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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame: Washington-Greene County Chapter

1950 Canonsburg High School WPIAL Co-Champions

LINE (left to right)
Joe Solomon, Hal Hunter, Nick Kapottos, Don Kutch, Don Anthony, Jim Malone and Wayne Edmonds

BACKFIELD (left to right)
Len Papetti, Ed Wisniewski, Sam Karavalis and George Anthou

With an 8-1 record, Canonsburg's 1950 Football Team met New Brighton High for the Class A Conference Title. the hard fought game ended in a 12-12 tie and the teams were named Co-Champions.

The Canonsburg Gunners' placed three linemen (Harold Hunter, Don Anthony and Nick Kapottas) and three backs (Sam Karavolias, Leonard Papetti and George Anthou) on the 1950 Southwestern Conference Team, the most of any team.

Head Coach: Al DeLucia
Assistant Coach: Olianus Orsino (Deceased)

Monday, March 29, 2010

CanonsburgFriends Honors

CanonMcMillan High School's
First Graduating Class
The Class of 1960

Yearbook pictures courtesy of Don Simpson

Have A Great 50th Reunion

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kennywood like you have NEVER seen it!

Kennywood -Winter 2010

Thanks to Rosemary Mills Yankovich for passing on these great pictures.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Great Canonsburg Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1952

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Courtesy of the Duck Swan Collection.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Canonsburg Grade School 1951 - 1953

Part of the Graduating Class of 1960, believed to be from school years 1951 - 1953.
The second pictures has Mrs Welch, Grade A5 - 1953 written on the blackboard.

Appreciate any help toward creating a legend of the names for these grade school pictures.

Fourth Grade – 1951/52
NorthCentral Avenue Elementary School

Back Row – standing, left to right: Billy Smith – Miss Jennie McBurney – Delores Aubrey
4th Row – standing, left to right: Georgie Coleman – Joe Milioto – Gordie Little – Alan Mark – Jack Rodd – Judy Imperatore – Barbara Simpson - ?????? – Joyce Beeles – Sandra xxxx?? – James Monar - ??????
3rd Row – seated, left to right:?????? - ?????? - Theresa Dimuzio – Barbara Essick – Carole Corey
2nd Row – seated, left to right:Gary Kirr – Dorothy Blaskovich(sp)? – Julie McCowen – Susan Moore - ?????
Front Row – seated, left to right: Freddie Sharp – Diana Dietz – Ziggie Sobolewski – Patty Haggerty – Gary Mohler

Fifth Grade – 1952/53
Central Avenue Elementary School
(on College St. across from old CHS gym)

Back Row – standing, left to right:
Don Simpson – Ziggie Sobolewski – Mrs. Alice M. Welch – James Monar – Freddie Sharp – Billie Smith – Gary Kirr – Chuck Kolsosky – Gordie Little – Alan Mark – Jack Rodd – Joe Milioto

Seated – left row, front to back, two girls per desk:
Dorothy Sobansky? & ?????? – Julie McKowen & Eloise Dennin? – Barbara Essick & Patty Haggerty - ?????? & Dolly Merante?

Seated – second row, front to back, two girls per desk:
?????? & Judy Imperatore - ?????? & Frances Rogowsky – Dorothy Blaskovich? & Susan Leach?

Seated – third row, front to back, two girls per desk:
?????? & Marie Smith – Susan Moore & Joyce Beeles

Seated – right row, front to back, two girls per desk:
?????? & Carole Corey

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Canonsburg veteran to be remembered in D.C.

Post-gazette NOW
Thursday, March 18, 2010

When Joanne Gump married her husband 38 years ago, she thought he was the bravest person she'd ever met. Soon, the rest of the world will know that, too.

Dennis Gump, a "humble and proud" U.S. Marine from Canonsburg who died two years ago, is among 70 veterans who will be honored next month as part of "In Memory Day" at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The designated day honors Vietnam veterans who died as a result of their service in the Vietnam War but who do not meet U.S. Department of Defense guidelines to be listed on the memorial, which generally require death as a result of a combat injury.

Veterans honored during In Memory Day may have died because of conditions related to post-traumatic stress disorder or illness caused by exposure to Agent Orange or similar herbicides used during the war.

Mr. Gump was 62 when he died in February 2008 after a two-month battle with lung cancer that the federal government says was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. The herbicide was sprayed by planes to defoliate jungles in Vietnam.

Although Mr. Gump smoked cigarettes, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes veterans' respiratory cancers, such as those of the lung, larynx or trachea, as associated with exposure to herbicides during military service.

According to the VA, the government presumes that all military personnel who served in Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange, and federal law presumes that certain illnesses are a result of that exposure.

In Memory Day is held on the third Monday in April, which is April 19 this year. The day is recognized in other parts of the country as Patriots' Day to commemorate the first two battles of the Revolutionary War.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, a private group that built the memorial and sponsors the In Memory Day program, said the date was appropriate "as the suffering of these veterans was endured for far longer than the time spent in combat, enabling them to be examples of patriotism and sacrifice for all Americans."

Mr. Gump enlisted in the Marines as a senior at Canon-McMillan High School in 1964 and was among the first Marines to enter Vietnam. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1968, earning at least 17 medals and patches.

Along with ulcers and stomach problems that may have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange, Mr. Gump also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which caused him to have terrible dreams, Mrs. Gump said.

"He internalized it a lot," she said. "He suffered for many, many years."

Mr. Gump was diagnosed with cancer in December 2007, just months after his wife underwent surgery for a brain tumor. He was having headaches, she said, and tests showed it was lung cancer that had spread to his brain and other organs.

Mr. Gump retired six years ago from the state Department of Health, where he worked as an inspector for many years. He is honored at an annual memorial golf outing at Lindenwood Golf Club in North Strabane, where some of his ashes were scattered.

An avid golfer, Mr. Gump won awards with the Pittsburgh Golf Tour and enjoyed spending time with his two grown children, Tara Adele Gump Newhouse and Dennis Gump Jr.

Last year, Mrs. Gump said she heard about the In Memory Day program, so she applied on her husband's behalf, submitting required forms such as military and medical records.

She plans to bring a photo collage she made for her husband to the ceremony, where the names of the honorees will be read aloud and certificates bearing the honorees' names will be placed at the memorial. They will be collected later by the National Park Service and stored in a permanent archive.

Her husband probably would "get tears in his eyes" if he knew about the honor, Mrs. Gump said, though he was a quiet and humble man.

"My mission in life, until I die, is to honor my husband in any way that I can," she said.

Janice Crompton: or 724-223-0156.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Canonsburg Friends vs Other Friends

#1 OTHER FRIENDS Never ask for food. Canonsburg FRIENDS are the reason you have no food.
#2 OTHER FRIENDS Bring a bottle of wine to your party. Canonsburg FRIENDS Bring enough for everybody, help make the food, then stay to clean up and sleep it off afterwards.
#3 OTHER FRIENDS Will come to your house warming party. Canonsburg FRIENDS Will help you move in and move out and party both times.
#4 OTHER FRIENDS Call your parents Mr. and Mrs. Canonsburg FRIENDS Call your parents Mom and Dad.
#5 OTHER FRIENDS Have never seen you cry. Canonsburg FRIENDS Either make you cry or will cry with you.
#6 OTHER FRIENDS Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back. Canonsburg FRIENDS Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours, but are willing to loan it back to you anytime.
#7 OTHER FRIENDS Know a few things about you. Canonsburg FRIENDS Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
#8 OTHER FRIENDS Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing. Canonsburg FRIENDS Will kick the butts of the whole crowd who left you.
#9 OTHER FRIENDS Would knock on your door Canonsburg FRIENDS Walk right in and say, 'I'm home!'
#10 OTHER FRIENDS Will watch sports with you. Canonsburg FRIENDS Will take off of work to drive to a Steeler away game with you.
#11 OTHER FRIENDS Will talk crap with people who talk crap about you. Canonsburg FRIENDS Will knock the crap out of them!
#12 OTHER FRIENDS Are for a while. Canonsburg FRIENDS Are for life.
#13 OTHER FRIENDS Will ignore this. Canonsburg FRIENDS Will send it on to more Canonsburg friends.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Letterman of Canonsburg

I hope you might consider using the following in your Friends blog, or pass along to others:

I am a published author of four nonfiction books (two more pending with publishers), and am now working on the first-ever biography of Dr. Jonathan Letterman, the Canonsburg native who became "the father of battlefield medicine" in the Civil War when he invented the ambulance system, among other innovations.

I'm looking for people/sources/information about the Letterman (Leatherman) family in Canonsburg in 1800-1850. JL's father, Dr. Jonathan Letterman, was an early civic leader in Canonsburg. I have a great deal about Jonathan and the Civil War, but relatively little on his childhood. (He was born in 1824 in Canonsburg.) Often smaller communities have "resident historians" and I'd welcome the opportunity to visit with someone who's familiar with early Canonsburg life and/or the Lettermans.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Scott McGaugh
Marketing Director
USS Midway Museum
(619) 398-8250

USS Midway Museum

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Canonsburg,PA - Community Movie

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Sarris Candies founder dies

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Frank Sarris, founder of Sarris Candies, died at home in Canonsburg last night.

Cause of death for Mr. Sarris, 78, has not been determined, a company spokeswoman said.

Mr. Sarris, the son of Greek immigrants, started his chocolate enterprise with a single store in Canonsburg; it has since grown to be a large regional candy company.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, Canonsburg; the funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Arrangements will be through Louis Sollon Funeral Home in Canonsburg.

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