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Michael Shields said:   May 3, 2015 4:09 am PST
I have one of the commemorative coins. Do they have any value?????

Steve Klusmeyer said:   November 13, 2014 9:13 pm PST
Matthew Chandler, do you have a photo of the coin? We were talking about them on another site, Blackwell Memories - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackwellMemories/.

Matthew Chandler said:   August 15, 2014 5:47 am PST
I grew up in Blackwell in the 60's and 70's and lived in the neighborhood right across from the smelter. I remember the days when the wind blew just right and you could really smell the fumes! Ironic that as a scout we once sold commemorative coins with the smelter on one side (I still have my coin). Back then never gave a thought about the possible dangers!

Frank Darbe said:   August 14, 2014 3:40 pm PST
I was born at Blackwell General Hospital, when it stood across from Washington Elementary on College. My Grandfather, Frank Newland, worked at the Smelter and lived in the Heights. I lived with my mother at 1119 West College, and attended Wathington, Elementary. This is a very informative site.

Marie Chambers said:   August 2, 2014 2:28 pm PST
My great grandparents owned 2 blocks of blackwell at one time. My grandpa Chester Chambers worked in the smelter and think died due to someone pulling a ladder out from under him and he fell in. Any info on this would be appreciated. Marie

Trisha R. T. said:   December 1, 2012 7:02 pm PST
My dad was born and raised in Blackwell. I know that he worked in the foundry. 2 1/2 years ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Dr. told us that he had had it for years. We were told he would only have 3 months to live and my daddy fought for almost 2 years with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to his brain and his spine...later found out it went throughout his entire body. Its sad. December 2nd of this year my dad will be gon for a year. He fought hard for his family and we love him for that. He was a great man that a lot took for granite. Oh yea his name is Mark Andrew Cormack. I love you daddy and miss you!!

Deborah J. (Bretch) Blanton said:   February 16, 2012 8:04 am PST
My Father was one of the last 13 men that worked at the Smelter. I was 14 yrs.old. He worked there 25 yrs. I have many health issues that I'm dealing with right now and I wonder if some was caused by this. I remember how dirty my Fathers work clothes were.My family was exposed to this as we were growing up. I moved out of Blackwell in 1978. Also my 15 yr. old son has many medical issues.

Angie Conaway (RN) said:   November 19, 2010 11:48 am PST
I don't know where the lead results are for the children that are recent, but my son was 16 for approx 1 1/2 years (his life) in Blackwell, and my other son almost 10. Our yard and house was toxic with lead and various other elements. People should leave this town asap, and not stay for job or money reasons as it is effecting everyones health even if they do not realize it, esp. their children. Lead destroys our childrens brain matter and it CANNOT be fixed. I hope everyone who can takes there children and family far away from this town for the safety of their health. The cleanup is 2x the federal levels and it will still not be "clean" from these supposed efforts. There is covering up by physicians in town and by ok health department. They do not do anything for children with high lead levels except write them down on paper. There is way more to say...

johnreed said:   May 16, 2010 8:15 pm PST
This is a cog in a wheel that reaches many, many small and large cities in the United States. The Repuglicans will never address it and the Dumocrats are too easily discouraged by flack from Repuglican slight of hand attacks. And if they can't do it to the land any longer they will do it in the Oceans. Good info here. Stay on it, aim right.

Johanna Santore said:   May 15, 2010 4:51 pm PST
Great information. I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren living in Blackwell. I pray this does not affect them.

Darla Pritchard said:   January 17, 2010 3:36 pm PST
I can't believe the shortfall of integrity in this world. Get the big guns after them, they deserve it. Sadly this irresponsibility and lack of social conscience has affected the health of my brother's family including his children and numerous other lives. Thank you for helping to inform the U.S. about this horrific lack of professionalism and integrity. Your link is on my facebook for all my friends to view.

Thomas Blackwell Reitano said:   October 22, 2009 9:37 am PST
I am sad to see your having these problems. I Googled Blackwell O.K. because my mom's maiden name was Blackwell and I like history. I wanted to share your web sight on my facebook page but don't see any buttons for it. Two of my grown children and one Grandson of mine live in Barstow California, I am from the N.Y.C. area and remember Love Canal.

Deanna Whitman said:   October 15, 2009 6:42 am PST
Keep up the great work!

Greg Deffner said:   September 14, 2009 6:38 am PST
Your site is wonderful, keep up the great work! Don't let those City folks get to you.

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