An Introduction

December 7, 2017
Posted in "This Week"
December 7, 2017 Brad Knabel

An Introduction

Hi – thanks for taking the time to visit.

There’s a bit of information about me and this project in the header of this page. I wanted to spend a little time talking about why I’ve started this project and share some of the pictures I’ve taken over the past couple of months as I prepared to embark on this adventure.

Here’s a brief list of my motivations:

  • I want to try to figure out what happened to cause Carnegie to blossom over the past few years. Carnegie didn’t bounce back immediately after the flood in 2004 and I want to meet the people involved in bringing it back to life.
  • Along those lines – there are people like Phil Salvato at Third Street Gallery and the folks at Standard Ceramic that were completely  wiped out by that flood. I’d like to find out what kind of person sticks out the hard times and reinvests the time and money to start over from scratch.
  • There’s a rich history in Carnegie that begs to be explored. It’s the home of Honus Wagner and his presence can still be felt in parts of the borough. The townspeople turned back a KKK rally that nearly doubled the town’s population in 1923. Frank Holtz was the chief of police until 1991 but wrestled on ‘Studio Wrestling’ as ‘The Fighting Cop’ for many years. He was recently inducted in the Keystone State Wrestling Hall of fame. The local library is a treasure trove of information regarding Abraham Lincoln. I could continue but I’ll save that for future posts.
  • Art and music are booming in Carnegie and there is a great deal of personality behind those scenes. I’d like to meet the people that make that happen.
  • There are institutions like businesses that have been on Main Street for over a hundred years and local churches that mix with new businesses that have brought an influx of new shoppers over the past few years. I love that the resurgence in Carnegie is home-grown and not because some outside entity came to town with a boatload of new jobs.

I don’t want my project to be a billboard for Carnegie – I just want to show the town as it is.

I’ve already made new friends and look forward to making more as I make my way through the borough.

I’d like to give a shout out to Jeff Keenan and Dan McGrogan from the Carnegie Historical Society for their time and help.

I met Robert Podurgiel through this project and he’s already become a good friend. He’s been an endless source of information and my biggest cheerleader as he introduces me to everybody that we run into. I apologize in advance if my work doesn’t live up to Bob’s fanfare.

I plan on posting once a week on Sunday evenings and my next post will be December 17th. Thanks for taking the time to come by!

If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to use my contact page.