Classic Highspire Happenings
In honor of the 2014 Highspire Bicentennial, the Press And Journal presents excerpts from classic “Highspire Happenings” columns by Tom Herald. Tom wrote the column from 1992 to1997 and often featured Highspire history and memories of days gone by.
Winter Fun excerpt from December 9, 1992
Two century-old traditions continue to delight those who are young enough in heart and spirit to venture out on cold, frosty, snowy days of winter when low temperature plunges below zero and stays there long enough to produce a good freeze. Of course I am thinking of sliding down Roop’s Hill and skating across the ice of the “rezzie” or old canal reservoir that lies roughly between Ann Street and Whitehouse Lane.
These two Highspire traditions have delighted kids (of all ages) for as many generations as any one can recall and even beyond that. Behind a closet door and hanging on a hook in our town’s Wilson House Museum are several old clamp on metal skates.
These sturdy relics of bygone days were built for rough duty. Equipped with leather strap, they were designed to be worn by persons with different shoe sizes and were passed down from one member of the family to another, from one generation to the next.
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