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St. Francis d'Assisi Auburn NY Centennial 2008

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:06 am    Post subject: St. Francis d'Assisi Auburn NY Centennial 2008 Reply with quote

Not Italy, but a little bit brought over by our grandparents. We only have one Italian church, so there are societies from various parts of Italy.

Did not have much time to scan the photos separately, so please excuse that some are sideways. From the left, the old church built in 1908 is now part of a day school run by Cayuga and Seneca Counties. Our grammar school is attached at the left, fenced in for the kids' playground. I am glad it is being used for the original purpose, instead of being torn down for a parking lot. They are replacing the roof now and I hope painting is next. The main church was upstairs, with a chapel on the ground floor. The stained glass window, I am told, are in storage.


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The second picture is of the statue of Sant'Leucio (which my mother pronounces Sant'E-Lay-oooch). The plaque says it was dedicated by emigrants from San Salvatore Telesino, Province of Benevento, of which he is the patron saint.

On the right is the new church built in 1958 across the street.

The bell from the old church was brought from storage for the centennial and left there. We hope bronze thieves do not have a big truck and winch. It is behind the statue of Christopher Columbus opposite the new church.



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Lastly, the Shrine of Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, the old church again with the school, and finally a dahlia for good measure.


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Unfortunately, we do not keep buildings for hundreds of years, nor build them as beautiful as in Italy. Fond memories of the old church though. I'll try to find some interiors. Do have a postcard of the Shrine when the was a fountain in front of it. Before the Thruway was built, most cross-state travel was on Route 5 & 20 right in front of here.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are beautiful, pictures, Dave. Thank you for posting them. These are the places that tug to my heart, the places built by the immigrants, to plant a piece of their old home into their new one. The bell is amazing! As are the shrine, etc. etc.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. amazing..absolutely beautiful. Thank you for posting them. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your comments - much has been written about the lives of American Immigrants and I also have expressed interest in Italians in Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. How are they similar and how different?

One book that has a great amount of information is Italian-American Folklore by Frances M. Malpezzi and her husband William M. Clements. There is even a quote from someone in Auburn. The bibliography has many references that are studies, memories, and case work from the earliest days of the Italian emigration.

Another book was about what happened to the people left behind in Italy - have to look that name up.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The organization that owns the old church and school have repainted the church which looks wonderful now. I will try to get a photo plus those interior views. I really liked the old church and the chapel downstairs. Something more mysterious about the paintings, statues and general atmosphere.

The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency runs a pre-school there and also supplies clothes and toys to the area families. i am glad our old school is still being used, rather than converted to whatever or even torn down. Naturally, I think of my Missy when I drive by when taking my mother to and from church. And where we used to walk, our First Communion, Confirmation, Graduation.

I'll have to scan my old yearbook (first grade). Our class took up two pages, boys on one, and girls on the other - there were so many of us.

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While walking past the enclosed statue of Saint Leucio before Mass, I remembered to write down the inscription on the base - hadn't noticed it before as the case door is above this part.

The statue is among many that my mother's cousin and his wife fix and repaint. These were made by old Italian sculptors years ago - I remember one of them bringing the new statue for the shrine and how he described how he made it - I was little then so at least 55 years ago.

Anyway, it says: S. Leucio Di Brindisi
Protectore Di S. Salvatore Telesino

The metal plaque on the outside does not mention Brindisi but Benevento - I'll have to ask about that.

What I was thinking was that, growing up, we did not make any distinction between Italian areas - they were all Italians to us - with the exception of the Sicilians, of which my grandfather was one. They had a different language that my foster father did not understand - his family was from Casamassima, near Bari and had to ask my (foster) mother what they were saying, since she learned from my grandfather, who was her uncle.

Still remembering that night walking down Barber Street to my aunt's house, and they talking about someone who married an "American girl" and me asking "What do you mean? Aren't we Americans?" Later I understood - we knew there were other people in town who weren't Italian. Imagine that.

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, Your story sounds familiar. My father's parents were from the Naples area and my mom's were from Sicily. My father claimed that we kids were only half Italian. My wife worked with a lady that traced her roots back to Benevento and we brought her a trinket from there on our trip to Italy. ope all is well with you and your family.

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gil...

Other parts of Italy have distinct dialects - Calabria seems to have some in common with Sicilian, like the ending -u, and not surprising, considering that King Roger and his Norman forebears controlled both. Then there are the northern provinces near German speaking countries, others with Greek mixed in - but Sicily seems to keep it's dialect, perhaps because it is an island, while other areas at least use the official Italian more. Native Italians can inform about this.

We had a few nice days and now it is only 48 today - we are not happy about this - can't go out to enjoy the flowers and they are being damaged by the weather.

There is a magnolia next to the Saint Leucio in bloom and two on the left of the sidewalk to the front entrance to the church - petals are already falling off, and soon will all be gone when it should have been weeks of beauty.

The daffodils are all gone, but the tulips are smart enough to keep their petals closed during the rain. Had to get the shop-vac out for the basement a few times - should put sealant on the barrier but there is a strong smell which could get on hanging clothes.

Mom is O.K. but saying she gets tired - not surprising since she does too much sometimes. Last ailment seems to be conquered and a recurrence of another from the other cure. Lots of yogurt and Ensure helps.

Tired out myself - helping relatives and others with some genealogy - some neighbors already mowing. Getting ready to plant, but too cold.

Still waiting for Missy daughter to come visit. Ah well...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Local old news:

Kyle Petty and a group of people on motorcycles came through the county a few weekends ago.

Usually they make these trips cross country west coast to the east, but this is the first from Lake Placid all the way down to Amelia Island, Florida. All this benefits children who are ill and he started these trips in the early 90s.

One rider has been on 17 from the first one. Very good for them and the kids. This is the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

There were 80 in the group that stopped at Emerson Park on Owasco Lake for lunch on that Saturday and they were traveling on four highways between the lakes.

He said "We've been through the Rockies and the Smokies and seen all those mountains, but here you have some of the best lakes."

Very nice of him to say so and of course, a great reason to ride.

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I think he is one of the founders of Victory Junction Camp for kids. About how many bikes were riding?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Petty talks about Victory Junction in the article, which states that 12,000 kids have been served at Victory Junction and over $14 million dollars distributed.

There were about 175 motorcyclists from all around the country. This group of about 80 got to Corning at the end of the day. The others traveled on the other highways through Cayuga County: Route 34 directly south in the middle of the county; Route 38 along the west side of Owasco Lake; 38A on the east side of Owasco Lake; and Route 90 along the east shore of Cayuga Lake.

They had lunch at the pavilion at the lake, which was once an amusement park called...Enna Jettick Park.

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Small World as different cultures clash so many years apart. Sounds like a lot of money, but in the realm of the world of NASCAR not too much. The death of his son
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had plenty to do with his involvement. I think there was another death either in NH or another track in the same time frame and they were both blamed on defective throttle linkage. There is more behind Victory Junction Camp and I'm too lazy now to look, but will try to remember to ask one of the guys I know on Monday when I see him.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to our local paper about the event on May 8:

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There was another article on April 28 and there is a site by Petty as well:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, Thanks for the articles, off to read them.

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