sincerest appreciation for your visit, we'd like to welcome you to the
latest update of our web site. We hope you will spend some
time with us - remembering good times past, enjoying today, and
anticipating the great times yet to come. There are lots of
new pictures posted throughout the various sections of our site, so
browse through our 'web magazine' and have fun!
section under reconstruction!! You may find a bad link or
I'm trying hard to keep it up to date. If you find
something wrong, please report it to me so I can fix it! If
have some photos or other content you would like to contribute, please
let me email me at:
STABILIZATION IN PROGRESS! For the second year in a row, I am
making changes to stabilize the site.
a year or two of server instability with my old hosting provider (including a
forced server migration, multiple email outages, and generally poor customer
service), I have taken the step to switch hosting services. So far I'm impressed
with the price and service I'm receiving, but it means yet another migration of
files to a new server. The bulk of the migration has already been completed, but
be aware that you may find a few broken (or even missing) navigational links,
and perhaps some missing images. Please let me know if you discover anything
missing or broken on the site! And, as always, comments and suggestions are
always welcomed. The site will have a new email server as well, but for now you
can still use the email address noted in the left column - or try out the new
email link below:
with stabilizing this website, I am also putting several other websites online
and working on their construction. Feel free to check out my progress as I build
and upload these new sites!
A Few Updates Finally! Well, now that I'm retired and finally have
some time again to look over 21 years of messy code on my site, I'm starting to
do some cleanup and page updates. Don't expect miracles right away (like
bringing the site up to 21st century technology). But I will be adding
content to my "playground" here and there to reflect individual
projects I'm working on and fix major bugs. I will try to keep the home
page updated here to reflect these changes. Here are the changes with this
hobby pages have been updated to remove outdated links and consolidate
content. Some new content has also been added to "spruce up"
Don's Workshop and
repair the navigational structure.
archive has been created to access digitized historic recordings that
have been transferred from original 78 rpm recordings in
Don's Audio Archive. You can listen to the recordings online from these
Vallone Family Reunion was held on July 10th, 2014! Over 70
family members from near and far were in attendance. Photos
video are coming soon on our Family
Reunion & Media Download Page. We
are planning an even larger reunion event for 2015. Look for
us on Facebook and help us plan this next event!
We're Getting Ready For Valentine's Day!! Visit Samantha and Maranda's Valentine
Page and share their favorite Love Day!
1/25/14 Rosario's Page Vallone Updated We've discovered more information about
Grandpa Vallone's journey
to America, and also solved a mystery about an unidentified photograph
from 1907!! We've also added updated photos of the family
homestead at 270 Pennsylvania Ave. on Rosario's
1/25/14 Pino's Page Vallone Updated We've added new photos of
Russell and Richard's family on Uncle Pino's
'Tis the Season to be Jolly ....and visiting the Vallones' Christmas Page will
help you celebrate the season.
may have noticed that our site has been very sparse of late.
years ago our web host went out of business without notifying us.
One day they just turned off all of our servers and
I had much of the content backed up in various places, but
have the time to piece it all back together in one place.
back now with a new host and new servers, and I've finally had a little
free time to sort through the mess and reconstuct more of the site.
Some of the older content has been revived and new content is
being added where appropriate.
Twins Start Own Pages The girls now have their own web pages.
Page and Maranda's
Page showcase their own words and talents, and express their
Vallone Family Portrait We've added a recent family portrait of
Russell's family on Uncle Pino's
Page - complete with all of the children and
grandchildren. Thanks, Russ & Jean!!!
9/26/09 Links to
Facebook Photo Albums I've been busy posting photos lately on
Facebook, including pictures from my recent trip to Valledolmo,
Sicily!! We hope you will visit our pages there and consider
"friending" us. It's a great way to keep in touch with
extended family and friends. See you there! View New Photo Albums Here!
Page Updated!! Our 2008 Christmas Page is ready for you
to enjoy. We've added new photos, recipes, music, and
video. This year our annual family newsletter has gone fully
digital (this means we were too cheap to print copies and send them to
everyone) so you can download your copy whenever you want to read it -
along with our newsletter archive from previous years. If you
are a fan of The Caroleers' Christmas music you will find three more
albums available to listen to online or download. You'll find
new recipes, the twins' new Christmas portraits, and a wonderful
display of vintage Christmas cards to enjoy. Happy Holidays!
Finally, an update!!!! I know, I know...it has been over four
months since I updated any of the pages on our site. Yes,
Judy, it is shameful! Finally, the Christmas decorations are
gone and Spring flowers are blooming. We have been extremely
busy with work, school, and the headaches of home owning. The
twins have been growing like weeds and are enjoying the warmer weather
by riding their scooters around the neighborhood. They have
nearly outgrown their tricycles already! Check out some new
pictures over on the kids
12/09/07 Updates to Vallone Family History I've
added new pictures of the LaPaglia
family and also posted descendant reports for Rosario, Luigi, and Loretta.
The reports list the descendants that I currently have documented as
part of my ongoing genealogy research. If you are aware of
any inaccuracies or additions to the name lists, please contact me at:
Updated contact information in our Welcome Address
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transitioning away from all hyperlinked email addresses on the
site. We may have lost some of your contact attempts in the
flood of spam, so please use the following address to contact us until
we make a more permanent change to the site:
10/08/07, Many Long Overdue Updates! We've
updated our Valledolmo
page! There are also new photos of the twins.
We've also added some new information to our Vallone family history
(much more coming). There is also a new photo page from our
anniversary trip to Taughannock
Falls. Logan McDermott's baptism day is captured in
pictures on the latest update to Carrie's
page. Finally, our Halloween page is
being updated for 2007 to include downloadable MP3 vintage Halloween
songs each week this month. WHEW!
New Twins Videos Posted! Check out five new videos posted on the Twins Video Gallery.
06/07/07, Twins Page
Updated Easter Pictures and more!!
02/26/07, Twins Page
Updated Surprise! New Pictures!!
01/10/07, Twins Page
Updated Visit the Vallone Twins' newest page - We begin to
document their third year with new photos from their birthday and a
special section featuring their recent artwork!
12/20/06, Twins Page
Updated New pictures have been posted on the
twins' page showing the girls getting ready for Christmas!
We've made cards and ornaments, decorated the tree, and we're almost
ready for the big night.......
12/14/06, Christmas Page
Updated! This is a special Christmas at
VallonesWorld. Our updated Christmas page features some
special vintage children's Christmas music you might
remember. We also have some additional photos, and the
ever-popular Christmas newsletter. Merry Christmas to
all! Check back throughout the holiday season for updated
news, photos, and features on our Christmas page! 2006 Newsletter
now available online!!
Samantha and Maranda enjoy Fall activities
on their current photo
Page Updated! New stories and pictures are available on
Page to help get you into the "spirit" of the
holiday. Learn about the history of Halloween and how we have
celebrated it through the years.
Family Obituaries Posted A new feature at the bottom of this update
column keeps you in touch with our recent losses. Our family
is our heritage and our goodbyes are a celebration of where we came
9/16/06, New Twins
Pictures Posted It has been nearly two months since the
last twins update! Sorry. Samantha and Maranda had
a busy summer and share some of the highlights with you on their
current photo page.
Right now they are trying to decide what to dress up as for Halloween
and thinking about what to ask Santa for when they write their first
letter to the North Pole!
Page Updated! New pictures have been added to Clara's Page to chronical
the life and times of Clara Vallone.
Page Updated! New pictures have been added to Pino's Page to chronical
the life and times of Joe (Pino) Vallone.
Page Updated! A photo video file featuring the Life
& Times of Donald Vallone, Sr. is now posted on Donald's Page as a living
memorial to my Dad
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Check back soon for new historic pictures of the Vallone
family. We are currently scanning newly discovered photos of
Pino's family and Clara's family, among others. If you have
family photos you can share with us (old or new), we will post them on
the site as a monument to our family history!
7/9/06, July 4th
Celebrations The annual McPherson Independence Day
celebration in Hilton on the lake also celebrated Doug McPherson's 60th
birthday! Swimming, boating, beach games, and general outdoor
frolicking preceded the main events - a barbeque, parade, and
fireworks. The weather cooperated most of the time.
But when a storm moved in off the lake, Chef Doug added a new recipe to
his barbeque repertoire - "Rain Burgers"! If you have
QuickTime installed on your system you can click on the link below to
download and view video highlights from the barbeque. (more
to come) Click
here to download video!
6/21/06, New Photos
Posted on Site Carrie's 30th Birthday Party Photos are now
posted on Carrie's Page!
New pictures on the Twins'
12/30/05, New Scanner, New
Newly scanned vintage photos
of Maria and Rosario's 50th Wedding anniversary party have been posted
on the Vallone
posted the "uncensored" holiday newsletter stories on our Christmas
page - You won't see these in this year's printed
version! There's also a new family portrait...Our
first Christmas together!!
Our new photo scanner is
working out great! We've added lots of new (well, in this
case, really old) photos from the Vallone family history
vaults. The only problem is that we don't know who some of
these people are! Can you help us identify these Vallone
Our Family Tree This
is the largest part of our site, and by far the most
important. Follow our family back in time and learn about the
history of our surnames. This is who we are.
section under reconstruction!!
Family Pages now include new pages for each family member
with photos and stories chronicling the lifetime and achievements of
all of each member who makes up the main branches of our family
tree! We maintain a page on our Sicilian hometown of Valledolmo.
We also invite our readers to contribute stories and photos of their
own to help build our family tree into a Vallone genealogy resource to
help us remember where we came from and to help others discover how
their own family roots are entwined with our own.
2007 marks the 100th
anniversary of the wedding of Rosario and Maria Vallone, my
"Maria met a
young man named Rosario Vallone, who had ironically come from the same
small village in Sicily as she. Maria did not remember ever
meeting Rosario back in the old country, however Rosario remembered
seeing Maria as a child in the village jumping rope. He told
her that she had grown into a beautiful young
woman. They began to court and fell in love." Happy 100th Anniversary, Grandma &
Grandpa! I love you !
Family Pages have been updated to include a new feature on "The House
That Dave Built" at Camp Thorn, and you can find out what
went on at the annual Labor Day Weekend Campout this year at the new
retreat. A photo essay on Jennifer's wedding is new to the
page and now you can also check out highlights from Carrie's
wedding! Also, check out the exciting Westerlo tour on Carrie's Page and see
photos from Thanksgiving Day at Carrie and Dennis' house!
Our Internet Gazette is
now THE place on Vallone's World to read all about our headline news
stories. We feature stories and photos about current family
events (some are even real!), editorials, weather, and just about
anything you might find in your local newspaper - only Don &
Amy's Internet Gazette is the ONLY newspaper in our world!
And, really, its the only news that matters! You can even
submit articles or editorials for us to publish so they can be read
around the world!
Atmosphere This section is a home for Don's
here to learn about what's happening right now on our planet!
See the stats on the latest hurricanes, blizzards,
earthquakes, volcanoes, comets, and more!
Many of our
visitors may already know that among Don's list of favorite things to
do in his spare time, collecting antique radios, phonographs, and
records is perhaps his favorite hobby when he can tear himself away
from his computer! In Don's
Workshop, you will find pages that offer an interactive
review of audio history, among many other things, including Don's
& Amy's pet cat, Autumn, now has her very own web
pages! Autumn has been busy modeling for the
camera. Don't miss her latest photo shoots. You can
still see her Fall Fashion Show plus enjoy all of the new
photos taken recently, especially Autumn's new GLAMOUR SHOT!
SO, dig your way through
Autumn's Litter Box and see what's new in Autumn's
world! Autumn's Christmas is documented in a charming photo
Our Seasonal Pages
Celebrate the change
of seasons with us .
Halloween Visit our Halloween page and
learn the history behind this ancient holiday. You'll find
lots of new surprises each year because Halloween is one of our
Christmas Visit our Christmas page to
celebrate the season with us. See our Christmas displays,
listen to holiday music, and read some wonderful holiday
stories. We also share pictures from our annual family
gatherings, and you can download our annual holiday newsletter every
Visit our newest holiday
page! Learn about the history of the holiday and
see how cats have played an important role in the celebration of
Valentine's Day (yeah, right).