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Sunday, February 04, 2024

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Thursday, September 07, 2023

BHS Football ~ 2023


08/26 BHS 07 [L] - Shaler - 38
09/01 BHS 27 [W] - Meadville - 26
09/08 BHS 38 [W] - Brashear - 0
09/15 BHS 13 [L] - Hollidaysburg - 33
09/22 BHS 19 [L] - Erie - 20
09/29 BHS 00 [L] - Seneca Valley - 55
10/06 BHS 07 [L] - Westinghouse - 36
10/13 BHS 07 [L] - Cathedral Prep - 54
10/20 BHS 12 [L] - McDowell - 52
10/27 BHS 07 [L] - Latrobe - 42

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Bill May ~ BHS '77 ~ Butler Historian

 Bill May brings history, and especially Butler history, home to appreciative listeners
                                                   Photo: Butler Eagle

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Bruce Yuhas BHS '70 ~ Butler Author

 Bruce Yuhas has been writing semi-autobiographical novels based on his life while growing up in Butler.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Carl Yankowski BHS '66

† May 13, 2023
Butler mourns the passing of Carl Yankowski : an excellent businessman who over his thirty–year career worked for such well–known brands as Proctor & Gamble, Memorex, PepsiCo, General Electric, Cadbury Schweppes, Polaroid, and Sony. His last engagement was with Palm, Inc., the leader of the handheld computing industry.                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Wikipadia

Saturday, May 13, 2023

David Pichler ~ attended BHS ca.'86 ~ Olympic Diver

David Pichler was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. He began diving at the age of 15. At 32 he had won 12 national titles and was generally considered a threat in international competition, He was on the national team since 1989, and competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
                                                     Photo: Outsports

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Deshon Hospital ~ 1942


Deshon VA Hospital 1942
My father (R) was a pharmacist at Deshon. He sometimes remarked of his time at Deshon General that "We fought the battle of the Airport Inn." Obviously, a reference to nights spent dancing and partying. My question is: does anyone know the exact name and location of the place my Dad referred to as the "Airport Inn"? Perhaps it was on or near Airport Rd. Does it exist any more?
David Meisner

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Koch Building ~


Butler architect F.J. Porter, who designed the home of George Troutman
(now City Hall) and the First Methodist Episcopal Church, also designed 
this 1910 neo-classical revival building.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

November 22, 1963 ~ J.F.K. - Walter Cronkite Tribute



"It is said that the human mind has a greater capacity for remembering the pleasant than the unpleasant. But today was a day that will live in memory and in grief. Only history can write the importance of this day: Were these dark days the harbingers of even blacker ones to come, or like the black before the dawn shall they lead to some still as yet indiscernible sunrise of understanding among men, that violent words, no matter what their origin or motivation, can lead only to violent deeds? This is the larger question that will be answered, in part, in the manner that a shaken civilization seeks the answers to the immediate question: Who, and most importantly what, was Lee Harvey Oswald? The world’s doubts must be put to rest. Tonight there will be few Americans who will go to bed without carrying with them the sense that somehow they have failed. If in the search of our conscience we find a new dedication to the American concepts that brook no political, sectional, religious or racial divisions, then maybe it may yet be possible to say that John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not die in vain. That’s the way it is, Monday, November 25, 1963. This is Walter Cronkite, good night."

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Marc Fogel BHS '80 ~ Prisoner in Russia

Marc Fogel is a Butler native. He taught high school history in Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Venezuela and, for the last decade, at the Anglo-American School in Moscow. He had planned to retire this year with his wife Jane Fogel in Oakmont.  

Marc Fogel, 61, has been held in Russia for just over a year. He was detained at an airport upon returning for the school year when his luggage was found to contain medical marijuana, which was recommended by a doctor to treat severe chronic pain from his history of spinal surgeries.
Marc was found guilty of “large-scale drugs smuggling” in June and sentenced to 14 years in a high-security penal colony. 
Marc Fogel remains detained in a Russian prison despite recent calls to free him.  His family now fears the worst because of his debilitating spinal pain and the fact he's being moved to a hard-labor colony.                                                                                                                                              KDKA

Monday, October 03, 2022

BHS Football ~ 2022 ~ 4W - 7 L


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 07 [L] - Seneca Valley - 42
10/07 BHS 06 [L] - Westinghouse - 39
10/14 BHS 14 [L] - Erie Cathedral - 40
10/21 BHS 24 [L] - Eire McDowell - 48
10/28 BHS 14 [L]  - Latrobe - 28
11/04 BHS 07 [L} - Erie McDowell - 62


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.

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

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sisters of Mercy ~ St. Paul's School

St. Paul's Convent

Sister Mary Scholastica
Sr. Mary Salome
Sr. Mary Alban
Sr. Mary Raymond
Sr. Mary Luella
Sr. Mary Ethelreda
Sr. Mary Patrice
Sr. Mary Theodore
Sr. Mary Inez
Sr. Mary Fidelis
Sr. Mary Edmund

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: 

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Sisters of Mercy ~ St. Paul's School

Other Sisters of Mercy who served at St. Paul's School:

[List composed by Fr. John Dillon] 

Sr. M. Sebastian
Sr. M. Annette
Sr. M. Reginald
Sr. M. Priscilla
Sr. Miriam Rita
Sr. M. Jolitta
Sr. M. Ann Joachim
Sr. M. Stephanie
Sr. M. Dorothea
Sr. Norbert Marie
Sr. M. Avila
Sr. M. Giuseppe
Sr. M. Patrice
Sr. M. Stella Maris
Sr. M. Clotilde
Sr. M. Giles
Sr. M. Annrita
Sr. M. Campion
Sr. M. Wendelin
Sr. M. Cornelia
Sr. Paula Mary
Sr. M. Sophia
Sr. Marisita
Sr. M. Evangelista
Sr. M. Damian
Sr. M. David

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.