Butler / Local Interest

Sutton Gasoline Company ~

Butler, PA Blog - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:42am
On  Kittanning Street 1960s
Photo: ?

America’s College Promise Plan

BC3 President's Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:10pm
The Spring 2015 semester is off to a great start. Students are hustling and bustling at all of our BC3 campuses. We had a great Board of Trustees meeting on January 21 and President Obama highlighted community colleges in his State of the Union Address on January 20. Since his speech, I have been asked […]

Bumps and Bruises

Mid Life Crunches - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:15pm
My bumps and bruises for 2015 are carry overs from 2014.  My car hit a deer in early November 2014, and I think it may have aggravated some previous conditions.  Yesterday was the first time I have done any resistance training since the deer accident.  My left wrist was noticeably sore on the pinky side of my hand immediately after I was finished with my work out.  I was using light weights and exercises for my back (lat pull downs, close grip pull downs).  I also did preacher curls with an EZ Bar and curl bench.  My right wrist was only slightly sore.  On my right wrist, my golfer's elbow (tendonitis) was aggravated by the car/deer accident.  Some other previous injuries include left biceps and left shoulder.  Happy New Year!

Step Inn ~

Butler, PA Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:15pm
Was located on Route 8 south at the turnoff to the airport. 

Stepp Inn ~

Butler, PA Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:15pm
Was located on Route 8 south at the turnoff to the airport. 
They served good meals.

Flooding on Pillow Street ~

Butler, PA Blog - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:00pm
1951Photo: Carl Acquaviva


Mid Life Crunches - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 7:32pm
Is it my imagination, or do all Pittsburgh area sports reporters use the word "obviously" way too much?  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is known for his excessive use of the word "obviously" during interviews, press conferences, etc.  "Obviously" has obviously infected the vocabulary of Pittsburgh sports reporters.  I listen to all the major Pittsburgh sports media, including 93.7 the fan, ESPN 970, and Trib Live Radio/Sportstalk.  It's not my imagination, obviously.

Serventi's Restaurant ~

Butler, PA Blog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:51pm
A favorite Butler restaurant since 1955. Thank you, Joe.Sad closing: April 2014

My Jar of Awesome!!!

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:07pm
Last year I saw this fun little project somewhere online and decided to try it! It's the Jar of Awesome! Anytime something awesome happens, you just write it down and stick it in the jar. It's just a fun way of recording the amazing things in life you don't want to forget! So anyway...it's now the end of the year (ok one more day but I couldn't wait any longer) and I got to open and read about my last year! So many fun things...so many blessings.

In no particular order:

~ I rode the Duquesne Incline all by myself. . . literally.
~ Hit 1,000 sales on Etsy
~ Saw a wild stingray
~ Went to Philly to see Haim with my cousin Sarah
~ Rode on a sail boat
~ Finished PiYo
~ Painted "Loves Like A Hurricane"
~ Rode in a hot air balloon
~ Moved back to Butler
~ Saw the Atari's
~ Became a Beachbody coach
~ Took a bike trip to collect remainder of smashed pennies from DC area
~ I Made It! Holiday Market
~ Travis got his new job
~ Rode bike from Emlenton to Oil City (73 miles)
~ Applefest 2014
~ Travis turned 40
~ Nephew Ezra was born
~ Audiofeed
~ Rode the Punxsutawney trail
~ Rode random 45 miles with Travis
~ Rode Annapolis to Baltimore trail
~ Made a tote bag with fusible interfacing
~ Dominican Republic 2014
~ Went to the National Zoo
~ Dustin and Holly got engaged
~ Rode bikes to the Navy Yard
~ Found a $50 bill at Relay for Life. Donated it back.
~ Paid off school loan #1
~ 16 mile Kayak trip
~ Travis played a show with the Misfits
~ Sold Unfortunate Reality
~ Bought our first growler
~ Did crow pose for the first time
~ Travis drove the biggest truck of his life
~ Ate Alligator
~ Did the Color Run
~ Lost 15 lbs
~ Dustin and Holly got married!

After going through these it reminded me of other things I wish I had put in. It's all good. It was the first year I did this, so sometimes it was hard to remember to do it. This year I'll be more deliberate with it. Also, I am going to put the dates on every slip of paper. SO FUN! You should definitely try it! It's such an amazing way to review your blessings at the end of the year.

2014 Goals in Review

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:38pm
I love this time of year! Reviewing the last year and looking forward to the next! Last year was different. I feel like I set my goals sort of low and I'm glad I did. Moving back to Pennsylvania and Dustin's wedding took up so much time. Those were two goals I didn't know I would be going to accomplish! :D

Here are my goals from last year and how it went!

1. Read 30 books.
Well, I ended up reading 22 books. That's still a crazy number for me. I would of met my goal If I didn't move back to Butler. Now that I have friends and family back, reading time is way more limited. I'm not going to complain at all!

2. Paint 12 new paintings.
I did 10. Not bad. Again, possibly could of accomplished this if I didn't spend the summer and fall doing other things. ;)

3. Start plans to illustrate book with Kevin.
Sure! Started some preliminary sketches and made a game plan for next year.

4. Do more urban sketching without being shy.
HAH!! I guess I did this.  I did a ton more sketching outside and even started the sketching group in Butler. I still feel shy, especially when by myself. I'm working on it!

5. Develop new product for my Etsy shop.
Tote bags. Check!

6. Ride bikes with Travis in three new places.
Yes, definitely did this. Rode a trail in Annapolis, Maryland then in Punxsutawney and from Emlenton to Oil City in PA. There might be more that I'm not remembering right now.

Yay! I'm pretty happy with the results. . .
What I'm even MORE excited about is my "Jar of Awesome" that I did this last year.
More on this tomorrow!

The Great West Window ~

Butler, PA Blog - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:19pm
The magnificent window above the sanctuary in St. Paul's church.

View of Butler ~

Butler, PA Blog - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 1:00am
Hometown, Butler.Thanks: Richard Sanders

Oesterling & Son ~

Butler, PA Blog - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:00pm
Thanks: Gayle Barnett Radwanski

Soap Box Derby ~

Butler, PA Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:52am

On East Jefferson Street
 ca. 1950Thanks: James Cooper

Top 10 List: Giving Thanks

BC3 President's Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:18pm
Greeting and happy end-of-the-semester! Can you believe we’re already heading into the winter break? Just coming off Thanksgiving, I certainly counted my blessings. The following is my Top 10 “Giving Thanks List.” Please share yours with me in the comments! #10 – An early morning walk with our pooch, Mika. Although she is slowing down […]

Walkway at BHS ~

Butler, PA Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 7:03am
Familiar site?Photo: Wayne Lee Brady

Incredible Bride and Groom First Dance

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:40pm
Check out this incredible Bride & Groom First Dance that took place at the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University this past Saturday. Stephanie and Ryan asked that we have all of the guests surround the dance floor just prior to introducing the bridal party into the ballroom. Then, once we formally introduced the bridal […]

Stephanie and Ryan’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:54am
On Saturday November 15, 2014 we were at the Robert M. Smith Student Center which is located inside Slippery Rock University. The Event was a wedding reception for Stephanie and Ryan. Stephanie and Ryan booked our Deluxe Entertainment Package which includes whole-room up-lighting. Stephanie and Ryan chose a purple color to be displayed during cocktails and […]
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