WPXI Story About Monongahela African American Soldiers Who Served In The Civil War

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Capt. William Catlin

Several folks asked how can view the story WPXI produced about the Ravioli sale sponsored by the Monongahela Main Street Program and Bethel AME church. Proceeds will pay for a historical marker to honor African American soldiers from Monongahela who fought for the United States in the civil war. What makes story unique is that this may be the first time in US history that African American soldiers went into battle under African American officers. Click here to read the story watch the video.

Regarding Snow Removal On Main Street Sidewalks

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Sidewalk at 222 West Main St., Monongahela PA remains uncleared as of Monday afternoon while a man in a suit and tie works on an icy spot at another property up the street. (click image to enlarge)

The Monongahela street department did a great job clearing the streets during snowstorm Jonas this past Friday night and Saturday morning. Property owners also Continue reading

Stocking Stuffer Tour Of Main Street Monongahela

Thought you would be interested in this PowerPoint based video – “A Stocking Stuffer Tour of Monongahela’s Main St. Business District.” It gives an idea of what some of the stores along main street sell with the goal to encourage more people to shop locally. Most of the presentation is the work of Terry Necciai. The music is my fault and I contributed the photo at the end. Enjoy!

Monongahela Chess Park Greeting Cards Now Available

Chess Park greeting cards are now available!

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Each card is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ with a winter scene of Chess Park in Monongahela Pennsylvania on the front. The reverse includes a short history of Chess Park and the two churches in the background. The interior of the card is blank so it can serve year round as a thank you card, a sympathy card, a Christmas card or a general note card that you can use to show your pride in our home town.

Each package of 10 cards and envelopes costs $10 and comes attractively packaged in a clear plastic box with a decorative gold cord making it ready to go as the perfect stocking stuffer or gift! Cards are now on sale at:

Autumn Antiquities And Curiosities – 234 West Main Street, Monongahela PA. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays  and Fridays 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone 724-292-8222. Both cash and credit cards accepted.

Little City Coffee – 418 West Main Street, Monongahela PA. Phone 724-258-6285. Open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to  7:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed Sunday. Both cash and credit cards accepted.

**UPDATE 12/17/2015**

Chess Park cards are now available at Joe Fida’s Auto Plate service!

We can also ship the cards to you via mail. Shipping cost is a flat $3.50 no matter how many cards you order. For more information about having your order shipped just send an email to Dan at lostmonongahela@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number and the number of boxes you want.

All proceeds go to the Monongahela Main Street Program which is being formed to revitalize main street Monongahela through historic preservation.

Town Meeting To Be Held Monongahela Fire Hall Tuesday October 20th, 2015

The next meeting of the Monongahela Main Street Program Organizing Task Force will be an open “town meeting” at Monongahela Fire Hall at 7:30PM, Tuesday October 20th, 2015. Bill Fontana, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, will make a presentation to explain how the Downtown Center and Main Street Program work in Pennsylvania. We are hoping for good representation of groups like the City government, property owners, businesses, Chamber of Commerce members, M.A.R.C. (Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation), Historical Society, churches, fire department members, all kinds of civic groups, other interested citizens, media, etc.

Click here to read the latest edition of the task force newsletter and learn more about recent events.

Just what does a National Main Street Center (NMSC) Main Street Program look like? A great example is Cape Girardeau, MO – a 2015 Great American Main Street Award winner:

Hope to see you at the meeting!

This Day In 1886: Ginger Hill Butter Theft

“Thieves entered the spring house of John Hamilton at Ginger Ginger_hill_butter_theftHill, on Thursday evening and took the week’s make of butter and also milk buckets to carry it in. The marks of nippers were plainly visible on the door staple. The same party had visited Joseph Gamble’s spring house, and forced the door, but Mrs. Gamble had removed the butter to the house ceilar [?] that evening, ready for market, and as it was “butter they wanted” nothing else was disturbed.”

Roundtable Discussion Will Focus on Neighborhood Revitalization, Blight In Monongahela

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A very important (open to the public) meeting about neighborhood revitalization and blight in Monongahela will be held 7 p.m Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Carroll Township Fire Hall. The following information was copied from Sen. Scott Wagner’s website:

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee

Bus Tour & Roundtable on Neighborhood Blight & Revitalization

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The bus tour will meet in the parking lot of the Social Center of the Carrol Township Building (130 Baird Street, Monongahela, PA 15063) at 2:00pm. The bus will then take the group to Donora to visit multiple sites and will be followed by dinner at Lucchesi’s Restaurant (372 Donner Ave, Monessen, PA 15062) at 4:00pm. After dinner, the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will hold a roundtable discussion at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers of theCarrol Township Building (130 Baird Street, Monongahela, PA 15063) to discuss Neighborhood Blight & Revitalization. The following local officials and organizations invited to join the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee are:

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives (46th Senatorial District Delegation)

  • Representative Jim Christiana
  • Representative Brandon Neuman
  • Representative Peter Daley III
  • Representative Jason Ortitay
  • Representative Robert Matzie
  • Representative Rick Saccone
  • Representative Pam Snyder

The Washington County Commissioners v The Mon Valley Mayors Association

  • Commissioner Lawrence O. Maggi
  • Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan
  • Commissioner Harlan G. Shober Jr.
  • Mayor Lou Mavrakis of Monessen
  • Mayor Bob Kepics of Monongahela
  • Mayor Don Pavelko of Donora
  • Mayor Dwan B. Walker of Aliquippa

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania v Mon Valley Progress Council

  • Cindy Daley, Policy Director
  • Joe Kirk, Executive Director

Washington County Redevelopment Authority

  • Bill McGowen, Executive Director

Here is some more information from Camera Bartolotta’s website:

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will host a roundtable discussion on blight and neighborhood revitalization in Monongahela on August 11, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

The roundtable discussion will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Carroll Township Municipal Building at 130 Baird Street. Local elected officials, housing and redevelopment officials and statewide housing organizations have been invited to participate.

“Abandoned and blighted properties create a serious eyesore and can reduce property values for neighboring homeowners and businesses,” Bartolotta said. “This discussion allows policymakers and housing experts to explore all of the options currently available to local communities and determine what additional steps are necessary to return blighted properties to productive use.”

The conversation will focus on state and local efforts to prevent blight and remediate properties that have fallen into a state of disrepair. The roundtable discussion is a public event, and community residents are invited and encouraged to attend.
CONTACT: Colleen Greer (717) 787-1463

Here is the story relating to this on the WESA 90.5 FM website.

There is no coverage that I could find on the Tribune Review (Valley Independent) nor the Observer Reporter websites so it is very important to tell your friends and neighbors about the meeting if you are concerned about blight in the Mid-Mon Valley. Please also consider spreading the news via Facebook and other social media.

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Check back here on Wednesday for coverage of this meeting along with an update about local Monongahela residents who are trying start a program designed by the National Main Street Center to help improve the appearance of our downtown and bring economic opportunity. You can read more about it here.