a wonderful birthday surprise that I received
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Last week a package arrived at my door. The sender was Kathleen. Inside the box I discovered an item that was so handsomely gift wrapped I was reluctant to disturb the pretty paper. Based on its size and rectangular shape, I made the brilliant deduction that Kathleen had sent me one of those giant Hershey bars. :) However, when I opened the card that came with the mysterious object and read the message Kathleen had written, I got a clue.
Dear Tom -
The last day I visited the Shady Dell, I pulled
this out of the smouldering ruins of the dance
hall. Since you passed beneath this thousands
of times in your youth, and you've dedicated
much of your life to preserving the Dell's
memory, this truly belongs to you now.
Peace - Kathy
the door of the dance hall. It remained
in place more than 20 years after
John Ettline closed the Dell.
one that greeted us as we walked through
the front door of the house on our way
to the restaurant/snack bar. It read:
deed dirt cheap, three of the Dell faithful,
Toni Deroche, Dell rat Greg Gulden and
Kathleen Mae Schneider, returned to
ground zero. The trio combed through
the rubble searching for souvenirs of