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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Miss USA ~ 1971


Michele McDonald
Our Butler Beauty
Photo: Miss Universe Organization

Monday, December 17, 2012

For the Sandy Hook Grade School Pupils ~


A Tribute

We could be a happy class back in 1963 and today we are all grown up and have children of our own. We want you to know we are mourning for yours. Our hearts share your sadness.
St. Paul School,  Fifth Grade. [See comment 8 for list of pupils.]

Monday, December 03, 2012

Brian Minto ~ Next Fight

Brian Minto returns to the ring in Butler at Days Inn Convention Center on April 17th to take on the St. Louis slugger Matthew Greer.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Butler Junior High School ~ 1913

A stately yellow brick building just across from St. Paul church. 

Marianne Cornetti ~ Knoch '81


Marianne Cornetti is a leading mezzo soprano who performs at the Met in New York, in London at the Royal Opera and Covent Garden, in Italy at the Scala and at many other international opera houses. 
Butler is especially proud of her.
About Marianne

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Stopping Time ~


The caption reads: Stopping Time — Time on the landmark clock in front of the Pittsburgh National Bank building on Main Street stopped at 10:36 a.m. on August 8, 1968 when it was hit by a truck. Bank oficials said they planned to see if the 47-year-old toppled timepiece was repairable. Looking over the clock is Kandy Neudorfer of Pittsburgh National. ~ Butler Eagle

Poem about the clock

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Woolworth's ~

Friday, October 05, 2012

Dottie Randolph ~ Protector of our Children

Dorothy Randolph
† 12.28.2005
Dottie Randolph had about 300 youngsters crossing at her intersection at First and Brady Streets. She also worked intersections on Jefferson Street and Chestnut Street. Butler children, now grown-ups, thank her still. 
Photo: Butler Eagle

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

First Baptist Church ~


Corner of Church and New Castle Streets.
Pastor: Rev. Clayton Howard Gray
1950-1962

Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Hot Dog Shop ~

Gutting out.
Photo: Michael Newcaster

Butler Revival ~


Inching down to the Hot Dog Shop.
Photo: Michael Newcaster.

Guy Travaglio ~

 
Guy Travaglio at Butler's Ethnic Festival
Thanks: Paul D. Johnston Jr.
How many of us danced to the strains of his music . . .

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

BHS Football Scores ~ 2012

BHS Football Scores
2012

BHS 09 [L ] – Seneca Valley 24
BHS 60 [W] – Shaler 26
BHS 19 [W] - Pine Richland 7
BHS 00 [L ] - North Hills 14
BHS 00 [L ] - North Allegheny 49
BHS 03 [L ] - Upper St. Clair 34
BHS 23 [W] - Hempfield 10
BHS 49 [W] - Fox Chapel 7
BHS 00 [L ] - Central Catholic 31

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gone Forever ~ Hot Dog Shop


Icon to be razed
Hot Dog Shop coming down

By Sandy Pontius
Eagle Staff Writer
 


The Hot Dog Shop building, that icon of downtown Butler from 1912 to 2004, is to be knocked down on Wednesday.
The demolition is set to start on Aug. 29, 2012 at 8 a.m., and will include the Reiber Building next door.
The buildings, which have a 101-107 S. Main St. address, face Jefferson Street.
Ken Reilly Demolition, Mars, will do the work.
The demolition will make space for the craft beer brewers known as Butler Brew Works, which will be housed in the former Eckerd Drugs red brick building that faces Main Street. Eventually, the entrepreneurs plan to build a patio on the Hot Dog Shop site.
“That is our intention, and maybe putting in a bocci ball or cornhole court,” said Greg Deal, a Brew Works partner. “We’re getting there slowly but surely.”
Cedar Street, an alley that runs parallel to Main Street behind the Reiber Building, will be closed intermittently during the demolition, said John Evans, Butler zoning officer. Cedar Street will be used as a staging area, he said.
After the demolition is completed, work on the Main Street building will begin, including roof, plumbing, heating and air conditioning improvements, Deal said.
Although an end-of-year opening was planned, Deal said that is “optimistic.” It’s more likely the tap room will be open by spring 2013, he said.
“The earlier we can get open the better,” Deal said.
The group recently bought a 10-barrel brewing system that can produce more than 1,200 barrels of beer annually, based on a two-week production cycle.
The Brew Works then must be 90 days away from opening to apply for a liquor license, Deal said.
“Basically, you have to have everything set in stone,” he said.
The Brew Works partners are Deal and Nick Fazzoni, both of Butler, Travis Tuttle of Bridgeville and Paul Hytla of Pittsburgh.
They bought the quarter-acre parcel in January and auctioned off memorabilia from the Hot Dog Shop in the last two weeks of May to help pay for the demolition. They sold Hot Dog Shop coffee tokens, menus and signs.

from the Butler Eagle

Old Armco Entrance ~

Now AK Steel 
Photo: Barbara Bloom

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Penn Hardware ~ 1941

Angie Chiprean 
in front of his hardware store on East Jefferson Street.
Photo: Frank Komitsky Jr.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Georgia Sawhook ~ BHS'66 ~ Butler Author

 Georgia seated on the floor in red.
Mother of seven and grandmother of 21.
Her book entitled ...."Potty Training To Puberty---THE PITS!!! (with hugs along the way)" is about mothering with a lot of love, encouragement, and inspiration from the Lord.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Major General Robert L. Smolen ~ Knoch '70


Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, who grew up in Butler, oversees the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons. He is the deputy administrator for defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He sees to the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile and the readiness to test and develop new warheads, if required. 
† 18 May 2014

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fixing Up ~

Smith's Flowers
Corner of Main and New Castle Streets
Photo: Robert Emigh

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chester Aaron BHS '41 ~ Butler Author

Prolific author of novels, stories, and memoirs, Chester Aaron was born in 1923 in a Butler. He saw combat in World War II, and was with the troops that liberated Dachau. Following publication of his first novel in 1967, he was an x-ray technician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA. Later he joined the faculty at Saint Mary’s College. Over the last twenty-five years, he has become known worldwide for the ninety varieties of exotic garlic he grows on his farm in Sonoma County.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Rich Saul BHS '66

  †  15. April 2012


Magnet '66
 Rich and his twin brother, Ron, starred on BHS football team. After playing in college they went on to play in the NFL.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Neighborhood Bar ~ Vero's

Nestled on E. Locust Street between Elm and Monroe Streets near Butler Catholic (St. Paul's) School, Vero's Bar was a staple on the east side of Butler for over 50 years. Fred Vero, not the one that was Mayor in the late 1970's, but his grandfather, received one of the first liquor licenses in Butler County after prohibition was repealed in 1933. A section of the front of their home was enclosed, and a local bar was born. This establishment spanned three generations of Veros. Fred's two sons, Sam (and wife Sis) and Leonard (Hank) operated it for many years, the Sam's son Fred (also not the mayor from the late 1970's) ran it until it closed in the late 1980's.
Thanks : Mark Swift

Friday, March 23, 2012

Beloved Butler Citizen ~

Photo: Butler Eagle
+ 23 March 2012
Abie Abraham
Butler's Hero


Saturday, March 17, 2012