Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey

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  1. Tom Harley
    August 10, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    There’s a place for people who do local history. Sometimes I do it myself, though much less thoroughly than you. Visit my travelogue link if you like. Thank you for this article. I enjoyed it. I’ve visited Angelica before, but not Cuba.

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  2. Mike Frank
    August 10, 2017 @ 5:02 pm

    Born and raised Cuban here. Great article, thanks for visiting and writing it. You should rethink the title to “Cuba; cheese but no cigar”

    Mike Frank

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  3. Michael clancy
    August 12, 2017 @ 4:38 am

    My great grandmother lived on Cuba lake many childhood memories of summer fun at here house.

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  4. Cathy Flower-Schleigh
    August 14, 2017 @ 9:24 am

    I grew up in Cuba in the 50’s and 60’s. My father, Bob Flower, was the Chief of Police and also a country western musician and singer who played almost every weekend in the Pavilion among other places. There were so many activities to do when I was a child….unfortunately they’re all gone now.. The Olive Crest Amusement Park on Cuba Lake was the best!! They had mini-golf there, too. Across the street from that was the roller skating rink and behind that was a race track. The theater on Main Street is also gone… Cuba has made a lot of changes but there are still SO many great things to do and see…

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  5. Cathy Flower-Schleigh
    August 14, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    Chris, your article was greatly appreciated!!! I’m glad you got to see our little town.

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  6. Sharon Jahnke Long
    August 14, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    I also grew up in Cuba, plus spent 24 more years on Windsor St raising 3 wonderful kids. (My own Mom never called US “kids”. We were “children”.)
    Now, my husband & I make the trip from Batavia several times a year, attending the Garlic Festival & especially events at Palmer Opera House!
    THANK YOU for the 7th grade Social Studies review!!!

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  7. Betty Johnson Harder
    August 14, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

    I went to school when moved to Cuba in my 3rd grade. I graduated in 1954 and felt the teachers and the principle were so grand I always felt Cuba Central School was a safe haven for me. May all the people I knew in school, my after school job at the hospital and a summer as a soda jerk at the Cuba Lake Pavilion. May God bless all! Many fond memories and I do try to visit when I can. A wonderful write up by this author. Thank
    you for a classmate who sent this to me.

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  8. Ann McCaffrey May
    September 22, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the very nice write up about my hometown. I would hope everyone who ever lived in Cuba will get to see this article!

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    • Chris Clemens
      September 22, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind words on this post, Ann. I only hope I was able to do my visit justice in the eyes of those who hail from such a great little town!

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  9. Sandy Mountain
    September 25, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

    Dear Chris,
    Your article about my hometown of Cuba, New York was really well done!
    I left Cuba after high school and lived in Rochester, Albany and many years in Olean NY. Each location had its advantages.
    Then, life happened and I knew I wanted to make a move. But where? I wanted to be among friends as well as a place I would feel safe. Returning to Cuba made sense.
    Okay, maybe we do not have some of the advantages of city life; we also do not have the crime, the riots or the traffic hassles! And, our Main Street is looking good!!
    Walk into almost any business in Cuba, and the friendliness is there from employers to employees!
    They say, “You can’t go home again.” Well, I did!!

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    • Chris Clemens
      September 25, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Sandy!

      I agree that each location has advantages. What I love about New York State is that there are so many unique regions and cities/towns to visit allowing us to experience a wide range of things. Your Main Street is definitely looking good. I consider it an honor to have had the chance to visit and experience all that friendliness you mentioned!

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  10. Linda Swift Dybeck
    October 22, 2017 @ 9:48 am

    Thank you for the journey…it was wonderful to see again, in my mind it is the old Cuba where the guys sat on the bank in the evening and we had cola, phosphate at the O!ympia Restaurant, right Ed… What a wonderful place to grow up, the lake and pavilion, thank you for poking at my wonderful memories.

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    • Chris Clemens
      October 22, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

      Thanks, Linda! I had a great time in Cuba. Glad I could help bring back such great memories!

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