I loved the new place my family moved to in 1968. We had moved around a lot. This was the 9th new school for me to attend. I was in 8th grade. In many ways was like being back in time. Some still wore poodle skirts and beehive hairdo and saddle shoes. Though the 50 had long passed by it was a charming place to be. I loved being able to walk anywhere I want to go. I walked to High school, to church, over to all the stores in town and even to the local park.
Our local park was where the football games were held. Graduations were held in the High School football playing field and the bleachers were for those who did not have tickets for the main seating area on the field. There were baseball fields as well. There was also a lake in another area where everyone could go swim.
Now decades later, this borough will always be remembered as another canal (Love Canal is a Niagara Falls neighborhood in New York State. It was discovered in 1976 to be a toxic dump site and was evacuated by 1978.)
Though this borough has not been evacuated. It had a big flood in August 2011 and a home, that once was where a high school friend of mine once lived, exploded. It was in an evacuated flood zone caused by Hurricane Irene. The local fireman used inflatable boats to fight the fire. The gas line was not shut off, thus the disaster to the home.
The major employer in the borough was Dupont. Dupont has had to deal with many lawsuits over it pollution of the borough.
My peers remember playing in a stuff that looked like snow but wasn snow it turned out to be asbestos.
One by one I hear of the alarming incidents of illnesses and statistically way too soon deaths of people who loved this borough. People who grew up there and spent decades more years there than I did.