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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 

Monday, March 08, 2021

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

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Jack Bowman ~ Butler Musician

Photo: Paul D. Johnston Jr.

Jack Bowman
played drums in the BHS band then went on to play in the U.S. Air Force Band. Upon returning home he did union jobs with various groups and started his own big band style group which played all over Western PA and Ohio for many years. Jack played drums in several Butler Musical Theater Guild productions. He was also well known as a barber at the Point Barber Shop. He retired from playing recently and donated all the charts from his many band years to the Butler High School Music Program.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Grateful Marianne Cornetti ~

Coming Home Concert
Photo: Rome Sentinel

Opera singer Marianne Cornetti performed on February 9, 2020 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Herman.
It was her way to give back to the church and community that helped her career get a start, she  performed “Then Sings My Soul: Celebrating 30 Years of an Operatic Career and a Lifetime of Music”.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Miss USA ~ 1971

Michele McDonald
Our Butler Beauty
Photo: Miss Universe Organization

†23 January 2020


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fr. Simon Conrad O.F.M. Cap.~

† 2013
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.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Glenn Crytzer ~ BHS '99 ~ Butler Musician

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)

Sunday, September 01, 2019

BHS Football Scores ~ 2019

                        23/08 BHS 21 [L] - North Hills - 46
                        30/08 BHS 21 [L] - Baldwin - 42
                        06/09 BHS 07 [L] - Mount Lebanon - 63
                        13/09 BHS 07 [L] - Pine-Richland - 56
                        20/09 BHS 00 [L] - Seneca Valley - 55
                        27/09 BHS 21 [L] - Norwin - 49
                        04/10 BHS 14 [L] - North Allegheny - 49
                        11/10 BHS 06 [L] - Pgh. Central Catholic - 55
                        28/10 BHS 28 [L] - Hempfield Area - 55
                        25/10 BHS 07 [L] - Canon-McMillan - 35

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Nicole Luttrell ~ BHS '

"I was telling stories as soon as I had words to tell them with. But I started writing when
I was thirteen when I came to the dawning realization that this was something that
could be done for a living. That people could make their lives all about telling stories."

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The Berg House ~

Photo: Joe Randig
The Berg House located on North Main Street on the right hand side
going up the hill. Joe wonders if anyone remembers or has any information on the Berg house.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Butler Artist ~ Claus Leland ~ BSHS 2009

"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 House restaurant."
Claus Leland