Around Town With Lou: Nov. 16-22

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Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his late wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

Eleanor Rigby’s has a real faithful employee in Richard Lindeman who joined the company on opening day and has been there the whole 22 years.

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Our village clerk Joe Scalero has been on the job for 11 years. He and his wife, Colleen, live on the border between Williston Park and Mineola. Joe likes to play golf and fish, and says his greatest delight is serving the people of Mineola. In the old days, village clerks used to keep a black book in which they would list criminals. No, Joe does not have a black book!

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Eric Gregoriuk lives on Maple Place in Mineola. He was born in Mineola and for the last 15 years has been the manager of Robert’s Men’s Shop. The owner, Robert Seewaldt, seldom comes in the store; more often his daughter, Cathy Whitley of East Williston, is there. Eric says that business is not as good as it used to be. “Too much mall,” he says.

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Connor Smith of Mineola is attending a university in Rhode Island, majoring in business administration. His sister, Nicole, is in ninth grade at Bishop Kellenberg. Their father and mother, Peter and Karen, are long-time residents of Mineola. Peter is a project manager for an international firm and works in many countries, especially India and China.

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Janet Hall, formerly of Mineola, visited Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. Her mother, Grace Weismantel, is going to Austin, TX, to see her granddaughter, Tammy. Grace and her late husband, Walter, owned Weismantel’s Bakery on Jericho Turnpike.

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Marge Haggerty is going through rehabilitation after her hip replacement. Three times a week she goes for physical therapy and twice a week for acupuncture. Marge says that she misses driving.

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Mayor Scott Strauss called me and said he and his wife were in Europe and had to miss my wife, Grace’s, funeral mass. The mayor and I talked about baseball, football, and the sad loss of the Islander hockey team from this area. The mayor says that he hopes the team may at least be brought back into Nassau County in the near future.

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I received a note from the writer of Mineola Memories, John Garland.

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New Williston Park resident Lisa Ganz is the sister of Sister Heather Ganz, CSJ, who works here on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood as the manager of the organic garden.

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John Pavlovich of Dow Avenue is almost 96 years old and can still walk without a cane in the house. He only uses a cane when he takes a walk around the neighborhood. He also has a stationary bicycle which he rides every day.

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Where does the expression, “Barking up the wrong tree” come from? Woodsmen in the past who hunted raccoons and possums would use dogs to try to kill these animals. Raccoons would climb trees to escape and were sometimes smart enough to transfer to a different tree, sneaking through the branches. Often the dogs would continue to bark by the first tree the raccoon ascended because it had left its scent behind.

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Joyce Gorycki has been with the village office for 20 years and has spent lived in Mineola for 37 years.

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Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his late wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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