Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:
1) Think about who your neighbors were when you were a child. Where did you live? Who lived next door or across the street?
2) Tell us a story about one or more of your neighbors. If you want to keep them anonymous, just use first names. Do some research if you need to recall names and years.
3) Share your story in your own blog post (but leave a comment on this post so we can find it), in a comment to this blogpost, or on Facebook or Google+.
Growing up in Bay View, Ohio, we had wonderful neighbors on our street. A couple that became like family to us was Ed and Agnes Balduff, who lived two doors down on Martin's Point Road. Bay View is a small community located in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio, adjacent to the Sandusky Bay.
Our neighbor Ed taught my mom and I how to drive. His wife Agnes was a wonderful listener, and she loved us six Orshoski kids like we were her own! Agnes was always there to lend a helping hand at wedding and baby showers. When my dad, Paul Orshoski, Sr., was dying from cancer, Ed sat with Dad by the hour. Ed was older than my dad, and I think his heart was breaking to lose such a good friend. I don't have any pictures of Ed and Agnes, but the memories I have of them are as vivid as can be. After they died, Ed and Agnes were buried at Sand Hill Cemetery.