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philb
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31 Jul 2019
08:44:43am

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We are planning a roadtrip to APS Hq. week of August 12-16.Its exactly 300 miles portal to portal. When i think back its been a good 12 years since our last visit. For stamp collectors its like turning a kid loose in a candy store. Anyone else want to go for it ? I could arrange my schedule to meet up ! phil APS 070059
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vinman
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31 Jul 2019
12:11:03pm
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Where are you staying? I may be up for a road trip, let me check with my wife.

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philb
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31 Jul 2019
01:14:59pm

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Vince, no reservations yet...last time we stayed at a Motel 6 in State College..there is not much in the way of inns and restaurants around Bellefonte. Last time we got there in the afternoon but they let us take a batch of sales books back to the Motel to pick from. I really like the area where they sell the donated albums and stamps...there can be some great buys.

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vinman
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31 Jul 2019
05:54:53pm
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I make the sales room at the back of the library my first stop. I always find literature to add to my library. I think there are full time volunteers that sort and add new material to their sales. I keep an inventory of my library on a flash drive and use one of the computers in the library which makes it easy not to pick up a book I already have. I am missing a few "Billig's Philatelic Handbooks" and "Philatelic Congress" books.
Then I visit the sales room and look through their reference collection. Last stop is the library. You're right about being a kid let loose in a candy store.
I think you can schedule a tour if you want.

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Greaden
31 Jul 2019
06:15:08pm
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There are several magnificent BnBs within walking distance of the APS.

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philb
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31 Jul 2019
07:22:10pm

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Ok, thanks..like i say its been 12 years...i am sure things are different...i will surf the net to find places to stay.

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31 Jul 2019
08:21:25pm
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I'm hoping to do a road trip with the Visiting Granddaughter that includes the Corning Glass Museum and Hershey ... guess what is on the way from one of those to the other?

Let's see what I can sell ... I didn't have much luck with the Postal History show in Albany Sad

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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31 Jul 2019
09:27:27pm
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This is where I stay when I visit Bellefonte, which is about four times a year. It's a bit more expensive than a motel. Lately I have been traveling there about once a month. I have been looking for a new home since I retired.
https://reynoldsmansion.com/

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Greaden
31 Jul 2019
11:06:19pm
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I stayed at the Queen, https://www.thequeenbnb.com/.

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philb
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31 Jul 2019
11:28:25pm

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i will not be staying at either of these places...just need a place to sleep and shower ad back to the stamps.Happy

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philb
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06 Aug 2019
10:24:03pm

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Vinman, looks like we will be in Bellefonte Tuesday afternoon and all day wednesday !

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jbaxter5256
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06 Aug 2019
11:06:01pm
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Have a great visit! Have you seen the stamp albums in the APRL?

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philb
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07 Aug 2019
09:33:02am

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Jbaxter, i have not seen them..time goes so swiftly there...but i may select a couple of countries to browse.Happy

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jbaxter5256
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08 Aug 2019
12:46:00am
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I am actually referring to a collection of empty albums from most periods in which albums have been manufactured. I admit, I really like unique stamp albums.

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philb
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08 Aug 2019
02:29:34pm

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Ok ! i will head for the area with the donated covers,collections etc;.

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vinman
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09 Aug 2019
06:12:44pm
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Phil,
You are going to miss the Grange Fair. It's just a few miles south of Bellefonte.

https://grangefair.com/

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philb
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09 Aug 2019
06:55:39pm

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Thats a shame..we wanted to browse the area a bit...my wife noted there is an art museum .

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ernieinjax
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09 Aug 2019
07:21:33pm
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A road trip across Pennsylvania sounds good. It is a beautiful state.

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philb
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09 Aug 2019
09:43:36pm

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Lots of Green !Happy

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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Aug 2019
09:16:00am
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I'd love to join you but I'm in Seattle this week!

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10 Aug 2019
10:18:19am

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Seattles not bad, a little hilly !Happy

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philb
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15 Aug 2019
05:44:12pm

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Just back from Bellefonte 3:30 today....what a difference 12 years make..the world moves on ..the two lane roads between State College and Bellefonte are now modern highways! We had a ball....the employees at Bellefonte are great...but they have to go by guidelines. We met a husband and wife volunteer team in the donations area and we had a great time together...i guess the volunteers have a lot of leeway...because the male volunteer kept going in the back room and saying "have i got a deal for you". So i starting asking him "how about mounts?" and he bought out a box of donated mounts which i picked from. I will not wait another 12 years to return.

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