One of the highlights of our recent family vacation in California was a trip to Felton and a ride on the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad (RCBT). This was a nostalgic journey for me; my wife and I had ridden this train twenty years ago, with our daughter Elizabeth. This time our… [Read More]
I have just returned from a delightful family vacation in California. My 90th birthday occurred in the middle of the month; that was sufficient excuse for us to justify an extravagant experience. It was the first time we have all been together in several years, and the opportunity was greatly appreciated by all. The venue… [Read More]
The Federal Emergency Management Agency last week awarded Bridgeville Borough a $1.2 million grant to purchase eight flood-prone properties on Baldwin and Margaret streets. A ninth property acquisition could soon be authorized following a historical review. The grant is part of a FEMA hazard mitigation initiative that helps local governments purchase disaster-prone land at pre-disaster… [Read More]
Video, agenda, and reports from the July 12, 2021 council meeting.
July 4, 2021, turned out to be a red-letter day for me. I had not visited the Oliver Miller Homestead since the pandemic, so I decided to take advantage of one of their special events, the re-enactment of Independence Day. For once the weather cooperated, giving us a bright sunny day with the temperature being… [Read More]
Every so often the subject of Bridgeville’s absence from the network of streetcars in this area pops up, usually as part of a story of a young man stranded in Carnegie late at night and being required to walk home. Somehow the trolley-building boom at the beginning of the twentieth century got no closer to… [Read More]
Tree branches and limbs, along with a significant amount of wood from the Lesnett Road roundabout project in Upper St. Clair, was scattered around McLaughlin Park and jammed into nearby creek-bed filter following last week’s flood, according to a borough report. The lumber from the PennDOT project, along with other detritus, was apparently swept up… [Read More]
I visited the Bridgeville Area History Center this week to borrow a copy of the 1907 R. L. Polk Business Directory for Bridgeville in support of one of my projects – a series of maps of Washington Avenue down through the years. I am starting with the Sanborn 1906 Insurance map as a source and… [Read More]
During a half-hour of questioning by borough councilmembers last week, Bridgeville’s parking authority explained why they recently ended their longstanding practice of allowing free parking after 6 p.m., and why some visitors now have to pay for two-and-a-half hours of parking, even if they’ll only be in Bridgeville for 15 minutes. The short answer: Consumer… [Read More]
Full video of the planning commission’s June 28, 2021 meeting.