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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Butler Library Activities

From the Butler Eagle, July 5, 1939
[Click on the picture to make it somewhat larger.]

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Brian Minto ~ Butler's Prized Prizefighter

Brian “The Beast” Minto, now 38-7, Butler's Prized Boxer, keeps on winning! Brian boxed and played football in Butler High School, went to college on football scholarship and soon returned to boxing. He had 25 amateur fights and was the 2000 Golden Gloves winner.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Megan Peth ~ A Girl We Remember ~ BHS '06

Megan Marie Peth †
Megan was a freshman at IUP, where she was studying nuclear medicine. She was a 2006 graduate of Butler High School and had been a member of the BHS Golden Tornado Marching Band. She also ran track at BHS. Megan was 19.

Her presence among us enriched so many lives.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

BHS Football 2006 ~ 3 Wins ~ 6 Losses

BHS 26 [W] Kiski Area 0
BHS 07 [L] Norwin 20
BHS 23 [W] Fox Chapel 0
BHS 29 [L] Bethel Park 35
BHS 07 [L] Erie McDowell 20
BHS 16 [L] Shaler 21
BHS 07 [L] North Hills 42
BHS 17 [L]t North Allegheny 31
BHS 14 [W] Seneca Valley 0

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Congratulations ~ Bruce Fratto BHS '78

Bruce wrote saying: "I had a bit of good fortune this past year. Out of 12,000 images from 13 pro's they chose my shot as the "Offical Poster of the 2006 Kentucky Derby". The winning shot has Barbaro with all 4's in the air, the jockey pumping his hand for the win along with the grandstand and famous spires in the background."

Friday, October 06, 2006

Kirpatrick's ~ For all our Sporting Needs

Loved the smell of leather and the Louisville Slugger bats, the quality fishing equipment, the fine baseball hats.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Merry-Go-Round ~ Stoughton's Beach

After leaving Alameda Park this carousel we loved went to Stoughton's Beach and after that it was on display at the Smithsonian in D.C. for about seven years and before it was moved to its present location, Old Tucson Studios in Arizona.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Our Children's Guardian ~

During her nearly 40 years as a school crossing guard, Doris Mary Riddle [†
Sept 2006] helped thousands of children in the Butler area make it safely to school. She started working as a school crossing guard in 1950 and was assigned to Monroe Street, where she helped St. Paul School pupils cross the street.
In later years, she was assigned to a Mercer Street post to cross Broad Street elementary pupils. But the majority of her career -- nearly 30 years -- was spent at a post on New Castle Street helping West End Elementary School pupils.

We thank you, Doris.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Minor-League Baseball in Butler

Pullman Park
City officials are hoping to again attract minor-league baseball to Butler. The city wants to spend about $5 million, about half of that from city coffers, to restore Pullman Park.
From 1935 until 1951, the ballpark housed a minor-league team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees and several other teams. Mayor Maggie Stock said the city will try to find a marquee team to put in the park. (AP)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Friday, July 21, 2006

Butler's Sculptor in Metal ~ Bill Secunda

Bill Secunda has become a prominent American metal sculptor. His works can be seen in museums, zoos, racetracks, a senator's office, or wandering across someone’s back yard, the possibilities are endless. 

Friday, July 07, 2006

Butler's Born Actor ~ Frederick West McCarren ~ BHS '69

Fred McCarren was one of the brightest stars on Butler High School's stage. We remember him in My Fair Lady, Once Upon a Mattress, Little Me and other excellent productions.
Thank you, Fred, for your unforgettable stage presence and the delight you gave us.
We fell for you!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Welcome Visitor to Butler ~ The Bald Eagle

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that there are two active Bald Eagle nests in Butler County.
Greetings to you, High Flyers !

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Stoughton's Beach ~ We Loved It

One of the best treats we had as kids was when we'd pack into the car and head up Route 8 to Stoughton's Beach.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Butler's Television Star ~ Josie Carey

† 2004
One of Butler's stars in the world of television was Josie Carey. Some Butlerites still know her as Josephine Vicari. She hosted WQED's long running Children's Corner and her name was immortalized for millions of children as that of Fred Rogers' puppet, Daniel Striped Tiger. She wrote lyrics for 68 songs for her show. Butler and Pittsburg cannot forget Josie Carey.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Saxonburg's Founder ~ John August Roebling

Saxonburg celebrates its founder's 200th Birthday Anniversary ~ John Roebling is the Inventor of Twisted Steel Cable that made it possible for him to build the famous Brooklyn
Bridge. Congratulations Saxonburg.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

HEADLAND'S LUNCH CAR - owned by Bob Headland and his wife, Etta, in the 1930s and 40s, it was situated on W. Cunningham St. just east of the Clinton Hotel and Sullivan Run (creek), next door to Ray Andre General Tire and across the street from Klugh's Market and Adolph's Drug Store. It serviced not only Butler residents, including many from Armco, and a lot of through traffic on the then busy Rt. 422. [Don Carlson, the photographer, and his brother, Bill, worked there in the late 30s for $12.85 a week plus all they could eat.]

- Don Carlson

Friday, June 02, 2006

Butler's Town Lake

This happens in Butler. Can you figure out what it is?
Old Wayne Street Viaduct
Photo: Sam Menchyk

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Butler Airport ~ Our Early Interest in Flying

BUTLER AIRPORT - small planes lined up at the old Butler Airport which was located along New Castle Road just across from Deshon Hospital and is now the location for a shopping center. Bob Headland was one of the early promoters of aviation in the Butler area. (I flew in and out of this airport and Pgh/Butler airport in the early 40s before enlisting in the Air Corps.)
- Don Carlson

Friday, May 19, 2006

Dairy Queen ~ Dan Joseph BHS '56

. . . and it wasn't far from our High School.
My dad built and ran the Dairy Queen at top of New Castle Street hill in the early 50's. I worked there when I was a teenager until I went to the Marines in 1956 just after graduating from Butler High School.
Dan Joseph
E-mail: itsmefolks@centurylink.net

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Remember This? ~ 10,000 Meter Race

In 1979 nearly one thousand runners competed in the annual Ten Thousand Meter Race. The winning time was 30 minutes 18 seconds. And the first prize was a silver bowl.
Photo: Jack Bowman

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sgt. Major Abie Abraham ~ Bataan

For generations of Butlerites since the Battle of the Pacific in World War II the name Sgt. Abie Abraham has been synonymous with the infamous Bataan Death March. While fighting a hopeless battle and surviving two and a half years of inhuman imprisonment Stg. Abraham showed the noblest human qualities. He was the only soldier who fought on Bataan to see the final Japanese surrender.

You have received many honors, Abie, but there is no Medal of Honor that can represent our pride or render adequate gratitude to you for the valiant spirit you have left us to emulate.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Butler Country Club ~ Butler's Lushest

Butler Country Club ~ First Fairway
Does the Butler area have the most golf courses? ~ 16

Aubrey's Golf Course
Conley Golf Course Resort
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
Hiland Public Golf Course
Lake Arthur Country Club
Lake Vue North Golf Course
Mount Chestnut Golf Course
Pine Needles Par 3
Saxon Golf Course
Serene Valley Golf Course
Stoughton Acres Golf Course
Suncrest Golf Course
Butler Country Club
Armco Country Club

Forty-Six Years Ago ~

Main Street, December 1960

Thanks: Brian Crouch

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Jimmy Stewart ~ Butler's Kick Boxing Champion

Jimmy Stewart
Super Welterweight World Champion
International Kick Boxing Federation
Were' on our feet, Jimmy, and applauding!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Alameda Park ~ Coming Back to Life

Alameda Park 1901
Jump on the streetcar or ride out there on your bike and you were in a summer paradise. Will the new Alameda Park be like the one we had? 
[Carousel where the streetcar is parked.]

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Saturday, April 08, 2006

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

You have kept us, and later the nation, in shape. Thanks, Paul, for all those years of discipline and dedication.
[The show is aired 9:30 and 10:am Eastern time, weekdays, on the Cornerstone Television satellite and local public access channels around the United States.]

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Thanks to Elizabeth and Robert Johnson BHS '53 for their help with these blog postings.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Butler, Pa. ~ Avant-garde Architecture

Playthings Etc.
New Toy Shop in Butler
Owners Todd and Nadine Shingleton BHS '75
Congratulations to both of you for your daring idea. You keep Butler forward-
Photo: Paul Johnston Jr.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Melanie Buczko at Bucknell ~ Breaking Records

Our Melanie Buczko in her Senior year at Bucknell is breaking records. She set a new school record with a leap of 13'3 1/2 then shattered her own school record in a the vault at the NYU FastTimes Invitational soaring over the bar at 13'5 1/2" . Melanie has won Bucknell's first-ever ECAC indoor gold medal with a clearance of 12'9 1/2".

Melanie, we're all watching you, with fingers crossed. . . shoving, to get you up and over!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

BHS '53 ~ Recent News

March 2006, Get-together
We had a lot of fun since Shirley Deal Shook brought a sheet of cheers she had found among her souvenirs:
[Who is that strange male among all those women?
Does that look like Dick Powers?]

Friday, March 24, 2006