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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

16 West Pike St, Canonsburg, PA

A bit of history of 16 West Pike Street location as per the JCTimes - Sept. 2010 Issue 

The Perlman Brothers had a wallpaper and paint store at 16 West Pike in 1929, but a 1931 fire on the store’s second floor, used for storage, ruined the stock and the store closed. 

The location became a restaurant in 1932, the Colony Grill, and in 1934, shortly after prohibition was lifted, it advertised, “FREE Beer, Coffee, or Soup with every 40¢ meal.” Shortly afterward, the fire burned out the restaurant. The Colony Grill reopened the end of June 1934 and advertised in the 1941 high school year-book, “We Never Close.” 
The Colony Grill Restaurant operated until 1951 when Walter Sharrick purchased it

It was the Sharrick Snack Bar, then Bruce’s Snack Bar for a while. 

Walter Sharrick assumed ownership again in October 1958 and the eating place became Sharrick’s Restaurant. 

In January 1969, George Mantalis and his wife, Jean, bought the restaurant and renamed it George and Jean’s. George had worked with his parents, who owned the Crystal Restaurant, located two doors away at 20 West Pike, for some thirty years.

In 1982,the restaurant had new owners and a half-new name "Bob and Jean’s Family Restaurant and Lounge". The daily luncheon “Inflation Fighter Special” cost just $1.95. The 1988 and ’89 telephone directories identify the restaurant as Mike and Moe’s. The 2000 telephone directory shows Cheech’s Pizza listed there.  

Kathleen Norton’s - Kutters’Edge body piercing and jewelry salon has been at the location since 2002.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


1931 - 2014 | Obituary | Condolences

MASCETTA JOSEPH A. 82, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by his loving family. 
He was born September 2, 1931 in Canonsburg, a son of the late Joseph and Amalia Ciavarra Mascetta. He was a proud Italian American who graduated from Canonsburg High School in 1950. Mr. Mascetta received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and Master's Degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War era where he was a jet pilot and flew with the Pittsburgh National Guard. Mr. Mascetta was a chemistry teacher at both Canonsburg and Mt. Lebanon High Schools and a high school administrator of Mt. Lebanon High School. He was Principal of Mt. Lebanon High School from 1981-1992 and served on the Mt. Lebanon High School staff from 1967-1992. In addition, Mr. Mascetta taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Duquesne University. He received many honors and awards, including Outstanding High School Award from President Ronald Regan and Secretary of Education Terrence Bell. He was an accomplished author and wrote more than 10 chemistry books, including his latest book, which was Barron's 2013 SAT Chemistry preparatory book. Mr. Mascetta was a very active member of St. Patrick's Parish where he served as Parish Council President, Commentator, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Canonsburg Counsel 3291 for over fifty years, the Italian American Society of Washington County by whom he was honored as a distinguished citizen on May 7, 2006 and the Greater Canonsburg Italian American Heritage Society. On June 18, 1960 he married Jean Verrone. They are the proud parents of Lisa Mascetta (Lawrence) Snow, of Fredericksburg, VA, Linda Mascetta (Scott) Trethewey of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Lori Mascetta (John) Galley of Mount Lebanon. Also surviving are his sister, Rena Castelli of Houston; eleven grandchildren, Gina, Maria, Michael and Amy Snow, Jack, Katie, James Scott and Dan Trethewey and Joe, Emily and Sara Galley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2-8 p.m. Monday January 27, 2014 in SALANDRA FUNERAL SERVICE, INC., Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday January 28, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick Church with interment to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Full Military rites will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 191 and the American Legion post 902 Honor Guard. The Christian Mothers and Guild of St. Patrick will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. The Knights of Columbus will hold services at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Mascetta's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 960 Penn Avenue, Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or to St. Patrick Church, 317 West Pike St., Canonsburg, 15317. 
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

17 Vintage Photos of the Steel City

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Rain ... always rain, 1941

Coal miner at Montour #4 Mine, 1930s

Homemade pool, 1938

Soldiers and Sailors Hall, 1915

Forbes Field, 1912

Oakland, 1910

Monongahela Wharf, 1910

Smithfield Street Bridge, looking at Mount Washington, 1910

Sixth Street Bridge, 1910

Pittsburgh at night, 1910

Sixth Avenue and Cherry Way, 1908

Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Turtle Creek Valley, 1905

North Side Post Office (now the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh), 1905

Inside Luna Park, 1905

Luna Park entrance, 1905

Fort Pitt Block House, 1901

Point Bridge, 1900