Postcard of the Week:

Early 1900's vintage linen postcard of "Round Top" Endicott, NY.
Early 1900’s vintage linen postcard of the view from “Round Top” Endicott, NY.
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Winter Running:

Here we are the last day in January with no significant snowfall so far this winter and none in sight for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed this weather so much and as a matter of fact I’ve even run several days this month in shorts and a long sleeve shirt. I can proudly say I’ve only used the treadmill a handful of times due to my schedule and the wind. I hate the wind!

It has been a good month for me running and with no real races planned for the next 90 days I’m enjoying it even more. I call it stress free running. One thing I have noticed over the past two months is a tiny bit of speed improvement but by far I’ve seen my aerobic fitness increase. Last year my mileage was reduced quite drastically and I saw my fitness drop. However I have a long way to go in that department but the progress is promising.

This month the boys brought home the plague from school and kindly distributed it throughout the house. Ok not the plague but a cold to us guys is like the plague. I managed to get through it and have one of my biggest running mileage months. With a scheduled long run this morning I thought it would be best to get started early. Waking at 0545 in order to get myself together and get out there I hit the pavement by 0645. With winter still on the fence today was one of those shorts and long sleeve shirt days. I finished a strong month today with a total of 209.57 miles.

I’m hoping this weather pattern continues for February.

Cheers!

Frank Chetko, Photographer Endicott Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Circa 1950

Frank Chetko, 78, of 2177 Lagoon Dr., Dunedin, FL, formerly of 118 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, NY, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 19, 1987, at his daughter’s home in Johnson City, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna, in 1985. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Nancy Chetko, Bridgeport, CT.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and William Merrall, Dunedin, FL, Roxanne and Paul P. Misata, Johnson City; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Pigos, Binghamton; also several nieces and nephews. He was a photographer for the Binghamton Sun, the Endicott Johnson Corporation and retired from SUNY-Binghamton. He was a charter member of the National Press Photographer’s Assoc. He was a 50-year member of the Sokol USA and the Honorary Chairman of the Public Relations Department Sokol USA. He was a past president and member of Lodge 36 Sokol USA. He was a member of the Czechoslovakian American Society in St. Petersburg, FL. He was a navy veteran of World War II, a member of the First Ward American Legion, and the DAV Chapter 60. He was an avid athlete, playing baseball for the Triplets, playing semi-professional football and basketball.

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Binghamton Clinton St. Store
Binghamton Clinton St. Store
Factory on Helen Drive, Johnson City,NY, built 1921, named for the successful conclusion of WW I housed West End and Women's Fine McKay operations with a capacity of 22,000 pairs of shoes daily. Bob Blakeslee worked in cutting room of West End in 1951.
Factory on Helen Drive, Johnson City,NY, built 1921, named for the successful conclusion of WW I housed West End and Women’s Fine McKay operations with a capacity of 22,000 pairs of shoes daily. Bob Blakeslee worked in cutting room of West End in 1951.
EJ Security Annex in Endicott,NY. with light-colored IBM facilities in the background.
EJ Security Annex in Endicott,NY. with light-colored IBM facilities in the background.
Endicott Oak Hill Ave. Plant
Endicott Oak Hill Ave. Plant
Infants Factory on Corliss Avenue, Johnson City, NY, built 1916, called the Pioneer Annex by locals. The first two floors were used to produce shipping cartons for the company.
Infants Factory on Corliss Avenue, Johnson City, NY, built 1916, called the Pioneer Annex by locals. The first two floors were used to produce shipping cartons for the company.
C.F.J. Factory (Boys,Youths,& Men's McKay Operations) adjacent to Lester Avenue,J.C., NY built in 1913, named for C.Fred Johnson, brother of George F.Johnson producing up to 24,000 pairs of shoes daily. Cafeteria with porch serving up 2,000 meals intially at 15¢ each, 35¢ in 1951. Victory Factory on left.
C.F.J. Factory (Boys,Youths,& Men’s McKay Operations) adjacent to Lester Avenue,J.C., NY built in 1913, named for C.Fred Johnson, brother of George F.Johnson producing up to 24,000 pairs of shoes daily. Cafeteria with porch serving up 2,000 meals intially at 15¢ each, 35¢ in 1951. Victory Factory on left.
EJ factory complex in Endicott,NY
EJ factory complex in Endicott,NY
EJ Workers Public Market, adjacent to C.F.J. Park, Johnson City, NY, built in 1934 for $120,000 with 40,000 square feet, 200 vendor stalls, and air conditioning replacing the original market, open to everyone 3 days a week. The official name was "John S. Patterson Market", named for the private caterer George F. Johnson paid to start the original market in 1917. The market closed sometime in the mid-50's and was converted to the Zing Factory for manufacturing.
EJ Workers Public Market, adjacent to C.F.J. Park, Johnson City, NY, built in 1934 for $120,000 with 40,000 square feet, 200 vendor stalls, and air conditioning replacing the original market, open to everyone 3 days a week. The official name was “John S. Patterson Market”, named for the private caterer George F. Johnson paid to start the original market in 1917. The market closed sometime in the mid-50’s and was converted to the Zing Factory for manufacturing.
Ranger/Paracord Factory adjacent to C.F.J. Park in Johnson City built in 1944 to produce footwear for the military. Locals referred to the new (and old) Paracord plant as the "rubber mill." C.F.J. Park swimming pool at left of picture. The Pagoda Pump-house can be seen at the left of the photo is the only preserved structure from this entire factory complex which covered about 30 acres. The Gannett printing facility now occupies this site.
Ranger/Paracord Factory adjacent to C.F.J. Park in Johnson City built in 1944 to produce footwear for the military. Locals referred to the new (and old) Paracord plant as the “rubber mill.” C.F.J. Park swimming pool at left of picture. The Pagoda Pump-house can be seen at the left of the photo is the only preserved structure from this entire factory complex which covered about 30 acres. The Gannett printing facility now occupies this site.
Looking West along Lackawanna tracks at Willow Street,Johnson City.Sunrise Factory in center completed in 1929 named to suggest a new day coming in the nation. Sunrise produced the all-rubber boots and overshoes for EJ with a walkway across the tracks to the Jigger Factory at right built in 1926, taking its name from the rubber-soled canvas-topped footwear called "Jiggers. Both factories initially used a common labor force of some 400 employees. In the summer,Sunrise workers produced foot-wear for winter use; in the winter, the same workers moved to the Jigger factory and produced footwear for summer use. Jigger was demolished in February 2012. Light factory at the left was the Fair Play Caramel Company.
Looking West along Lackawanna tracks at Willow Street,Johnson City.Sunrise Factory in center completed in 1929 named to suggest a new day coming in the nation. Sunrise produced the all-rubber boots and overshoes for EJ with a walkway across the tracks to the Jigger Factory at right built in 1926, taking its name from the rubber-soled canvas-topped footwear called “Jiggers. Both factories initially used a common labor force of some 400 employees. In the summer,Sunrise workers produced foot-wear for winter use; in the winter, the same workers moved to the Jigger factory and produced footwear for summer use. Jigger was demolished in February 2012. Light factory at the left was the Fair Play Caramel Company.
Sunrise Factory looking west. All Sports Factory on left partially obscured by smoke from train engine.
Sunrise Factory looking west. All Sports Factory on left partially obscured by smoke from train engine.
C.F.J. Annex (center) in Johnson City, housing the heeling, lining and trimming departments built in 1921.
C.F.J. Annex (center) in Johnson City, housing the heeling, lining and trimming departments built in 1921.
"All Sports Factory" in foreground at Lackawanna Railroad crossing at Baldwin Street, JC, NY built in 1923. Originally called South End Factory, then the Welt Factory. Ice skates and cleated athletic shoes were the most popular products. The Sunrise Factory can be seen on the left.
“All Sports Factory” in foreground at Lackawanna Railroad crossing at Baldwin Street, JC, NY built in 1923. Originally called South End Factory, then the Welt Factory. Ice skates and cleated athletic shoes were the most popular products. The Sunrise Factory can be seen on the left.
Pioneer factory complex at the corner of Willow Street and Corliss Avenue, looking west on Corliss Avenue occupied an entire block. The original factory had a 225 horsepower Corliss steam engine to supply power.
Pioneer factory complex at the corner of Willow Street and Corliss Avenue, looking west on Corliss Avenue occupied an entire block. The original factory had a 225 horsepower Corliss steam engine to supply power.
Endicott Johnson Complex on North Street, Endicott, NY
Endicott Johnson Complex on North Street, Endicott, NY
Nurses Home in Johnson City provided housing for 85 nurses and student nurses at Wilson Memorial Hospital (in background). The facility was given by C. Fred Johnson in memory of his wife.
Nurses Home in Johnson City provided housing for 85 nurses and student nurses at Wilson Memorial Hospital (in background). The facility was given by C. Fred Johnson in memory of his wife.
Chas. S. Wilson Memorial Hospital Annex on Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY
Chas. S. Wilson Memorial Hospital Annex on Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY
Fire Prevention Station No.1 on Avenue B in Johnson City,NY
Fire Prevention Station No.1 on Avenue B in Johnson City,NY
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Proud Dad!

With the skies overcast, the atmosphere humid, the ground wet and some runners covered in mud, the cross country teams had a blast competing in today’s meet at Ann McGuiness school in Endicott, NY.

My son Michael runs modified for his school the “Maine-Endwell Spartans”. My mom and dad who have a home on Long Island and one just over the border in Pennsylvania happened to be up this weekend. This is actually the first time they have had the opportunity to watch Michael run in the two years he has been on cross country. I think they were impressed.

I myself was impressed. Michael isn’t setting any land speed records but compared to last year he has grown tremendously. Definitely in his running but more so in his attitude towards it. I saw this first hand yesterday when I had the opportunity to run with him and his team during practice, we paced an 8:00 mile together. Not only has his ability improved but I was most proud of his sportsmanship. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Cheers!

And there off!
And there off!
Michael in blue back right.
Michael in blue back right.
Michael approaching the finish line.
Michael approaching the finish line.

Lady in Red

I think the saying goes “There’s a first time for everything”. This evening was a first for me at least. The first time I have ever wore a dress. Now I know what your thinking, Joe Geronimo wearing a dress, pretty frightening. Especially that I am a full fledged representative of Man Caves LLC. However today was different, I was able to show some leg and get out and run the 16th Annual Red Dress 5K in support of the Crime Victims Center.

This was not an officially timed event but more of a fun run. As you all know that did not stop the competition between the dresses. Me personally, according to the clock at the finish line PR’d the 5K at 20:21 beating my last time of 21:16 back in April. Hey I’ll take it.

There was a lot of lipstick, blush and well just plain old fun. Honestly I was skeptical of the whole dress thing but in the end I had a blast.

Afterwards my wife and I went to Ebishura Sushi Restaurant in Vestal, New York for a bite. I had the fried shrimp tempura along with the beef short rib ramen noodle bowl. My wife had the same noodle bowl and found it to be just a weeeee bit more spicy than she likes. I on the other hand loved it! In the end I made it up to her with a trip to Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt http://sweetfrogyogurt.com.

Cheers!

Joe

Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Sue Cain, Koen Gieskes & Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Sue Cain, Koen Gieskes & Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
And there off! Image © Julie Geronimo
And there off! Image © Julie Geronimo
Charles Wellman & Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Charles Wellman & Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick & Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Danielle Vick & Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Chris Cowden. Image © Joe Geronimo
Chris Cowden. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo & Sue Cain. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo & Sue Cain. Image © Julie Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Ramen and beef short rib noodle bowl. Image © Joe Geronimo
Ramen and beef short rib noodle bowl. Image © Joe Geronimo
Fried Shrimp Tempura. Image © Joe Geronimo
Fried Shrimp Tempura. Image © Joe Geronimo

21st Anniversary!

Lensed from the former "Nick" Tower at 106th street in Manhattan.
Lensed from the former “Nick” Tower at 106th street in Manhattan.

Today April 22nd 2013 marks my twenty first anniversary of railroad employment. These twenty one years have flown by. Beginning my career on Metro North Railroad in the magnificent Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Three years later I would move to Central New York where I have lived since. A brief stop on the Ann Arbor Railroad in Toledo, Ohio but the Southern Tier of New York is where I call home.
Ann Arbor Railroad Toledo, Ohio
Ann Arbor Railroad Toledo, Ohio

As I briefly celebrate this page in the book of life I look back and think to myself how lucky I truly am.

Joe

Love For Boston

Earlier this month I wrote about being hooked on running and what actually got me there. Yesterday I was reaffirmed of why I love to run. Community! The running community and atmosphere is what drew me in to begin with. Yesterday in Boston Massachusetts that community was evident. I am proud to call myself a runner and those people who did what they had to do to help one another made me even prouder.

Last night the #Runchat Facebook page posted this “There’s a movement happening for runners to unite and wear a race shirt tomorrow to honor and remember those lost today. Let’s do it. For those without a race shirt or if you have to dress up for work, wear the Boston Marathon colors of blue and yellow. Spread the word.”

This morning my alarm went off way to early, 0230 to early for work. I decided to wear my Binghamton Bridge Run race shirt in order to show my support for Boston. This particular shirt has special meaning. It is my first ever race shirt.

Joe Geronimo at work on April 16th 2013 in his Binghamton Bridge Run Race shirt.
Joe Geronimo at work on April 16th 2013 in his Binghamton Bridge Run Race shirt.

Today the Facebook page of http://www.runjunkees.com created a virtual event. Beginning April 16th-May 4th anywhere in the world. Here it is! “This is a virtual run event, which means you can run (or walk) any distance, anywhere and at anytime. It is intended to both honor the victims as well as display an act of unity and solidarity in the running community. This was an event dreamed up by fellow Runners and you are welcome to invite anyone to join. THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISER. PLEASE be careful of scams (already) of people claiming to be raising money. A special thanks to TJ from VO2 the MAX for creating the “race” bib.bostonlogo Once you’ve completed your unity run you are welcome to post a picture to the RunJunkEes facebook page (please do not email pictures). Other runners are suggesting to wear a race shirt as well, so if you have one and you’d like to do so that would be great.”

I personally plan on wearing this bib along with my race bib on Sunday April 21st 2013 when I take part in the Seneca 7 race http://www.seneca7.com in order to show my love and support for my fellow Americans.

Keep on Running!

Joe