Before entering the St. Fidelis Seminary in nearby Herman, Fr. Conrad lived on Polk Street in Butler. He was ordained a priest in 1946. Fr. Simon is widely remembered as a teacher, communicator and confessor. And till the end he was best known as a consummate gentleman and professional. Through all of his years of ministry, Father was known for his well-crafted and thoughtful preaching. On two occasions his audience was a national one. In 1954, he and fellow Capuchin Fr. Bertin Roll conducted the nation’s first televised youth mission, which was broadcast live for eight weeks on CBS network television’s “Look Up and Live.” In 1958, he also preached on CBS network radio’s “Church of the Air.” Father wrote two books: Master and Model, a life of Christ, and Brothers of the Sun, a brief history of the Capuchins, which had press runs totaling 40,000.
Glenn is a prominent guitarist, bandleader, arranger and composer. His music features in several films and documentaries. Some of his recordings: Chasin' The Blues (2009) Harlem Mad (2011) Skinny Minne (2012) Focus Pocus (2013) A Little Love This Christmas (2013) Uptown Jump (2015) Aint' It Grand? (2018)
"A painting I did of Butler (I wish I had a better
quality, but the painting is no longer in my possession), it was an
acrylic 3 by 5 foot and was displayed at the Art Center and the Brick
opened on May 8th, 2004. It is the only museum in the Western Pennsylvania
region with a specific focus on Asian Art and Culture coupled with German
Meissen porcelain. The museum — both the objects and the buildings that house
them — is the gift of Mary Hulton Phillips. Patricia Lowry, writing in the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, pronounced the Maridon a "gleaming little gem of
The former YMCA now CUBS Hall was the site of Friday night "Tumble Inn" dances in the gym from the 50's to 60's +. Not sure when they ended. As a teenager, it was "Be there or be square." DeWayne Johnston
Connoquenessing Creek has been nominated for Pennsylvania’s River of the
Year! It was 1 of 5 nominations picked out of hundreds of submissions.
Over time this local waterway had been neglected and abused, leading to
its rating as the 2nd most polluted waterway in America in 2000. Since
then through Allegheny Aquatic Alliance and other organizations’
efforts, significant positive changes have been made to this creek and
have resulted in the restoration of it. Now we have the opportunity to
show our appreciation to this precious waterway by making it the River
of the Year! We each have the ability to do this by simply voting for
the Connie! The voting period is now until 12/22. It is such a simple
yet powerful way to show your support for this vital local waterway.
Help us spread the word and bring the positive attention to the
Connoquenessing Creek that it deserves!
------------------------------------------ Loyalsock Creek has been named the River of the Year
Linda Randig researched and wrote this book this year and it just came out two weeks
ago. It covers old Mom and Pop grocery stores within the city limits
between 1903 and 2017. She found about 450 stores including well-known
ones such as Mintz's, The Kozy Korner, Center Dairy and The Inn as well
as many others in every neighborhood of the city. The book will appeal
to those of us who are old enough to remember these stores as well as
younger people who missed out on them but are interested in Butler's
history. The cover features Earl Doria in his store on Mercer Street and
there are another 16 pages of black and white photos.