(Ron Writing) This morning we drove a short distance south to North Syracuse, NY to attend the worship service at Pitcher Hill Community Church. My first employer after graduating from college was General Electric Company in Syracuse, NY. While working there for about three years I lived in North Syracuse and was a member of this church. I hadn’t been back to the church in over 33 years so I was amazed that several people in the church remembered me. It was fun visiting with several of these folks after church. I also discovered that the current pastor, Rev. Nolan Palsma, grew up in northwest Iowa just a few miles from my hometown. He was also acquainted with a boyhood friend of mine. His wife also grew up in Iowa. What a small world!
After church our friends Bob and Linda treated us to a brunch at Borio’s. We were seated on the outdoor patio with a sweeping view of Oneida Lake. The weather was perfect and we really enjoyed our time together.
Bob and I worked in the same department at GE and he and Linda also attended, and still attend, Pitcher Hill Community Church. We became friends and have kept in touch over the years.
We also drove through the neighborhood where I lived in North Syracuse. Things have really changed in those 33 years and I could hardly recognize anything along the major streets. But the apartment complex where I lived still looked about the same except for the exterior color scheme and the name of the place. It looks like it’s being maintained very nicely.
Late this afternoon we left Syracuse heading east. We drove along the south shore of Oneida Lake on NY-31 and then continued east on NY-5 and I-90 to Amsterdam, NY where we are parked at Wal*Mart for the night.