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.
Polly Shaw, a
native of Butler, BHS class of 1969, and lifelong Butler County resident, is a retired Seneca
Valley teacher. For over twenty years she
has been a volunteer at McConnells Mill and Moraine State Parks. In 2015 she heard about in inquiry from Arcadia
Press for someone to take up the challenge to write a book at Moraine State
Park. She stepped up, and it was published in 2017. She
is now working on a second book, this time about McConnells Mill State
Park. She is an area speaker and
presents programs about many aspects drawn from her book, to civic groups and
public park programs.
This pen and ink drawing of an earlier view of the Lowry House hotel used to
hang in my grandmother's house. I remember hearing that she had commissioned it
from a local artist, Robert C. Rehm. It is based on an old photograph. - - - Jeff Schalles
Butler Little Theatre is a non-profit that strives to offer a broad range of high quality and entertaining live theater experiences to the community. They have been doing this for 75 years and it has provided us with rewarding and fun experiences. They offer their audiences comedies to delight, dramas to stir emotions, mysteries to challenge, and classics to expand theatrical and literary horizons.