Monaca inducts 3 into Community Hall of Fame
The Monaca Community Hall of Fame recently inducted three borough natives to honor them for their constributions to society.
Frank M. Batchelor, who died in 1968 at 86; Dean Buffalini, 47, who is known as country musician Dusty Drake; and Robert Henry, 74, were inducted at the Oct. 21 banquet at the Monaca Turners club.
About 220 people attended the 28th annual banquet, said Marlene McClain, vice president of the Hall of Fame committee.
“Anyone who has lived in Monaca for five years is eligible, but these people have done very noteworthy things, accomplishments, not necessarily in Monaca, but for society in general,” said McClain, a 1986 inductee.
Batchelor, who was elected to Monaca council in 1921, serving as president from 1924 to 1934, was instrumental in annexing the Monaca Heights neighborhood, which used to be in Moon.
Buffalini, who lives in Nashville, is a country music singer and songwriter whose 2009 song, “The 12th Man,” reached No. 58 on the Billboard country music chart.
Henry, honorably discharged from the Marine Corps as a sergeant E-4 in 1959, helped organize the Monaca Alumni Scholarship and Awards Fund in 2000.
The fund has raised more than $65,000 in college scholarships for high school graduates.
During the banquet, Josh Nadzam, 24, a 2011 University of Kentucky graduate who is pursuing a master's degree in social work at the university, was honored with the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award for his volunteer work with several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Firm raises $4,225 to aid Leukemia & Lymphoma walks
The Catanese Group raised $4,225 for its annual officewide fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walks in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, the firm said.
In October, the Johnstown-based accounting firm, which has an office Downtown, donated the money to the 13th annual Johnstown walk, and accounting services for the 14th annual Pittsburgh walk.
During the past seven years, Catanese employees have donated more than $40,000 and volunteered for the walks, which fund research and support for people battling blood cancers, according to the White Plains, N.Y.-based society.
About 5,000 people participated in the 1.9-mile walk at Heinz Field on the North Side on Oct. 4, raising about $725,000, said Maureen Durkin, senior campaign director.
In Johnstown, about 1,000 people walked 1.5 miles at the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Oct. 6, raising about $110,000, said Richele Ward, senior campaign director.
Donations are still being received from the two events, officials said.
By the end of November, 179 walks will have been held in the United States and Canada this year, society spokeswoman Andrea Greif said.