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Belmont Tree

Belmont Tree

There is a tree up on the hill that sets itself apart,
From the daffodils and other trees that flourish in the park.

This tree has lost all of its leaves, and its will to live on in the park.
A tree that has stood tall for many years, and now it’s losing its outer bark.

But yet, there were times when it stood tall all through the day, and shadows in the dark,
and turned its branches to the sky in all kinds of weather – “leaning one way then the other – when the wind continues to blow.”

A tree that stood on the hilltop with branches trying to reach the morning sun. When it was young, people would come, and sit beneath its cooling shade, and lean upon its trunk.

But now it’s old, and there is no shade to hold back the sun’s heat waves. One day the men will come and take the tree away.

When everything seems to be okay, they will plant another tree. Hoping that it will grow, and cover the hilltop with lots of lovely shade, and maybe a swirling breeze to make it a wonderful day.

“Then People will come – play and run – under the shade of the newly planted Belmont tree.”

By Lenny Jaynes

The tree may have been planted as part of a tribute to World War 1 veterans.

Follow this link to story.

 

 

 

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Frankford High School JROTC at Pulaski Day

From Sgt. Joe Fraioli

We had the honor and pleasure of leading off the Pulaski Day parade and presenting both the Polish and American colors at the opening ceremony on October 3rd.
Frankford High School JROTC color guard presenting the Polish and American colors at the playing of the national anthems
Frankford High School Pioneer Color Guard with members of the Polish-American Veterans of America Post
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John Loftus, Newspaperman

I was not shocked when I read that John Loftus had died.  He battled glioblastoma for 6 years, longer than anyone I know of.

John was a journalist with the Northeast Times, and I met him when I began covering local news for the Frankford Gazette in 2010.  John was everywhere in Frankford.  He attended the civic meetings, police meetings and any other community meeting or event where news might be found.

We first spoke at one civic meeting where he came in after I was seated, and he came over and sat down next to me and said, “Is this the reporters’ area”.  I was flattered by the reference since at that point I was hardly a reporter and was still trying to figure out how to do that job.  After that, we would often sit together.  I would watch him do his job and try to learn from him.

He was always on the watch for the story behind the story and many times would leave a meeting with leads on stories that I completely ignored.

John’s interest in Frankford did not end as a journalist. One Saturday in 2012 I met him at a community clean up, walking up Meadow Street with a broom.  He was just there cleaning up like everyone else. I came back an hour later and he was in a vacant lot clearing it for a community garden.  John was a gardener, and he knew what had to be done.  He returned to that garden several times to follow how it was growing.  For sure, a story came out of that experience but I’ve never met another reporter with in Frankford with a broom.

I was at a meeting in 2015 that John attended when he mentioned that he wasn’t feeling right.  I don’t remember how he described it, but it was the last time he was able to cover a Frankford meeting.  Not long after I heard he had had surgery for a tumor on the brain.

I talked to him last after his surgery when he was able, and he was feeling better.  His words came with some effort, but we talked.  I wish I had told him how his work ethic of getting the facts straight and being fair to all parties steered me on the right path.

John left a legacy of family, friends, relationships and the written word.  Go in peace John, congratulations on a job well done.

Follow this link to his official obituary in the Northeast Times.

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Water Department Construction Project in Frankford

Water Department construction project starting in Frankford

A Water Department project will begin construction within the next few weeks in the Frankford neighborhood.

  • Project Name: #41109 Foulkrod / Oakland / Penn
  • Project Dates: February 2021 – March 2022

Construction will take place at the streets listed below over the next 13-14 months:

  • Leiper St. from Arrott St. to Oxford St.
  • Oakland St. from Foulkrod St. to Harrison St.
  • Penn St. from Arrott St. to Oxford St.
  • Foulkrod St. from Large St. to N. Penn St.

Work will start on the 1100 block of Foulkrod St.

For more information, follow this link.

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Traffic Accident on Oakland Street

Reported by Patrick Hodynski

About 7 am on Friday, October 9, 2020 a crash occurred between two SUVs on the 4600 block of Oakland Street in Northwood.

Neighbors report hearing a loud bang, and looked out to observe 5 young people climb out of the red SUV and run away.  The black SUV was parked and unoccupied.
Police report that the overturned SUV was obviously going at a high rate of speed, and that it was not at the time reported stolen. Items such as jewelry and drug paraphernalia were scattered about the scene in and around the vehicle.  Traffic was detoured during investigation.

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