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Courier BlogMaster
Contact the online editor blogmaster@thecourier.com if you are interested in blogging for Findlay Publishing Co.
Interests: nature,hiking,whitewater rafting
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Don't say/ Words you're gonna regret - Alan Parsons Project Water cannon, anyone? Seems that during this current voting season, the truth, in many instances, has taken a backseat to embellishment. To be fair, some voters like being lied to,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1078 A very long time ago, I wrote a piece here about scratchbuilding hip roofs. Just to review, a hip roof is one with all four sides having the same slope to the top. If the building isn't square,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1077 My friend Ray has been at it again. I swear, that guy is the King of Styrene. Give him a handful of strip styrene & some styrene sheeting and it's hard to tell what he'll come up with.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Along the Right of Way ...
Does anybody really know was time it is? - Chicago Comes a news report of singer Lauryn Hill being two hours late for her concert in Atlanta. Anything's possible: a tour bus malfunction, wrong directions, bad weather. But Ms. Hill's... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1076 This looks like a kitbash project to me! As part of our booth display at the NTS coming up in July, I wanted to have a few examples of NKP models on display for show visitors to see.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1075 I have constantly been on the look-out for a substitute for Dullcote spray from Testor's. It is a very good product but comes with a hefty price. It runs from around $5-$6 for a 3 oz. can. my... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1074 At the recent NKPHTS spring board meeting, the board of directors approved a measure that would make the society's Modelers' Notebook e-magazine available to the general modeling public. Prior to this time, the MN was a benefit of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
You're not the only one That's feeling lonesome You're not the only one With mixed emotions Rolling Stones In the back of my living room closet, I found a lost treasure. Well, maybe treasure is too strong a word describing... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1073 It's official! The Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society will be at the 2016 National Train Show being held this year on July 8-10 in Indianapolis. As the Membership Director of the Society, I strongly feel that we... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1072 The phone rang the other day and it was my friend Mike. "Hey Merk, are you going to be home in the next few minutes?" When a conversation starts out like that, it usually means he either has... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
I know it's only rock n roll/ But I like it - Rolling Stones This summer I'm thinking about visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio. Of course, it nags me that Warren Zevon and Bad Company... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1071 Yes, indeed, there was such a line. I hadn't heard about it but a friend shared a photo he had grabbed off of Ebay of an old Ohio River Railroad short boxcar. The picture was dated around the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1070 Yes! The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up. It's time to grab the Nikon and head trackside to see what is going on and to see what I've missed for the past few months.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
I only want to see you Laughing in the purple rain - Prince Sad news met me at work last week when I learned that rock star Prince had passed away at the age of 57. Able to play several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1069 In my previous post, I talked about kit manufacturers recycling certain kit parts to make different looking buildings. This happens all of the time in the real world and today, I wanted to mention a perfect example of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1068 I was reading a piece the other day that talked about how a local group in Bluffton, Ohio, had purchased the old railroad station and moved it to a new location to use for their group's meeting place.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1067 A couple of the funkier train cars that I found on the old layout when I was moving things around were this wooden-floored flat car and the blacksmith's forge car shown below. The thing that makes this flat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
Somebody needs to know the time, glad that I'm here - the Beatles Last fall, the search was in full swing to buy my first smartphone so I could become a modern person. At the time I swore that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1066 Every once in a while, you get some info that isn't right... but before you know that it is wrong, you act on it and then, after the damage is done, you realize that your actions were incorrect.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1065 "Crack the toughest nut first..." was a favorite saying of a friend of mine from college. We worked together on the campus crew one summer and did a lot of tough, dirty work that no one else seemed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
For me, a memorable moment in HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos" was when mob boss Tony Soprano was in a nice restaurant with a friend. At a nearby table, a young male on a date was wearing a ball cap,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1064 Now, everyone likes a good story and this certainly is one so let's get started with just how the fence pictured above actually came into being. It is said that the difference between a Northern tale and a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
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Milepost 1063 It was quite the shock on Tuesday of this week when I learned that my friend and fellow NKPHTS member Bill Quick had passed away suddenly. He was visiting with family in Virginia, complained of not feeling well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...
So my advice to you is not to take advice From the dealers who are handin' out the cards - Graham Nash So this boyfriend and girlfriend had been living together for 10 years when the topic of dividing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Schaadt in the Dark
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Milepost 1062 Probably about 45-50 years ago, right here in Findlay, Ohio, there was a potato chip company called Tasty Taters. Now, Tasty Taters were "the" chip to eat in town. They had quite the following. In fact, when people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Along the Right of Way ...