25 Years Ago – April 1981
Anthony Karpus, 67, of 401 Second Street, has died.
Mr. Karpus was secretary of Brownsville Borough for
approximately fifteen years and a former member and past president
of borough council. He
was also president of the Municipal Authority in Brownsville and
past president of the Tri-County Boroughs Association.
reporter Jeffery Couch, upon learning of Mr. Karpus’ death,
editorialized, “A borough council is only as good as its
secretary. At council
meetings, when a borough councilman expressed dissatisfaction with
certain procedures or the way certain things were being handled, one
word to Tony and the item seemed to be corrected. He always
kept his cool and corrected whatever was wrong, no matter which
councilman suggested it.
was grandfatherly, an apple-pie American, a simple philosopher in a
simple way, an honest, good-hearted individual.
He was everything you or I want to be.”
The governor of Pennsylvania is coming to town!
Governor Dick Thornburgh will visit Hiller fire hall today to
deliver a $35,000 check to firemen, after which he will end the day
with a Republican fund-raising cocktail reception in Uniontown.
check represents a loan from the State Department of Community
Affairs for the purchase of a new Grumman Firecat pumper.
The loan will be repayable at two percent interest.
The governor will remain at the fire hall for about half an
hour for a coffee-and-doughnuts reception.
A dream will soon come true for residents in the Coal Hill section
of Brownsville Township. It
has been announced by the township supervisors that fire hydrants
will be installed in that neighborhood.
been waiting fifty years for them,” one resident told the
don’t know of anything more important.”
supervisors said the existing four-inch water line along Center
Street will be replaced by an eight-inch line to facilitate hydrant
installation. It will
cost the Brownsville Water Company $6,000 to carry out the project.
Brownsville Township will pay $300 for each of the hydrants.
The Brownsville Area High School baseball team now sports a fine 9-1
record. The Falcons
lost their first contest of the year in splitting an exhibition
doubleheader with Fairmont (W. Va.) High School.
Coach Al Komacek’s squad was edged 12-10 in the opener, but
bounced back to defeat Coach Dan Kupets’ Fairmont squad, 4-1, in
the second game. The
big hitters for Brownsville were Ed Bosak, Mickey Harvey, Bob
Cramer, Gary Eperjesi, Doug Dascenzo, and Tony Libertini.
Charleroi, the California Trojans split a twin bill with the
Cougars, winning 11-5 before dropping the nightcap, 6-4.
Jeff Bodnar led the offense in the Trojan victory, supporting
the six-hit pitching of Ricky Wright and Steve Tatar.
Curt Pilgreen turned in a fine performance to lead Coach Joe
Borsody’s Redstone Middle School track team to an easy 90-37
triumph over Elizabeth Junior High School.
Pilgreen won the 100-yard dash, 200-meter dash, and 400-meter
dash. Other first-place
winners for the Little Falcons were Maurice Stokes (hurdles), Dave
Smithburger (1600-meter), Juan Moore (high jump and pole vault),
Rick Sabatini (discus), and Chad Cicconi (triple jump).
Redstone also won the 1600-meter relay (Bob Bevard, Mike
Isaac, Matt Peton, and Jeff Christner).
Ago – April 1961
The Senior Class of Redstone High School will present a three-act
comedy, “Stardust,” in the high school auditorium later this
month. Participating in
the play will be Janet Sieradzski, Bill Greene, Mary Ellen Rohaley,
John Zellie, Phyllis Feelo, Raymond Grant, Carolyn Zulkosky, Becky
Baker, Elizabeth Dayton, JoAnn DeCarlo, Albert Smith, Alberta
Norman, Thomas Darney, Frances Bator, Betty Bellan, Catherine Show,
Paul Keteles, and Tom Hromada.
The directors are Miss Margaret Haines and Miss Aileen Burns.
Ficks Enterprises, currently operating Ficks Lanes on Route 40, has
broken ground for a new 36-alley establishment on Route 51 near
Sweeney’s. The new
place will be called “Murray’s 51 Lanes” and will be operated
by Murray Friedlander of Donora, son-in-law of I. J. Ficks, who
heads Ficks Enterprises.
Coach Jack Henck’s Brashear Brownies won their 44th
straight meet in dual and triangular competition last week by
walloping German Township High School.
The victory extended a winning streak that began in
1955. Starring on this
year’s squad are Ron Matteucci, Willibe Brooks, Joe Backos, Fred
Ulery, Fred Morris, Marty Nagg, Nate Walker, Tom Kostelnik, John
Sullivan, Jimmy Upperman, Paul Cseko, Richard Smith, Bill Sabo, and
Looking for a new car? Drop
by Curcio Motor Sales, National Pike East, Brownsville, where you
can take a look at the 1961 Mercury Comet ($1,998 sticker price) and
the 1961 Mercury Meteor 600 2-door sedan ($2,417).
Ago – April 1946
Thieves entered the Plaza Theater early Sunday morning and departed
with cash amounting to between $2,000 and $2,500, which was removed
from a safe in the third floor office of the establishment.
Discovery of the break-in was made at 10 a.m. Sunday by Tommy
Florence, a messenger for the theater.
Plaza is owned by Mrs. George W. Moody, Charleroi, and Mr. C. W.
Dickinson, West Alexander. The
pair owns a chain of theaters in the Monongahela valley, including
theaters in Charleroi, Nemacolin, Fredericktown, and Vestaburg.
In addition to the Plaza Theater, the Strand and the Bison
theaters in Brownsville are also operated by Mrs. Moody and Mr.
Dickinson. The money in
the safe was the Saturday receipts from the three Brownsville
Jimmy Eadie, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Eadie of
Brownsville, is resuming his boxing career where he left off four
years ago. Eadie has
returned from the U. S. Marine Corps and will be ready to enter the
ring in about six weeks under the fighting colors of the Jack Perry
entering the Marines, Eadie engaged in 52 fights, winning 39 of
them. He started his
ring career at the age of 16 and continued until 19, when he entered
the Marine Corps in 1942. He
started out as a 118-pounder and is now a full-fledged welterweight.
to entering the service, Eadie was a stablemate of Carl Jones,
Marion Klingensmith, Jackie Burke, Mike Koballa, Johhny Komlo, Tommy
Havanis, Babe Krause, Keith Ward, Marcus Lockman (Kid Chicken), and
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