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More headlines from The Daily Republican

| Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009

Recent references to The Daily Republican, an excellent community newspaper in this Mid-Mon Valley for many years before ceasing publication, sparked inquiries from many readers.

They recalled that we indicated that some folks in Monongahela had sent several copies of paper and asked about other stories in those publications.

So let's take another look at some of what was drawing the attention of readers of the Monongahela-based paper 40 years ago.


JULY 8, 1969

- A United Press International story from Saigon reported that the first of 25,000 U.S. soldiers being withdrawn from Vietnam left for home today and Allied military officials predicted a new wave of Communist attacks in the coming weeks. The officials said the battle lull was "designed by the Communists to rest their men and to give the impression that they were de-escalating the war in response to the withdrawal of some American troops."

- Bill McCune, Monongahela Ford dealer, received the Distinguished Achievement Award made annually by the Ford Division of Ford Motor Co. for superior merchandising, service and dealership management. Making the presentation was W.L. Carlin, Pittsburgh Ford District sales manager. This is the second consecutive year that McCune has won the award.

- The last of 22 new beds, part of a shipment that included two new dressers and other miscellaneous medical equipment, arrived at Monongahela Memorial Hospital. The purchase was made possible through an $8,500 donation for that purpose by the hospital's Women's Auxiliary. Through the organization's annual spring gift, the hospital this year was able to purchase 10 partial high-low beds at $366 each; 10 manual high-low beds at $265 each; two all-electrical beds at $424 each; two dressers at $105 each, and other items of miscellaneous equipment.

- Carroll Township Little League All-Stars were named for the opening round of the tournament on July 16 against Monongahela. Managers Arthur Parquette, of Carroll Lions, and John K. Reconnu, of Lock Four, guided a team that comprised Paul Keznor, Jeffery Lynn, James Nard and Michael Toth, of Keznor's Plumbing and Heating; Charles DeHainut, Craig Hladik, Tom Grandy and Tim Matthews, of Lock Four; Doug Bartoe and Mark Shultz, of Stauffer Chemical; Bill Brounce and James Gilchrist, of Carroll Lions and Michael Lazzari and Dave Osleger, of Lee-Norse.


AUGUST 5, 1969

- Young men of the Monongahela Valley voted to organize an area Jaycee chapter. At a special meeting in Monessen, it was decided to complete organizational plans for the new group immediately and start arrangements for affiliation with state and national Jaycees. Elected as temporary officers were: Sal Panepinto of Monesssen, president; Maurice L. Rice of Monessen, vice president; Carrol G. Mace of Donora, secretary; the Rev. William J. Pugliese of Monessen, treasurer. Communities represented at the meeting were Monessen, Belle Vernon, Donora, Monongahela and Carroll Township.

- Winners of the fiddlers contest held last night in conjunction with the Forward Township Volunteer Firemen's annual fair were Mike Hollorich of South Park and "Pinky" Shoemaker of Elizabeth R.D. 3. They tied for first place and donated their prize money to the firefighters.

- St. Macrina Byzantine Catholic Church in Monongahela sold barbequed chicken and baked goods at the Western Pennsylvania National Bank plaza in Monongahela during Sidewalk Days Sale sponsored by the Merchants Division of Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. Showcased in a photo on Page 7 were Mrs. Ruth Fusco, John Sukla, Gary Sosanko, John Sosanko, Frank Legeza and the Rev. Ivan Dornic, church pastor, Judy Tegi, Diane Tegi and Mrs. Eva Gaidos.


- Attorney Paul A. Simmons of Monongahela has been appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Redevelopment Authority. He fills a vacancy created by the departure of Melvin B. Bassi, whose term expired.

- "Doing It Yourself" was the theme of a program at Girll Scout Camp Monofiga located on the Gastonville-Elrama Road. Mono was for Monongahela, Fi for Finleyville and Ga for Gastonville.) Also included in the Monongahela Area Girl Scout Neighborhood were New Eagle and Elrama. Betty Jones was the camp director. Featured in pictures in the newspaper were Lori Ann Passarello, counselor Lois Williams, Judy Lomago, Oleda Hough, Patti Mertz, Joyce Pinchalk, Christian Nasal, Mary Beth Lindberg, Linda Randolph, Bobbette Jamison and Janet Jones.

- Monongahela Pony All-Stars were named to host the divisional playoffs for a chance to advance to the International World Series in Washington, PA. Harry Sickels was the team's manager and Melvin B. Bassi was the tournament directors. Monongahela team members were Mike Mahovich, Dean Blangger, Chester Young, Bill Doyle, Bob Smith, Jim Jeffers, Keith Potts, Ulice Payne, Rodger Metcalf, Scott Nedrow, Mike Hiscar, Vinnie Tesznar, Bob Price, Bob Pieczarko, Bernie Payne, Keith Bassi, Larry Sevich.

- An advertisement called attention to the "Big Dance"for teenagers every Sunday night with Jim Quinn of KQV at the Lock 4 Fire Hall in North Charleroi. The ad also emphasized an added attraction this week with The Vandells vs Bobby Tucker and the Invincibles in the Battle of the Bands. Dancing ran from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

We'll take a look at even more news from The Daily Republican in future offerings.

(If you have memories to share or story ideas, contact Ron Paglia at or c/o The Valley Independent, Eastgate 19, Monessen, PA 15063.)

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