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Friday, December 16, 2005

Jim Simons ~ Our Homegrown Golfer

Jim Simons, as an amateur, came within three strokes of the U.S. Open Title in 1971. Jim's performance was arguably one of the finest by an amateur in the post-World War II era. Jim had a two-stroke lead heading into the final round, only to shoot a 6-over 76 and tie for fifth, three shots behing Jack Nicklaus and Lee Travino.

Jim died on 8 December. He was 55. From Butler we send condolences to his three sons, his mother and father as well as his three sisters.

† 8 December 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Diehl's Bakery

Remember the Diehl Bakery [later Chandler's Bakery] at the foot of Center Avenue . . . and the sweet smell of bread when passing by?

Photo: Steven Golubski

Monday, November 21, 2005

Admiral Jonathan Greenert ~ BHS '71

Jonathan Greenert, native of Butler, is now Chief of Naval Operations
as of Sept. 23, 2011.
Commenting on his hometown he said: "You take what you learned from growing up and from high school, and you apply it to real life. I'm very proud of being from Butler".

We salute you, Admiral Greenert.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

We're Proud of You ~ Norma Norris

In 1987, after hearing a sermon by Msgr. Francis Glenn in St. Paul's Church, lamenting the fact that local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in their neighbor-hoods, Norma Norris gave herself the challenge to inspire the Butler community to send out the message: "We Care - We Count". She adopted the White Ribbon as a symbol for decency and a new movement was born involving many organizations, churches, and citizens in Butler County.

Now her White Ribbon Against Pornography campaign has spread nationwide. This year, the week of October 26 through Novermber 2 is nationally recognized as Pornography Awareness Week. Thank you, Norma.

Monday, October 24, 2005

BHS Football 2005 ~ 3 Wins ~ 6 Losses

Quarterback Nick Monteleone

BHS 24 – Kiski 14
BHS 28 – Hempfield 7
Upper St. Clair 34 - BHS 0
Shaler 21 - BHS 17
North Hills BHS 42 – BHS 21
North Allegheny 27 - BHS 24
Bethel Park 28 - BHS 14
Mt. Lebanon 50 - BHS 17

BHS 47 - Seneca 29

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

From Our Little Theater to Louisville as Reporter for Wave3TV

Congratulations !
James Zambroski receiving the Emmy for Reporting
July 2006

For a thumbnail rundown on Jim's many-faceted background and present occupation:

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

William Purvis ~ BHS '66

Hornist William Purvis, a native of Butler, Pa., displays virtuosity at the service of artistry in a recent album of music [Bridge Records] by the one of the 19th century's most famous musical couples, Robert and Clara Schumann.
A graduate of Haverford College with a major in philosophy, he is currently a faculty member of the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and SUNY-Stony Brook. 
Photo: Yale

But. . . Our Viaduct is Gone! ~

The new replacement structure will be a dual structure carrying two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound separated by a barrier. One sidewalk will be carried on the East side of the bridge. The new bridge will be on a curved alignment to the west of the existing structure and will tie into existing Route 8 south.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Our Penn Theater is Back !

Sixty-seven years ago the Penn Theater on Main Street in Butler opened its doors, offering films to patrons of the thriving downtown business district. Now the new Penn Theater is seen as a catalyst to downtown's revitalization. The Butler Penn Theater Community Trust acquired the theater last year and began to return the structure to its original Art Deco splendor. Already numerous performances have taken place.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Monday, August 01, 2005

Matt Clement ~ Butler's Major League Pitcher

Matt Clement is Butler's contribution to the Boston Red Sox.
Matt's Major League Debut was in 1998.
We're gunning for you Matt. Keep that right hand delivering the stuff!
(Photo:Stuart Cahill)

Keep track of Matt's record

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Friday, July 29, 2005

One of Ours ~ Butler Mourns

Sgt. Carl J. Morgain, 40, of Butler, Pa., died May 22, in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained in Kadasia, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. Morgain was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, Butler, Pa. [Pa. Army National Guard].

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Our Hospital 1980

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Butler, Pa. --- Home of the Jeep

The first Jeep was designed at the American Bantam Car Company in Butler by Karl Probst. All in all, the company manufactured 2,675 of its version of the car. But the demand was so great and the Butler plant so small that the War Department authorized other larger companies in Detroit to produce their nearly identical version of the Jeep to fill the urgent military need. The Butler company went out of business in 1956.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Our Stately Courthouse ~

Our Courthouse is eloquent witness of the public spirit and progressive ideas which characterize the people of Butler county, and which never fail to assert themselves in all matters involving county pride or public welfare.