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Another short trip to Yesteryear land

| Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

At the request of another "not so old" reader in Donora, the Time Machine is turned back only 20 years today as we revisit the week of October 23, 1988.

Thanks to the excellent website, here is just some of the mixed bag of material featured in The Valley Independent at that point in time.

- With five directors on record as being in favor of a new elementary center, the big decision left for the Charleroi Area School Board was where to build the facility - at the complex near the high school or on the grounds of the former Fallowfield Elementary School. According to studies by the district's architect, the cost to build at the Fallowfield site would exceed costs at the high school complex by $273,000. The board was expected to make a formal decision on the project at a special meeting Nov, 7.

- Tricia Sirianni, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mario Sirianni, of Donora, was crowned Homecoming Queen at Monongahela Valley Catholic High School during halftime ceremonies of the MVC-West Green football game. Dawn Ghilani, last year's queen, crowned Miss Sirianni during the program, which was moved indoors due to inclement weather. Members of the Homecoming Court were Gina Bove, Jennifer Olenik and Megan Perchinsky. In addition to Miss Ghilani, other former Homecoming Queens participating in the festivities were Francine Gilli Zajac, Lori Zuccarini Sassos, Slusie Jonas Purcell, Michele Raitano and Tammy Todd.

- Gov. Robert P. Casey and Democrats in the Legislature were still at odds as the lawmakers considered a move to override the governor's veto of a bill that would legalize small games of chance in Pennsylvania. In his veto message, Casey said the gambling bill was "too broadly written" and that the games "would be difficult to regulate." The proposal would permit charitable organizations and clubs to operate punchboards, strip tickets, raffles and other small wagering games, providing local voters approve in referendums.

- Monessen City Council adopted a resolution officially approving intentions by Enviro-Gro Technologies to construct a regional sludge management facility in the city. The Baltimore-based firm was in negotiations with state and local officials for construction of the plant on an eight-acre tract of riverfront property adjacent to the former Page Plant.

- Brownsville General Hospital received certification from the state Department of Health to use 21 beds for a skilled nursing facility (SNF). The hospital previously used the proposed SNF wing for 123 long-term patients. Construction of the skilled nursing facility was scheduled to begin by the middle of November and be completed by July 1, 1989. Hospital officials said BGH had already made structural changes worth $5.1 million, including $3.1 million for overall improvements and $2 million for equipment.

On the area sports front:

- Ringgold High School's boys soccer team tuned up for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs by defeating Trinity, 1-0, in the final game of the regular season. Charlie Wasson scored for the Rams, who ran their section record to 11-1-0 and knocked Trinity out of the playoff picture. Ringgold's first-round opponent in the WPIAL tournament would be Chartiers-Valley. Ringgold's girls and Charleroi Area's boys also were headed for the playoffs. Coach Jim Rue's RHS girls were not expected to be at full strength for their first-round test against Avonworth because Julianne Rue, the team's top scorer with 18 goals, was sidelined with a knee injury.

- Jason Whited, of Belle Vernon Area, was The Valley Independent's Player of the Week after a stellar performance in the Leopards' 40-0 romp over Uniontown. The 5-11, 170-pound senior rushed for 115 yards and scored two touchdowns in pacing a BVA offensive attack that included 341 rushing yards.

- Tenpin bowlers were busy as ever at Brunswick 51 Lanes in Rostraver. Among the top individual efforts at the Route 51 site were these in the Girls Commercial League: Sherryl Lennert, 171-468; Julia Thompson, 163-467; Beverly Totedo, 171-458; Kathy Sabatini, 167-458; Carin Alvarez, 178-454, and Marcia Stablein, 181-450.

Showcased in the advertising columns were:

- An Oldies Dance at the Valley Inn Firemen's Social Hall. The BYOB affair with a $5 per person admission featured disc jockey Jack Silvis behind the turntables.

- Campa's restaurant in Donora offered "All You Can Eat" spaghetti dinners from noon to 10 p.m. The special included meatballs, salad, bread and butter. Campa's also offered fresh baked bread daily.

- Eisenberg's in Monessen and Charleroi was in the midst of Fur Week with savings of up to 50 percent on "every full length or jacket length in stock." The sale offered such selections as minks, blue fox, golden island fox and beaver.

- Boston Ferns were the Plant of the Month at McShane Florist and Greenhouse on Route 201 in Rostraver Township. The plants were offered for "only $5 ... cash and carry."

- Future Shape exercise and tanning salon at 226 McKean Ave., Charleroi, was preparing for its first anniversary celebration. Free session, refreshments and prizes were to be offered. The firm's slogan was, "The Proof our Success is Inch Loss."

- Keystone Bakery in Monessen, Monongahela, Charleroi and Belle Vernon was "brewing up" a bevy of Halloween treats. The tasty items included, but were not limited to, Hungarian sour cream dainties, 4 for $1.09; cream filled or cream fudge donuts, 4 for 99 cents, and banana cake roll, $2.70.

Anyone else hungry?

(If you have memories to share or a story idea, contact Ron Paglia at ronpaglia@verizon.net or c/o The Valley Independent, Eastgate 19, Monessen, PA 15062.)

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