Babysitting service

In the 1960s and ’70s teens who lived in the village could register with the Chamber of Commerce to provide baby sitting services to GOTL guests.

These services were available so if parents wanted to go out on the town in the evening they would not have take the children along with them to the bars or other night spots.

“As soon as we got old enough to babysit (which was 12 years old at the time), we would sign up at the Chamber of Commerce to babysit for tourists that wanted to go out with the kids at night,” says Janis Salcfas of Lake Elizabeth, Calif. “And every big weekend, like Memorial Day, 4th of July, my father and brother would park cars on our lot (Jolly’s Youngtown Manor) and next door in the lot behind (Zimmerman’s) gas station.”

Our guests remember:

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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