their rails. From Mason Bogies (fixed-frame locomotives)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Along the Right of Way ...
Right now, hey It's your tomorrow Right now, C'mon,it's everything Right now, Catch a magic moment, do it Right here and now - Van Halen Surfing TV channels, I happened across a NCAA women's softball playoff game. Initially my attention... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Schaadt in the Dark