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New Year's news sparks memories on Memory Lane

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

Last week's journey to the past highlighted year-end headlines of years gone by.

That prompted a reader from Lynnwood to suggest a similar look at the start of new years along that familiar journey down Memory Lane.

Here's just a sampling of what was drawing the attention of area residents on this day in history:


Monday, Jan. 4, 1943

(Jan. 3 was a Sunday)

Prior to his departure for Washington, DC, Dr. Grant Furlong of Donora, newly elected congressmen from the 25th District, announced the appointment of a fellow townsman, Attorney Vincent A. Capano, as his secretary. Furlong, who won the U.S. House seat in the November general election, said Capano “... has many friends throughout the district and will be a valued ally in serving the people of our district.”

H&B Chevrolet Garage of Charleroi today completed negotiations for the sale of 28 new five-passenger Chevrolet sedans to the U.S. Army Ordnance Department. The local dealer was the successful bidder for the contract, and manager Harold Humphries said the cars are being prepared for shipment to the Columbus Motor Base in Ohio.

Acme Super Markets, touted for its “modern self service” convenience, offered these specials to shoppers: Asco Blend Coffee, 24 cents per pound; Acme Blend Coffee, 29 cents per pound; Gold Seal Rolled Oats, 14 ounce package, 17 cents; Bisquick, 40 ounce package, 31 cents.

Bob Petriello was named sports editor of The Brownsville Telegraph. He succeeds longtime scribe Lew Hayes, who moved to the city desk to handle straight news.

The Rens rolled to a 39-18 victory over Musical Society in the Belle Vernon Community Basketball League. The Lemon Brothers, Jerome and George, led the winners with 13 and eight points, respectively.


Saturday, Jan. 3, 1953

A fire at Weiss Packing Company along Turkey Hollow between Webster and Monessen yesterday destroyed 3,000 pounds of ham and 2,000 pounds of bacon. Fire officials said the meat was valued at $4,000 and indicated the blaze began in the company's smoke house.

Monessen Alderman John Harhai reminded city residents that he provides marriage licenses, learner's permits for aspiring drivers and dog licenses at his office at 1410 Schoonmaker Avenue. Additional information is available by calling 998.

Rostraver ran to a 76-54 win over Brownsville in exhibition scholastic basketball action at the RHS gym in Pricedale. Clarence Lemon had 20 points for coach George Brady's winners. Teammates Jerome Stitch and Chuck Quinn added 17 each, while Chuck Robinson looked best for the Brownies with 18. Elsewhere, Charleroi throttled Bellmar, 82-34, to run its record to 9-1. John Beatty paced the win with 21 points and had support from Stan Milchovich and Adam Vlanich, who tossed in 10 apiece. Gib Coursin led Bellmar with nine.


Thursday, Jan. 3, 1963

Postal rates will increase next week but area residents have been buying the new stamps for several weeks, area postmasters said. Belle Vernon Postmaster Leroy Bedsworth said his office has been selling the new five-cent stamps in single issues but has not received books of stamps yet. He said several businesses have ordered the new stamped envelopes.

New $30,000 automated safety signal devices went into operation today at the Stockdale crossing of Pennsylvania Railroad. The state Public Utility Commission directed installation of the signals after public hearings last March. Mayor William Powis, Solicitor Austin J. Murphy, borough council president Warren Pascoe and Police Chief Ralph Rozzi made an on-site inspection yesterday at the crossing, which carries heavy traffic from Route 88 to the town's main street.

Clover Farm markets are offering these specials for the weekend: chuck roast, 45 cents per pound; Heinz Ketchup, five 14-ounce bottles, $1; Ajax Cleanser, two giant cans, 45 cents; Jell-o Pudding, three family size boxes, 29 cents.

California Area High School bowed to Turtle Creek in an exhibition basketball game last night at California. Don Jones (17), Bill Watkins (14) and Tom Digon (11) hit double digits for coach Larry Papini's Trojans, who are now 3-5. Don Klingenmuhl of the winners (6-2) led all scorers with 27.

Fayette City Volunteer Fire Department re-elected Earl Opfar as president and Louis Moody as fire chief. Other line officers for the coming year are Charles Wilson, assistant chief; Robert Pivarnik, captain; William Ciavarra, first lieutenant, and Thomas Davis, second lieutenant. Ralph Gill will serve as secretary and Ciavanna as treasurer.


Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1973

Navy divers plunged into the ocean off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, this morning in search of the bodies of baseball star Roberto Clemente and four others aboard a mercy mission plane that crashed on New Year's Eve. The wreckage of the plane is still missing and one report that it had been found was denied by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Carroll Township Board of Supervisors last night re-elected Ernest Gross as chairman at its annual reorganization meeting. Henry Zermani will remain vice chairman and Henry Pennline continues as board secretary. Attorney Jack France was retained as township solicitor and Gross as police commissioner.

More than 400 people attended a jamboree of the Old Time Fiddlers Association at Strickler's Barn near Fayette City. George Lilley and Pauline Pinkey were leaders for an audience sing-along and were accompanied by pianists Leeola McGinnis and Arthur Bradee. Joe Yerlovich and his talking dog headlined a variety show that also featured champion fiddlers Pinkie Shoemaker, Lester and Sylvan Hare, Michael Hollenrich and Dave Dahl.

Belle Vernon Area stopped Charleroi Area, 54-31, and Ringgold hammered Brownsville, 102-67 in scholastic basketball. Top scorers were: BVA – Ron Haten, 18; Jeff Burkley, 12, and Barry Belczyk, 10; Charleroi – Jack Sharp, 13; Ken Sivek, 11; Ringgold -- Scott Nedrow, 16; Mike Brantley, 16; Ulice Payne, 14; Don Miller, 14; Joe Montana, 11, and Jim Crump, 10.


Monday, Jan. 3, 1983

David T. Perozzi was the winner of local competition in the 36th annual Voice of Democracy broadcasting script-writing scholarship contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary and national and state associations of broadcasters. VFW Post 3557 of Belle Vernon sponsored the contest for students at Belle Vernon Area High School. Lori Oliver was runnerup in the event and Renee Reday placed third.

Favorites of diners at Papa's Italian Restaurant in Fayette City include hot roast beef sandwich, $2.75, veal parmesan, $4.75, and stuffed filet of sole, $3.50. All specials come with soup or salad, roll and butter.

Jack “Sonny”Hanechak has been elected chairman of the Mon Valley Unemployed Steelworkers Food Bank, Monessen Plant. Others getting the nod for leadership roles were George Kutska, vice chairman; Ed Statsko, financial secretary; Dave Bellora, treasurer; Jean Cardinale, corresponding secretary; Tom Simon, Joe Rodgers and Marty Yonko, trustees; Jane Diaz, solicitation chairman, and Pat Haywood, distribution chairman.


Monday, Jan. 4, 1993

(Jan. 3 was a Sunday)

Three Mid-Mon Valley residents were named Queens for a Day in Monessen and Rostraver Township. The Monessen Chamber of Commerce sponsored Mary Rose Poorman and the Rostraver Township Business Association sponsored Frances Rendulic and Andrea Wilson. Chairpersons were Helen Estok and Kathryn Blehart of the RBA and Lori Moreschi, associate director of Monessen C of C.

The Belle Vernon Golden Agers were entertained by accordianist Woody Bianchi at the group's annual holiday party. Club members performed line dances, president Melvin Harden read a story about a dog, and Jessie Campbell recited a poem she learned from her mother 84 years ago. Group singing was led by Pete Carozzi, who was accompanied by pianist Elsie Gaffery.

The White Barn Supper Club on Route 88 in Dunlevy is touting such daily home-cooked specials as sizzling steaks and tantalizing chops. The popular restaurant's slogan is “We specialize in hungry people.”

Traci Marcolini scored 21 points as California Area High School's girls basketball team defeated a group of alumnae players, 49-40, to even their record at 2-2. Renee Scrip and Bobbi Joe Bernadowski each scored nine for the former Trojanettes.

Ron Paglia is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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