Valentine's Day goes to the heart of Yesteryear trip
Here's a timely reminder to those who tend to procrastinate: You still have time – albeit not much – to buy a Valentine's Day card, flowers or candy for the love of your life or make a last-minute attempt to make reservations for dinner.
With that thought in mind, let's take another familiar sentimental backward glance at newsmakers grabbing the attention of readers on this date in history.
70 YEARS AGO
Saturday, Feb. 13, 1943
(Feb. 14 was a Sunday)
Signs of spring were in the air as area residents reported sights and sounds to their favorite newspapers. Mrs. Herbert Pellicioni of Camp Meeting Road, Bentleyville, told The Charleroi Mail that despite the snow in the area she saw a robin feeding with sparrows and Sterlings near her chicken coops this morning. Her attention was drawn to the bird's song, she reported. Meanwhile, Mrs. James Herron of Roscoe Hill declared she saw a deer bounding through the fields there. “Over the fence and through the hollow it went,” she told the newspaper.
Indoors, veteran Charlie Hardoby led Monessen to a 40-30 win over Donora in a key scholastic basketball game. Hardoby, sidelined with a knee injury for several weeks, returned to action to score 14 points. Teammate Chuck Staycer added nine, while Bobby Snead and Arnold Galiffa looked best for Donora with 12 and eight points, respectively.
Clyde Knight and his orchestra are tuning up for a big Valentine's Day dance tomorrow night at the Italian Hall in Monessen. Admission will be 55 cents.
Sgt. Eugene F. Beistel of West Newton was awarded an Air Medal today by Lt. Gen. G.C. Kennedy at an undisclosed (for security reasons) site in the South Pacific. Beistel has participated in more than 25 operational missions with U.S. military forces.
60 YEARS AGO
Saturday, Feb. 14, 1953
Marshall Miller has been elected chairman of the Merchants Division of the Charleroi Chamber of Commerce.
Monongahela City Council adopted a resolution calling for the relocation of dangerous Route 88 on Cemetery Hill. Council will ask state Sen. William J. Lane and state Reps. C.O. Williams and A.V. Capano to introduce and support the action in the General Assembly.
A festive Baucchus Masquerade dance will be held tonight at the Dutch Club in Roscoe. Dancing from 9:30 to ? will feature the timely tunes of Benny Wineland and His Orchestra. A tasty meal of sauerkraut and wieners will be served.
Among the 42 area men called for induction into military service by officials of Selective Service Board No. 163 of Charleroi are these Donorans: John Raymond Rhodes, Lamon Ogletree Jr., Bernard Nicholas Pavelko, Jerome Joseph Petrus, John Louis, Robert Barling, Frank Raymond Cicconi, Manual John Campos, Raymond P. Castner.
Jim Kennedy and Dick Majernick each scored 19 points to lead California State Teachers College to a 75-73 victory last night at Herron Hall in California.
50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 14, 1963
Construction of roads, sewers and other facilities at the new industrial park of the Greater Charleroi Industrial Development Corp. will be under way within three months, ICC directors were told last night. Engineer Vance Dei Cas, chairman of the site committee, said plans for the improvements should be in position to seek bids by the time construction weather arrives.
The Monessen Chamber of Commerce endorsed Donora's efforts to secure a new bridge across the Monongahela River and will submit its formal resolution to the state Highway Department. Chamber president Ray Galey said “unified action will improve” the Valley's chances of acquiring the bridge.
Front-running Lignelli's opened a two-game lead in the Donora City Basketball League by shading second place Elks, 72-68, at the Donora High School gym. Bill Bandalo paced the winners with 20 points but game honors went to Bill Johnson of the Elks, who pumped in 23.
The Smithton Volunteer Fire Department will kick off its Events for Emergencies fund drive next weekend. Randy's Royals will perform and the firemen's Auxiliary will hold a pie sale on Feb. 22 at the Marrow Building. On Feb. 23 disc jockey Joe “Monk” Markolich will spin the hits at a dance at the Odd Fellows Hall.
California Borough Council shelved inclusion of a proposed occupation tax in the $163,650 operating budget for this year. Elimination of the levy will amount to a one-mill tax cut for the average family in California. The property tax will remain at 15 mills.
40 YEARS AGO
Feb. 14, 1973
Janet Fenchak will reign as Miss Calico Girl during the Rostraver Township Bicentennial celebration later this year. Miss Fenchak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fenchak Jr. of Belle Vernon R.D. 2, was elected in a contest sponsored by the Bicentennial Committee at the Belle Vernon Area High School auditorium. Barbara Holesopple was first runnerup. Other members of the Bicentennial Court will be Marcy Rankin and Cindy Mimidis.
North Belle Vernon Borough Council opened bids for curbing and sidewalks on Fayette Street damaged by mine subsidence and resurfacing of Green Street between Arch Street and Blind Lane. The five bids were tabled for further study and recommendations by McDonald Associates, the borough's engineers.
Bernadette Marie Galamb of North Charleroi, a senior at Charleroi Area High School, is the new Miss Polka Sweetheart. She was crowned by the 1972 queen, Lorraine Lincoski of Daisytown, during festivities at the Belle Vernon American Legion.
Charleroi Area High's wrestlers defeated Belle Vernon Area at the winner's gym behind pins by Bill Marks, who is now 14-1-0 on the season, Ted DiNardo, Bill Willson, Daryl Zupan and Mark Sims. In the heavyweight division feature, Bill Calcek of Charleroi decisioned Henry Crosser, 2-1. Meanwhile, Steve Johnson remained undefeated (13-0-1) by pinning Mike Klett at 1:38 of the first period in the 126-pound class.
30 YEARS AGO
Monday, Feb. 14, 1983
Brothers Jimmy (10) and Joe (8) Costa of Place Plan in Donora built a huge snowman in their front yard. The snowman was more than 7½ tall and appeared as area residents welcomed a break in the winter weather with a forecast of temperatures in the 30s today and the 40s tomorrow.
Belle Vernon Rotary Club will hold its annual Pancake and Sausage Festival tomorrow from noon to 7 p.m. in the social hall at St. Sebasian Roman Catholic Church. The all-you-can-eat event will carry a $2.50 admission for everyone.
Monongahela Chamber of Commerce has elected the following new directors for the coming year: Carolyn Griffith of Crall's Flower Shop, John L. Juneau, publisher of The Daily Herald, and Kenneth Lusk, owner of Pulaski's New Store.
The Donora Rams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pittsburgh Spirit Indoor Soccer Tournament at the Civic Arena by defeating Peters Township, 1-0, in an overtime shootout. Donora goalie Jim Vavra stopped a shot by Bob Sales of Peters, and Mark Rongaus clinched the victory for the Rams by scoring on his attempt.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, Feb. 14, 1993
Pechin's Shopping Village of Dunbar announced today that is has purchased the former Denbo Marina and roughly 100 acres of adjacent property in Centerville Borough. President Sullivan D'Amico said Pechin's plans to operate the marina, build a restaurant and some summer housing along the riverfront area, and open a business that sells recreational equipment such as jet skies.
Sophomore Vince Graham of Belle Vernon Area set a new school single season scoring record as he ripped the nets for 34 points in a 60-49 win over Derry Area last night. Graham broke the previous mark of 568 shared by Tom Parks and Ken Simiril as he raised his 1992-93 campaign total to 590. He now has 963 points in two years of varsity play.
10 YEARS AGO
Feb. 14, 2003
Duritza's supermarket in North Belle Vernon is offering double coupons of up to 49 cents and these items among its specials: Beef cub steak, $2.69 a pound, Gran Russa Kluski noodles, 12-ounce package for 99 cents, yams, 79 cents a pound, Eggo frozen waffles, three packages for $5.
Among the Valley Favorites chosen in an “unscientific poll” by The Valley Independent and featured in a promotional advertisement are Grilli's Studio of New Eagle, Photography, and Rego's of Charleroi, Italian Restaurant.
The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for its second annual dinner March 13 at the Natali Student Center on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. Presentation of achievement awards will highlight the event and will be followed by entertainment with zany and unpredictable Pittsburgh comedian Buzz Nutley.
Ron Paglia is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.