Ago – May 1980
Several months of fighting for an earlier graduation date may have
been in vain for senior students at California Area High School.
A teachers’ strike this past fall pushed the last day of
school to June 27. Earlier
this year the school board decided to allow seniors to graduate on
June 20, although the last school day for the district’s
non-senior students would remain June 27.
past week, the Commonwealth Court ruled in a case involving Mount
Union Area School District, which also had a teachers’ strike,
that 180 school days is required “notwithstanding interruption of
adopted schedules by strikes or other causes.”
It remains to be seen whether the ruling in that case will
mean that California Area School District must graduate its seniors
on June 27.
Gold and silver are bringing big money to those who turn in their
precious metal items for cash.
A firm will be buying silver and gold coins and other items
this week at the California borough building, next to the Hollywood
Theater. A silver
dollar (1935 or earlier) will bring the seller $13; a quarter (1964
or earlier) is worth $2.75; a half dollar (1964 or earlier) will
yield $5.50 to its owner. Gold
thimbles, broaches, chains, watch cases, bracelets, rings, and
spoons are also being purchased for premium prices, which are
guaranteed not to fluctuate.
Brownsville Area rolled to an easy 109-36 triumph over Waynesburg in
a dual track meet. Coach
Jack Henck’s Falcons were led by Jim Watkins, Jeff Gibson, and
Larry Landman, each of whom captured double victories.
Watkins won the high hurdles and intermediate hurdles,
Landman captured the discus and shot put events, and Gibson blazed
to victory in the mile and 880-yard runs.
first place finishers were Jim Vasiloff (100-yard dash), Gregg
Downer (440-yard run), Carl Pace (220-yard run), Carl Blakey (2-mile
run), Dave Golembiewski (long jump), Chuck Smith (high jump), and
Greg Duke (javelin). The
mile relay team of Kevin Kelly, Keith Hewitt, Mike Brown, and Downer
was victorious, as was the 440-relay team of Vasiloff, Larry
Sabatini, Pace, and Watkins.
45 Years Ago – May 1960
The State Theater in Uniontown has closed.
Movie operations were suspended following the conclusion of
last Saturday’s performance.
The theater is owned and operated by Manos Enterprises, Inc.
Ted Manos, an official of the firm, said that the five per
cent amusement tax on theater admission is one of the major reasons
for the closure. He
said the theater has been operating at a loss.
Brownsville General Hospital today, as in past years, has probably
the highest occupancy rate of any hospital in the state.
Occupancy at the local hospital, located at the corner of
Fifth Avenue and Church Street, is at about 99.5% of capacity, a
slight increase over last year when occupancy was at 99.3%.
state recommendation is that only 80% of a hospital be occupied by
patients so that the remaining 20% is available in the event of an
emergency. However, the
local hospital has to make use of practically every bed daily to
meet the medical needs of district residents.
Clark P. Brown, administrator of the Brownsville hospital,
revealed that approximately 20 to 25 patients are waiting daily to
be admitted for surgery or treatment.
J. Brent Burkey, 13, eighth grade student at Brashear Junior High
School, has won the annual oratorical contest held by the
Brownsville Optimist Club at the Barr House dining room.
Second place finisher was Wilbur T. McIntosh, 16, a sophomore
at the high school. Placing
third was Paul Coleman, 13, an eighth grade student.
for the contest were Frank T. James, pastor of South Brownsville
Methodist Church; Alonzo Y. Cozard, executive secretary of the
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce; and Attorney John A. Matta.
Brownsville has lost a total of 1,647 people since 1950, according
to the 1960 census. In
1950, the borough’s population was 7,643.
Today it is 5,996.
In high school baseball, Alan Sepsi allowed seven hits as Brashear
downed Redstone, 10-2, on the Republic diamond.
Mike Matty, Harold Fulmer, and Sepsi each collected two hits
for Coach Charley Slick’s Brownies.
Jack Marbury and Freddie Mazurek led the hitting for
California, Coach Larry Papini’s Trojans suffered a stunning 13-4
setback as Monongahela knocked California out of a first place tie
with Donora in the Section 16 race.
Bucky Weaver continued his heavy hitting for California in a
* President Truman has announced the unconditional surrender of all German forces in Italy as of May 2, 1945. Meanwhile, Nazi radio at Hamburg, Germany, has announced that Adolph Hitler is dead, but the Allied world remains skeptical due to the German broadcast’s noted past unreliability.
* Displaying the same form that they have in their past games, the Brownsville Brownies remained in a deadlock for the Section 7 leadership by trouncing the California Cubs, 15-0, at the Woodward Plan stadium. Paul Simon again showed his effectiveness on the mound by allowing the Cubs only 5 hits while striking out 14 California batters. Freshman “Red” Simpson led the batting attack for Coach Earl Bruce’s nine with a two-run single and a three-run homer. Johnny Bohna also showed life at the plate with two bases-loaded singles.
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