LUDLOW - Proof that we live in a digital age was further established when Charles Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C., contacted Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) after reading a recent news article in the Outlook about Sheryl and Steven Kesman, previous people who lived on Pleasant Street in Ludlow during the 1950s and '60s.
Smith said, "I found the Kesman's response to this piece very interesting having lived in Ludlow during this time period. Actually I was born in what was call the tenement house near 22 Pleasant St."
Some of his recollections about Ludlow at that time included:
- The Buick and Dodge dealerships
- Ronald Reagan coming to the movie theater
- Summer nights and Uncle Dan's popcorn with bags dripping real butter
- Grampa Joe Graves the Town Hall custodian
- Jim Belcher the school custodian
- The rope tow behind the High School
- The warming hut and ice skating rink where the elementary school is now
- Donkey basket ball game ( I believe that Dan Kesman was one participant)
- Roller skating in the Town Hall
- Cool Edge swimming area on Lake Rescue
- Diving off from Red Bridge
- Reba's taxi service
- Memorial day services
- passenger train service
- The sound of the steam locomotive coming up the gulf
- The train whistle blowing on cold winter nights
- Maple trees on the main street
- The soda fountain in the Rexall Drug Store
- Okemo when it was wilderness
- Hiking to the top of Okemo and sleeping overnight at the Ranger station.
BRAM wants to hear from others who may recall living in Ludlow or the Black River area in the old days. Just send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-228-5050, or send them in care of the Outlook.