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My grandmother got herself a writeup in the Erie Times!

My Grandmother and Me

Liz Allen: Cold imagery stirs up warm memories

Written  by Liz Allen,  The Erie Times www.goerie.com

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. . .  life was luxurious compared with that of Depression-era kids like Dorothy Scholze. She called me after we ran an Associated Press photo that said the Pittsburgh Mills Mall is in Tarentum. Dorothy, 81, says it’s in Harwick, built on her great-grandfather’s farm.

Many of the region’s Eastern European immigrants were coal miners, and some met awful fates. Dorothy was 13 when her maternal grandfather, John Hanovsky, 63, died in a slate slide. An uncle, trapped in a mine as he laid a brick wall, “came out and was white as a ghost. He never went back again,” she says.

Her parents, William and Hattie Busan, chose a different path. A painter and a decorator, her dad bought a two-room house in the country. In high school, she taught swimming and lifeguarded at the YMCA, which sponsored summer camp in Emlenton, organized field trips to Pittsburgh and encouraged teens to attend college.

Dorothy planned to take the train from Tarentum to the University of Pittsburgh; her dad planned to expand their tiny house. Then her parents were seriously hurt when a truck rammed their car. After the accident, “My plans changed,” she says. She pauses, then adds: “Everything changed for the better.”

She met Richard Scholze at a Y dance. Married in 1950, they built a home in Lawrence Park Township near her parents, her brother and friends from the Pittsburgh area. She and Richard raised three sons and a daughter.

She recalls the struggles of the Depression, but counts her blessings every day. She remembers her mom, who fished for trout and liked to hunt. “That’s her bear there,” she says, pointing to a mount on the wall. Their long-ago move to Erie remains an “adventure.” She still loves the water and swims at the Y.

Recently widowed, Dorothy sorely misses Richard. But every evening, she drifts off to sleep amid a shower of snowflakes that her dad stenciled on her bedroom wall, using patterns she made as a child. She’s wrapped in the warmth of happy memories.

LIZ ALLEN writes about ordinary people each week. You can reach her at 870-1735 or at liz.allen@timesnews.com.

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DtB plays the Edinboro Art and Music Festival tonight near Erie, PA. They take the stage at 10:30pm. Here is what the Erie Times has to say:

Buffalo hunt: Look no further, Donna’s in Edinboro tonight

Preview by Dave Richards
Staff writer, Erie Times

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Tonight’s gig affords Donna fans and those who will be, once they hear the group, a chance to enjoy them up close. The intimate setting makes crystal-clear the camaraderie between Nevins and Puryear, who played old-time fiddle music before they founded Donna the Buffalo more than 20 years ago.

Festival director Fred Parker appreciates them coming back; they also headlined in 2009. It didn’t take much to coax them; he’s a longtime friend of the band and a fellow musician.

“Tara and Jeb are friends of mine, and it’s nice to have them kicking off the festival,” Parker said. “I think it gives us a real nice headliner and a shot in the arm. I know they like the event.”

Parker spent time with Nevins and Puryear, telling Puryear, “I know it’s kind of small place, but what do you think?’ And he said, ‘We loved it, and we had a real good time.'”

Fans literally climbed the tables in 2009. Odds are, they’ll do it again, though even band members don’t know which songs they’ll play until they get on stage. They never bother with a set list.

“That’s one of the things about us,” Nevins said. “We get up onstage and play whatever we feel like playing. We just kind of fly by the seat of our pants. Every time we try to make a set list, we never stick to it.”

They stick to a pattern, though, usually alternating between Puryear’s rhythmic, Dylan-influenced, guitar-centered songs and Nevins’ breezy, melodic, accordion-driven gems like the folksy “Tides of Time” and infectious “Locket and Key.”

Donna the Buffalo arrives with a new band member, bassist Kyle Spark, who joined at the end of March. He had a lot to learn, considering Donna’s rich songwriting history. Nevins said they took it slow.

“He gets the records, and we give him a list of the things we normally play and start with that,” Nevins said. “You gotta give a guy a fighting chance. For a few shows, we stick to those for his sake. Then we’ll throw a new one onstage and see how it goes.”

So far, she’s like the chemistry.

Mixing in new players keeps the band fresh; Puryear and Nevins are the only two constants. Playing other types of gigs helps, too. In 2009, Nevins joined former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s BK 3 on the road.

“The call came in, and it was kind of out of the blue,” Nevins said. “I just felt, ‘Well, I’m up for something different. A challenge. Step out of my box a little bit.’ I did it, and it was completely awesome. I had a wonderful time, and the playing was fantastic. I’d love to do it again.”

Nevins said Donna may record again with Jim Lauderdale, who joined them for a set at Merlefest. They haven’t started a follow-up to 2009’s well-received “Silverlined,” which includes guest spots from Bela Fleck, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, and Levon Helms’ daughter Amy.

“Looking back, I think it was a great record. It got all the way up to No. 8 on the Americana charts,” Nevins said.

“We did our very first music video for the song ‘Locket and Key,’ and that got a lot of airplay. People still hear it in department stores and restaurants and grocery stores. It was one of the first times one of our songs traveled a little bit further.

“Yeah, I have a good attachment to that record.”

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