Sunday, December 23, 2007
Dear Canonsburg Friends,
Thank you all for your support and friendship!
I want to wish you all a
Happy New Year!
Friday, December 14, 2007
(Photo by Paulet Lang of Canonsburg)
Canonsburg Lake is a 76-acre impoundment created from a dam located on Little Chartiers Creek. Water from the lake flows over the dam's spillway, then continues north for approximately ¼ mile where it meets the main branch of Chartiers Creek. Chartiers Creek continues for approximately 25 miles until it meet the Ohio River in McKees Rocks.
The lake was created by a 525 feet long and 45 feet high dam constructed by the Alcoa Corporation in 1943. The lake was created as an industrial water supply for an forging plant located in the East End of where Standard Tin Plate previously had been.
Alcoa's forging plant was a wartime industry to forge airplane propellers, but the war ended before the plant got into full production. The facility closed, and Transformer and RCA followed them at the location. A small structure built immediately below the dam to house the pumps that transported water to the forging plant remains on site today.
The Commonwealth, acting through the Fish and Boat Commission, acquired the lake, dam and adjacent property in 1958 for public fishing and boating.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Roof shingles, doors, trim then paint remain to finish the exterior. The front porch will be put off till spring.
I'll probably tackle the landscaping next, hopefully before our rainy season sets-in and save the interior finishing work for those rainy days and its ....shorter........trip to the wine cellar.......Hic!.
Friday, December 7, 2007
It's getting along toward Christmas, the first snow is on the ground, and I'm getting worried.
I am getting close to that age when one is prone to seasonal stupidity. The predominant form is false reminiscences about "When I was young." I remember old duffers going on and on about how things have changed. A particular favorite was the preponderance of snow. It was a lot colder back then, and the snow stayed on the ground until spring. You could bet that the sleds and skates kids got from Santa would be used immediately.
I remember snow, but apparently senility hasn't set in completely. I still think the passionate rememberer's were (and are) goofy.
I am happy to report that the goofiness isn't new. I was looking through an old Canonsburg Daily Notes this afternoon, one that came out the day after Christmas in 1908.
The weather experts were around even then.
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I remember the Continental theatre ticket price being 12¢ in the 1950's, but at that time the Alahambra's admission price was 16¢.
and how about that 20% federal entertainment tax of 2¢!
Any input, especially the accurate time frame of these tickets appreciated.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Our group reunion picture finally got in the Observer-Reporter today.
The reunion was great! The best one ever!
Also I've included some pictures I took during the evening and the brunch.
Do you have any idea where we might find a copy of our year book? One or two classmates lost theirs.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
And the winner is ...Shawn Wall
Readers submitted 322 photos for the Post-Gazette's online Best Vacation Photo Contest that kicked off in September. The photo above of sunrise off Hilton Head Island, S.C., was taken by Shawn Wall, a software engineer who lives in Wilkins.
Mr. Wall, 29, was visiting Hilton Head this past summer with his girlfriend and her family when he shot this photo.
"I snuck out of the house around 6 a.m. and waited for the sun to rise while taking in the peaceful scenery and listening to the crash of the waves," he says.
Readers viewing photos submitted to the contest were able to rank each one from 1 to 10, so those with the highest averages rose to the top. You can view the full gallery of photos submitted by readers.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Can anybody help with any current information regarding Marilyn Turki?
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cc: Canonsburg Friends Blog
From: Jim Herron
To: Dick Garboski ;Nestor, Gina; Terling, Rich ; DeLanie, Dave
Subject: Re: Miss SNPJ
Jim, thanks for sharing. and how cosmopolitan and sophisticated of them to start the dance at 9:00pm. But what do you expect, they were of the CHS Class of 1959.
From: Jim Herron
To: "Nestor, Gina"; "Terling, Rich Speedy" ; "Garboski, Dick" ; "DeLanie, Dave"
Subject: Who Zat?
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Monday, November 12, 2007
From: Isabella Livolsi
To: Dick Garboski
Subject: BRAND NEW RELEASES!
Wanted to let you know a couple of very interesting items that would be good to herald on the Canonsburg Friends blog. . .
1) Bobby Kobert Shawn (our classmate) just released a new CD single called "Playing the Jukebox." The CD single can be purchased through D&J records in Carnegie, PA and The Attic, 165 Grant Street, Millvale, PA. Or get them directly from Bobby. Email Bobby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Joyce Arnal's husband (Paul Gentile) has just published his first book . It is Titled: "Dolce Far Niente - Sweet Doing Nothing" a great book about their trip to Italy, which they took after they retired. It captures their travels from Tuscany to Sicily and includes many practical tips. It can be ordered on the internet through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. At Barnes & Noble website, you do not pay postage.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:10:13 PM
Subject: Photo of Canonsburg
Here is the photo I was talking about. I am sorry it is not in the best of shape but like I said on the phone, I picked it up from the dump.
Where exactly the location of the photo is, I am not sure.. My guess it is on the same side as the Crystal Restaurant. The Van Eman sign is evident as well a meat market. You can see bunting displayed on the buildings, so it could have been the 4th of July or a Presidential or Candidate visit. We might be able to determine the year by the ladies dresses. My guess would be is the early 1900's -1930's. I would have to do some research on that but perhaps some of our bloggers have an idea.
Thank you Lou for the rescue, and please keep those picture treasures a coming!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
How about this for an end of an era....... Dave Delanie
Pennsylvania National Guard armory in Canonsburg expected to close
The Pennsylvania National Guard armory in Canonsburg is expected to close within three years in a restructuring of the guard’s unit bases.
Members of the military assigned to 1st Battalion-110th Detachment will be transferred to Charlie Co. in Waynesburg.The Canonsburg armory on Central Avenue will be turned over to the borough, said Canonsburg Manager Terry Hazlett.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Another recent find by Rich Terling. He believes the picture was taken during a birthday party held in his backyard in East Canonsburg - 1950ish.
3rd row back: (last 2 girls) Kathleen Churney, Norma Jean Bell
Any and all additional help in identifying would be appreciated.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Canonsburg Class of 1952 had a strong turnout for their 55th reunion held on September 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
We apologize for the photo quality,(scan from the Observer). Oh, by the way what happened to Jack and Bobby.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
HI...Here's who I remembered:
1st row: Tony Dellorso, Patty Rodgers, ?, Dolly Dellarso
Did anyone figure out who my ?'s are?
Love, Betty Popovich Bartok
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This second picture is from Rich's brother Freds 8th grade class taken March 1953.
Help in identifying the classmates would be appreciated. Teachers name on blackboard.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Centered in the middle, standing behind the bar are Rich's parents.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The three pictures included here show that we have completed the framing and erecting of four of the walls of the above ground structure.
The remaining three walls, external wall siding as well as the construction and placement of the roof rafters are planned for this coming week.
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Thursday, September 6, 2007
The Golden Arches will temporarily dim in Canonsburg at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. But local residents will soon be able to say "I'm lovin' it even more!"
That's because the McDonald's restaurant at 100 Bobby Vinton Boulevard will be completely demolished. Wreckers will be on site by 7 a.m. Aug. 24.
Demolition work is expected to be completed by the end of the business week.
The 29-year-old facility will be destroyed to make way for a new McDonald's restaurant at the same location. Expected to open in mid-November, the structure will be a tribute to Canonsburg's most famous native sons: Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.
The McDonald's in Canonsburg is one of four McDonald's restaurants in Washington County that are owned and operated by Ron Galiano, a McDonald's franchisee for more than 17 years.
"Canonsburg residents have supported McDonald's for decades," said Galiano "To demonstrate our appreciation for that loyalty, we're redesigning the restaurant to offer our customers the best that McDonald's has to offer in the latest of technology"
Music aficionados will delight in the restaurant's décor that will honor the two musical legends who were born and raised in Canonsburg.
Highlights of the memorabilia expected to be on display include a beaded denim jacket and the original saxophone used by Bobby Vinton, autographed photos and albums of Perry Como along with paintings given to him from his wife.
McDonald's of Canonsburg employees, including store manager Scott Kausky (eight years) assistant manager Eric Vasilisin and crew members Sophia Braddock, David Gibbs, Carolyn Larimer and Tammy Talpas, all with over 15 years experience, have been instrumental to the restaurant's success, Galiano said.
They and all other Canonsburg employees have been offered employment at other McDonald's restaurants during the rebuild and will return to the Canonsburg location when the restaurant reopens this fall.
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Bob Prince was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster in 1986. He will live in our Pirate memories and our personal hall of fame forever.
Prince was known for his unique style of broadcast lingo. A new listener might need an English-to-Prince dictionary to understand his broadcasts. Here is a sampling of Bob Prince sayings and nicknames which we affectionately call "Gunnerisms". Several members of the Pirates e-mail list sent in their favorite Gunnerisms. Special thanks goes to Father John Hissrich (ForbzField@aol.com), Gary Davis (GARY68@aol.com) and all my other contributing authors. Here is a collection of various contributions: Sayings:
- "AN ALABASTER BLAST"
- A Baltimore chop base hit that would go higher than normal due to the extraordinarily hard infield at Forbes Field
- Prince's cry to Roberto Clemente to hit one up and over the wall.
- "ASPIRIN TABLETS"
- A pitcher would be throwing a ball so hard it looked as tiny and as hard to hit as an aspirin tablet. As in, "Veale's firin' aspirin tablets out there tonight."
- "ATEM BALLS"
- Hard line drives right to an infielder - it was at 'em. "Law has his At'em ball workin' tonight."
- "BABUSHKA POWER"
- Prince developed babushkas that the women in the stands could wear to bring the Pirates luck. It was, in a sense, a later version of the Green Weenie.
- "THE BASES ARE F.O.B." (full of Bucs)
- What was needed now, was a bingle, a dying quail, perhaps a bug on the rug...
- "A LITTLE BINGLE"
- A little hit; a small single; perhaps a bunt single. Just something that would get a Bucco on base.
- "THE BLACK MAX"
- "A BLOOP AND A BLAST"
- A quick way to get two runs through a single (the bloop) and a home run (the blast), as in, "The Buccos are down by one run going to the bottom of the ninth. What we need here is a bloop and a blast."
- "A BUG ON THE RUG"
- A basehit that skittered through the gap, particularly on artificial turf.
- "BY A GNAT'S EYELASH"
- A very small margin indeed, as in, "That ball just missed. It was foul by a gnat's eyelash."
- "CHICKEN ON THE HILL"
- A home run for Willie Stargell, begun by the fact that Stargell owned a chicken restaurant in Pittsburgh's Hill District and that whenever he homered, the person at the counter would get free chicken. Thus, Prince would say, "We need a homer here. Come on, Willie, spread some Chicken on the Hill." In one particular game, Prince said that if Stargell hit a home run, everybody in the restaurant would get free chicken. Stargell did hit the home run, everyone got free chicken, and Stargell sent the bill to Prince.
- "CLOSE AS FUZZ ON A TICK'S EAR"
- a little closer than a gnat's eyelash.
- "DON'T BOO STU, HE'S OVER-DUE"
- A cheer to get firstbaseman Dick Stuart out of a slump.
- "DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK"
- Rocky Nelson, 1b-man alternating with Stuart.
- "A DYING QUAIL"
- A little bloop, a tweener, or a bingle; a hit that falls in like a shot quail would.
- "THE GREEN WEENIE"
- A device invented by the Gunner to jinx and perhaps spook opposing players, the green weenie was the size and shape of a hot dog. When pointed at the opponents and shaken, it rattled and supposedly put a jinx on them.
- "HE COULDN'T HIT THAT WITH A BED SLAT"
- This is what the Gunner would say when a batter chased a pitch way outside. Take one of the slats out from under a full sized bed and notice how much longer it is than a bat, and you get an idea that the batter was definitely chasing.
- HE LIT UP THE LIGHTS ON BROADWAY"
- in response to a called 3rd strike.
- "HIDDEN VIGORISH"
- Similar to the law of averages, it was the force which dictated that a player who was in a slump was due for a big hit, as in, "Stargell is Oh for his last eight, so with hidden vigorish he should get a big hit here."
- A double play by which the Bucs would clean up the basepaths. When someone complained that Prince was giving free advertising to a particular brand of vacuum cleaner, he tried to invent a story about President Herbert Hoover's cleaning up corruption in Washington.
- "HOW SWEET IT IS"
- After suffering through some terrible Bucco teams in the early- 1950's, Prince got to enjoy the taste of victory in 1960 and throughout the early-1970's with the Battlin' Bucs. The taste of a championship, a mid-season victory, or a home run that would put the Bucs ahead would draw out "How sweet it is".
- "KISS IT GOOD-BYE"
- The most famous of Prince's sayings; this was his well-known home run call.
- "MARY EDGERLEY"
- No one knew exactly who she was (or whether she was related to Jimmy Durante's Mrs. Calabash), but Prince would end each broadcast by saying, "Good night, Mary Edgerley, wherever you are."
- "A #8 CAN OF GOLDEN BANTAM"
- A can of corn; refers to an easy fly ball. Immortalized in 1970 when Matty Alou dropped a "can of corn" against the Cubs, and the Bucs had to wait another day to clinch their first pennent in 10 years.
- "RADIO BALL"
- "Koufax just threw Stuart his radio ball. He could hear it, but he couldn't see it." "Low hummin' riser." (Similar to a radio ball)
- "RUG CUTTIN' TIME"
- "It's rug cuttin' time." More commonly known as "crunch time." "For all the money, marbles, and chalk." Deciding moment. Crunch time.
- "RUNNIN' THROUGH THE RAIN DROPS"
- When a pitcher gives up a lot of hits but doesn't give up serious runs. Escapes without serious damage being done.
- "SNAKE BIT"
- Can't get a break. The Bucs are snake bit tonight.
- "SOUP COOLERS"
- a high pitch was up around a sluggers mouth, or lips, or "soup coolers". Prince often said Stargell was looking for a pitch up around his "soup coolers".
- A ball that got "between" the outfielders; similar to a "bug on a rug", but it could occur on grass or as a "bloop" hit that fell in between fielders; hopefully, followed by a Bucco "blast".
- "WE HAD 'EM ALL THE WAY"
- Spoken after a close win by the Pirates, it indicated that we should have known all along that the Pirates would win. It was perhaps the father of Lanny Frattare's "No doubt about it."
Friday, August 24, 2007
During this week we completed excavation, including the footers that surround and support the perimeter of the above ground structure. The footers are 1.5 feet deep and 12" wide.
We brought in 7 tons of sand and compacted to a 4" base for the concrete.
Next, up went the forms to shape the pouring of the footers and the 4" deep concrete slab. Within the formed area we placed steel wire mesh tied into rebar for reenforcement.
We started pumping in 8 yards of concrete from the street around noon time, and finally completed the hand finishing of the concrete surface during the waning daylight hours.
Now we wait 4 to 5 days while the concrete cures.
Another look at the entrance to the Fall Out/Bomb Shelter soon to be Wine Cellar.
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Monday, August 20, 2007
From: Ray Butka <email@example.com>
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it. On the bed, he placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.
He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Try to make every day in your life is a special occasion'.
I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less, sit on the porch without worrying about anything.
I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal
glasses every day... I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I want to. The words 'Someday...' and 'One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.
If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done
if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small
things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would
meet, and those letters... that I wanted to write One of these days'.
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brother and sisters, son and daughters, not times enough at least, how much
I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives..
And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day.....Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about.
If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days', remember that 'One
day' is far away... or might never come...
No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend some time, read this once again.
It holds a useful messages for the soul.
Don't keep this message, for here's the fun of it: Send copies and You'll have a pleasant surprise.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
From: Jim Herron
Date: Aug 15, 2007 8:09 AM
Subject: 1960's reunion picnic
Fran & I were the only ones from 1959.
We are in one photo with Susan Bell Rossero. The other shows, from right, Ron Bish, Gary Kirr, Marion DiCio Kirr, and somebody (no, it's not Stan Bostjancic). In the background are a lot of other somebodies.
That's Frannie Horvath with his back toward us, between Bish and Kirr.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
As I have mentioned to some, in the 1950's a bomb/fall-out shelter was built in an area toward the back of my property. It was built out 12" thick re-enforced concrete. It measures about 12' x 16', is nine feet high and the top of the shelter is about 4 feet below ground level.
I plan to build a structure over it and convert the below ground shelter into a wine cellar.
The above three pictures show the initial stage of site prep, layout and excavation.
The entrance, a 14 step stairwell, that was constructed to access the below ground shelter can be seen in the pictures.
The two 4 inch galvanized pipes seen extending up from the ground surface are apart of a hand cranked air filtering system. .
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91362