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Monday, December 22, 2014

McCrory's Grand Re-Opening

Long before Kmart, Walmart, etc...  McCrorys debut its "Super" Store! 
The Canonsburg McCrory's originally opened its doors in 1919 and 21 years later on October 4, 1940, after months of renovation the Grand Opening of its Super Store!

Canonsburg McCrory's Employees

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas Wishes

The Town Park...
 an oh so special place... my grandfather helped build.
A setting for many enduring childhood memories...
 and yes, each Season... summer, spring, winter, fall...
 it was a wonderland of awe....

The Best Of The Season To All! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Montgomery Ward's 1934 Christmas catalog.

Some of may remember the Montgomery Ward's catalog.  
these pages are from the 1934 Christmas Catalog
mazing, but true to the memories of many of us. 



1934 Christmas Catalog
Subject: 1934 Christmas catalog
Be sure to look at the last line on order form....go all the way to the end!!!
1934 Christmas Catalog from Montgomery Ward.
Note the last line above

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

George Richard Wyland


George Richard Wyland died peacefully Friday, September 26, 2014, in his home, surrounded by family.

He was born in Canonsburg.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era, Mr. Wyland relocated to Richmond, Va.

For more than 50 years, he worked as an installer of new equipment for such companies as AT&T, Western Electric and Lucent Technology.
Deceased are his parents, Mary and Frank Galizia; an infant brother, Kenneth Leroy; a sister, Rosemary Patton; and a son, Richard Joseph Wyland.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Danis; a sister, Nancy and husband Gene Clemens of Canonsburg; sons Gregory and Tammy Wyland of North Carolina, Richard "Rickey" and Sidney Wyland and Keith and Patty Davis; a daughter, Twila Gauthier; grandchildren Matt, Will, Robert, Sean, Katrina, Angela, Michelle, Amanda, Kayla and Autumn; a great-grandchild, Erica; nieces Sandra Craig and Pamela Veltri; a nephew, David and wife Sharon Clemens; and great-nieces Amanda Clemens and Valerie and husband Jake Knauer.

Mr. Wyland was laid to rest Wednesday, October 1, in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield, Va. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Canonsburg Friends] The Daily Notes - April 1957

As I recall,  Bobby Vinton  while attending Duquesne(1952-56) started a vocal group named the "Hi-Lites" which later became the "Tempos". Upon graduation, he was called up to serve(drafted) and while in the Army, the Tempos, without Vinton...  record  "See You in September."... their one and only HIT.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Canonsburg native joins prestigious opera program

Alexandra Loutsion becomes a different person when she takes the stage.
Loutsion, 31, formerly of Canonsburg, is adding new roles to her repertoire as a summer apprentice with Santa Fe Opera’s prestigious singing program. Out of nearly a thousand applicants from across the world, Loutsion was one of 43 singers selected.“It’s fantastic,” Loutsion said of the program, which runs until Aug. 23 and includes five operas. “I mean it’s sort of the best of all possible worlds because there’s training and there’s performing.”As a child, Loutsion, daughter of Nicholas and Susan Loutsion, sang in the choir at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg. Her mother recognized her talent and suggested she join the Children’s Festival Chorus in Pittsburgh.

At that time, she started singing classical music, and by age 13, she was training with an opera singer from Washington.

“As I sang more, we both realized my voice was more operatic, and I saw my first opera at Pittsburgh Opera at 15,” Loutsion said. “I fell in love with it, and I knew it’s what I wanted to do.”

At Chartiers-Houston High School, she performed in several musicals and also sang in a professional junior choir in Pittsburgh.

She said opera was the only genre of music she was never exposed to as a child, but now her entire family loves the performance art. Her favorite performance was playing the lead role of Madama Butterfly for Opera on the James in 2011.

“It was the last performance my grandfather got to see me do,” she said. “It was a very special experience.”

Loutsion, a soprano, earned three degrees in vocal performance from University of Southern California and Ithaca College. In school, she studied music theory and vocal technique, and also took at least two years of every language offered.

Of the most common opera languages, German, is her favorite. She completed an eight-week German immersion program with “no English at all” in the German for Singers and Vocal Coaches program at Middlebury College.

“That’s really scary at first because you are living, breathing – all of it – German,” she said.

Most recently, Loutsion completed a term as resident artist with Pittsburgh Opera and relocated to New York City so she can regularly audition for performances and meet with her agent.

As an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, she has studied with faculty from The Juilliard School, San Francisco Opera and Manhattan School of Music. She also was the understudy for the title role in Beethoven’s “Fidelio.”

Apprentices perform as members of the chorus and fill supporting roles for the operas. Loutsion has performed in four of five operas, but joked that she’s grateful not to be performing in Huang Ruo’s “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” because it’s entirely in Mandarin.

The program also provides an opportunity for apprentices to audition in front of about 50 heads of opera companies and agents from around the world.

After completing the summer program, Loutsion will head back to Pittsburgh and New York City for several concerts lined up. In the spring, she will join the Metropolitan Opera roster as the lead soprano.

“It’s a wild ride,” Loutsion said of her career. “It’s a crazy life.”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Birthday Wishes to Julia Politano!!!

Happy Birth Day Julia!
a beautiful red rose to let you know that love is always blooming in our hearts for you! Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful 101st BIRTHDAY! 

The following Canonsburg Friends are sending their best and
grandest of 
birthday wishes to 
Mrs Julia Politano's on her 101st birthday!!!

Dick Garboski a beautiful red rose to let you know that love is always blooming in our hearts for you! 
Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful 101st BIRTHDAY! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

It has begun to snow

Since we last posted this 1890's lamp lit scene of North Central Ave, Canonsburg Pa it has begun to snow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Great Golf Commercial

Post by Dick Garboski.
The Nike Golf commercial that was to debut Wednesday featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy was shot last year in Southern California with neither player there at the same time.
A source told that because of scheduling issues, McIlroy and Woods could not be present on the same day to shoot the commercial, which has them hitting balls on a driving range while taking good-natured shots at each other.
McIlroy's part was filmed first, with Woods following a few days later, reacting to an actor who attempted to follow McIlroy's script. Both players spent several hours on their respective days, with the final product being unveiled for the first time earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, where McIlroy was officially announced as a company spokesman.
The commercial was shot in October, prior to McIlroy leaving for China to play in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, where he first addressed rumors that he would be leaving Titleist for Nike at the end of 2012 when his contract expired. He tried to downplay the talk that had been simmering for several weeks.
McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will play for the first time Thursday with a full bag of Nike equipment, as well as glove, shoes, ball and apparel. He and Woods, ranked No. 2, are grouped for the first two rounds of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.