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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Butler County Tourism ~

Photo: Butler County Tourism
Connoquenessing Creek has been nominated for Pennsylvania’s River of the Year! It was 1 of 5 nominations picked out of hundreds of submissions. Over time this local waterway had been neglected and abused, leading to its rating as the 2nd most polluted waterway in America in 2000. Since then through Allegheny Aquatic Alliance and other organizations’ efforts, significant positive changes have been made to this creek and have resulted in the restoration of it. Now we have the opportunity to show our appreciation to this precious waterway by making it the River of the Year! We each have the ability to do this by simply voting for the Connie! The voting period is now until 12/22. It is such a simple yet powerful way to show your support for this vital local waterway. Help us spread the word and bring the positive attention to the Connoquenessing Creek that it deserves!
Loyalsock Creek has been named the River of the Year

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Butler Grocery Stores ~

Linda Randig researched and wrote this book this year and it just came out two weeks ago. It covers old Mom and Pop grocery stores within the city limits between 1903 and 2017. She found about 450 stores including well-known ones such as Mintz's, The Kozy Korner, Center Dairy and The Inn as well as many others in every neighborhood of the city. The book will appeal to those of us who are old enough to remember these stores as well as younger people who missed out on them but are interested in Butler's history. The cover features Earl Doria in his store on Mercer Street and there are another 16 pages of black and white photos.
The book can be ordered directly from Linda at 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Night Games ~ 2017

                      25/08 BHS 00 [L] - Knoch - 28   
                      01/09 BHS 21 [L] - Penn Hills - 54
                      08/09 BHS 45 [W] - Altonna - 28
                      15/09 BHS 00 [L] - Seneca Valley - 35
                      22/09 BHS 07 [L] - North Allegheny - 29
                      29/09 BHS 47 [W] - Shaler - 00
                      06/10 BHS 14 [L] - Pittsburgh Catholic - 49
                      13/10 BHS 06 [L] -  Norwin - 07
                      20/10 BHS 00 [L] -  Pine Richland - 64
                      27/10 BHS 28 [W] -  Canon-McMillan - 26

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

Butler County Authors ~ Polly Shaw ~ BHS '69

Polly Shaw, a native of Butler, BHS class of 1969, and lifelong Butler County resident, is a retired Seneca Valley teacher.  For over twenty years she has been a volunteer at McConnells Mill and Moraine State Parks.  In 2015 she heard about in inquiry from Arcadia Press for someone to take up the challenge to write a book at Moraine State Park.  She stepped up, and it was published in 2017.  She is now working on a second book, this time about McConnells Mill State Park.  She is an area speaker and presents programs about many aspects drawn from her book, to civic groups and public park programs.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Morgan's Drive In

This photo of Morgan's Drive-in Restaurant at Bon Aire
hangs on the wall of the New Hoagie Shop in the Bon Aire
Plaza. Dated 1963 - origin unknown. All of the Morgan Company's
pictures were lost in a fire.
Thanks: Paul Johnston Jr.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unforgettable ~

On the stairs at Butler Junior High School.
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lyndora School ~

First Grade 1955, Miss Duffy
Thanks: John Pichler
Click on picture to enlarge.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Cummings Candy & Coffee ~

Barry Cummings, owner of Cummings Candy & Coffee, said the coffee shop has been in the family since 1905.
Photo: Post Gazette

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Snow Storm ~ November 1950

 Butler Junior High School 
[The Yellow Building]
in the background.
Photo: Mark H. Welchley

Monday, February 13, 2017

Butler Author ~ Larry Parisi

Larry D. Parisi, author of Butler County Revisited, compiled this book using rare postcards from his personal collection, as well as a few cards submitted from other collectors.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Lowry House ~

[At the corner of Jefferson and Main]
This pen and ink drawing of an earlier view of the Lowry House hotel used to hang in my grandmother's house. I remember hearing that she had commissioned it from a local artist, Robert C. Rehm. It is based on an old photograph. 
- - - Jeff Schalles