Monthly Archives: September 2012

Double M Haunted Hayrides- Behind the Mask

Today marks my tenth year at the Double M Haunted Hayrides, and before it begins, I thought to share with you what it has been like behind the mask and make-up.

Fall has finally arrived, not only has my birthday come and gone, but my favorite time of the year is here. It is hayride time, and I am gearing up today to begin another wonderful year of fun at my favorite place in the world The Double M Ranch Haunted Hayrides. For me it began in 2002 when a good pal Richie Rich, or (Dad) as I like to call him met me at the Ridin’ HI Ranch saloon. He said I should come down and give it a try, you’ll love it, from there, the rest is history.

Tonight is our annual try-outs, and for what I can say to the new people coming in, HAVE FUN WITH IT.. That is the most important thing that it is fun. secondly dress warm, bring lots of water, and third, Luden’s cough drops are your best friend. I stood in those very shoes a long time ago, and I had no idea if they were going to like me, cut me, or tell me to get lost, however, I played the part very well. I went from being a Greeter dressed as Scary Harry, to a cowboy in Terror Town (My favorite of all places). I can still remember that first year, as Wayne Martin drove by on his bright yellow four wheeler to check on us, he said and I quote “You think your the real Wyatt Earp don’t ya?” “Yes I Do!!!” I replied. Over the years I have had many jobs at the hayrides, and each one I made my own. I have also been an executioner, “Smells Like Chicken, the other, other white meat.” I would say after electrocuting my victim, to a madman in a sawmill, A raging redneck, even a Monitor on the wagon. Although I have been staff for four years, I am usually found at a haunt a few times of year, mostly when the ghouls, and ghosts become sick, and I always try to haunt in Terror Town at least once a year. last year I found myself with Leo Martin the owner portraying the raging moonshiner. “YOU SEE THE SIZE OF THAT CHICKEN!!!.” Great line Leo, LOL.

In 2005  I met my Wife at the Double M Haunted hayrides, and I am very grateful that I had, for I have never met anyone sweeter, you will also see her at the Double M Haunted Hayrides this year, as a Saloon Girl in or Deadwood Saloon Dance Show.I would have to say that if you have been there long enough it becomes family, and I have some great friends at the Double M Haunted Hayrides, some I talk to almost everyday, and some we only see each other every October, nonetheless, I have met some of the greatest people at the Double M Hayride, and Rodeo, it has become a second home to me, and my pals.

This Year I take charge of the famous Haunted House, and I plan on making it one to remember, the ideas are flowing as we speak, and I think I already have an idea of who might just be my ghouls, ghosts, or exorcist, HEY YA NEVER KNOW!!!!
Needless to say, we are about to live the good life for a month, hoping and praying for no rain come Thursday through Sunday, and making 2012 at the haunted hayrides a memorable year.

For more information or to make reservations at the Double M Haunted Hayrides visit their website at http://doublemhauntedhayrides.com/ or follow them via Facebook and twitter at facebook.com/DoubleMHauntedHayrides,  @MMHauntsYou, or at Google Plus

To make a reservation via phone call 518-884-9122, and tell em, I told ya to call, and as long as your not too afraid, I will see you at our last attraction of the evening, the Double M’s famous return of the haunted house.

Here are my photos of each year at the Double M Haunted Hayrides, enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/87460215@N05/show/

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My western inspiration

Growing up I was introduced to westerns on the silver screen, my late grandfather loved westerns, and would watch them regularly, which in most cases became a family night at my grandfather’s house ice cream sundae’s made by my grandmother, pop-corn or peanut brittle and good ole’ fashion horse-shit and gun smoke movie was a typical night at grandpa’s.

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My love for western writing didn’t really come until my mom brought home a book from a tag sale with the name Elmer Kelton on the cover, The Good Ole Boys. I was always told never judge a book by it’s cover, but when I got The Good Ole Boys, I flipped it over and read. “In Hewey Calloway’s world, his West Texas home of 1906, and the land of way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste.” The way I had always felt an outsider looking in at the way life changed so rapidly around me. From then on The Good Ole Boys, became my favorite book, and Elmer Kelton my favorite author. I had to read more. Kids my age were collecting baseball cards, and comics, me I was collecting Elmer Kelton books.
Later I came to enjoy Louis L’Amour, and the Sackett’s, however, my personal favorite is Elmer Kelton. I have been told that my writing style is somewhat similar to his, although I take no credit from Mr. Kelton, as he was the greatest western author that ever lived, I do see some similarities in my western stories and that of the story of Hewey Calloway.

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Where Were You on 9/11/01, A Day of Reflection

On September 11th 2001, most of us began our day as any normal day, we went to work, or school, and our children to daycare, or the babysitter.For 2,606 people In New York City they went to work just like any other day, as did 125 men and women at the Pentagon, but at 8:46 AM everything was changed. The world we knew and loved stopped turning, and a series of events took place that were unforgettable.

Today I look back at the events and reflect, where I was from the original call I received, to watching it on the big screen TV in the Ski Lodge, to the phone call from Albany, NY asking for CPL. Richard E. White.

I myself went to work at Killington Mountain, a ski resort in Killington, VT where I sat with no radio, tv, or any noise at the skyship gondola, where we were beginning fall checks for the upcoming ski season. at 9:00 AM, supervisor Jim O’neil called on the phone, “Rich, you have a radio down there or anything?” he asked. “No, sir, nothing down here. It is all quiet, on the skyship.” I said. He replied back with hesitation in his voice,”The World Trade Center has been blown up. You should come up and punch out, just getting back from the service you, might have to go and help.”
After sliding my card through the time clock, I walked to the ski lodge in front of the K1 gondola, and for the first time saw the terror, in our nations eyes, the big screen TV was on CNN and full blast, the sound echoed the room as nearly  100 patrons watched in fear.

I returned home by 10:45 Am and had just got into the door and the phone rang, “Can we reach CPL. Richard E. White?” The voice said on the other line. Butterflies hit my stomach, and a rush of cold ran through my back as my body, temperature seemed to rise about 20 degrees. “Yes sir, it is me.”
Calmly the voice on the other end of the phone said. “We would like you to pack your bag, do not wear your uniform, and only travel by personal vehicle. Report to Albany MEPS within 24 hours, we need every soldier we can get, to help, you will be instructed, and debriefed when you arrive, thank you.” As I hung up the phone I shivered in fear, what did this mean? was I going to a war, was I going to help rescue, what was I going to help with?

Over the next two years I would serve my country. I spent two weeks at ground zero helping clean up the rubble, and search for survivors, there were none. To this day it is very surreal for me what happened that day, and in the two years of combat I faced, losing my entire platoon in Iraq in 2002, and coming home a helpless vet. For eleven years I have wanted to do more, and this year I joined the Perth Volunteer Fire Company. This evening our dept is attending a 9/11 ceremony at Kenyetto Fire Dept, in Broadalbin to remember the 343 firefighters, and other first responders that lost their lives in the attacks.

For those that paid the ultimate sacrifice, I thank them for their service, and their efforts to help when our country was devastated. This week I was invited to join a facebook group called Remember Me: The Virtual Facebook September 11, 2001 Memorial (Reboot) and they asked for each person to memorialize two people from the Sept 2001 attacks, and since I have now become a firefighter I found it fitting to honor to FDNY firefighters that gave their lives to the dust and rubble, we once knew as the World Trade Center.

Today I hold this small memorial for FDNY firefighters Andrew Borgese, and Lt. John P. Murray in their bravest efforts in helping during the September 11, 2001 attacks these men gave the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind them, their families, friends, loved ones and fellow firefighters. They will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered. They are heroes, and each of them rewarded with the highest of highs, as they entered the kingdom of god, and received their wings to watch over us as we fight fire every time we are called upon, Thank you Andrew Borgese for laying down your life when you were called upon. Thank You Lt. John P. Murray for laying down your life when you were called upon, and to both of your families, most importantly I thank you for your husbands, son, fathers, brothers, etc. service to our country, may God Bless The USA.

The life of a firefighter is closely associated with the ringing of a bell. as he begins his hours of duty it is the bell that starts
it off, and so through the day and night each alarm is sound by a bell, which calls him to fight fires and to place his life in jeopardy. For the good of his fellowman. And when the fire is out and the alarm has come to an end, the bell rings three times to signal the end. And now   Station 343  you have completed your task, your duties were well done. Thank you Station 343, dedicated to the 343 firefighters who died in the 9/11/01 attacks. Below are those 343 names, rank and companies in which each of them served. Thank You Firefighter Richard E. White

Remembering 343 F.D.N.Y.
All gave some, …. these folks gave all!
F.D.N.Y.

343 FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
Last Alarm: September 11, 2001

Joseph Agnello – Ladder 118

Lt.

Brian Ahearn – Battalion 13

Eric Allen – Squad 18 ( D )

Richard Allen – Ladder 15

Captain James Amato – Squad 1

Calixto Anaya Jr.

– Engine 4

Joseph Agnello – Ladder 118

Lt.

Brian Ahearn – Battalion 13

Eric Allen – Squad 18 ( D )

Richard Allen – Ladder 15

Captain James Amato – Squad 1

Calixto Anaya Jr.

– Engine 4

Joseph Angelini – Rescue 1 ( D )

Joseph Angelini Jr.

– Ladder 4

Faustino Apostol Jr.

– Battalion 2

David Arce – Engine 33

Louis Arena – Ladder 5 ( D )

Carl Asaro – Battalion 9

Lt.

Gregg Atlas – Engine 10

Gerald Atwood – Ladder 21

Gerald Baptiste – Ladder 9

Assistant Chief Gerard Barbara – Command Center

Matthew Barnes – Ladder 25

Arthur Barry – Ladder 15

Lt.

Steven Bates – Engine 235

Carl Bedigian – Engine 214

Stephen Belson – Battalion 7

John Bergin – Rescue 5

Paul Beyer – Engine 6

Peter Bielfeld – Ladder 42

Brian Bilcher – Squad 1

Carl Bini – Rescue 5

Christopher Blackwell – Rescue 3

Michael Bocchino – Battalion 48

Frank Bonomo – Engine 230

Gary Box – Squad 1

Michael Boyle – Engine 33

Kevin Bracken – Engine 40

Michael Brennan – Ladder 4

Peter Brennan – Rescue 4

Captain Daniel Brethel – Ladder 24 ( D )

Captain Patrick Brown – Ladder 3

Andrew Brunn – Ladder 5 ( D )

Captain Vincent Brunton – Ladder 105

F.M.

Ronald Bucca

Greg Buck – Engine 201

Captain William Burke Jr.

– Engine 21

Assistant Chief Donald Burns – Command Center

John Burnside – Ladder 20

Thomas Butler – Squad 1

Patrick Byrne – Ladder 101

George Cain – Ladder 7

Salvatore Calabro – Ladder 101

Captain Frank Callahan – Ladder 35

Michael Cammarata – Ladder 11

Brian Cannizzaro – Ladder 101

Dennis Carey – Hmc.

1

Michael Carlo – Engine 230

Michael Carroll – Ladder 3

Peter Carroll – Squad 1 ( D )

Thomas Casoria – Engine 22

Michael Cawley – Ladder 136

Vernon Cherry – Ladder 118

Nicholas Chiofalo – Engine 235

John Chipura – Engine 219

Michael Clarke – Ladder 2

Steven Coakley – Engine 217

Tarel Coleman – Squad 252

John Collins – Ladder 25

Robert Cordice – Squad 1

Ruben Correa – Engine 74

James Coyle – Ladder 3

Robert Crawford – Safety

Lt. John Crisci – H.M.

Battalion Chief Dennis Cross – Battalion 57 ( D )

Thomas Cullen III – Squad 41

Robert Curatolo – Ladder 16 ( D )

Lt.

Edward D’Atri – Squad 1

Michael D’Auria – Engine 40

Scott Davidson – Ladder 118

Edward Day – Ladder 11

Battailion Chief Thomas DeAngelis – Battalion 8

Manuel Delvalle – Engine 5

Martin DeMeo – Hazmat 1

David DeRubbio – Engine 226

Lt.

Andrew Desperito – Engine 1 ( D )

Battalion Chief Dennis Devlin – Battalion 9

Gerard Dewan – Ladder 3

George DiPasquale – Ladder 2

Lt.

Kevin Donnelly – Ladder 3

Lt.

Kevin Dowdell – Rescue 4

Battalion Chief Raymond Downey – Soc.

Gerard Duffy – Ladder 21

Captain Martin Egan, Jr.

– Division 15 ( D )

Michael Elferis – Engine 22

Francis Esposito – Engine 235

Lt.

Michael Esposito – Squad 1

Robert Evans – Engine 33

Battalion Chief John Fanning – H.O.

Captain Thomas Farino – Engine 26

Terrence Farrell – Rescue 4

Captain Joseph Farrelly – Division 1

Deputy Commander William Feehan – ( D )

Lee Fehling – Engine 235

Alan Feinberg – Battalion 9

Michael Fiore – Rescue 5

Lt.

John Fischer – Ladder 20

Andre Fletcher – Rescue 5

John Florio – Engine 214

Lt.

Michael Fodor – Ladder 21

Thomas Foley – Rescue 3

David Fontana – Squad 1

Robert Foti – Ladder 7

Andrew Fredericks – Squad 18

Lt.

Peter Freund – Engine 55

Thomas Gambino Jr.

– Rescue 3

Chief of Department Peter Ganci, Jr.

( D )

Lt.

Charles Garbarini – Battalion 9

Thomas Gardner – Hmc.

1

Matthew Garvey – Squad 1

Bruce Gary – Engine 40

Gary Geidel – Rescue 1

Battalion Chief Edward Geraghty – Battalion 9

Dennis Germain – Ladder 2

Lt.

Vincent Giammona – Ladder 5

James Giberson – Ladder 35

Ronnie Gies – Squad 288

Paul Gill – Engine 54

Lt.

John Ginley – Engine 40

Jeffrey Giordano – Ladder 3

John Giordano – Hmc.

1

Keith Glascoe – Ladder 21

James Gray – Ladder 20

Battalion Chief Joseph Grzelak – Battalion 48

Jose Guadalupe – Engine 54

Lt.

Geoffrey Guja – Battalion 43

Lt.

Joseph Gullickson – Ladder 101

David Halderman – Squad 18

Lt.

Vincent Halloran – Ladder 8

Robert Hamilton – Squad 41

Sean Hanley – Ladder 20 ( D )

Thomas Hannafin – Ladder 5

Dana Hannon – Engine 26

Daniel Harlin – Ladder 2

Lt.

Harvey Harrell – Rescue 5

Lt.

Stephen Harrell – Battalion 7

Cpt. Thomas Haskell, Jr.

– Division 15

Timothy Haskell – Squad 18 ( D )

Cpt.

Terence Hatton – Rescue 1

Michael Haub – Ladder 4

Lt.

Michael Healey – Squad 41

John Hefferman – Ladder 11

Ronnie Henderson – Engine 279

Joseph Henry – Ladder 21

William Henry – Rescue 1 ( D )

Thomas Hetzel – Ladder 13

Cpt.

Brian Hickey – Rescue 4

Lt. Timothy Higgins – S.O.C.

Jonathan Hohmann – Hmc.

1

Thomas Holohan – Engine 6

Joseph Hunter – Squad 288

Cpt.

Walter Hynes – Ladder 13 ( D )

Jonathan Ielpi – Squad 288

Cpt. Frederick Ill Jr.

– Ladder 2

William Johnston – Engine 6

Andrew Jordan – Ladder 132

Karl Joseph – Engine 207

Lt.

Anthony Jovic – Battalion 47

Angel Juarbe Jr.

– Ladder 1

Fr.

Mychal Judge – Chaplain (D)

Vincent Kane – Engine 22

Battalion Chief Charles Kasper – S.O.C.

Paul Keating – Ladder 5

Richard Kelly Jr.

– Ladder 11

Thomas R.

Kelly – Ladder 15

Thomas W.

Kelly – Ladder 105

Thomas Kennedy – Ladder 101

Lt.

Ronald Kerwin – Squad 288

Michael Kiefer – Ladder 132

Robert King Jr.

– Engine 33

Scott Kopytko – Ladder 15

William Krukowski – Ladder 21

Kenneth Kumpel – Ladder 25

Thomas Kuveikis – Squad 252

David LaForge – Ladder 20

William Lake – Rescue 2

Robert Lane – Engine 55

Peter Langone – Squad 252

Scott Larsen – Ladder 15

Lt.

Joseph Leavey – Ladder 15

Neil Leavy – Engine 217

Daniel Libretti – Rescue 2

Carlos Lillo – Paramedic

Robert Linnane – Ladder 20

Michael Lynch – Engine 40

Michael Lynch – Ladder 4

Michael Lyons – Squad 41

Patrick Lyons – Squad 252

Joseph Maffeo – Ladder 101

William Mahoney – Rescue 4

Joseph Maloney – Ladder 3 ( D )

Battalion Chief Joseph Marchbanks Jr.

– Battalion 12

Lt.

Charles Margiotta – Battalion 22

Kenneth Marino – Rescue 1

John Marshall – Engine 23

Lt.

Peter Martin – Rescue 2

Lt.

Paul Martini – Engine 23

Joseph Mascali – T.S.U.

2

Keithroy Maynard – Engine 33

Brian McAleese – Engine 226

John McAvoy – Ladder 3

Thomas McCann – Battalion 8

Lt.

William McGinn – Squad 18

Battalion Chief William McGovern – Battalion 2 ( D )

Dennis McHugh – Ladder 13

Robert McMahon – Ladder 20

Robert McPadden – Engine 23

Terence McShane – Ladder 101

Timothy McSweeney – Ladder 3

Martin McWilliams – Engine 22 ( D )

Raymond Meisenheimer – Rescue 3

Charles Mendez – Ladder 7

Steve Mercado – Engine 40

Douglas Miller – Rescue 5

Henry Miller Jr.

– Ladder 105

Robert Minara – Ladder 25

Thomas Mingione – Ladder 132

Lt.

Paul Mitchell – Battalion 1

Capt.

Louis Modafferi – Rescue 5

Lt.

Dennis Mojica – Resscue 1 ( D )

Manuel Mojica – Squad 18 ( D )

Carl Molinaro – Ladder 2

Michael Montesi – Rescue 1

Captain Thomas Moody – Division 1

Battalion Chief John Moran – Battalion 49

Vincent Morello – Ladder 35

Christopher Mozzillo – Engine 55

Richard Muldowney Jr.

– Ladder 7

Michael Mullan – Ladder 12

Dennis Mulligan – Ladder 2

Lt.

Raymond Murphy – Ladder 16

Lt.

Robert Nagel – Engine 58

John Napolitano – Rescue 2

Peter Nelson – Rescue 4

Gerard Nevins – Rescue 1

Dennis O’Berg – Ladder 105

Lt.

Daniel O’Callaghan – Ladder 4

Douglas Oelschlager – Ladder 15

Joseph Ogren – Ladder 3

Lt.

Thomas O’Hagan – Battalion 4

Samuel Oitice – Ladder 4

Patrick O’Keefe – Rescue 1

Captain William O’Keefe – Division 15 ( D )

Eric Olsen – Ladder 15

Jeffery Olsen – Engine 10

Steven Olson – Ladder 3

Kevin O’Rourke – Rescue 2

Michael Otten – Ladder 35

Jeffery Palazzo – Rescue 5

Battalion Chief Orio Palmer – Battalion 7

Frank Palombo – Ladder 105

Paul Pansini – Engine 10

Battalion Chief John Paolillo – Battalion 11

James Pappageorge – Engine 23

Robert Parro – Engine 8

Durrell Pearsall – Rescue 4

Lt.

Glenn Perry – Battalion 12

Lt.

Philip Petti – Battalion 7

Lt.

Kevin Pfeifer – Engine 33

Lt.

Kenneth Phelan – Battalion 32

Christopher Pickford – Engine 201

Shawn Powell – Engine 207

Vincent Princiotta – Ladder 7

Kevin Prior – Squad 252

Battalion Chief Richard Prunty – Battalion 2 ( D )

Lincoln Quappe – Rescue 2

Lt.

Michael Quilty – Ladder 11

Ricardo Quinn – Paramedic

Leonard Ragaglia – Engine 54

Michael Ragusa – Engine 279

Edward Rall – Rescue 2

Adam Rand – Squad 288

Donald Regan – Rescue 3

Lt.

Robert Regan – Ladder 118

Christian Regenhard – Ladder 131

Kevin Reilly – Engine 207

Lt.

Vernon Richard – Ladder 7

James Riches – Engine 4

Joseph Rivelli – Ladder 25

Michael Roberts – Engine 214

Michael E.

Roberts – Ladder 35

Anthony Rodriguez – Engine 279

Matthew Rogan – Ladder 11

Nicholas Rossomando – Rescue 5

Paul Ruback – Ladder 25

Stephen Russell – Engine 55

Lt. Michael Russo – S.O.C.

Battalion Chief Matthew Ryan – Battalion 1

Thomas Sabella – Ladder 13

Christopher Santora – Engine 54

John Santore – Ladder 5 ( D )

Gregory Saucedo – Ladder 5

Dennis Scauso – H.M.

1

John Schardt – Engine 201

Battalion Chief Fred Scheffold – Battalion 12

Thomas Schoales – Engine 4

Gerard Schrang – Rescue 3 ( D )

Gregory Sikorsky – Squad 41

Stephen Siller – Squad 1

Stanley Smagala Jr.

– Engine 226

Kevin Smith – H.M.

1

Leon Smith Jr.

– Ladder 118

Robert Spear Jr.

– Engine 26

Joseph Spor – Rescue 3

Battalion Cheif Lawrence Stack – Battalion 50

Captain Timothy Stackpole – Division 11 ( D )

Gregory Stajk – Ladder 13

Jeffery Stark – Engine 230

Benjamin Suarez – Ladder 21

Daniel Suhr – Engine 216 ( D )

Lt.

Christopher Sullivan – Ladder 111

Brian Sweeney – Rescue 1

Sean Tallon – Ladder 10

Allan Tarasiewicz – Resscue 5

Paul Tegtmeier – Engine 4

John Tierney – Ladder 9

John Tipping II – Ladder 4

Hector Tirado Jr.

– Engine 23

Richard Vanhine – Squad 41

Peter Vega – Ladder 118

Lawrence Veling – Engine 235

John Vigiano II – Ladder 132

Sergio Villanueva – Ladder 132

Lawrence Virgilio – Squad 18 ( D )

Lt.

Robert Wallace – Engine 205

Jeffery Walz – Ladder 9

Lt.

Michael Warchola – Ladder 5 ( D )

Captain Patrick Waters – S.O.C.

Kenneth Watson – Engine 214

Michael Weinberg – Engine 1 ( D )

David Weiss – Rescue 1

Timothy Welty – Squad 288

Eugene Whelan – Engine 230

Edward White – Engine 230

Mark Whitford – Engine 23

Lt.

Glenn Wilkinson – Engine 238 ( D )

Battalion Chief John Williamson – Battalion Chief 6 ( D )

Capt.

David Wooley – Ladder 4

Raymond York – Engine 285 ( D )

Remember these pray men today and everyday!

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