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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KM 323 at Hawley, PA September 9, 2013

Mr. Wayne Pierce had to leave the Central job near Kingsley, PA, and run another Kinder Morgan job at Hawley, PA.  Bobby and I stayed at the Central job along with Mr. Dave Theis, and Tommy Stanaland and the rest of the crew.    We took off from work to join the Hawley crew for a safety
 James Fountain, safety man, and Ron Morrison who worked in the office ordering and putting purchase orders into the system called View Point.  View Point was very similar to RSCCC that we used in the Texas schools.
 Ron Morrison, Mr. Wayne Pierce, and Bobby Stanaland (with his back to the camera).
Mr. Wayne, Alberto Perez (brown hard hat), and Bobby.
Victor Contreras, chief Bar-B-Qer, pipe foreman, hydro-tester, and just about anything else.
Cameron and Charlie Rohan, were the mechanics.  Their headquarters was the shop at Montrose.
Miss Clara Wasserman on the right was the security person at the gate.  She was always jumping up to sign trucks and pickups in and out of the job site.
Safety vests and hard hats are a requirement for all who come on the site.
Harold Hamm (straw hat), welding foreman; Bobby Stanaland (Troy cap), and Mark Prejean (blue shirt, white hard hat), welder.  Doug worked for EIU (frown helmet).   Harold is wearing his new jacket.
Troy Construction gave us all new Carhart jackets like Harold is wearing for a safe productive job.
The guys were pretty proud of these jackets, and I am proud of mine.
Here is the crew.
The only people I know here are Wes Ussery (second from left, back row), and Jorge Ardila, who worked in the office and is a crane operator (third row, brown hard hat).
I do not know a soul in this picture except Jorge back row, far left.
More Troy men.  Efrain Zavala kneeling and wearing a blue do-rag.
 Antioco Lopez (middle row, mustache, black shirt), Harold Ham (straw hat),  Efrain Zavala bottom left with blue do-rag.
 Miss Clara Wasserman is middle row, far right with no hard hat.  Doug, with EIU, bottom far right.
 Adrian Potillo is next to Doug (brown hard hat), Bobby Stanaland is behind Miss Clara.
Bobby (back row, far left), Adrian Portillo bottom left, no hard hat (his wife, Kelly, was the clerk at North East when I worked at Snake Creek).  Alberto Perez, middle row with brown hard hat, and next to him is Victor Contreras.
 Ms. Brenda Pierce, clerk, and Mr. Wayne Pierce (yellow shirt) superintendent.  As of today they are retired from the construction business.
 Mr. Christopher Dreyton, safety, and James Fountain, safety.  I got to work with Drey at Snake Creek and at Central.  He is a very smart and interesting man.
My husband, Bobby, and my dear friend Miss Clara Wasserman.  It was a nice warm day--too warm for Carharts, but we will get plenty of opportunities to wear them later.  The guys and gals enjoy a nice Bar-B-Q and they deserve it for working so hard and doing it safely.


Barn Quilts!  It's a Pennsylvania thing, not a Texas or a Montana thing.  The painted designs are on houses, old barns, stores.  Here are just a few.

This one is on a lovely home on Church Street, New Milford, PA.
This cobblestone home is also on Church Street and the Daisy Basket Antique Shop is behind it.
Lynn Lee House B&B in New Milford, PA.  has a quilt.  I have never stayed here, but the people at the  Erie Canal School House in Albion, NY said this was an excellent place to stay with an amazing breakfast.
You can call this number if you want to make a reservation.  I recommend it.
The Lynn-Lee guest house. 
Another lovely place on Church Street in New Milford, PA.
Colorful isn't it?  This is in downtown Wyalusing, PA.
Wyalusing has the best looking trash containers!
A store front in historic Wyalusing, PA.
Barn quilt squares originated in Colonial America with the Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other people from the Rhine area in Germany, who came to America for religious freedom, and settled in Pennsylvania.  These early settlers painted designs on their barns.  In the early 2000s the barn quilt art really took off.  Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio started the first  "barn quilt trail."  She wanted to honor her mother's Appalachian background by painting a quilt on the barn.  The idea grew from one barn quilt to twenty along a driving trail so tourists could enjoy the art.  The websites at the end of the blog have more detailed information about barn quilt trails.  There is information about making your own barn quilt. I  didn't find these examples on a trail in Eastern Pennsylvania.  They are just random along the many winding roads that I traveled and enjoyed. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

KM 319

I hate to admit this, but Face Book has nearly ruined my blogging.   These pictures and the story are pretty old for this day and time, but I want this to be recorded, old or not.  These are some of the Troy Construction crew members who worked on KM 319 near Wyalusing, PA.  I wasn't working on this job, but I went out to a safety bar-b-q that the company had for the employees and took pictures.  Troy does this in recognition of accident free work.
This is Mr. Bill Bennett, private inspector for Kinder Morgan.
My husband, Bobby, helping with the cooking.
These men are done with the job and are heading home.  I do not know their names, but I hope Tommy can tell me who they are.
Chris Dreyton, one of the safety men, helped with the dinner.  He worked with me on the Snake Creek job, and he is a great person to work with.
Jorge Zepeda is the crane operator, and he is also a whiz on the computer.  He used to work in the office all the time until he got certified as a crane operator.
Mr. Jose Gelasio (with no helmet) and friends.  He also worked at Snake Creek.  Maybe Tommy can remember all their names.
Chris Dreyton and me.  The sun sure was bright that day!
Richard Wega and me.  Richard was the other safety man on this job, and he also worked at Snake Creek when I was clerk.  He is such a fun person to work with.
Mr. Wayne Pierce with Drey.  Mr. Wayne was the superintendent for the job.  He  is an interesting person, who loves to hunt, can fruits and vegetables, make sausage.  You name it, he can do it.
Ms. Brenda Pierce was the clerk.  She took care of everything from running for supplies to the very important job of payroll.
Richard, Pascuali, and Drey.
Tommy Stanaland enjoying a Pepsi, and good cooking.  I ought to submit this to Pepsi and make Tommy famous!
And then there is Ms. Clara Wasserman, who guards the gate.  She signs people in and out and stops the protesters at the gate.  She is busy all day long.  Bobby Stanaland in the picture with her. 
Mr. Victor Contreras!  What an entertainer.  He is also the hydro-testing man, and pipe fitter, and anything else that needs to be done.
Bobby, and Tommy finished this job a few days before Thanksgiving 2013.  We had to wait for the weather to clear before we could head home, and we left on Thanksgiving day 2013 to drive the 1700 miles back to Texas.  The roads were still pretty icy in Pennsylvania, but got better the farther West we went.  Thanksgiving dinner was actually Thanks giving supper in a truck stop, and it sure was good, well not as good as Mom's, but pretty darned good.