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Oh No - I missed a question - I am going to loose points and lower my grade average.

Yes, the candy - it was a classic and do not remember the name. Hard candy in a metal tin. The candy was so hard it was easier to eat the tin - I hated it - except for the chocolate straws but there were not enough of those. I sound ungrateful - I was.

The candy sold at recess was good. Remember the butterscotch lassies? They were so popular. Family dentist liked our recess candy too - said it helped him get to Floria in the winter.


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Ok ready - John was the janitor - I remember when he would sometimes need to come into a classroom. We stood and said "good morning John". I was surprised the nuns never made us use Mr. and his surname.

The lunchroom I sat it was a classroom. Room 4 if I recall. It was a corner room, first floor, right by the back door of the school.

Now the lunch monitor - had a lot of rotating nuns. Depending on which nun - it could be a real heartburn meal.

Sometimes not too bad - we would be told "you may talk quietly" that varied from nun to nun. Some would let us be excused as soon as we were done eating. One nun was creative - she would ask if someone had too much and then ask if anyone wanted it. Actually a nice thing to do and did prevent waste. I wish someone could tell me her name. Tall, thin, glasses - she tried to be stern but she really was an alright person.

One thing about waste - I was lunch monitor in my son's school (St. Philomena) for several years. The wasted food was appalling. The waste would feed a third world village for a week. Best advice in a parents' magazine about this - was DO NOT OVER PACK. If all your child wants is half a turkey sandwich and 2 Oreo cookies - then just pack that!!! More parents need to know that.

Hope you have more questions. LET ME KNOW MY GRADE PLEASE.


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Jessica....get on your thinking cap.....What room was the lunch room and what sister sat at the desk during lunch?....we had a wonder guy who was the school's janitor, what was his name? At Christmas time Bishop McCormack gave all the kids what? Start you thinking!!!!

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Wonders never cease! They just broke ground for a WAWA coffee station, about a mile from my house. I understand there are quite a few up in northern Florida but none around Port St. Lucie. I have a friend who goes up to Tampa frequently and she brings me back pretzels. Not nearly like the ones from the pretzel man. Ah well, such is life!
Speaking of Vietnam! When I was allowed into the mess hall at Ben Hoa airbase. I guzzled down a couple of quarts of Sylvan Seal milk. It came in from Bankok, Thailand.
E5 and above were not allowed to eat in the mess hall as there were to many guys for the little space available. This meant that I pretty much lived on tuna fish on bagguetes, no mayo, just tuna and pickle relish. When I got home, my wife couldn't understand why I no longer like tuna. I got over it in a couple of years.
A real treat was when you were able to go to the NCO club, had to be one of the first 150 guys in line, you could get a half way decent meal. Ate many 1940's Crations in Nam. The old green pack Luckies were very dry and you could almost cough up part of a lung if you really inhaled deeply! Ah well, that's water under the bridge and is best forgotten about. I learned to drink bourbon and koolaid there. To this day I won't touch koolaid.
Enough reminiscing!


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Dennis - thank you - will watch for my goodies.

I changed over from Catholic school to public in sophomore year. Did not go to Little Flower. I went to Olney which now ranks as one of the most dangerous schools in the city. How very sad, how very scary.

I stayed for lunch - lived near Germantown and Alleghney Aves. So I got to dine in splendor with a sister at the desk.

I went in different lines depending on if I was going to the library. It was convenient having it so close to SSS, always had my book reports on time. The other line I used was the one that went to the 23 trolley at Germantown and Erie Aves. I cannot remember which of the 2 Butler lines I used. I do not think I was ever in a Pike line.

I wished you had more trivia questions - they are fun! Thanks, Jess


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Jessica......you get half credit and that means 1/2 pretzel and a container of Foremost milk....so watch for the UPS man.....did you attend Little Flower and what year if you did?.......and do you remember what line you were in for lunch and dismissal?....I was in Butler 1 because we had the longest walk home.

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Thank you. I do remember that brand. I guess it did make you homesick.
I knew the circus was Erie avenue is that half-credit?
Asking everyone to check the Colonial Playhouse - also on facebook - It is in Aldan - just a hop, step and a jump for the folks in Florida.
Last 2 shows 9/25 and 9/26, Pope might come, just saying.


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Jessica......the circus was at Front & Erie at the Lighthouse Field....the milk was from Formost Daries.....
When I was in Vietnam when we had a chance to come out of the field and eat real food instead of C-Rations, there was big, stainless steel milk dispensers with ice cold Formost milk....when I saw the name it made me home sick.....even the ice cream had Formost printed on it...


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Dennis - you should do an entire page on SSS trivia. Some I might remember. Now the circus - I seem to remember it was on Erie Ave not too far from the Century movie. I can picture it because I used to go. I also remember the milk but not the name.
Can you let me know if I am right?
Who remembers reading "To Kill a Mockingbird"? Many of us had to read it in high school - I read in 7th grade because I heard it was so good.
Please go on colonialplayhouse.net. The play is being done there both myself and my husband are in it. Brad and Angelina got nothing on us.


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Charlotte, Thanks for writing back. I remember the McAllister's very well....I remember when Johnnie's dad was killed on the fire truck....Johnnie was a few years older than me but he was the reason I joined the Marines while still at Roman. I replaced Johnnie at his job with the Bulletin at Broad & Erie servicing the news stands and worked there until graduation. How about Margie Nimmy? Her folks owned a grocery store at Butler and Delhi?......again thanks for writing....Dennis

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