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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Dear Canonsburg Friends,

Thank you all for your support and friendship!

I want to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

Dick Garboski

Friday, December 14, 2007

Canonsburg Lake

Canonsburg Lake
(Photo taken by Ron Ross of Canonsburg)

Fall foilage at Canonsburg Lake, with unidentified fishermen
(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 Alcoa forging plant located in the East End of Canonsburg 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 Pennsylvania 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

Project Status

Here is evidence of some progress on my wine cellar project. (I find as a gentleman of leisure, I can be easily sidetracked).

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 interi
or finishing work for those rainy days and its ....shorter........trip to the wine cellar.......Hic!.
Dick Garboski

Friday, December 7, 2007

Worrysome Season

From: Jim Herron

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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Alahambra Movie Theater - 12¢ Tickets

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Beetle's Alahambra tickets from the 1940's???

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 h
ow about that 20% federal entertainment tax of 2¢!

Any input, especially the accurate time frame of these tickets appreciated.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

PA Weather

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If you watched Sunday night football you could see how much rain we had here in western Pa. By monday morning it turned to snow and wind. I had to go into Meadville to the wound clinic in the morning. Not to bad going in, but the trip home was a nightmare. I did a 180 on a hill and decided to try a differend route. It's Tue.and still snowing and we have over a foot with several inches still to come. It looks beautiful, but I may not make my next appt on Thur.
Here are a few pics taken from our front window over looking Sugar Lake