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Thursday, September 08, 2022

Paul Gaudino ~ BHS '53 ~ 35 Years of Butler Fitness

September 6, 2022

You kept us, and later the nation, in shape. Thanks, Paul, for all those years of discipline and dedication.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

BHS Football ~ 2022


08/26 BHS 35 [W] - Shaler - 28
09/02 BHS 14 [L] - Meadville - 21
09/09 BHS 35 [W] - Brashear - 22
09/16 BHS 40 [W] - Hollidaysburg - 20
09/23 BHS 37 [W] - Erie - 20
09/30 BHS 00 [] - Seneca Valley
10/07 BHS 00 [] - Westinghouse
10/14 BHS 00 [] - Erie Cathedral
10/21 BHS 00 [] - Erie  McDowell
10/28 BHS 00 []  - Latrobe

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

J. B. Sherman ~ Butler Car Maker ~ Star Iron Works

J.B. Sherman built two automobiles in his Star Iron Works. 
Here a letter to his daughter. [Click to enlarge]
Thanks: Jeff Schalles 
More Information

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Michael Dittman ~ Butler Author

Michael Dittman is an instructor of humanities and social sciences at Butler County Community College. His most recent book is entitled "Who Holds the Devil".

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

James Zambroski ~ BHS '71

James Zambroski's cancer diagnosis couldn't derail him from getting his health back on track.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Michelle Vargo ~


Michelle is a professional dancer who has been gracing the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for 24 years!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Harry Greenburger BHS '88

Harry is a filmmaker in New York now and has produced his second feature film "Here After"

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Larkin & Co. ~

Thanks: Lucille Larkin
An important Butler company that serviced the early oil wells in our area.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Our Midget Football League ~

 Photo: Michael Stillwagon
Penn Street Cardinals  1972
Click on image to enlarge

Sunday, March 06, 2022

Shane Alexander ~ BHS '88 ~ Skyway Drive-in


Photo: Facebook

Shane Alexander is a contemporary American singer-songwriter and musician. 
Listen to his Butler song. 


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Keith Vargo ~ BHS '88

Keith Vargo is a writer, researcher, martial arts instructor, and fighter based in Tokyo. He was a columnist and Japan correspondent for Black Belt magazine for nearly 20 years.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Skyway Drive-in Theater ~

Photo: American Classic Images
In the 1950s this was a hit, especially for teenagers.
Read reminiscences of Bob Osborn BHS '58.

Back in the 1950's Butler Co. had six Drive-in Theaters, Chicora Drive-in (Rt 268), Geibel's Drive-in (Rt 68 East), Hill Top Drive-in (Rt 68 East), Skyway Drive-in (Rt 68 West), Sunset View Drive-in (Freeport Hill) and the Pioneer Drive-in (Rt 8 North).
Song by Shane Alexander BHS '88 entitled: 

Monday, December 06, 2021

Daniel D’Aniello BHS ' 64

A successful Butler businessman who is one of three billionaire founders of the private equity firm 
The Carlyle Group.

Monday, November 22, 2021

A Tribute from Butler, Pa. ~ 58 Years Ago

23 November 1963

Grief came flooding in
over every hill,
down all our streets
right into the heart of town,
the day the President was shot,
insisting that he lie in state
here with us
for three days and nights,
until they came
with a caisson,
behind which
a veiled mourner
with children walked,
taking him as we watched
out across the viaduct
and on up over
our steepest hill
until we lost them
from sight.

Then silence hung long over our town
until the morning the rains ceased
when we woke to sun
breaking through dark clouds,
and looking up we saw gently rippling Vs
against the emblazoned sky
and heard flocks of wild geese
calling down to us
to rise up, to carry on.

With spirits gladdened
we set to removing flowers
and the portraits from off the streets,
candles and lamps were gathered
from curbs and fences
and then we stripped the trees
of those long black ribbons
that during those days of grief
had been fluttering in the breeze.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Monday, November 01, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

BHS Football ~ 2021


08/27 BHS 07 [L] - Kiski 21
09/10 BHS 27 [W] - Meadville - 13
09/18 BHS 21 [L] - McDowell - 38
09/24 BHS 42 [W] - Gen. McLane 20
10/01 BHS 56 [W] - Harbor Creek - 06
10/08 BHS 34 [L] - Westinghouse - 44
10/15 BHS 07 [L] - Cathedral Prep - 58
10/22 BHS 60 [W] - Franklin - 08
10/29 BHS 27 [W] - Erie - 23

Friday, September 17, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Capitol Theater ~

Spent our Saturday afternoons here. 10 cents. We loved it.
[Now the Brick House restaurant]

At the turn of the last century, the two properties that The Brick House now occupies, housed vaudeville theaters. The Lyric Theater occupied the space where the main bar and dining areas are today. The Capitol Theater is above the game room / banquet room. In the 1940's the Capitol was converted into one of Butler's five movie houses. Legend has it that Houdini performed and Herbert Hoover campaigned there sometime along it's storied history. Movie house records, found in the rafters, indicate that hundreds came to see movies on a nightly basis.

The Capitol Theater is still intact today on the second floor. In the early 1970's the Capitol side of the building was purchased and renovated into a restaurant by The Eat 'n Park Corp. where it remained until it's late 70's move to New Castle Road. Their renovation carefully protected the key elements of the Capitol Theater thus preserving this Historic site.
from: brickhousebutler.com 

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Living Around Butler ~

Hello, Charles, Thank you for posting about my new poetry book. I lived in Connoquenessing until I was twelve in the 1950s and that is what the book is about. I did make it general enough that people from any small town should find things to relate to. Those who did not grow up in a small town might enjoy reading what that experience was like. The price of the book is $10 but there is also a $1 per book postage charge if anyone would like me to mail it to them. 
Linda Randig    joeswife803@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Domenick Fratto ~

44 years ago this morning, we lost an amazing man... my father. I remember the day well . . .
Bruce Fratto

Sunday, September 13, 2020

BHS Football ~ 2020


09/11 BHS 21 [L] - Cathedral Prep - 55
09/18 BHS 07 [L] - McDowell -  45
09/26 BHS 25 [L] - Erie - 35
10/02 BHS 06 [L] - Cathedral Prep - 56
10/16 BHS 55 [W] - Erie - 14
10/23 BHS 28 [W] - Slippery Rock - 03
10/31 BHS 33 [W] - Erie - 0

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Butler Memorial Hospital ~ Original Edifice

How many mothers
walked down
the sandstone steps
from our hospital
overlooking town
with babies in their arms
singing silent songs of joy?

Sunday, July 19, 2020