Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calvary Cemetery ~

Photo: Robert Emigh

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pearl Nitsche BHS '66 ~ Butler Author

Pearl Nitsche, a native of Butler, is an enthusiastic language teacher. She has lived in Vienna for the last 30 years. During that time she has trained thousands of teachers in Austria and other European countries and is in demand as an international conference speaker. She specializes in "nonverbal classroom management" and "brain-friendly learning". 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Guardian Angel ~

Photo: ?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dolce Mia Bakery ~

Welcome to a new bakery and take-out restaurant downtown.
 332 South Main Street 
Photo: Mia's Bakery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

West Butler Grocery ~

William and Mary Klovak, owners. Store torn down, 2010. Was located at the bottom of Fairground Hill. 
Thanks: John Pichler

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Stairway ~

Remember the feeling?
Photo: Barbara Bloom

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Alameda Park ~ Pavilion

A imposing building at the park where the skating rink used to be.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Little Red School House ~

Constructed 1838
Photo by susankdavids via Flickr

Friday, February 14, 2014

Montgomery Ward ~

We kids loved Montgomery Ward's because they had some bicycles in the basement that we could feast our eyes on.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Boy Scout Camp Bucoco ~

Down-to-earth fun days with great fellowship.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Butler Symphony Orchestra ~

In its 65th season. 
Music Director: Matthew Kraemer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sutton Gasoline Company ~

On  Kittanning Street 
Photo: ?

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Thomas Clayton Booher ~ BHS '66 ~ Butler Author

Thomas Booher's book The Oerken Leaves is a very good story. The genre is Christian science-fiction fantasy that does not offend or distort Biblical truth. It actually clarifies it.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Knights of Columbus ~

Knights of Columbus
On North Street across from the Junior High School 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hot Dog Shop ~

June 25, 1957
Photo: Butler County Historical Society

Sunday, December 01, 2013


Photo: Paul Johnston Jr. 
The old Troutman Department Store is now a motorcycle shop.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The House We Never Saw ~ Elm Court

The inner courtyard. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Glenn Crytzer ~ BHS '99

Glenn Crytzer is guitarist and composer. His first full orchestral piece “Nocturne Fantasy” was performed in 2005. His Blue Rhythm Band is a 13 piece dance band which focuses on the music of the late 1920′s through the early 1940′s. and his Syncopators are a jazz band dedicated to the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Butler Panorama ~

(Click to enlarge.)
Postcard: Chris Solari

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Armco Bar ~

Two bars and lunch rooms across the street from the plant's main gate on Standard Avenue. They were very busy after shift change. They were removed during the war years. The one on the left was owned by the Paganelli family. 
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Junior High School Auditorium ~

So many memories of great things happening here. 
Photo:  Barbara Bloom

Monday, October 07, 2013

BHS Friday Night Football ~ 2013

                                      BHS Football Scores
08/30   BHS 03 [L] –  Seneca Valley 28
09/06   BHS 38 [W] – Shaler  27   
09/13   BHS 19 [L] -  Pine Richland  49
09/20   BHS 00 [L] -  North Hills      49
09/27   BHS 03 [L] -  North Allegheny  58
10/04   BHS 00 [L] -  Upper St. Clair    37
10/11   BHS 07 [L] -  Hempfield Area   42
10/18   BHS 17 [L] -  Fox Chapel      49
10/18   BHS 00 [L] -  Central Catholic  55

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Cummings Candy ~

Our still sedate coffee shop on Main Street. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

YWCA ~ Young Women's Christian Association

Across from the old bus terminal. 
Dr. Walters [Dentist] on the 1st floor. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

St. Paul School ~ 1963

They are now the backbone of Butler, 
or a city of their choice.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pioneer Drive-in ~

The Pioneer drive-in, in Center Township, is in real danger of going out of business, but there are efforts to save it.

Next year, movie distribution will convert to digital which means reels of movies will be no longer. For a drive-in to update its equipment, a company needs thousands of dollars. It's estimated that it would take Pioneer $350,000 dollars to do just that.

Currently there are 368 drive-in's throughout the entire country. 'Project Drive-In' is trying to help save as many of these locations as possible. Honda is donating 5 digital projectors to 5 locations, which will be determined by the number of votes a drive-in gets online.

How can you help?

To vote for Pioneer, log onto, click "Vote to save a drive-in" on the bottom menu bar, and then enter Butler's zip code. The screens will take you step by step from there.

There is also a drive-in fund in which you can donate to. That money will be distributed to drive-in's in need.

Pioneer was built in 1958 and has been in operation for 55 years.

Voting ends September 9, 2013.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Butler Revival ~

Inching down to the Hot Dog Shop.
Photo: Michael Newcaster.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Penn Theater ~

Photo: Paul Johnson Jr. 
Renovation had begun, then the project was dropped. 

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Norman Saleet ~ Musician

Songwriter, guitarist and actor
 Norman Saleet
was born in Butler. He began playing guitar at age 15. With his brother Michael Jr. he formed the band Good Family in 1973.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Butler Ford ~

Butler County Ford 
Ford corner since 1919. 
Photo: Paul Johnston Jr.