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  1. Alexis on January 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I happened across your site while looking for Dowgala’s in Hazleton, PA. Alexander and Stella Dowgala are my great uncle and aunt. Alexander had a brother, Victor. Victor married Anna. Together, they had several children including my grandmother, Rita Dowgala Geary. (If you knew the Geary/Gera/Giera family, that would be amazing!) Would you happen to know anymore information regarding the Dowgala family? I cannot trace them past here. It has been quite a challenge. Sincerely, Alexis Brown

    • fskokoski@gmail.com on April 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      So sorry I missed this Alexis. I was out of the country for a few weeks and didn’t keep up with my comments on here. I grew up in their house! It was a small store. We found old coins under the old wooden steps. They had lovely gardens my mom reclaimed. I do know some Gera’s from the Eckley Buck Mountain area. I only know the Dowgala’s that owned my parent’s house had no children but left the lot next to us to am Elmer Minnick. We bought it from him. sorry again for the late response.

  2. michael oleksiak on February 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Hello Frank,
    Enjoying your blog.
    I also have many fond memories from the 50’s and 60’s of the strippings (Mahanoy area) and picking mushrooms too!

    • fskokoski@gmail.com on April 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Michael. I’ve been picking the red tops and “spongies” since I was two. My grandmother was a Souchak from Park Place.

  3. Linda F on March 8, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for your photos and writing, especially around the Susquehanna Valley. I live here part of the year and have been begun exploring the quiet forest trails – creek beds too.
    Late February Roaring Creek walk along Natalie’s miner trails east and west were as you described last year – just more dormant.
    Do you ever use AllTrails app to record where you walk?

    • fskokoski@gmail.com on June 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Your so welcome Linda. So sorry for the late reply. But very busy this past few weeks. It is a beautiful part of our State. Yes sometiems I do and I post them on my Facebook page. I need to figure out how to share the hikes on my blog.

  4. Paul on May 9, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Hi, Just happened to see your latest post in my email. As it happens, I went down to Hopewell Furnace today (Sunday 5/9), because I had seen a facebook post about a sheep-shearing demonstration today. While rain threatened to wash things out, I managed to get a fair number of images. It will be interesting to look at yours and see what each of ys chose to capture.

    • fskokoski@gmail.com on May 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Paul as you could see in my blog I walked in unexpectedly and loved the place. I will go back!

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