The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


April 15, 2013

'Gunsmoke' revisited: Festus, Chester, Dillon


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Hey, it happens.

The grille was owned by the late, popular Hymie Barr. Hymie’s ham and cheese sandwich was legendary, as one could argue, was Hymie himself.

When the renewal project claimed the Silver Grille, its liquor license was sold to the budding Quaker Steak & Lube a couple of blocks away. Hymie went with the license as a package deal, and for many years, was the popular bartender at the fledgling Lube for owners Gary Meszaros and George “Jig” Warren.

Had I not gotten an email from Hymie’s son, Norman, who lives in Cleveland, I probably wouldn’t have realized that I omitted such a colorful piece of Sharon history. Thanks, Norm.

Wishing ‘Mr. Bennett’ a Happy 90th

Don Bennett, one of the area treasures, turned 90 years young Sunday (as in April 14). Bennett, of course, is the retired Sharon schools administrator and coach who remains wildy popular with generations of his ex-students from Sharon High.

Don calls Whispering Oaks in Hermitage his home these days Ð that is, when you can find this amazing busybody not out and about or speaking at a Sharon High class reunion.

Cheers, Coach!

Jim Raykie is the executive editor of The Herald and writes this column on Mondays.


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